Awards

2019 Winners

Research

Katlynn Bugda Gwilt: Novel Therapeutic Receptor Target in the Leaky Gut

Innovation

Aberdeen Dinius: Calculating Chemical Reaction Rates for Biofuels

Scholarship

Alya Abourezk: You Are on Indigenous Land

Entrepreneurship

Sam Carmola: Optimality Conditions for Intraday Equity Trades

Best Video Pitch Award

Emily E. Dahlgaard Thor: Intuitive Language Across Science Communications

COE Solution Awards

1st Place – Undergraduate – Kestral Johnston: Tidal Flow Constructed Wetland for Water Reuse
1st Place – Graduate – Kunind Sharma: Modeling Thermal Comfort Behavior
2nd Place – Graduate – Basma Bargal: Modeling Caregiver Burnout

DATA Award

Anirudh Kamath: How Much is Your Outfit Worth?

Graduate Innovator Award

Kaustubh Shivdikar: Pi-Tiles

Grand Impact Award

Zahra Amiji: Folic Acid and the Hispanic Population

SAIL Award

Alexa Soares: Oxidative Effects of Maternal Separation

Sharing Economy Award

Forrest Perkins: Architects Empowering Community

Computer and Information Sciences

Undergraduate: Sam Carmola: Optimality Conditions for Intraday Equity Trades
Graduate: Richard Huff: A National Job Market Analytics Platform

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate: Aberdeen Dinius: Calculating Chemical Reaction Rates for Biofuels
Graduate: Kunind Sharma: Modeling Thermal Comfort Behavior

Health Sciences

Undergraduate: Daniel Kent: Reducing Total Anesthetic Load In Vivo
Graduate: Katlynn Bugda Gwilt: Novel Therapeutic Receptor Target in the Leaky Gut

Humanities and Arts

Undergraduate: Alya Abourezk: You Are on Indigenous Land
Graduate: Nina Shabalina: Deconstructing Materiality

Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes

Undergraduate: Christopher Scianna: Healing Soles
Graduate: Qifan Zhai: Characterization of Increases in Infection Rates

Physical and Life Sciences

Undergraduate: Daem Celestin: nPLEX for High Throughput Protein Analysis
Graduate: Maria Paz: Automated Monitoring System for Larva Behavior

Social Sciences, Business and Law

Undergraduate: Caroline Hyun Sue Kim: IPV Screening Efficacy: Realist Review
Graduate: Emily E. Dahlgaard Thor: Intuitive Language Across Science Communications

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The Awards

RISE Awards will be presented to those showing excellence in:

  • Research – $1,000 awarded for methodological and procedural excellence in exploration and study
  • Innovation – $1,000 awarded for the discovery of novel and revolutionary inventions or processes that can be translated into real-world applications
  • Scholarship – $1,000 awarded for an academic breakthrough in a particular field
  • Entrepreneurship (People’s Choice) – $2,500 awarded for research with the greatest entrepreneurial potential. Granted to the student presentation receiving the most votes from RISE attendees

Awards are given in the following categories to one undergraduate and one graduate:

  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Arts

  • Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes
  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Business and Law

Focus Awards

  • Best Video Pitch Award – $1,000 awarded to presenter submitting the best RISE Video Suite. Sponsored by RISE
  • COE Solution Awards$2000 in total awards recognizing COE students demonstrating remarkable innovation by identifying novel solutions to problems within scientific, social, and/or entrepreneurial spheres. Sponsored by the College of Engineering
  • DATA Award – $1,500 awarded to the presentation demonstrating the most inventive and promising approach to creating value with data-driven and technology-enabled analytics and automation. Sponsored by DATA Initiative 
  • Grand Impact Award – $1,500 awarded to the presentation displaying the most judicious means for advancing social, civic, and/or environmental equity. Sponsored by RISE
  • SAIL Award – $1,000 awarded to the participant whose Reflection statement best applies the SAIL framework and language to describe a notable experience related to RISE participation. Sponsored by SAIL
  • Sharing Economy Award – $1,500 awarded to the presentation demonstrating the most creative and promising approach to using technologies and algorithms for optimizing design, incentives, operations and security of sharing economy systems as well as enabling socially desirable outcomes, such as sustainable growth, social equity and improved resilience. Sponsored by SHARE
  • Graduate Innovator Award – Recognizes a graduate peer who demonstrates remarkable innovation by identifying new approaches to problem solving for maximal social impact. Sponsored by Graduate Student Government

Past Winners

2018 Awards

Best Video Pitch

Samantha Ernst: Electronic Medical Records & Child Abuse

Graduate Innovator Award

Shadi Emam: MIP Gas Sensor

Computer and Information Sciences

Undergraduate: Anush Devadhasan: Elucidating Mechanisms of HIV Control
Graduate: Kaustubh Shivdikar: The Prime Hexagon

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate: Victoria D’Agostino: Point-of-Care HPV Diagnosis
Graduate: Javier Fonseca: Reticular Chemistry to Predict MOFs

Health Sciences

Undergraduate: Shivahamy Maheswaran: A Pre-Diagnostic for Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer
Graduate: Katlynn Gwilt: Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Inflammation

Humanities and Arts

Undergraduate: Alya Abourezk: Forestation Urbanization
Graduate: Avery Watterworth: Structural Resilience: Building for Stormwater

Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes

Undergraduate: Samantha Ernst: Electronic Medical Records & Child Abuse
Graduate: Sanahan Vijayakuma: Scale-Up Manufacturing of ‘INCeRT’ Implants

Physical and Life Sciences

Undergraduate: Eun Kyung Jeon: Cell Cycle Kinetics in Denervated Regenerate
Graduate: Seamus McKenney: Dissecting Immuno-Heterogeneity with Microfluidics

Social Sciences, Business and Law

Undergraduate: Samantha Goldman: Differences in Dehumanizing Language in the Media
Graduate: Yian Xu: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Cognitive Bias

2017 Awards

Computer and Information Sciences

Undergraduate: Benjamin Trapani: A Fast Parallel Level Set Segmentation Algorithm for 3-D Images
Graduate: Bryan Koch: Detection and Mitigation of Malicious Modifications on the Minnowboard Turbot

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate: Justin Hynes-Bruell: Augmented Reality for Parkinson’s: An Assistive Tool Based on Visual Cues
Graduate: 
Harsh Engineer: Portable Thermoelectricity Generating Kit

Health Sciences

Undergraduate: Gilbert Yap: Motion Capture-Based Robotic Interfaces to Enhance Engagement and Adherence In Pediatric Rehabilitation
Graduate: 
Amirah Aly: Focused Ultrasound Enhancement of an Intranasal Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Humanities and Arts

Undergraduate: Evan McEldowney: Kleo: User Centered Art Tours
Graduate: Cyrus Dahmubed: Rising with the Tides: Saving Boston from Sea Level Rise with a New Eco-District

Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes

Undergraduate: Emily Navarrete: A Student Designed Curriculum: Developing a Project-Based Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Course
Graduate: Michael Gargano: Cancer Publication Portal: Identifying Gene-Cancer Associations from Biomedical Literature

Physical and Life Sciences

Undergraduate: Michael Nelson: Exploring Hydrogel Potential in Football Helmets
Graduate: 
John de la Parra: Discovering Novel Biomarkers for Women’s Health: A Robust Platform for Disease Detection in the Menstrual Blood Proteome

Social Sciences, Business and Law

Undergraduate: Alaina Baker: What’s in a Headline? Framing of Mass Violence Impacts Social PerceptionGraduate: Yian Xu: Cognitive Bias in Legal Decision-Making: New Evidence from Psychological Studies

2016 Awards

Computer and Information Sciences

Undergraduate: Mansi Jain: Automated Diagnostic System for Gastric Cancer
Graduate: Keith Harrigan: Anonymity and Gender Inference on Reddit

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate: Quan Do: A Sensor-Based App for Video Game Play
Graduate: 
Joshua Martin: Developing Hierarchically Reinforced Composites Via 3D Printing and Magnetic Assembly

Health Sciences

Undergraduate: Alyssa Long: Pharmacy Student Interactions with Minority Groups
Graduate: 
Julie Goff: Gross Motor Group Effects on Children with ASD

Humanities and Arts

Undergraduate: Sarah Solomon: Housing the Boston Homeless
Graduate: Joseph di Bella: Re-thinking Structure

Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes

Undergraduate: Shawn Jones: Triton SCUBA Diving Prosthetic
Graduate: Michael Williams: Human In the Loop Debris Collection

Physical and Life Sciences

Undergraduate: Joseph Chung: Development of a Fluorescent Western Blot of CFTR
Graduate: 
John de la Parra: Controlled Biosynthesis and Diversification of Plant-Derived Pharmaceuticals

Social Sciences, Business and Law

Undergraduate: Amelie Desrosiers: Pathways to Progress
Graduate: Matthew Murry: Attachment and Emotion Perception Across Adulthood

2015 Awards

Research

Kristofer Patel: NanoCRISPR: An Alternative to Chemotherapy

Innovation

Salar Shahini Shamsabadi: PAVEMON: A GIS Web-based PAVEment MONitoring System

Scholarship

David Potter: De Novo Urbanism

Entrepreneurship

Codi Gharagouzloo: Diagnosing Neuropathy Early with QUTE-CE MRI

Computer and Information Sciences

Undergraduate: Chisheng Liang: VistaLight: A Game Helps People Make Better Decisions
Graduate: Bochao Shen: SmartShift: Expanded Load Shifting Incentive Mechanism for Risk-Averse Consumers

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate: Ethan Edson: Research and Design of an Oceanographic Microplastic Sampling Instrument
Graduate: Benjamin Geilich: Silver Nanoparticle-embedded Polymersome Nanocarriers for the Treatment of Antibiotic-resistant Infections

Health Sciences

Undergraduate: Jennifer Schirmer: Standardization of Cardiopulmonary Skills: Measures of Aerobic Capacity
Graduate: Abhijit Kulkarni: Novel Pharmacotherapy for Treating Cognitive Dysfunction and Chronic Pain in Alzheimers Disease

Humanities and Arts

Undergraduate: Mario Accordino: Everett | Intraface
Graduate: David Potter: De Novo Urbanism

Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes

Undergraduate: Kristofer Patel: NanoCRISPR: An Alternative to Chemotherapy
Graduate: Codi Gharagouzloo: Diagnosing Neuropathy Early with QUTE-CE MRI

Physical and Life Sciences

Undergraduate: Ronan Talty: Estrogen-Dopamine Interactions During Extinction Learning in Female Rats
Graduate: Divakaran Murugesapillai: Quantitative DNA Binding, Looping, and Compaction Properties of the HIV-1 Viral Protein R

Social Sciences, Business and Law

Undergraduate: Alison Campbell: The Socioecology of Academic Achievement Across Racial Boundaries: The Role of Context in Understanding Disparate Outcomes
Graduate: Jin Xun Goh: Gender-Stereotyping of Sexual Minorities at the Interpersonal Level

2014 Awards

2013 Awards

Computer and Information Sciences

Undergraduate: Katherine Schneider: Creating Neighborhood: Rethinking Urban Family Housing
Graduate: Yiyun Ma: Designing Cloud and Big Data Platforms for Data-intensive Scientific

Engineering and Technology

Undergraduate: Antonio Rufo: FilterLight
Graduate: Ryan Hennessy: Damage Characteristics in MEMS Switch Contacts

Health Sciences

Undergraduate: Nick O’Donnell: Adverse Events Associated with IV Sedative Use and Related Mortality in the United States over an Eight Year Period
Graduate: Malav Trivedi: Novel Mechanistic Explanation for use of Gluten Free Casein Free Diet in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Humanities and Arts

Undergraduate: Benjamin Greer: A Post Industrial Somerville: Urban Development with an Ecological Infrastructure
Graduate: Jessica Wilcock: Urban Revitalization through Resilient Infrastructure

Interdisciplinary

Undergraduate: Chelsea Costanev: arc: building conversations
Graduate: Ryan Myers: Biohybrid Robot Fabrication using E-Jet Printer

Physical and Life Sciences

Undergraduate: Ashley Cryan: Projected Effects of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on the Incidence and Severity of Blooms of Harmful Algae in the Gulf of Maine
Graduate: Mehmet Nurullah Ates: Revolutionizing Li-Battery Infrastructure for Energy Storage Applications: Short Term and Long Term Solutions

Social Sciences, Business and Law

Undergraduate: Krista Langley: How Anger Influences Threat Detection: The Independent Contributions of Affect and Conceptual Knowledge
Graduate: Lisa Granquist: Armoring the Massachusetts Coast: Increased Protection or Added Risk?