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SERC-URGP RECIPIENTS SPRING 2017


BIOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Meg Cooksey Dr. Mike Chumley Testing antioxidant capacity and toxicity of novel therapeutic
compounds in neuronal cell lines
Tu Huynh Drs. Dean Williams and Matt Hale

Determine number of Pds gene copies in
Hydrilla verticillata

Bethany Pierce Dr. Marlo Jeffries Analyzing the effects of thyroid-disrupting compounds on eye development in Pimephales promelas
Mallory Seeman Dr. Marlo Jeffries The effects of thyroid disrupting compounds on bone development in fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas)

CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Maddie Barnett Dr. Kayla Green Determining the antioxidant activity of small metalbinding
ligands that target agents known to lead to neurodegenerative diseases
Avery Haugen Dr. David Minter Production of disubstituted isoquinoline derivatives: Steps
toward the synthesis of a pratosine analog
Jack Parker Dr. Kayla Green Enhancing blood-brain barrier permeability through
glycosylation of antioxidant compound

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Blake Lucas Dr. Liran Ma Got your BAC: A discreet, lightweight, user-friendly
blood alcohol content tracker for iOS devices
Luke Reddick Dr. Liran Ma "Got your BAC": A lightweight, portable, and inexpensive blood alcohol content tracker interfaced with an android
device

ENGINEERING

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Bao Thach, Irene Kwihangana, Martin Segeja, Ben Krause, and Chris Prasai Dr. Morgan Kiani Trajectory tracking in unmanned electric vehicles

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Conor Ryan Dr. Anton Naumov Development of new functional graphene derivatives and the study of their optical properties

PSYCHOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Victoria Brennan Drs. David Cross and Rachel Crawley

Sky climber

Alexa Calcagno Dr. Gary Boehm

Does repeated social defeat increase baseline anxiety and
production of proinflammatory cytokines?

Megan Caywood Dr. Cathy Cox A real-world analysis of worldview defense following
mortality salience
Jenna Futterer Dr. Naomi Ekas Metamemory for emotional faces in children with autism
spectrum disorder
Jill Hoffman Dr. Cathy Cox Religious beliefs as a function of mortality salience,
fundamentalism, and human-nature primes
Sarah Jones Dr. Ken Leising The effect of environmental enrichment on relational learning in rats
Kylie Leeper Dr. Naomi Ekas Physiological responses and threat cue detection during marital conflict in children with autism spectrum disorder
Madison McCracken Dr. Naomi Ekas The impact of religion on maternal well-being for non-
hispanic white and hispanic mothers of a child with autism
spectrum disorder
Hailey McMaster Dr. Anna Pétursdóttir Sample first and simultaneous stimulus presentation during receptive identification trials
Haley Moore Dr. Gary Boehm The effects of maternal separation on inflammation and amyloid beta production in non-transgenic C57BL6/J mice
Dr. Paulina Mozo Dr. Cathy Cox Does fake news media increase mortality-related concerns in liberals and conservatives?
Leslie Nolan Dr. Charles Lord When tweeting polarizes the tweeter’s attitudes toward
disliked social groups
Tommy Scully Dr. Sarah Hill Stress, IL-1B, and learning
Megan Thielman Dr. Uma Tauber Forgetting bias in older adults
Natalia Vilcek Dr. Mauricio Papini Effects of acute cannabinoid agonist WIN 55,212-2 administration on repeated downshifts in autoshaping with rats

SCHOOL OF GEOLOGY, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Ellen Hall Dr. Tory Bennett The importance of residential swimming pools for bats

 


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