Research Office announces URISC awards

The Research Office is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) Summer 2011-12 solicitation.

A total of 51 proposals were submitted to the Research Office. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 13 proposals totaling $23,400.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

Atkins, Maxwell [Major: Physics] (Faculty Project Advisor: William Hetherington, Dept. of Physics, College of Science): “Radio Telescope Development and Galactic Hydrogen Cloud Observations”

Chang, Xiao Lan [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Victor Hsu, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Spectroscopic and Structural Characterization of FXR Agonists and Antagonists”

Drewry, Kelsey [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Luis Sayavedra-Soto, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Characterization of the Multiple Monooxygenases of Rhodococcus sp. Strain AD45”

Livesay, Brynn [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Joseph McGuire, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): “The Molecular Origins of Surfactant Stabilization of a Human Recombinant Factor VIII”

Magnuson, Emily [Major: Biology, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “Interferon Gamma for the Detection of Mycobacterium bovis Infection in African Lions (Panthera leo)

Marek, Charlene [Major: Environmental Science and International Studies of Environmental Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Amy Dreves, Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences): “SHOO FLY”: Reduce Pesticide Dependence with Knowledge, Spotted Wing Drosophila Management”

Peña, Meesha [Major: Biology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeff Chang, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Determining the Role of the Actin Cytoskeleton in Plant/Bacterial Interactions”

Pham, Phuong [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Michael Freitag, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Identification of the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 in Fungi”

Reid, Daniel [Major: Chemical Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Milo Koretsky, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): “Interactive Simulations to Foster Understanding of Engineering Threshold Concepts”

Rekow, James [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Andrew Buermeyer, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Interplay of Genetics and Environmental Carcinogens in Cancer Risk: PAH-Induced Mutations in Cells Lacking DNA Repair”

Thu, Huong Duong [Major: Pre-Pharmacy, General Science, University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Barbara Taylor, Dept. of Zoology, College of Science): “Development of Sex-Specific Differences in Drosophila Neurons”

Tran, Jenny [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Adrian Gombart, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Changes in Gene Expression Related to Decline of the Aging Immune System”

Zolfaghari, Arsalan [Major: Chemistry] (Faculty Project Advisor: Paul Blakemore, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): “Investigation of a Novel Boron Containing Sulfone for Julia-Kocienski Olefination”

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