Office of Undergraduate Research Undergraduate research will set you apart.

Meet the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Research Fellows

 

College of Agriculture

 

Andrew Bradford

Ellie Amerson Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Assessing the use of Biometric Ear Tags as Herd Health monitoring devices in swine.

Mentor: Terry Brandebourg

Andrew Bradford

Daniel Carter Crop, Soils, and Environmental Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Exploring relationships between diet and other risk factors for colon cancer with novel circulating biomarkers in humans

Mentor: Drew Frugé

Andrew Bradford

Emily Ennis Poultry Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Will replacement of reproductive hormone genes with the alligator cathelicidin gene result in disease resistant, sterile catfish exhibiting normal growth? 

Mentor: Rex Dunham

Andrew Bradford

Rachel Hollingsworth Animal Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Investigating the role that inflammation plays in unexplained heifer infertility

Mentor: Paul Dyce

Andrew Bradford

Megan Justice Wildlife Enterprise Management

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Genetic and Phenotypic Characterization of a Cryptic Largemouth Bass Form

Mentor: Eric Peatman

Andrew Bradford

Rachel Osbourne Poultry Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Analyzing Samples of Raw Poultry Processing Plant Wastewater to Determine the Chemical Makeup and Microbial Load Present Before Treatment

Mentor: Dianna Bourassa

Andrew Bradford

Roshell Rosales Aguilar Agricultural Business and Economics

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Understanding The Causes and Exploring Remedies for Food Waste and Food Loss

Mentor: Ruiqing Miao

Andrew Bradford

Elijah Carroll Organismal Biology-Conservation

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Potential hazard to beneficial insects from imidacloprid exposure in the honeydew of crape myrtle bark scale Eriococcus lagerstroemiae (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae)

Mentor: David Held

Andrew Bradford

Madison DeesPoultry Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Do cyanobacterial toxins bioaccumulate in aquaculture-produced fish? 

Mentor: Alan Wilson

Andrew Bradford

Ivy GravesAnimal Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Discovery and Curation of Communication Modalities Surrounding Animal Welfare Practices  

Mentor: Donald Mulvaney

Andrew Bradford

Seth IngramAgricultural Business and Economics

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Impact of the China-US Trade War on the Alabama Soybean Industry

Mentor: Ruiqing Miao

Andrew Bradford

Parker KingHorticulture: Nursery and Greenhouse Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Exploring the role of type VI secretion system of pathogen in mediating interactions with the plant cell

Mentor: Neha Potnis

Andrew Bradford

Mackenzie PenningtonEnvironmental Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate on Water Alkalinity in a Hydroponic System  

Mentor: Daniel Wells


Harbert College of Business

Carley Robinson Management and Finance

Sponsor(s): Harbert College of Business

Project Title: The Effects of Abusive Supervision on Insubordination

Mentor: Jeremy Mackey


College of Education

Molly Cassidy Kinesiology

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Electromyographic Analysis of Shoulder Rotation Strength Testing Positions 

Mentor: Gretchen Oliver

Daisy Hansana Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Investigating Preparatory Movement about the Ankle 

Mentor: Wendi Weimar

Derrick Stephen Kinesiology

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: SuperHERoes of Today: A Biomechanical Analysis of the Anatomical Adaptations During Pregnancy

Mentor: Christopher Wilburn

Abigail Cramer Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The Effects of Previously Playing an Overhead Throwing Sport in Shoulder Range of Motion, Strength, and Humeral Retroversion

Mentor: Gretchen Oliver

Alice Northcutt Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The Efficacy of Adaptive Aerobic Exercise on Sleep in Adults with Disabilities

Mentor: Melissa Pangelinan


Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Peter Abraham Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: RNA-sequencing Analysis to Identify Links between the Consensus Molecular Subtypes of Colorectal Cancer and Obesity

Mentor: Elizabeth Lipke

Mary Baird Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Polyether-based Ion Exchange Membranes for Heavy Metal Harvesting 

Mentor: Bryan Beckingham

Megan Davies Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:

Mentor: Elizabeth Lipke

Calvin Dulaney Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: 3D Printer accessory that prints two polymers while being able to manipulate their concentration 

Mentor: Edward Davis

Sierra Eady Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: A Physics-Based Gasoline Particulate Filter Temperature Model for Feedback Oriented Vehicle Applications 

Mentor: Mark Hoffman

Benjamin Faulkner Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Metal Boride, Nitride, Carbide and Oxide Catalysts for the Upgrading of Natural Gas

Mentor: Carlos Carrero

Audrey Hall Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Investigation of the antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens and chemical composition of extracts and partitions of Psidium guajava

Mentor: Angela Calderon

Grace Hester Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Engineered 3D In Vitro Colorectal Cancer Models to Investigate the Link Between Obesity and Cancer 

Mentor: Elizabeth Lipke

Yevhenii "Jack" Kovryzhenko Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: System Developing, Path Planning and Trajectory Optimization for Autonomous Areal Vehicles 

Mentor: Ehsan Taheri

Andrew McGehee Software Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Computational Modeling of Protein 3D Structures with Optimization and Machine Learning 

Mentor: Debswapna Bhattacharya

Javier Nishikawa Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Polymer-Coated Sugar Nanoparticles for Encapsulation of Biomolecules

Mentor: Allan David

William Rud Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Identifying laboratory light conditions that are viable for use in an algae turf scrubber raceway with filamentous algae 

Mentor: David Blersch

Shelby Wales Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:

Mentor: Lauren Beckingham

Peden Arnold Bio-Process Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Biofuels Value of Biomass of Algal Turf Scrubber Treating Aquaponics Wastewater 

Mentor: David Blersch

Brett Cranston Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Inertial Measurement and Surface Electromyography in Advanced Arm Prosthetics

Mentor: Chad Rose

Matthew Do Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Developing machine learning models to predict protein solubility through frequency of amino acids

Mentor: Chris Kieslich

Hannah Dyal Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Synthesis of bulk metal oxides as precursors to produce highly stable, selective and reactive catalysts

Mentor: Carlos Carrero

Evan Ellison Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Development of MATLAB Algorithms for Determination and Analysis of Kinematic Data from a Split-Belt Treadmill 

Mentor: Jaime Roper

Grace Gray Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Human Impact Study, Testing the Efficacy of Customized 3D Printed Guards 

Mentor: Michael Zabala

Theresa Hardin Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:

Mentor: Michael Zabala

Jett Kik Industrial and Systems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Engineering Controls for Hazardous Noise: Researching and aggregating effective noise abatement solutions and creating media to disseminate the results of said research. 

Mentor: Richard Sesek

Jin Kwon Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Additive manufacturing of batteries using MXene-based inks 

Mentor: Majid Beidaghi

Elizabeth Melby Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Neutral lipid accumulation in algae induced by oxidative stress due to poultry wastewater antimicrobials 

Mentor: Brendan Higgins

Ernest "Steven" Porterfield Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Optimization of Biodegradable Resins for Additive Manufacturing

Mentor: Edward Davis

Mollie Sabo Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Pore network modelling of reactive permeability evolution

Mentor: Lauren Beckingham

Duncan Wisniewski Wireless Engineering/Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Virtual Muscle Movement through EEG for Motor Learning 

Mentor: Mark Adams


School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Jamie Andersen Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:

Mentor: Christopher Anderson

Sarah Cain Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Analyzing the Accuracy of Pellet Count Surveys to Estimate Density of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Mentor: Stephen Ditchkoff

Philip McMichael Substainable Biomaterials and Packaging

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Bio-Based Coagulation and Flocculation Systems to Treat Contaminants in Concrete Washwater

Mentor:Maria Soledad Peresin

Virginia Betbeze Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: The effect that culling of invasive species has on native bird populations in Kauai, Hawaii

Mentor: Christopher Lepczyk

Allison Foster Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Assessing the Economic Cost of Managing Invasive Species Across the United States 

Mentor: Christopher Lepczyk


College of Human Sciences

Erin Casolaro Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies/Accounting

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Financial Implications of Personal Gardening among Elderly in Rural Alabama  

Mentor: Alicia Powers

Molly Grubb Global Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Measuring the Impact of Humanitarian Aid

Mentor: Alicia Powers

Megan Schaberg Nutrititon Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Determining the effects of health beliefs on dietary intervention adherence and change in inflammatory biomarkers

Mentor: Drew Frugé

Anna Fouty Nutrition Science and Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Telomere length and childhood obesity  

Mentor: Geetha Thangiah

Tucker Kilgo Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Basic Needs Coalition Food Security Prevalence Study 

Mentor: Onikia Brown

Kristyn Waldron Human Development and Family Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Community-based youth programs: Examining utilization and perceived benefits to military families

Mentor: Mallory Lucier-Greer


College of Liberal Arts

Avery Agostinelli Art History and Political Science

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Perpetual Patriotism and Polarizing Politics: The Multifaceted Implications of Childe Hassam’s Avenue in The Rain

Mentor: Emily Burns

Hannah Evans Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Sexual Development of Adolescents Adjudicated for Illegal Sexual Behavior and Adolescents Adjudicated for General Delinquent Behavior

Mentor: Kelli Thompson

Nathan Holden English/Applied Math

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Employing Christianity: The Role of Religion in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Mentor: James Ryan

Megan Ondrizek Communication Disorders

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Allostasis and Homeostasis in the NICU Infant: Implications for use of NMES for Habilitation of Swallowing Function

Mentor: Mary Sandage

Allyson Pullen Neuroscience

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Social Media Use, Health, and Risk Behavior Among Young Women

Mentor: Sara Blaine

Jessica Sullivan History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Wray v. Wray: Public Perceptions of Women's Health in the Antebellum Courtroom

Mentor: Kelly Kennington

Brannon Anthony Political Science

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Human trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage in The Peoples Republic of China 

Mentor: Michael Brown

Samantha Guajardo Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The effects of pre-adjudicatory factors on therapeutic alliance and the existence of racial disparities within adolescents who have been adjudicated for sexual offending behaviors 

Mentor: Kelli Thompson

Carleigh Morrow Neuroscience

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Developmental olanzapine exposure on impulsive choice and behavioral flexibility 

Mentor: Christopher Newland

Cassidy Powell Psychology and Music Performance

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: How neurosyphilis affected four 19th century musical composers and their works 

Mentor: Michael Pendowski

Kylie Seaton Psychology and Sociology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The influence on children’s ADHD symptoms by the interplay of various parenting behaviors and rates of child physical activity 

Mentor: Joshua Novak


School of Nursing

Emily Clair Herring Nursing

Sponsor(s): School of Nursing

Project Title: Examination of Barriers to Health and Chronic Disease Management in a Rural Population

Mentor: Linda Gibson-Young

Jada Norford Nursing and Philosophy

Sponsor(s): School of Nursing

Project Title: Implications of Interprofessional Collaboration: Increasing Potential for Care Efficacy Among Nursing and Social Work Students 

Mentor: Sarah Watts

Rebecca McDuffie Nursing

Sponsor(s): School of Nursing

Project Title: Correlation between number of activities provided in nursing homes and the quality of life of the individuals living there

Mentor: Kathy Jo Ellison

Caroline "Leslie" Richey Nursing

Sponsor(s): School of Nursing

Project Title: Doggone Diabetes: Healthy Human, Healthy Dog, Healthy Nursing Student Volunteer  

Mentor: Morgan Yordy


College of Sciences and Mathematics

Davis Arthur Physics

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Development of a multi-particle spectrometer

Mentor: Guillaume Laurent

Kerstin Glaser Geology/Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Analysis of Pesticide Contamination Among Oyster Farms in Mobile Bay

Mentor: Ann Ojeda

Nathan Holden Applied Math; English

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Mathematically Helping Solar Cells Absorb More Light 

Mentor: Junshan Lin

Erin LaGrone Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Female dominance hierarchies of wild-derived mice (Mus musculus) 

Mentor: Wendy Hood

Sarah Nix Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: The Influence of Sleep on Blood Vessel Function in Younger to Middle-Aged Adults 

Mentor: Austin Robinson

Ryleigh Randall Laboratory Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Establishing an accurate water-corrected plasma:erythrocyte ratio for glucose, lactate, and pyruvate in human, pig, and chicken erythrocytes

Mentor: Andreas Kavazes

Joshua Semmes Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Morphological Characteristics of Ant Communities Among Habitats of Alabama 

Mentor: Bill Wills

Jake Tatum Microbiology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Generating a Reliable method to Quantitively Measure and Differentiate Lytic and Latent Replication of the KSHV Virus in Different Cell Lines and Stages of the Virus’s Life Cycle

Mentor: Joanna Sztuba-Solinska

Anna Wilson Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Changes in vascular collagen density and cerebral blood flow in cats with a phosphoprotein enriched in astrocytes 15 kDa (PEA15) loss-of function mutation

Mentor: Emily Graff

Dorelle Fawwal Microbiology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Bioactivity Screening of Novel Streptomyces Species 

Mentor: Mark Liles

Hayleigh Hallam Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Factors Associated with Preventive Cancer Screening Among Diabetic Patients as Compared to Their Non-Diabetic Counterparts 

Mentor: Chiahung "Edward" Chou

Madelyn James Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: New Method for Preparation of Gold-on-Glass Electrodes that Enables Reusable DNA-based Electrochemical Biosensors  

Mentor: Christopher Easley

Regan Moss Microbiology/Neuroscience

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Heterogenentiy in Trauma Exposure and Biopsychosocial Health Profiles of Male Sex Trafficking Survivors

Mentor: Lauren Rulhmann

Emma Parmer Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Quantifying Emerging Contaminants in Parkerson Mill Creek

Mentor: Ann Ojeda

Abbriana Robert Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Important features of Walking Adaptation: A look at the nervous systems ability to regulate and maintain Sensory input during split-belt walking 

Mentor: Jaimie Roper

Haley Stephens Microbiology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Developing a printable paper-based test for detection of malaria parasites in mosquitoes for global use in malaria control programs

Mentor: Sarah Zohdy

Avery Von Eiff Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Effects of climate change on coral reefs: Factors affecting recovery from thermal stress in Florida false corals  Ricordea Florida 

Mentor: Marie Strader

Last modified: October 13, 2020