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Current URCA Associate Projects



2013-2014 URCA Associates

13-14 Associate Cohort

Not pictured: Kyle McClary

Caleb Butler

Caleb Butler
Sociology  
calbutl@siue.edu

Project: The FirstpHand Experiences of African American Men at a Predominately White Institution: Exploring How the Intersection of Race and Gender Affect Academic Achievement
Mentors: Dr. Erin Murphy & Dr. Howard Rambsy

Bradley Denby

Bradley Denby
Physics 
bdenby@siue.edu

Project:Massively Parallel Pathfinder Algorithm: Constrained Multi-weighted Pathfinding in Matricies 
Mentor: Dr. Mark McKenney

Kristin Dierker

Kristin Dierker
Exercise Science
kdierke@siue.edu


Project: Accuracy of Personal Activity Monitors to Estimate Daily Energy
Expenditure 
Mentor: Dr. Bryan Smith

Timothy Gentry

Timothy Gentry
Mechanical Engineering  
tigentr@siue.edu


Project: Mitigating Negative Effects of Liquid Rope Coiling Through
Dynamic Vibration of Target Container 
Mentor: Dr. Majid Molki

Kyle McClary

Kyle McClary
ACS Biochemistry
kmcclar@siue.edu 

Project: A study of Conjugated Heterocyclic Aldhydes in the 
Passerini- Smiles Reaction
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Luesse 

Rocky Pardo

Rocky Pardo
Studio Art (Metals)
rpardop@siue.edu

Project:Artistic Exploration and Application of Metal Alloys  
Mentor: Dr. Thad Duhigg

 Morgan Sturgeon

Morgan Sturgeon

Biological Sciences
msturge@siue.edu

Project: Investigating the Role of Mib1 in Glutamate Receptor Localization  
Mentor:Dr. Faith Liebl 

Taylor Weissman

Taylor Weissman
Biological Sciences, Genetic Engineering 
tweissm@siue.edu

Project: Analysis of Circummnutation in Arabidopsis Gravitropic Mutants
Mentor: Dr. Darron Luesse 





For more information on the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program,
contact Dr. Laura Pawlow at (618) 650-2608 or lpawlow@siue.edu.