Currently Funded Students of the Nevada Undergraduate Research Award

Students Funded in Spring 2017

Student: Acevedo Cheyenne
Mentor: Anne Leonard
Department: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Category: STEM
Title: Is "consistency the hobgoblin of little minds"? Body size and floral constancy in bumblebees.

Student: Alexander Gary
Mentor: Heather Holmes
Department: Physics and Atmospheric Sciences
Category: STEM
Title: Mapping solar energy potential for Nevada using a numerical weather prediction model

Student: Bonham Kara
Mentor: Jeanne Zeh
Department: Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Developmental Sensitivity to Simulated Climate Warming in a Tropical Pseudoscorpion

Student: Breslow Emily
Mentor: Anne Leonard
Department: Neuroscience
Category: STEM
Title: The effect of octopamine on bumblebee learning and memory

Student: Cao Wenqiang
Mentor: Matthew Tucker
Department: Chemistry with pre-med emphasis
Category: STEM
Title: Probing Hydration Effects of Muscle Contraction through Binding of Myosin Light Chain Kinase to Calmodulin via Fluorescence

Student: Carrasco Carlos
Mentor: Marian Berryhill
Department: Neuroscience
Category: STEM
Title: Singleton Distractors and their effects on working memory.

Student: Casey Kirsten
Mentor: Andrew Geraci
Department: Physics
Category: STEM
Title: In Search of Corrections to Newtonian Gravity

Student: Cheung Joseph
Mentor: Laina Geary
Department: (Pre-Med) & Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Synthesis of Cannabinoid Heteroanalogs for Medical Screening

Student: Clinton Austin
Mentor: Joseph DeLappe
Department: Art
Category: Arts
Title: Conflict Echoes: Reflections on Contemporary Violence through Chess

Student: Cumming William
Mentor: Sherif Elfass
Department: Civil Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: Compensating for the Effects of Total Earth Pressure Cells in Close Proximity to Each Other

Student: Dailey Conner
Mentor: Geoffrey Blewitt
Department: Physics
Category: STEM
Title: Searching for Dark Matter with GPS Satellites

Student: Dale Justine
Mentor: Angela Smilanich
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Effects of Plant Chemistry and Infection on Oviposition Preference in the Painted Lady

Student: Disbro Marenna
Mentor: Elizabeth Leger
Department: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Category: STEM
Title: Great Basin annual forb population responses to competition with cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and soil nitrogen limitations

Student: Fausett Jacob
Mentor: Andrew Geraci
Department: Physics
Category: STEM
Title: Feedback Amplifier for Parametric Cooling of an Optically Trapped Nano-Sphere

Student: Gadbois Emily
Mentor: Christopher Church
Department: History, Political Science, & International Affairs
Category: STEM
Title: Voices of the Iranian Revolution: A Digital History

Student: Gapuz Vicente
Mentor: Pedro Miura
Department: Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Category: STEM
Title: The Annotation and Expression Profiling of circRNAs in the Aging Honeybee

Student: Gilbert Jace
Mentor: Paul Hurtado
Department: Mathematics, Statistics specialization
Category: STEM
Title: Parameter Estimation in Dynamical Systems

Student: Hollaway Rebekah
Mentor: Matt Forister
Department: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Category: STEM
Title: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Larval Performance on 5 Native Nevada Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) Species

Student: Iida Thomas
Mentor: John Cushman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Determining the Drought Tolerance and Forage Quality of Desiccation-tolerant Tef Grass

Student: Jordan Brennan
Mentor: Dean Burkin
Department: Community Health Sciences- Kinesiology
Category: STEM
Title: An alpha7 integrin enhancing small molecule for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Student: Kirosingh Adam
Mentor: Wesley Chalifoux
Department: Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Category: STEM
Title: Efficient Synthesis of Biologically Relevant Molecules Including Valerane

Student: Lau Kasey
Mentor: Cherie Singer
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Expression of miR-188 in airway smooth muscle and its role in asthma

Student: Mahaffey Matthew
Mentor: Patricia Berninsone
Department: Biotechnology
Category: STEM
Title: Oxidative metabolism and Mitochondrial morphology: The role of O-GlcNAc enzymatic cycling

Student: Mannschreck Richard
Mentor: Hongfei Lin
Department: Chemical Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: Conversion of Cellulose and Pectin into Value Added Chemicals.

Student: Mauban Robert
Mentor: Sergey Varganov
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Computational Study of Hydride Binding on Lactate Racemase Active Site

Student: McBride Jaclyn
Mentor: Marian Berryhill
Department: Neuroscience
Category: STEM
Title: Assessing differences in working memory

Student: McCracken Jennifer
Mentor: Sean Casey
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Paths to Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency Improvement via Surface Functionalization

Student: Ng Henry
Mentor: Pedro Miura
Department: Biology/Political Science
Category: STEM
Title: Regulation of comm and dscam1 3' UTR Extension by Transformer 2

Student: Pinili Rainier
Mentor: Lora Robinson
Department: Biochemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Arthropod Community Assemblage Across a Burn Gradient

Student: Pober Rachel
Mentor: Amanda Keen-Zebert
Department: Geology and Anthropology
Category: STEM
Title: Refining Ages of the Western Stemmed Tradition at Cooper's Ferry Archaeological Site

Student: Praphatanant Pume
Mentor: John Cushman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Ionic Analysis of the VvCEB1opt-overexpressing Arabidopsis thaliana

Student: Ramage Cassandra
Mentor: Heather Burkin
Department: Molecular Microbiology and Immunology,
Category: STEM
Title: Integrin Regulation of Birth Timing in Mice

Student: Satterfield Derrick
Mentor: Sage Hiibel
Department: Chemical Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: Reversal and Prevention of Fouling in Forward Osmosis Membrane Bioreactors

Student: Shebs Erica
Mentor: Benjamin King
Department: Nutritional Science
Category: STEM
Title: Optimization of the Synthesis of Carboxy Fantrip

Student: Smith Deryan
Mentor: Dean Burkin
Department: Nutritional Sciences
Category: STEM
Title: Laminin-111 protein therapy for LAMA2-congential muscular dystrophy

Student: So Kevin
Mentor: Pedro Miura
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Mechanism of Ankyrin2 Circular RNA Formation

Student: Stimac Jared
Mentor: Laina Geary
Department: Chemical Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: Catalltic Wittig

Student: Stone Tim
Mentor: John Cushman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Reducing glucosinolate levels in Camelina to increase the utility of meal and oil

Student: Tietsort Alex
Mentor: Susan Liebman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Are Mitochondria Potential Therapeutic Targets for ALS

Student: Unger Aaron
Mentor: Dev Chidambaram
Department: Materials Science and Engineering with Nuclear Emphasis
Category: STEM
Title: Electrochemical Monitoring of Yttrium in Molten LiCl-KCl Eutectic

Student: Whitefield John
Mentor: Elizabeth Leger
Department: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Category: STEM
Title: The Effects of Burn Severity on Nutrient Availability and Seedling Establishment

Student: Williams Wyatt
Mentor: Andrei Derevianko
Department: Physics
Category: STEM
Title: Simulation of GPS Satellite Atomic Clock Data in Attempt to Detect Dark Matter Signatures

Student: Winner Nicholas
Mentor: Ghassan Jabbour
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: Plasmonic Properties of Copper Nanoparticles and their Application to Improved Photovoltaics

Student: Witherspoon Apryl
Mentor: Andrew Geraci
Department: Physics
Category: STEM
Title: Testing a New Method for Trapping a Nanosphere Near a Surface

Student: Zhou Xinpei
Mentor: Hongfei Lin
Department: Chemical Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: Preparation of Renewable Diesel Fuel from Camelina Biocrude by Biphasic Tandem Catalytic Process

Students Funded in Fall 2017

Student: Tayeb Abbas
Mentor: Ronald Pardini
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: The Synergistic Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Enzalutamide on Human Refractory Prostate Cancer

Student: Lizeth Acosta
Mentor: Dean Burkin
Department: Pharmacology
Category: STEM
Title: Gene therapy for Laminin-Alpha2 Related Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

Student: Kayla Aikins
Mentor: Lars Strother
Department: Psychology
Category: STEM
Title: Half-face Integration and Representation

Student: Geoffrey Kirk Alcaraz
Mentor: Christopher Barile
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Dynamic Windows

Student: Alexandra Aniban
Mentor: Michael Webster
Department: Psychology
Category: STEM
Title: Face Perception as a Multidimensional Encoding Process

Student: Sarah Botts
Mentor: Yueran Yang
Department: Psychology
Category: Social Sciences
Title: The Effect of Erotic Literature on Sexual Arousal in Heterosexual and Bisexual Women

Student: Leah Burnett
Mentor: Bradley Ferguson
Department: Psychology
Category: STEM
Title: Epigenetic impact of emodin and emodin rich food in cardiac myocytes

Student: Nicholas Burpee
Mentor: Chris Barile
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: SEI Formation in Redox Flow Batteries

Student: Ashlee Bushee
Mentor: Sergey Varganov
Department: Chemistry
Category: Social Sciences
Title: Potential Energy Surfaces to Model Reaction Kinetics in Secondary Education

Student: Abigail Camacho
Mentor: Juliana Lessa Sacoman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Teaching Undergraduate Students About Gene Expression: Analysis of Carbohydrate Metabolism by Semi-quantitative and Quantitative PCR in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast)

Student: Crissey Cameron
Mentor: Yftah Tal-Gan
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Effects of Peptoid Modifications on Structure Activity Relationship between GBAP Analogues and fsr Quorum Sensing Circuit in Enterococcus Faecalis

Student: Tyler Chervo
Mentor: Seungil Ro
Department: School of Medicine
Category: STEM
Title: The Functional Role of Enterochromaffin Cells in The Digestive System

Student: Sarah Cota
Mentor: Juliana Lessa Sacoman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Teaching Students About Protein Biochemistry: Overexpression of Adenylate Kinase in a Bacterial Inducible System

Student: Thomas Crippen
Mentor: Laina Geary
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Ruthenium Catalyzed Pauson-Khand Chemistry

Student: Jacob Delveaux
Mentor: Brian Frost
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Extraction of Trivalent Lanthanides by PTA Coordination

Student: Lauryn Eggleston
Mentor: Jeffrey Harper
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: How do plant cells regulate metabolism under a heat stress?

Student: Tyler Ewing
Mentor: Patricia Berninsone
Department: Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Identifying the PC Transferase Enzyme in Parasitic Nematodes

Student: Alicia Gant
Mentor: Fang Jiang
Department: Psychology
Category: Social Sciences
Title: Effects of stimulus frequency and duration on adaptation to different stimulus dimensions

Student: David Gervais
Mentor: Andrew Heglund
Department: Music
Category: Arts
Title: Exploration of Afro-Cuban Music, Dance, and Song in San Francisco Bay Area

Student: Hailey Hermann
Mentor: Dean Burkin
Department: School of Medicine
Category: STEM
Title: Characterization of novel immunocompromised mouse model of Laminin-Ô±2 Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

Student: Krymen Hernandez
Mentor: Jill Heaton
Department: Geography
Category: STEM
Title: Ecological Niche Modelling of Girdled lizards in South Africa

Student: Pamela Hong
Mentor: Peoples
Department: Psychology
Category: Social Sciences
Title: How Participation in the Black Lives Matter Movement is Influenced by an Individual's Intergroup contact, Level of Individualism and Collectivism, and Perceptions on Legal Authority

Student: Parker Hoshizaki
Mentor: Brian Frost
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: A novel Wittig reaction with 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphoadamantane derivatives

Student: Elizabeth Jarett
Mentor: John Cushman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Identifying the Disease-Causing Agent of Opuntia Stunting Disease (OSD)

Student: Geneva Jones
Mentor: Lorraine Benuto
Department: Psychology
Category: Social Sciences
Title: Treatment Acceptability Among Minority Individuals

Student: Alexandrea Kilgore-Gomez
Mentor: Marian Berryhill
Department:
Category: STEM
Title: Working Memory Maintenance Period in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Student: Yi Teng Lee
Mentor: Christopher Barile
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Protons and Electrons Transfer in Fuel Cells

Student: Austin Lopez
Mentor: Kostas Alexis
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: A Simulation and Experimental Study for 6-DOF Cable Driven Parallel Robot Workspace Analysis and Optimization

Student: Catherine Lowe
Mentor: Dylan Kosma
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Solving the Structure of Suberin

Student: James Mullens Jr
Mentor: Peter Goin
Department: Art
Category: Arts
Title: The Loss of Freedom is Not Fake News

Student: Richard Olin
Mentor: Jung Hwan Kim
Department: Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Manipulation of Gene Expression with a Modified CRISPR-Cas9 System

Student: Manuel Retana
Mentor: Kostas Alexis
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Category: STEM
Title: ASDARAC: Affordable Sensor Development for Analysis of Robots Actuated by Cables

Student: Noelle Ruggieri
Mentor: Rosie Trump
Department: Theatre and Dance
Category: Arts
Title: Site-Specific Dance Performance: Embodying Geographic Identity through Movement

Student: Brandon Rusk
Mentor: Jennifer Ring
Department: Political Science
Category: Social Sciences
Title: American Exceptionalism and its Influence on National Stability in Latin and Central America

Student: Lana Sheta
Mentor: Thomas Parchman
Department: Biology
Category: STEM
Title: Quantifying population structure of E. nauseosa to inform Great Basin restoration efforts

Student: Jared Stimac
Mentor: Laina Geary
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Reduction of Nitro Compounds via Carbon Monoxide and Platinum-Group Metal Catalyst for the Generation of Nitrogen Heterocycles

Student: Daniela Tapia
Mentor: Ana de Bettencourt-Dias
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Assessing new organic ligands for the sensitization of lanthanide ion luminescence

Student: Haley Torres
Mentor: Cherie A. Singer
Department: Pharmacology
Category: STEM
Title: MYO5A is a target of microRNA-188 in the regulation of mucin hypersecretion in chronic asthma

Student: Rory Twells
Mentor: Yftah Tal-Gan
Department: Chemistry
Category: STEM
Title: Identification of Streptococcus downei Competence-Stimulating Peptide Pheromone