2018-2019 Travel Grant Recipients

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-19 Student Travel GrantsThe grants were developed to help undergraduate students travel to academic seminars, professional meetings, and technical conferences to present their research projects and findings. The anticipated award amount ranges from $300–500 for each grant recipient. Congratulations to all fellowship recipients.


2018-19 Student Travel Grant Recipients

(Student Name, Academic Program, Project Title, Faculty Mentor, Conference/Meeting Title)

Alan Baez, Biochemistry, “The Effect of Triclosan on Mast Cell Plasma Membrane Electrochemical Potential,” advised by Julie Gosse, Society of Toxycology 58th Annual Meeting

Benjamin Chasse, Biomedical Engineering, “Bio-Inspired Drug Delivery System,” advised by Caitlin Howell, Materials Research Society

Bailey Corless, Biomedical Engineering, “Low-Cost, Mass-Manufacturable Microfluidic Systems for Wearable Diagnositcs,” advised by Caitlin Howell, 2018 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit

Amy Dias, English, “Nontraditional Students in the Writing Center,” advised by Paige Mitchelle, Northeastern Writing Centers Assoication (NEWCA)

Alyson East, Ecology and Environmental Science, “Assessing the Economics of Maine’s Coastal Tourism Development: The Ecosystem Services of Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park,” advised by Kate Ruskin, Ecological Society of America Annual Conference

Connor Ferguson, English, “Diversifying Writing Centers: The Impact of Visibility and Accessibility,” advised by Paige Mitchelle, Northeastern Writing Centers Association (NEWCA)

Mitchelle Harling, Biomedical Engineering, “Metabolic Redox Analysis of Hemocyanin-Macrophage Interactions using Two-Photon Microscopy,” advised by Karissa Tilbury, Northeast Bioengineering Conference

Matthew Ingram, Mechanical Engineering, “Fall Detection and Prevention Using an Intelligent Wireless Sensor and Actuator Network,” advised by Vincent Caccese, National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2019)

Paisley Keene, English, “Engaging a Variety of Writers Through the Use of New Media: The importance of new media in the writing center tutor’s “multimodal toolkit”,” advised my Paige Mitchell, Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA)

Nicole McCrath, Biology, “Fall detection and prevention using an intelligent wireless sensor and actuator network,” advised by Marie Hayes, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2019)

Cara Morgan, English, “Mentoring Undergraduate Student Researchers: A Five-Year History of Tutor Research Initiatives at the University of Maine,” advised by Paige Mitchell, Northeastern Writing Centers Association (NEWCA)

Peter Robinson, Biomedical Engineering, “A Novel Non-Destructive Microcapillary Viscometer for Point of Care Testing,” advised by Michael Mason, BMES FDA Frontiers in Medical Device Conference

Thomas Roerden, Biomedical Engineering, “Towards A Novel Non-Destructive Microcapillary Viscometer for Point-of-Care Testing,” advised by Michael Mason, BMES Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference

William Rosenberger, English, “Opportunities For Growth: Making Meaning in STEM,” advised by Paige Mitchell, Northeastern Writing Centers Association Conference (NEWCA)

Skye Siladi, Anthropology, “Making a sweet sweet: How wealth is realized among Maine maple syrup producers,” advised by Cynthia Isenhour, Society for Economic Anthropology Annual Meeting

Grace Smith, Molecular and Cellular Biology, “Identification of Novel Regulatory Genes with Roles in Muscular Dystrophy,” advised by Benjamin King, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Chris Toothaker, Biomedical Engineering, “Low-cost, Mass-Manufacturable Microfluidic Systems for Wearable Diagnostics,” advised by Caitlin Howell, 2018 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit

Jasmine Waite, Biochemistry, “Genomic and Proteomic Effects of Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Consumption on Inflammation in Perivascular Adipose Tissue of the Obese Zucker Rat, a Model of Human Metabolic Syndrome,” advised by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, American Society for Nutrition Annual Nutrition Science Meeting

Katherine Wing, University Studies, “The Catholic Church: The Socialization of the Franco-American Community,” advised by Susan Pinette, American Council for Quebec Studies





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