Research Scholar Grants Awarded to 70 Undergrads

Nov. 17, 2011

Recipients of the 2011 Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards make up the biggest class in the program’s five-year history. In all, 70 students will receive funding for 69 projects that cover a wealth of topics, including facial recognition, online communities, flexible electronics, public investment, energy transfer and social media marketing.

Dr. Bruce Gnade

Dr. Bruce Gnade

This is almost a 50 percent increase from the 46 awards made last year and more than triple the 21 awards made when the program began in 2007.

“This program was developed to highlight the quality of research undergraduates are doing on campus,” said Vice President for Research Bruce Gnade. “What impresses me year after year is that the number of applications increases so much but the quality continues to be top-notch. It says a lot about our students and the culture of research here.”

This year also boasts the most participation from outside organizations. Program sponsor Raytheon Company helped fund the program and will send a judge to the Poster Contest Finals this spring. External judges also will be provided by Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T Foundry, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Mary Kay, PepsiCo Advanced Research, Pioneer Natural Resources, RIM, St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation Division, Tektronix Communications and Texas Instruments.

The complete list of student winners and their research projects are as follows:

StudentTitleFaculty AdvisorSchool
Amber CountsThe Hero(ine) of Harry Potter: Helping the Secondary Student Re-examine the Role of the Female in the Hero's JourneyTheresa Towner A&H
Charles CageOffline Meetings' Effects on Participation and Social Capital: A Longitudinal Social Network Analysis of an Online CommunityCuihua Shen A&H
Alex PartinEffects of Dequalinium on Protein Expression in the AmygdalaLucien ThompsonBBS
Allyson RiceFacial recognition: expert and novice comparisonAlice O’TooleBBS
Angela JohnstonWhat Factors Influence Children's Evaluation of Sources of Information?Candice MillsBBS
Dayra Lorenzo MercadoThe Role of 5HT1A Receptors in a Rat Model of Posttraumatic Stress DisorderMarco AtzoriBBS
Eric MeyersUnilateral Neglect Rehabilitation Using Vagus Nerve StimulationRobert RennakerBBS
Francisco GarciaThe stress-induced cytokine Interleukin-6 decreases synaptic inhibition and excitation in the rat temporal cortexMarco AtzoriBBS
Jessica PruettEffect of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Extinction Learning and Addiction BehaviorSven KroenerBBS
Kwok Im and Nicole MorenoNeural Mechanisms of Speech Discrimination in Modulated Background NoiseMichael KilgardBBS
Lauren HoustonExploration of Compensatory Strategies in Children with Specific Language ImpairmentMandy MaguireBBS
Marissa CoInvestigation of the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in auditory working memory in ratsMarco AtzoriBBS
Srihari LellaThe role of dendritic localization and nonsense mediated decay of the activity-regulated cytoskeletal-associated protein's (Arc/Arg 3.1) mRNA in learning & memoryJonathan PloskiBBS
Timothy DanielsA Study on the Importance of Noradrenergic Receptors in Divided AttentionMarco AtzoriBBS
Abhishek RajUtilizing the Shape Memory Effect to Enable Flexible ElectronicsWalter VoitECS
Anita ChandrahasTranscription activator like effectors (TAL Effectors)Leonidas BlerisECS
Cody MorrisTitle not specifiedWonjae ChoiECS
Courtney KeelerQuantification of the Effects of Polymerization Conditions on Thiol-ene Systems for Implantable Flexible ElectronicsWalter VoitECS
Donguk YangTitle not specifiedChiu YunECS
Dongyoung KimAutomated Method for Detecting Endocytosis and Exocytosis events from the Multifocal Plane Microscopy Image DataRaimund OberECS
Duc LeTowards a Machine-Learning Based Image Diff Detection AlgorithmYang LiuECS
Hoang NguyenTunable Guided Mode Resonance Nano Grating-Based Label-Free Bio SensorJeong-Bong LeeECS
Joon SohnOptically Transparent Super Hydrophobic Super Oleophobic Thin Film for Self-cleaning Surface ApplicationJeong-Bong LeeECS
Kristen GenterDevelopment of Methods for Analyzing Chemical ImagesAmy WalkerECS
Mark JacksonExploiting World Knowledge for Computational Anaphora ResolutionVincent NgECS
Pragun GuptaDelivery of volume modulated arc therapy to static and moving targetsOvidiu DaescuECS
Sagar ShahThermomechanical Characterization of Thiol-Ene based Substrates for Implantable Flexible ElectronicsWalter VoitECS
Stuart HarrellPrivacy Threats in Database OutsourcingMurat KantarciogluECS
Taewoo HaA method for realistic image display using the user position for virtual realityWooram ParkECS
Tam TranWhisper Speech Recognition using Audio and Visual DataCarlos BussoECS
Christine CepelakA Progressive Community in DallasLloyd DumasEPPS
Nathan EacretWhen Is Inequality Fair? An Experimental Study of RedistributionCatherine EckelEPPS
Saheli NathCivic Engagement in Low Income and Minority Neighborhoods, and the Role of Public InvestmentJames MurdochEPPS
Samuel TeichelmanA Quantification of the True Effectiveness of a Global EconomyXin LiEPPS
Sepanta SaidiVariability in United States Public Sentiments to IslamKa-Yiu HoEPPS
Tyler AndrewJunk Science in the Texas Court SystemAnthony ChampagneEPPS
Alec MooreMachine Learning and Bias Correction of MODIS Aerosol Optical DepthDavid LaryNSM
Asja RadjaThe Study of Energy Transfer from Giant NQDs to JAs and Development of NIR type nanocrystalsAnton MalkoNSM
Avi LevyNon-radiative energy transfer into nanometer-scale thin semiconducting filmsYuri GartsteinNSM
Christopher MooreA Study of Hepatic Pyruvate Metabolism Using Dynamic Nuclear PolarizationA. Dean SherryNSM
Chuan-I ChangSpectroscopic techniques to Saving Burn VictimsRobert GlosserNSM
Citlally RamirezCerion Mitochondrial DNA: Isolation and Genome MappingDennis MillerNSM
Collin ChilesEnergy Transfer Between Quantum Dots and SiliconYves ChabalNSM
Daniel KuddesLight Emitting Electro-chemical Cell OptomizationJason SlinkerNSM
Elaine ChienFabrication of electrospun carbon nanofibers with improved surface area as electrodes for supercapacitorsJohn FerrarisNSM
Emily ButlerBringing satellites into the geoscience classroomGeorgia Fotopoulos;NSM
Hiu KamMesoporous Carbon Fibers via ElectrospinningKenneth BalkusNSM
Jacob WhiteParallel Tandems of Organic and Solid State Excitonic Solar Cells with Carbon Nanotube InterlayersAnvar ZakhidovNSM
John VeloriaInvestigation of the Molecular Mechanisms of the Cytotoxicity of Short Amyloidogenic Peptide SequencesGail BreenNSM
Jordan ClaytorMagnetostratigraphic investigations of the uppermost Triassic/lowermost Jurassic Moenave Formation, American SouthwestJohn GeissmanNSM
Juan JuarezTitle not specifiedYves ChabalNSM
Katherine BierschenkUsing Fluorescent Microscopy to Measure the Effects of Phage Display Peptides on Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Crystal GrowthBruce GnadeNSM
Marissa MillerA Novel Quorum Sensing System in Sinorhizobium melilotiJuan GonzalezNSM
Martin HuynhSynthesis of Di-block Copolymers of P3HT and Alkenyl-Substituted Polythiophenes by Grignard Metathesis Polymerization for OFETsMihaela IovuNSM
Melissa CisneroNew Materials Through Coupling Cyclic Peptides with Amphiphilic a-HelicesGregg DieckmannNSM
Melissa ColliniSynthesis of an Anion BinderJohn SibertNSM
Sabin KshattryUsing T2 Exchange to Design Molecule-Specific MRI Contrast AgentsA. Dean SherryNSM
Sasha BurrowesBioinformatics framework for conceptual mapping of relationships between folic acid and common neural tube defectsMehmet CandasNSM
Shawn HallShort-chain fatty acids as a potential factor in the etiology of autistic spectrum disordersRuben RamirezNSM
Sussana ElkassihSynthesis and Characterization of Conjugated Polymers Containing Phenothiazine for PLED ApplicationMihaela IovuNSM
Triet NguyenDesign Modifications of Reversible Cyclic Peptides for Improved Carbon Nanotube Dispersions: A Molecular Modeling ApproachSteven NielsenNSM
Tyler HughesToxicity and Dispersibility of Carbon NanoparticlesRockford DraperNSM
Victoria LeeThe Role of Heat Shock Factors and Heat Shock Proteins in NeurodegenerationSantosh D’MelloNSM
Vij Devika;Dissecting the molecular events mediating oxygen regulation of SWI-SNF complex under hypoxiaLi ZhangNSM
Xuhui NingLuminescent Gold Nanoparticles with pH dependent membrane absorption for tumor targetingJie ZhengNSB
Yasmin-Pei ChauOptimization of Allosteric InteractionsJohn BurrNSM
Zachary JohnsonSocial Media Marketing Return on Investment: Tracking and MeasurementBPS MurthiSOM

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Chemistry major Catherine Eckert won first place in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition last year for her project on separating gases at the molecular level.


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As part of last year's competition (shown above), 46 awards were made. This year, funding was provided for 69 projects.

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