Recent Submissions

  • Front Matter 

    Okpala, Jude (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
  • Note from the Director 

    Balderrama, Darrell C. (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
  • Book Review: T. Jackie Cuevas Shatters the Hegemony 

    MacManus, Azia (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
  • Application of Neuroevolution in Blackjack 

    Tejani, Iraz K. (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Blackjack is one of the few casino games with an extremely low house edge. In the past, many brute force simulations have been done to derive basic strategy. Classical brute force methods are tedious, time consuming, and ...
  • Predicting the Next Big Impact: Modelling the Rate of Massive Meteorite Strikes 

    Woods, Ethan; Han, David (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Meteorites are solid pieces of debris from an astronomical object such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet. ...
  • Stochastic SIR-based Examination of the Policy Effects on the COVID-19 Spread in the U.S. States 

    Song, Mina; Belle, Macy K.; Medlovitz, Aaron; Han, David (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Since the global outbreak of the novel COVID-19, many research groups have studied the epidemiology of the virus for short-term forecasts and to formulate the effective disease containment and mitigation strategies. The ...
  • Quantum Computation, Quantum Algorithms and Implications on Data Science 

    Kim, Nathan; Garcia, Jeremy; Han, David (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Quantum computing is a new revolutionary computing paradigm, first theorized in 1981. It is based on quantum physics and quantum mechanics, which are fundamentally stochastic in nature with inherent randomness and uncertainty. ...
  • Optimal Dynamic Treatment Regime by Reinforcement Learning in Clinical Medicine 

    Song, Mina; Han, David (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Precision medicine allows personalized treatment regime for patients with distinct clinical history and characteristics. Dynamic treatment regime implements a reinforcement learning algorithm to produce the optimal ...
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv Induces Gene Expression of PDE4A and PDE7A in Human Macrophages 

    Naoun, Adrian; Wager, Chrissy M. Leopold; Arnett, Eusondia; Schlesinger, Larry S. (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;, 2020-12)
    The World Health Organization reported that one-fourth of the global population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the causative agent of an airborne infectious disease known as tuberculosis (TB). In 2017, ...
  • Across Cultures: Pakistani All-Female Speaking Rituals 

    Virani, Zuwena (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;, 2020-12)
    A common finding in Language and Gender studies is that women aim for a united conversational dynamic, while men tend towards the opposite. However, I argue that native culture plays a more significant role in Language and ...
  • Statistical Perspectives in Teaching Deep Learning from Fundamentals to Applications 

    Kim, Nathan; Han, David (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;, 2020-12)
    The use of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and deep learning have gained a lot of attention and become increasingly popular in many areas of application. Historically machine learning and theory had strong ...
  • Nonverbal Immediacies: The Benefits of Nonverbal Immediacy Behaviors to Intimate Relationships 

    Gonzalez, Gabrielle (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    The purpose of this study is to determine if couples that are in longer relationships express nonverbal immediacy behaviors just as often as couples that are in shorter relationships do. Evidence of prior research regarding ...
  • The New Black Wall Street 

    Harris, Devall (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Current studies on the racial wealth gap explores the origins of the problem and addresses it through the law. The paper provides an avenue to address the issue of racial wealth with the goal of providing insights for the ...
  • Neurological Abnormalities’ Impact on Crime and Behavior 

    Marr, Caleb (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    This study analyzes and discusses various types of neurological abnormalities and the ways in which they affect antisocial behavior and criminal propensity. It also explains how many of these abnormalities are caused and ...
  • The impacts of leaf damage on the isotopic composition of leaf transpiration 

    Weddle, John; Lanning, Matthew; Ewing, Remi; Wang, Lixin (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Stable isotopes of water are useful tracers to study water cycling between the subsurface, plants, and the atmosphere. The development of water vapor based isotope methods has facilitated the direct and continuous measurements ...
  • Optimizing the Separation of an Antiparasitic Medication using High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) 

    Barnett, Karis R.; LaCourse, William R. (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Excess pharmaceutical waste in water is an emerging concern that can increase parasitic drug resistance, interrupt animal food chains, and threaten drinking water sources. In this work, a high-pressure liquid chromatography ...
  • Viktor Frankl and COVID-19: Finding Hope Amidst a Pandemic 

    Driskill, Landri (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    This essay applies Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy on the anxiety produced by the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). During the Holocaust, survivor and psychologist Viktor Frankl utilized his study of logotherapy to discover how ...
  • Bad Bunny: A Contemporary Latinx Activist 

    Sulaica, Analisa (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Oppressive and hostile values of sexism, racism, and homophobia remain active within the Latinx community: values resulting from a continued history of U.S. imperialistic practices. This research explores the resistance ...
  • How do caregivers affect children’s academic performance? Evidence from Primary Caregivers’ Educational Attainment and Children’s Performance on Standardized Assessments 

    Wilson, Sofia Santillan; Grenier, Amandine E.; Wicha, Nicole, Y.Y. (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    Children's performance on standardized testing are affected by a variety of external factors, such as access to resources, school environment, or primary caregiver’s education. Educational inequalities, likewise, have a ...
  • Going Natural: Reading Black Women’s Hair in Americanah as a Sociopolitical Narrative to Battle American Misogynoir 

    Green, Erin (The UTSA Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work;Volume 7, 2020-12)
    America is founded on several different forms of oppression--two most notably being white supremacy and patriarchy. As white supremacy affects people of color and patriarchy affects women, Black women can suffer both forms ...

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