Office of Undergraduate Research Undergraduate research will set you apart.

Past fellows

 

2016-2017

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

2015-2016

College of Agriculture

 

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Alex Callaway, Crop and Soil Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Evaluation of seed quality response to variable micronutrient application in novel peanut cultivars (Arachis hypogeae)

Mentor: Dr. Julie Howe

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Avery Lamb, Environmental Science and Anthropology

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Plant Growth and Physiology of Rain Garden Plants in Two Soil Types

Mentor: Dr. Eve Brantley

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Mallory McDaniel, Agronomy and Soils

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Nitrogen and phosphorus loss from inorganic and organic fertilizer systems

Mentor: Dr. Beth Guertal

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Evelyn Willmon, Fisheries

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Investigation of the attachment of Aeromonas hydrophila on aquaculture surfaces and the evaluation of disinfection protocols on its biofilm eradication

Mentor: Dr. Cova Arias

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Victoria Holland, Poultry Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effect of incubational egg turning intervals on gut development in the chick, gut morphology, and developmental biomarkers

Mentor: Dr. Wallace Berry

College of Architecture, Design and Construction

 

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Brendan Byrne, Environmental Design

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

Project Title: Traffic impact analysis of augmented bicycle facilities on Auburn University's campus

Mentor: Magdalena Garmaz

College of Education

 

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Lily Clark, Physical Activity and Health

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Investigating whether cognitive control moderates the influence of impulses and reflections on spontaneous physical activity

Mentor: Dr. Matt Miller

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Jack Goldberg, Fitness, Conditioning and Performance

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The effect of changes in exercise behavior on physiological parameters in college students

Mentor: Dr. Danielle Wadsworth

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Caroline Hubbard, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The role of macronutrients in inducing satiety via peptide YY

Mentor: Dr. Heidi Kluess

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Madison Hutto, Elementary Education

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: An exploration into the mathematical thinking of students who struggle with number sense

Mentor: Dr. Megan Burton

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Caroline Meadows, Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Does motor preparatory brain activity mediate the relationship between monetary incentive and motor performance?

Mentor: Dr. Matt Miller

College of Engineering

 

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Sean Bittner, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Development of progressive antibiotic release wound packing using nanotube clays

Mentor: Dr. Edward Davis

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Jennifer Kaczmarek, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Differentiation and encapsulation of human induced pluripotent stem cells to form engineered cardiac tissue

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

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Kaylee McCormack, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Exploration of viable methods to form 1-thia-3,4-diazolidine-2,5-dione (TDAD) based polymers to be used as photoresists, that photodegrade easily to innocuous gaseous compounds.

Mentor: Dr. Michael Squillacote

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Sungil Kim, Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Analysis and forecast of stock market prices using signal and statistical analysis and genetic algorithm

Mentor: Dr. Michael Baginski

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Chandler Moore, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Modeling heat transfer in the presence of linear and nonlinear acoustic waves

Mentor: Dr. Joshua Batterson

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Christopher Scheinert, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Morphological dependence on photocatalytic activity of nanostructured Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) on water reduction to H2

Mentor: Dr. James Radich

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

 

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Matt George, Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Effects of trap door width on wild pig entrance into corral traps

Mentor: Dr. Mark Smith

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Steven Williamson, Wildlife Sciences (Pre-Vet)

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Mortality and injury rates of wildlife reported by rehabilitators across Alabama

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lepczyk

College of Human Sciences

 

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Jami Reece, Microbiology

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Role of sugary water consumption in adipose gene expression

Mentor: Dr. Michael Greene

College of Liberal Arts

 

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Anna Kirkland, Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Examining brain changes associated with a 30-day diet intervention

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Robinson

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Sarah Stevenson, Psychology and Spanish

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The biological and psychological effects of music on the human body

Mentor: Dr. Paula Bobrowski and Dr. Knipschild

Harrison School of Pharmacy

 

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Leah Bostany, Cell and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: A study of the effects of DNA methylation on transmission of plasmids into S. aureus

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi

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Connor Dobson, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Targeted gold-lipidic nanocomposites for cancer therapy and diagnosis

Mentor: Dr. Rusty Arnold

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Nate Johnson, Biomedical Sciences (Pre-Pharmacy)

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Molecular mechanism of doxorubicin-induced memory dysfunction

Mentor: Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam

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Christy Pickering, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Development and application of gold-lipidic nanocomposites to enhance chemotherapeutic delivery and release

Mentor: Dr. Rusty Arnold

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Taylor Young, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Relationship between AD and diabetes

Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Amin

College of Sciences and Mathematics

 

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Kelly Kindgren, Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Zircon age dating in Northern Scotland

Mentor: Dr. Mark Steltenpohl

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Ken Yang, Physics and Mathematics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Uncertainty calculations for theoretical atomic data toward the applications of astrophysical spectroscopy

Mentor: Dr. Stuart Loch

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Fraser Bronston, Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Characterization of the catalytic abilities of a family of Ga(III) complexes bearing N-donor ligands

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Goldsmith

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DoYon Kim, Physics and Mathematics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Constructing examples and counterexamples for questions in polyhedral geometry

Mentor: Dr. Andras Bezdek

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Natasha Narayanan, Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Developing a streamlined chemical synthesis of tricyclic nucleic acid analogues for antisense-based therapeutic applications

Mentor: Dr. Bradley Merner

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Martin Wang, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Study of the contact resistance in two-dimensional materials

Mentor: Dr. Marcelo Kuroda

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Taylor Farmer, Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploring a new cascade reaction, a key step in the synthesis of a polyalcohol

Mentor: Dr. Peter Livant

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Kasey Benesh, Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Impact of anthropogenic stressors on minnow diversity in the Tallapoosa River

Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Armbruster

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James Edmond, Physics and Mathematics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Using ion-momentum imaging to study molecular dissociation dynamics

Mentor: Dr. Mike Fogle

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Madeleine Eddy, Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Synthesis of water soluble imine soft-donor ligands for selective actinide sensing

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gorden

Dual Fellows

 

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Sara Rains, Nutrition and Horticulture

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

Project Title: Identifying successful community development practices in Ecuador

Mentor: Dr. Kate Thornton

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Anna Robinson, Animal Sciences (Pre-Vet)

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

Project Title: Effects of light on tentacle bulb formation in the clownfish sea anemone Entacmea quadricolor

Mentor: Dr. Nanette Chadwick

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Katherine Windham, Chemical Engineering and German

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Nanoscale aptamer-based carrier for personalized treatment of small cell lung carcinoma

Mentor: Dr. Jacek Wower

2014-2015

College of Agriculture

 

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Jesse Blanton, Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Self-optimization of mixed algal communities via automated feedback control of light input

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch, Department of Biosystems Engineering

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Olivia Elliott, Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Effects of Intersecting Limiting Factors on the Colonization and Growth of Algae in Cultivation Systems

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch, Department of Biosystems Engineering

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Lawrence Liu, Chemical Engineering; Economics

Sponsor(s):College of Agriculture, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Effects of Calcium on the Transcription of Xylella fastidiosa in Microfluidic Chambers

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Klinton McCafferty, Poultry Science Pre-Vet

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Evaluation of Utilizing Wheat in Broiler Diets

Mentor: Dr. William Dozier, Department of Poultry Science

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Sara Emily McCarty, Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Gene regulation by Xylella fastiodiosa in response to calcium

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Tyler Miller, Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences - Science Track

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Identifying the Mechanism of Resistance to the ALS-Inhibiting Herbicide Metsulfuron in Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia maculata)

Mentor: Dr. J. Scott McElroy, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

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Connor Ryan, Biology / Horticulture

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Effects of Environment and Fertilization on the Growth of Juvenile Sarracenia leucophylla

Mentor: Dr. Amy Wright, Department of Horticulture

College of Education

 

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Haley Sanders, Secondary English Language Arts Education

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: A Study of Preservice Teachers’ Views of Descriptivism and Prescriptivism

Mentor: Dr. Jamie Harrison, Curriculum & Teaching/ESOL Education

College of Engineering

 

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Chelsea Diane Appleget, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Development and Optimization of the First Fully Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose Aircraft

Mentor: Dr. Roy Hartfield, Aerospace Engineering

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Daniel Beauchamp, Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Preliminary Steps to Investigating the Connection between MRI-Measured Vascular Wall Shear Stress and Stenosis of Arteriovenous Grafts

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Denney, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Harrison Burch, Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Reactive-DC Magnetron Sputtering of Superconducting Niobium Nitride

Mentor: Dr. Michael Hamilton, Department of Electrical Engineering

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Andrew Hightaian, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Engineering a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens to Treat Glaucoma

Mentor: Dr. Mark Byrne, Department of Chemical Engineering

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Elizabeth Pearce, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Controlled Release of Therapeutic from Polymersomes

Mentor: Dr. Mark Byrne, Department of Chemical Engineering

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William Roberts, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Plenoptic Stereo Method for Depth Estimation

Mentor: Dr. Brian Thurow, Department of Aerospace Engineering

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Zachary Watson, Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Exploration on How Materials Effect Acoustic Guitars

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Fergus, Materials Research and Education Center / Mechanical Engineering

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

 

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Forrest Cortes, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Factors influencing the frequency and composition of mammalian carnivore road mortality

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science

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Laura Garland, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Dietary habits of the Black bear (Ursus americanus) in Alabama

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science

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Monica Richert, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Non-lethal effects of predators on eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science

College of Human Sciences

 

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Sara Rains, Concurrent degrees: Nutrition and Horticulture

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Identifying Community Based Solutions to Vitamin A Deficiency in Cambodia

Mentor: Dr. Kate Thornton, Hunger Solutions Institute

College of Liberal Arts

 

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Shauni Armstead, History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Divisions within Unity: Racism in the Internationalization of Modern Feminism(s)

Mentor: Dr. Cathleen Giustino, History

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Katherine Bottenhorn, Psychology and Chemistry (dual degree)

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Functional connectivity of the human hypothalamus in healthy and diseased states

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Psychology

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Nicole Gerhard, Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Effects of Multitasking on Decision Making

Mentor: Dr. Ana Franco-Watkins, Psychology Department

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David Hathcock, History and German

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Forgotten Heroes: Socialist Women and Youth in the Austrian Civil War

Mentor: Dr. Traci O’Brien, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature

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Shelbie Keel, Public Administration

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Effects of the Implementation of the Help America Vote Act on Election Administration

Mentor: Dr. Mitchell Brown, Department of Political Science

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Matthew Pollock, English Literature & Spanish

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: From Dahrar to Déorwine: An Analysis of Sound Symbolism in The Lord of the Rings

Mentor: Dr. Craig Bertolet, English

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Michelle Roberts, Anthropology and Political Science; Spanish minor

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Effects of Environment and Fertilization on the Growth of Juvenile Sarracenia leucophylla

Mentor: Dr. Kristrina Shuler, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

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Steven Vickers, History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Towards Greener Pastures: Nationalism and the Green Party in Ireland, 1981 to the Present

Mentor: Dr. Ralph Kingston, Department of History

Harrison School of Pharmacy

 

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Andrew Clark, Microbiology

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Utilizing the activity of Staphylococcal Sortase A to identify and monitor invasive Staphylococcus aureus infections

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

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Connor Dobson, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Targeted Gold-Lipidic Nanocomposites for Cancer Therapy and Diagnosis

Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

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Brittany Gamble, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: The role of Frataxin in the regulation of PGC-1 and mitochondrial biogenesis in the diabetic heart

Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Amin, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

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Wooseok Lee, Nutrition - Nutrition Science Pre-Med

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy, College of Human Sciences

Project Title: The Role of ILK in Synaptic Plasticity and Memory

Mentor: Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

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Christina Pickering, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Development and Application of Gold-Lipidic Nanocomposites to Enhance Chemotherapeutic Delivery and Release

Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

College of Sciences and Mathematics

 

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Cami Adams, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Phenotype analysis of Cytokinin Response Factor 4 (CRF4) altered expression Arabidopsis lines in response to freezing temperatures

Mentor: Dr. Aaron Rashotte, Biological Sciences

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Abigail Bartlett, Dual Degree: Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Analyzing the Catalytic Role of a Conserved Active Site Residue in Cysteine Dioxygenase

Mentor: Dr. Holly Ellis, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Lauren Chastain, Interdisciplinary Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: Disparities in Access to Health Care: Canary Islands (Spain)

Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Ostrowski, Veterinary Sciences/Public Health

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Carol Alex Cool, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Human Sciences

Project Title:Role of macrophage polarization in obesity-linked colon cancer growth

Mentor: Dr. Michael W. Greene, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management

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Emily Crisp, Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Effects of visual and chemical signaling by conspecifics on anemonefish behavior

Mentor: Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Biological Sciences

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Zachary Donoviel, Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:Mitochondrial function and reproduction in the house mouse

Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hood, Biological Sciences

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Taylor Farmer, Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploring a New Cascade Reaction, a Key Step in the Synthesis of a Polyalcohol

Mentor: Dr. Peter Livant, Department of Chemistry

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Jack France, Applied Mathematics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploration of Euler’s Method

Mentor: Dr. Geraldo de Souza, Mathematics

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David Kell, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Study of Photodegradable Polymers based on the bifunctionality of 1-thia-3,4-diazolidine-2,5-dione (TDAD)

Mentor: Dr. Michael Squillacote, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Christopher Michaelson, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigation of Rhinella marina baseline corticosterone levels and immunocompetence as indicators of invasive potential and environmental fitness

Mentor: Dr. Mary Mendonca, Department of Biological Sciences

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John (Wesley) Nelson, Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Elucidation of the biosynthetic pathway of heme-d1 in the nitrite reductase enzyme of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Mentor: Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Arnold Obungu, Biomedical Sciences and Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Effects of cortisol and norepinephrine in mediating latent inhibition

Mentor: Dr. Martha Escobar, Psychology

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William Scott, Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Genomic Responses of Plants to Heat Stress

Mentor: Dr. Robert Locy, Department of Biological Sciences

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Rachel Twigg, Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Phylogenetic Identification of Octopod Species Diversity in Antarctic Waters

Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Halanych, Biological Sciences

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Devon Verellen, Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigation of Detrital Zircons to Constrain Depositional Ages of Metasedimentary Rocks in Arctic Norway

Mentor: Dr. Mark Steltenpohl, Department of Geology and Geography

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Brian Westbrook

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Analyzing Mitochondrial Abundance and Activity Along the Dendritic Cell Maturation Pathway

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Schwartz, Department of Biological Sciences

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Andrew Wilkins, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: Myeloperoxidase Inhibition

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Panizzi, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology

College of Veterinary Medicine

 

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Casey Read, Animals Sciences Prevet/ Organismal Biology Pre-Vet

Sponsor(s): College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: Atrazine Study

Mentor: Dr. Chad Foradori, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

2013-2014

2013 - 2014 Fellows

chris bartel

Chris Bartel

Project Title: Characterizing the Effect of Macromolecular Comfort Agent Release on Protein Deposition to Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses

 

Mentor: Dr. Mark Byrne, Chemical Engineering

 

Project Summary: The primary research objective is to engineer a therapeutic contact lens to controllably release comfort molecules thereby developing a technology with the potential to limit the discomfort felt during lens wear. An additional benefit is reducing protein and lipid deposition to the lens, leading to a healthier lens and a healthier eye.

 


gabby bates

Gabby Bates

Project Title: The Common Thread in Important Literary Journalism

 

Mentor: Dr. Margaret Marshall, English

 

Project Summary: This project attempts to discern which features the most culturally significant works of literary journalism have in common by conducting a rhetorical analysis of four New Yorker articles published in the post-WWII era on behalf of victims of injustice. Findings will be compiled in a critical article to expand knowledge of the creative nonfiction genre.

 


anna burcham

Anna Burcham

Project Title: Development of Targeted Nanomedicines for Treatment of Prostate and Breast Cancers

 

Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, Pharmacal Sciences

Project Summary: Cancer is the second leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the US.  Chemotherapy is effective, but can lead to toxicity in other areas of the body other than the tumor. The goal of my research is to exploit differences in cancer cells to develop drug carriers that will increase toxicity at the site of the tumor and limit toxicity in other areas.

 


blakely bussie

Blakely Bussie

Project Title: The Quantification of Mitochondrial Location and Morphology Using MATLAB

Mentor:Dr. Elizabeth Lipke, Chemical Engineering

Project Summary:A MATLAB program was created to analyze fluorescently labeled organelles within cells. Specifically, the program was used to locate and quantify mitochondria and nuclei of different cell types, including human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC), human embryonic kidney cells (HEK-293), and a human breast cancer cell line (MCF-7).When applied to differentiating stem cells, this program can reveal how the organization and morphology of mitochondria changes with cell maturation and differentiation.


will campbell

Will Campbell

Project Title: Determination of Mechanical Properties of Articular Cartilage

Mentor: Dr. Robert Jackson, Mechanical Engineering

Project Summary: Healthy articular cartilage is essential for normal joint function because it provides a gliding surface between joint surfaces capable of sustaining stresses and forces. In this study, we will be performing indentation tests on equine articular cartilage to determine some very important and fundamental mechanical properties of the complex biological tissue.

 


patrick donnan

Patrick Donnan

Project Title: Polariton Band Structure Calculations

Mentor: Dr. Jianjun Dong, Physics

Project Summary:Our goal is to develop a new theory of heat conduction at high temperatures. In particular, a newly proposed hypothesis of diffusive heat transfer carried by infrared (IR) phonon-polaritons will be the main focus of our research. We will study silicate pervoskite (MgSiO3) and magnesium oxide (MgO), the two most abundant minerals in the Earth's lower mantle.

 


sara geonczy

Sara Geonczy

Project Title: Private Waste and Public Costs: Economic Analysis of Effective Policies for Municipal Solid Waste Management

Mentor: Dr. Yaoqi Zhang, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Summary: The purpose of this research project is to analyze the decomposition of the total cost of municipal waste disposal services in order to investigate different price structures and other policies that will more appropriately allocate costs, minimize costly waste disposal activities, increase positive waste disposal activities, and maximize total social welfare.

 


graham gordon

Graham Gordon

Project Title: Vectorization of Spring Network Equilibrium Algorithm for Euclidean Distance Matrix Completion

Mentor: Dr. Peter Nylen, Mathematics and Statistics

Project Summary: Trying to determine the locations of a collection of points knowing only the distances between some of the points is known as the Euclidean Distance Matrix Completion Problem (EDMCP). Our project seeks to improve an existing algorithm which finds approximate solutions to the EDMCP. Applications include molecular conformation and sensor network localization.

 


elyse johnson

Elyse Johnson

Project Title: Characterizing SlCRF5, a Transcription Factor in Tomato Involved in Stress Response

Mentor: Dr. Aaron Rashotte, Biological Sciences

Project Summary: The aim of my research is to characterize the tomato transcription factor protein SlCRF5, which is responsive to cytokinin, a plant hormone linked to stress response. This knowledge is crucial in understanding the role of SlCRF5 stress response in tomato, and at a broader level, the role of this class of transcription factors in other flowering plants. Application of this knowledge may lead to increased crop yield.

 


chelsea leander

Chelsea Leander

Project Title: Protein-Energy Malnutrition in Nepal

Mentor: Dr. Katie Thornton, Human Sciences

Project Summary: The first 1000 days of life, beginning at conception, contain crucial and determining factors, including the development of the brain. A child is setback for life when the brain cannot attain full development during this period, often as a result of malnutrition. My research aims to examine the lifestyle of populations who struggle with intergenerational cycles of Protein-Energy Malnutrition, with the ultimate goals of breaking these cycles and enhancing early child development.


ethan mccurdy

Ethan McCurdy

Project Title: The Contribution of Off-mechanism Electron Transfers in the Inactivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Catalase-Peroxidase

Mentor: Dr. Douglas Goodwin, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Summary: One crucial facet of the immune response is to generate peroxides to rid the body of invaders.  Many bacteria, including M. tuberculosis, depend on an enzyme known as KatG to convert these peroxides into harmless products.  I am investigating the mechanisms that keep KatG in its most active and efficient state.  This holds striking implications for understanding the strategies pathogens use to thwart a host immune response.

 


adam milton

Adam Milton

Project Title:Smart Nanocomposite for Enhanced Drug Delivery of Insulin

Mentor: Dr. Allan E. David, Chemical Engineering

Project Summary: A drug delivery system capable of delivering reliable and consistent doses of insulin through the oral route would provide significant advantages over the commonly used insulin pumps and injections. In order to enable a less invasive route of administration, I plan to engineer a drug delivery vehicle, in this case comprised of a nanocomposite, that can protect insulin from degradation and control its release in the body for an extended period of time. A smart nanocomposite composed of silica and chitosan, to regulate insulin release, will be utilized to achieve this goal.


alysa moore

Alysa Moore

Project Title: Biochemical and Genetic Characterization of an Unknown Anti-Nematode Compound

Mentor: Dr. Mark Liles, Biological Sciences

Project Summary: My research focuses on identifying and characterizing an unknown compound produced by a bacteria commonly used in industrial agriculture for its anti-nematode abilities. Once the compound has been identified with biochemical methods, I will analyze the bacteria’s genome in order to evaluate environmental conditions that cause the compound to be produced in greater abundance, which could thereby increase anti-nematode activity. Greater understanding of this compound could provide a more sustainable alternative to other common, less environmentally-friendly soil additives.


madeline moore

Madeline Moore

Project Title: Growth Characteristics of Xylella fastidiosa in Media Modified to Mimic Xylem Fluid

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Project Summary: Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) is a bacterial plant pathogen that infects numerous plant species in the United States. The bacterium forms biofilms inside the water-conducting xylem vessels of the plants, therefore obstructing water movement. The aim of my research is to develop a defined culture media for research in the laboratory, in which Xf will grow and form biofilm in a similar manner to its natural setting inside plants.

 


emily pipan

Emily Pipan

Project Title: On-line LC-MS Based Identification of Inhibitors of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Shikimate Kinase

Mentor: Dr. Angela Calderón, Pharmacal Sciences

Project Summary: The goal of my research is to use liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), a sensitive mass-measuring process, to find inhibitors of the enzyme shikimate kinase. This enzyme is from the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the pathogen that causes tuberculosis. Inhibition of the enzyme would severely harm the cell's normal processes, representing the first stage in new drug discovery.

 


john porter

John Porter

Project Title: Electrically Conductive Polycaprolactone Nanostructures for cardiomyocyte differentiation

Mentor: Elizabeth Lipke, Chemical Engineering

Project Summary: The goal of my research is to create an electrically conductive substrate on which to grow cells. The intent is to find a reliable method for growing cardiac tissue with the end goal being able to influence the differentiation of stem cells into cardiomyocytes.

 


hilary rizk

Hilary Rizk

Project Title: Validation of Detection Methods for Assessing the Exposure of Haemorhous mexicanus to the bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Hill, Biological Sciences

Project Summary: Development of accurate methods for detection of bacterial pathogens in birds is important in decreasing the costs of research and saving the lives of birds. The goal of my research is to validate the use of throat swabs and blood tests in detection of exposure of birds to a bacterial pathogen. By validating the accuracy of these tests, my research will improve the accuracy and efficiency of further research of bacterial pathogens and birds.

 


alex roman

Alex Román

Project Title: The Use of Subcritical Water to Convert Sunn Hemp Biomass into a Value Added Product

Mentor: Dr. Ram Gupta, Chemical Engineering

Project Summary: This project aims to combine the promising protein content of sunn hemp with a subcritical water extraction method, and then optimize it for industrial use. This new extraction method would eliminate toxic solvents needed, reduce transportation cost moving the biomass to/from a refinery, and provide the farmer with readily eaten fodder for domesticated ungulates (goats, pigs, etc).

 


gracie thaxton

Gracie Thaxton

Project Title:  Sequence Comparison of ArkDPI-derived IBV Vaccine Genome Before and After Adaptation to Culture

Mentor: Dr. Vicky van Santen and Dr. Haroldo Toro, Veterinary Pathobiology

Project Summary:  Avian infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is a respiratory virus of chickens belonging to the same virus family as human SARS and MERS viruses. To aid understanding of what changes in coronaviruses allow them to adapt to different host systems, we will adapt IBV vaccine to chick kidney cells. I will sequence the viral genome before and after adaptation.

 


abby threet

Abby Threet

Project Title: Mitochondrial Copper Transport: Investigating Genetic Interactions with PIC2

Mentor: Dr. Paul A. Cobine, Biological Sciences

Project Summary: Copper is required for human life. This element is a cofactor for the protein cytochrome c oxidase (COX), which is required for respiration. The pathway for copper transport into mitochondria, the location of COX, is essentially unknown. My fellowship will allow me to study genetic interactions in baker’s yeast in hopes of shedding light on this pathway. This research will contribute to understanding an essential process and will translate to understanding disorders of copper metabolism in humans.

 


alyssa white

J. Alyssa White

Project Title: Amassing Evidence: A Study of Body Mass Variation in the Robert J. Terry Skeletal Collection

Mentor: Dr. Kristrina Shuler, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Project Summary: I intend to study the Robert J. Terry Anatomical Skeletal Collection housed at the Smithsonian Institution. My work will complement that of a team of specialists and contribute a vital component through analyses of bone's reactions to body mass and activity. This is an extension of the body size research that I have been pursuing for a few years, which I hope will improve understandings of the effects of body mass on the skeletal tissue in past and modern populations.

2012-2013

 

sarah baldivia

Sarah Baldivia

Project Title: Hydrogels as Injectable Delivery Systems for Tissue Repair Applications

Mentor: Dr. Gisela Buschle-Diller, Polymer and Fiber Engineering

Project Summary: Hydrogels are polymeric substances that exhibit unique characteristics that allow them to absorb large amounts of liquids without losing their physical shape. The goal of this research is to develop a hydrogel which will contain the precursors of a polymer and release them at a characteristic and distinct parameter (pH, temperature, etc.). Continued development of such hydrogel may create the potential for its use in cartilage or bone repair or replacement. The polymer could be formed by injection and the need for actual surgery would be omitted.

 


ross bonner

Ross Bonner

Project Title: Insulin Resistance and Mechanism of Memory Loss: Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Link

Mentor: Dr. Vishnu D. Suppiramaniam, Pharmacal Sciences

Project Summary: Long-term potentiation (LTP) is a cellular mechanism for memory formation.  Glutamate, the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, is involved in LTP through interaction with AMPA type glutamate receptors. Insulin resistance, the hallmark of type II diabetes, has been linked to decreased activity of the signaling molecule ILK. Preliminary studies have also found that insulin resistance in the brain can down-regulate AMPA signaling. Therefore, my project will set out to establish the relationship between insulin resistance, ILK, and memory deficit.

 


emily buss

Emily Buss

Project Title: “Green” Chemistry Catalysis

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gorden, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Summary: I am currently creating a catalyst that is water-soluble by attaching unnatural amino acids to the compound structure. This will eliminate organic waste and therefore decrease the cost of disposing the product waste. I will then preform reactions with the new catalyst and determine the products yield and compare with previous results.

 


kathryn crowley

Kathryn Crowley

Project Title: “Green” Chemistry Catalysis

Mentor: Dr. Azhar Salman, Building Science

Project Summary: This porject is aimed at determining the feasibility of implementing sustainable technologies into the current plan to remodel the Auburn Hill dorms, and the cost savings that would result from those changes.

 


enrique doster

Enrique Doster

Project Title: Effects of Livestock Management Practices on Water Quality in an Agricultural Setting

Mentor: Dr. Alan Wilson, Fisheries

Project Summary: There are two things that, without fail, most people in the U.S. will do at least once a day - ingest food and water. Protecting our freshwater resources has become a vital global issue as numerous factors continue to degrade water quality. In many freshwater systems, cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) proliferate and pose a threat to the animals that drink from these bodies of water. My study focuses on the relationship between different land management strategies and their effects on water quality in local ponds in livestock farms.

 


michael evans

Michael Evans

Project Title: Role of mopB and msrA in Calcium Sensing by Xylella fastidiosa

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Entomology & Plant Pathology

Project Summary: Xylella fastidiosa (XF) is a bacterial plant pathogen that infects a variety of economically important crops in the United States.  The bacterium forms biofilm inside the host plant’s xylem, obstructing water movement, a process enhanced by calcium. By creating and studying mutants deficient in the calcium-related genes mopB and msrA, the role of calcium in the infection process of XF will be further elucidated and used to develop novel control methods.

 


kyle gennaro

Kyle Gennaro

Project Title:  Latent Inhibition in Lehmannia valentiana

Mentor:  Dr. Martha Escobar, Psychology

Project Summary: Latent inhibition is a behavioral phenomenon, which has been used as a model for cognitive dysfunctions in psychopathological disorders such as schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder (ADD). The aim of this project is to establish an effective procedure to demonstrate latent inhibition in the common garden slug, Lahmannia valentiana.

 


jordan hall

Jordan Hall

Project Title: Inverse Volatility Problem for Binomial Tree Models

Mentor: Dmitry Glotov, Mathematics and Statistics

Project Summary: In the world of finance today, researchers and practitioners rely heavily on high-level mathematics to develop models to price complex financial derivatives products. The main goal of the models is to use given information about the assets that the derivatives products take their value from and combine it with a measure of “randomness” in the market to get a fair price for the product. This measure of randomness is called volatility and is not easily calculated. Much research has been done in this area based on the famous Black-Scholes option-pricing framework; however, there are limitations and shortcomings to this approach. My goal for this research project will be to approach the problem of recovering volatility from a different angle by focusing on discrete-time models that are more flexible in the types of options they can price.

 


dusty harrell

Dusty Harrell

Project Title: Evaluation of Using PCR-RFLP of Cytochrome b to Distinguish DNA Samples from Carnivore Species in the Southeastern U.S.

Mentor: Todd D. Steury, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Summary: The goal of our research is to evaluate a relatively simple method for identifying carnivore scats (feces) of eastern North America. The method involves extracting DNA from scat and identifying the species that produced the scat by using special enzymes. The study could lead to a rapid, accurate, and inexpensive method of identifying carnivore populations for use in studies of habitat and population size, with minimal disturbance to the animal being studied.

 


ryan hile

Ryan Hile

Project Title: Earthquake Hazards and Social Vulnerability in Salt Lake County, Utah: A Case Study

Mentor: Dr. Phil Chaney, Geography

Project Summary: My research will attempt to identify the vulnerability characteristic of Salt Lake County, Utah, with respect to earthquake hazards and human characteristics, such as age, race, and gender. Salt Lake County is located in Northeast Utah and rests along the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch Front, an active fault zone, where over a million people live.

 


james kaczmarek

James Kaczmarek

Project Title: Controlled Release of an Anti-Inflammatory Drug from a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens

Mentor: Dr. Mark Byrne, Chemical Engineering

Project Summary: It is the goal of my research to engineer a silicone hydrogel contact lens that will deliver a controlled amount of anti-inflammatory over an extended period of time. This will represent a sorely needed alternative to the inefficient and ineffective drug delivery offered by eye drops, which are currently the most popular form of ophthalmic medication.

 


Samantha Lopez

Project Title: Competency of Xylella fastidiosa in a Microfluidic Environment

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De la Fuente, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Project Summary: Xylella fastidiosa (XF) is a bacterial plant pathogen that infects a wide variety of plant hosts. It was recently shown that XF will take DNA from the surrounding environment and incorporate it into its own genome. My research aims to see if this process will occur in an artificial microfluidic device that mimics the interior vessels of plant where XF grows.

 


kelly lynn

Kelly Sabrina Lynn

Project Title: Uranium-Catalyzed Synthesis of 2,3-diaminophenazine

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gorden, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Summary: In order to better understand the chemical properties of uranium, I am focusing my research on a single catalytic reaction in which uranium has shown unexpected behavior. I hope to characterize the optimal reaction conditions, and will then experiment with different reagents using this new method.

 


justin melnick

Justin Melnick

Project Title: Case Study on the Political, Financial, and Environmental Challenges of American Golf Course Architecture Abroad

Mentor: Dr. James R. Hansen, History

Project Summary:  The golf architecture industry has moved fully abroad in the past decade, for the first time in its 125-year history. My research will analyze an unknown French golf development that can explain the detrimental missteps made by architect Robert Trent Jones' firm in the late 20th century. Today's firms can use this study to operate abroad in a more efficient and diplomatic manner.

 


kerri nelson

Kerri Nelson

Project Title: The Effects of Gender and Pressure on Risk-Taking Behavior

Mentor: Dr. Ana Franco-Watkins, Psychology

Project Summary: The purpose of my research is to examine gender differences in risk taking in the absence and presence of social and performance pressures. Because there is a lack of research connecting gender, risk taking, and pressure together, my research will serve the role of exploring this combination of factors in an effort to add to the knowledge of this understudied area.

 


lindsey phillips

Lindsey Phillips

Project Title: Effects of Harassment on Trap Visitation by Wild Pigs

Mentor: Mark D. Smith,Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Summary: Corral traps are the most cost-effective means for removing wild pigs. However, it is often recommended that landowners simultaneously use other  forms of lethal removal while trapping. This research examines the effects of these other forms of disturbance on wild pig visitation to traps to determine if it may be best to employ removal techniques sequentially rather than simultaneously.

 


john porter

John Porter

Project Title: Template-Synthesized PDMS Nanowire Surfaces for Cardiac Tissue Engineering

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke, Chemical Engineering

Project Summary: My research focuses on the design and fabrication of electrically conductive, nanostructured polymers for use in tissue regeneration. My hypothesis is that by designing and fabricating such a conductive polymer structure, I can make it more conducive to the growth and differentiation of cells, especially those of the heart and brain, which have intrinsic electrical activity.

 


james sartor

James Sartor

Project Title: Ion/Anion Pair Production in H2 via Fast Electrons

Mentor: Dr. Allen Landers, Physics

Project Summary: The purpose of our experiment is to analyze in greater detail the reaction:
formula
The photon (γ) will come from a very high-energy electron beam. By measuring the vector momenta of the ejected ions, we will be able to fully determine the dynamics of the reaction event by event, culminating in a probability distribution. Through these measurements, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the complex processes associated with the interactions between molecules and ionizing radiation.

 


joseph shaw

Joseph Shaw

Project Title: Studying the Interactions Between a Pre-existing Dusty Plasma Cloud and a Strong Secondary External Perturbation

Mentor: Dr. Edward Thomas, Physics

Project Summary:  Plasmas are energized gases that carry electromagnetic properties. These electromagnetic properties have the ability to lift and interact with micrometer-sized particles. This is called a dusty plasma. The particles are able to conglomerate into three-dimensional structures that exhibit properties of solids, liquids, and gases. We are looking at the creation of waves and the change in confinement of dusty plasma structures when we introduce secondary dust or plasma populations into the already existing system.

 


steven sheffield

Steven Sheffield

Project Title: Greener on the Other Side: Do Sustainable Companies Outperform Their Peers?

Mentor: Dr. Claire Crutchley, Finance

Project Summary: Since 2009, Newsweek ® has ranked the most sustainable U.S. and global companies. Using Newsweek's data, this study will examine if the greenest companies atop this list outperform their industry peers not appearing on the list. The paper will use a customized score based on Newsweek's sub-scores and financial performance measures, including accounting and market returns.

 


Andrej Svyantek

Project Title: Assessing the Genetic Make-Up of Mutant Populations of Poa annua with Suspected Herbicide Resistance to Photosystem II Inhibitors.

Mentor: Dr. Scott McElroy, Department of Agronomy and Soils

Project Summary: I am screening populations of annual bluegrass with suspected resistance to herbicides. I will weed out plants of significance by applying several herbicides to ascertain whether resistance is actually present in a given population. I will then sequence and determine genetic changes associated with a specific kind of herbicide resistance to photosystem II inhibitors.

 


zachary watson

Zachary Watson

Project Title: The Acoustic Effect of Using New Materials for the Nut and Saddle of Acoustic Flat-Top Guitars

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Fergus, Materials Engineering

Project Summary: My research will allow luthiers (builders of string instruments, such as guitars, violins, cellos) to better understand the influence of different materials used for the nut and saddle on the sound of the guitar and if these materials can be used to achieve different sounds/effects.

 


alyssa white

Julia Alyssa White

Project Title: An Analysis of Terminal Stature in the Mississippi Basin During the Transition to Agriculture<

Mentor: Kristrina A. Shuler, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Project Summary: I aim to analyze the influence of the introduction of maize agriculture in the Mississippi Basin of Mississippi and Louisiana from approximately A.D. 700 to 1200 by utilizing new stature regression formulae to determine the terminal height of several skeletal samples before and after the subsistence shift.

 


ryan whitmore

Ryan Whitmore

Project Title: Multiscale Modeling of Articular Cartilage

Mentor: Robert Jackson, Mechanical Engineering

Project Summary: Research done to investigate the geometry and properties of cartilage would allow us to create a more realistic model of a synovial joint by finding the true geometric and material properties of cartilage as it is in a living joint. We will examine the material properties of equine cartilage, specifically measurements of the friction and stiffness. Ultimately, this information could be used to develop comprehensive models of synovial joints and to design biomimetic artificial joints that perform better and survive longer than existing technologies.


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