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Allied Social Science Associations Annual Economics Conference

Andrew Teodorescu is a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Economics. He was awarded a Fall 2019 Conference Grant, which he used to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations.

Reaching For the Stars: A Study of Bacterial Antibiotic Susceptibility and Response to Media pH Under Simulated Microgravity

Daniela Farchi is a Fourth-Year in the college majoring in Biology. She was awarded a Fall 2019 Conference Grant which she used to attend the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Mysore Summer 2019- I wish I had More of Mysore!

Ruhika Prasad is a Senior majoring in Anthropology and Human Biology. She was awarded a Summer 2019 Independent Grant which she used to conduct research on mental health needs in Myosore, Karnataka under Dr. Joyce Flueckiger. 

This summer was a whirlwind of amazing experiences. I couldn’t believe I had the opportunity to conduct my thesis research in Mysore, Karnataka this summer. It was incredible to spend time in India and work with an amazing organization to do it! I worked with the Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRI- link: http://www.phrii.com/). 

NCUR 2019: The Future of Budding Academics

Mawuko Kpodo  is a senior majoring in Philosophy. She was awarded a Spring 2019 Conference Grant which she used to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Physics Research: A Practical Remedy for Seemingly Listless Theory

Joseph Piccolo is a Senior majoring in Physics. He was awarded a Summer 2019 Conference Grant which he used to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)


I work with the Emory Physics Department as an undergraduate researcher. My principal investigator, Dr. Laura Finzi, specializes in biophysics. Biophysics is the study of biological systems, such as a strand of DNA, using physics approaches. In the Finzi lab, we study the mechanics of DNA and epigenetic gene regulation. One way we study these topics is through the use of magnetic tweezers. In these studies, we attach a microscopic magnet to a single strand of DNA and exert forces on it using a macroscopic magnet we control in the lab. Additionally, we measure how the DNA responds to these forces. Traditionally, magnetic tweezers have been bar magnets mounted on the data collection microscope. The bar magnet is moved around the sample by mechanical motors, allowing us to generate forces on the DNA. Due to this setup, the movement of the motors decreases our measurement precision. To combat this problem, the Finzi Lab is developing a new set of magnetic tweezers with no moving parts. This new system, known as electromagnetic tweezers, uses wires wrapped in coils and a circuit board to interact with the small magnets we attach to DNA. The electromagnetic tweezer development has been my primary project for 2 years.