Award Winners for SURCA 2021

Wide angle group photo of all award winners at SURCA 2019.

SURCA 2021 Award Winners and Their Mentors

Learn more about their projects in from SURCA 2021 searchable presentation list. Also be sure to read our news article that officially announced these winners to the university community.

Presentation CategoryAwardPresenter & Project TitleMentor


Applied Sciences Crimson Christina Webster, “The Cultivation of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus Haluk Beyenal
Crimson Taylor Spooner, “Water Quality Monitoring in Snohomish County” Patricia Townsend
Arts & Design Crimson Claire Babcock and Julie Waggoner, “Rooted Wellness: Palouse Health Center” Minyoung Cerruti
Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Information Sciences Crimson Krista Brutman, “Computational Simulations of Length-dependent Activation in Human Cardiac Muscle” Bertrand Tanner
Engineering & Physical Sciences Crimson William Frantz, “Head and Neck Postures Under Working Conditions” Anita Vasavada
Crimson India Dykes, “3D Bioprinted Cartilage Scaffolds with Controllable Mechanical Properties”” Arda Gozen and Bernard Van Wie
Gray Cheryl Lynn Aarnio, Arianna Marie Claveria, Sara McMorrow, Khrystine Raymond, David Ben Rodriguez, and Lydia Rose Weddle; “Improving Efficiency of an Industrial NOx Scrubber” Lynne Cooper
Gray David Chandler, Cedar Frost, Sophia Hamilton, Philip Kilian, Alexa Morales, and Elliot Ries; “3D Printing for Flight Exploration on Mars” Lynne Cooper
Novice Ellen Hilbun, “Modeling the Effects of Cardiac Arrhythmias” Sergey Lapin
Humanities Crimson Katya Farinsky, Jazz Jackson, Drew Swanson, and Andrew Thompson; “Quest for Arete” Dene Grigar
Molecular, Cellular, &
Chemical Biology
Crimson Nate Savolainen, “Host Genes CG34351, RhoGEF64C, and IP3K2 are Involved in Coxiella burnetii Infection” Alan Goodman
Crimson Madeleine Harvey, “The Drosophila melanogaster STING Homolog (dmSTING) Protects Against Coxiella burnetii Infection” Alan Goodman
Crimson Sophie Mackinnon, “Insulin-mediated Immunity During West Nile Virus Infection in Drosophila melanogaster and Culex quinquefasciatus Alan Goodman
Crimson Olivia Hayden, “dmSTING and Dredd Protect Against Coxiella burnetii Infection in Drosophila melanogaster Alan Goodman and R. Marena Guzman
Crimson Caitlin Fitzpatrick, “Identification of Genes and Gene Networks Associated wit Milk Protein in Dairy Cattle” Holly Neibergs
Crimson Sean Thompson, “scATAC-seq and scRNA-seq Elucidate the Epigenetic and Transcriptional States of Regenerating Skin in Young Mice” Ryan Driskell
Gray John Burkland, “The Effect of Systemic TLR4 Inhibition on Spontaneous Opiate Withdrawal in the Mouse” Raymond Quock
Novice Awards Jesus Mendoza, “Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance in Flavobacterium psychrophilum Douglas Call
Organismal, Population, Ecological, & Evolutionary Biology Crimson Riley Shultz, “Effects of a Fungal Biopesticide on Honey Bees” Nicholas Naeger and Jennifer Han
Crimson Emma Kadyk, “Sanitizer Efficacies to Control Listeria monocytogenes in Simulated Dump Tank Water” Meijun Zhu
Novice Award Megan Johnsen, “Ensure® Consumption vs. Noxious Stimulus-Evoked Behaviors as Measures of Pain in Female and Male Rats” Rebecca Craft
Social Sciences Crimson Olivia Davis, “A Scoping Review: Educational Training for Healthcare Professionals About Sexual Health and Behavior in Later Life” Raven Weaver
Crimson Madison Benjamin, Linnaea Morris, and Portia Simmons; “Love The Way You Talk: Parent-teen Closeness and The Mediation of Music Media” Kathleen Boyce Rodgers and Cristina McAllister
Gray Caitlin Ottaway, Amaya Pelagio, and Cheyenne Schneider; “Sleep Loss and Risky Decision Making: An Integrative Review”

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Gray Amina Ahnach, “When Women of Color Express Strong Opinions via Email in Workplace Conflict: Perceptions & Attitudes” Lee Daffin
Research Proposal Crimson Linda Nguyen, “Novel Institution Care for the Senior Population to Reduce Chronic Pain and Stress” Erica Crespi
Crimson Tanya Rivera, “Examining Cultural Differences in Healthcare Practices: Diagnosis in Autism and the Impact On Families” Georgina Lynch
Crimson Max Melville and Abigail Rossi, “Does Sex or Quantity Matter? Investigating Sex Differences in the Long-term Effects of Adolescent Cannabis Use on Cognitive Flexibility” Ryan McLaughlin
Gray Justin Knutson, “Information About IAT Reliability and Its Effect on Perceived Validity” Lee Daffin
Gray Kyla Quale, “Effect of Leptin on Wound Healing in Xenopus laevis in the Presence of Aeromonas hydrophil Erica Crespi
Gray Kelsey Dearing, “Helping Washington State University Faculty and Staff Support and Respond to Students in Distress” Amanda Boyd
Early Career Award April Salmeron-Lauriano, “Family Contributors in Adolescent Alcohol Use of LatinX Communities” Elizabeth Weybright