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2016 Undergraduate Research Fellows

 

Meet the 2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Research Fellows

College of Agriculture


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Wayne Carroll Agronomy and Soils Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effects of winter cover crops on mycorrhizal colonization of cotton roots

Mentor: Dr. Yucheng Feng

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Madison Gohlke Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Impact of mitochondrial nuclear exchange on adiposity and metabolic markers in lean and obese pigs

Mentor: Dr. Terry Brandebourg

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Anna Robinson Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture and College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: An evaluation of mistletoe extract in conjunction with mebendazole in an in vitro canine glioblastoma model

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Koehler

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Gabrielle Willhelm Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Improving embryo transfer in Bos Taurus through Granulosa Cell Connexin/Pannexin analysis

Mentor: Dr. Paul Dyce

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Trevor Cofer Agronomy and Soils Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effect of potassium sources and rates on tomato growth and development, potassium uptake, yield, and fruit quality

Mentor: Dr. Julie Howe

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Courtney Kloske Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture and College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Functional studies of genes transcriptionally regulated by calcium in Xylella Fastidosa

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente

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Evelyn Smith Agronomy and Soils & Horticulture

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effects of plant density and substrate type on cucumber production in a modified aquaponic system

Mentor: Dr. Daniel Wells

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Griffin Wright Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Unveiling the dynamics of genome activation in early developing embryos

Mentor: Dr. Fernando Biase

College of Education


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Kathryn Clardy Fitness Conditioning and Performance

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Comparison of the kinematics and kinetics of overhand baseball pitching to football passing

Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Oliver

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Natalie Stephens Chemistry Education

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Teaching spatial visualization in chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Christine Schnittka

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Sarah Gordon Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The effect of whole body vibration on stress fracture

Mentor: Dr. JoEllen Sefton

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering


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Meredith Ayers Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Mineralogy determination via three-dimensional image analysis

Mentor: Dr. Lauren Beckingham

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Holland Bankston Polymer & Fiber Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Ultrafast microwave nano-manufacturing of fullerene-like metal chalcogenides

Mentor: Dr. Xinyu Zhang

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Elizabeth Byers Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Nanoparticle targeted testosterone degradation for the treatment of androgen-dependent prostate cancer

Mentor: Dr. Allan David

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Sahm Deravi Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Investigation of photocatalytic behavior of two-dimensional titanium oxycarbide nanosheets

Mentor: Dr. James Radich

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Nidhi Goel Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Drug testing and metastisis studies on three-dimensional breast cancer models

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

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Sara Head Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Engineering functional cardiac tissues through encapsulation of pluripotent stem cells in methacrylated gelatin hydrogels​

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

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Benjamin King Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Comparing the floodplain hydrology of a recently restored stream bank to a natural, undisturbed, floodplain

Mentor: Dr. Thorsten Knappenberger

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Kyle Paul Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Examining effects of PEG length and silica nanoparticle size on cell viability

Mentor: Dr. Allan David

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Daniel Stubbs Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Airfoil analysis using smoothed particle hydrodynamics

Mentor: Dr. Dudley Nichols

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Elizabeth Bankston Biosystems Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Following the mass flow of nitrogen throughout an aquaponics system

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch

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William Brannon Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Rapid prototyping of electronics cooling nozzle arrays

Mentor: Dr. Roy Wright

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John Cook Computer Science

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Naturalistic pen-based data visualization

Mentor: Dr. Hari Narayanan and Dr. Jeff Overbey

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Gabrielle Gilmer Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering and College of Education

Project Title: Effects of pain history on throwing mechanics

Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Oliver

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Craig Granger Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: How stream restoration affects in-stream ecological metabolic activity

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch

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Ethan Hofer Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Controlling ion distribution in electroactive polymers for enhanced actuation response

Mentor: Dr. Zhongyang Cheng

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Kaylee McCormack Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Novel 1-thia-3,4-diazolidine-2,5-dione (TDAD) based polymers

Mentor: Dr. Michael Squillacote

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James Smith Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Multi-arm antenna optimization by genetic algorithms

Mentor: Dr. Michael Baginski

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Zoe Tucker Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Exploration of transparent colloidal nanoparticle additives for lubricants

Mentor: Dr. Robert Jackson

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences


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Tyler Baxter Forestry

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of prescribed fire to restore longleaf pine ecosystems in the Southeastern coastal plain

Mentor: Dr. Zhaofei Fan

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Marie Kallenberg Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Fat transport levels during lactation in rats

Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hood

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Seth Rankins Wildlife Ecology & Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Factors influencing white-tailed deer susceptibility to ehrlichiosis

Mentor: Dr. Stephen Ditchkoff

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Jordan Broadhead Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Effects of snakes on rodent vectors of disease in eastern Madagascar

Mentor: Dr. Sarah Zohdy

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Shannon Lambert Wildlife Ecology & Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Estimating detection probability and the use of scents in wild pig trapping

Mentor: Dr. Mark Smith

College of Human Sciencess


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Nicole Forchielli Nutrition Dietetics

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Assessing meal quality and satisfaction of meals on wheels (MOW) program in Lee County, Alabama

Mentor: Dr. Yee Ming Lee

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Elise Mann Biomedical Sciences and Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: The role of DPP-IV in muscle soreness

Mentor: Dr. Heidi Kluess

College of Liberal Arts


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Paige Goldschmidt History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Defining the role of women in the Latter-day Saint Church during their residency in Kirtland, Ohio, from 1830-1838

Mentor: Dr. Adam Jortner

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William Kelner Psychology and Sociology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Perceptions of mental illness among college students

Mentor: Dr. Apryl Alexander

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Cassidy Roby Health Administration

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Examining risky business practices in the health care industry

Mentor: Dr. Rene McEldowney

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Allison Travis Health Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The effect of drawing on information consolidation and stress reduction

Mentor: Dr. Barbara Bondy

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Carson Williford English and Philosophy

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The value of sustainable agricultural practices for Alabama’s small-scale farmers

Mentor: Dr. Helen Eidson

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Amanda Guthrie Sociology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: How the modern day hobo copes with a stigmatized identity

Mentor: Dr. Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Dr. Greg Weaver

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Zach McKinnell Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Common neural networks between addictions and psychological disorders

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Robinson

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Kelsie Shipley English Literature and History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Material aspects of reading in late 19th century Britain

Mentor: Dr. Emily Friedman

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Erin Walker Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Perceptions of violence victimization in transgender versus cisgender persons: The role of prejudicial belief, personal background, and mindfulness

Mentor: Dr. Apryl Alexander

Harrison School of Pharmacy


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Ryan Heslin Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Effects of a peripherally restricted viral challenge on the hippocampus

Mentor: Dr. Miranda Reed

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Stuart McFarland Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Increasing non-seasonal vaccination activities in Alabama community pharmacies

Mentor: Dr. Salisa Westrick

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Kasey Shepp Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: The effect of rare variants of hydroxy-carboxylic acid receptors on hereditary breast cancer

Mentor: Dr. Nancy Merner

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DaSol Jung Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Identification of phase I & II metabolites in Maca extracts

Mentor: Dr. Angela Calderón

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Mallory Meagher Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Insulin induces increased beat amyloid formation in APPe mutant neuronal cells

Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Amin

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Alec Ryan Wesolowski Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Non-invasive method of tracking infections in-vivo with the multispectral optoacoustic tomography imaging system

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi

College of Sciences and Mathematics


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Morgan Barkley Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Geological investigations of a suspected fragment of faulted oceanic crust within the Caledonian Mountains on Engløya, Arctic Norway

Mentor: Dr. Mark Steltenpohl

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Robert Boothe Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Nickel(II) complexes as ParaCEST sensors for reactive oxygen species

Mentor: Dr. Christian Goldsmith

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Jiyeong Choi Microbiology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Nickel concentrations of the high-Ni insect Melanotrichus boydi, a specialist on the Ni hyperaccumulator plant Streptanthus polygaloides (Brassicaceae)

Mentor: Dr. Robert Boyd

Brock Hidle Physics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Development of Frequency Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) Technique for Characterization of Femtosecond Pulses

Mentor: Dr. Guillaume Laurent

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Caleb Marshall Mathematics

Sponsor(s): Biomedical Sciences

Project Title: Matrix multiplication, tensors, and tableaux

Mentor: Dr. Luke Oeding

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Martin Wang Physics and Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Biomedical Sciences

Project Title: Computational study of electrostatically tunable band offsets in MoS2 multilayers

Mentor: Dr. Marcelo Kuroda

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Abigail Bartlett Geology

Sponsor(s): Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology

Project Title: Evaluating oxidative stress response in the alkanosulfate monoxygenase complex

Mentor: Dr. Holly Ellis

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Matthew Brown Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology

Project Title:Elucidation of Heme d1 biosynthetic pathway

Mentor: Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi

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Addison Cimino Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Biomedical Sciences

Project Title: Toward the synthesis of functionalized cycloparaphenylenes

Mentor: Dr. Bradley Merner

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Ayden Kish Physics and Philosophy

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Experiments and simulations of rotating dusty plasmas

Mentor: Dr. Edward Thomas, Jr.

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Elizabeth Schloss Physics and Philosophy

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Finding formulas for the number of pieces resulting from k cuts on a unit ball in Euclidean n-space

Mentor: Dr. Michel Smith

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Phillip Wang Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigating the antioxidant effects of carotenoids in living systems

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Hill

Last modified: February 15, 2017