Graduate Research Colloquium

Poster Session Lineup 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - MUB Ballroom
Ainiwaer Xiemusiye, Computer Science
Title: Prediction of COVID-19 from chest X-ray images and symptoms using machine learning models
Category: Advances in Modern Medicine & Health
Isaac Lennox, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Title: Exercise Is Medicine on Campus: A Regional Analysis and MWACSM Action Call
Category: Advances in Modern Medicine & Health
Roya Bagheri, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: Enhancement of Cardiomyocyte Maturation by Electrical Stimulation
Category: Advances in Modern Medicine & Health
Carmen Scarfone, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Title: Exercise is Medicine on Campus: A National Analysis and Implications for Rural Health
Category: Advances in Modern Medicine & Health
Zonghan Lyu, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Automated Image Segmentation for Computational Analysis of Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
Category: Advances in Modern Medicine & Health
Alireza Asadbeygi, Biomedical Engineering
Category: Advances in Modern Medicine & Health
John McCall, Biological Sciences
Title: Evaluating genotoxicity of mine tailings (“Stamp Sands”) on two game fish in a spawning reef in Lake Superior (MI)
Category: Biological Sciences
Mohanish Chandurkar, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Shear stress sensing on endothelial cells using traction force microscopy (TFM)
Category: Biological Sciences
Samuel Haarman, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Development of Non-LInear FEM-based Force Reconstruction Algorithm for Traction Force Microscopy
Category: Biological Sciences
Arslan Amer, Biological Sciences
Title: Selenoprotein Sepp1 Determines Cysteine Dependence in Pancreatic Cancer
Category: Biological Sciences
Shaina Royer, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Effects of Collagen I vs. Collagen V on Cell Adhesion Dynamics and Contractility
Category: Biological Sciences
Nikhil Mittal, Biomedical Engineering
Category: Biological Sciences
Maria Ferrer, Forestry or Forest Science
Title: Avian malaria prevalence, diversity, and distribution in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula
Category: Biological Sciences
Laura Schaerer, Biological Sciences
Title: Division of Labor in Polyethylene Terephthalate Degrading Microbial Consortia
Category: Biological Sciences
Katherine Schneider, Forestry or Forest Science
Title: Silphids as an iDNA tool: potential for broad scale biodiversity detection
Category: Biological Sciences
Aditi Vyas, Biological Sciences
Title: Mental Stress Pressor Response and Post-Stress Aortic Wave Reflection
Category: Biological Sciences
Manas Warke, Biological Sciences
Title: Reducing Arsenic Accumulation in Rice Grains using Phytoremediation: A Greenhouse Study
Category: Biological Sciences
Brennan Vogl, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Effect of aortic curvature on bioprosthetic aortic valve performance
Category: Biomedical Engineering
Hunter Stoddard, Chemical Engineering
Title: A Study on the Conditions Which Promote the Formation of a Biofilm for Microbial Consortia
Category: Chemical Sciences
Nazar Gora, Chemistry
Title: Exploring GLUT-specific membrane labeling probes through fluorophore design
Category: Chemical Sciences
Adelina Oronova, Chemistry
Title: Approaching GLUT5-targeting glycoconjugates as potential PET imaging probes
Category: Chemical Sciences
Seth Kriz, Chemical Engineering
Title: Development of interfacial energy models to predict the partitioning of biomolecules in aqueous liquid-liquid extraction
Category: Chemical Sciences
Fatemeh Razaviamri, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Moisture-Activated Antiviral Coating based on Mussel Adhesive Chemistry
Category: Biomaterials
Poster Session Lineup 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - MUB Ballroom
Josiane Isingizwe, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title: Using 360-degree Panorama Storytelling for Immersive Construction Safety Training
Category: Cognitive Sciences
Betsy Lehman, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Title: Easy Does It: Ease of Generating Alternative Explanations As A Mediator Of Counterfactual Reasoning In Ambiguous Social Judgments
Category: Cognitive Sciences
Lauren Monroe, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Title: Don’t throw a tempo tantrum: the effects of varying music tempo on vigilance performance and effective state
Category: Cognitive Sciences
Soheil Sepahyar, Computer Science
Title: Distance Perception In VR
Category: Virtual Reality and Perception, Computer Science, Computer Graphics
Gregory Miodonski, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Title: Exercise Training Upregulates SK+ Channel Function in the Hypothalamic Paraventricular Nucleus (PVN) of Animals
Category: Molecular biology/Advance in Modern Medicine & Health
Abel Reyes, Computer Science
Title: Medical Image Segmentation Using U-Net Based State-of-the-art Deep Learning Techniques
Category: Computation, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences
Ponkrshnan Thiagarajan, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: Explanation and Use of Uncertainty Quantified by Bayesian Neural Network Classifiers for Breast Histopathology Images
Category: Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence
Revanth Mattey, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: A novel sequential method to train physics informed neural networks for Allen Cahn and Cahn Hilliard equations
Category: Computation, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences
Mostafa Rezaeitaleshmahalleh, Biomedical Engineering
Title: Can Convolutional Neural Network-based Imaging Segmentation Be Directly Used for Hemodynamic Analysis of Intrcranial Aneurysms?
Category: Computation, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences
Md Mezbahul Islam, Computer Science
Title: AudiWare: Finding presence of malware in the audio file
Category: Computation, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences
Sadia Nowrin, Computer Science
Title: Programming by Voice
Category: Computer science
Dongzhao Jin, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title: Comparison of polymer asphalt with rubber asphalt under long-term aging conditions in wet-freeze environment
Category: Environmental Studies and/or Sustainability
Melanie Ottino, Forestry or Forest Science
Title: Winter Diet Analysis of White-Tailed Deer using Fecal Metabarcoding
Category: Environmental Studies and/or Sustainability
Benjamin Reuss, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title: Modeling Metabolism in a Shallow, Polymictic, Hypereutrophic Lake
Category: Environmental Studies and/or Sustainability
Rob Tunison, Forestry or Forest Science
Title: Root Respiration Responses to Long-Term Warming and Hurricane Disturbance in an Experimentally Warmed Tropical Forest Understory
Category: Environmental Studies and/or Sustainability
Mattison Brady, Forestry or Forest Science
Title: Quantifying Sugar Maple Dieback Phenomena in the Upper Great Lakes Region
Category: Environmental Studies and/or Sustainability
Arman Tatar, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title: Uplift Friction Damper for Cross-Laminated Timber Rocking Walls
Category: Structure and Infrastructure
Titilayo Akinseye, Chemical Engineering
Title: Characterization of Respirable Coal Mine Dust
Category: Measurement Techniques and Analysis Methods
Grace Dykstra, Chemical Engineering
Title: An Experimentally Guided Integrated Data-Driven Framework for Electropolymerized Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Synthesis Towards Cortisol Detection
Category: Novel Materials
Oindabi Mukherjee, Physics
Title: Criteria to detect a gravitational echo in the light curves of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs)
Category: Astrophysics
Neerav Kaushal, Physics
Title: NECOLA: A Universal Field-level Cosmological Emulator
Category: Computation, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences
Shashank Pathrudkar, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: Interpretable machine learning model for the deformation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes
Category: Novel Materials
Hrishikesh Gosavi, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: FRF based method of elastic bandgap estimation in a D-lego metastructure
Category: Structural Dynamics
Ronald Kyllonen, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: Towards Path planning using Location Based Ride Quality (LBRQ)
Category: Structure and Infrastructure
Swapan Chakrabarty, Forestry or Forest Science
Category: Tree Genetics
Shantanu Chavan, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Title: Tuning a Meta-structure for vibration attenuation using Reinforced Learning
Category: Novel Materials

Jason Mack, GRC 2022 Keynote Speaker

Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and business management in 2000 and his MBA in 2013, all from Tech. He is the current VP of Business Development at MTEC SmartZone – a state funded non-profit organization that focuses on technology startup companies. In addition, he manages the MTEC SmartZone SmartStart program, which was developed and used to educate and guide entrepreneurs through the process of validating and growing their idea. Prior to MTEC, Jason worked 15 years in the aviation and automotive industries performing  engineering design, project management, and business development tasks. He is also the co-Founder of local 1 Million Cups chapter and Superior Fab lab. Current Executive Director of GreenForces LLC.

What is the Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC)?

Each spring, GSG sponsors the Graduate Research Colloquium Poster & Presentation Competition. The GRC is a unique opportunity to share your research with the University community and to gain experience in presenting that research to colleagues. During this year’s GRC a virtual mock conference will be set-up where presenters are broken down into various technical sessions, ranging from Advances in Modern Medicine & Health to Power and Energy, and everything in between.

Oral Presentation WinnersPoster Presentation Winners
 1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
2022Arslan Amer, Fatemeh Razaviamri, Rishi Babu & Isaac John Wedig
2021Neerav KaushalNinad MohalePriyanka Dipak Kadav & Isaac John Wedig
2019Nabhajit GoswamiNicholas GerstnerJeremy Bigalke
 1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
2022Arslan Amer Laura Schaerer & Brennan VoglMohanish Chandurkar
2021Utkarsh ChaudhariKatherine Schneider & Seth KrizBetsy Lehman
2019Janna BrownLaura SchaererAvik Ghosh

Important Dates

  • January 28– Registration Opens
  • February 28 – Registration Closes
  • March 2 – Abstracts Due
  • March 29 4:15pm – Poster Due
  • March 29 – GRC Day 1
  • March 29 – Poster Session (5PM, MUB ballroom)
  • March 30 – GRC Day 2
  • March 30 – Awards Banquet

Who can participate?

All graduate students are highly encouraged to participate by presenting their research in an oral presentation or creating a poster detailing their research. You can even do both!

Why participate?

The GRC provides graduate students a great opportunity to practice their oral or poster presentations in a friendly environment before presenting at a major conference. These presentations will help you to gain valuable feedback from judges and other audience members that can benefit your research. The GRC is also a great way to network and learn about other research that is being done on campus. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 are available for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place speakers respectively in both the poster and oral presentation sessions.

Colloquium Info

GSG is pleased to announce this year’s Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC). GRC will be held on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30. GRC offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research across the campus-wide community and work on their presentation skills for upcoming conferences. Students can give oral presentations, present posters, or do both. Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the event will be held in a pseudo-hybrid mode. Many conferences have been happening in the hybrid models due to the pandemic, so this would be an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with real-life experiences. Poster presentations will be held in person, and the oral presentations will be held virtually. Judges from a similar field will score all the presentations as the presenter. They will provide valuable insight and feedback on how the students can improve their presentations. 

Cash prizes are available for the top 3 places in both oral and poster presentations (1st – $300, 2nd – $200, and 3rd – $100). Registration is open now, and it closes on Monday, February 28, at 11:59 PM. Click here to register today!

Poster Presentations will occur on Tuesday, March 29 at the MUB ballroom, 5-7 pm. GSG will be covering the cost of printing posters this year. The oral presentations will be held virtually on both days of the colloquium; they will be 12 minutes live talk (no pre-recorded video presentations) followed by a Q&A session.  

The GRC event will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet. All participants and judges are invited to attend. The banquet will also be held in the hybrid mode so that people may join them virtually if they want. The banquet will be held on Wednesday, March 30, following the closing of GRC. Full information can be found on our website. If you have any questions please contact