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LBC Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • David Lawlor, junior, Human Biology Major. David will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Patient Experiences in the Porous Hospital: Personal Projections and Recovery Process..
  • Nicholas Zonca, junior, Genomics and Molecular Genetics Major. Nicholas will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College and Entomology on a project entitled: Using Next Generation Sequencing of Mitochondrial Genomes to Develop Species Diagnostics of Rhagoletis pomonella and Rhagoletis zephyria. .
  • Karee Lesko, sophomore, Zoology Major. Karee will be working with Dr. Kay Holekamp from Integrative Biology on a project entitled: The Effects of Maternal Care on the Survivorship of Spotted Hyena Cubs..
  • Andrew Sagante, junior, Neuroscience Major. Andrew will be working with Dr. Gina Leinninger from Physiology on a project entitled: Revealing the Neural Mechanisms by which Neurotensin Neurons Regulate Body Weight..
  • Rei Doko, sophomore, Computational Mathematics Major. Rei will be working with Dr. Aklilu Zeleke from Lyman Briggs College and Statistics on a project entitled: Generalized Diophantine Triples..

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Charmonique Maye, sophomore, History, Philosophy, and Sociology Major. Charmonique will be working with Dr. Logan Williams from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Aravind Girls Civilize the South: Tacit Knowledge, Technicians, and Techno-Migration.
  • Gregory Gudziak, junior, Physiology Major. Gregory will be working with Dr. Robert Wiseman from the Physiology department on a project entitled: Assessment of Non-Invasive Muscle Remodeling.
  • Hope Healey, sophomore, Zoology Major. Hope will be working with Dr. Scott Peacor from the Fisheries and Wildlife department on a project entitled: The Impact of Varying Turbidity on Bluegill Selectivity.
  • Jennifer Semaan, sophomore, Genomics and Molecular Biology Genetics Major. Jennifer will be working with Dr. Peter White from the Entomology department on a project entitled: Investing the genetic variance of different color morphs of large yellow underwing moths.
  • Zoe Wilton, sophomore, Environmental Biology/Microbiology Major. Zoe will be working with Dr. Rebecca Lahr from Lyman Briggs College and Civil and Environmental Engineering on a project entitled: The Coffee Ring Effect for Detection of Bacterial Contamination in Drinking Water.

Fall 2016 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Sophia Potter, sophomore, Neuroscience Microbiology Major. Sophia will be working with Dr. Rebecca Lahr from Lyman Briggs College/College of Engineering on a project entitled: Harnessing protein deposition of drying blood plasma for cancer diagnosis.
  • Alysha Machuta, junior, Human Biology Major. Alysha will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder from the Chemistry Department. Alysha and Ryan are working on the Impact of cohort on SSTEM Scholars.
  • Evan Wiewiora, senior, Environmental Geoscience Major. Evan will be working with Dr. Jay Zarnetske from the Earth Sciences department on a project entitled: Landscape Predictor Variables of DOC in Augusta Creek Watershed, MI.
  • Meg Kargul, senior, Plant Biology Major. Meg will be working with Dr. Lars Brudvig from the Plant Biology Department on a project entitled: The effects of corridors and predation/herbivory on seedling establishment.
  • Sabrina Fowler, junior, Genomics and Molecular Genetics Major. Sabrina will be working with Dr. Gina Leinninger from the Physiology Department on a project entitled: Neural mechanisms by which neurotensin neurons sense thirst and regulate water intake.

Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • David Lawlor, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. David will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Sparrow Hospital Adherence and Readmission Project.
  • Robin Miller, Junior, LB Computer Science major. Robin will be working with Dr. Robert T. Pennock from Lyman Briggs College. Her research project title is Virtual and Physical Evolving MOSS Block Robots for Research and Education.
  • Lydia Ross, sophomore, LB Human Biology. Larissa will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Learning Science by Doing Scienc: Helping 6th Graders Explore Urban Biodiversity.

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Keegan Calnan, sophomore, LB Wildlife Biology major. Keegan will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Characterization of 28s gene in Lepidoptera.
  • Ryan Hook, senior, LB Human Biology major. Ryan will be working with Dr. Richard Schwartz from the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dept. His research project title is How Does Estrogen Plus Progesin Hormonal Therapy Increase Breast Cancer Risk.
  • Larissa Kennerley, freshman, LB Astrophysics major. Larissa will be working with Dr. Brian O'Shea from the Astrophysics Department on a project entitled: Exploring the Evolution of Supernova Ejecta in Milky Way Like Galaxies.
  • Brittany Ladson, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. Brittany will be working with Dr. Michaela TerAvest from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department on a project entitled: In Vivo Analysis of Aerobic Terminal Reductases in Shewanella oneidensis.
  • Alysha Machuta, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. Alysha will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: SSTEM Learning Lab.
  • Charmaine White, senior, LB Human Biology major. Charmaine will be working with Dr. Robert LaDuca from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Coordination Polymer Structure and Explosives Detection Behavior.
  • Megan Wudkewych, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. Megan will be working with Dr. Logan Williams from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: World Health Organization's Changing Agenda as it Relates to Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases that Cause Blindness, 1960-2014.

Fall 2015 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Sydney Barosko, Junior, LB Microbiology major. Sydney will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College/Entomolopgy on a project entitled: Engaging the Public in Rhagoletis Research: Establishment of a Citizens Science Program.
  • Katharine Glover, Senior, LB Human Biology major. Katharine will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs/College of Natural Science. Her research project title is The Technical and Performance Characteristics of a Low-Cost Simply-constructed Black Light Insect Trap.
  • Lana Grasser, sophomore, LB Neuroscience major. Lana will be working with Dr. Natalie Phillips from the Neuroscience Department on a project entitled: The Neuroscience of Reading: An FMRI Study of Reading and a Behavioral Study of Aesthetics in Poetry.
  • Diana Jasser, Senior, LB Neuroscience major. Diana will be working with Dr. Kimberly Fenn from the Psychology Department on a project entitled: The Role of Technology in STEM Learning.
  • Meg Kargul, Junior, LB Plant Biology and Environmental Biology major. Meg will be working with Dr. Lars Burvig from the Plant Biology Department on a project entitled: Effects of corridors on seedling herbivory, gowth, and survival of Carphenhorus bellidifolius.
  • John Shinners, Senior, LB Human Biology and Physiology majors. John will be working with Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja from the B.A.E. Department on a project entitled: Improving Tuberculosis Diagnosis Using Functionalized Nano Particles.
  • Anna Turnbull, Junior, LB Physics major. Anna will be working with Dr Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Cabarello from Lyman Briggs/Physics and Astronomy Department on a project entitled: Investigating students' use of mathematical tools across physics contexts and levels.

Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Brian Gutermuth, Junior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Brian will be working with Dr. George Mias from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dept. The title of his research project is Characterizations of Drug Response and Associated Inter-cellular Communication.
  • Megan Penzkofer, Junior, LB Genomics and Molecular Genetics and LB Human Biology major. Megan will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College. The title of her research is Sterotaxis.
  • Alexander Sample, Sophomore, LB Chemistry major. Alexander will be working with Dr. Rob LaDuca from the Department of Chemistry and Lyman Briggs College. His research is titled: Metal Organic Framework Synthesis.
  • Lee Wang, Sophomore, LB Computer Science major. Lee will be working with Dr. Jubin Cheruvelil from Lyman Briggs on a project titled: Minimally
    Sufficient Conditions for the Evolution of Altruism in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma: A Computer Simulation Study.

Spring 2015 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Mackenzie Feringa, Junior, LB Zoology major. Mackenzie will be working with Dr. Kim Scribner from Fisheries and Wildlife on a project entitled: Does Intentional Hybridization Incur Cost to Parental Species.
  • Lana Ruvolo Grasser, Sophomore, LB Neuroscience major. Lana will be working with Dr. Natalie Phillips from the English (CAL) Department. Her research project title is Literary Neuroscience of Jane Austen: How Concreteness and Affect of Text May Lead to Heightened Attention.
  • Frances Ruth Greathouse, Sophomore, LB Physiology major. Frances will be working with Dr. Mark Aupperlee from the Physiology Department on a project entitled: Progersterone signaling in the postmenopausal human breast.
  • Abigail Miller, Junior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Abigail will be working with Dr. Robert Last from the Biochemistry and Plant Biology Departments on a project entitled: Structure and Function Studies of a Plant Acyltransferase.
  • Dylan Miller, senior, LB Neuroscience major. Dylan will be working with Dr. Ashlee Rowe from the Zoology Department on a project entitled: To sting or not to sting: That is the adaptation.

Fall 2014 Undergraduate Research Winners

  • Ciara Johnson, Junior, LB Astrophysics major. Ciara will be working with Dr. Dr. Brian O’Shea from Lyman Briggs College/Physics and Astronomy on a project entitled: Exploring the Thermodynamics of the Intergalactic medium.
  • Lindsey McQuade, Senior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology major. Lindsey will be working with Dr. Gina Leinninger and Dr. AJ Robison from the Physiology Department. Her research project title is Role of Neurotensin-Regulated Neurons in the Hippocampus.
  • Dylan Miller, senior, LB Neuroscience major. Dylan will be working with Dr. Ashlee Rowe from the Neuroscience Department on a project entitled: Shocks and Stings-Microstimulation of Scorpion Defensive Behavior.
  • Kyle Redilla, Senior, LB Statistics and Entomology major. Kyle will be working with Dr. Deborah McCullough from the Entomology Department on a project entitled: Buprestid beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) community composition and attraction to different lures in forested sites in Michigan.
  • Kali Rush, Junior, LB Fisheries and Wildlife major. Kali will be working with Dr. David Williams from the Fisheries and Wildlife Department on a project entitled: Assessing habitat-specific detection probabilities for white-taliled deer.
  • Adam Thelen, Senior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Adam will be working with Dr. Eric Hegg from the Biochemistry Department on a project entitled: Expression of an [FeFe]-hydrogenase and associated maturation factors in saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  • Carolyn Wendeln, Junior, LB Astrophysics major. Carolyn will be working with Dr. Laura Chomiuk of the Physics and Astronomy Department on a project entitled: A radio emission analysis of Novo Puppis 1991 (V351 Pup).

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