Undergraduate Research Grant Awards

Students from several departments applied for funding to attend conferences to present research, compete in academic competitions, and purchase supplies to complete research.  The current semester of faculty sponsors, the students, and the title of the projects are listed by department below.

Fall 2018 Awards

Biological Sciences Department
Faculty Sponsor: Dianne Baker
Student: Rachel Summers– Embryonic development of the stress hormone axis in teleosts

Faculty Sponsor: Rosemary Barra
Student: Sara Fioretti– Combined Effects of Statins and Chemotherapeutic Agents on Cancer Cells

Faculty Sponsor: Lynn Lewis
Student: William Harrison– The Effects of Digoxin and Doxorubicin on a breast cancer cell line

Faculty Sponsor:Deborah O’Dell
Student: Olivia Blake– Dopamine Receptor Expression on Worker Honey Bees in response to Queen Mandibular Pheromone

Faculty Sponsor: Abbie Tomba
Student: Anna Ruuskanen– Trematodes of Cyprinids

Faculty Sponsor: Parrish Waters
Student: Sarah Balenger– Behavioral acquisition and analysis techniques in bilaterally bulbecomized CD-1 mice
Student: Anna Rinko- Patterns of Wheel-Running in Bulbectomized Mice

Faculty Sponsor: April Wynn
Student: Emily Contompasis –The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Expression of the ETTIN Gene in Perianthia Mutant Arabidopsis Thaliana

Chemistry Department
Faculty Sponsor: Leanna Giancarlo
Student: Daniel Arango –Metal Content of VA Reservoirs

Faculty Sponsor: Davis Oldham
Student: Lindsey Jones -Synthesis of piperidine-based inhibitors of KasA, an essential enzyme in M.tuberculosis

Faculty Sponsor: Randall Reif
Student: Catherine Zwemer – The Temporal Dynamics of the Extrinsic Process of Apoptosis

Faculty Sponsor: Kelli Slunt
Student: Catherine Zwemer –Investigating the Temporal Dynamics of the Intrinsic Process of Apoptosis

Classics, Philosophy, & Religion Department
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Hirshberg
Student: Jarrett Ashby -Secularism in Nepal: Case Study on the Transition from Monarchy to Secular State

Earth & Environmental Science Department
Faculty Sponsor: Pam Grothe
Student: Kathleen Elliott – Isotope Hydrology: the seasonality of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in meteoric, fluvial and groundwater
Student: Andrea Moore – Constraining the Mid-Holocene ENSO Minimum in the Central Pacific Using Geochemistry of a 5,000 year-old Porites Fossil Coral                                                                                                                                                                                                               Student: Cheyenne Palmo -Water Isotope Semantics: A survey of paired salinity and ō180 in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries

Faculty Sponsor: Ben Kisila
Student: Grace Rihl –Sediment Accumulation and trace metal input in Lake Manassas and Lake Occoquan                                              Students: Grace Rihl, Daniel Arango, & David Jett – Sediment accumulation and trace metal input history in Lake Manassas and the Occoquan Reservoir
Student: Lauren Chartier – The Effects of Sand Mining on Crop Quality                                                                                                                 Student: Thanh-Binh Duong –Assessment of Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Micro plastics in the Lower Chesapeake Bay Basin, USA

Geography Department
Faculty Sponsor: Dawn Bowen
Students: Darby Libka & Jordan Chandler – Memorialization of World War II on the National Mall

Faculty Sponsor: Jackie Gallagher
Student: Eli McCleary– Earthquake Preparedness in Children and Young Adults in Northern Virginia

Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Nicholas
Students: SEDAAG World geography Bowl

Faculty Sponsor: Melina Patterson
Students: Lilly Lester, Hannah Woehrle, Lindsey Minges & Sarah Giuseppe– Exploring the Geographies of Children

Historic Preservation Department
Faculty Sponsor: Andrea Livi Smith
Student: Ilana Bleich– The First Competition: Environmental & Cultural Sustainability in the Olympics’ Built Environment

Faculty Sponsor: Lauren McMillan
Student: Elizabeth O’Meara– Wine Bottle Seals at Nomini Plantation Archaeological Site

Mathematics Department
Faculty Sponsor: Jeb Collins
Students: Makenzie Clower & Riley Anderson –Predicting Parameters for Bertini Using Neural Networks

Modern Languages and Literatures Department
Faculty Sponsor: Maysoon Al-Sayed Ahmad
Students: Gail Crunkhorn, Mackenzie Poust, & Chase Lacy-Capital Area Regional Model Arab League Conference

Music Department
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Bratt
Students: Arthur Dragone & Samuel Bradshaw – Electro Acoustic Barn Dance

Psychology Department
Faculty Sponsor: Hilary Stebbins
Students: Megan Jacobs – Sleep deprivation, circadian rhythm, cortisol, and stress

Theatre and Dance Department
Faculty Sponsor: Gregg Stull
Student: Patrick Regal – All the Fine Boys
Students: Aaron Hoffman, Victoria Fortune, Erin Foster, & Madeline Petroskey -First Year Showcase Festival

 

Previous Awarded Grants:

YEAR
2019 FALL SPRING SUMMER
2018 FALL SPRING SUMMER
2017 FALL SPRING SUMMER
2016 FALL SPRING SUMMER
2015 FALL SPRING SUMMER
2014 FALL SPRING  SUMMER
2013  FALL SPRING SUMMER
2012 FALL SPRING SUMMER
2011
2010
2009
2008