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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 on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, from 3 to 5 p.m. 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 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:

PCR Genetic Analysis of Vibrio sp. in Tampa Bay
Margaret Baker
Kimberly Dobrinski, Biology

The Grooming Behaviors of the Semi-Terrestrial Ghost Crab, Ocypode Quadrata
Maggie Dakin
Jennifer Wortham, Health Sciences and Human Performance

Examining Financial Literacy in College Students
Trevor Etkins
Cagdas Agirdas, Economics

Red Tide in Tampa Bay: Fish Kills and Ammonium Enrichment Correlations
Emily Friden
Robert Masserini, Chemistry

Differentiating Skeletal Muscle Cells from Umbilical Cord Stem Cells using Exosomes
Mary Gething
Pavan Rajanahalli, Biology

Examining the Relationship among Pathogenic Bacteria with Precipitation in Tampa Bay
Ella Hampson
Bridgette Froeschke, Biology

A Study on the Population and Photosynthetic behavior of the solar powered sea slug Elysia Zuleicae
Annabella Hernandez
Michael Middlebrooks, Biology

Elemental Abundances of M67 Stellar Cluster
Sean Knapp
Simon Schuler, Physics

Variation of Ligand Scaffold for Targeted Lanthanide Metal Extraction
Bailey Lake
Eric Werner, Chemistry

Virtual Reality and Gamification in the Classroom Setting
Sarah Manno
Alyssia Miller De Rutté, Spanish

Undergraduate Involvement and Political Ambition
Caitlin Murray
Kathryn VanderMolen, Political Science

Protagonist's Race Affects How a Narrative is Remembered
Ashley Myers
Benjamin Marsh, Psychology

The Effect of Border Control Apprehensions on the Demand for Coyotes
Joni Padden
Michael Coon, Economics

Born to Stand Out: Transracial Adoption, Trauma and Identity
Sydney Parkhurst
Julie Nelson, English and Writing

Carbazole Derivatives as Photocatalysts in the C-H Arylation of n-methyl pyrrole
Natalie Reece
Ashley Longstreet, Chemistry

The Impact of Masks on Public Speaking During COVID-19 Pandemic and Implications for the Communication Center
Riley Robertson
Kristen Foltz, Communications

Investigating the Role of SARS-CoV-2 Accessory Proteins
Daniel Maselli
Eric Freundt, Biology

"Losing Grip" Documentary Film
Steven Nye
Christopher Boulton, Communications

Examining the First Ultra-Compact Dwarf with a Resolved Extended Halo
Allison Jones
Denija Crnojevic, Physics