Grad Expo 2023

The Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization (A&S GSO) proudly announces Outstanding Presenter Awards for Grad Expo 2023!

Darian Yang (Chemistry)

Hannah Assour (Biological Sciences)

Savannah Roberts (Psychology)

Amber Stanley (Biological Sciences)

Elsie Campbell (French)

This symposium is an opportunity for graduate students across the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (DSAS) to share their research as a poster or presentation to a diverse, multidisciplinary audience. This year, the Grad Expo will be held in-person on March 17th, 2023 in the Lower Lounge at William Pitt Union.

Grad Expo 2023 will provide participants with the opportunity to make their research accessible to a broad audience across DSAS. This year, we will award five selected presenters with $200 to be used for research activities or related purchases. 

Participants will be scored on the significance and impact of their research, presentation abilities, and on their ability to present their research to a panel of academic judges from a wide range of scholarly disciplines. This opportunity will give you the opportunity to polish necessary skills for teaching, grant writing, discussions with stakeholders, and more!

Grad Expo 2023 Schedule

March 17th, 2023 Friday

Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union

University of Pittsburgh

Panel Sessions

9:00 – 9:50:

“The Impacts of COVID-19 on Incarcerated Pregnant People’s Experiences”

Noel Marsh, Anthropology/Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

“#StopTheShock: Justificatory Rhetoric at the Judge Rotenberg Center”

Molly Martin, Communication and Rhetoric

“LGBTQ+ Adolescents’ Disordered Eating: Highlighting LGBTQ-Specific Factors and Describing a Novel Prevention”

Savannah Roberts, Psychology

10:00 – 10:50:

“Science in Crisis, in the New Age and Now”

Seth Davis, Communication and Rhetoric

“Two Approaches to Reduction: A Case Study from Statistical Mechanics”

Bixin Guo, History and Philosophy of Science

“Illuminating the Dark Side of an HIV Protein Using Super-Computers and Super Magnets”

Darian Yang, Chemistry

11:00 – 11:50:

“Found in Translation: Non-Binary French and Gender Undoing in Anne-Charlotte Husson’s French Translation of Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer”

Elsie Campbell, French

“II/Elle Aprend Le Fançais—Enforcing Cisgender Heteronormativity through Teaching the French Language”

Candice Guerbeau, French

“Doing Gender in Liminality”

Illana Spencer, Sociology

Poster Sessions

12:00 – 13:00

“Plant Polyploidy and Herbivory: Population Dynamics of Both Players Change After Whole-Genome Duplication”

Hannah Assour, Biological Sciences

“Heating Up and Cooling Down: Mitigating Economic Consequences of Temperature and Weather Conditions on Sleep”

Daniel Banko-Ferran, Economics

“Uptake of Critical Metals by Lab-Synthesized Manganese Oxides”

Tashane Boothe, Geological and Environmental Services

“Money Talks! The Role of Parents’ Discussion of Money for Preschoolers’ Math Knowledge”

Shirley Duong, Psychology

“Road Salt Interactions with Soil and Bedrock Potentially Influence Hillslope Stability”

Abiodun Emmanuel Layo-Bali, Geological and Environmental Sciences

“The Moderating Influence of Prior Knowledge on the Testing Effect”

Jessica Macaluso, Psychology

“Polygenetic Modeling Applications for Community-Level Interaction and Resilience: Utilizing Motor-Skill and Stylistic Traits on Upper Ohio Valley Early to Middle Woodland Ceramic Assemblages”

Phillip A. Mendenhall, Anthropology

“Depressive Symptoms and Relationship Quality Bias Perceptions of Instrumentality”

Emily O’Brien, Psychology

“Historical Climate Change-Influenced Shifts in Flower Shape and Production of a Common Annual Plant, Orange Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)”

Amber Stanley, Biological Sciences


Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization

Grad Expo 2023 Committee Co-chairs

Payne Banister (

Sinan Doğan (