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2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium Awards Ceremony APRIL 13, 2019 • 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.


2019 URES Theme Critical Inquiry and Engagement


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Nominees Taylor Miller-Ensminger Lejla Alibasic Andy Soto Isabelle Taylor Barbara Szynal Danielle Talbot Kiana King Genevieve Johnson Anna McCue Mira Sethi Jennifer Scheffel Sidra Sohail


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Winners Taylor Miller-Ensminger Lejla Alibasic Andy Soto Isabelle Taylor Barbara Szynal Danielle Talbot Kiana King


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Arts and Humanities


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Isabelle Taylor “As the choreographer of this work, Isabelle not only developed the concept, scheduled and ran rehearsals, gave critical feedback, reflecting, revisiting, and re-editing throughout, she also collaborated with a team of production designers in areas of lighting and costuming that enhanced the work.� - Amy Wilkinson -


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Social Sciences


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Lejla Alibasic “Lejla has been working with me on this research project since Fall 2017 as her faculty mentor through Loyola’s ACE/TRIO program. During the past year, I have seen Lejla blossom into a budding young scholar showing critical thinking skills while enhancing her ability to do research and respond professionally to constructive critique of her work.” - Dr. Tavis Jules -


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Andy Soto “Andy’s commitment to social justice issues, ability to think logically, task-oriented, superb team worker, and a meticulous researcher ethic makes him the ideal candidate for the Outstanding Loyola Undergraduate Researcher. I strongly feel that Andy is well suited for this award given the set of skills and proficiencies that he has developed while at Loyola and working under my guidance over the past year months.�

- Dr. Tavis Jules -


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award STEM


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Kiana King “From the start, Kiana demonstrated professionalism, intellectual curiosity, and an enthusiasm for research and medicine that has never faltered. Kiana's strong interest in our concussion research and her diligence in her work has far exceed my expectations for a research student assistant. She communicates with our patients regularly to make sure that they are completing surveys and understand their role in research. Kiana's ease in interacting with our patients is a testament to how personable and professional she is on a daily basis.�

- Dr. Jamie Kaye Burgess -


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Taylor Miller-Ensminger “Taylor is an extraordinary young scientist. She began working in my lab the summer before her Freshman year. In these two years (as she is now a Junior), she has developed into an interdisciplinary scientist. She is proficient working with organisms and conducting microbiology research. Additionally, she has developed her skill set as a data scientist and bioinformatician.� - Dr.Catherine Putonti -


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Barbara Szynal “Barbara has done an outstanding job training new undergraduates in my laboratory. She clearly functions as a graduate student in this regard. She has brought two other undergraduate to the point where they are making good contributions to the research. I also know that she has also done an outstanding job tutoring grade school and high school students. Barbara was employed by the Church as a tutor during her junior year. The head of the program has told me on several occasions that Barbara was the best tutor she ever had over the last 10 years.� - Dr. Ken Olsen -


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Danielle Talbot “She has demonstrated the ability to work well independently as well as part of a team, and she is happy to help others in the lab if they need a hand. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for science with others, from serving as an instructor in the Immersion Essentials Program to assisting in the Girl Stem program at Delaware Valley University and participating in the Skype a Scientist Program. I give Danielle my highest recommendation as she demonstrates the characteristics needed to excel as a scientist. � - Dr. Jennifer Mierisch -


Loyola University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award


Loyola University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award Winners

Luselena Perez 1st Place Award Winner

Matthew Gallagher 2nd Place Award Winner


Loyola University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award Winners

Luselena Perez “The role of raw in the Development of Glia in the Nervous System of Drosophila melanogaster” - Bio 399 “Her paper is an excellent example of science writing….As she prepares for graduation, she is leaving behind an excellent resource on her research project for the next generation of student researchers in my lab.” - Dr. Jennifer Mierisch


Loyola University Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award Winners

Matthew Gallagher “Ἄνδρα Μοι Ἔννεπε, Μοῦσα: Tell Me About Men and Masculinities in the Odyssey,” - Classical Studies 381 “Matt did an excellent job researching and writing this paper. Matt’s research was very self-driven...based on the quality of his work, I have no doubt that he will succeed and produce groundbreaking scholarship in the future.” - Dr. Leanna Boychenko


Mary Therese Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring


Mary Therese Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring Nominees Amy Heard Egbert Drew Monks Amy Wilkinson Daniel Becker Elise Martel Cohen Jenna Drenten James R. Larson, Jr. Julia Pryce

Ken Olsen Michael Burns Ray Dybzinski Robert G. Morrison Tham Hoang Tavis Jules Thomas Sanger


Mary Therese Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Tham Hoang Institute for Environmental Sustainability

Jenna Drenten Quinlan School of Business


Mary Therese Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Jenna Drenten “She taught me one of the biggest takeaways I've had in my undergraduate experience - it's okay if things don't go according to plan. She showed me that research and academics is the art of intertwining learning and curiosity - so you must be flexible with the process as unexpected challenges arise. She's helped me think critically through every roadblock I've faced and has shown me a transferable lesson with every challenge. I value my research experience because of the impact she continues to have on me.� - Emily Robertson, nominator


Mary Therese Langerbeck Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Tham Hoang “I have mentored over 50 undergraduate and 3 Masters students for research. Working with students and helping them develop skills and experience in scientific research is my passion. I take the mission of the University to mean preparing students for their future careers and helping them succeed in service of the common good. My philosophy for mentoring and advising students for research is simple, to prepare them with more Knowledge, Experiences, and Practical Thinking (KEPT) about environmental toxicology and its impacts on natural organisms and humans.� - from Dr. Hoang’s reflection -


Graduate Student Mentor Award


Graduate Student Mentor Award Nominees Zahra Naqi Grifin Berge Jaina Bhayani Cara DiClemente


Graduate Student Mentor Award Jaina Bhayani Biochemistry


Graduate Student Mentor Award Jaina Bhayani “Jaina truly embodies what it means to be a mentor. Even if I have questions on any other course material, Jaina is one of the first people that I will go to for help. I am so grateful to have someone who provides me with support without judgment or hesitation, but with true kindness. I think Jaina’s fervor for biochemistry is infectious, and any student that works with her can grow immensely.� - Mira Sethi, nominator


Alice B. Hayes Award for Advising and Mentoring


Alice B. Hayes Award for Advising and Mentoring Recipients

Dr. Dali Liu Chemistry and Biochemistry


Alice B. Hayes Award for Advising and Mentoring Recipients

Dr. Dali Liu “Dr. Liu has consistently mentored undergraduate and graduate students elevating them to their maximum potential. Dr. Liu gets to know every single student in his lab, knowling their stories, and advocating for them when they need help and providing proper advice. I have witnessed this dedication first hand. he is interested in how they do with exams like the MCAT and takes pride when his students excel. He has been instrumental in placing his students in excellent career paths.� - from Dr. Liu’s nomination


Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Scholars


Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Scholars Jennifer Zitzner Biology

Ana Stefaniak Psychology

Serhan Tanriverdi Sociology

Brian Casey History

Michael Burns Biology

Kathleen Adams Anthropology

Walter Tangarife Physics


Community Engagement Awards


Community Engagement Award Nominees Lupita Cahue Victoria Hodkiewicz Timothy Patton Amy Paul Janeen Soria Theresa Colston Snehal Garg Kyra Kauffman Jennifer La William (Billy) O'Malley Ally Vaughn


Community Engagement Award for Social Justice Kendall Brenneman Social Work 200 Dr. Keith Green Loyola Medicine Hospice


Community Engagement Award for Social Justice

Kendall Brenneman “Taking her lead from the course content, she took appropriate action to not only work to correct [an instance of neglect] for the individual client that she was working with at the time, but potentially for other clients as well. Her ability to think about structural factors and high-level solutions is remarkable for someone at this point in her academic journey/social work career.� - Dr. Keith Green, Instructor


Community Engagement Award for Social Justice Araceli Moya Social Work 340 Dr. Maria Vidal De Haymes Heartland Alliance


Community Engagement Award for Social Justice

Araceli Moya “One of Araceli’s projects has been creating a curriculum on health eating in Spanish for our clients. This curriculum is based on strength based and our philosophy of care framework. These curriculums will be beneficial for individuals and families who attend our various in person workshops. It has been a pleasure working with Araceli and feel she will be an outstanding social worker.” - Karen Rutz, site supervisor


Community Engagement Award for Impact Eunice Montenegro COMP 390 Dr. Ron Greenberg & Dr. Elizabeth Hopwood Girls Who Code


Community Engagement Award for Impact

Eunice Montenegro “For

me Girls Who Code means more than closing the gender gap in technology. For me girls who code is about empowering young girls to become tomorrow’s leaders...To truly appeal to everyone using technology there has to be diversity on the back-end of the devices. In addition, teaching the girls at a young age how to code allows them to be innovators and use their unique mindset to create cool and never before seen technologies.” Eunice’s Reflection on her experiences


Community Engagement Award for Impact Toni Garcia CJC 390 Dr. Jona Goldschmidt

Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor


Community Engagement Award for Impact

Toni Garcia “Her efforts and her investigative support have assisted in monitoring ethical behavior across State government. I can see her interest and desire to achieve justice in these investigations based on the deliberation she gives cases and questions she asks in reference to cases. Toni assumes no alleged actions are automatically true and takes an inquisitive stance on cases rather than an accusatory stance.� - Reginald Spears, site supervisor


Community Engagement Award for Sustainability Tianna Ducloux-Potter HSM 360 Dr. Donna Williams Cook County Health


Community Engagement Award for Sustainability

Tianna Ducloux-Potter “I am nominating Tianna for the awards because of her enthusiasm, engagement, and perseverance. Working with resident physicians in a County hospital system is not an easy task and I was impressed with Tianna's professionalism and patience. I think Tianna's presence and work will make a large impact in creating a sustainable curriculum for the Residency Program as well as improve HEDIS measures in the Cook County Health system.� - Dr. Hanna Xu


Community Engagement Award for Sustainability Arielle Krahenbuhl EXPL 390 / HSM 360 Dr. Cynthia Stewart / Dr. Donna Williams Cook County Health


Community Engagement Award for Sustainability Arielle Krahenbuhl “As a health systems management major, I have seen my coursework come to life during my internship, specifically the skills I learned in my project management and quality and improvement courses. Disadvantaged populations, like the ones we serve, are at higher risks for poor health outcomes because they have limited access to care. However, what I have learned as result of my Jesuit education is that quality healthcare is a human right, not simply for those who can afford it.” - Arielle’s reflection on her experience


Community Partner Award for Coeducation


Community Partner Award for Coeducation

Children’s Research Triangle


Community Partner Award for Coeducation

Children’s Research Triangle “CRT research team members talk with students about how their Loyola course work and future plans influence the work they want to do at CRT and what in particular they wish to get out of our internship experience. As much as possible, research team members try to help interns understand what working in a non-profit really means: the joys and the challenges.” - Dr. Anne Wells -


Community Partner Award for Coeducation

Advocate Healthcare Transition Support Program


Community Partner Award for Coeducation

Advocate Healthcare Transition Support Program “Through the work of Advocate’s Transition Support Program, Mervin has been able to open our students’ world view, sensitizing them to the humanity of community-based care, and awakening their thirst for social justice. Advocate’s partnership has helped make our undergraduate educational experience more academically relevant to the lives of our HCA students and the world they enter upon graduation.” -Mary Margaret Sharp-Pucci


Learning Portfolio Awards


Learning Portfolio Awards Nominees Matthew Gonzalez Demiana Agaiby Alex Minton Katherine Fox Mariana Alcalde Grace Mubulay Demiana Agaiby

Sherilyn McLean Georgia Mitrakos Meredith Simmons Kate Stone Abigail Wilson Ariana Ziogas Cabrini Winkels


Learning Portfolio Awards Creativity & Innovation

Alex Minton Marketing 390


Learning Portfolio Awards Critical Reflection

Demiana Agaiby Dance Capstone


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2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Award Ceremony  

Awards ceremony slideshow for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium at Loyola University Chicago's Weekend of Excellence....

2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Award Ceremony  

Awards ceremony slideshow for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium at Loyola University Chicago's Weekend of Excellence....

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