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Current URCA Associate Projects

2017 - 2018 URCA Associates


2017-2018 Cohort


 Angel Nihells

Major: Anthropology

A Bioarchaelogical Analysis of Population Structure
for an Unprovenienced Human Skeletal Collection

Mentor: Dr. Corey Ragsdale


Austin Leigh

Major: Electrical Engineering 

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
Capability of a Basic Potentiostat

Mentor: Dr. Brad Noble and Dr. Michael Shaw


Gabrielle Borders

Major: English

Making Queer Space in Nineteenth-Century
Book History and the Digital Humanities

Mentor: Dr. Jessica DeSpain


Haleigh Sperry

Major: Chemistry 

Ugi-Smiles Based Triazole Formation
and Derivatization

Mentor: Dr. Sarah Luesse


Jacob Sebok

Major: Anthropology 

Rosetta Stones of the Valley of Mexico:
Employing Spanish Codices in the Quest to
Resurrect Erased Indigenous Diversity

Mentors: Dr. Cory Willmott


Jessica Schultz

Major: Psychology 

The Effect of Creative Visual Tasks During Encoding
on Delayed and Immediate Memory Recall

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Meinz


Josh Chappell

Major: Psychology 

The Testing Effect: Influences of Retrieval 
Interval and Cognitive Differences

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Meinz


Logan Sherrill

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Construction of Robotic Prosthetic Hand Through
Upper and Lower Arm Muscle Pattern Recognition

Mentor: Dr. Mingshao Zhang


Nick Schimp

Major: Biochemistry

The Mechanism of Calmodulin-Induced
Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase

Mentor: Dr. Chin-Chuan Wei


Rachel Davis

Major: Chemistry 

Quantitiation and Localization of Endocrine Disruptor
Compounds Accumulation in Flathead Minnows by
Complementary Mass Spectrometry Analyses

Mentor: Dr. Kevin Tucker


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

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