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Summer 2008

In Summer 2008 the first cohort of students completed a 10 week research experience working with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemistry, Biological Sciences and Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences. Participating students came from across the country. The research was highly interdisciplinary and had students working with multiple mentors in different departments. The students finished the program with a poster session in which they presented their work to their peers and the College community. Several students have already presented their work at conferences outside of Towson University and several manuscripts are in preparation for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

William Curry

Virginia Tech, Biological Sciences major
Mentor: Dr. Joy Watts
Project: Evaluation of the soil microbial community in stormwater pond soils impacted by road salt application

Sasha Karosas

University of Minnesota, Fisheries and Wildlife/Conservation Biology major
Mentor: Dr. Susan Gresens
Project: Effects of silt clay sediment in a phosphorus-limited algal grazer food chain
Updates: Sasha presented her work at conferences held by the National Council for Undergraduate Research and the North American Benthological Society in Spring 2009. A manuscript of this work is in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Sasha is starting a masters degree program in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in Fall 2010.

Schuyler Nunziata

Towson University, Biological Sciences major
Mentor: Dr. Joel Snodgrass
Project: Impact of road salt on stream salamanders
Updates: In Fall 2009 Schuyler entered a masters program at Eastern Kentucky University in Biology-Applied Ecology. Schuyler is co-author on the following peer-reviewed paper:
Gray, EP, S Nunziata, JW Snodgrass, DR Ownby, JE Havel. 2010. Predation on Green Frog (Rana clamitans) eggs by ostracods. Copeia 2010:452-456.

Nick Matthies

Colorado State University, Geology major
Mentor: Dr. Steven Lev
Project: Investigating the effect of Zn on the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris: Establishing the potential for trophic transfer of roadway derived Zn in an urban ecosystem
Updates: Nick is co-author on a peer-reviewed paper based on his REU research. Nick is currently working as a ranger at a national park.
Lev, SM, N Mathies, JW Snodgrass, RE Casey, DR Ownby. 2010. Effects of zinc exposure on Lumbricus terrestris in an artificial soil. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 84:687-691.
Link to Full Article

Evan Gray

Western Washington University, Environmental Toxicology major
Mentor: Dr. David Ownby
Project: Ostracod predation on amphibian eggs
Updates: Evan is first author on a peer-reviewed paper based on his REU research. Evan started a masters program in Environmental Science at the Colorado School of Mines in Fall 2010.
Gray, EP, S Nunziata, JW Snodgrass, DR Ownby, JE Havel. 2010. Predation on Green Frog (Rana clamitans) eggs by ostracods. Copeia 2010:452-456.

Sonja Gamby

Towson University, Chemistry major
Mentor: Dr. Clare Muhoro
Project: Nucleophilicity of N-methyl carbamate pesticides and their phenoxide degradation products
Updates: Sonja presented her work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at University of Maryland Baltimore County in Fall 2008. Her poster won second place in her group. In Fall 2009 Sonja started a Ph.D. program in Organic Chemistry at University of Maryland, College Park.

Katie Wooten

Virginia Tech, Environmental Science major
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Casey
Project: Effect of road salts on the mobility of Cu, Zn and Pb in stormwater pond soils
Updates: A manuscript of this work is in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Katie started a masters program in Environmental Science at Towson University in Fall 2010.

REU Program

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