Office of Undergraduate Research Undergraduate research will set you apart.

Past fellows

 
2021-2022

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

2020-2021

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 Dees Poultry Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

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

Mentor: Alan Wilson

Andrew Bradford

Ivy Graves Animal Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Discovery and curation of communication modalities surrounding animal welfare practices  

Mentor: Donald Mulvaney

Andrew Bradford

Seth Ingram Agricultural 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 King Horticulture: 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 Pennington Environmental 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: Engineered cancer tissues for application in disease modeling and personalized drug testing

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

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 planningand 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: Fabrication of reactive rocks with 3D printing

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

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: Developing a tension driven telescoping arm

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: Determining the spatial and temporal patterns of fiddler crab use of tidal freshwater forested wetlands along two rivers of the Apalachicola River.

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 activitiesprovided in nursing homes and the quality of life of the individuals living there

Mentor: Kathy Jo Ellison

Caroline 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 ccreening 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 fordetection 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

2019-2020

College of Agriculture

Andrew Bradford

Andrew Bradford Fisheries

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Quantifying the Effects of Different Environmental Conditions on Sperm Form and Function for Aquatic Species of Importance in Alabama

Mentor: Ian Butts

Madison Golke

Meagan Reeves Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Mitochondrial-Nuclear Interaction Between Breeds of Lean and Obese Pigs

Mentor: Terry Brandebourg

Lauren Shortnacy

Lauren Shortnacy Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effect of the Wooden Breast Myopathy on Broiler Chicken Collagen and Myogenic Regulatory Factor Protein Expression

Mentor: Jessica Starkey

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson Environmental Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Inventory and Characterization of Gulf Coast Salt Marsh Soil Resources

Mentor: Joey Shaw

Madison Golke

Ian Schlosser Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Reclaiming AU Campus Sewage Through an Integrated Wastewater Treatment Process

Mentor: Yi Wang

Evan Webster

Evan Webster Fisheries

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Assessment of Vendor Preferences and Perceived Quality in the Half-shell Oyster Market

Mentor: William Walton


College of Architecture Design and Construction

Dongnyeok Han Building Science

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

Project Title: Strategies and Lessons Learned for Creating Virtual Reality Immersive Games for Construction Safety Training

Mentor: Salman Azhar


College of Education

Katherine Corona

Katie Corona Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  An uphill battle: understanding gait alterations in patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Mentor: Jaimie Roper

Robert McLaughlin Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  Development of a More Convenient and Affordable Method of Measuring the Arch Height Index

Mentor: Christopher Wilburn

Kathryn Riis Exercise Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Get a Grip: Investigation of Non-Slip Socks on Locomotive Parameters in High-Risk Population for Falls

Mentor: Christopher Willburn

Carley Wilson Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  Changes in Sleep Efficiency in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder during an Adapted Tennis Intervention

Mentor: Melissa Pangelinan

Caroline Kirkham Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Influence of Lower Extremity in Softball Pitching

Mentor: Gretchen Oliver

Ryleigh Randall Laboratory Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The Impact of Lactation on Autophagy and Mitochondrial fission and fusion in the Liver and Skeletal Muscle

Mentor: Andreas Kavazis

Alanis Smith Integrative Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Inhibitory Control in Musicians vs. Non-musicians

Mentor: Kristina Neely


Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Ryan Anthony Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Optimization Study of the Synthesis Process for the Mo²C MXene

Mentor: Majid Beidaghi

Noah Blackwood Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Exploring Superparamagnetic Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles as Alternative MRI-T1 Contrast Agents

Mentor: Allan David

Michaela Bush Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Developing MATLAB Code for Analysis of Heterogeneous Engineered Cardiac Tissue during Contraction

Mentor: Elizabeth Ann Lipke

Watson Copeland Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: The Acoustics of a Carbon Fiber Guitar

Mentor: Edmon Perkins

Lily Gong Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Click Chemistry Towards Allyl-polymer MRI contrast agents: solubility, kinetics, and magnetic responses

Mentor: Bryan Beckingham

Tina Huang Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Improving Polymer-Modified Asphalt by Changing the Characteristics of Block Copolymers Using Click Chemistry

Mentor: Bryan Beckingham

Seth Johnston Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Studying the Relevance of Stomatal Characteristics on Drought Tolerance in Peanut

Mentor: Alvaro Sanz Saez

Christy Manning Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  The Effects of Impregnation on Catalyst Pellets

Mentor: Marta Miletic

Andrew Moore Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: In Vitro 3D Colorectal Cancer Model Using PEG-fibrinogen Hydrogels

Mentor: Elizabeth Ann Lipke

Hayden Patteson Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Temperature Control/Sensor for In-situ Sea Turtle Nests

Mentor: Edmon Perkins

Elizabeth Prior Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Effectiveness of Measuring the Turbidity of Waterways with Multispectral Imaging Obtained by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Mentor: Frances O’Donnell

Jonathan Schuler Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Engineering Lignin Transformation Mechanisms to Create Value-added Products using Atomistic Modeling

Mentor: Andrew Adamczyk

Philip Snitzer Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: How Waste Heat from a Process Can Be Repurposed and/or Stored to Make Other Areas of the Process More Efficient and Reduce Waste Heat Being Released to the Atmosphere

Mentor: Jay Khondadadi

Jacob Stotser Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Development of MATLAB Trip/Slip Algorithms to Investigate the Effectiveness of Treadmill-based Perturbation Training

Mentor: Jaimie Roper

Christopher Weathers Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: MRI-Based Quantification of Tibiofemoral Alignment of Female Athletes

Mentor: Michael Zabala

Cameron Baker Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Analysis of Airborne Soldier Load Carriage Gait

Mentor: Michael Zabala

Justin Box Bioprocess Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Analyzing the Effect of Antimicrobial Processing Aids in Poultry Processing Wastewater and Investigating the Use of Eukaryotic Algae in Collaboration with Bacteria to Treat Poultry Processing Waste Water

Mentor: Brendan Higgins

David Carpenter Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Analyzing the Frequencies that Influence Soft Tissue Artifact

Mentor: Michael Zabala

Max Garton Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Damping Effects of a Particle Damper on a Torsional Pendulum

Mentor: Edmon Perkins

Levi Gosdin Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Quantifying the Unsteady Aerodynamics of Raptors

Mentor: Vrishank Raghav

Sierra Jacobs Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Do Biomechanical Measures Change During a Drop-jump Landing with a Cognitive Task?

Mentor: Jaimie Roper

Tarun Kore Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Computational Fluid Dynamics Study of Expiratory Flows in the Human Trachea

Mentor: Vrishank Raghav

Catherine McConatha Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Corrosion of Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel Bio-implants in Simulated Human Body Fluid

Mentor: Xiaoyuan Lou

Zane Oligee Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Chemical Abrasive Flow Polishing of Micro-Channels for use in Additively Manufactured Inconel 718 Heat Exchangers

Mentor: Scott Thompson

Johann Phan Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: The Effects of Arm’s Length on Batted Ball Speed and Distance

Mentor: Gretchen Oliver

Aura Reyna Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Shape Memory Polymer Programming Techniques

Mentor: Russel Mailen

Anna Catherine Smith Industrial Systems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Utilizing the Tools of Visual Media to Aid STEM Practitioners in Reporting their Findings Simply and Effectively

Mentor: Edmon Perkins

Helen Steeve Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Optimizing Stereolithography 3D Printing for use with Biodegradable Resins

Mentor: Edward Davis

Zachary Wadzinski Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: A Method of Containing Near-Source Undegraded Floating Plastic

Mentor: Mark Dougherty

Madison Wichmann Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: The Assessment of Stream Bank Stability vs. Time and of the Relationship Between Plant Roots and Soil Aggregation

Mentor: Thorsten Knappenberger


School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Eian Davis Geospatial and Environmental Informatics

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Streamflow Trend Analysis in the State of Georgia to Determine Changes in Water Availability

Mentor: Sanjiv Kumar

Abby Hagelskamp Wildlife Sciences/Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Creating a Social Survey to Analyze Differential Veterinary Care Cost for Indoor Versus Outdoor House Cat (Felis Catus) in the South Eastern Region

Mentor: Christopher Lepczyk

Abigail Morgan Wildlife Sciences/Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Cat and Island Ecosystems: Zoonotic Pathogens in Feral Cats in Hawaii, Madagascar, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Mentor: Sarah Zohdy

Allison Gary Wildlife Sciences/Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Creating a Social Survey to Analyze Differential Veterinary Care Cost for Indoor Versus Outdoor House Cat (Felis Catus) in the South Eastern Region

Mentor: Christopher Lepczyk

Jace McCauley Forestry

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: How Change in Temperature Patterns Affect Pine Sawflies in the South Eastern United States

Mentor: Lori Eckhardt

Gabrielle Ripa Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: The Effect of Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense), an Invasive Shrub, On Herpetofaunal Communities

Mentor: Christopher Anderson


College of Human Sciences

Beatriz Carmona Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: The Effects of Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction on the Rhythmicity of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide

Mentor: Michael Greene

Aaron Riviere Nutrition: Dietetics

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Zonulin levels decline in serum and fecal samples after the addition of green leafy vegetables to a high red meat diet in obese individuals with high risk for colorectal cancer.

Mentor: Andrew Frugé

Anna Fouty Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Salivary Amylase Gene Copy Number and Childhood Obesity

Mentor: Geetha Thangiah


College of Liberal Arts

Abigail Bennett Communication Disorders

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Using an Interactive Phonetics Learning Management System and User-Centered Design to Inform Phonetics Education Methods

Mentor: Marisha Speights

Jorge Castro Lebron Neuroscience/ Musical Performance-Voice

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Allophone and Syllable Stress Perception in Spanish as a Second Language

Mentor: Gilda Socarras

Kaitlyn Connor Neuroscience 

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Psychophysiological Correlates of Pain in Cannabis Users and Non-Users

Mentor: Jennifer Robinson

Lily Fess Art History 

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Repatriation of Art Objects Taken from the Kingdom of Benin During Late Nineteenth-Century British Colonialism

Mentor: Emily Burns

Elizabeth Murphy Communication Disorders

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Auditory Brainstem Responses to Altered Orchestral Music

Mentor: Sridhar Krishnamurti

Adam Sienkiewicz Health Services Administration

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Asking the Right Questions: The Demanding Task of Developing an Interactive Survey Instrument for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients

Mentor: Haneen Ali

William West History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Auburn

Mentor: Kelly Kennington

Brianna Burks Communication Disorders

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Event Boundary Effects on Speech in Physical and Virtual Reality Environments

Mentor: Dallin Bailey

Natalie Conboy Psychology/ Biomedical Sciences 

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Development of a Comprehensive Measure for the Cognitive Attentional Syndrome

Mentor: Joseph Bardeen

Sarah Etherton Neuroscience 

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Finding the Neurofunctional Topography of the Human Hippocampus using fMRI

Mentor: Jennifer Robinson

Taylor Mitchell Psychology 

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Anxiety Levels in Adolescents Adjudicated for Illegal Sexual Behavior

Mentor: Kelli Thompson

Leslie Schuneman Art History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Ideas of Materiality and Unfinished Quality: A Closer Look at Auguste Rodin’s Sculptures

Mentor: Emily Burns

Mary Grace Vinson English Literature

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Plas Newydd: Mapping the Networks of the Ladies of Llangollen

Mentor: Emily Clair Friedman

Victoria Zona Neuroscience

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Determining How Images of Different Exercise Contexts are Spontaneously Registered in the Brains of Non-exercisers Via Electroencephalography (EEG)

Mentor: Matthew Miller


Harrison School of Pharmacy

Alison Beverly Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Cytokine Recepto CXCR3 Blockade Enhances Hyperexcitability and Synaptic Transmission Changes That Occur Following a Peripheral Viral Infection

Mentor: Miranda Reed

Marissa Dogan Biomedical Sciences 

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Investigating the Role of the Lateral Entorhinal Cortex in Alzheimer’s Disease

Mentor: Miranda Reed

Shivani Rangari Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Medicine 

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Formulation of Acyclovir and Lidocaine Topical Gels for Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

Mentor: Jayachandra Ramapuram

Kavon Diggs Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Pharmacy

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Factors Influencing Medicare Beneficiary’s Decisions Regarding Medicare Plan Selection

Mentor: Salisa Westrick

Connor Jones Chemical Engineering 

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Tofacitinib Analogs as Agents for MPO Inhibition

Mentor: Forrest Smith


College of Sciences and Mathematics

Angela Burns Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Evaluation of the Influence of Work and Heat Exposure on Physiological Measures in Firefighters

Mentor: JoEllen Sefton

Andrew Caskey Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: A New Synthetic Approach to the Paracyclophane Core of the Anti-cancer Alkaloid Hauamine A

Mentor: Bradley Memer

Sarah Beth Dolinger Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Physical Therapy

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Studying the Effects of a Wellness Fair Program on High School Students’ Mental and Physical Health

Mentor: Melissa Pangelinan

Noah Gibson Chemistry 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Synthetic Exploration of Metal Catalyzed Cu²O Formation Using a Hot Injection Methodology

Mentor: Kristina Neely

Leann Kopp Mathematics 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Improving 3D Reconstruction Algorithms Using Computational and Numerical Algebraic Geometry

Mentor: Luke Oeding

Kyle Oswalt Integrative Biology 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigating Ganglia Importance in Discontinuous Gas Flow Patterns of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (Gromphadorhina Partentosa).

Mentor: Arthur Appel

Jacob Sinopoli Biochemistry 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Design and Optimization of Microfluidic Droplet Traps Using High Resolution, 3D-printed Templates

Mentor: Christopher Easley

Brady Unzicker Physics 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Exact Characterization of Attosecond Pulses Using Atomic Hydrogen Wavefunctions

Mentor: Guillaume Laurent

Natalie Williams Microbiology 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Antibacterial Properties of Europa Lander Solid Rocket Motor Adhesive, EA9394, Against Sporulating Gram-positive Bacteria

Mentor: Mark Liles

Abigail Campbell Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Evaluation of the Effects of Work and Heat Exposure on Cognitive Function in Firefighters

Mentor: JoEllen Sefton

Brett Clark Physics and Mathematics

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Effectiveness of Identifying Liquefaction Deposits from Large-Scale Earthquakes using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Mentor: Lorraine Wolf

Michael Erwin Biomedical Sciences 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Can Inhibitory Control be Trained?

Mentor: Kristina Neely

John Grundhoefer Biochemistry 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: The Investigation of Emissive Properties of Imine and Hydroxyl-Coordinated Luminescent Lanthanide Complexes

Mentor: Anne Elizabeth Gordon

Regan Moss Microbiology/Pre-Medicine/Neuroscience 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

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

Mentor: Lauren Ruhlmann

Holden Paz Biomedical Sciences 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: The Role of p62 Ubiquitination in Viral Infection

Mentor: Jason Upton

Xavier Streety Biochemistry 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigating Late-stage Polypeptide Diversification Via Formation of Twisted Amides

Mentor: Monika Raj

Ansley Welham Organismal Biology 

Sponsor(s): College of Science and Mathematics

Project Title: Isolation and Cultivation of Human and Plant Pathogenic Fungi and Bacteria from the Snouts of Locally Sources Sus Scrofa in South Alabama

Mentor: Lori Eckhardt


Nursing

Trae Anderson Nursing

Sponsor(s): College of Nursing

Project Title: Recruitment of Underrepresented Populations Into Health Outcomes Research: Review of the Literature and Strategies for Recruitment

Mentor: Caralise Hunt

2018-2019

College of Agriculture


Madison Golke

Elizabeth Brown Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  Calving season and rumen-protected methionine on epigenetic control of beef production

Mentor: Dr. Sonia Mosia

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Olivia Reid Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  NICD over-expression in the Notch signaling pathway affects the organization of the adrenal gland

Mentor: Dr. Jeff Huang

sara gorman

Anna Gierow Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Comparative Transcriptomics Between Porcine and Cattle Oocytes.

Mentor: Dr. Fernando Biase

judson powell

Andrew Keel Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:  Effect of dietary protein source and litter condition on broiler chicken growth performance and interstinal stem cell activity

Mentor: Dr. Jessica Starkey

College of Architecture Design and Construction


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Kara Boyer Building Science

Sponsor(s): College of Architecture Design and Construction

Project Title:  Creating a tiny home building code to positively effect long-term sustainability

Mentor: Dr. April Simons

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Kyra Stark Architecture

Sponsor(s): College of Architecture Design and Construction

Project Title:  Incorporating passive design into the beginning design process

Mentor: Dr. Justin Miller

College of Education


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Abigail Brittain Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  Sport specialization and teaching patterns in youth athletes

Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Oliver

madison edwards

Arlene Maheu Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  The cognitive effects of 'green exercise' on adolescents diagnosed with ADHD

Mentor: Dr. Ford Dyke

madison edwards

Katherine Corona Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  An uphill battle: understanding gait alterations in patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Mentor: Dr. Jaimie Roper

madison edwards

Carley Wilson Physical Activity and Health

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title:  The Influence of Physical Activity on Sleep Quality in Children and Young Adults

Mentor: Dr. Melissa Pangelinan

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering


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Reid Adams Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Elucidating structure-activity relationships of metal oxide and metal carbide catalysts via a novel raman-spectrokinetic approach

Mentor: Dr. Carlos Carrero

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Ashely Baerlocher Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Mechanical Properties of Solid-State Electrolytes

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Fergus

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Jacob Bensinger Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Assessment of porosity-permeability relationships for 3D pore network models undergoing pore-scale dissolution and precipitation

Mentor: Dr. Lauren Beckingham

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Tyler Compher Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Lumped Parameter Modeling Cerebrovascular and Cardiovascular Blood Flow

Mentor: Dr. Vrishank Raghav

Kelly Goneke

Danielle Elmore Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Tissue clearing techniques to improve hemodynamic testing of heart valves

Mentor: Dr. Vrishank Raghav

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Bryana Harris  Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Examining the Effects of Tissue Geometry on Cardiomyocyte Maturation in 3D Developing Human Engineered Cardiac Tissues

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

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Rachel Howell  Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Development of a bench-scale flume reactor for benthic filamentous algae colonization studies

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch

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Katelyn Jenkins  Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  The Biomechanical Effect of Body-Borne Loads on Airborne Soldiers

Mentor: Dr. Michael Zabala

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Keith Krause  Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Investigation of the performance and energy consumption of superconducting adiabatic computing circuits

Mentor: Dr. Michael Hamilton

reed rodich

Ryan Long Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Self-Folding Origami

Mentor: Dr. Russell Mailen

david schartung

Rebecca Mulholland  Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Impact Dynamics of a 3D printed Piano Hammer

Mentor: Dr. Edmon Perkins

alex vroom

Isabel Perry  Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Impact Dynamics of Strings with Vibration Controls

Mentor: Dr. Edmon Perkins

william yates

Joshita Suresh  Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Engineering in vitro prostate cancer tumor tissue to test the efficacy of anticancer therapeutics

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

william yates

Tyler Toner  Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Model predictive controller sensitivity to errored parameters for a cruise controlled heavy truck convoy in simulation

Mentor: Dr. David Bevly

william yates

Anna Vescio  Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Controlled release from topical ointments modified with halloysite nanotubes

Mentor: Dr. Edward Davis

william yates

Liam Wood  Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Halloysite based Antibacterial Paints

Mentor: Dr. Edward Davis

william brannon

Luke Anderson Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Engineering in vitro three-dimensional colorectal cancer tissue models from patient-derived xenografts for application in personalized medicine

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

lania cole

Erin Batcho Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Canine Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at 7T MRI

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Denney

randall fawcett

Kelly Burnham Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  The Non-Isentropic Solution to the Taylor-Culick Profile for Cylindrical and Slab Rocket Motors

Mentor: Dr. Joseph Majdalani

gabrielle gilmer

Kareem El-Kattan Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Synthesizing Peptide Sequences to Target Prostate Cancer Cells

Mentor: Dr. Allan David

Patrick Harris

Caroline George  Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Development of a functional ex-vivo porcine heart to test and improve mitral valve repairing techniques

Mentor: Dr. Vrishank Raghav

sean vincent herrera

Bryan Holmes  Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Modeling of Photosynthetic Aeration for Energy Efficient Wastewater Treatment Processes

Mentor: Dr. Brendan Higgins

jihyuk kim

Mengyang (Claudia) Hu  Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Using post polymerization click-chemistry approaches to incorporate magnetic properties within polymer structures to prepare polymeric T1, T2 or T1 and T2 MRI contrast agents

Mentor: Dr. Bryan Beckingham

kaitlyn lawrence

LeeAnn Johnston  Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Exploring the Removal of Excess Nutrients and Heavy Metals From Polluted Water Bodies Through the Use of Macrophytes and Microorganisms

Mentor: Dr. Alan Wilson

matt priesser

Hudson Land  Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  The Assessment of Protein Feedstock Value of Cultivated Algal Biomass for Aquaponics Waste Nutrient Recycling

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch

marisa rodriguez

Noah Miller  Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Harnessing Solar Energy to Perform Self-Folding Origami

Mentor: Dr. Russell Mailen

andrew tormanen

Mina Narayanan  Software Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Adversarial Authorship: Exploring Features for Author Identification

Mentor: Dr. Gerry Dozier

william yates

Elizabeth Prior  Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Effectiveness of Measuring the Turbidity of Waterways with Near Infrared Imaging Obtained by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Mentor: Dr. Frances O'Donnell

william yates

David Teitge  Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Design and Construction of a Phase Change Flight Experiment for the International Space Station using micro-structured surfaces

Mentor: Dr. Sushil Bhavnani

william yates

Kelly Turner  Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Modeling the Influence of Ground Surface Roughness and Building Attributes on the Physical Vulnerability of Low-Rise Buildings to Hurricane Winds

Mentor: Dr. David Roueche

william yates

Eric Wietstruk  Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title:  Study of the Aerodynamic Response of Birds to Turbulent Weather Conditions

Mentor: Dr. Vrishank Raghav

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences


victoria ashby

Cullen Anderson  Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Spatial and Temporal Effects of Rural Mennonite Communities on Jaguar (Panthera onca) Populations in Belize

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury

hannah kelly

Kayla Krigger  Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  The effects of temperature, air pressure, humidity, and habitat on the preferred bloodmeal of Aedes albopictus

Mentor: Dr. Sarah Zohdy

cara ratterman

James Shortnacy  Wildlife Ecology Management

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Estimating the Proportion of White-tailed Deer Illegally Harvested over Bait in Eastern Alabama

Mentor: Dr. William Gulsby

alisia diamond

Arielle Fay  Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Impacts of Wild Pigs on Acorn Availability

Mentor: Dr. Mark Smith

autumn patterson

Alex Merchinsky  Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title:  Ant Foraging Behavior Under Artificially Manipulated Temperatures

Mentor: Dr. Robert Gritzen & Dr. Christopher Lepczyk

College of Human Sciences


lydia homandberg

Emily Parra  Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title:  Lifestyle Determinants of Childhood Obesity in Elementary School Children

Mentor: Dr. Geetha Thangiah

Paola (Canas) lopez

Savannah Rundquist  Nutrition-Dietetics

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title:  Exploring the effects of a high chlorophyll dietary intervention to reduce colon cancer risk in adults: The Meat and Three Greens (M3G) Feasibility Trial

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Fruge

College of Liberal Arts


mary butgereit

Lauren Allison  Communication Disorders

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  Quantification of upper airway thermoregulation and vocal dose in indoor cycling fitness instructors with and without amplification: implications for vocal health

Mentor: Dr. Mary J. Sandage

mary butgereit

Emma Goodwin  English Literature

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  A More Virtuous Vice: An Intersection Between Games and Religion in Eleventh-Century Cambrai

Mentor: Dr. Kate Craig

mary butgereit

Taylor Mackowski Spanish

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: L2 Spanish Learners’ Auditory Perception of Gender and Number and its Role in Relative Clause Attachment Resolution

Mentor: Dr. Daniel Vergara

mary butgereit

Katie Martin English

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Impact of Document Design on Alcohol-Harm Awareness

Mentor: Dr. Helen Eldson

mary butgereit

Jordan Wade Art History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Defining and Discussing Afrofuturist Appropriations

Mentor: Dr. Kathryn Floyd

jakob greiger

Pate Brunner  Music Performance and Economics

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title:  A Musical and Historical Analysis of Jazz Trombone Performance and its Technical Adaptation in the Bebop Era and Beyond

Mentor: Dr. Michael Pendowski

Barbara Laughlin

Barbara Laughlin Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Perception of Situations Through Word Connotation: Impact on Anxiety

Mentor: Dr. Alejandro Lazarte

jakob greiger

Stevan Marcus Economics

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Water Contamination and Infant Health in West Alabama

Mentor: Dr. Duha Altindag and Aditi Segupta

jakob greiger

Haley Maul Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Workplace Decision Making and Risk Taking

Mentor: Dr. Ana Franco-Watkins

jakob greiger

Sarah Webb Art History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Exploring the relationships between the arts of the Kuba Kingdom and the Congo missionary outreach of the American Presbyterian church

Mentor: Dr. Kathryn Floyd

Harrison School of Pharmacy


amanda fang

Ayaka Fujihashi Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Assessment of the Neurotoxic Effects of Prenatal Nicotine and Alcohol Exposure on Hippocampus and Cortex of Rodents

Mentor: Dr. Muralikrishnan Dhanasekaran

amanda fang

Ellery Jones Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Autotaxin and glutamatergic dysregulation in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Mentor: Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam

amanda fang

Shannon Maguire Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: The development of novel SIRT3 agonist for mitigating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Amin

amanda fang

Shivani Rangari Biomedical Sciences/Premed

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Improved Topical Delivery of Acyclovir on a Nanogel Formulation for Herpes Labialis.

Mentor: Dr. Jay Ramapuram

elizabeth lopez

Elena Skarupa Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Treatment mediated differences in gene expression in multicellular 3D models of human breast cancer

Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold

elizabeth lopez

Ivy Hall Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Understanding How to Best Track Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) Infections in a Murine Model by Use of Fluorescence or Photo-acoustic Imaging

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi

elizabeth lopez

Tyler Lynd Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Honokiol Rescues Mitochondrial Functioning in a Parkinson’s Model

Mentor: Dr. Muralikrishnan Dhanasekaran

elizabeth lopez

Madison Patrick Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Correlation of MtSK Inhibitory Activity with Chemical Constituents in Alpinia galanga Identified by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry: A Biochemometrics Study Case

Mentor: Dr. Angela Calderon

amanda fang

Jack Schwartz Molecular and Cellular Biology

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Use of Ketone Bodies as a Therapeutic for Alzheimer’s Disease

Mentor: Dr. Miranda Reed

College of Sciences and Mathematics


cullen anderson

Daniel Akwa Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: The Roles of the Mitochondrial Carrier Family in Metal Homeostasis

Mentor: Paul Cobine

cullen anderson

William Bowers Physics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Electronic Surface Reconstruction and Defect Characterization in Complex Oxide Thin Films

Mentor: Ryan Comes

cullen anderson

Milica Courtenay Integrative Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Testing whether sex-specific senescence in the lizard, Anolis sagrei, translates to the cellular level

Mentor: Dr. Tonia Schwartz

cullen anderson

Kacie Florus Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Changes in Endothelial Cell Density in Sections of Cerebrum from PEA15 Mutant and Non-Mutant Cats.

Mentor: Dr. Emily Graff

cullen anderson

Peyton Kuhlers Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Development of an in vitro model to evaluate novel genes regulating inflammation and fibrosis

Mentor: Dr. Michael Green

cullen anderson

Amanda Mish Pre-Veterinary Medicine of Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Testing the functional role of carotenoid coloration on survival from UV stress in the marine copepod, Tigriopus californicus

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Hill

cullen anderson

Amanda Myles Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Characterizing the Role of Periplasmic Nitrate Reductase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Physiology

Mentor: Dr. Sang-Jin Suh

cullen anderson

Morgan Sisk  Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  Investigation of antibacterial properties of adhesives used in the Europa Lander Mission

Mentor: Dr. Mark Liles

cullen anderson

Phillip Wang  Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  Investing the role of diet and coloration on survival and vitality outcomes in the marine copepod, Tigriopus californicus

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Hill

cullen anderson

Matthew Dylan Wilson  Microbial Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  The role of PEA15 on cell proliferation and apoptosis in feline fibroblasts

Mentor: Dr. Emily Graff

Carson Blankenship

Carson Blankenship Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: “Shock and Kill” Strategy against Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus: Defining Target Specificity and Potency of a Novel Antiviral Compound

Mentor: Dr. Joanna Sztuba-Solinska

dorothy mitchell

Sabrina Cline Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Understanding PAN’s Labyrinth: Tracking the subcellular localization of the oncogenic PAN RNA using in situ fluorescence microscopy techniques

Mentor: Dr. Joanna Sztuba-Solinska

dorothy mitchell

Sarah Dolinger Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: The relationship between mental health, stress, and social supports in health profiles for high school athletes.

Mentor: Dr. Melissa Pangelinan

cullen anderson

Katherine Hunter Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploring fundamental uranium and thorium chemistry using redox-active Schiff base ligands

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gorden

cullen anderson

Sam Lubor  Cell/Molecular Biology 

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Measuring and Comparing Oxidative Damage and Mitochondrial Function in Mammalian and Avian Species

Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hood

cullen anderson

Jacob Mayhugh Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Synthesis and characterization of zinc (II) bis(pyrrole)phenylenediamine complexes

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gordon

cullen anderson

Alisa Mobley Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Synthesis and characterization of block-copolymers towards smart gating insulin release membranes

Mentor: Dr. Bryan Beckingham

cullen anderson

Abigail Putz Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Self-Efficacy of Mainstream Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers for English Language Learners

Mentor: Dr. Jamie Harrison

cullen anderson

Morgan Tatum  Physics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  Development of a COLTRIMS spectrometer for observing laser-atom interactions

Mentor: Dr. Marc Guillaume

cullen anderson

Matthew Westerfield  Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  A Measure of Potency of Novel Protein Synthesis Inhibitors Using In vitro Translation Assay

Mentor: Dr. Alexey Petrov

cullen anderson

Emma Yonan  Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  Physiological responses of invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) from Florida: how stress affects immune response and locomotor performance

Mentor: Dr. Mary Mendonca

University College/Aviation


cullen anderson

Shelby Potter  Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:  Effects of Severe Weather Phenomena on Commercial Aviation Accidents and Incidents

Mentor: Dr. James Birdsong

2017-2018

College of Agriculture


Madison Golke

Kenzley Defler Environmental Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title:

Mentor: Dr. Loka Ashwood

sara gorman

Sara Gorman Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Developing a molecular assay in order to identify healthy oocytes, by utilizing surrounding support cells.

Mentor: Dr. Paul Dyce

judson powell

Judson Powell Poultry Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Effects on Broiler Chicken Feeding Behavior and Nutrient Intake While Using Different Particle Sizes and Controlling Proportions of Fines

Mentor: Dr. Charles Starkley

rachael kuntz

Madison Gohlke Animal Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Impact of Mitochondrial Nuclear Exchange on Obesity and Metabolic Disease in Swine

Mentor: Dr. Terry Brandebourg

rachael kuntz

Rachel Kuntz Environmental Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effectiveness of bioretention media to reduce toxicity of stormwater on daphnia.

Mentor: Dr. Thorsten Knappenberger

mary jo toohey

Mary Jo Toohey Food Science

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The effect of UV light on the long term stability of rebaudioside-A (high intensity sweetener).

Mentor: Dr. Leonard Bell

College of Architecture Design and Construction


max garcia

Max Garcia Environmental Design

Sponsor(s): College of Architecture Design and Construction

Project Title: The impact of street design on pedestrian’s perceptions and commuting patterns.

Mentor: Dr. Yunmi Park

College of Education


abigail brittain

Abigail Brittain Exercise Science

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: Kinematics of the Polo Swing

Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Oliver

madison edwards

Madison Edwards Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: The effect of a bicycle learning program on motor and cognitive abilities among children and teens with developmental disabilities.

Mentor: Dr. Melissa Pangelinan

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering


njeri bennett

Njeri Bennett Industrial and Systems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: I will be working with students from the I Am My Brother's Keeper Program to investigate the impact of S.T.E.A.M. curricula centered on spatial thinking skills, science content knowledge, and attitudes towards science and engineering.

Mentor: Dr. Christine Schnittka

steven breaux

Steven Breaux Polymer and Fiber Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: 3D Printing Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering and Biocompatible Electronics

Mentor: Dr. Maria Auad

griffin eagan

Griffin Eagan Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Analysis of the Effects of Turbulent Transition Modelling on Aerodynamic Predictions for Open-Wheeled Automotive Vehicles

Mentor: Dr. Dudley Nichols

ford gibbes

Ford Gibbes Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Design and development of a low temperature tube calorimeter to measure the pressure drop of low global warming potential refrigerants across a 180° U-Bend during flow boiling.

Mentor: Dr. Lorenzo Cremaschi

Kelly Goneke

Kelly Goneke Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Black-globe temperature response to percent open area of wall panels used to construct broiler chicken test pens in on-farm nutritional test trials

Mentor: Dr. Jeremiah Davis

Bryana harris

Bryana Harris Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Examining the Effects of Tissue Geometry on Cardiomyocyte Maturation in 3D Developing Human Engineered Cardiac Tissues.

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

jared hudson

Jared Hudson Civil Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Effect of Initial Stiffness and Slip Force of Friction Force Damper on Response of Steel Structure to Wind and Seismic Loads

Mentor: Dr. Justin Marshall

kiana labombard

Kiana LaBombard Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Manufacturing of nanoparticle reinforced materials through electrospinning and atomized spraying.

Mentor: Dr. Sabit Adanur

andrew lenzie

Andrew Lenzie Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: The Biofluid Mechanics of Expiratory Central Airway Collapse in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Mentor: Dr. Vrishank Raghav

reed rodich

Reed Rodich Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis of Pre- and Post-Injury Anterior Cruciate Ligaments in Female Athletes.

Mentor: Dr. Michael Zabala

david schartung

David Schartung Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Electrochemical study on the influence of alternating current electric fields on the flocculation process of asphaltenes in unconventional crude oil

Mentor: Dr. Carlos Carrero

alex vroom

Alex Vroom Biochemisty and Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Determining an individual’s comprehensive antibody-bound epitope repertoire

Mentor: Dr. Robert Pantazes

william brannon

William Brannon Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: A metal inert gas based printer exists in AU’s Mechanical Engineering Department as an experimental device, and it becomes a question as to what parameters regarding the printing process will yield an ideal metal part in a quick and efficient manner.

Mentor: Dr. Lewis Payton

lania cole

LaNia Cole Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Application-Based Pedagogy Tool.

Mentor: Dr. Edmon Perkins

randall fawcett

Randall Fawcett Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Kinetic prediction from kinematic data during running trials on different surfaces.

Mentor: Dr. Wendi Weimar

gabrielle gilmer

Gabrielle Gilmer Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Evaluation of the relationship between hormonal and biomechanical risk factors for anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Oliver

Patrick Harris

Patrick Harris Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Optimizing Lipid-enveloped Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Therapeutic Treatment of Solid Cancerous Tumors

Mentor: Dr. Allan David

sean vincent herrera

Sean Vincent Herrera Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Development of a Shape Memory Alloy Actuated Glove

Mentor: Dr. Michael Zabala

jihyuk kim

Jihyuk Kim Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Solid state conductivity and pH-induced solution halochromism in polythiophene copolymer.

Mentor: Dr. Bryan Beckingham

kaitlyn lawrence

Kaitlyn Lawrence Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: New structural and electronic insights on supported (VOx)m/(M1Oy)n/(M2Oz)bulk catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of light hydrocarbons

Mentor: Dr. Carlos Carrero

matt priesser

Matthew Priesser Biosystems Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Anaerobic Digestion of Poultry Litter and Food Waste for Biogas Production.

Mentor: Dr. Brendan Higgins

marisa rodriguez

Marisa Rodriguez  Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Understanding and Controlling the Growth of Algae Species on Nanocomposites.

Mentor: Dr. Virginia Davis

andrew tormanen

Andrew Tormanen Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Assembling 2D transition metal carbides for fabrication of functional thin films

Mentor: Dr. Majid Beidaghi

william yates

William Yates Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Engineering

Project Title: Design and Synthesis of Salen-derived, tetraaminophenazine Ligands for Metal Chelation

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gorden

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences


victoria ashby

Victoria Ashby Microbiology

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Madagascar-Based Lymphatic Filariasis in Culex Mosquitoes and Their Relationship with the Environment and People

Mentor: Dr. Sarah Zohdy

hannah kelly

Hannah Kelly Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Evaluating Toxoplasma gondii in Wild Pigs (Sus scrofa).

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lepczyk

cara ratterman

Cara Ratterman Organismal Biology

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Automating gobble count surveys for eastern wild turkey.

Mentor: Dr. James Grand

marcus williford

Marcus Williford Forestry

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: The processing and characterization of nanofibrillated cellulose from industrial wood residues

Mentor: Dr. Maria Peresin

alisia diamond

Alisia Diamond Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: The effects of feeding habits on the prevalence of toxoplasma gondii in avian species

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lepczyk

autumn patterson

Autumn Patterson Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: The Influence of Socioeconomic Factors on Small Mammal Diversity in Auburn, Alabama.

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lepczyk

kristen rice

Kirsten Rice Wildlife Sciences

Sponsor(s): Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Are mosquitoes more attracted to dogs infected with Heartworm?

Mentor: Dr. Sarah Zohdy

College of Human Sciences


lydia homandberg

Lydia Homandberg Human Development and Family Studies

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Effects of early life adversity and contemporaneous stress in the Midlife in the United States Study.

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Fuller-Rowell

elise mann

Elise Mann Pre-Medicine and Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: The effect of chronic whey protein consumption on glucose metabolism and DPP-IV.

Mentor: Dr. Heidi Kluess

brooke polinsky

Brooke Polinsky Nutrition Science

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: The Effect of high fat and sugar diet in mice

Mentor: Dr. Ramesh Jeganathan

Paola (Canas) lopez

Paola (Lopez) Canas Nutrition

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Evaluating coping mechanisms following a natural disaster in Madagascar

Mentor: Dr. Alisha Farris

holly parker

Holly Parker Nutritional Science - Dietics

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Will tailored nutrition education on diet diversity increase the consumption of diverse foods in Andasibe, Madagascar?

Mentor: Dr. Alisha Farris

College of Liberal Arts


mary butgereit

Mary Catherine Butgereit English - Professional and Public Writing

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: A Code for the Unpublished: Creation of a TEI XML Style Guide and Learning Module for the 18th-Century Manuscript Fiction Database

Mentor: Dr. Emily Claire Friedman

carrie hill

Carrie Diane Hill English - Professional and Public Writing

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: For the World to See: Designing a Front-End User Interface for the 18th-Century Manuscript Fiction Database.

Mentor: Dr. Emily Claire Friedman

melanie parrott

Melanie Parrott Psychology and Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The impact of nutrition knowledge on calorie framing effects and food consumption decisions.

Mentor: Dr. Ana Franco-Watkins

jakob greiger

Jakob Geiger Political Science and English

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Applying Political Philosophy to Urban Planning: Strengthening the Community.

Mentor: Dr. Murray Jardine

kyle mclaughlin

Kyle McLaughlin Anthropology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Assessing Potential Inter- and Intra- observer error during 3D scanning and printing of osteological specimens.

Mentor: Dr. Kristina Shuler

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Jacob Verhine Music

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Influence of Vocology on 21st-Century Voice Performance and Pedagogy: Analysis and Application of Current Practice and Research

Mentor: Dr. Matthew Hoch

Harrison School of Pharmacy


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Amanda Fang Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: The effect of Sirtuin 3 on post translational modification in the mitochondria of diabetic hearts.

Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Amin

brannan martens

Brannon Martens Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: The Effects of Systemic Viral Infections on the Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease in Mice.

Mentor: Dr. Miranda Reed

elena skarupa

Elena Skarupa Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Effective drug delivery on gene expression in human breast cancer

Mentor: Dr. Rusty Arnold

elizabeth lopez

Elizabeth Lopez Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: CYP3A4 Induction Analysis in Hepatocytes due to Acai and Maca Extracts

Mentor: Dr. Angela Calderon

madison schoeberl

Madison Schoeberl Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Understanding how to best track Staphylococcus aureus infections in hosts by use of a fluorescently labeled monoclonal antibody.

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi

dominique wozniak

Dominique Wozniak Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Characterization of Inhibitor Antibodies Directed Against S. Aureus Coagulase.

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi

College of Sciences and Mathematics


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Cullen Anderson Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Estimating Carnivore Population Structures in the Rainforests of Madagascar.

Mentor: Dr. Sarah Zohdy and Dr. Zach Farris

jonathan dismukes

Jonathan Dismukes Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Expression of the INK4AB/ARF tumor suppressor transcription factor MSK1 in canine breast cancer: Quantification through qRT-PCR and correlation with established phenotypes.

Mentor: Dr. Richard Bird

kayla frey

Kayla Frey Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Variations in Bone Quality with Reproductive Performance in House Mice.

Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hood

brock hidle

Brock Hidle Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Development of an Attosecond Pulse Source Operating at 10 kHz

Mentor: Dr. Guillaume Laurent

sara odom

Sara Odom Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Microbiome analysis using a quantitative polymicrobial PCR method.

Mentor: Dr. Mark Liles

philip wang

Philip Wang Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigating the cost of reproduction using the zooplankton, Tigriopus californicus

Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Hill

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Joseph Bahder Physics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: TRYAD Satellite Operational Analysis

Mentor: Dr. Michael Fogle

caleb eldridge

Caleb Eldridge Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Identifying active tectonics in the New Madrid seismic zone using LiDAR and geologic data

Mentor: Dr. Lorraine Wolf

emma hale

Emma Hale Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Quantifying the prevalence of the West Nile, Rift Valley Fever, and Dengue Fever Viruses across Mouse Lemurs Populations from Madagascar.

Mentor: Dr. Tonia Schwartz

dorothy mitchell

Dorothy Mitchell Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Anatomy and microscale organization of the nervous system of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi.

Mentor: Dr. Anthony Moss

patrick sahrmann

Patrick Sahrmann Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Radical catalysis, inactivation, and reactivation: Spectroscopic and kinetic evaluation of heme- and protein-based intermediates of a peroxide-degrading enzyme.

Mentor: Dr. Douglas Goodwin

kevin wyss

Kevin Wyss Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploring thorium, uranium, and lanthanide fluorescence in Schiff base sandwich complexes.

Mentor: Dr. Anne Gorden

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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