Posters at the Georgia State Capitol

Congratulations to those who attended posters at the capitol 2023!

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Thanks to those who Presented their research:  

  • Robert Garrard, University of Georgia, "The Dynamic Formation of Nuclear RNA Foci in Proliferating Fibroblast Cells Derived from ALS Patients"
  • Katelyn King, Emory University, "Novel Roles for Nucleosome Remodeling Complex Subunits in Prostate Cancer"
  • Kimberly Gomes, Kennesaw State University, "Predictors of Positive and Negative Affect in Deployed Military Medical Personnel"
  • Gerran Collins, University of North Georgia, "Moderating Effects of Motivational Learning with Incentive Following Perinatal Exposure to Ethanol"
  • Frances Chiu, Emory University, "Pan-Hematopoietic Knockout of LCMT-1 and Methylation-Dependent PP2A Heterotrimers Regulates Erythroblast Development" 
  • Amber Oliver, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, "Getting the Jab: Good Habits and Covid-19 Vaccination"
  • Vidhya Mallikarjunan, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Developing a Point-of-Need Cell-Free Hexavalent Chromium Biosensor" 
  • Brittany Aguilar, Kennesaw State University, "Latinx Children and Culturally Relevant Fractions Lessons"
  • Anna Agi, Georgia College and State University, "Diatom community responses to Best Management Practices within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (VIP)" 
  • Madalyn Nesheim, Mercer University, "Sustainable Concrete Mixtures Using Locally Sourced Materials"
  • Ternya Gibson, Fort Valley State University, "Expedited Development and Characterization of Tablet Formulations" 
  • Madelyn Adair, Valdosta State University, "Taking on Monkeypox with a Novel Anti-Viral Strategy" 
  • Arnav Patidar, Georgia Institute of Technology, "FinTech vs TechFin" 
  • Callie Goins, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Switching Infrared Light Reflection for Commercial and Defense Applications"
  • Sharif Coker, Fort Valley State University, "Environmental Drivers of Diogeographic Range Within Planktonic Foraminifera During the Piacenzian, Pliocene"
  • Aulden Keating Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Studying Quantum Materials with Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy" 

  • Alexandra Furney, Georgia College and State University, "Role of Regulatory mRNA Structures in the Expression of Cancer-Related Genes"

  • Emma Smalley, Kennesaw State University, "Law and Legislation: Women Communication Challenges in Masculine Professions" 

  • Nallely Mendez, Fort Valley State University, "Effect of Different Dry Cow Vaccination Schedules on Performance of Dairy Cows" 

  • Alejandra Tapia Batres, Georgia State University, "Project Safe Flight: Evaluating the Impact of Georgia State University Campus Buildings on Birds"

  • Kesiena Tuoyo, University of West Georgia, "The Impending Consequences of Human Encroachment on Biologically Diverse Ecosystems On Public Health" 

  • Rachel Howell, Georgia College and State University, "Exercise and Social-Media in Relation to Mental Health During the Pandemic"

  • Lauren Moskowitz, Georgia College and State University, "Does Holding a Specific Executive Rank within a Company Affect the Probability of Committing Insider Trading?" 

  • Evan Dunnam, Georgia College and State University, "Production of a Portable Solar Generator" 

  • Evelyn Tello-Mendoza, University of North Georgia, "Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Self-Efficacy in Sex Practices Within the LGBTQ+ Community" 

  • Shyra LaRea LaGarde, Valdosta State University, "Topological Data Analysis Of SARS-COV-2 Variant Surges Over the Top 50 Most Populated Countries Based on Their Stringency of Policies" 

  • Valesia Davis, Georgia Southern University, "A Development of a Novel Pump Design for a Miniaturized High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)" 

  • Alexander Fouraker, Valdosta State University, "Measurements and Analysis of Vehicles Speed near Valdosta Middle School: A Collaborative Study between the VSU Engineering Program and the City of Valdosta" 

  • Joshua Bunting, Georgia Southern University, "An Elasto-Hydrodynamic Seal for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Plants" 

  • Marlo Mecredy, Mercer University, "Measuring the Hydraulic Conductivity of Soil with Large Additives" 

  • Nick Stoltz, University of North Georgia, "The Effects of Specified Gendered Colonies on Laricobius Nigrinus Rearing Efficiency in a Lab Setting"

  • Ricardo Hernandez, Georgia State University, "Monogamy in the Face of Opportunity: Mate Assessment and Pair Bonding in Convict Cichlids"

  • Jacob Cash, University of West Georgia, "Cucurbit[n]urils As Molecular “Containers”: Half Empty or Half Full?" 

  • Victor Buitimea, Georgia Southern University, "A Novel Magnetorheological Elastomer-Based Artificial Pancreas" 

  • Caroline Ray, Georgia Southern University, "The Use of Behavior Specific Praise in a Secondary Math Classroom"

  • Dalvin Ross, Kennesaw State University, "CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER FRONT: Sustaining A Lost Culture through Environmental and Social Stewardship of Native American Cultural Center" 

  • Scott Roques, Oglethorphe University, "Epigenetic Modifiers spr-2 and spr-5 Have Similar Transgenerational Phenotypes, Implying They Function in a Common Process"

  • Emily Zhao, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Buzz Ballots: A Secure Voting Machine" 

Submissions are closed for posters at the capitol  

Complete applications include the following (please see full guidelines below):

  1. An abstract of no less than 200 words and no more than 250 words
  2. Presentation experience statement of no more than 250 words

Applicants with presentation experience across a variety of audiences receive priority. Posters at the Capitol presentations may either be new research (not previously presented) or previously presented research. Stronger abstract submissions will be legible to a broad, interdisciplinary audience and will have been presented previously. There is no registration or attendance fee associated with Posters at the Georgia State Capitol.

Before beginning the application, please have the following information available:

  1. Home street address and city
  2. Click here for your State legislative House and Senate districts for your personal home street address (non-US residents select NA)
  3. Mentor(s) first and last name and email address
  4.  Up to two presenters' first and last names, email addresses, and telephone numbers
  5. Prepare an abstract of up to 250 words. The abstract must be written for an educated audience who may or may not have experience in your field of study.
  6. Prepare a brief discussion of your presentation experience (250 words or less) both to academic and non-academic audiences

Poster Presentation

Note: A previous oral presentation may be converted to a poster presentation

A poster is a static, visual medium (usually of the paper or board variety) that students use to communicate their research. The difference between poster and paper presentations is that students should let their poster do most of the "talking." Up to 40 undergraduate research posters will be selected for presentation.

  1. Only those listed as the first and/or second presenter will be permitted to present. All other co-authors’ names are eligible to be listed as co-authors on the poster but will not be listed as presenters;
  2. Student who fills out the application MUST be present during the designated time to answer questions and provide further details,
  3. Poster requirements are landscape or portrait 36" tall by 44" wide or 44" tall x 36" wide;
  4. If funding was received for any part of the research project or for presenting the research, then the funding agency or agencies must be identified on the poster;
  5. If your research is selected for presentation, you will be responsible for the following:
  • Providing an electronic copy of the poster (drafts acceptable) to the submission portal on or before February 6th, 2023 (The state government reserves the right to reject any posters with explicit political agendas or other materials they deem inappropriate.); 
  • Covering expenses related to the presentation. No expenses are covered by the GURC for poster printing or travel to the event. Contact your institution for logistical support.

Expectations the Day of the Event

  1. Arrive at the Capitol presentation space at 12:30 p.m. on presentation day in order to have time to setup to start at 1 pm
  2. Dress is business casual or professional. 
  3. Demonstrate professional presentation behavior at all times
  4. We highly encourage mentors to attend to support their students.

This undergraduate research presentation opportunity is an initiative of the Georgia Undergraduate Research Collective (GURC). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any Posters at the Georgia State Capitol Committee members by emailing

Poster Requirements

Poster Presentation 

A poster is a static, visual medium (usually of the paper or board variety) that students use to communicate their research. An oral presentation can be converted to a poster presentation. The difference between poster and paper presentations is that students should let their posters do most of the "talking." The material presented on the poster should convey the essence of their message. However, students MUST be present during the designated time to answer questions and provide further details. 

Poster requirements are landscape or portrait 36" tall by 44" wide or 44" tall x 36" wide. Poster stands are provided by the GURC.

Day of the Event Requirements
  • Arrive on the Capitol Grounds by 12:30 p.m. on presentation day. Please be ready to begin your presentation at 1 p.m.
  • Bring your approved poster.
  • Refrain from discussing politics while at the Capitol.
  • No expenses are covered by the GURC for poster printing or any travel-related expenses related to the GURC Posters at the Georgia State Capitol. Contact your institution for support.
  • Be dressed in proper business casual or business professional attire ProfessionalDressforSuccess.pdf (
  • Engage the attendees who stop to view your poster.
  • This is YOUR research and the attendees want to hear from you, the undergraduate presenters, not your mentor.
  • Mentors are encouraged to attend. We request that mentors allow the student researchers to present their findings to the attendees, as the purpose of this event is to highlight the work of the students. Please feel free to circulate through the presentations and allow your students the opportunity to learn through this experience.   
PaC Steering Committee



Stefanie Sevcik, Georgia College & State University, Posters at the Capitol President

Jordan Cofer, Georgia College & State University, Associate Provost for Transformative Learning Experiences

Lovonna L. Lovern, Valdosta State University, GURC President

Kymberly Harris, Georgia Southern University, Past GURC President

Anastasia Lin, University of North Georgia, Past GURC President