2020 Summer Fellowship Award Recipients

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Summer Research and Creative Activities Fellowships. The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-supervised research and are supported through office of the Vice President for Research. Each fellowship provides a $3,000 award for the student to cover costs associated with the project. Congratulations to all fellowship recipients.


2020 Summer Research and Creative Activities Fellowship Award Recipients

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

  • Dawsin Blanchard, computer science, “Deep Network Compression Using Information Theoretic Scores,” advised by Salimeh Yasaei Sekeh
  • Jacob Cote, microbiology, “The Role of Prophage Mediated Defense in Pathogenic Mycobacteria,” advised by Sally Molloy
  • Janet Elvidge, studio art, “Creating a Website: Even a Frugal, Non-Techie Artist Can Do It,” advised by Giles Timms
  • Lauren Genenbacher, political science, “How Capitalism Corrupted America’s Public Drinking Water Systems and How the Local and Federal Political Environment Helped Entrench This Issue,” advised by Stefano Tijerina
  • Emma Gibbons, botany, “Investigating the Effects of Cytokinin Hormone in Drought Resistance of Lowbush and Highbush Blueberries,” advised by Yongjiang Zhang
  • Sara Hunt, child development and family relations, “A Qualitative Analysis of Lesbian and Gay Coparenting,” advised by Daniel Puhlman
  • Kiera Luu, marine sciences, “Dulse Sea Vegetable Nursery,” advised by Timothy Bowden
  • Christian Potts, molecular and cellular biology, “Mechanisms of Cetylpyridinium Chloride Inhibition of Immune Mast Cell Function: Focus on Ca2+ Mobilization,” advised by Julie Gosse
  • Marlys Rietdyk, botany, “Effects of Warming on Wild Blueberry Growth Pattern and Production,” advised by Yongjiang Zhang
  • Nicole Ritchey, marine sciences; “Fungal Communities in Ancient and Contemporary Marine Sponges,” advised by Laurie Connell
  • Chelsea Sainsbury, chemistry, “Synthesis of Photoswitchable Triptan Derivatives and Evaluation of their Activity on Serotonin Receptors,” advised by Michael Kienzler
  • Karim Seifeldin, management, “Understanding the Pattern of Underdevelopment in the United States,” advised by Stefano Tijerina
  • Miranda Snyder, secondary education, “How Alumni of Middle and High School Activist Organizations Perceive Their Involvement Related to Their Academic Self-Concept,” advised by Susan Gardner