On May 21st, 2021, the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium took place virtually. The symposium centers around undergraduates’ discovery and scholarship in the university’s research, teaching, and community focused mission. It is a venue for undergraduates from all disciplines to show the ways their research connects to issues that matter in our communities and contributes to the university’s role as a public research university.  

We are pleased to highlight our students and faculty who participated in this event. 

  • Peter Liu, an Undergraduate Senior in Statistics, mentored by Shane Lubold, a Ph.D. student in Statistics, and Tyler McCormick, Associate Professor of Statistics & Sociology, presented his research on “Goodness of Fit of Network Data”.  
  • Joia W. Zhang, an Undergraduate Junior in Pre-Sciences, mentored by Jerry Wei, a Ph.D. student in Statistics, and Abel Rodriguez, Professor & Chair of Statistics, presented her research on “Principal Component Analysis Reveals Political Leaning of US States Tied to Economic Status and thus Everyday Life”.  
  • Samantha Shimogawa, a fifth year Undergraduate in Statistics focused in Data Science, mentored by Tamre Cardoso, Lecturer Part-Time in Statistics, presented her work on “A Consulting Tale: Analysis of Schirmer Tear Test Data for Pigtail Macaques”.  
  • Harper Zhu, an Undergraduate Senior in International Students and Biochemistry, mentored by Anna Neufeld, a Ph.D. student in Statistics, and Abel Rodriguez, presented her research on “Infectious Disease Modeling”.  
  • Alejandro Fabian Gonzalez, an Undergraduate Freshman in Business Administration, mentored by Michael Pearce, Ph.D. student in Statistics, and Abel Rodriguez, presented his work on “Analyzing Temporal Trends in Leukemia Incidence using Knots in Nonlinear Regression”.  

For more details on each students’ abstract, click here