Undergraduate research selected for funding

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) 2009-10 Winter/Spring solicitation.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

· Banton, Garrett [Major: Nuclear Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Oksana Ostroverkhova, Dept. of Physics): “Preliminary Study of Charge Transfer in Organic Semiconductor Materials”

· Gifford, Jessica [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: David McIntyre, Dept. Physics): “Optical Trapping and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Nanoparticle Sensors in Microfluidic Devices”

· Johnston, Meghan Hemphill [Major: Bioengineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Milo Koretsky, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering): “Growth of Carbon Nanotubes via Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition”

· Jorgensen, Stephanie [Major: Business Administration - Marketing] (Faculty Project Advisor: Hal Koenig, College of Business – Marketing): “Brand Community Initiative (BCI)”

· Koo, Sue-Jie [Major: Microbiology, Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jerri Bartholomew, Dept. of Microbiology): “Distribution and Infection Prevalence of the Polychaete Host of the Salmonid Parasite Ceratomyxz shasta in the Klamath River”

· Mankaney, Aakash [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Lynda Ciuffetti, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology): “The Role of ROS and the Phenylpropanoid Pathway in the Mode-of-Action of the Host-Selective Toxins Ptr ToxA and Ptr ToxB”

· Nasholm, Nicole [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Nancy Kerkvliet, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology): “Assessing the Induction of IDO via Alternative AhR Ligands”

· Squire, Mattie [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Zoology): “Time-Budgeting in Male Red-Sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)”

· Vigeland, Anna [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Robert T. Mason, Dept. of Zoology): “Environmental Temperature Effects on Pheromone Production in Garter Snakes”

· Wineinger, Kristin [Major: Biology – Biotechnology Option] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jadwiga Giebultowicz, Dept. of Zoology): “The Role of the Circadian Clock in Oxidative Stress Response”

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