Research Symposium

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Student Research Symposium

Fall 2023 Awardees


First place: Claire Bernard – Identifying purple martin diet and its effect on nestling development

Second place: Gabriel Dasilva – Cannibalism in lesser mealworms

Third place: Madeline Downer – Community resilience plan for the town of Slaughter Beach, Delaware


First place: Emily Morgese – Genomic and phenotypic diversity of 16 novel bradyrhizobium phages

Second place: Ahamed Zakaria – Estimating the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination on the housing market

Third place: Srabone Saha – Fair wage from the lens of consumer empathy


First place: Rachel Keown – A single amino acid mutation in coliphage T7 DNA polymerase disrupts in vitro enzyme processivity and in vivo infection dynamics

Second place: Kathryn Ellwood – The layer hen model of human ovarian cancer

Third place: Ashleigh Montgomery – Targeting the destabilization of organic matter-bearing Fe and Mn oxides using indicator of reduction in soils (IRIS) films in coastal forests affected by sea-level rise

Postdoctoral researchers

First place: Jing Yan – Effects of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) on saltwater evaporation: a case study using bacillus subtilis