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From left, Vernadette Gonzales, Undergraduate Showcase chair and Honors director, with oral presentations winners Margo Steines, Cindy Vuong, Matsu Thornton, Matthew Siegel, Aaron Katzeman, Lauren Kirkwood and Kathleen Corpuz.

The 2018 Undergraduate Showcase of Research and Creative Work, which highlights the independent academic work of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, was held May 4.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education, is open to undergraduates conducting faculty-supervised academic work

Students who received top honors

Oral Presentations

Arts and Humanities, Research First Place: Aaron Katzeman, “Site as System: Local to Global Ecologies”

Arts and Humanities, Creative First Place: Margo Steines, “Brutalities”

Engineering and Computer Sciences, First Place: Matthew Siegel, Matsu Thornton, “Developing Residential Direct Load Control for Residential Water Heater Demand Response”

Natural Sciences, First Place: Cindy Vuong, “Zika Virus Detection in Urine and Saliva of Pregnant Guinea Pigs”

Social Sciences, First Place: Kathleen Corpuz, “Assessing Current Tobacco, Electronic Smoking Devices and Vape Use Among Filipinos in Hawaiʻi

Poster Presentations

Overall First Place: Jessica W.T. Chen, “Characterization of Luciferase and Opsin Genes in the Bioluminescent Copepod genus, Pleuromamma”

Comments from attendees and participants

“It’s always inspiring to see the research the students are conducting.”

“The judges and audience questions were great. Also the responsiveness to emails/concerns was way above expectations. Thanks so much.”

“The presentations that I judged were all very well done. The students really put a lot of time and effort into their research and showcasing it.”

“It was good getting to practice public speaking and getting feedback on our work. It gave me valuable insight into how I might be able to further improve my project and research practices moving forward.”

See the Undergraduate Showcase of Research and Creative Work website for more information on winners, including their majors and faculty mentors, and honorable mention winners.

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