2016-2017 Arts and Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund Grant Recipients

  • William Epstein, Department of English 
    “Write it Off: Understanding Gender Interactions in the Writing Center,” presented at the International Writing Centers Association in Denver, Colorado
    Faculty Mentor: Mr. Travis DuBose, Department of English
  • Kadeem Pratt, Urban Studies Program
    “US Economic Recession: Impacts to State and County Public Education Funding,” presented at the Black Doctoral Network Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
    Faculty Mentor: Mr. Zachary Wood, Urban Studies Program

2016-2017 Arts and Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grant Recipients

  • Rachel Carr, Department of Biology
    “A hidden ecosystem service: Terrestrial arthropods and food security”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angélica González, Department of Biology
  • Katrina DeWitt, Department of Biology
    “Caught in the web: Spiders and their webs as a bio-indicator” 
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angélica González, Department of Biology
  • Jacob Foster, Department of Fine Arts
    “The Psychology of Gesture in Contemporary Art”
    Faculty Mentor: Ms. Margery Amdur, Department of Fine Arts
  • Grace Houmbaloussakou, Department of Biology
    “Intratelencephaic Interconnections”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Saidel, Department of Biology
  • Marina Mikheil, Department of Biology
    “Drosophila Eggshell Respiration”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nir Yakoby, Department of Biology
  • Nguyen Nguyen, Department of Biology
    “Using EGFR Inhibitors to Manipulate Drosophila and Scaptomyzda Eggshells”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nir Yakoby, Department of Biology
  • Brian O’Rourke, Department of History
    “The Curious Case of Sydney Gruson”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lorrin Thomas, Department of History
  • Adriana Pereira, Department of Chemistry
    “Signal Amplification by HCR for Detection of Antigens”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jinglin Fu, Department of Chemistry
  • Abby Robinson, Department of Chemistry
    “Probing the self-assembly and visible light release mechanism of nanoparticle encapsulated polymersomes”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julianne Griepenburg, Department of Physics
  • Steven Rowe, Department of Psychology 
    “Examining the Role of Tyrosine in Working Memory and Associative Learning Plasticity under Acute Stress”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. J. William Whitlow, Department of Psychology 

2016-2017 Sandy Stewart Undergraduate Research Scholarship Recipients

  • Kevin DeYoung, Department of Biology
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Klein, Department of Biology
  • Ashley Lewis, Department of Biology
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barry Komisaruk, Department of Biology, Rutgers–Newark 

2015-2016 Arts and Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund Grant Recipients

  • Madeliene Alger and Kiersten Westley, Department of Psychology
    “Native American Female Suicide Methodology,” presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Chicago, Illinois
    Faculty Mentor: Dr, Sean Duffy, Department of Psychology
  • Danielle Dwyer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
    “Police as Victims: The Untold Truth,” presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stacia Gilliard-Matthews, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
  • Gaylene Gordon and Christina Schnyer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
    “Police Homicide: Myths Concerning the Face of Cop Killers,” presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Washington, DC
     Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stacia Gilliard-Matthews, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
  • Joseph Naddeo and Matthew Ratti, Department of Physics 
    “Light Induced Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticles Produced by Laser Ablation,” presented at the International Conference on Laser Ablation in Cairns, Australia 
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel Bubb, Department of Physics 
  • Brenna Stone, Department of Psychology
    “Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Humor Preferences,” presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Chicago, Illinois
    Faculty Mentor: Dr, Sean Duffy, Department of Psychology

2015-2016 Arts and Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grant Recipients

  • Michael Bamimore, Department of Biology
    “Identification of stalk specific peptidoglycan synthesis enzymes in Caulobacter crescentus”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Klein, Department of Biology
  • Kelsey Brown, Department of Fine Arts
    “Therapy for the Technologically Advanced”
    Faculty Mentor: Mr. Paul Bernstein, Department of Fine Arts
  • Christopher Cherfane, Department of Biology
    “Recirculation Apparatus and Controller for Bio 3D Printing”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Salas-de la Cruz, Department of Chemistry
  • Jacob Foster, Department of Fine Arts
    “Atmosphere: Paintings of Emotion and Sky”
    Faculty Mentor: Mr. Bruce Garrity, Department of Fine Arts
  • Molly Grasmick, Department of Chemistry
    “Investigation of Low Temperature Molecular Transitions in MEH PPV Polymer Films” and “Investigation of polarized IR to determine the effects of polarized solvents on MEH PPV polymer films”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Georgia Arbuckle-Keil, Department of Chemistry
  • Denise Hassinger, Department of Biology
    “Unidentified Polychaete Annelid”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alejandro Vagelli, Department of Biology
  • Kyra Jenkins, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    “Monday Syndrome”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Benedetto Piccoli, Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Nayab Kazmi, Department of Biology
    “Testing Two Different Reporter-Genes for Expression in Drosophila melanogaster”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nir Yakoby, Department of Biology
  • Millicent Kipp, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    “Fundamental Diagrams from Sensors Around the World”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Benedetto Piccoli, Department of Mathematical Science
  • Alexa Martinelli, Department of Biology
    “Relative thermal tolerance ecological performance and metabolic capabilities of urban and rural Pyrrharctiaisabella caterpillars”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Savage, Department of Biology
  • Matthew Ratti, Department of Physics
    “Light Induced Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticles Produced by Laser Ablation”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Klein, Department of Biology
  • Caitlin Rivenbark, Department of Psychology
    “Employees in the Workplace”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charlotte Markey, Department of Psychology

2015-2016 Dean’s Undergraduate Research Prize Recipients

  • Millicent Kipp, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    “Monday Syndrome”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Benedetto Piccoli, Department of Mathematical Science
  • Anatoliy Lane, Department of Computer Science
    “Software implementation of metabolic optimization methods”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Desmond Lun, Department of Computer Science
  • Matthew Ratti, Department of Physics
    “Antibacterial effects of metal nanoparticles”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Klein, Department of Biology
  • Gabriele Stankeviciute, Department of Chemistry
    “DNA nanostructures-mediated drug release”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jinglin Fu, Department of Chemistry
  • John Tomko, Department of Physics
    “Laser ablation in liquids: cavitation, beam characteristics, and surface morphology”
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel Bubb, Department of Physics