The Graduate Research Forum features poster displays representing UCF's diverse colleges and disciplines. Click on the buttons below to view the research abstracts from the April 1, 2014, event. The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster in each category were given and all participants received recognition.

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Graduate Research Forum Winners

Business Administration and Hospitality Management

Minoo Talebi Ashoori
Business Administration PhD – Marketing Track
The Impact of Customer’s Feeling of Betrayal on the Profitability of Targeted Promotions
Mentor/Co-author: Axel Stock, PhD

Education

Jarrad Plante
Educational Leadership EdD – Higher Education EdD Track
Lessons without Borders: The Impact of International Service Learning on a Student’s Worldview
Mentor: Thomas Cox, PhD
Co-authors: Lauren Murray and Thomas Cox, PhD

Diana Dawn Scott
Applied Learning and Instruction MA
A Multimedia Pedestrian Safety Program and School Infrastructure: Finding the Connection to Child Pedestrian Risk Taking Attitudes and Risk Perception of Pedestrian Behavior
Mentor: Bobby Hoffman, PhD

Engineering, Computer Science, and Modeling and Simulation

Ahmadreza Amirahmadi
Electrical Engineering PhD
Three Phase Micro-Inverter
Mentor:  Issa Batarseh, PhD
Co-author: Lin Chen

Alan Paris
Modeling and Simulation PhD
Advanced Signal Processing Methods for Brain-Computer Interfacing
Mentor: Azadeh Vosoughi, PhD
Co-author: George Atia, PhD

Mark Varvak
Modeling and Simulation, PhD
Pattern Classification Using Radial Basis Function Neural Networks Enhanced with the Rvachev Function Method
Mentor: Peter Kincaid, PhD

Amir R. Zamir
Electrical Engineering PhD
Visual Geo-Localization and Location-Aware Image Understanding
Mentor: Mubarak Shah, PhD

Fine Arts and Humanities

Leanne Wiggins
History MA
Viewpoints on Seminole Education: An Analysis of the Efforts to Improve the Florida Seminole Tribe’s Educational System, 1969-1989
Mentor: Daniel Murphree, PhD

Health Sciences

Debarati Mukherjee
Biomedical Sciences PhD
Kruppel-like Factor 8 Acts as the Transcriptional Activator of CXCR4 Receptor to Promote CXCL-12-depnedent Invasion and Transendothelial Migration of Breast Cancer Cells
Mentor: Jihe Zhao, PhD

Swaran Nandini
Biomedical Sciences PhD
Characterization of Altered Dynein/Dynactin Function on Intracellular Motility
Mentor: Stephen King, PhD

Life Sciences

Kyle Beyer
Sport and Exercise Science MS – Applied Exercise Physiology Track
Neuromuscular Economy of the Vastus Lateralis is Related to Measures of Strength and Power
Mentor: Jeffery Stout, PhD

Carleigh Boone
Sport and Exercise Science MS – Applied Exercise Physiology Track
Bilateral Differences in Muscle Morphology in Relation to Strength and Power in Untrained Young Men
Mentor: David Fukuda, PhD

Michael La Monica
Sport and Exercise Science MS – Applied Exercise Physiology Track
Bilateral Muscle Architecture Symmetry is Related to Greater Vertical Jump Power
Mentor: David Fukuda, PhD
Co-authors: Gerald Mangine, Adam Gonzalez, Adam Wells, Jeremy Townsend, Adam Jajtner, Edward Robinson, William McCormack, David Fukuda, PhD, Maren Fragala, PhD, Jeffrey Stout, PhD and Jay Hoffman, PhD

Gabriel Pruna
Sport and Exercise Science MS – Applied Exercise Physiology Track
Less than 48-hour Recovery Period May Not be Sufficient to Maintain Performance in Women’s Soccer
Mentor: Jay Hoffman, PhD

Mathematics, Optics and Physical Sciences

Veerachart Kajorndejnukul
Optics PhD
Conservation Laws and Optical Interactions as Dielectric Interfaces
Mentor: Aristede Dogariu, PhD
Co-authors: Wequiang Ding, Sergey Sukhov, David Haefner, Aristede Dogariu, PhD, Cheng-Wei Qiu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in National University of Singapore; Girish Agarwal, Department of Physics in Oklahoma State University

Janardan Nath
Physics PhD
Optical Salisbury Screen with Design-Tunable Resonant Absorption Bands
Mentor: Robert Peale, PhD
Co-author: Isaiah Oladeji, SISOM Thin Films LLC, Orlando

Amy Van Newkirk
Optics PhD
Multicore Optical Fiber for High Temperature Sensing
Mentor: Axel Schulzgen, PhD
Co-authors:  Zeinab Sanjabi Eznaveh, Enrique Antonio-Lopez, Guillermo Salceda-Delgado, Rodrigo Amezcua-Correa, and Axel Schülzgen, PhD

Social Sciences

Lindsay Dhanani
Psychology PhD – Industrial and Organizational Track
Outcome of Perceived Workplace Discrimination: A Meta-Analysis of 35 Years of Research
Mentor/Co-author: Dana Joseph, PhD

Rachael Kangas
Anthropology MA
Unraveling Ix Tab: Revisiting the Ancient Maya "Suicide Goddess" in Archaeology
Mentor/Co-author: Beatriz Reyes-Foster, PhD

Julie Krupa
Criminal Justice MS – Research Track
Examining Trajectories of Delinquent Behavior among Families to Adolescence to Early Adulthood
Mentor: Kristina Childs, PhD

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