2020-21 CUGR AY Fellowship Awardees

The Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the Research and Creative Activities Fellowships for 2020-2021 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 $1,200 award for the students to help cover costs of the project.

2020-21  Academic Year Research and Creative Activities Fellowship Award Recipients

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

  • Peng Cheng, chemistry, “Determining relationships between surface polymer length and initial monomer concentration during synthesis for polymer-functionalized CNF,” advised by William Gramlich
  • Tyler D’Ambrosio, new media, “Pathfinder: A digital therapeutic,” advised by Jon Ippolito
  • Jon Donnelly, Computer Science, “Applying nonsmooth eigendata sensitivity theory to graph centrality problems,” advised by Peter Stechlinski
  • Sara Griffin, zoology, “Predicting range shifts for the Virginia opossum based on climate change,” advised by Danielle Levesque
  • Zachary Maynor, botany, “Effects of biochar and mulch on wild blueberry soil properties for mitigating drought stress of wild blueberry crops in Maine,” advised by Yongjiang Zhang
  • Cassidy McCusker, psychology, “Understanding mental health stigma,” advised by Mollie Ruben
  • Jacob Mealey, computer engineering, “Contact tracing via Bluetooth beacons,” advised by Michael Scott
  • Tuuli Overturf, animal, and veterinary sciences, “Control of a ruminant pathogen, Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, using poultry: Effects of gastropod diets on ducks,” advised by Anne Lichtenwalner
  • Caitlin Sharples, new media, “Projection mapping and meditation: An immersive installation for anxious individuals,” advised by Jon Ippolito
  • Isabelle Stevens, psychology, “Chronic and acute stress as moderating variables in the relationship between socioeconomic status and obesity,” advised by Shannon McCoy