Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship is student-run and peer-reviewed. Auctus accepts submissions from VCU undergraduates in all disciplines. The journal welcomes submissions of research articles, technical papers, expository articles and works of creative scholarship including visual art, music, creative writing, film and multi-media projects. Auctus is sponsored by the Honors College and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

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Social Sciences

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Women’s Decisions about Mental Health Treatment in the Perinatal Period, Marina G. Green

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Russia’s Energy Diplomacy in the Baltic States, Zachary Hanson

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Depression in Low-Income Adolescents: Guidelines for School-Based Depression Intervention Programs, Gopika Hari

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Confuciansim and Korean Dramas: How Cultural and Social Proximity, Hybridization of Modernity and Tradition, and Dissimilar Confucian Trajectories Affect Importation Rates of Korean Broadcasting Programs between Japan and China, Brianna Jackson

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Effects of Perceived Stigma from College Friends on Students Utilizing Mental Health Services, Shammah N. Okai

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Body Image Perception: Adolescent Boys and Avatar Depiction in Video Games, Usha Raman

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Aftermath of the Hobby Lobby Decision: Implications for Women in the Workforce, Hirsh Shah

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Colonialism's Role in the Success of the Filipino Skin Whitening Industry, Francine Singson

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The Last Mile of The Way: Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement, Christopher Smith

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Implicit Racial Bias in Physicians: Racial Disparity in Opioid Prescriptions in United States Emergency Departments, Anjali Ta

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Shares of the Great War Effort: Brazil’s Returns from the Second World War, Jon Tyktor

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Masculinity, Pornography, and Inceldom: The Use of American Ideals of Masculinity and the Consumption of Heterosexual Pornography to Radicalize Young Men into Inceldom, Adelaide Verdugo-Thomson

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Cultural Appropriation and the Plains' Indian Headdress, Marisa Wood

STEM

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Improving Health Literacy: Parental Medical Decisions Regarding Lower Extremity Amputations, Rebecca Aber

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Examining a Link between Paraquat, Alpha-Synuclein Fibrillation and Neurodegeneration: A Review, Nikhil Ailaney

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InGaN LEDs for General Lighting: Overcoming Efficiency Droop at High Current Injection, Nicolas Andrade

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ErbB3 Signaling and its Effect on Spheroid Formation in Ovarian Cancer, Muskan Bansal, Danielle Burke, and Mara P. Steinkamp

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Improving Medication-Enhanced Psychotherapy Options For PTSD: The Potential of Oxytocin as a Treatment for Hypervigilance in Women With A History of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Related PTSD, Elianna Bavuso

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Computer Simulation of Tooth Mobility using Varying Material Properties, Allison R. Beckmann, Lena Unterberg, Stefan Raith, and Horst Fischer

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Treatments for the Mitigation of Immunotherapy-related Neurotoxicities in Patients with Non-small Cell Lung Cancer, Gautam Chiang

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Applications of Cloud-Based Quantum Computers with Cognitive Computing Algorithms in Automated, Evidence-Based Virginia Geriatric Healthcare, Henry Childs

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Reduction of Oxidative Stress and Storage Lesions (RCSL) in Red Blood Cells: Analysis of Ascorbic Acid (AA), N-Acetylcysteine amide (AD4), and Serotonin (5-HT), Shanmuka Gadiraju

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Prenatal Nicotine Exposure as a Teratogen in Neurological Pathways, Monica Grover

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A Three-Dimensional in vitro Model of Disease That Improves Preclinical Research by Incorporating Genetic Diversity and Increasing Physiological Accuracy, Akash Jagdeesh

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Proposing an RNA Interference (RNAi)-based Treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection by Analyzing the Post-Transcriptional Gene Targeting of SARS-CoV-2, Hepatitis C Virus, and A549 Lung Cancer Cells, Arjun Jagdeesh