Office of Undergraduate Research Undergraduate research will set you apart.

Meet the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Fellows

 

College of Agriculture

 

Andrew Bradford

Kynslie Barnett Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Monitoring Animal Well-being Using a Biometric Device in Swine

Mentor: Terry Brandebourg

Andrew Bradford

Samantha Harris Environmental Science and Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Impact of Heat-Humidity Extremes on Mortality and Morbidity Trends in Counties across the Sun Belt of the United States

Mentor: Di Tian

Andrew Bradford

Savannah Oglesby Animal Sciences, Pre-Vet

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Evaluating the Molecular Responses of Different Populations of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) to Warm Temperatures 

Mentor: Ian Butts

Andrew Bradford

Gavin Rankins Animal Sciences, Animal/Allied Industries

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  Developing Tools to Analyze the Reliability of Molecular Markers to Discriminate Reproductive Potential in Beef Heifers

Mentor: Paul Dyce

Andrew Bradford

Mary Wessel Agricultural Business and Econ

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: A study of Crop Insurance Fraud in Alabama

Mentor: Ruiquing Miao

Andrew Bradford

Harrison Estes Applied Biotechnology

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Role of Siderophores in Clinical and Agricultural Isolates of Fusarium

Mentor: Jeffrey Coleman

Andrew Bradford

Susan Iott Environmental Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  Banana Lake: A Historical Analysis of Eutrophication

Mentor: Matthew Waters

Andrew Bradford

Walker Olive Applied Biotechnology

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  Identifying Species of Bacteria that Assist in Survival in Environments with an Extremely High Salt Content or High Temperature

Mentor: Kathy Lawrence

Andrew Bradford

Kylie Weis Applied Biotechnology

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  Assessment of Microbiome Diversity found within Honeybee Hives, the Correlation of the Microbiome to Hive Health, and the Effect of Varroa Mite Treatments on the Microbiome

Mentor: Geoffrey Williams


College of Architecture, Design, and Construction

James Craig Building Science

Sponsor(s): College of Architecture, Design, and Construction

Project Title:  Exploring Automation and Robotics for Construction with a Focus on Material Handling Protocols

Mentor: Jeff Kim


College of Education

Peyton Gober Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Risk Factors Associated with Upper Extremity Pain in Softball Athletes

Mentor: Gretchen Oliver


Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Johannes Allen Physics and Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Analysis of the Structure and Morphology of the Debris Field Aftermath of a Violent Outburst of Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1, using the Hubble Space Telescope

Mentor: Dennis Bodewits

Lucy Bone Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Global Customer Mapping for Satellite Internet over the Next Decade

Mentor: Davide Guzzetti

Jacob Dewey Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: 

Mentor: Joseph Majdalani

William Ferris Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Self-Folding Supercapacitor: The Applications of Prestrained Polystyrene on Specialized Circuits

Mentor: Russell Mailen

Brock Hunter Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Transport and Physiochemical Properties of Polyether-based Hydrogel Membranes

Mentor: Bryan Beckingham

Daniel Michael Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Identifying Manual Material Handling Tasks using Wearable Sensors with Machine Learning

Mentor: Howrd Chen

Andrew Parker Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: 

Mentor: Vrishank Raghav

Nicholas Rush Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Data Prioritization through Machine Vision Applications for Large Scale Camera Arrays Used in Wind Tunnel Dynamics

Mentor: Michael Hamilton

Deepika Singla Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Characterization of Shape Memory Polymer in Space Environment

Mentor: Davide Guzzetti

John Snitzer Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Probing Mechanical Heterogeneity of Additively Manufactured Stainless Steel using Digital Image Correlation

Mentor: Xiaoyuan Lou

Jonathan Ting Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: 

Mentor: Dan Marghitu

Harrison Walker Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Fabrication and Characterization of Superconducting NbN Nanowires for use as Quantum Phase Slip Junctions

Mentor: Michael Hamilton

Juming Xiong  Computer Science

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Image Processing for the PoDiMS (Pathways of Disparities in Multiple Sclerosis) Study

Mentor: Gopikrishna Deshpande

Carolina Amezaga Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Developing an Electrochemical Biosensor to Detect SARS-CoV-2 Antigens, which will Facilitate the Rapid Diagnosis of COVID-19

Mentor: Xinyu Zhang

Toby Crump Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Solvent-based Separation Analysis: Solvent Screening and Optimal Design

Mentor: Selen Cremaschi

Garrett Dickinson Software Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Constructing Embedded Avionics Software for the Analysis of Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes Using CubeSats

Mentor: Micheal Fogle

Rizwan Halani Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: The Design and Fabrication of a Novel Multistage Soft Robot

Mentor: Chad Rose

Madeline Kunze Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Integration of Bioactivity – Global Natural Product Social Molecular Network (GNPS): Proof of Concept

Mentor: Angela Calderon

Maggie Nelson  Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Processing and Application of Recycled Shape Memory Polymers 

Mentor: Russell Mailen

Mark Roces  Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Creating a Measurement Device for Quantifying Neuromuscular Impairment in Hands

Mentor: Chad Rose

Lucy Seay  Pre-Computer Science

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Investigating Mechanisms of Memory Deficits and Altered Neurotransmission in Prenatal Cannabinoid Exposed Rodents

Mentor: Subhrajit Bhattacharya

Justus Smith  Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Determining the Ability of Algae to Support Polyphosphate Accumulating Organisms in Vacillating Light Conditions

Mentor: Brendan Higgins

Qinyi Tian  Computer Science

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Particle Tracking Velocimetry(PTV) Based on Image Processing

Mentor: Brian Thurow

Sarah Tyndall  Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: The Removal of Phosphorus from Agricultural Runoff Using Biochar

Mentor: Sushil Adhikari

Emily Wilson Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Study of the Aerodynamic Interactions Between a Coaxial Rotor and a Wing for Application in Tail-sitter UAVs

Mentor: Vrishank Raghav


School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Virginia Betbeze Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: 

Mentor: Christopher Lepczyk

Brieanne Dickson Microbiology

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Analyzing how the Composition of Raw Materials Affects the Effectivity of an Antimicrobial Bio-based System

Mentor: Soledad Peresin

Kate Norrid Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  The Effects of Urbanization on Stream Quality and Fish Nutrition and Health

Mentor: Bruce Lockaby

Drake Stallworth Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: 

Mentor: Christopher Lepczyk

Jaliyl Collins Natural Resources Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Developing Adaptations to Mitigate Water Resource Inequalities in Alabama and Mississippi through a Comparative Assessment of Public Policy

Mentor: Kelly Dunning

Madison McCown Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Why did the Squirrel not make it Across the Road? Factors Associated with Road Mortality of Squirrels in Lee County, Alabama

Mentor: Todd Steury

Victoria Stack Geospatial and Environmental Informatics

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Sustainability at Auburn University: Assessing Solar Energy Potential with Remote Sensing and GIS

Mentor: Lana Narine


College of Human Sciences

Emily Barnes  Global Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title:  Nourish Wellness: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Combatting Nutrition Related Illness through Pediatric Care, Nutritional and Mental Wellness, and Physical Wellbeing

Mentor: Alicia Powers

Allison Kraabel  Interior Design

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title:  How Interior Design Combats the Loss of a Permanent Sense of Home for Adolescents in Orphanages or Temporary Homes and its Overall Affect on their Mental Healths

Mentor: Taneshia West Albert

Hollen Terry  Global Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title:  Un Giardino di Comunione: Greenspace as a Restorative, Communal Site for Students Studying Abroad

Mentor: Lindsay Tan

Olivia Dettmering Interior Design

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Altering Kitchen Design to Incorporate Urban Homesteading

Mentor: Taneshia West Albert

Caitlin Powers Global Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Zero Hunger Pathways Project

Mentor: Alicia Powers


College of Liberal Arts

Joshua Enger Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Alcohol Related Alterations in Immune Markers in Binge and Moderate Drinkers

Mentor: Sara Blaine

Hunter Hathorn Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: 

Mentor: Sara Driskell

Allen Li Political Science and Economics

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  The U.S. Occupation of Post-World War II Germany: Media Content Analysis, 1945-1949

Mentor: Paul Harris

Camille Preston Neuroscience

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  The Effect of Teacher Habit Formation on Preschoolers' Activity Levels

Mentor: Danielle Wadsworth

Jordan Windham Political Science

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  How the White Manipulates National Crisis Narratives

Mentor: Matthew Clary

Mackenzie Wood Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Women's Perceptions of Social Interactions after Sexual Violence

Mentor: Sara Driskell

Lee (Taylor) Gusler Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior and Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Percussion, Peer Bonding, and Pro Social Behavior: Implications of Percussion Education on the Overall Therapeutic Model in Adjudicated Youth

Mentor: Kelli Thompson

Jennifer Jones Quantitative Economics and Integrative Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Examining the Economic Community Effects of Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Mentor: Richard Seals

Anna O'Donell Speech, Language, and Hearing Science

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Audiological Screening Protocol using a Novel Tablet Application: A validation study

Mentor: Aurora Weaver

Gabriella Thompson Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: How Parental Relationships Impact Adolescents' Social Interactions and Relationships When Entering College

Mentor: Sara Driscoll

Katelyn Wolfe Theater Design and Production

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Comedy or Tragedy: A Psychoanalysis on the Impact of Technical Elements on the Audience’s Perception of Absurdist Works

Mentor: Fereshteh Rostampour


School of Nursing

Blakey Blaine Nursing

Sponsor(s): School of Nursing

Project Title:  Assessing the Receptiveness to Infant Safe Sleep Counseling for SIDS Prevention in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Populations

Mentor: Ann Lambert

Hudson Sneed Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): School of Nursing

Project Title: Analyzing the Effectiveness of the Pediatric Pain Scale 

Mentor: Linda Gibson-Young


College of Sciences and Mathematics

Nicole Anthony Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Characterizing the Structure-to-Function Relationship of an Antisense Long Non-coding RNA Associated with the β-myosin Heavy Chain Gene of Skeletal and Cardiac Muscle for Potential Drug-targeting

Mentor: Joanna Sztuba-Solinska

Stella Cox Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Identification of Pesticide Isomers in Crops using Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry

Mentor: Ahmed Hamid

Meredith Forrester Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Using Computational Biophysics to Investigate the Effects of Mechanical Forces on Proteins

Mentor: Rafael Bernardi

Rachel Fulda Physics

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  

Mentor: Guillaume Laurent

Emma Henderson Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Continuous Monitoring of the Effects of a Storm’s First Flush on Nutrient Cycling and the Microbial Assemblage in Parkerson Mill Creek

Mentor: Ann Ojeda

Auburn Jordan Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: A Fe(II) Complex Capable of Detecting H2O2 in Association with Oxidative Stress

Mentor: Chris Goldsmith

Taylor McKibben Microbial, Cellular, Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Acquisition and Development of the Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome in Lizards

Mentor: Tonia Schwartz

Avery Rajan Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Drugs from Dirt: Development and Characterization of Novel Antimicrobial Compounds

Mentor: Mark Liles

Alicia Taylor Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Antimicrobial Plastics: The Development of Novel, Rechargeable N-Halamine Polymer blends for use in Healthcare, Food Processing, and 3D Printing Industries

Mentor: Shelby Worley

Samuel Warren Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Petrographic Characterization of Skarn Deposits in Puerto Rico

Mentor: Laura Bilenker

Caroline Condon Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Evaluating the Perceptions of Healthfulness within Low-income Communities using the Behavior Environment Perceptions Survey

Mentor: Onikia Brown

Laura Downey Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Medical

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Determination of Clinical Effectiveness of Novel Liposomal Formulation of Proteasome Inhibitors in Tumors.

Mentor: Alexei Kisselev

Bethany Foust Geospatial and Environmental Informatics

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Glacial Archaeological Modeling of the Northwest Territories using Remote Sensing and GIS

Mentor: Stephanie Rogers

Corinne Gautreaux Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  A Cross Sectional Study of Temporal Diet Quality in US Adults

Mentor: Andrew Fruge

Railey Herren Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Addressing the Genetic Basis of Cytoskeletal Development and how Microtubules are involved in Scale Development using the Butterfly Vanessa Cardui

Mentor: Brian Counterman

Emily Kable Chemistry Education and Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Chord Diagrams as a Visual Tool in Chemistry Education Research

Mentor: Jordan Harshman

Emma Peacock Microbial Biology (Cellular/Molecular)

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Understanding Natural Product Biosynthesis in Blueberry

Mentor: Courtney Leisner

Tiffany Ramsey Medical Laboratory Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  The Effectivity of Duckweed as a Source of Biomanipulation to Develop a Sustainable Method for Controlling Toxic Levels of Ammonia in Commercial Catfish Ponds

Mentor: Alan Wilson

Brandon Waldo Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Genetic Divergence of Gulf Killifish Across Salinity Gradients in the Gulf of Mexico

Mentor: Moises Bernal


School of Pharmacy

Laura Downey Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Medical

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Determination of Clinical Effectiveness of Novel Liposomal Formulation of Proteasome Inhibitors in Tumors.

Mentor: Alexei Kisselev

Lucy Seay Computer Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Investigating Mechanisms of Memory Deficits and Altered Neurotransmission in Prenatal Cannabinoid Exposed Rodents

Mentor: Subhrajit Bhattacharya

Madeline Kunze Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title:  Integration of Bioactivity – Global Natural Product Social Molecular Network (GNPS): Proof of Concept

Mentor: Angela Calderon

Last modified: September 15, 2021