Dr. Laura Pawlow
Room 0134, Alumni Hall
Campus Box 1121
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1121
Rendleman Hall 3115
Campus Box 1300
URCA Assistants and Associates often present their research, publish articles, or participate in exhibitions. Each of these 'outcomes' is recorded to note each URCA Assistant's and Associate's accomplishment.
Click here for a full list of URCA Assistant and Associate outcomes.
October 15, 2014
Congratulations to URCA Mentor and Psychology Professor, Dr. Eva Ferguson and her lab assistants, Gregory Rectenwal (URCA Assistant), Alexandra Hammond, Kelsey Bernard, Aaron Morris and Jared Deerhake whose poster entitled: “Does Gender Affect Leadership Values of College Students and Their Parents?” was recently accepted for presentation at the 10th Annual Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) 2014. This is the abstract:
The current study compares values of college students and their parents. To measure leadership values described by Lewin (Lewin, Lippit, &White, 1939) and Dreikurs (Dreikurs, Grunwald, & Pepper, 1999), university students described their own values (PVa, Ferguson Adult Values Inventory) and values their mother and father held when raising the student (PVi, Ferguson Parental Values inventory). Both the gender of the parent and the gender of the student had significant effects on reported values.
Dr. Eva Ferguson
Congratulations to URCA Mentor and Psychology Professor, Dr. Jeremy Jewell and his lab assistants, Haley Pemberton (URCA Assistant) and Madison Schoen on the development of a new stress and aggression management program which is being implemented in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Home. The new program, named Compassionate Approach to Learning Meditation (CALM) incorporates mindfulness, compassion, and meditation while teaching the juveniles skills to self-regulate their stress and internal aggression. Dr. Jewell has been a consistent and active URCA mentor since URCA’s conception. His assistants had this to say regarding his mentorship: “Having the opportunity to participate in Dr. Jewell’s research lab has been one of the biggest highlights of our undergraduate careers. Dr. Jewell is constantly finding ways to help us boost our resumes and gain new experiences!” For more information about Dr. Jewell and his research you can visit his website here.
Dr. Jeremy Jewell
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENTIRE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!
September 23, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Ken Moffet, an Associate Professor of Political Science who, with the help of URCA Assistants, has recently had two papers accepted for publication! According to Dr. Moffet, past URCA Assistants, Daniel Mead, Eric Lupardus, and Mark Rosenkoetter were influential in the development of these projects. The contributions that Mark Rosenkoetter and Eric Lupardus made were part of a paper that was presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Recently, a revised version of that paper was accepted for publication in Party Politics. In addition, the contributions that Daniel Mead made were part of a paper that was presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Recently, a revised version of this paper was also accepted for publication in Congress and the Presidency. Congratulations to Dr. Moffet, Daniel Mead, Eric Lupardus, Mark Rosenkoetter, and the Depatrment of Political Science in these awesome accomplishments!
August 11, 2014
Congratulations to URCA Assistant Mitchel Kramer, the first author of the paper entitled "Comparative Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Hepatitis C Virus NS3/4A Protease (genotypes 1b, 3a and 4b) Predicts Conformational Instability of the Catalytic Triad in Drug Resistant Strains", which was accepted for publication and appeared in the August edition of PLOS ONE. PLOS ONE is an international, peer-revied, open-access, online publication that features reports from all disciplines within science and medicine. Congratulations to Mitchel Kramer, Dr. Mohammad Yousef, and the Department of Physics!
June 19, 2014
Congratulations to URCA Assistant, Brian Massie, who's paper entitled "Ethnic Divide and Armed Conflict: Struggle and Development through the Eyes of a Child" has been accepted for publication and is scheduled to be appear in Visions & Revisions VII. According to his mentor, Dr. Carolina Rocha, associate professor in Spanish, "Brian was in a unique position to undertake the analysis of two films. His first-hand knowledge of Peruvian culture was a springboard to understand issues of ethnicity and class division that are prevalent in these films." It is also a special time for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, because Brian has the distinction of being the first undergraduate student in the department who's work has been accepted for publication. Congratulations to Brian Massie, Dr. Carolina Rocha, and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature!
[IMAGE: Brad Denby]
[IMAGE: Morgan Sturgeon]
Former URCA Associates, Brad Denby and Morgan Sturgeon, were recently featured in the Edwardsville Intellligencer for their interview with Segue conducted by Dr. Aldemaro Romero, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The two recent SIUE graduates talked about how they became interested in the research process, and their individual research within the URCA Associate program. The full article can be found here. A link to the webcast will be available soon.
April 24, 2014
The URCA program would like to welcome the newest Associate members! Listed below are the 2014-2015 cohort members, and their contact information. Congratulations, and happy researching!
[IMAGE: Nasir Almasri]
Major: Political Science
[IMAGE: Jeffrey Borwey]
Major: Computer Science
[IMAGE: Mollee Pezold ]
[IMAGE: Jennifer Roberts ]
Major: Biological Sciences
[IMAGE: Joshua Tonnies]
April 22, 2014
URCA Associate, Caleb Butler, recently exhibited his research about how African American men experience college life at a public, predominantly white institution . Caleb interviewed twenty-one African American male SIUE students. In the interviews he discussed several themes, including feelings of support, feelings of belonging and connectedness to peers, faculty, and staff, definitions of success, and personal understandings and definitions of the students’ identity as African American men. Check it out: URCA student, Caleb Butler, presents research in mixed media exhibit.
Caleb's research has sparked additional research to be conducted into how American American females experience college life at a public, predominately white institution by Dr. Connie Frey-Spurlock's upcoming URCA assistant, Andrea Williams. See the full story here.
April 18, 2014
URCA Assistant, Emma Kuester has been working with Dr. Betsy Esselman doing research on a magnificent part of SIUE history -- an historic Elm tree that is hundreds of years old. Emma details her research below:
"This project doesn't contain any laboratory research but involved going through the historic archives on campus and the Madison County Museum to uncover information about a slab of Elm which was cut down September 17,1963 and stored in the 4th floor of the old science building. The tree was acknowledged as the largest Elm tree in Illinois already in 1936; however it succumbed to Dutch Elm disease, which is a phloem necrosis caused by fungus. Using the information I found about the Elm, we are devising a method of displaying the thousand pound slab for everyone to see."
The Elm Tree slab, pictured below, has a 6-7 foot diameter.
[IMAGE: Elm Tree Slab]
|[IMAGE: Caleb Butler]||
Caleb Butler, URCA Associate
Mentor: Drs. Erin Murphy and Howard Rambsy
Caleb Butler researching how African American men experience college life at a public, predominantly white institution . Caleb interviewed twenty-one African American male SIUE students. In the interviews he discussed several themes, including feelings of support, feelings of belonging and connectedness to peers, faculty, and staff, definitions of success, and personal understandings and definitions of the students’ identity as African American men.
|[IMAGE: Brandy McAdams-Hart]||Brandy McAdams-Hart, URCA Assistant
Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Jewell
The research project that Brandy McAdams-Hart will be presenting at NCUR is also her senior honors thesis. She investigated the relationship between sexual assault history and current substance abuse in women. She believe that sexual assault and substance abuse in women are two growing epidemics, that are deserving of more attention from clinicians, activists and researchers.
|[IMAGE: URCA Logo]||
Miles Foltynowicz, URCA Assistant
Mentor: Dr. Suranjan Weeraratne
Department: Political Science
Both Tayler and Kelsey will be presenting their posters again at the national meeting for the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, FL in late May.
February 13, 2014
Congratulations to Austin LaMay (pictured below), URCA Assistant to Dr. Paul Wanda of the SIUE School of Dental Medicine, and his team, who won 2nd place at the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Conference-- Funded by National Science Foundation. Nine universities and 5 community colleges and 1 government lab participated.
[IMAGE: Dr. Paul Wanda's Lab]
The following is their abstract:
"Apoptosis and Membrane Fluidity in Human Leukemia (HL60) Cells
Austin LaMay, Brock Cameron, Jamie Gniadak, Jazmine Sanders, Paul E. Wanda, and Dan Welch
Apoptois was induced in human myeloid leukemia cells (HL60) with UVB irradiation as part of our ongoing investigation in the role played by the membrane. We previously found that phosphatidylserine (PS) translocation was reduced when temperature was increased. Analysis using a nitroxide spin label conferred that there was a corresponding increase in membrane fluidity during apoptosis. In addition, new data has indicated that a decrease in membrane fluidity reduced apoptosis perhaps by impeding death-receptor formation required for the extrinsic apoptotic pathway. Preliminary results using BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), a known membrane perturber, also increased membrane fluidity."
Meyer, C., Johnson, J., Maglasang, T., & Nadler, J. T. (2014, May). Think, Think Male: Implicit Gender Associations with Career Prestige. Paper submitted for presented at the Midwestern Psychology Association (MPA) annual conference. Chicago, IL.October 14, 2013
August 1, 2013
EVER WONDERED HOW GREAT THE FACULTY MENTORS ARE AT SIUE?
SIUE is home to many great faculty mentors, and Dr. Kathryn Brady, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, is no exception. Over the past year, Dr. Brady mentored Jaime Henderson, an URCA Associate. Jaime ended the school year with a successfully completed Associate project and has continued to apply to present her research at professional conferences. After submitting to the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association's Student Initiated Clinical Research and Application (SIRCA), Jaime noticed that Dr. Brady also needed to submit a few things. This is where things become truly heroic:
"Earlier this summer I was up against a rapidly approaching deadline to submit my project to [SIRCA] call for presentations [and] posters for the state convention in [February] 2014. I suddenly realized that Dr. Brady, as my mentor, also needed to submit a digital disclosure form in order for the proposal submission to be complete. I sent a text m essage to her while she was in Guatemala letting her know of the deadline but that I also did not expect her to be able to do it, since she was so far away and likely didn't have Internet access. Let me say that I think she has set the bar quite high for URCA mentors. She walked to a nearby town (in a monsoon, no less) to a small Internet cafe to get the form in on time. Her effort was not in vain. My proposal was accepted for an oral presentation at the ISHA conference..." -Jaime Henderson
Dr. Brady in front of the internet cafeDr. Kathryn Brady in front of the Internet cafe
she walked to during a monsoon to submit the
digital disclosure form to help the professional development
of her student, Jaime Henderson.
Brittany Buckles, an URCA Associate from the 2012-2013 cohort, who researched bee ecosystems was recently interviewed by the St. Louis Post Dispatch (see the full article here). She, along with several other students, are planning a trip Nairobi, Kenya in hopes to "increase public awareness about the importance of hazards facing bees and the need for human intervention to help" (Gillerman, 2013). Congratulations, Brittany (pictured below)!
April 26, 2013
URCA is pleased to welcome the new 2013-2014 Associate Cohort!
|[IMAGE: Caleb Butler]||[IMAGE: Bradley Denby]||[IMAGE: Kristin Dierker]||[IMAGE: Timothy Gentry]|
|Name: Caleb Butler
Project Title: The First-Hand Experiences
of African American Men at a
Predominately White Institution:
Exploring How the Intersection of Race
and Gener Affects Academic Performance
Mentors: Dr. Erin Murphy & Dr. Howard Rambsy
Name: Bradley Denby
Name: Kristin Dierker
|Name: Timothy Gentry
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Mitigating Negative Effects of Liquid
Rope Coiling Through Dynamic Vibration of
Mentor: Dr. Majid Molki
|[IMAGE: Kyle McClary]||[IMAGE: Rocky Pardo]||[IMAGE: Morgan Sturgeon ]||[IMAGE: Taylor Weissman]|
|Name: Kyle McClary
Major: ACS Biochemistry
Project Title: A Study of Conjugated Heterocyclic ldehydes in the Passerini-Smiles Reaction
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Luesse
|Name: Rocky Pardo
Major: Studio Art (Metals)
Project Title: Artistic Exploration and Application of Metal Alloys
Mentor: Dr. Thad Duhigg
|Name: Morgan Sturgeon
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Investigating the Role of Mib1 in Glutamate Receptor Localization
Mentor: Dr. Faith Liebl
|Name: Taylor Weissman
Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Analysis of Circumnuation in Arabidopsis Gravitropic Mutants
Mentor: Dr. Darron Luesse
April 12, 2013
Josh Prince, URCA Assistant to Dr. Ferguson, along with Taylor Smith, and Courtney Miller presented "The Relationship between Autocratic, Democratic and Laissez-Faire Leadership Style Values and Cultural Values" at the Graduate Research Symposium April 2nd at MUC.
From Dr. Ferguson: "The research is part of an ongoing set of projects that began in the year 2000 when I was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. I have been Visiting Scholar there for a number of years since then, including when [she] was on sabbatical leave in 2007 and [she is] still a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. My colleague there is Kaiping Peng, a cultural social psychologist. We published some of our research together in 2006 in the journal GROUP DYNAMICS and another article is coming out this month in the journal JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. We are showing that leadership styles, as developed by Kurt Lewin and as applied by Rudolf Dreikurs and contemporary Adlerian Psychology, work in the family the same way as they do in any other group (school, work, nations). We are showing that these leadership styles in the family of origin (in which you were raised) have profound influences on young adults (college students). These leadership styles teach children (and later the young adults into which the children develop) a set of values that have wide ramifications. My lab has found that national differences exist in parental leadership styles. Moreover, in modern Asian countries the style is moving toward a Laissez Faire style that is accompanied by increased individualism and competitiveness. Within the United States, regional differences exist in parental leadership styles. This "group dynamic" approach towards parenting differs sharply from the Freudian-based model of Baumrind, whose work does not address the kind of social issues that Lewin and Dreikurs addressed and that work in my lab addresses."
MARCH 28, 2013
Human Security in the Occupied Palestinian State: Israeli Military Orders and Their Impact on the Needs of the People of Palestine
Dr. Denise DeGarmo's URCA Assistants recently facilitated a panel and presented their own work this past weekend at the Indiana Political Science Association Conference at the University of Southern Indiana. In addition to facilitating the panel entitled, "Human Security in the Occupied Palestinian State: Israeli Military Orders and Their Impact on the Needs of the People of Palestine," each student presented his or her own original research. Matthew Boyer, presented his research entitled, "The Link Between Post Traumatic Stress and Human Security in Palestine," Erin Gross', research was entitled, "Tertiary Education in the Occupied Palestinian State," and Bryan Skorczewski's research was entitled, "How Differing Accounts of Economic Activity Damage the Ability of Occupied States to Liberate Themselves."
Three URCA Assistants Present at Indiana Political Science Association Conference
Rob Wann, Samuel Border, and T.J. Pearson, all URCA Assistants to Dr. Laurie Rice, presented at the Indiana Political Science Association Conference which was held on March 22, 2013 at the University of Southern Indiana. The presentation was entitled, "The Effects of Campaign Visits During the Presidential Primaries." Congratulations!
MARCH 22, 2013
URCA Assistants named Ward O. Winer Scholarship Recipients
URCA Mentor, Dr. Majid Molki, is proud to announce that his URCA Assistants, Michael Largent (URCA Assistant in Spring 2012), and Morgan Hemker (current URCA Assistant), received the Ward O. Winer Scholarship from Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society. Both Assistants received $250! Congratulations!
MARCH 11, 2013
URCA Assistant wins 2nd place in Undergraduate Research Poster Category
URCA Assistant, Alissa Yoder, was awarded 2nd place in the undergraduate research poster category at the annual Texas chapter meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Austin, TX (February 28-March 1). He presentation was entitled, "Effects of Human apolipoprotein E3 and E4 genotypes on cardiometabolic disease risk." There were 31 posters in the undergraduate research category. The award is presently being displayed in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. In addition, Alissa will be presenting her work at the SIUE's 2013 Graduate Student Research Symposium in April. Congratulations, Alissa!
February 8, 2013
Dr. Nikolay Slavkov
"I had two URCA assistants work with me in Fall 2012 when I was designing experimental stimuli for a pilot project titled The L2 Acquisition of Wh- Dependencies: Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Perspectives which has won STEP funding for fiscal year 2014. The students' contribution was greatly appreciated, and I'm currently still working with one of them preparing to implement that project."
Thank you to URCA Assistants, Samantha Seale and Jessica Fritsch , for their dedication and help on Dr. Slavkov's research project!
January 20, 2013
URCA would like to welcome 157 new URCA Assistants to the program. Good luck on your projects this semester! Click here for a full list of URCA Assistants for the Spring 2013 semester.
December 10, 2012
A big Thank You goes to Samantha Winkler, an URCA Assistant, who helped in the design and launch of Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt's website: www.mananglanguages.org. Dr. Hildebrandt studies tribal languages in the Manang District of Nepal.
November 14, 2012
The URCA Fall Newsletter is now available!
This semester, Dr. Brady's lab team -- Jaime Henderson, Mollee Pezold and Megan Smith-- and URCA Associate, Erik Zimmerman, were featured!
November 9, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Jewell, Yonatan Gebre and Matthew Vallejo! They are this semester's URCA Award Winners! Be sure to check out the full story here.
October 23, 2012
Congratulations to Morgan Hemker who presented her research this weekend at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences(WoPhyS) at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln! Morgan had this to say about URCA and her mentor, Dr. Majid Molki:"I am very grateful that the URCA program enables me to participate in these research opportunities. I also owe many thanks to Dr. Molki, who has mentored me throughout my research project."
Morgan Hemker at WoPhys
View Morgan's full poster here.
October 22, 2012
Katie Mosby and Brittany Buckles presenting their research posters at the Green Roof for Healthy Cities Conference today in Chicago! Congratulations ladies!
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URCA Assistant, Katie Mosby URCA Associate, Brittany Buckles
October 18, 2012
Congratulations to the URCA Assistants of Dr. Yun Lu -- Scott Alvarado, Blake Ferando, Christopher Hall, and Jared Swanberg!
Their research assistance was recently acknowledged on Dr. Lu's new journal articles, Imbalanced tunneling ready states in alcohol dehydrogenase model reactions: rehybridization lags behind H-tunneling , and A Model Reaction Assesses Contribution of H-Tunneling and Coupled Motions to Enzyme Catalysis.
October 16, 2012
This year's group photo of the 2012-2013 Associates:
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Left to right: Stephanie Bargiel, Kathryn Chapman, Stephanie Link, Drake Jensen,
Robert Watson, Rosemary Morr, Erik Zimmerman, Jaime Henderson, Erica Bohmer
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September 21, 2012
URCA Associate, Brittany Buckles (green t-shirt), and URCA Assistant, Chico Weber (beige button-up), were featured on FOX2 News this past week for their work at the SIUE Eco House! Congratulations! To view the full story on the FOX2 News webpage, please click here.
August 31, 2012
The URCA Program is happy to welcome 91 faculty mentors and 156 students to the URCA Assistant program for the Fall 2012 semester! We wish you luck on your research this semester!
For a complete list of the Fall semester's Faculty mentor and Assistants, click here.
Daniel Carroll, an URCA Associate from the 2010-2011 cohort, joined Boston Metro Opera's 2012-2013 Artist Roster as Lecturer-in-Residence. Daniel mentioned the URCA program in this article. Check out his profile!
URCA Announces the 2012-2013 Associates! Click here for further information about this year's Associates.