FALL FORUM

One of CURB’s key events is the annual Fall Forum. Hundreds of undergraduates from all majors and disciplines have presented their hard work for over 25 years in undergraduate forums. In addition, keynote speakers including Bill Nye (College of Engineering, 1977) have addressed the research and Cornell communities with words of advice to help guide students on their paths to the future.

This event gives undergraduate students in all fields the opportunity to share their findings and results with the Cornell community in a poster competition. By hosting the Fall Forum, one of Cornell’s largest undergraduate research colloquium, we hope to stress the importance of undergraduate research and give our student presenters the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on their work, practice their science communication skills, and make an impact on other undergraduates who may be wondering whether they should join Cornell’s research community too.

Due to COVID-19, this year's Fall Forum will be held virtually across a few days. We will have two speaker panels: the Humanities Minisymposium and the Sciences Minisymposium on October 28th and October 31st, respectively. Moreover, we will have two poster sessions on October 29th and October 31st. Poster session presenter information will be posted here as well. The abstract booklet includes all presenters, their projects, and the Zoom links for each one. 

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If you missed the Humanities and Sciences Minisymposiums, don't worry because we recorded it and posted all the presentations on our YouTube page. Click Here to check it out! 

Poster Session Information

This year we have a wide range of students presenting at Fall Forum, and all their information can be found in the Abstract Booklet linked below. Please note that the booklet includes all presenters, their projects, and the Zoom links for each one, so to access the presentations, you must go through this booklet.  

Winners

Best in Category: Life Sciences

Stephanie Deng

Philip Martinez

Olivia Miller

Hannah Rosenthal

 

Best in Category: Applied Research

Cecelia Thieberger

 

Best in Category: Humanities
Samuel Zverev
CL Xuan
Treasure Nwokeleme

Best in Category: Design and Engineering

Sohum Kulkarni

Creative Presentation
Olivia Miller
Emily Hurwitz

 

 

 

Exceptional Explanation
Nick Cicero
Dhana Llivichuzhca-Loja

Fall Forum 2019

Winners

Applied Sciences: Justine Shih, CALS ’20, “Tensile Stress and Environmental Effects on Valve Interstitial Cells”

 

Biological Sciences (1): Brian Lee, CALS ’20, “Binding to Different Epitopes of CD20 Differentially Sensities DLBCL to Different Classes of Chemotherapy”

 

Biological Sciences (2): Matthew Guo, A&S ’19, “Elucidating the checkpoint Signaling Functions of the RAD9A Mammalian DNA Damage Response Protein”

 

Humanities and Social Sciences: Sarah Coupal, HumEc ’22, “Feasibility and Acceptability of Video-Dining in Community-Dwelling Older Adults”

Previous Keynote Speakers

Leonard Susskind - Fall Forum 2020: Sciences Minisymposium

Leonard Susskind is an American physicist, who is a professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University, and founding director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research interests include string theoryquantum field theoryquantum statistical mechanics, and quantum cosmologySusskind is widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory. He was the first to give a precise string-theoretic interpretation of the holographic principle in 1995 and the first to introduce the idea of the string theory landscape in 2003.

 

Lisa Kaltenegger - Fall Forum 2020: Sciences Minisymposium

Lisa Kaltenegger is the Director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell and Associate Professor in Astronomy. Her research focuses on exploring new worlds orbiting other stars, especially rocky planets and super-Earths and their atmospheres in the habitable zone. 

Robert Weinberg - Fall Forum 2020: Sciences Minisymposium

Daniel K. Ludwig is a professor for cancer research at MIT.  Weinberg studies how cancer spreads, what gives cancer stem-cells their unique qualities, and the molecular players involved in the formation of cancer stem cells and metastases.

 

 

Azra Raza - Fall Forum 2020: Sciences Minisymposium

Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Center at Columbia University. She has previously held positions at the Roswell Park Cancer InstituteUniversity of CincinnatiRush University, and the University of Massachusetts. Raza's research focuses on myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia.

 

Tony Delarosa - Fall Forum 2020: Humanities Minisymposium

Tony DelaRosa is a Filipinx-American educator, writer, spoken word poet, social activist, and budding sriracha chef. He is a co-founder of Indy Pulse, a citywide youth spoken word organization in Indianapolis, and the founder and executive director of Boston Pulse Poetry

Priya Shamugam - Fall Forum 2020: Humanities Minisymposium

Priya Shamugam is a 2019-2020 Job Market Candidate from the Economics Ph.D. program at Harvard. Shamugam's research interests lie at the intersection of health, labor, and behavioral economics. 

Daniel Casasanto - Fall Forum 2020: Humanities Minisymposium

Dr. Casasanto is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Psychology at Cornell University and director of the Experience and Cognition Laboratory. He studies how the diversity of human experience is reflected in our brains and minds: how people with different physical and social experiences come to think, feel, and act differently, in fundamental ways.

Shorna Allred - Fall Forum 2020: Humanities Minisymposium

Dr. Shorna Allred is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University. Allred's research program blends human factors and natural sciences to improve resource management and conservation. 

 

Ryan T. Lombardi - Fall Forum 2019

Dr. Ryan Lombardi serves as the Vice President for Student and Campus Life at Cornell University. Lombardi received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. 

 

Roald Hoffmann - Fall Forum 2018

Hoffmann received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 for his theories concerning the course of chemical reactions. He has also received the National Medal of Science and several awards from the American Chemical Society, including the Priestley Medal, the Arthur C. Cope Award in Organic Chemistry, and the Award in Inorganic Chemistry. He holds more than 25 honorary degrees.

Bruce Monger - Fall Forum 2017

Dr. Monger is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. Monger uses satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of oceans, and teaches a world-renowned training program for ocean remote sensing.