Approved URES 197 Projects

The approved URES 197 projects for Spring 2018 are listed below by department:

Art and Art History Department

Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Dreiss

Student: Kiele Marston – Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity & the Aesthetic Experience


Biological Sciences Department

Faculty Sponsor: Dianne Baker

Student: Scott Freiwald – Assessing kisspeptin signaling in medaka

Student: Makenzie Katzer – Effect of benzo[a] pyrene on zebrafish

Student: Erica Liss – Endocrinology in model fish species

Faculty Sponsor: Alan Griffith

Student: Devin Rantz – Heritage Tree Project – Measuring Diversity on Campus

Student: Katherine Wolfe – Heritage Tree Project – Measuring Diversity on Campus

Faculty Sponsor: Parrish Waters

Student: Fernando Cabezas– Neurobiological Explorations in Mouse Behavior

Student: Matthew Coyne  – Neural mechanisms of behavior

Student: Anna Jennings  – Neurobiological Explorations in Mouse Behavior

Student: Haley Sharp  – Neurobiological Explorations in Mouse Behavior

Student: Johanna Woodwell  – Neurobiological Explorations in Mouse Behavior

Faculty Sponsor: April Wynn

Student: Emily Hutchins – Screen and Characterization of Lac-mutants in E.coli

Student: Isobel Rissing – Evaluate Floral Defects in seuss erd 10 Plants

Student: Arshuman Tariq Sheikh – Screen and Characterization of Lac-mutants in E.coli


Chemistry Department

Faculty Sponsor: Leanna Giancarlo

Student: Sarah Balenger – SPION Chemical Assay for GBM Ablation Research

Student: Emily Matuczinski – Synthesizing and Characterizing Nanoparticle

Student: Ashley Parkhurst – Synthesizing and Characterizing Nanoparticle

Faculty Sponsor: Davis Oldham

Student: Chris Amurrio – Separation of the enantiomers of 2-ethyl-1-hexanol

Faculty Sponsor: Randall Reif

Student: Tara Anderson – Resusabilty of Affinity-Coated Glass Surfaces

Student: Natasha Rothmann – Using SELEX for RNA Aptamer Discovery

Student: Catherine Zwemer – Investigations of Fas-mediated Apoptosis


Historic Preservation Department

Faculty Sponsor: Lauren McMillan

Student: Shannon Bremer – Sherwood Forest

Student: Elizabeth O’Meara – Nomini Plantation

Student: John Strangfeld – Nomini Plantation


History and American Studies Department

Faculty Sponsor: Nabil Al-Tikriti

Student: Rebecca Goforth – Medieval Muslim Scholars Cited by Korkud, Ottoman Scholar


Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Faculty Sponsor: Maria Laura Bocaz Leiva

Student: Maria Duran – “Queering the Archive: Gender Agreement in “Manuela” of Hell Has No Limits by Jose Donoso. Tensions and Challenges Behind the Character’s Writing Process”

Student: Meryl Menezes – “Queering the Archive: Gender Agreement in “Manuela” of Hell Has No Limits by Jose Donoso. Tensions and Challenges Behind the Character’s Writing Process”


Music Department

Faculty Sponsor: Michael Bratt

Student: Mary Dye – Synthesizer


Physics Department

Faculty Sponsor: Hai Nguyen

Student: Margaret Gregory

Student: Andrew Rasure – Fluid Dynamics/Thermodynamics

Student: Melody Sepehrar – Computing Laser excitation


Political Science and International Affairs Department

Faculty Sponsor: Emile Lester

Student: Mariam Ansari – Georgia 3Rs

Student: Taylor O’Dell – Georgia 3R’s Project

Student: Andrew Sharpe – Georgia 3R’s

Faculty Sponsor: Surupa Gupta

Student: Abigail Cassell – Trade and Connectivity in South and Southeast Asia

Student: Zareen Emdad– Trade and Connectivity in South and Southeast Asia

Student: Gabriel Lewis – Trade and Connectivity in South and Southeast Asia

Student: Caroline Trabucco – Trade and Connectivity in South and Southeast Asia

Student: Samuel Zewdou – Trade and Connectivity in South and Southeast Asia

Faculty Sponsor: Ranjit Singh

Student: Aeriana Mann – Private Landowners’ Attitudes towards Land Conservation in Stafford County


Psychological Science Department

Faculty Sponsor: David Rettinger

Student: Taylor Mooney– Implicit Attitudes about Honesty and Race

Faculty Sponsor: Patrick Rich

Student: Leslie Lozano – Plausibility of Misinformation & Effectiveness of Corrections

Faculty Sponsor: David Stahlman

Student: Megan Cataldi – Tactile and Visual Learning in Pill Bugs

Student: Alysa Mackay – Tactile and Visual Learning in Pill Bugs

Faculty Sponsor: Hilary Stebbins

Student: Kristen Kunaniec – Striatal dopamine levels as a mediator between sleep deprivation and impulsive behavior

Student: Karley Preil – Striatal dopamine levels as a mediator between sleep deprivation and impulsive behavior

Student: Hannah Truex – Striatal dopamine levels as a mediator between sleep deprivation and impulsive behavior


Sociology and Anthropology Department

Faculty Sponsor: Eric Gable

Student: Cristina Montemorano– Practicing and Thinking about Intel

Student: Mackenzie Norris– Practicing and Thinking about Intel