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SERC-URGP RECIPIENTS SPRING 2016


BIOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Madeline Bush Dr. Shauna McGillivray Role of the ClpXP protease in antimicrobial resistance in S. aureus
Meg Cooksey Dr. Michael Chumley Isolation of primary microglial cells from the mouse brain
Haley Egan Dr. Marlo Jeffries Sink or swim: Effects of thyroid hormones on the developing
fathead minnow immune system
Taylor Hayes Dr. Michael Chumley Can rolipram slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?
Meriel LeSueue Dr. Marlo Jeffries Another fish in the signaling Sea: The effect of
thyroid hormone on the immune function of adult
fathead minnows
Gunnar Nystrom Dr. Dr. Marlo Jeffries Cause for Concern: Chemical contamination in
Kazakhstan’s Syr Darya river and its impacts on fish
reproductive health
Christy Smith Dr. Matt Hale Mapping photoreceptor genes in the rainbow trout genome
Kaitlyn Upton Dr. Dean Williams Is the abundance of non-harvester ant insects in the diet of
Texas horned lizards related to harvester ant density?

CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Tyler Ford Dr. David Minter A new route to sugar alcohols
Kristina Hermanson Dr. Youngha Ryu Bioisosteric analogs of S-adenosylmethionine as potential
antibacterial SAM riboswitch inhibitors

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Harrison Cao Dr. Liran Ma A portable and affordable iBeacon based pet tracking system
Minh Hoang Dr. Liran Ma DistinctSound: Develop and implement frequency shifting for
an iOS based intelligent sound processing system
Quang Nguyen & Long Le Dr. Sue Gong and Dr. Liran Ma A cloud-based real time low cost monitoring and
notification system for aged care

NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Chandler Dalton & Annie Kate Genasci Dr. Gina Hill Impact of educational campaign on food waste intentions and behaviors

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Hana Jaafari Dr. Karol Gryczynski Basic characterization of bodipy trimers and cellular
applications

PSYCHOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Mary Eliza Baker Dr. Sarah Hill Childhood SES, blood glucose, and decision-making
Jake Bosacker Dr. Mauricio Papini Cannabinoid brain receptors and reward loss
Alexa Calcagno Dr. Gary Boehm Octyl gallate ameliorates LPS induced Aβ accumulation and
memory deficits
Providence Gee Dr. Anna Pétursdóttir Learning word-object relations: Effects of stimulus presentation order and error correction
Katherine Hahn & Amber Schmitt Dr. Sarah Hill Assessing attitudes towards artificially enhanced
characteristics
Hanna Hefner Dr. Cathy Cox The disruption of anxiety-buffer functioning in parents of
children with autism spectrum disorder
Patricia Johnson Dr. Naomi Ekas The relationship between infant attachment and preschool effortful control
Maggie Kleiser Dr. Sarah Hill Vulnerability to disease as a predictor of faster life history
strategies: An experimental investigation
Morgan Macauley Dr. Brent Cooper Evaluation of the acoustic features of female song
preference
Murphy Marx

Dr. Charles Lord

Effects of psychological essentialism and generalization on attitude polarization
Haley Moore Dr. Gary Boehm The influence of social stress on inflammation-induced
amyloid beta production
Lauren Nolan & Sarah Schad Dr. Sarah Hill The impact of socioeconomic status on the development
of children’s eating strategies
Ana Padgett Dr. Cathy Cox The role of objectification in the relationship between
mortality salience and pain
Elle Repeta Dr. Ken Leising The effects of stimulus-response compatibility on conditional
learning
Gianna Tiedemann Dr. Naomi Ekas The association between attachment and physiological
responses to relational aggression during emerging
adulthood
Laura Todd Dr. Sarah Hill Differential effects of urban and rural poverty on calibrating
life history strategies
Natalia Vilcek Dr. Cathy Cox Attenuating pain with the past: The relationship between
nostalgia and physical pain

 


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