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Hayes Virtual Portal - April 9, 2021

Portal information for the 35th Annual Hayes Research Forum is below. Please click on the appropriate session link below to attend your session. If you encounter any issues/errors please reach out to the contact person listed beside the session.

All sessions will be held in a virtual format and will require presenters and judges to engage virtually throughout the Forum. Click here to access the full 35th Annual Hayes Research Forum Agenda and Booklet.

Main Sessions

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Academic Area Assignments – Oral Presentations – 8:30a-12:00p

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  • The Arts
    • 1st Place: Maya Jenkins – Design
    • 2nd Place: Bram Wayman – Music 
    • 3rd Place: Tara Burns – Dance
    • Honorable Mention: Adrienne Oehlers – Theater
  • Biological Sciences
    • 1st Place: Kylene Daily – Biomedical Sciences
    • 2nd Place: Marina Buyanova – Chemistry 
    • 3rd Place: Warren Campbell – Neuroscience
    • Honorable Mention – Miranda Tallman – Biomedical Sciences
    • Honorable Mention – Fiona Brown – Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
    • 1st Place: Zeynep Yavic – International Business
  • Education and Human Ecology
    • 1st Place: Qingqing Yang – Human Development & Family Services
    • 2nd Place: Arianna Black – Education Psychology 
    • 3rd Place: Yvonne Allsop – Education Psychology
    • Honorable Mention – Johana Chaparro-Moreno – Educational Psychology
    • Honorable Mention – Andrew Perry – Educational Psychology
  • Engineering
    • 1st Place: Spencer Stahl – Aerospace Engineering
    • 2nd Place: Sunny Kwok – Biomedical Engineering
    • 3rd Place: Zheng Hong Tan – Biomedical Engineering 
  • Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    • 1st Place: Abigail Krentz - Food Science & Technology
    • 2nd Place: Sydney Grouge - Food Science & Technology 
    • 3rd Place: Danielle Voss - Food Science & Technology
    • Honorable Mention – Wanderson Novais Pereira – Environment & Nat. Resources
    • Honorable Mention – Aishwarya Badiger – Food Science & Technology
  • Health Sciences
    • 1st Place: Helen Chen - Neuroscience
    • 2nd Place: Max Yano - Biomedical Sciences 
    • 3rd Place: Matt Lordo – Biomedical Sciences
    • Honorable Mention – Shane O’Neil – Neuroscience
    • Honorable Mention – Nicolas Queen – Biomedical Sciences
  • Humanities
    • 1st Place: D’Arcee Neal – Rhetoric and Composition
    • 2nd Place: Paloma Pinillos Chavez – Hispanic Linguistics
    • 3rd Place: Joy Ellison – Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    • 1st Place: James Herbort – Chemistry
    • 2nd Place: Jack Neustadt – Astronomy 
    • 3rd Place: Caprice Phillips – Astronomy
    • Honorable Mention: Anusha Paii Asnodkar – Astronomy
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • 1st Place: Annelise Madison – Clinical Psychology
    • 2nd Place: Simon Kolbeck – Sociology
    • 3rd Place: Holly Lind-Combs – Speech and Hearing Science
    • Honorable Mention: Ana Sucaldito – Public Health

Academic Area Assignments – Poster Presentations – 8:30a-12:00p

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  • Biological Sciences
    • 1st Place:  Cemantha Lane – Biomedical Engineering
    • 2nd Place: Kelly Rich – Neuroscience  
    • 3rd Place: Stephanie Muscat – Biomedical Sciences
    • Honorable Mention: Prescott Vayda – Earth Science
  • Education and Human Ecology
    • 1st Place: Elizabeth Kraatz – Educational Psychology
    • 2nd Place: Summer Luckey – Human Development & Family Science 
    • 3rd Place: Michelle Richard – Educational Psychology
    • Honorable Mention – Ruoxi Qi – Consumer Sciences
    • Honorable Mention – Manisha Naresh Nagpal – Educational Psychology
    • Honorable Mention – Jihyeon Choi – Counselor Education
  • Engineering 
    • 1st Place: Faiz Nisar Khan – Chemical Engineering
    • 2nd Place: Tricia Oyster – Biomedical Engineering 
    • 3rd Place: Sandeep Srinivasan – Industrial Engineering
  • Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
    • 1st Place: Abigail Sommer – Food Science & Technology
    • 2nd Place: Madeline Winans – Animal Sciences 
    • 3rd Place: Molly Mills – Environmental Sciences
    • Honorable Mention – Yutong Li – Food Science & Technology
    • Honorable Mention – Erica Grush – Food Science & Technology
    • Honorable Mention – Soumya Kanti Ghosh – Plant Pathology
  • Health Sciences
    • 1st Place:  Kazune Pax – Oral Biology
    • 2nd Place: Michelle Scott – Biosciences
    • 3rd Place: Kimberly Scott – Health and Rehabilitation Services
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    • 1st Place: Zhiying Li – Geography
    • 2nd Place: Andrew Piper - Physics 
    • 3rd Place: Nishchhal Verma - Physics
    • Honorable Mention – Maria Vazquez de Vazquez – Analytical Chemistry
    • Honorable Mention – Dan Liyanage - Physics
    • Honorable Mention – McKensie Mason – Organic Chemistry
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • 1st Place:  Shannon Kelley – Animal Sciences
    • 2nd Place: Heathen Hansen – Cognitive Psychology 
    • 3rd Place: Erik Clarke – Political Science
    • Honorable Mention: Jacob Kepes – Sociology 

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The 3MT is an academic competition for PhD students and master’s students pursuing a master’s thesis, to describe their research within three minutes, to a general audience. A competition was recently held to select a finalist to represent Ohio State at the regional Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) competition at which national representatives will be selected.

Hayes Wellness Break – 12:00p-1:00p

Living a balanced life is critical to the student experience. Thus, in partnership with the Student Life Wellness Center, we are proud to present the following well-being opportunities for graduate students to engage in during the Hayes Forum Wellness Break.

Recorded Sessions

Unplugged Self-Guided Activities

  • Gratitude Activities
    • Daily Gratitude: Write down three good things that happened in the last 24 hours. They can be big or small. As you think, reflect on how you felt in each moment. Practicing gratitude for even the smallest act can bring joy to your day and increase positive thoughts, both benefitting mental health.
    • Practicing Gratitude for Others: Call or text a loved one, this can be a family member or friend. Take a few moments to check in and see how they are doing, share your appreciation for their support and your relationship. Practicing gratitude for others has been shown to strengthen relationships and positively impact mental health.
  • Mindful Walk
    • Take a quick walk outside. Notice your surroundings. Instead of listening to some form of media, take this time to unplug and really appreciate the environment around you.
    • Don’t have time to take a walk? Being outside (whether sitting, reading, creating, eating lunch, or more) has similar benefits making us feel refreshed. Spending time in nature has been linked to improving sleep, lowering heart rate, reduces stress, increasing happiness, strengthening the immune system, inspiring creativity and more. Take some time to unplug and enjoy a relaxing lunch break outside without media.
  • Creative Wellness
    • Take some time to indulge in your creative side by sketching, doodling, coloring, or practicing your favorite artistic outlet. Looking for inspiration? Coloring pages can be found online and printed for a fun, stress relieving activity.
  • Puzzles
    • Studies have shown that challenging our intellectual wellness with activities such as puzzles exercise both sides of our brains and improves memory, problem solving skills, visual and spatial reasoning, enhances mood, lowers stress, and more. Take some time to work on a tabletop puzzle or print off your favorite number or word puzzles to challenge your brain with an activity not related to your studies. Find links below to free puzzles that you can complete online or print off for an unplugged activity.
  • Practice Self-Care
    • Self-care looks different to everyone and as a graduate student, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get done something for yourself. What is something that has been on your personal self-care to do list that keeps getting pushed? See this lunch hour as an opportunity to focus on you. Do a face mask, paint your nails, fold the laundry, make the bed, read a non-academic book or magazine, or organize your workspace; this break is an opportunity to step away from the professional and program related tasks and focus on something that is going to bring you some much needed peace of mind.


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or American Sign Language interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Kerry Hodak at or 614-292-0253. Requests made by one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.