Past RCAF Winners

Congratulations to the 40th RCAF Spring 2024 Winners

NameDepartmentProgramTitle of ResearchCategoryPosition
Anna GonsalvesNutrition & Exercise PhysiologyMaster’sEffect of endothelin-1 on resting blood pressure and the blood pressure response to hypoxia in healthy young menLife Sciences1st
Jonathan FermVeterinary PathobiologyPh.DTargeted mutagenesis to develop a modified live vaccine in Anaplasma phagocytophilumLife Sciences3rd
Valdrack Marcel Jaentschke GomezSchool of Languages, Literatures, and CulturesPh.D.‘So that the Miskitu May Become a People of your Majesty’s Empire’: Afro-Amerindian Petitioning and Travel Writing in British MosquitiaHumanities & Applied Design1st
Teresia NzauJournalismPh.DFraming the Skies: Analyzing Crisis Frames Alignment  in Southwest Airlines and Media Discourse  After the 2018 Engine FailureHumanities & Applied Design2nd
Jia WuTextile and Apparel ManagementPhDExploring the Functional, Expressive, and Aesthetic Needs of Wheelchair Users to Inform the Design of a Functional Outdoor Jacket    Humanities & Applied Design3rd
Prashanth Reddy KothaEECSMastersDeep Style Transfer for Generation of Photo-realistic Synthetic Images of CNT ForestsEngineering Sciences and informatics1st
Manobendro SarkerChemical and Biomedical EngineeringPhD (ongoing)Short-term response of soil microbial communities to common agricultural practicesEngineering Sciences and informatics2nd
Apaala BasakChemical and Biomedical EngineeringPhDNeural Mechanisms of Reinforcement LearningEngineering Sciences and informatics3rd
Quentin BorengasserChemistryPh.D.Determination of Vibrational Temperature of Molecules Desorbed from an Ice Surface using Broadband Rotational SpectroscopyPhysical Sciences & Mathematics1st
Tapesh GautamDepartment of Physics and AstronomyPh.D.Large valley (orbital) polarization near a magnetic impurity in monolayer NbSe_2Physical Sciences & Mathematics2nd
Anudha KanaheraarachchiChemistryPh.D in ChemistryConformer Distributions of n-Propyl Cyanide in the Gas Phase and Following  Ice Sublimation Measured by Broadband Rotational SpectroscopyPhysical Sciences & Mathematics3rd
Matthew FarmerSinclair School of NursingPh. D.The Relationship Between Internet Adoption and Diabetes Prevalence in U.S. CountiesSocial & Behavioral Sciences1st
Hope RosePsychological SciencesPh.D.Adverse Childhood Experiences, Hope, and Meaning in Life: A Facet Level AnalysisSocial & Behavioral Sciences2nd
Savannah HendersonJournalism-Strategic CommunicationMaster’s“There’s times to be open and times to be strategic”: Researchers’ work-life balance and identity code switchingSocial & Behavioral Sciences3rd
Sampann SinhaData Science and AnalyticsMastersRole of Smad3 in corneal wound healing and stromal remodelingLife SciencesPeoples’ Choice Award

Congratulations to the 39th RCAF Spring 2023 Winners 

Behavioral Sciences

3rd Place – FAN YU

2nd Place – Alan Maloney

1st Place – Lauren Flowers

Biological Science

3rd Place – Swetha Madesh

3rd Place – Varsha Srinivasan

2nd Place – Dominica Genda

1st Place – Jonathan Dale Ferm

1st Place – Alejandro Chavez Trevino

Engineering/ Computers/IT

3rd Place – Tung Nguyen

2nd Place – Amanda Dwikarina

1st Place – Brooke Runge

Health Sciences, Medicine, & Vet Medicine

3rd Place – Peggy T Fisher

2nd Place – Lydiah Fridah Mpyisi

1st Place – Shannon Dier

Physical Sciences

3rd Place – Ryan Smith

3rd Place – Ritin Kamboj

2nd Place – Eury Speir

1st Place – Asher Siegel

Humanities/ Creative Arts

3rd Place – Maëlle Zemirline

2nd Place – Mariana J. Guzman

1st Place – Harry Alexis Gonzalez Betancur

Social Sciences/Law (Quantitative)

3rd Place – Aida Ismailova

2nd Place – Heba Abdelnaby

1st Place – Megan Edwards

Social Sciences/Law (Qualitative)

3rd Place – Damilola Oduolowu

2nd Place – Jia Wu

1st Place – Varsha Bhaskaran

Congratulations to the 38th RCAF Spring 2022 Winners 

1st position = $250

2nd position = $150

3rd position = $100

Behavioral Sciences

Name                                        Email
1st Shangman
1st Kanupriya
2nd Amanda
3rd Yuanyuan
3rd Flevis Waindim

Biological Sciences

1st Kevin Muñoz Forti
2nd Joe Viteri
2nd Lauren Whitt
2nd Alexandra Diller

Engineering Computer & Information Sciences (group 1)

Name  Email
1st Mohamed
2nd Imad Eddine
3rd Arun George

Engineering Computer & Information Sciences (Group 2)

Name           Email
1st Osasu
2nd Yun
3rd Priya

Health Sciences, Medicine, & Veterinary Medicine (Group 1)

Name         Email
1st Olha
1st Jessica
2nd Humayera
3rd Emily
3rd Isaac

Health Sciences, Medicine, & Veterinary Medicine (Group 2)

Name  Email
1st Sai Gajagowni
2nd Christa D. Jackson
3rd Madeline

Health Sciences, Medicine, & Veterinary Medicine (Group 3)

1st Jessica
1st Caitlyn
2nd Alan
3rd Jing Zhou


Name Email
1st Sophia Piral Lee
2nd Mattia D’Acri
2nd Tyler Johnson
2nd Sindhu
2nd Anadil

Social Sciences (Qualitative)

Name      Email
1st Ellen
2nd Emeri
3rd Beau

Social Sciences (Quantitative)

Name          Email
1st Hanamori Skoblow
2nd Matthew
3rd Brittney
3rd Hernan Borrero


Behavioral Sciences
  1. Drew Kurlowski – Revisiting Downsian Closeness: County Level Data and Presidential Election Turnout
  2. Marcia Kearns – Predictors of Polypharmacy and Off-Label Prescribing of Psychotropic Medications: A National Survey of Child Psychiatrists
  3. Liz Peterson & Fiona Asigbee – Health Behavior and High School Sport Participation
Biological Sciences
  1. Jared DeckerA novel analytical method detects response of the Angus (Bos taurus) genome to artificial selection on complex traits
  2. Ranjan K. SinghThe Three-Dimensional Structural Basis of Type II Hyperprolinemia
  3. Fatten ElkomyThe Effect of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Practice on Reducing Restraints and Seclusion Rates in Adolescent Inpatient
Social Sciences/Law (Qualitative)
  1. Edson C. Tandoc Jr. & Jonathan Peters – Stars and the status quo: The ideal woman and her ideal man according to her horoscope
  2. Braden Leap – Rethinking Governmental Corruption: Empowering and Embedding
  3. Jonathan Cisco – (Title Unknown)
Social Sciences/Law (Quantitative)
  1. Jie Gao – Residents’ Preferences of Agricultural Landscape Features: Implications for Agritourism
  2. Burke Bindbuetel – Soy Bomb: Utility Patents in the Age of Unlimited Reproduction
  3. Amy Nickless – It’s a Tornado! Are We Prepared?: Disaster Preparedness in Missouri’s Special Libraries, Special Collections, and Archives
Creative Arts/Humanities
  1. Tomaz Cunningham – Shut Your Mouf! I’m Talking About Male Blaxploitation in French Nineteenth Century Literature
  2. Grant FondaThe Schism Between Jazz, Fine Art, and Film Music Reception Histories: Anatomy of a Murder and the Curious Case
  3. Theodore David Marcia – Gender as Imaginary Circumstance: The Praxis of Female Actors Portraying Male Characters in the University of Missouri’s
Physical Sciences
  1. Kiran Bhattacharyya – Single Cell Detection of Breast Cancer Using Photoacoustics
  2. Mohammad Sherafati – Unique magnetism in the flatland, graphene
  3. Zhongwei Yu – Reallocation of Snow Removal Trucks During Winter Snow Storms
Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Health Sciences
  1. Tanvi Banerjee – Activity Segmentation in Older Adults Using Kinect Sensors
  2. Daniel Miller – Virology and Molecular Pathogenesis of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  3. Sagar Gupta – Photoacoustic detection of induced melanoma in vitro using a mouse model


Behavioral Sciences
  1. Karen Jones
  2. Angela AuBuchon
  3. Jayme Cisco
Biological Sciences
  1. Barbara Keller
  2. Xavier Revelo
  3. Cammy Willett
Social Sciences/Law (Qualitative)
  1. Tina Roberts
  2. Sarah Symonds
  3. Jonathan T. Pryor/David Ta
Social Sciences/Law (Quantitative)
  1. John Cisco
  2. Drew Kurlowski
  3. Sheng Lu
Creative Arts/Humanities
  1. Tomaz Cunningham
  2. Xiaofei Liu
  3. Matthew Kritis
Physical Sciences
  1. Cammy Willett
  2. Alice Raphael Karikachery
  3. Atreyee Das
Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Health Sciences
  1. Prakash Jayabalan
  2. Shriniwas Gautam
  3. Sagar Gupta


Behavioral Sciences
  1. Stephanie Wade
  2. Monique Mendoza
  3. Ashley Smith
Biological Sciences
  1. Xavier Revelo
  2. Ashley Lough
  3. Barbara Keller
Social Sciences/Law
  1. Liz Baiocchi-Wagner
  2. Sarah Ali
  3. Tina Roberts
Creative Arts/Humanities
  1. Robert Long Foreman
  2. Stefanie Wortman
  3. Liz Lance
Physical Sciences
  1. Mohammed Sherafati
  2. Suklima Guha Niyogi
  3. Jian Yin
Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Health Sciences
  1. Aniruddha Belsare
  2. Kristen N. Peters
  3. Maggie Schalarmon


Behavioral Sciences
  1. Kathryn W. Brady
  2. Angela M. AuBuchon
  3. Gail Buffington
Biological Sciences
  1. Jared Decker
  2. Satish Kumar Guttikonda
  3. Mark Mackey
Physical Sciences
  1. Anupam Radhakrishnan
  2. Stephanie R. Lane
  3. Mohammad Sherafati
Creative Arts/Humanities
  1. Ryan Montague
  2. Robert Long Foreman
  3. David Heise
Social Sciences/Law
  1. Carolyn Orbann
  2. Sheng Lu
  3. Moohwan Kim
Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Health Sciences
  1. Brian Bostick
  2. Prakash Jayabalan
  3. Laura Nafe


Behavioral Sciences
  1. Neetu Abad
  2. Zhijian Chen
  3. Carolyn E.P. Kelley
Biological Sciences
  1. Renu Jain
  2. Denise Bouvrette
  3. Bethany K. Williams
Humanities and Creative Activities
  1. Emily Friedman
  2. Lania Knight
  3. Michelle Forbes
Physical Sciences
  1. Stephanie Lane
  2. Santhosh Sivaramakrishnan
  3. Jacob Burress
Social Sciences
  1. Stephanie Child
  2. Catherine Chmidling
  3. Disraelly Cruz
Veterinary, Medical and Health Sciences
  1. Alexa Dickson
  2. Hanrui Zhang
  3. Brian Bostick


Creative Arts/Humanities
  1. John Estes
  2. Jennifer Abin
  3. Debbie Lelekis
Behavioral Sciences
  1. Beibei Dong
  2. Zhijan (David) Chen
  3. McKean Nowlin
Biological Sciences
  1. Renu Jain
  2. Gyan Prakash Srivastava
  3. Vinoth Sittaramane
Physical Sciences
  1. Surendra Chitti Babu
  2. Majed El-Dweik
  3. Korampally Venumadhav
Health Sciences
  1. Eric Dent
  2. Timothy Havens
  3. F. Spencer Gaskin
Social Sciences/Law
  1. Fred Vultee
  2. Joshua Hicks
  3. Shrihari Sridhar