Franke Honors Pinnacle

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Showcasing the Summit of W.A. Franke Honors College
Student Achievement

Wednesday, April 24th | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Bear Down Gym

Pinnacle is a special event hosted by the W.A. Franke Honors College that highlights incredible Franke Honors student research, including the Honors Thesis work of our Franke Honors graduating seniors and the work of Quest participants. Outstanding research will be acknowledged with financial award for Quest projects, senior thesis work, and creative video representations of senior research. Checkout the full list of 2024 Franke Honors Pinnacle Presenters

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Past Pinnacles

Senior Thesis Poster Presentation

First Place

Alexandria ScheidAmplifying the Voices of Underrepresented Students in Nursing Education
Faculty Mentor: Melissa Goldsmith

Honorable Mentions

Kiera EasonReducing the Urban Heat Island Effect with Native Trees in Tucson, Arizona
Faculty Mentor: Joey Iuliano

Riley ZuckertQuantification of Politeness: Multi-Class Classification of Patient Interviewing Phrases for Improving Clinician Bedside Manner
Faculty Mentor: Win Burleson

People's Choice

Luke SafayanThe Effects of Moderate Calorie Restriction on Hepatic and Serum Lipid Content in Mice 
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Stern

Senior Thesis Video Pitch

First Place

Samuel OwenAltre Volta
Faculty Mentor: Elena Canovas Mendez


Honorable Mentions

Veronique VillalbaGiving Back to the Tucson Community via Service Learning: Creating a School Garden Curriculum at Tully Magnet Elementary for Fourth Graders
Faculty Mentor: Greg Barron-Gafford


Ivan YangBela Bartok and His Family's Immigration to America
Faculty Mentor: John Milbauer 


First Year Project


Kira MorrisMath Signs: Using American Sign Language in Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Melissa Hosten

Analytical Research

Kamryn RabagoHistory of Influenza Vaccine as a Predictor of COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake Among Adults in Pima County, Arizona
Faculty Mentor: Purnima Madhivanan

Applied Research/Community Project

Kira MorrisMath Signs: Using American Sign Language in Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Melissa Hosten

Creative Expression

Erin ChoiNeurolimina: An Immersive Exhibit of the Microscopic Mind in Augmented Reality
Faculty Mentor: Jennie McStotts


Cynthia NavarroWhich Dorms of the University of Arizona have a Smart Design for Academic Purposes?
Faculty Mentor: Dean Papajohn

Lab/Field Experience

Ika LinExploring microRNAs as Blood-Based Markers for Breast Cancer Screening
Faculty Mentor: Purnima Madhivanan

Social Justice

Brooke McKalipInvestigating the Standardization of Abortion Education in the U.S. and its Effects on Child and Maternal Health
Faculty Mentor: Elise Lopez

Cambium Winner

Lindsey BellIncidence of Plant Disease Among Native and Introduced Plants in an Urban Arboretum
Faculty Mentor: A. Elizabeth Arnold