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Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA)

Drexel Historic Costume Collection
Students accepted to present at the 2011 CAA Undergraduate Research Conference (Hofstra University, Long Island, NY) pose with OUR staff.

At the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Conference, undergraduate research in all disciplines is welcome - from the STEM fields to the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Findings are presented through poster sessions and oral presentations. Participants will meet peers from the other CAA institutions and gain experience presenting their work in a professional forum. Faculty members from participating institutions nominate up to 10 outstanding undergraduate researchers from their institutions to present their work at each CAA Undergraduate Research Conference.

This year, Drexel University will be hosting the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference. Check back later for more information about this upcoming conference and how you can get involved!

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2015

Drexel University | Philadelphia, PA
March 27-29, 2015

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2014

Towson University | Towson, MD
April 11-13, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated to present their work at CAA 2014: 

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design


Zachary Stockmal

Major: Interactive Digital Media, '17
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Glen Muschio
“Digital Cultural Heritage: Preserving Philadelphia’s Past"

College of Arts & Sciences

Trisha Menon
Major: Biological Sciences, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Felice Elefant
“Tip60’s Epigenetics Role in Learning and Memory”

College of Computing & Informatics

Abhishek Valanju
Major: 
Information Technology, ’17
Faculty Mentor:
Mr. Neil Desnoyers
“Developing the Data Infrastructure for Drexel Smart House”

College of Engineering

Anthony Abel
Major:
Chemical Engineering, ’17
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Jason Baxter
“Nanostructured Hematite Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting”

Alex Benjamin
Major:
Mechanical Engineering, ’15
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Emin Caglan Kumbur
"On the Computation of Coulombic Efficiency for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteris: Cutoff Voltage vs. State of Charge Limits”

Rishon Benjamin
Major:
Chemical Engineering, ’15
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Yossef Elabd
“Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers for Use in Alkaline Fuel Cells”

Gabrielle Housel
Major:
Materials Science & Engineering, ’16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Yury Gogotsi
“The Effect of Carbon Surface Functional Groups on Electrochemical and Rheological Properties of Carbon-Electrolyte Suspension Electrodes”

Anjli Patel
Major:
Chemical Engineering, ’16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Jason Baxter
“Nanostructured Hematite Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting”

Drexel University College of Medicine

Gabrielle Habina*
Major:
Biological Sciences, '15
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tara Davis
“Expression, Purification, and Characterization of Protein: Protein Interactions Within the Human Spliceosome”

*Unable to attend conference

LeBow College of Business

Weiquan Li
Major:
Business & Engineering, ’17
Faculty Mentor:
Mr. Neil Desnoyers
“A Technology Assessment of Sustainable Indoor Gardening Systems”

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems

Aswathi John
Major:
Biomedical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Sabrina Spatari
"Climate Change Dimension of Anesthetic Treatment”


Mashaal Syed
Major: Biomedical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Patricia Shewokis
"fNIR for Improved Control and Sensory Feedback in Neuroprosthetics: Tactile Feedback of Object Slip Improves Performance in a Grasp and Hold Task”

CAA Undergraduate Research Conference 2013

University of Delaware | Wilmington, DE
April 11-13, 2013

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated to present their work at CAA 2013: 

College of Arts & Sciences


Katherine Berman

Major: Biology, '13
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shivanthi Anandan
“Optimization of Transposon Mutagenesis of Synnechoccus Elongatus PCC 7942 for Identifying Components of a High-Light Regulated Signal Transduction Pathway”

Aqsaa Chaudhry
Major: Biology, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Bentz
“P-gp Mediated Transport Across Monolayer Cell Models”

Clarissa Chu
Major: Biology, ‘14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nianli Sang
“Role of MAPK and PI3K Pathways in Erb-B2-Promoted Glutaminase 1 Expression"

Emma Fowler
Major: Custom Designed Major - Paleontology & Paleo-Art, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Lacovara
"Digital Reconstruction of a Juvenile Hyposaurus Braincase: Location of   Major Nerve and Vessel Passageways"

Dayne Swearer
Major: Chemistry, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Haifeng Ji
"Self-Assembling Hydrogen Bonded Aromatic Di-imides for Optoelectronic Devices

Andrew Zigerelli
Major: Mathematics, '15
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Yu
"A Computational Application of Subdivision Surfaces to Biophysics"

College of Engineering


Laura Allan

Major: Materials Engineering '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michel Barsoum
"MXene Delamination and Paper Synthesis"

Emily Buck
Major: 
Materials Engineering '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Caroline Schauer
"Thiol-modified Chitosan Nanofibers"

Jenna Schabdach
Major: Electrical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ani Hsieh
"Modeling Ocean Currents"

Amanda Toth
Major: Materials Engineering, '14
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Caroline Schauer
"Post-Processing of Nanofibrous Chitosan Mats for Water Filtration"

Drexel University College of Medicine


Abigail Harris

Major: Biology, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Berkowitz
"The roles of Chtf18 in chromosome segregation in mouse oocytes and euploidy in mammals"

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design


Stephanie Kovacs

Major: Product Design, '15
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Glaser
"Examining and Redesigning the Breakfast Ritual"

Maisie Lu
Major: Product Design, '15
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Glaser
"Understanding the Breakfast Habits of Drexel Students"

School of Biomedical Engineering


Kanghee Lee

Major: Biomedical Engineering '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei
"The Effect of Experimental Pain on Hemodynamic Responses Measured by Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy"

Averie Palovcak
Major: Biomedical Engineering, '16
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Margaret Wheatley
“Induction of Apoptosis by Targeted Ultrasound Contrast Agents in Cancer Therapy”