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Current URCA Associate Projects



2015 - 2016 URCA Associates

URCA

2014-2015 Cohort

Kelsey Bernard

 Kelsey Bernard

Major: SECD

keberna@siue.edu

The Effects of Fluency Enhancing
Conditions on Laryngeal Premotor and
Adjustment Times in Adults who Stutter


Mentor: Dr. Marie Klopfenstein

Kyle Deprow

Kyle DeProw

Major: Mechanical Engineering

kydepro@siue.edu 

Incorporating Pneumatic Force 
Feedback in a Teleoperative Glove

Mentor: Dr. Ryan Krauss

Aaron Hancock

Aaron Hancock

Major: Chemistry

ahancoc@siue.edu 

Click Chemistry: Use of Propargylamine in 
the Ugi-Smiles Reaction


Mentor: Dr. Sarah Luesse

Zack Ladson

Zack Ladson

Major: Biological Science

zladson@siue.edu 

Changes in Behavior and Tail Musculature
in Northern Leopard Frog Tadpoles
Exposed to Predation by Dragonfly Larvae 

Mentors: Drs. David Jennings & Richard Essner

Shelby Markel

Shelby Markel

Major: Biological Sciences

smarkel@siue.edu 

Investigating Kismet in Drosophila Melanogaster
to Determine its Role in Presynaptic
Endocytosis

Mentor: Dr. Faith Liebl

Tyler McGowan

Tyler McGowan

Major: Biological Sciences

tymcgow@siue.edu 

A Karyological Analysis of Two 
Previously Isolated Populations within
a Hybrid Zone Potentially Facilitated by
Habitat Disturbance

Mentor: Dr. David Duvernell

Brittany Mersman

Brittany Mersman

Major: Biological Sciences

bmersma@siue.edu

Use of RNAi Knockdown of Six
Neuronal Genes to Determine Effects
on Memory in Planarians

Mentor: Dr. Amy Hubert 

Dillon Santoni

Dillon Santoni

Major: Political Science

dsanton@siue.edu

Militarized Interstate Disputes: Predicting
the Outcome of Their Effects

Mentor: Dr. Denise DeGarmo

Kyle Schafer

Kyle Schafer

Major: Biochemistry

kyschaf@siue.edu 

Exploration of iNOS and eNOS Interactions
with Calmodulin and Chimeras

Mentor: Dr. Chin-Chuan Wei

Jacquelin Smith

Jaquelin Smith

Major: Kinesiology

jacqusm@siue.edu 

Compensatory Mechanisms to Exercise
Induced Energy Deficit

Mentor: Bryan Smith





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

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