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SERC-URGP RECIPIENTS FALL 2014


BIOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Laila Abdeljalil

Dr. Michael Chumley

Effect of high fat and sugar diet on accumulation of brain
amyloid beta and associated cognitive deficits

Ashlyn Courville Drs. Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner

Organic carbon transport by aquatic insect emergence from permanent and temporary ponds

Natalie Farha Drs. Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner Mercury contamination of spiders at the Lyndon B. Johnson Grasslands
Joan Fernandez Drs. Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner Potential health risks to songbirds due to mercury contamination in spiders at the Lyndon B. Johnson National
Grasslands
Charlie Gober Drs. Matt Chumchal and Ray Drenner Differential succession In temporary aquatic ponds In
Fort Worth, TX
Elli Hoge Dr. Giri Akkaraju The effect of Hepatatis C Virus protein, NS5A, on activation of the transport factor, NFkB
Robert Leonard Dr. Mike Misamore Effects of temperature on aarly development of Quagga
Mussels
Jacob Ortega Dr. Michael Chumley Evaluation of the influence of chronic stress on the development of cognitive dysfunction and hallmark Alzheimer’s pathologies
Josey Richards Dr. Giri Akkaraju The effect of Hepatatis C Virus non-structural protein NS5A on the translocation of transcription factors for interferon beta expression
Madison Rogan Dr. Shauna McGillivray Galleria mellonella as an infection model to study the pathogenesis of hydrogen peroxide-sensitive Bacillus anthracis mutants
Alexander Sanders Dr. Mike Chumley

The use of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce peripheral LPS-Induced inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease

Kristin Scoggin Dr. Dean Williams Genetic analysis of Texas Horned Lizards in the Fort
Worth/Dallas area

CHEMISTRY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Andrew Godwin Dr. Yulia Sevryugina Boron clusters to combat bacterial resistance
Austin Green Dr. Kayla Green Crystallographic evaluation of Chelidamic acid
congeners
Nguyen Le Dr. Jeff Coffer Antibacterial activity of plant-derived porous silicon loaded
with natural products
Adam Sahyouni Dr. David Minter

A fundamentally new approach to the phenanthridone ring system

Bailey Shepherd Dr. Jean-Luc Montchamp Synthesis of a charged phosphinate-containing
peptide nucleic acid
Brianna Smalley and Nichole Reader Dr. Jean-Luc Montchamp Synthesis of a functionalizable unsaturated peptide nucleic acid monomer
Chad Watson Dr. Sergei Dzyuba Interaction of aza-BODIPY dyes with amyloid oligomers:
identifying fluorescent sensors for Alzheimer’s disease

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Kathryn Jaslikowski Dr. Liran Ma Streaming, presenting, and analyzing the renewable
energy data on mobile devices

ENGINEERING

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Leo Smith Dr. Sue Gong Integrated comprehensive sensing imaging and classification system

PSYCHOLOGY

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Adam Burgess Drs. Sarah Hill and Gary Boehm The role of immune system quality on risky decision
making processes
Mia Eriksson Dr. Gary Boehm The influence of Lactobacillus reuteri on contextual conditioning
Kristin Hathaway Dr. Anna Pétursdóttir The effects of auditory vs visual multiple-tact instruction on related intraverbal responding
Hiett, Kiley Dr. Anna Pétursdóttir Emergence of intraverbals following tact instruction with
compound stimuli
Andrew Kramer Dr. Sarah Hill Testosterone and risk taking: A life history theory
perspective
Chris Lamoureux Dr. Cathy Cox An exercise in nostalgia: The role of health optimism in the
relationship between nostalgia and physical well-being
Grace Snell Dr. Sarah Hill Impact of recession cues on men’s persistence and motivation
Paeten Tencer Dr. Ken Leising An evaluation of stimulus control of responding in an iPad with rats
Lauren Watt Dr. Charles Lord The effect of parenting primes on men and women’s evaluations of marriage
Jenna Wiles Dr. Gary Boehm MRK action on aβ subunit of hippocampal GABA receptors in Alzheimer’s
Kelcie Willis Dr. Naomi Ekas The effects of induced gratitude and pride on children’s ability to delay gratification

SCHOOL OF GEOLOGY, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

Student

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

John Bucholz Dr. Richard Hanson Volcanology of an unusual basaltic fissure vent in Big
Bend National Park, West Texas
Katherine Pfeiffer Dr. Tory Bennett How bat-friendly is Texas Christian University?

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