The fellowship provides the opportunity for faculty and students to partner on a funded research project of their choice. The fellowship is designed to provide outstanding undergraduates the chance to make significant progress on a formal, structured research endeavor during the summer in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
In addition to the awards supported by UROP, fellowships were funded by the Global Education Office, Division for Inclusive Excellence, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. These projects are focused on global learning and research, issues of diversity, and clinical research into advancing human health.
The 2017 VCU Undergraduate Research Summer Fellows include:
Savannah Aigner, Dept. of Latin-American Studies, with Dr. Vera Abbate, VCU School of World Studies: World Languages Italian Curation Project
Kaiynat Amir, with Dr. Hani El-Kaderi, Dept. of Chemistry: Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon Cathodes for Oxidation Reduction Reactions
Alexandra Barry, Depts. of Biology and Psychology, with Dr. Derek Johnson, Dept. of Biology: Comparing two methods of quantifying an invasion-restricting component Allee effect in the defoliating pest L. dispar
Clint Cuffy, Dept. of Computer Science with Dr. Bridget McInnes, Natural Language Processing Lab, Dept. of Computer Science: Identifying relations in biomedical text for literature-based discovery
Alexa Crow with Dr. Allison Johnson, Dept. of Bioinformatics: Identification of superinfection exclusion genes in Staphylococcus aureus bacteriophage 80α
Shihara Dewasinghe with Dr. Indika Arachchige, Dept. of Chemistry: Self-Supported Ag and Au/Ag Nanostructures (Aerogels) as Surface Enhance Raman Scattering Substrates for Detection of Chronic Biomolecules.
Areej Ennasr with Dr. Carrie Peterson, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: The effect of baclofen on the withdrawal reflex in individuals with spinal cord injury
Brett Goldfine, Clinical Laboratory Science with Dr. Carl Wolf, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology:True Prevalence of Heroin Use in Patients from a Pain Management Clinic
Isabel Griffin, Dept. of Painting and Printmaking, with Dr. Bernard Means, Dept. of Anthropology: Intersections: Where Art and Archaeology Collide
Julia Grzymkowski, with Dr. Michelle Peace, Dept. of Forensic Science: Identification of Microorganisms in Traditional Chinese Herbs
Brandon Harris, with Dr. Krawczyk Bartosz, Dept. of Computer Science: Efficient machine learning methods for mining high-speed big data streams
Antwan Hoy with Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson, Dept. of Urban and Regional Studies: Understanding the Implications of local, state and federal policy on gainful employment for African American males
Patrick Jones with Dr. Jennifer Wayne, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: Automated analysis of acetabular surface features from CT scans
Tiffany Kan, Dept. of Biology with Dr. Francesco Celi, Division of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism, Dept. of Internal Medicine: Maladaptive White Adipose Tissue Browning in Cancer Associated Cachexia
Roshaan Khan, with Dr. Elena Olson, Dept. of Information Systems: Engaging Low-Income Middle School Students with Programming
Priyanka Kundur, Dept. of Biology, with Stefano Toldo, Dept. of Internal Medicine: SP16 Anti-inflammatory Therapy in WD-Fed Mice after AMI
Omprakash Lankalapalli, with Dr. Rene Olivares-Navarrete, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: Effects of E-Cigarette Smoke on Craniofacial Development
Srikethan Mahavadi Dept. of Bioinformatics, with Dr. Daniel Conway, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: Measure of Nesprin Forces Contribution to Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
Irma Nalic, Dept. of Biology, with Dr. Barbara Boyan, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: Implant Surface Control of Bone Remodeling in Osseointegration
Manav Parekh, with Dr. Rebecca Heise, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: The Effect of Static and Stress Models With and Without ER Stress Inhibitors on the Inflammatory Gene Expression of MLE-12 Cells
Jeel Patel Dept. of Biology, with Dr. Francine Cabral, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology: An investigation of the effects of cancer drugs on the viability of Naegleria fowleri
Muhammad Quraishi with Dr. William Korzun, Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Comparison of Salivary Amylase Measurements using Manual vs. Automated Dilution Methods
Christian Renwick with Dr. Sarah Seashols-Williams, Dept. of Forensic Science: Examination and validation of methylation sites for forensic age determination from semen
Nastassya Russell, with Dr. Patricia Kinser, School of Nursing: Determining the Significance of Motivational Interviewing in an Intervention for Depression Management during Pregnancy.
Ravi Shankar with Dr. Henry Donahue, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering: Effect of HA Coating Topography Induced by Titanium Surface Roughness on Osteoblastic Differentiation and Proliferation
Piotr Wozniak with Dr. Indika Arachchige, Dept. of Chemistry: Synthesis and photophysical characterization of highly luminescent Ge1-xSnx/ZnSe core-shell nanocrystals.
Ana Gonzalez, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Swati Deb, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Novel therapeutic approach to target lung cancer cells expressing mutant p53
Nitika Gupta, Dept. of Biology with Dr. Sinem Sahingur, Dept. of Periodontics: Anti-inflammatory Effects of A20 in TLR Signaling
Cheyenne Johnson, Dept. of Psychology with Dr. Bethany Coston, Dept. of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies: The Role of Inequality on Health Care Seeking
Christine Wyatt, with Prof. Lea Marshall, VCU Dance & Choreography: Depths of Identity: Decolonizing Through Dance
Zhelia Arif, Depts. of Biology and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, with Dr. Mayda Topoushian, VCU School of World Studies: Providing Yazidi and Kurdish IDP Women Access to Safe Reproductive Healthcare and its Effects on their Mental, Physical and Emotional Health
Megan Mair, Dept. of Bioinformatics, with Dr. Luiz Ozaki, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity: Longitudinal analyses of malaria parasite infection rate in mosquitoes under malaria elimination scenario in the Brazilian Amazon
Noelle Pooler, Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science, with Dr. Joanne Richardson, Kinesiology and Health Sciences: ‘A Continuation Study: Impacting knowledge, attitudes and behaviors for the prevention and control of hypertension and diabetes among rural, medically underserved Jamaican women of childbearing age’.