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2020-2021 DSP Abtract Booklet

The 21st Annual DSP Research Sympoisum was combined with the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Showcase. DSP students presnted their research through poster and video format. Abstract for this year's students projects can be found below.

2021 Abstract Booklet

2020-2021 Developing Scholar Awards

The following students were selected for 2020-2021 DSP awards:

Promise Award

  • Ana Herrera | Faculty mentor, Gary Brase
  • Juliet Nava-Chavez | Faculty mentor, Robert DeLong
  • Agel Yor | Faculty mentor, Sherry Haar

Coffman Excellence in Research Awards

  • First Year: Brian Garcia Sandoval | Faculty mentor, Bethany Plakke
  • First Year, honorable mention: Ruth Mekuria | Faculty mentor, Phillip Klebba
  • Second Year: Jacob Rico-Martinez | Faculty mentor, Dave Thompson
  • Second Year, honorable mention: Jesus Gonzalez-Morales | Faculty mentor, Ryan Rafferty
  • Third Year: Elena Carlos | Faculty mentor, Sara Rosenkranz
  • Third Year, honorable mention: Derrius Washington |Faculty mentor, Rachel Levitt

Pay it Forward

  • Melina Alferoff | Faculty mentor, Trisha Moore
  • Maria Izquierdo | Faculty mentor, Jennifer Francoise

Frank Cortez Memorial Award

  • Moises Alvarez | Faculty mentor, Don Saucier

Diligence Award

  • Aaron Moore | Faculty mentor, Lisa Wilken
  • Sarah Weekes | Faculty mentor, Cassandra Jones
  • Alayshia Jacobs | Faculty mentor, Travis Linnemann

Above and Beyond Award

  • Jared Newell | Faculty mentor, Thomas Mueller

Eyes on the Prize Award

  • Nhicolas Aponte | Faculty mentor, Eugene Vasserman

Rita G. Perez Exemplary Scholar Award

  • Diana Najera | Faculty mentor, Maureen Gorman

Anita Cortez Award

  • Maria Herrera | Faculty mentor, Trisha Moore

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Scholar Spotlight


Jaasiel Duarte is a junior from Kansas City, Kansas majoring in Architecture. He is an undergraduate researcher under the mentorship of department head of Interior Architecture and Product Design, Nathan Howe. Duarte and Howe have been working on a typology research project, trying to discover and define the elements that architects have been applying throughout history. Why do architects do what they do in a certain way? What patterns do they use and how can we describe them? How did architecture get to this point? Duarte is looking to answer these questions. “Being on the forefront of something new is scary,” Duarte says. “It’s uncomfortable but that’s what pushes us to a new discovery.” The effects of his research can spur new conversations, new meanings, and new ideas that have not yet been explored in the world of architecture.

Duarte acknowledges that doing research as an undergraduate student has been an indispensable experience. He encourages other students to get involved in research and give oneself the opportunity to think outside the box. Students can only gain knowledge and networking experience by getting involved – it’s for anybody and everybody who is ready to put in the work.

In Fall 2017, Duarte was chosen to represent his Architecture Design Studio class in the College of Architecture's annual Bowman Design Forum. He placed third in the competition, receiving a $500 scholarship.