2018-19 Academic Year Fellowship Awards

The Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the Research and Creative Activities Fellowships for 2018-2019 academic year. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty supervised research, and are supported through the Office of the Vice President for Research. Each fellowship provides a $1,100 award for the students to help cover costs of the project.

2018-19  Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowship Award Recipients

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

  • Griffin Archambault, Wildlife Ecology, “Developing a Novel Approach to Estimate Reproductive Success of Black Bears in Maine,” advised by Alessio Mortelliti
  • Gabrielle Bock, Chemistry, “Determination of Potential Biopolymer Substitutes for Intaglio Etching Constituents Based on Rheological and Adhesive Properties,” advised by William Gramlich
  • Jaycob Bowker, Animal and Veterinary Sciences (Animal Science), “Testing Moose for Active Lyme Disease Infections via PCR-Based Gene Amplification and Sequencing, advised by Pauline Kamath
  • Robert Brittingham, Wildlife Ecology, “Filling the Knowledge Gap in deer mice and southern red-backed vole see cache management, advised by Alessio Mortellit
  • Drew Brooks, Microbiology, “The Role of MyD88 in macrophage recruitment to C. albicans infection in Zebrafish Swimbladders,” advised by Robert Wheeler
  • Michael Buyaskas, Wildlife Ecology, “Assessing the effectiveness of bait versus lure in linear arrays with multiple trail cameras to detect North American mammals,” advised by Alessio Mortelliti
  • Nicholas C. Dieffenbacher-Krall, Commputing and Information Science, “Morphosis: Artificial Intelligence as Art,” advised by Sofian Audry
  • Ian Donnelly, Computing and Information Science, “Microscopia: A Museum of Organisms Created with SEM Photogrammetry,” advised by Sofian Audry
  • Cody Gigac,  Chemical Engineering, “An investigation into the photochemical properties  of cyclized-Azobenzene photoswitches”, advised by Michael Kienzler
  • Lucy Guarnieri, Biology, “Lucy Guarnieri Natural Sciences, Forestry, & Agriculture (NSFA) Biology Allison Gardner The effects of European fire ants on blacklegged ticks on Mount Desert Island,” advised by Allison Gardner
  • Ryan Kelly, Kinesiology, “Motion Capture-Virtual Reality Multimodal Tools to Optimize ROTC Training,” advised by Cameron Arndt
  • Mark Lambrecht, Biomedical Engineering, “The Relationship between Breast Tumor Proliferation and the Structural Integrity of a Tumors’ Microenvironment, advised by Andre Khali
  • Sadie Libby, Psychology, “Childhood Trauma and Later Resilience: Is There a Cultural Component?” advised by Shannon McCoy
  • Sarah McCallister, Microbiology , “Determining the Role of Prophage, Cuke, Gene Expression on Host Mycobacterium Smegmatis Gene Expression, advised by Sally Molloy
  • Jordan Miner, Biomedical Engineering, “Imaging Zebrafish with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using Second-Harmonic Generation to Evaluate Myosin Structure,” advised by Karissa, Tilbury
  • Coulter Morrill, Kinesiology & Exercise Science, “The Integration of Virtual Reality into Speech Therapy Practices,” advised by Nicholas Giudice
  • Michaela Murray, Ecology and Environmental Science, “Sustainability in the Maine Wine Industry,” advised by Mark Haggerty
  • Emma Newcomb, Marine Science,  “Anthropogenic effects on marine mammal strandings and call reports in the Gulf of Maine from 2010 to 2015,” advised by Kristina Cammen
  • Sarah Nichols, Microbiology, “Investigating the Antiviral Effects of Hemocyanin Derived from Homo americanus,” advised by Melissa Maginnis
  • Olivia Reese, Communication and Journalism, “Tweets, Trust, and Pixie Dust: Understanding credibility in the age of social media,” advised by Judith Rosenbaum-Andre
  • David Rondeau, Biology, “Carboxymethyl Cellulose Based Hydrogels for Anti-Biofouling in Marine Environments,” advised by William Gramlich
  • Meghan Royle, Biology, “The effects of environmental lighting on circadian rhythm entrainment and voluntary alcohol intake: possible role for melanopsin signaling?” advised by Alan Rosenwasser
  • Renee Savoie, Biology, “Using Categories as a Tool for Novel Learning,” advised by Shawn Ell
  • Bradley N Smith, Mechanical Engineering, “Characterizing Root-Anchorage Forces in Selected Weeds and Crops,” advised by Eric Gallandt
  • Cassandra Steele,  Zoology, “Impacts of Invasive Plant Species on Mosquito Larvae Survival,” advised by Allison Gardner
  • Tiffany Tanner, History & International Affairs, “Trajectory of Baluchistan Insurgency,” advised by Asif Nawaz
  • Thilee Yost, Political Science, “The Mobilization Efforts of Hmong Americans in St. Paul, MN and Fresno, CA,” advised by Amy Fried