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Undergraduate Research Symposium Presenters

April 26, 2021

student standing next to poster presentation

Learn about the Undergrad Research Symposium

The signature event of Undergraduate Research Week, the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) has been held on the University of Illinois (U of I) campus since 2008. The number of undergraduate students participating has grown from a few hundred in its inaugural year to well over 800 students (as of Spring 2019). Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates. Our students are innovative and engaged, eager to learn from their advisors and mentors. Their projects also demonstrate the ongoing institutional commitment to supporting and expanding research opportunities at the U of I and beyond.

School of Social Work presenters:

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Cyber-victimization Experiences Among Middle School Students Jessica Baltierra, Sophomore, Social Work, SSW Sarah Aronson, Junior, Social Work, SSW Madisyn Welsh, Junior, Social Work, SSW (Research Mentor: Rachel Garthe, School of Social Work)
  • Impact of Social Media on Adolescents Eating, Sleep, and Exercise Patterns During the COVID-19 Pandemic Breena Shusterman, Junior, Social Work, SSW Emily Mikuta, Junior, Psychology, LAS (Research Mentor: Rachel Garthe, School of Social Work)
  • An Investigation into the Potential of Horticultural and Nature-Based Interventions for Well-Being and the Methods to Evaluate Their Effects Liz Guenther, Junior, Social Work, SSW (Research Mentor: Rachel Garthe, School of Social Work)
  • It’s Not a Book. It’s a BoK— Ruminating in the Margins on the Role of Self-Reflective Journaling in Fostering Personal and Professional Socialization Paige Saddler, Senior, Social Work, SSW (Research Mentor: Tara Earls-Larrison, School of Social Work)
  • An Exploration of Dating Violence Norms Among Early Adolescents Alexis Krones, Junior, Social Work, SSW Sarah Aronson, Junior, Social Work, SSW Amanda Yeazel, Senior, Social Work, SSW (Research Mentor: Rachel Garthe, School of Social Work)
  • Associations Between Parenting Practices and Acceptance of Dating Abuse Norms Among 7th Grade Students Amanda Yeazel, Senior, Social Work, SSW Alexis Krones, Junior, Social Work, SSW Sarah Aronson, Junior, Social Work, SSW (Research Mentor: Rachel Garthe, School of Social Work)
  • Children’s Confidence in Their Thinking About Climate, Environment, and Weather Jenna Brody, Junior, Social Work, SSW (Research Mentor: Ross Toedte, Department of Educational Psychology)

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