Forward Thinking Research Symposium

This year's Forward Thinking Research Symposium was held on Tuesday Nov. 29th from 1:00-4:00pm

Each year, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) showcases the exciting research being done at Marquette. In celebrating research across campus, the ORSP Forward Thinking Research Symposium provides opportunities to learn more about work being done in other disciplines and fosters professional skills for students. Unlike traditional conferences, where researchers convey the results of work that has been completed, the Forward Thinking presentations focus on projects that will take place in the next 6–12 months 


Ballroom A

Teams Meeting Recording         
(First Listed)
(First Listed)
Dept. Title Keywords
1 Sayeda Farzana Aktar Dr. Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Computer Science Machine Learning Based Solutions for Building Accessibility Measurement Challenges  Comprehensive and Personalized Assessment Machine Learning People with disabilities Building accessibility measurement
2 Kazi Zawad Arefin Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Computer Science Pulsatile : Detection of Heart Rate Variability(HRV) & Oxygen Saturation(SPO2) from finger-tip Video Oxygen Saturation Heart Rate Variability Non invasive mobile detection
3 Tao Cui Naveen Bansal MSSC Determining the corresponding Covid-19 related genes with correlated
parameters using Bayesian multiple hypothesis methodology
Bayesian multiple hypothesis gene expression correlation/ skewness
4 Veronika Folvarska Patrick McNamara Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Impacts of Corrosion in the Drinking Water Distribution System on Antibiotic Resistance Antibiotic Resistance Corrosion Drinking Water
5 MD Romael Haque Sabirat Rubya Computer Science Designing Integrate Persuasive Reminders for US veterans to Facilitate Engagement in Peer-mentor Support Mental Health Peer-peer support Persuasive Technology
6 Kiswendsida Kere Qindan Huang Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering  Probabilistic Models Development and Risk Management Strategies for Pipelines with Anomalies Pipeline failure Burst pressure prediction Numerical modeling
7 Nicholas Langer Ofer Kedem Chemistry Enhancing the Activity of Gold Nanoparticles through Microenvironmental Changes Nanoparticles Catalysis Energy
8 Zihao Lu Patrick McNamara Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering The impact of increased QACs loadings to performance of anaerobic digesters and development of antibiotic resistance Quaternary ammonium compounds antibiotic resistance anaerobic digester
9 Arafat Mahmood Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Computer Science A Smartphone and Sensor-Based System to Monitor Physical and Social Exertional Activities Smartphone Sensor  Fatigue
10 Farhat Tasnim Progga Dr. Sabirat Rubya Computer Science Developing Technology for Supporting Perinatal Wellbeing postpartum depression digital storytelling social support
11 Masud Rabbani Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Computer Science A Digital Platform Towards Vital Signs Monitoring from Ten-Second Facial Video vital sign monitoring Ten-Second Facial Video patients with heart diseases and hypertension
12 Sujeeth Goud Ramagoni Dennis Brylow Computer Science Finding Patterns of High School Computer Science Certified Teachers and Computer Science Enrollment Data Patterns High School Computer Science  Teacher Certification
13 Chase Sakitis Daniel Rowe Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Formal Bayesian Technique to Measure Unobserved FMRI Data for Quicker Brain Imaging fMRI Bayesian GRAPPA
14 Audrey  Vice Ofer Kedem Chemistry Pharmaceutical Reactions with Improved Environmental Sustainability using Single Atom Catalysts sustainability catalysis pharmaceuticals 
15 Ke Xu Daniel Rowe Computational Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Statistical Image Reconstruction of FMRI: A Shifted Field-of-view method for Multi-coil Separation of Parallel Encoded Complex-valued Slices (mSPECS-sFOV) in FMRI FMRI SMS Image reconstruction


Ballroom D

Teams Meeting Recording        
(First Listed)
(First Listed)
Dept. Title Keywords
1 Ashley Benito Lezameta Sylvia Pena Nursing Exploring mental health related to cancer diagnosis in the Latinx community Mental health Cancer diagnosis Latinx population
2 Aya Darwish Stephen Saunders Psychology Social Media, Perfectionism, Mental Health, and Mental Illness Stigma perfectionim mental health mental illness stigma
3 Kevin Grisales Marieke Gilmartin Biomedical Sciences Fear in real-time: how sex hormones shape the fearfulness of memory Sex Differences Estradiol Fear Learning and Memory
4 Miranda Kargol John Grych Psychology MPS Success Center: A Restorative Intervention in the Milwaukee Public School System Restorative Education Therapeutic
5 Navneet Kaur Nilanjan Lodh Medical Laboratory Science  Prevalence of Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS) across geography, years and age groups  Female  Schistosomiasis  diseases 
6 Madison McGrath Jeff Berry Speech Pathology & Audiology Respiratory-Phonatory Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis through Singing Multiple Sclerosis Breathing Singing
7 Johanna Michlig Astrida Kaugars Psychology Examining Adaptation to Diagnosis and Decisions About Medical Care Among Caregivers of Children with Medical Complexity Caregivers Children with Medical Complexity Adaptation
8 Rebecca Mudge Jeff Berry Speech Pathology & Audiology Improved Assessment of Multiple Sclerosis with Refined Measures of Tongue, Lip, Jaw and Upper Limb Movement  Multiple Sclerosis Assessment Movement
9 Lauren Opielinski Sandra Hunter Exercise Science Persistent Effects of COVID-19 on Physical Function in a Hispanic Community Community based research Long COVID-19 Health
10 Christian Otteman Kristy Nielson Psychology Positivity and Learning in Younger and Older Adults: Do We Seek the Good, or Avoid the Bad? Aging Sex differences Reinforcement learning
11 Ryley Rand Jennifer Ohlendorf Nursing Moving, Mapping, and Storying; Navigating the Embodiment of Trauma      
12 Sarah Rolli Emily Sontag Biological Sciences Using molecular modeling and structural biochemistry to understand Huntington's disease huntingtin chaperones proteostasis
13 Gregory Simandl Dr. David Baker Biomedical Sciences Evidence that Astrology Can Treat Diseases of the Brain Astrocyte Cognition Evolution
14 Laney Tarantino Kathryn Malin Nursing Does money matter? Econometrics and the nursing faculty shortage Nursing shortage Econometrics Faculty 
15 Janet Akor Sumana Chattopadhyay Digital Media and Performing Arts Understanding Afghan women refugee portrayals in the media Afghan Women Media Refugees


Highlights for 2022

Here are some highlights of this year's event:  

  • Researchers will make five-minute oral presentations — “elevator pitches” — of their work. Presentations can be accompanied by up to three PowerPoint slides. Presenters will need to be available Tuesday, November 29th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Presentations should emphasize WHY this work is important, with less attention paid to the HOW (i.e. the details of a particular methodology).
  • We strongly encourage student researchers on the project to do the oral presentation, to help further their presentation skills and articulation of the work in a quick and digestible format.
  • Marquette's MIC Speakers Lab can help students and faculty develop, organize, edit, practice, and polish the presentation. Visit The MIC webpage for more information. 
  • Monetary awards of $500 will go to each of the three top projects, with an additional award to be funded by the Institute for Women’s Leadership for a project with a gender focus
  • Posters are not required, but may be set up in the AMU reception area to allow for further discussion after the oral presentations.
  • To promote Marquette’s tradition of sponsoring academic centers and institutes, several of them will have tables set up in the reception area to share more about their missions and programming.
  • ORSP will provide information on upcoming funding opportunities of interest to disciplines and career levels across campus.

Full details of this event can be found in the 2022 Forward Thinking Research Symposium Guidelines.


Important Dates

  • Mid-September – Guidelines posted on ORSP website
  • October 14 – Deadline to submit Letter of Intent to Participate form is 4:00 pm
  • November 14 – Deadline to submit presentation is 4:00 pm 
    • Information needed to complete the form includes: name, email address and department (faculty) for each member of the project team, title, brief description (2-3 sentences), keywords (3), PowerPoint slide of poster (no more than 3 slides; .ppt file format) and if displaying a supplemental poster.
  • November 29 – Day of Event 
    • 12:00 – 12:45 Set up poster (if applicable) 
    • 1:00 – 1:10     Welcome and Introduction
    • 1:15 – 2:45     Oral Presentations 
    • 3:00 – 4:00     Reception and Poster Presentations
  • Early December – Award winners announced

Important Links

  • Guidelines
  • Letter of Intent to Participate - deadline October 14th, 4:00pm 
  • Submit Presentation - deadline November 14th, 4:00pm
  • RSVP to attend (virtual or in-person) the Symposium - If planning to attend the event (either virtually or in person)

If you have any questions, please contact Project Planning and Development in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.