GRS 2022 Award Winners

BAYER SCHOOL FOR NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Award for Graduate Research-Excellence in Graduate Research

Total Synthesis of Chrysosporazine D: Combating Multidrug Resistance in Cancer Cells
Alexander Cocolas
Other Authors: Katie Kaczynski, Nya Gayluak, Thomas Montgomery
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Chemistry & Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Thomas Montgomery, Ph.D.

Award for Graduate Research-Excellence in Graduate Research

Identification of novel Asaia bogorensis Type I secretion signals
Marisa Guido
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Biological Sciences
Faculty Advisor: David Lampe, Ph.D

CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES

Award for Graduate Student Research in African Studies

Hydrologic Modeling with Remote Sensing for Groundwater Resources Management within the Sand River Catchment of the Limpopo River Basin
Sophia Bakar
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Center for Environmental Research & Education
Faculty Advisor: David Kahler, Ph.D.

Award for Graduate Student Research in Global Health

Suicide Rates and Trends in Allegheny County During 2010-2019
Odile Enslen
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Forensic Science and Law
Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Wetzel, Ph.D.

CENTER FOR CATHOLIC FAITH & CULTURE

Common Good Research Award

A New Directive: An Ethical Analysis of the Ethical and Religious Directives and Catholic Healthcare Mission to Promote and Sustain Catholic Healthcare
Noah Dimas
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED TEACHING & RESEARCH

CETR Award for Graduate Research

Trauma-Focused Programming for Incarcerated Youth
Chelsea Williams, Hailey Murray, Emily Wuenschell
School of Education | PsyD School Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Tammy Hughes, Ph.D

CENTER FOR GLOBAL HEALTH ETHICS

Award for Graduate Research in Ethics

Gene Editing Therapy for Psychological Conditions: The Potential to Reduce Suffering Through Therapeutic Interventions
Gabriella Agostaro
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

A New Directive: An Ethical Analysis of the Ethical and Religious Directives and Catholic Healthcare Mission to Promote and Sustain Catholic Healthcare
Noah Dimas
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

Birth Plan Z: A Ethical Analysis of Uterine Transplantation and Its Impact on Reproductive Health + Society
Fayla Junior
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

The Ethical Justification of Research in Pediatric Healthcare with an Emphasis on the Covid-19 Vaccine
Brianne Helfrich
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Joris Gielen, Ph.D.

Transparency: The Ethical Improvements with Electronic Health Records
Amanda Lang
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Joris Gielen, Ph.D.

Ethics of Xenotransplantation Procedures and Experimentation on Human Subjects
Scott Dyer
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

We Don't Talk Anymore: A Critique of Modern Bioethics' Departure from Philosophy and a Call for Reconciliation
Bethany Flanders
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

The Ethical Implications of Genetics in Psychiatry
Mariah Chobany
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Center for Global Health Ethics
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Magill, Ph.D.

CENTER FOR MIGRATION, DISPLACEMENT & COMMUNITY STUDIES

Award for Graduate Research

Historical Memory and Identity in the United Farm Workers
Sarah Babcock
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | History
Faculty Advisor: John Dwyer, Ph.D.

Honorable Mention

Trauma-Informed Teaching
Heather Roesinger
School of Education | School Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Tammy L Hughes, PhD, ABPP

CENTER FOR WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES

Award for Graduate Research: $150

The Role of Juror Bias Relating to Sexual Assault Cases
Noelle Sadaka
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Forensic Science and Law
Faculty Advisor: Lyndsie Ferrara, Ph.D.

GUMBERG LIBRARY

Award for Graduate Research

Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual Assaults in the City of Pittsburgh - A Case Study
Brooke Baker
Other Authors: Lisa Ludvico, PhD, Duquesne University; Elizabeth Wisbon, MS, Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner; Brian Kohlhepp, MA, Ross Township Police Department
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Forensic Science & Law
Faculty Advisor: Pamela Marshall, Ph.D.

Honorable Mention

The use of Functional Communication Training Intervention with Children with Developmental Disabilities
Abdulrhman Ashgar
School of Education | Special Education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bridget Green, Ph.D.

Oral History Initiative Award

Gendered Norms in Community Based Engagement: Oral Histories of the Women in the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice
Kathleen Burch
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Department of History
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Taylor, Ph.D.

MARY PAPPERT SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Mary Pappert School of Music Graduate Award

Cognitive insights and implications of singing: actions, proprioception, and perception in vocal performance.
Juanita Leal
Mary Pappert School of Music | Voice
Faculty Advisor: Meghan Althouse, D.M

MCANULTY COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS

Outstanding Poster or Presentation

Coppers and coffeehouses: People and places in eighteenth-century British runaway slave advertisements
Avery Wehrs
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Public History
Faculty Advisor: Jotham Parsons, Ph.D.

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

Provost's Award for Outstanding Scholarship

"The Subsistence of the People"- Climate-Induced Food Insecurity in Pre-Revolutionary France
Claire Kreider
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Department of History
Faculty Advisor: John Mitcham, Ph.D

Righteous: What Holocaust Rescuers Can Teach Us About a More Altruistic Society
Jill Bodnar
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts | Media
Faculty Advisor: Maggie Patterson, MFA

The Role of Juror Bias Relating to Sexual Assault Cases
Noelle Sadaka
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences | Forensic Science and Law
Faculty Advisor: Lyndsie Ferrara, Ph.D.

RANGOS SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Award for Graduate Research

Jo-1 protein induces autoimmune response and loss of force production: a myositis mouse model
Rachel Parshall, Bhoomika Sripathi, Olivia Price
Rangos School of Health Sciences | Physical Therapy
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Kostek, Ph.D.

Honorable Mention

Investigating the effect of dissolved-oxygen assisted corneal cross-linking (CXL) on porcine corneas
Julianni Dar
Rangos School of Health Sciences | Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Bin Yang, Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Award for Graduate Research

The Lived Experience of Intensive Care Unit Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mini-Phenomenology
Jessica Rong
School of Nursing | Nursing
Faculty Advisor: Richard Zoucha, Ph.D.