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STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium 2021: Program Agenda

Presented by the School of Science at Miami Dade College, North Campus.


Welcome to the 10th Annual STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium! Open to the MDC community, this collegewide event aims to promote scholarship and research through interdisciplinary collaborations in STEM. The goal of this annual symposium is to provide an opportunity for “future scholars” to share their explorations, discoveries, and reflections with their peers and the broader academic public. The symposium features poster sessions, discussions sessions, and oral presentations.

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Welcome Address

Dr. Victor Okafor, Dean, School of Science


Campus President Introduction

Alexa Bencomo, MDC Student


Special Remarks

Fermin Vazquez, Interim President, North Campus


Keynote Speaker Introduction

Salomon Jean, MDC Student


Keynote Address

Dr. Carlos D. Bustamante, Founder and CEO, Galatea Bio Inc.


Oral Presentations by Discipline

Ana Camba
Mathematics,  Eduardo J. Padron Campus
Embedding Genetic Codes in Euclidean Spaces
Faculty Mentors: Jyrko Correa-Morris, Ph.D. & Belarmino Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Miami Dade College, Eduardo J. Padron Campus

Arturo Granados
Mathematics, Kendall Campus
An Application of Opinion Mining to Examine the Dominant Job Posting Mobile Application’s User Reviews
Faculty Mentors: Lourdes Gonzalez, Ph.D. & Nelson De La Rosa, Ph.D., Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, Miami, FL


Lemay Gonzalez
Chemistry, North Campus
Development of Nucleobase-doped Carbon Nitride Dots for Investigation of Their Mechanism of Action in Cell Division Inhibition
Faculty Mentors: Yiqun Zhou, Ph.D.2 & Roger M. Leblanc, Ph.D., University of Miami, Coral Gables, Miami, FL

Daniel Hernandez
Biology,  Wolfson Campus
Optimization of Solvent Ratios of Lemna minor and Elodea for Optimal Lipid Production in Summer 2021 Research Period
Faculty Mentor: Juan Morata, Ph.D., Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL

Elise Llaguno
Kendall Campus
Change in Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna Exposed to Differing Levels of Nicotine
Faculty Mentors: Claudia Sanchez, MSFS, Trinidad Argüelles, M.S., Ed.D., & Maria Monzon, Ph.D.
Miami Dade College, West Campus, Miami, FL

Veronica Muzio Crego
Mathematics, Kendall Campus
Markov Chain Model of COVID-19 Propagation
Faculty Mentors: Belarmino Gonzalez, Ed. D & Eric Hernandez, Ph.D., Miami Dade College, Eduardo J. Padron Campus, Miami, FL


Moderator: Dr. Gregory Smith, Faculty


Poster Presentations

Interactive Sessions on campus


School of Science Awards

Dr. Victor Okafor, Dean, School of Science