In an effort to provide feedback to student presenters, each presenter will have two 'judges' view their poster during the online viewing period and rate the poster and presentation based on the judge rubric (PDF). We encourage you to utilize this rubric when preparing for the event.

Students who rank first, second or third in their respective award category receive a monetary award. Prizes will be in the following categories:

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Environmental and Physical Sciences
  • Education and Humanities
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Arts, Design, and Performing Arts
  • Community and Civic Engagement
  • Engineering and Computational Sciences

Faculty Mentor of the Year

CURE participants have an opportunity to nominate their mentor for the Faculty Mentor of the Year award. Nominees are evaluated on their ability to foster student participation in research and artistry activities, the balance between advisee and nurturing critical thinking, and the ability to develop a mentoring relationship that exudes genuine care in the student and their learning.

Submit Nomination

2021 Award Winners

2021 Conference on Undergraduate Research and Engagement Award Winners

Social and Behavioral Sciences Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Brianna Walker
    Leading with Laughter: Do We Like Leaders Who Laugh at Themselves?
    Department: Psychology
    Faculty Mentor: Lisa Finkelstein, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place Tie: Emily Camposeo
    Associations between Children's use of Coping Strategies and Posttraumatic Symptoms following Two Category 5 Hurricanes.
    Department: Biological Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Laura Pittman
  • 2nd Place Tie: Darnisha Crockett, Ph.D.
    Can your strategies predict performance?
    Department: Psychology
    Faculty Mentor: Anne Britt, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: Cindy Duran
    The Role of Coping in the Association between Ethnic Identity Affirmation and Depressive Symptoms
    Department: Psychology
    Faculty Mentor: Laura Pittman, Ph.D.

Biological and Chemical Sciences Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Devanshi Patel
    Retention of crystal ordering in the room-temperature N,N-dimethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ionic liquid?
    Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Faculty Mentor: Ralph A. Wheeler, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place: Aaren Manz
    Engineering Reversible pH-Dependent Binding events using Acidic Residue Substitutions in an Antibody Dimer Interface.
    Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Faculty Mentor: James Horn, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: Isabella Guizzetti
    The Effect of Antibiotic Selective Pressure on MDR1 and ASCT2 Expression in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells
    Department: Biological Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Barrie Bode, Ph.D.

Environmental and Physical Sciences Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Kaylee Rosenberger
    Determining minimum sample sizes for IUCN Red List endangered oak species through simulation
    Department: Biological Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Holly Jones, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place: Michaela Plagwitz
    Understanding Climate Change: Communicating Topics on Climate Change to Non-experts
    Department: Biological Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Heather Bergan-Roller, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: Kristie Kaminski
    Vulnerability due to Nocturnal Tornadoes
    Department: Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Walker Ashley, Ph.D.

Community and Civic Engagement Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Miriam Figueroa
    Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on McHenry County Nonprofit Organizations
    Department: Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies
    Faculty Mentor: Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place: Dean Patten
    A Timeline of the Expansion of Federal Health Power
    Department: History
    Faculty Mentor: Beatrix Hoffman, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: Shalisha Hill
    The Electoral Success and Representation of Minorities: Different Cost of Voting Scenarios
    Department: Political Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Scott Schraufnagel, Ph.D.

Education Humanities Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Amanda Pollock
    Language Contact Data: Weekly vs End of Semester Reporting
    Department: World Languages and Cultures
    Faculty Mentor: Mandy Faretta-Stutenberg, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place Tie: Ashley Barry and Parker Porter-Mareth
    Employer Perceptions of Career Training and Disability in the Geosciences
    Department: Environmental Studies and Nursing
    Faculty Mentor: Megan Brown, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place Tie: Makkah Mujahid
    Assessing Ethical Teachings at Northern Illinois University
    Department: Accountancy
    Faculty Mentor: Mark Mellon, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place Tie: Kyle Thadani
    Exploring Gender Disparities in Introductory Physics Courses
    Department: CEET/Physics
    Faculty Mentor: Mike Eads, Ph.D.

Health and Medical Sciences Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Chyna Bennett
    Is There a Relationship Between Vitamin D Levels and Improvement in Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?
    Department: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders - Audiology
    Faculty Mentor: Blythe Kitner, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place: Madelynn Parrott
    Can a Virtual Choir for Dementia Improve Language and Engagement?
    Department: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders
    Faculty Mentor: Jamie Mayer, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: Sophia Richards
    A Comparison of SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza Virus: Structure, Diagnosis and Prevention Department: Medical Laboratory Sciences
    Faculty Mentor: Masih Shokrani, Ph.D.

Arts, Design, and Performing Arts Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Daisy Soberanis
    Beyond the concert program: The prevalence of women composers, arrangers, and conductors at ILMEA All-State Choirs between 1967-2020
    Department: School of Music
    Faculty Mentor: Mary Lynn Doherty, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place: Randel Gunter
    Hiring creative art graduates (during a pandemic); survey of employers who hire creative talent
    Department: School of Art and Design
    Faculty Mentor: John Siblik, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: Alexa Blair
    The True Feminists Were Hidden in Plain Sight: An Analysis of Disney Heroines through a Fourth-Wave, Intersectional Lens
    Department: English
    Faculty Mentor: Amy Newman, Ph.D.

Engineering and Computational Sciences Award Posters

  • 1st Place: Zachary Taylor
    Multi-Target Tracking System for Ground-Based Swarm Robotics
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: Sachit Butail, Ph.D.
  • 2nd Place: Teofanes Ruiz
    Study of Advanced on Chip Meta Materials
    Department: Electrical Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: Venumadhav Korampally, Ph.D.
  • 3rd Place: David Schmidt
    Dynamic Testing Platform for a 'Smart' Exoskeleton Controller
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Faculty Mentor: Simon Kudernatsch, Ph.D.

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Holmes Student Center 264-266
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