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Past URCA Associate Projects

2011-2012 URCA Associates


Jenna Goeckner, Biological Sciences: Medical Science
Project: Insight in Retrovirus Medicine: Investigating the Interaction Between Lysozyme and qUC19 DNA Through Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Mentor: Chin-Chuan Wei

Sam Haddad, Biological Sciences
Project: Growth of Selenium-Enriched White Button and Baby Bella Mushrooms Using Selenium-Laden Agricultural Compost
Mentor: ZQ Lin

Denise Hand, Biological Sciences: Medical Science
Project: Investigating PGANT3 in Drosophila melanogaster to Determine its Role in the Trafficking of Glutamate Receptors
Mentor: Faith Liebl

Taylor Holste, Nursing
Project: Significance of Education in the Process of Choosing a Delivery Method
Mentor: Rhonda Comrie

Song Lim, Biological Sciences: Medical Science
Project: Testing for Function of the Gβ Genes of the G Protein in the Pheromone Signaling Pathway of the Mushroom Schizophyllum commune
Mentor: Thomas Fowler

Michael Reimer, ACS Certified Biochemistry
Project: Insight in Fas-Inducing Apoptosis: Investigation of Calmodulin and Fas Receptor Interaction
Mentor: Chin-Chuan Wei

Jason Scott, Biological Sciences & Anthropology
Project: The effects of habitat on the genetic structure of Fundulus notatus and F. olivaceus populations
Mentor: David Duvernell

Trevor Smith, Physics & CMIS
Project: Nonlinear Optical Response of Silver Nanoparticles Dispersed in Caster Oil
Mentor: Abdullatif Hamad

Leah Wallace, English Language and Literature
Project: Uncovering the Truth: The Power of Corrupt Authorities in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Mentor: Nancy Ruff

Brittany Zacha, Nursing
Project: Academic Performance of Children with Tpye 1 Diabetes: Perceptions of Children and Parents
Mentor: Cindy Schmidt

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

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