The 2021 Virtual Student Research Conference is an annual event at UVM each spring

The Student Research Conference showcases the breadth of research conducted by UVM undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of academic disciplines. All UVM students are encouraged to participate either by registering and submitting a research presentation, viewing and interacting with presentations online, or broadening their network by connecting with participants across disciplines. The Student Research Conference took place virtually this year from April 15th-18th, however, presentations are still availbale to view by accessing the links to the left of this page.

2021 Virtual SRC Program.pdf


Congratulations to this year's Faculty Mentor Award recipient and our three runners-up! 

Each year student presenters have the opportunity to nominate their faculty research mentor who has gone above and beyond to support their growth as a researcher and scholar. Students submitted 21 nominations this year to faculty across varying departments and we're delighted to award recognition to the outstanding faculty below: 

2021 Faculty Mentor Award receipient - Dr. Laura May-Collado, Department of Biology

2021 Faculty Mentor Award runners-up - 1) Dr. Melissa Pespeni, Department of Biology, 2) Dr. Bradley Palmer, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and 3) Dr. Kim Bauerly, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Congratulations to this year's Judged Session and Most Engaged Award winners! 

NameDepartmentView Presentation
Kyra Chevalier, UndergraduatePublic Communication"Forgive me, Lisa:" P.T., Allegory, and the Monstrous-Feminine
Ashlynn Maree Ruleman, UndergraduateAnthropologyClouded Cause: Inclusive Research into the Impacts of Sociocultural Environment and Stress on College Students’ Smoking Patterns
Sydney Caldwell, UndergraduateMolecular GeneticsThe determination of protein coding potential of lncRNA U90926 and its effect on adipogenesis
Valentina M. Czochanski, UndergraduateGlobal StudiesPrison, Punishment, and Premature Death
Skyler O. Pearse, UndergraduateNeuroscienceThe Effects of Maternal Antidepressant Usage on a Child’s Psychological Health
Annabel Diestel, UndergraduateNeuroscienceLinkages Between Interpersonal Maltreatment and PTSD Symptoms in a Hispanic Sample of Pregnant Women: A Network Analysis
Olivia K. Vought, UndergraduateEnvironmental SciencesThe missing linkages between mineral soil organic carbon and litter decomposition
Julian Kafka, UndergraduatePsychological ScienceFactors that Influence Whether Choices are Consistent with Loss Aversion
Marisa A. Minadeo, UndergraduateHealth and SocietyA Content Analysis of Diet Culture Messaging on TikTok
Emily E. Moran, UndergraduateCommunication Sciences and DisordersChildren's Book: The Adventure of Cordelia and Dibble
Franny Oppenheimer, UndergraduateBiologyEffect of Lunar Cycle on Humpback Activity in Las Marias, Panama
Julian Barritt, Undergraduate "Most Engaged" AwardAnthropologySexual Orientation, Gender, & Self-Styling: An Exploration of Visual Identity-Signaling
Carina V. Isbell, GraduateCommunity Development and Applied EconomicsCOVID-19 & Seed System Resilience: The Effects of the Pandemic on Seed Sourcing and Access in Vermont
Nikki Acierno et al., GraduatePhysical TherapyPhysical therapist-led telehealth on functional and psychosocial outcomes in women with stage I-III breast cancer: A systematic review
Alexa J. Golden, GraduateHealth SciencesAssessment Strategy for Implementation of Evidence-Based Protocol for Antibiotics in Appendicitis
Bristy Sabikunnahar, GraduateCellular, Molecular and Biomedical SciencesA novel lncRNA U90926 increases susceptibility to endotoxic shock
Erin Condon, GraduatePhysical TherapyPTOA Risk Following Isolated ACLR or ACLR and Meniscal Injury


All presentations are pre-recorded and available to view on VoiceThread

VoiceThread is an interactive online platform where students can present and viewers can engage with research in a virtual format (note: commenting on presentations is no longer available). 

How can I view presentations?

  1. Create a VoiceThread account (this is free for all users) by clicking here or visiting:

  2. Click on "All 2021 Virtual SRC Presentations" or an SRC topic on the right of the SRC webpage.

  3. Browse the presentations at your convience! 

I'm having difficulty logging into VoiceThread

  • If you participated or interacted with the 2020 Virtual SRC and used VoiceThread, you may need to create a new account using your NetID email address. Once your new account is created, sign in using your netID email address instead of clicking "Find my institution."
  • When logging in, I get the error "You are not a member of this Voicethread license. Please sign in at instead." Return to the login page and click the “Sign in with email” option instead of “Find my institution.”

Presentation Guides and Presenter FAQs

Take your research beyond the Virtual SRC

Use your research experience to land your dream job, travel the world, gain your next awesome opportunity, or continue your education. Not sure where to start? Check out the resources below or set up a time to chat with staff from the Office of Fellowships, Opportunities, and Undergraduate Research by emailing

Graduate & Professional School      Networking     Identity-based Resources

Check out this video to learn more about how to transform your research into a Fulbright Fellowship!

Judged Sessions

Each year graduate and undergraduate students can elect to participate in a presentation competition among peers. Presentations are largely judged on research communication skills and communication to a broad audience. Judged Session winners will be announced the week following the Virtual SRC. Undergraduate awards are generously provided by FOUR's Anonymous Donor.  

Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Virtual SRC possible:

The Office for the Vice President for Research - Graduate College - Honors College - Center for Teaching and Learning - UVM Communications - Humanities Center - UVM Libraries - Davis Center - GSS - SGA - FOUR

Interested in giving to the annual Student Research Conference? 

Contact us for information on sponsorship levels and how to help support the work of student researchers.