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Summer Research Fellowship Awardees

2011  ♦  2012  ♦  2013  ♦  2014  ♦ 

Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 2014 (15)
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Ablondi, Eileen – The Role of gad1.1 Regulation in GABAergic Cell Fate Determination
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Banks, Dallas – Molecular Mechanisms of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Induced Neuronal Differentiation
(Mentor: Dr. Shanta Hinton, Biology)

Gurley, Stephen – The spe-26 gene and C. elegans spermatogenesis
(Mentor: Dr. Diane Shakes, Biology)

Horridge, Danielle – Factors Affecting the Gene Expression of SabA in Helicobacter pylori
(Mentor: Dr. Mark Forsyth, Biology)

Kressin, Kaitlin – Sex-linked Morphological Adaptations of Neuromuscular Junctions following Muscular Disuse
(Mentor: Dr. Michael Deschenes, Kinesiology)

Lichstrahl, Michael – The Stereoselective Synthesis of 1,3-Diols in the Natural Products Polyrhacitide A and B
(Mentor: Dr. Robert Hinkle, Chemistry)

Lin, Phoebe – Heritability of kisspeptin neurons in a population of Peromyscus leucopus
(Mentor: Dr. Paul Heideman, Biology)

Maguire, Lindsay – The Effect of Gabapentin on Thermoregulatory Neurons in Rattus Norvegicus Anterior Preoptic Hypothalamus
(Mentor: Dr. John Griffin, Biology)

McFarland, Alexander – The Role of MK-STYX in the eIF2alpha Signaling Pathway
(Mentor: Dr. Shanta Hinton, Biology)

McKevitt, Mariah – The Role of Epigenetics in Notch Pathway Perturbation Compensation
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

ORDONEZ, PABLO – Cellular Analysis of the Mitotic Region of the Adult Germline of SB 347
(Mentor: Dr. Diane Shakes, Biology)

Ramirez, Carolina – Synthesis and characterization of cadmium(II) complexes of tridentate-NNS ligands modeling cadmium carbonic anhydrase
(Mentor: Dr. Deborah Bebout, Chemistry)

Roberts, Erin – Modeling the fluid dynamics of microscopic denticles in suspension-feeding fish
(Mentor: Dr. S. Laurie Sanderson, Biology)

Robins, Jacob – The Synthesis of Bioactive Alkaloids – Pre-Malbracheamide and Stephacidin
(Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Scheerer, Chemistry)

Santoso, Clarissa – Combinatorial contributions of neuroendocrine variation to reproductive development in Peromyscus leucopus
(Mentor: Dr. Paul Heideman, Biology)

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Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 2013 (17)
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Anastas, Vollter – The Role of Calcium Activity on Neuronal Cell Fate Determination
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Braatz, Ellie – A computational biochemical model of mutual aggravation in type-II diabetes and Parkinson’s disease
(Mentor: Dr. Randolph Coleman, Chemistry)

Cooper, Jahan – Synthesis of Biologically Active Decytospolides
(Mentor: Dr. Robert Hinkle, Chemistry)

Diffley, Michael – Investigating the Effect of A/B Domain N-Terminal Deletion on TRa and RXRß Interaction
(Mentor: Dr. Lizabeth Allison, Biology)

Farley, Chris – Synthesis of a Novel Alkynyl Amino Acid for Protein Incorporation and Click-Mediated Conjugation
(Mentor: Dr. Douglas Young, Chemistry)

Gray, Veronica – Gene Expression in Mycobacteriophage Larva
(Mentor: Dr. Mark Forsyth, Biology)

Halleran, Andrew – The Role of SUMO-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligases (STUbLs) in Pho4 Degradation
(Mentor: Dr. Oliver Kerscher, Biology)

Henry, Katie – Liver Enzyme Based Assay of Endocrine Disruption in the Zebra Finch Due to Mercury
(Mentor: Dr. Eric Bradley, Biology)

Hines, Jacobi – Characterization of Nkx 6.1 and Pax-6 Expression Throughout Development and the Effects of Notch Perturbation
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Hogenmiller, Alycia – The Effects of Mecamylamine on Nicotine-Induced Anxiety
(Mentor: Dr. Robert Barnet, Psychology)

McFarland, Alexander – The Role of Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX in the eIF2a Signaling Pathway
(Mentor: Dr. Shanta Hinton, Biology)

Miller, Kelsey – Second Generation Synthesis of Loline Alkaloids, a family of natural insecticides and a feeding deterrent
(Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Scheerer, Chemistry)

Schuessler, Sarah – Gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange behavior of cysteine, serine and their homologs
(Mentor: Dr. John Poutsma, Chemistry)

Sheeler, Carrie – Mechanisms of Inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis
(Mentor: Dr. Randolph Coleman, Chemistry)

Stern, Mary – Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling of Thyroid Hormone Receptor
(Mentor: Dr. Lizabeth Allison, Biology)

Till, Stephanie – Models of the metal scavenger metallothionein
(Mentor: Dr. Deborah Bebout, Chemistry)

Winslow, Stephanie – Carbonic Anhydrase Models: Zinc triad complexes involving both thiolate ligands and the carbonate ion
(Mentor: Dr. Deborah Bebout, Chemistry)

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Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 2012 (17)
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Ashraf, Bilal – Effect of Chronic Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on Anxiety in Adulthood
(Mentor: Dr. Robert Barnet, Psychology)

Brahe, Catherine – The Functional Characterization of Upstream Regulation of XMSR in Xenopus laevis
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Calcagni, Peter – Modeling AMPA receptor modifications and malfunctions in sporadic ALS
(Mentor: Dr. Randolph Coleman, Chemistry)

Douglas, Emily – The Relationship between the Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX and Heat Shock Protein 70, and the effect on Stress Granule Dissasembly
(Mentor: Dr. Shanta Hinton, Biology)

Driessnack, Gloria – The Role of SUMO-Targeted Ubiquitin Ligases (STUbLs) in the Modulation of Huntingtin Protein Aggregates
(Mentor: Dr. Oliver Kerscher, Biology)

Flowers, Brittany – The Role of MK-STYX in Neuronal Differentiation
(Mentor: Dr. Shanta Hinton, Biology)

Herbst, Wendy – The Role and Regulation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels during Development
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Hoptay, Katherine – Analyzing Ancient DNA through Sequencing of Mitochondrial DNA Hypervariable Regions I and II to Determine Origin of Fontabelle Emergency Excavation Site Remains
(Mentor: Dr. Lizabeth Allison, Biology)

Ives, Angela – Combinatorial contributions of heritable neuroendocrine variation to male infertility
(Mentor: Dr. Paul Heideman, Biology)

Jones, Tyler – Timing and Regulation CySC Specification in Drosophila testis
(Mentor: Dr. Matthew Wawersik, Biology)

McCullough, Shannon – New Ligands for Copper(I) Iodide Based “Smart” Luminescence Detectors
(Mentor: Dr. Robert Pike, Chemistry)

McKenna, Jaclyn – Development of Light-Regulated Aptamer/miRNA Therapeutics
(Mentor: Dr. Douglas Young, Chemistry)

Peterson, Jackson – Exploring the developmental role of a casein kinase 1 in the quiescent stage C. elegans spermatogenesis
(Mentor: Dr. Diane Shakes, Biology)

Schouten, Jonathan – A study aimed at determining the immune response in migrating salmon and possible correlations with IHNV load.
(Mentor: Dr. Patty Zwollo, Biology)

Stanciauskas, Monika – The Use of In Situ Hybridization to Characterize the Molecular Composition of Hypothalamic Thermoregulatory Neruons in the Hypothalamus of the Rat
(Mentor: Dr. John Griffin, Biology)

Woo, John – Synthesis of Prenylated Indole Alkaloids and Related Structures
(Mentor: Dr. Johnathan Scheerer, Chemistry)

Zhu, Laurence – Localization of the Helicobacter pylori SabA Promoter Region Binding Site by the ArsR Response Regulator Protein
(Mentor: Dr. Mark Forsyth, Biology)

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Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 2011 (24)
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Barr, Justinn – MK-STYX and Stress Granule Disassembly
(Mentor: Dr. Shantá Hinton, Biology)

Bouland, Andrew – The Effect of Mercury Exposure on Avian Nestling Sex Ratios
(Mentor: Dr. Daniel Cristol, Biology)

Chinn, Alex – [4+2] Diels-Alder Cycloadditions with Imine Dienophiles
(Mentor: Dr. Johnathan Scheerer, Chemistry)

Cooper, Vivian – Regulon confirmation of the CrdRS Two-Component Signal Transduction System in Helicobacter pylori strain 26695
(Mentor: Dr. Mark Forsyth, Biology)

Czaplyski, William – The pH Responsiveness of Rhodamine Dye Derivatives
(Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Harbron, Chemistry)

Eclipse, Ariel – P7 as an anti-virulence gene in Helicobacter pylori
(Mentor: Dr. Mark Forsyth, Biology)

Feigert, Caroline – Nuclear Export of Thyroid Hormone Receptor a and ß
(Mentor: Dr. Lizabeth Allison, Biology)

Feresten, Matthew – Influence of forest fragmentation and exotic plant invasion on the distribution of ticks and Borrelia bacteria
(Mentor: Dr. Matthias Leu, Biology)

Foegeding, Nora – SUMO-dependent Ubiquitylation of Siz1 by Slx5/Slx8 as a Potential Nuclear Export Signal
(Mentor: Dr. Oliver Kerscher, Biology)

Giovanetti, Simone – Life Hisotry Trade-offs Betwen Growth and Reprodution in Wild Yeast
(Mentor: Dr. Helen Murphy, Biology)

Kim, Sarah – Ionic conductances mediating the activity of hypothalamic thermoregulatory neurons in response to activation of noradrenergic pathways
(Mentor: Dr. John Griffin, Biology)

Lee, Se-Jun – combinatorial contributions of neuroendocrine variables and food intake to male fertility
(Mentor: Dr. Paul Heideman, Biology)

McCullough, Shannon – Copper (I) Iodide and Copper (I) Bromide Complexes of Diamine Aliphatic Ligands
(Mentor: Dr. Robert Pike, Chemistry)

McDonough, Molly – The role of the notch signaling pathway in neurotransmitter phenotype specification in Xenopus laevis
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Muetterties, Corbin – Kinetic Method Determinations of The Acid/Base Properties of Tripeptides
(Mentor: Dr. John Poutsma, Chemistry)

Platner, Charlotte – Peptide Fragmentation in Tripeptides Containing Lysine Homologs
(Mentor: Dr. John Poutsma, Chemistry)

Rabe, Brian – The functional characterization of GABA receptors in the developing Xenopus nervous system
(Mentor: Dr. Margaret Saha, Biology)

Rehain, Kathryn – Cell Level Mechanism Causing Production of Non-Mendelian Sex Ratios by Rhabditis SB347 Hermaphrodites
(Mentor: Dr. Diane Shakes, Biology)

Schwab, Daniel – Maternal size effects on reproduction and larval development in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta
(Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Allen, Biology)

Solano, Sarah – Effects of Acute and Chronic Nicotine Abuse on Impulse Control
(Mentor: Dr. Joshua Burk, Psychology)

Traub, Laura – A Computational Model of Calcium Involvement in Multiple Sclerosis
(Mentor: Dr. Randolph Coleman, Chemistry)

Watson, Kelly – Modeling Biodiversity in the Choco Forest
(Mentor: Dr. Matthias Leu, Biology)

Wicks, Nora – Avian Community Response to the Human Footprint in Upland and Riparian Habitats
(Mentor: Dr. Matthias Leu, Biology)

Wright, Kaylor – Studies on Possible Correlations Between Low-dose Mercury Exposure and Zebra Finch Behavior, Testis Development, and Plasma Testosterone Concentration
(Mentor: Dr. Eric Bradley, Biology)

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