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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium at The University of Tampa is an in person showcase of students’ summer research accomplishments. This event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in the Grand Salon on the first floor of Plant Hall. This is an event where the student will have a poster and give a presentation on his or her summer research. You are welcome to interact with students and ask questions. The entire UT community, as well as friends and family members, are welcome to join and participate.

Please direct questions to Eric Freundt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, at

Student Presentation Titles:

Safe and Effective Electrostatic Capture of Forensic Evidentiary Residues Using a Children's Toy.
Madison Autrey, Forensic Science
Kenyon Evans-Nguyen, Chemistry

Examining the Sustainability of the Florida Stone Crab (Menippe Mercenaria) Fishery: Testing Intraspecific Interactions between Single and Two-Clawed Individuals and its Impact on Population Dynamics.
Talia Barry, Marine Science-Biology
Kristian Taylor, Biology

Éxodo: Guatemalan Refugees in Chiapas, Mexico (1981-1983).
Marin Burke, History
Edward Pompeian, History

Rhymes and No Rhymes: A New Way of Writing Poetry.
Alejandra Cancel, Spanish
Lola Hidalgo-Calle, Spanish

Art Space Re-imagined.
Dana Fidler, Applied Sociology and Art Therapy
Joseph Scarce, Art Therapy

Enantioselective Aziridinium/Fluornium Ion Formation Using Lewis Base Catalysis.
Thalia Garcia, Chemistry
Brett Hemric, Chemistry

The Ecological Impacts of Invasive Cane Toads (Rhinella Marina) on Native Florida Species.
Michael Garvey, Marine Science-Biology
Jacob LaFond, Biology

Spacialtemporal Models of Gray Snapper in Tampa Bay.
Zoe Golden, Marine Science-Biology
Bridgette Froeschke, Biology

An Examination into Communications Strategies on Web and Social Media by Florida Nonprofits during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Emily Huff, Advertising and Public Relations
Lina Gomez-Vasquez, Communication

Does Police Militarization Increase Repression?
Martin Stavro, Political Science
Ryan Welch, Political Science

Community Gardens and Nonreligion.
Kendall Stephenson, Sociology
Ryan Cragun, Sociology

Assessment of RGS4 Gene Expression Changes in Polyphenon E-Treated Human Prostate Cancer Cells.
Ethan Vallebuona, Biochemistry
M. Luis Carastro, Biology

Evaluating Various Genome Assemblers on Sea Slug Genomic Data.
Meghan Violette, Biology
Pad Mehadevan, Biology