Grant Recipients 2017-2018

The following students were awarded undergraduate student research and/or travel grants from the Fisher College.

Undergraduate Research Grants in 2017 – 2018

“Dissecting the Catalytic Fragment of Pseudemonas Exotoxin A”
    Student:  Alec Ahearn
    Mentor:  Dr. John Weldon (Chemistry)

“Metal Nanoparticles for Heavy Metal Sensing Using Raman Spectroscopy”
    Student:  Landon Bechdel
    Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)

“Three-Dimensional Analysis of Combination Drug Therapy for Herpes Simplex Virus 1”
    Student:  Soumia Bekka
    Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

“Determination of Nicotine Content in Dokha by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry”
    Student:  Amanda Belunis
    Mentor:  Dr. Ellen Hondrogiannis (Chemistry)

“Affordances of an iPad-based Physics curriculum: Prospective Teachers’ Physics Conceptual Understanding and Technology Self-efficacy”
    Student:  Matthew Conway
    Mentor:  Dr. Deepika Mennon (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Selective Quantification of Chlorine and Bromine in Water Using Halogen Trapping Agents”
    Student:  Ryan Dias
    Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Determining the Safety and Efficacy of Antiherbetic Rings In vitro
    Student:  Amanda Evans
    Student:  Nicholas Giannasca
    Student:  Stacy Overby
    Student:  Jennifer Suon
    Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

“Comparison of Swabs at Absorbing and Releasing Blood for DNA Analysis”
    Student:  Karrah Findley
    Mentor:  Dr. Kelly Elkins (Chemistry)

“Chemical Clues Associated with Death as Odorant Stimuli in the House Cricket, Acheta domesticus
    Student:  Luam Haile
    Mentor:  Dr. Vonnie Shields (Biological Sciences)

“Synthesis and Characterization of a Graphene Oxide -Ag and Pd Nanoparticle Hybrid System for Catalytic Applications”
    Student:  Hadi Kelani
    Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)

“Potential Epigenetic Regulation of Selenoprotein Expression”
    Student:  Olivia Konen
    Mentor:  Dr. Petra Tsuji (Biological Sciences)

“Measuring Hydrogen Gas Generation Using TiO2 - Gold Cluster System”
    Student:  Thomas Kountz
    Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)

“Synthesis and Characterization of Vanadium based Type II Metamaterial Superconductors
    Student:  Kameron Langford
    Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)

“Developing Long-Lasting Implants for Breast Cancer Prevention”
    Student:  Chloe Lissauer
    Mentor:  Dr. Barry Margulies (Biological Sciences)

“Factors Controlling the Selectivity and Rate of Alkylbenzene Bromination by Aqueous BrCl and Related Brominating Agents: Influence of Steric and Electronic Effects”
    Student:  Kayla Martin-Cutlet
    Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Genotyping of Lithobates sylvatica by Sequencing of Microsatellite Loci”
    Student:  Jacob Mitchell
    Mentor:  Dr. Brian Masters (Biological Sciences)

“Effect of Early Angiogenic Activation During the Avascular Regenerative Period in Larval Axolotls”
    Student:  Rodrigo Montoro
    Mentor:  Dr. Renee Dickie (Biological Sciences)

“Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt Nanoparticles for Ferrofluid Applications
    Student:  Emmanuelle Nzouatcham Talsa
    Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)

“Minimization of the Pseudomonas Exotoxin A Catalytic Domain via N-Terminal Substitutions”
    Student:  Nicolas Philip
    Mentor:  Dr. John Weldon (Chemistry)

“Combination of Sulforaphane and Selenium on DNA Methylation in Colon Cancer Cells”
    Student:  Sarah Price
    Mentor:  Dr. Petra Tsuji (Biological Sciences)

“Bromination Kinetics in Natural Waters: How Useful Are Data Collected in ‘Clean’ Systems
    Student:  Marella Schammel
    Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Fabrication of Tin Calcium Fluoride Hyperbolic Metamaterial Superconductors”
    Student:  Sabrina Searfoss
    Mentor:  Dr. Vera Smolyaninova (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

“Exploring the Bromination Kinetics of Anisole and Salicylic Acid in Natural Water Systems
    Student:  Tyler Swanson
    Mentor:  Dr. John Sivey (Chemistry)

“Development of a Plasmon-Enhanced Single-Beam Optical Trap for Controlled Manipulation of Metal Nanostructures”
    Student:  Timothy Szekerczes
    Mentor:  Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)


Undergraduate Student Travel Grants in 2017 – 2018


To: 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC, August 20–24, 2017

  • Student: Kameron Langford
  • Student: Timothy Szekerczes
         “Vanadium Based Type-II metamaterial Superconductors”
  • Mentor: Dr. Mary Sajini Devadas (Chemistry)

To: Mid-Atlantic Association of Science Teacher Education Conference, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, September 29–30, 2017

  • Student: Lyvia DaSilva
         “Development of Preservice Science Teachers’ Confidence to Teach
           NGSS-based Science Lessons”

      • Mentor: Dr. Deepika Menon (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)

To: Area Conference of the National Science Teachers Association, Baltimore, Maryland, October 5–7, 2017

  • Student: Madeleine Taylor
         “NGSS in Action: Building a Coherent 3-D Science Lesson”

      • Mentor: Dr. Deepika Menon (Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences)