2014-15 Fall Fellowship Recipients

The Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the Research and Creative Activities Fellowships for 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty supervised research, and are supported through a PRE-VUE grant awarded by the President’s Office. Each fellowship provides a $1000 award for the students to cover costs associated with the project.

2014-15 Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowship Award Recipients

(Student Name, Academic Program, Project Title, Faculty Mentor)

  • Wilson Adams, Bioengineering, “A Device for Entrapment and Microinjection of Larval Zebrafish,” advised by Paul Millard
  • Gwendolyn Beacham, Biochemistry, “Characterization of lysogeny regulation in the Cluster E mycobacteriophage Ukulele,” advised by Sally Molloy
  • Jennifer LF Burnham, Microbiology and Professional and Technical Writing, “Vaccine Awareness Assistance Within the Greater Bangor Area Healthcare System,” advised by Roger Sher
  • Nina Caputo, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Environmental Sciences, “Fluorescence Monitoring of Contaminant Mixtures in Surface Fresh Water,” advised by Howard Patterson
  • Tyler Carrier, NSFA, “Cellular and molecular responses of sea urchin embryos to dissolved saxitoxins from the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense,” advised by David Townsend
  • Nicklaus Carter, Bioengineering and Chemistry, “Magnetic Properties of Iron Nanoparticles,” advised by Michael Mason
  • Joshua Deakin, Maine Business School, “Rituals in restaurants: Exploring how newcomers learn organizational culture,” advised by Niclas  Erhardt
  • Vincent DiGiovanni, Biology/Chemistry, “New approach to the treatment of type II diabetes using inhibitors based on the Acarviostatin family of natural products,” advised by Matthew Brichacek
  • Nathan Dunn, Mathematics and Computer Science, Minor in Statistics, “An Enhancement of the P301dx Application Using Advanced Statistics”
  • Robert Fasano, Physics and Math, “Initialization of composite galaxies in dynamic equilibrium,” advised by Neil Comins
  • Scott Forand, New Media, “Tiny Tactics,” advised by Jon Ippolito
  • Thomas Fouchereaux, New Media, “Commentrain,” advised by Jon Ippolito
  • Samuel Gates, Computer Science, “Multi-Tag Radio Frequency Indication for Indoor Positional Tracking System enhanced with Accelerometer for Fall Detection,” advised by Nicholas Giudice
  • Allison Goodridge, Mechanical Engineering, “Motors & Power: Generating Physical Phenomena for Examination of Spatial Cognition and Impulse Response in Virtual Environments,” advised by Nicholas Giudice
  • Katrina Harris, Microbiology, “Characterization of the Integration Morphology of Mycobacteriophage ChipMunk Including de novo Assembly of the Genome,” advised by Keith Hutchison
  • Hina Hashmi, Microbiology, “Is the Ubiquitous Antibacterial Agent Triclosan an Uncoupler of Mammalian Mitochondria?” advised by Julia Gosse
  • Leslie Hood, New Media and Business Administration, “Epitaph: A Humanistic Approach to Mortality and Human-computer Interaction,” advised by Jon Ippolito
  • Meghan Hurlburt, Computer Science, “Noninvasive Monitoring Using Radio Frequency Indicator Technology: An Inexpensive Solution for Independent Aging in Place,” advised by Nicholas Giudice
  • Eliza Kane, Anthropology, “The Geochemistry and Historical Ecology of a Burnt Mississippian House at the Lawrenz Gun Club Site in the central Illinois River Valley” advised by Alice Kelley
  • Charm Tharanga Karunasiri, Biochemistry, “Characterizing the Catalytic Domain of Calpain5,” advised by Dorothy Croall
  • Jay Knowlton, Biology and Chemistry, “Transplacental Arsenic Exposure Effects on Mouse Hepatic Protein Expression,” advised by Rebecca Van Beneden
  • Kathryn Liberman, Physics, “Developing a zebrafish model for Saprolegnia parasitica to investigate pathogenesis and alternate treatments,” advised by Ian Bricknell
  • Jason Lively, Earth Sciences, “Neutralization Capacity of Major Rock Types Found in Maine,” advised by Amanda Olsen
  • William London, Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, “Experimental characterization of fatigue response of mechanically fastened joints in 3D woven carbon composites,” advised by Roberto Lopez-Anido
  • Isaiah Nathaniel Mansour, Marine Science, “A Comparative Study of the Hemocyanins of the Giant Keyhole Limpet (Megathura crenulata) and the Red Abalone (Haliotis rufescens),” advised by Ian Bricknell
  • Zakiah-Lee Meeks, Pre-Medicine and Psychology Minor, “Methylation Patterns in OPRM1 and COMT Variants during Opioid Withdrawal in the Neonate,” advised by Marie Hayes
  • Alexander William Moser, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Business, “Clean CNG Snowmobile”
  • Chelsea Ogun, Anthropology, “Promoting and Advancing Climate Education in Maine Middle and High Schools,” advised by Mario Teisl
  • Brenden Peters, Computer Science, “Low-Power Device for Indoor Mapping and Navigation,” advised by Nicholas Giudice
  • Samuel Reynolds, Psychology, Biology, and NSFA, “Investigating the Role of NMDA Receptors in Long-term Ethanol Withdrawal,” advised by Alan Rosenwasser
  • Jena Rudolph, Human Dimensions of Climate Change, “Assessing the efficacy of scenario building to alter perceptions of climate risk and stimulate climate adaptation planning,” advised by Cynthia Isenhour
  • Andrea Santariello, Marine Science and Zoology, “How prey selection contributes to Arctic tern breeding success and chick health at fledging,” advised by Brian Olsen
  • Julia Sell, “Development of a Combinatorial Deposition Method to Allow for Rapid Synthesis and Testing of Nanolaminate Thin Film Structures,” advised by Robert Lad
  • Adam Simard, Microbiology, “JCPyV Internalization: Insight Into Scaffolding Proteins and Associated Intracellular Binding Domains of Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptors,” advised by Melissa Maginnis
  • Dustin Sleight, Mechanical Engineering, “Dynamic Motion Control: Generating Physical Phenomena for Examination of Spatial Cognition and Impulse Response in Virtual Environments,” advised by Nicholas Giudice
  • Bryer Sousa, Chemistry and Mathematics,  “Two-Temperature Model Molecular Dynamics Study of the Coalescence of Metal Nanoparticles,” advised by François Amar
  • Margaret Stavros, Biochemistry and Psychology, “Prenatal Exposure to Methadone’s Effect on the Oxytocin Receptor Pathway,” advised by Marie Hayes
  • Cody Thies, Psychology, “Adrenergic Modulation of Voluntary Ethanol Intake in C3H/HeJ Mice in a Chronic Intermittent Exposure Protocol,” advised by Alan Rosenwasser
  • Ethan Tremblay, Economics & Journalism, “An Examination of the Pro-social Impacts of Local Food Purchasing” advised by Timothy Waring
  • Ryan A. Wahle, New Media and Spanish, “New Age Versatile Furniture,” advised by  Mike Scott
  • Emily Whitaker, Molecular and Cellular Biology, “Identification and Characterization of Mycobacteriophage Ukulele Integration Site attP,” advised by Sally Molloy

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