Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium

December 1 - 3

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is excited to host its annual Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium December 1 - 3, which serves as a venue for students to present their research to the greater WashU community.

Each year, the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium showcases the diverse range of impressive research projects completed by WashU undergraduates and mentored by WashU faculty. It provides opportunities for students to share their research, to engage in peer networking and cross-disciplinary conversations, and to develop presentation skills. This year's event will once again take place in virtual format. We hope that as you engage with presenters online you will learn something new and make lasting connections.

TO PARTICIPATE, go to the Undergraduate Research Symposium's Welcome Page starting Thursday, December 1:

There will be two links in the upper right hand corner that will be most useful to you: “Presentations” and “Live Sessions.”

  • The Presentations page is home to students’ pre-recorded posters, talks, exhibits, and performances. You may filter by subject area or search by presenters' names or poster titles. Anyone can view the posters, but you will be asked to create a ForagerOne Symposium account in order to comment on posters and interact with other virtual attendees. From the welcome page, click on the “Sign in” tab on the upper right to create an account. You must use an approved @wustl.edu email address to create your account.
  • Visit the Live Sessions tab for links to drop-in hours where members of the OUR team can help answer questions about undergraduate research. You can find the schedule for the OUR drop-in hours here:
    • Thursday: 10AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM
    • Friday: 9AM-11AM and 3PM-5PM

In the meantime, check out a list of live Zoom Q&A sessions that will be offered by some of our student presenters below.


Visit more than 150 student presentations from a range of disciplines, including a series of Live Zoom Q&A sessions hosted by some of the presenters. See the schedule below.

View Presentations

Live Zoom Q&A Sessions

Thursday, December 1

9 – 10 a.m. 
Sonali Ajwani 
Title: Placental Growth and Function in Congenital Heart Disease and Association with Fetal Brain Development

11 – 11:30 a.m. 
Bryce Moulton
Title: Developmental Effects of Heatwave Exposure in Mosquitoes

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Kristen Casey
Title: Understanding the Role of Pif1 Helicase in Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres in Human Cells

4 – 5 p.m. 
Brian Lu
Title: Concentration-Dependent Lytic Effect of Poly-Arginine Crown Ether Peptides Revealed by DAPI and PI-based Spectrofluorometric Assays


Friday, December 2

9 – 9:30 a.m. 
Sarah Olsen
Title: Adding Solubilizing Alkyl Chains to Self-Complementary Urea-Based Arrays

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Fatou Kane
Title: (In)consistency: Academic Community and Urban Schools in the Post-Pandemic Landscape

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Vung Lian
Title: Maternal Obesogenic Diet Alters the Microbiome and Weaning Reaction in Offspring with Associated Increase in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

1 p.m. 
Ashutosh Kumar
Title: The Effects of the MycT73N Mutation on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function in Steady State and Stress Conditions
2 – 3 p.m. 
Leandrea Clay
Title: Mississippi Mud: Visibility for Black Women’s Stories in Rural Mississippi

2 p.m. 
Brandon Ward
Title: Insurance to Value: Property Insurance Lifeline

3 – 4 p.m. 
Sarah Wilson
Title: Soil Lead Distribution in the St. Louis Region of Missouri

2 p.m. 
Drew Varnell
Title: Selections Role in Maintaining a Color Polymorphism in the Sulawesi Fish Telmatherina antoniae

4 – 5 p.m. 
Pooja Shah
Title: Cellular Tropism and Virulence of Murine Norovirus is Controlled by Interferon Signaling

Saturday, December 3

10 – 10:30 a.m.
Haolin Shen
Title: Evaluation of T-cell Receptor (TCR) and Peptide MHC (pMHC) Modeling Tools by Emerging Single-Cell Approaches

11 a.m. 
Grace Teuscher
Title: Accent Effort Discounting

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Solomon Kang
Title: Co-Stimulation of Endogenous T-cells with CD86-secreting CAR T-cells

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Eric Kwon
Title: Inducing Enhanced Cytotoxic Activity Through CD28 Agonizing CAR T-cells

12 p.m. 
Rea Agnihotri
Title: Optimizing CAR T Cell Therapy to Ameliorate B Cell-Dependent Neuroinflammation

5 – 6 p.m. 
Sriharsha Gonuguntla
Title: Effects of Meningeal Nociception on Immunity in Meningitis