2016 Award Winners

Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award

Marcia Croft

Marcia Croft, a graduate student in Ecological Sciences and Engineering, was awarded the Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award for his poster project entitled: “Understanding Formal and Informal Seed Systems: African Indigenous Vegetables in Western Kenya."

Theresa DAquilla

Theresa D'Aquila, a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Nutrition Program, was awarded an Honorable Mention for his poster project entitled: “Diet induced obesity alters intestinal cytoplasmic lipid droplet morphology and associated proteins in response to a dietary fat challenge."


Certificate of Excellence Awards

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program 
Certificate of Excellence Winner
Project/ Presentation Title
Comparative Literature 
Yingying Huang  Fantasized Expos: Late Qing Fiction and the Transnational Vision
Computational Life Sciences
Neha Rana  Structural transition between ligand-free and ligand-bound forms of protein using normal mode analysis of coarse grained models
Computational Science & Engineering
Arif Mohaimin Sadri  The Role of Social Capital, Personal Networks, and Early Responders in Post-disaster Recovery
Ecological Sciences and Engineering
Rachel Sparks  Mapping and Analyzing Energy Use and Efficiency in a Modified Hydroponic Shipping Container
Food Science
Jonathan Kershaw  Food for the fight? A grape compound, piceatannol, plays an inhibitory role in cancer cachexia-associated fat break down in vitro
Gulcin Con  Adult Children’s Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism During Caregiving: Comparisons between Turkey and the U.S.
Ingestive Behavior Jing Zhou  Higher protein intake improves sleep and blood pressure, and influences the relation between changes in blood pressure and sleep during energy restriction in middle-aged overweight and obese adults
Biomedical Sciences Evan Phillips Murine Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Demonstrate Heterogeneous Growth and Remodeling by High-frequency Ultrasound
Interdepartmental Nutrition Program Krittikan Chanpaisaeng

Trabecular Bone in the Distal Femur and L5 Spine are Differentially Influenced by Dietary Calcium Restriction and Genetics in Growing Mice

Life Sciences(PULSe)   Frank Suárez-Román 

Investigating the role of the NLP7 transcription factor in drought stress response in Arabidopsis thaliana

Linguistics April Grotberg  New Ways to Visualize Old Patterns: Yule’s Q as a Measure of Consonant Cooccurrence Restrictions
Other Interdisciplinary Research, non-IGP     

Zherui Guo 

Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering

Dynamic Bovine Bone Fracture Investigation with High-Energy X-Rays

Other Interdisciplinary Research, non-IGP     

Meridith Robins 

Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Chemogenetic inhibition of the dorsal striatum is sufficient to reduce alcohol intake in mice

Purdue Interdisciplinary Audience Choice Award

The attendees at the spring 2016 reception voted on their favorite presentations and the honor of the Interdisciplinary Audience Choice Award was conferred upon Fa Wang and Sascha Angermann.

Fa Wang

Fa Wang's (Interdepartmental Nutrition Program) presentation entitled "Vitamin D Receptor-Dependent Signaling in Both Immune Cells and Colon Epithelial Cells Protects Mice from Dextran Sulphate Sodium-Induced Colitis"

Sascha Angermann

Sascha Angermann’s ( American Studies) presentation entitled "Re-Visioning Transgender Representation on TV"



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