2023 GRC Award Winners

Awards were given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in seven major category areas within two presentation format broader areas: (1) Poster Presentation / Visual Display / Art Exhibit and (2) Oral Presentation / Performance / Reading

Major Category Areas with Colleges Included:

  1. Agriculture (All AG)

  2. Art, Music, Dramatic Arts, & Visual Display (CAD, MDA)

  3. Business & Mass Communication  (BUS & MC)

  4. Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS & HSE)

  5. Life Sciences (COS, CCE, VET)

  6. Math & Physical Sciences (COS)

  7. Technology & Engineering (All ENG)

Poster Presentation / Visual Display / Art Exhibit

1st place:

Fatimah Hakeem*, Textiles, Apparel Design, & Merchandising
Beyond Abaya

Advisor: Sibei Xia, PhD

2nd place:

Mariel Benigno, Food Science
Thermal Stability and Flow Properties of Oil Extracted From Undersized Crawfish (Procambarus clarkii)

Advisor: Subramaniam Sathivel, PhD

3rd place: 

Morgan Strzynski, Textiles, Apparel Design, & Merchandising
Irish Crochet Lace: A History of a Handmade Commodity

Advisor: Michael Mamp, PhD

 *Student won twice for distinct submissions in the Visual Display and Poster Presentation formats

1st place:

Fatimah Hakeem*, Textiles, Apparel Design, & Merchandising

Advisor: Sibei Xia, PhD

2nd place: 

Courtney Klee, M. Architecture
Grayson Loudon, B. Arch
Jou Chuch Lee, B. Arch
Rachel Hewitt, B. Arch

How Did the Implementation of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 Impact East Baton Rouge Parish From the 1950s to 1970s in Terms of Mobility, Industry, and People? 

Advisor: Fabio Capra Riberio, PhD

3rd place: 

Ka Hei Cheng, Experimental Music & Digital Media
Phoenix - Extended Reality Performance for Viola and Dancer

Advisor: Jesse Allison, PhD

*Student won twice for distinct submissions in the Visual Display and Poster Presentation formats

1st place:

Huu Dat Tran, Media and Public Affairs
"To Swipe, or Not to Swipe": Exploring the Uses and Gratifications of Dating Applications Among Young Adults of the LGBTIQ+ Community

Advisor: Meghan Sanders, PhD

2nd place: 

Ashlyn Barclay, Mass Communication

 'We Demand Answers, Solutions, and Results': A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Institutional Versus Student Responses to a Local Sexual Violence Crisis

Advisor: Fanny Ramirez, PhD

3rd place: 

Keely Diebold, Mass Communication
Exploring the Effects of Individuals' Perceived Prototypicality Within a Fandom

Advisor: Meghan Sanders, PhD

1st place:

Frank Agyei, Curriculum & Instruction (Curriculum Studies)
A Reflection on Curriculum in Ghana via Engagement with Tyler's (1970) Basic Principles of Curriculum & Instruction

Advisor: Molly Quinn, PhD 

2nd place: 

Bethany Hager, Leadership and Human Resource Development
Living Beyond Loss: An Analysis of Social Media Posts of Women Returning to Work after Losing Their Spouse

Advisor: Oliver Crocco, PhD

3rd place: 

Jiyoung Lee, Geography
Identify the Characteristics of Crime Hotspots Using Machine Learning and Google Street View

Advisor: Michael Leitner, PhD

1st place:

Katy Venable, Biomedical Sciences
Blueberry Supplementation for Depression and Anxiety in a Rural Louisiana Population

Advisor: Charles Lee, PhD

2nd place: 

Rita Aoun, Biomedical and Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Horseshoe Effects on In vivo Equine Gait Kinetics and Capsule Deformation

Advisor: Mandi Lopez, PhD

3rd place: 

Yash Flora, Cellular, Developmental, & Integrative Biology
Lipid efflux via SPIN-4 in C. elegans male germ-cell controls sperm pseudopod development and motility

Advisor: Adam Bohnert, PhD

1st place:

Victoria Rittell, Macromolecular Chemistry
Time Makes the mAb Grow Fonder: Effects of Aging on NISTmAb Solution Stability​ with Various Excipients

Advisor: Amy Xu, PhD

2nd place: 

Suliat Alli, Chemistry
Computational Investigation on the Interactions Between BfrB and the Small Molecule Inhibitors of the BfrB-Bfd Complex

Advisor: Mario Rivera, PhD

3rd place: 

Zach Yarbrough, Physics
Characterizing the Influence of Noise Transients in Advanced LIGO on the GstLAL Search Pipeline

Advisor: Gabriela Gonzalez. PhD

1st place:

Tonmoy Sarker, Electrical Engineering
Vision-based Perception for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)

Advisor: Xiangyu Meng, PhD

2nd place: 

Shashank Muley, Construction Management 
Construction Workers Near-Miss Recognition - A Personality Study 

Advisor: Chao Wang, PhD

3rd place: 

Ruxin Wang, Cyber Security and Privacy
Enhancing Kiosk Systems Security by Verifying the Smartphone User's Gripping Hand Geometry

Advisor: Chen Wang, PhD


Oral Presentation / Performance / Reading

1st place:

Tyler Musgrove, Entomology
Effects of planting date and rice cultivar on rice water weevil density and stem borer injury

Advisor: Blake Wilson, PhD

2nd place: 

Schyler Lee, Entomology
Field Testing Commercial Entomopathogens for Control of sweetpotato weevil, Cylas formicarius elegantulus (Summers)

Advisor: Jeffrey Davis, PhD

3rd place: 

Sujun Liu, Merchandising
Fashion Resale in China: an Overview

Advisor: Chunmin Lang, PhD

1st place:

Wu Ji Khoo, DMA in Vocal Performance
Advancing Asian Art Music in the United States: A Performer's Guide to Chee Yean Wong's "Mementos of Innocence" and "Three Yeats Songs"

Advisor: Robert Grayson, PhD

2nd place: 

LaDonna Ouedraogo, Acting
The Dual Side of Privilege

Advisor: Rockford Sansom, PhD

3rd place: 

Eunchong Kang, Voice
Femme Fatale in German Lieder: Songs of Lorelei by Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Alexander Zemlinsky

Advisor: Lori Bade, PhD

1st place:

Jordan Dove, Mass Communication
Watching Sports Online: Evaluating the Viewing Motivations of Sports Streaming Service Users

Advisor: Sujin Kim, PhD

2nd place: 

Logan Berthelot, Public Administration
State and Local Adaptations to Changing Markets: The Case of Electric Vehicle Policies in the U.S.

Advisor: Anmol Soni, PhD

3rd place: 

Qinqin Wang, Media & Public Affairs
Is There a Balance Between the U.S. Government Secrecy Regime and Free Speech Rights of Government Employees? The Legal Landscape of the U.S. Government Control of Information

Advisor: Will Mari, PhD

1st place:

Tatiana De Maio, Writing and Culture
Mystery Project: In Between and Beyond: Borders, Attunements, and Dimensions in the Discursive Realities of Writing and Culture with Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, and Anzaldúa

Advisor: Chris Barrett, PhD

2nd place: 

Derrick Lathan, Sociology
Round II: Exploring the Experiences of Black, First-Generation Graduate and Professional Students at HBCUs 

Advisor: Lori Martin, PhD

3rd place: 

Teye Yevuyibor, Sociology
"Oh yes! I Earn Enough": Examining the Activities that Establish Agency in Scrap Dealing in Urban Ghana

Advisor: Kevin T. Smiley, PhD

1st place:

Ivan Martίnez-Espinoza, Pathobiological Sciences
Respiratory pneumovirus-induced small non-coding RNAs alter the innate immune response in phagocytes and epithelial cells

Advisor: Antonieta Guerrero-Plata, PhD

2nd place: 

Alexander Lee, Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Development of a Low Cost, 3D Printable Canine Prosthetic

Advisor: Michelle Osborn, PhD

3rd place: 

Amit Sharma, Pathobiological Sciences
Activation of the Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Regulator IRE1α Compromises Immunity to MRSA Lung Infection

Advisor: Basel H. Abuaita, PhD

1st place:

Scott Aronson, Physics
Quantum Noise in Gravitational Wave Detectors

Advisor: Thomas Corbitt, PhD

2nd place: 

Brecklyn Groce, Chemistry
Effects of Clays and Other Fillers in Preparation of Epoxy-Vinyl Ether Composites by Radical-Induced Cationic Frontal Polymerization

Advisor: John Pojman, PhD

3rd place: 

Shanta Biswas, Macromolecular Chemistry
Effects of Crowding Agents on the Complex Coacervation of Macromolecules

Advisor: Amy Xu, PhD

1st place:

Luis Briceno-Mena, Chemical Engineering
Hybrid Modeling for Electrochemical Processes

Advisor: Jose Romagnoli, PhD

2nd place: 

Siavash Sarrafan, Mechanical Engineering
A Hybrid Syntactic/Open-Cell Shape Memory Polymer Foam

Advisor: Guoqiang Li, PhD

3rd place: 

Andres Lizano, Chemical Engineering
Machine Learning-Based Framework Allows for Rapid Production of Arbitrary Colloidal Self-Assembly

Advisor: Xun Tang, PhD

2023 GRC Presenters

full list of presenters 

Conference Details

Date: April 26, 2023

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE Registration


  • LSU Student Union (primary location)

  • Certain presentation formats will be held in other locations around campus. Presenters will be notified directly with the specific location.

All events will take place in the LSU Student Union unless otherwise noted.

download 2023 grc Agenda

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.
Registration/ Morning Presentation Set-up

9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:05 a.m.
Welcome from Provost Roy Haggerty 

9:20 a.m.
Overview of the Day & Presentations

9:30 a.m.
Morning Presentations

  • Oral Sessions (various locations*)
  • Poster Sessions (LSU Union: Magnolia Room) 
  • Performances/Readings (Music & Dramatic Arts Building:  Recital Hall)

12:00 p.m.
Morning Poster Removal

12:30 p.m.
Distinguished Dissertation Lightning Talks 

1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Presentation Set-up (Poster & Oral)

1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Presentations

  • Oral Sessions (various locations*)
  • Poster Sessions (LSU Union: Magnolia Room)
  • Art Exhibition (French House) 
  • Visual Displays (French House)

3:45 p.m.
Remarks from Dean James Nguyen H. Spencer

4:00 p.m.
Award Announcements

4:25 p.m.
Closing Remarks from President William F. Tate IV

4:40 p.m.


*Oral Presentation Rooms: Atchafalaya, Castilian, Capital Chamber, International, Red River, & Vieux Carre

Topic Areas

  • Mass Communication, Education, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, and Performing/Visual Arts

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Presentation Formats

  • Poster Presentation

  • Oral Presentation

  • Visual Display

  • Performance / Reading

  • Art Show


James Spencer, Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate School


Organizing Committee Members

Guoqiang Li, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Strategy, Graduate School

Tyrslai M. Williams-Carter, Assistant Dean of Mentoring, Education, and Research, Graduate School

Se Yeon Chung, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences 

Peter Clift, Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Arend Van Gemmert, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Kinesiology

Keith Hall, Professor and Energy Law Center Director, Law Center

Lori Martin, Associate Professor, Sociology

Pam Pike, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Music

Casey Stannard, Associate Professor, Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising 

GRC Team Leads

Judging: Jaylee Russell

Registration: Sandy Bacchus

Posters: Wynton Johnson

Moderating/Communication: Melissa Crawford