CoAS Students Awarded for Outstanding Research Presentations
April 16, 2010 —
The College of Arts and Sciences celebrated the hard work of CoAS undergraduate and graduate students at its annual Research Day on April 6, 2010. A total of 117 students presented their research in fields ranging from history to physics, biology to international area studies. Twelve students were awarded prizes in the following four categories: Undergraduate Humanities/Social Sciences; Undergraduate Natural Sciences; Graduate Humanities/Social Sciences; and Graduate Natural Sciences.
Undergraduate Humanities/Social Sciences
First place: Nicole Graff for “Evaluating the relationship between disease severity and driving performance in multiple sclerosis” (Advisor: Dr. Maria Schultheis); Major: Psychology; Project Field: Psychology
Second place: Christopher Herwig for "Queering the Cosmos” (Advisor: Qrescent M. Mason); Major: International Area Studies; Project Field: International Area Studies
Third place : Furrah Qureshi for “The War on Drugs: Covering News or Creating it?” (Advisor: Dr. Eva Thurry); Major: English; Project Field: Communication
Undergraduate Natural Sciences
Jordan Gallinetti for “The orfG Gene Regulates Synechococcus elongatus Cell Growth In Replete Media” (Advisor: Dr. Shivanthi Anandan); Major: Biological Science; Project Field: Biological Science
Second place: Daniel Verbaro for “Investigating Conformational Ensembles in Short Alanine Based Peptides Using Vibrational and ECD Spectroscopy” (Advisor: Dr. Reinhard Shweitzer-Stenner); Major: BS/MS Biological Science and Chemistry; Project Field: Chemistry
Third place: Brian Leung for “Putative Quadruplex Sequence in the 3'UTR sequence of APP” (Advisor: Dr. Aleister Saunders); Major: Chemistry; Project Field: Biological Science
Graduate Humanities/Social Sciences
First place: Michael Keesler for “Future Dangerousness as an Aggravating Factor in Capital Litigation” (Advisor: Dr. David DeMatteo); Major: Psychology; Project Field: Psychology
Second place: Alexandra Nelson for “Coping with Fertility Treatment: Infertility-related Stress and Social Support Among Women Receiving In Vitro Fertilization” (Advisor: Dr. Pamela A. Geller); Major: Psychology; Project Field: Psychology
Third place: Maisa Ziadni for “Enhancing Mindfulness in a Written Emotional Expression Exercise” (Advisor: Dr. Jacqueline Kloss); Major: Psychology; Project Field: Psychology
Graduate Natural Sciences
First place: Jianli Hu for “Septins Regulate the Formation and Maturation of Axonal Filopodia to Collateral Branches” (Advisor: Dr. Elias Spiliotis); Major: Biological Science; Project Field: Biological Science
Second place: Keerthy Chandrasekar for “Role of Tip60 in APP mediated axonal arborization in Drosophila melanogaster” (Advisor: Dr. Felice Elefant); Major: Biological Science; Project Field: Biological Science
Third place: Lori Lester for “The Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on the Behavior of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin” (Advisor: Dr. Harold W. Avery); Major: Environmental Science; Project Field: Environmental Science
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A little over a week later, seven CoAS students took home top prizes at the University Research Day, which took place on Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Biological and Biomedical: Jordan Gallinetti for “The orfG Gene Regulates Synechococcus elongatus Cell Growth in Replete Media” (Advisor: Dr. Shivanthi Anandan); Co-Authors: Shivanthi Anandan; Major: Biology
Humanities and Social Sciences: Kristen Domenick for “Effects of Nutritional Information on Food Choices on a College Campus” (Advisor: Beth Leonberg); Co-Authors: Rachel Hudes, Rachel Yik Han Chan; Major: Nutrition and Foods
Translational and Clinical: Stephanie Vass for “Assessment of School Intervention in School-Aged Children with Sickle Cell Disease” (Advisor: Dr. Lamia Barakat); Co-Authors: M. Renee Robinson, Chavis Patterson, Chavis Patterson, Lamia P. Barakat; Major: Psychology
Biological and Biomedical: Eugenia Zandona for “The Role Of Diet And Resource Availability In The Life History Evolution Of Trinidadian Guppies (Poecilia Reticulata); (Advisor: Dr. Susan Kilham); Co-Authors: Sonya Auer, Susan Kilham, Jason Howard, Catherine Pringle, David Reznick; Major: Biology
Computation and Bio-Modeling: Micholas Smith for “Effects of Ions on The Folding Dynamics of Amyloid Beta Peptide Fragment (21-30)” (Advisor: Dr. Luis Cruz Cruz); Major: Physics
Computation and Modeling: Caroline Shapcott for “Asymptotic Distribution of the Part-Product Statistics for Random Integer Compositions” (Advisor: Eric Schmutz); Major: Mathematics
Mukesh Kumar for “What a Bioinorganic Chemist Can Do to Break Down Toxic Pesticides from the Environment and to Understand the Mechanism of the Hydration of CO2” (Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth T. Papish); Co-Authors: Elizabeth T. Papish; Major: Chemistry
Dean Donna Murasko and all members of the CoAS community applaud the work of the outstanding students who participated in this year’s event!