Current Fellows

Cami Adams Connor Dobson Lawrence Liu William Roberts
Chelsea Appleget Zachary Donoviel Klinton McCafferty Michelle Roberts
Shauni Armstead Olivia Elliott Sara Emily McCarty Connor Ryan
Abigail Bartlett Taylor Farmer Christopher Michaelson Haley Sanders
Daniel Beauchamp Jack France Tyler Miller William Scott
Jesse Blanton Brittney Gamble John Nelson Rachel Twigg
Katherine Bottenhorn Laura Garland Arnold Obungu Devon Verellen
Harrison Burch Nicole Gerhard Elizabeth Pearce Steven Vickers
Lauren Chastain David Hathcock Christina Pickering Zachary Watson
Andrew Clark Andrew Hightaian Matthew Pollock Andrew Wilkins
Carol Alex Cool Shelbie Keel Sara Rains
Forrest Cortes David Kell Casey Read
Emily Crisp Wooseok Lee Monica Richert

Name: Cami Adams, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Phenotype analysis of Cytokinin Response Factor 4 (CRF4) altered expression Arabidopsis lines in response to freezing temperatures

Mentor: Dr. Aaron Rashotte, Biological Sciences



Name: Chelsea Diane Appleget, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Development and Optimization of the First Fully Nano-Fibrillated Cellulose Aircraft

Mentor: Dr. Roy Hartfield , Aerospace Engineering




Name: Shauni Armstead, History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Divisions within Unity: Racism in the Internationalization of Modern Feminism(s)

Mentor: Dr. Cathleen Giustino, History



Name: Abigail Bartlett, Dual Degree: Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Analyzing the Catalytic Role of a Conserved Active Site Residue in Cysteine Dioxygenase

Mentor: Dr. Holly Ellis, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 


Name: Daniel Beauchamp, Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Preliminary Steps to Investigating the Connection between MRI-Measured Vascular Wall Shear Stress and Stenosis of Arteriovenous Grafts

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Denney, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Name: Jesse Blanton, Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Self-optimization of mixed algal communities via automated feedback control of light input

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Biosystems Engineering


Name: Katherine Bottenhorn, Psychology and Chemistry (dual degree)

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Functional connectivity of the human hypothalamus in healthy and diseased states

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Psychology 


Name: Harrison Burch, Electrical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Reactive-DC Magnetron Sputtering of Superconducting Niobium Nitride

Mentor: Dr. Michael Hamilton, Department of Electrical Engineering



Name: Lauren Chastain, Biomedical Sciences; Pre-medical Concentration

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: Disparities in Access to Health Care: Canary Islands (Spain)

Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Ostrowski, Veterinary Sciences/Public Health

 


Name: Andrew Clark, Microbiology

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Utilizing the activity of Staphylococcal Sortase A to identify and monitor invasive Staphylococcus aureus infections

Mentor: Dr. Peter Panizzi, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

 


Name: Carol Alex Cool, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Human Sciences

Project Title:Role of macrophage polarization in obesity-linked colon cancer growth

Mentor: Dr. Michael W. Greene, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management



Name: Forrest Cortes, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Factors influencing the frequency and composition of mammalian carnivore road mortality

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science


Name: Emily Crisp, Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Effects of visual and chemical signaling by conspecifics on anemonefish behavior

Mentor: Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Biological Sciences


Name: Connor Dobson, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Targeted Gold-Lipidic Nanocomposites for Cancer Therapy and Diagnosis

Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, Department of Drug Discovery and Development



Name: Zachary Donoviel, Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title:Mitochondrial function and reproduction in the house mouse

Mentor: Dr. Wendy Hood, Biological Sciences



Name: Olivia Elliott, Ecological Engineering

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Effects of Intersecting Limiting Factors on the Colonization and Growth of Algae in Cultivation Systems

Mentor: Dr. David Blersch, Department of Biosystems Engineering


Name: Taylor Farmer, Chemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploring a New Cascade Reaction, a Key Step in the Synthesis of a Polyalcohol

Mentor: Dr. Peter Livant, Department of Chemistry 

 


Name: Jack France, Applied Mathematics

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Exploration of Euler’s Method

Mentor: Dr. Geraldo de Souza, Mathematics



Name: Brittany Gamble, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: The role of Frataxin in the regulation of PGC-1 and mitochondrial biogenesis in the diabetic heart

Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Amin, Department of Drug Discovery and Development


Name: Laura Garland, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Dietary habits of the Black bear (Ursus americanus) in Alabama

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science

 


Name: Nicole Gerhard, Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Effects of Multitasking on Decision Making

Mentor: Dr. Ana Franco-Watkins, Psychology Department

 


Name: David Hathcock, History and German

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Forgotten Heroes: Socialist Women and Youth in the Austrian Civil War

Mentor: Dr. Traci O’Brien, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature

 


Name: Andrew Hightaian, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Engineering a Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lens to Treat Glaucoma

Mentor: Dr. Mark Byrne, Department of Chemical Engineering

 


Name: Shelbie Keel, Public Administration

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Effects of the Implementation of the Help America Vote Act on Election Administration

Mentor: Dr. Mitchell Brown, Department of Political Science



Name: David Kell, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Study of Photodegradable Polymers based on the bifunctionality of 1-thia-3,4-diazolidine-2,5-dione (TDAD)

Mentor: Dr. Michael Squillacote, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Name: Wooseok Lee, Nutrition - Nutrition Science Pre-Med

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy, College of Human Sciences

Project Title: The Role of ILK in Synaptic Plasticity and Memory

Mentor: Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

 


Name: Lawrence Liu, Chemical Engineering; Economics

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, College of Agriculture

Project Title: Effects of Calcium on the Transcriptome of Xylella fastidiosa in Microfluidic Chambers

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

 


Name: Klinton McCafferty, Poultry Science Pre-Vet

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Evaluation of Utilizing Wheat in Broiler Diets

Mentor: Dr. William Dozier, Department of Poultry Science

 


Name: Sara Emily McCarty, Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Gene regulation by Xylella fastiodiosa in response to calcium

Mentor: Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology


Name: Christopher Michaelson, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigation of Rhinella marina baseline corticosterone levels and immunocompetence as indicators of invasive potential and environmental fitness

Mentor: Dr. Mary Mendonca, Department of Biological Sciences

 


Name: Tyler Miller, Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences - Science Track

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: Identifying the Mechanism of Resistance to the ALS-Inhibiting Herbicide Metsulfuron in Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia maculata)

Mentor: Dr. J. Scott McElroy, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences


Name: John (Wesley) Nelson, Biochemistry

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Elucidation of the biosynthetic pathway of heme-d1 in the nitrite reductase enzyme of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Mentor: Dr. Steven Mansoorabadi, Chemistry and Biochemistry



Name: Arnold Obungu, Biomedical Sciences and Psychology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Effects of cortisol and norepinephrine in mediating latent inhibition

Mentor: Dr. Martha Escobar, Psychology



Name: Elizabeth Pearce, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Controlled Release of Therapeutic from Polymersomes

Mentor: Dr. Mark Byrne, Department of Chemical Engineering

 


Name: Christina Pickering, Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s): Harrison School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Development and Application of Gold-Lipidic Nanocomposites to Enhance Chemotherapeutic Delivery and Release

Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, Department of Drug Discovery and Development

 


Name: Matthew Pollock, English Literature & Spanish

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: From Dahrar to Déorwine: An Analysis of Sound Symbolism in The Lord of the Rings

Mentor: Dr. Craig Bertolet, English


Name: Sara Rains, Concurrent degrees: Nutrition and Horticulture

Sponsor(s): College of Human Sciences

Project Title: Identifying Community Based Solutions to Vitamin A Deficiency in Cambodia

Mentor: Dr. Kate Thornton, Hunger Solutions Institute

 


Name: Casey Read, Animals Sciences Prevet/ Organismal Biology Pre-Vet

Sponsor(s): College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: Atrazine Study

Mentor: Dr. Chad Foradori, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

 


Name: Monica Richert, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Sponsor(s): School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

Project Title: Non-lethal effects of predators on eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Mentor: Dr. Todd Steury, School of Forestry and Wildlife Science


Name: William Roberts, Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Plenoptic Stereo Method for Depth Estimation

Mentor: Dr. Brian Thurow, Department of Aerospace Engineering

 


Name: Michelle Roberts, Anthropology and Political Science; Spanish minor

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: The Effects of Environment and Fertilization on the Growth of Juvenile Sarracenia leucophylla

Mentor: Dr. Kristrina Shuler, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Name: Connor Ryan, Biology/Horticulture

Sponsor(s): College of Agriculture

Project Title: The Effects of Environment and Fertilization on the Growth of Juvenile Sarracenia leucophylla

Mentor: Dr. Amy Wright, Department of Horticulture



Name: Haley Sanders, Secondary English Language Arts Education

Sponsor(s): College of Education

Project Title: A Study of Preservice Teachers’ Views of Descriptivism and Prescriptivism

Mentor: Dr. Jamie Harrison, Curriculum & Teaching/ESOL Education

 


Name: William Scott, Molecular Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Genomic Responses of Plants to Heat Stress

Mentor: Dr. Robert Locy, Department of Biological Sciences



Name: Rachel Twigg, Marine Biology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Phylogenetic Identification of Octopod Species Diversity in Antarctic Waters

Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Halanych, Biological Sciences



Name: Devon Verellen, Geology

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics

Project Title: Investigation of Detrital Zircons to Constrain Depositional Ages of Metasedimentary Rocks in Arctic Norway

Mentor: Dr. Mark Steltenpohl, Department of Geology and Geography



Name: Steven Vickers, History

Sponsor(s): College of Liberal Arts

Project Title: Towards Greener Pastures: Nationalism and the Green Party in Ireland, 1981 to the Present

Mentor: Dr. Ralph Kingston, Department of History

 


Name: Zachary Watson, Materials Engineering

Sponsor(s): Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Project Title: Exploration on How Materials Effect Acoustic Guitars

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Fergus, Materials Research and Education Center / Mechanical Engineering

 


Name: Andrew Wilkins, Biomedical Sciences

Sponsor(s): College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Title: Myeloperoxidase Inhibition

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Panizzi, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology


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