Dr. Laura Pawlow
Room 0134, Alumni Hall
Campus Box 1121
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1121
Rendleman Hall 3115
Campus Box 1300
Fall 2016 URCA Assistants: Nikki Geron and Hailey Bowen
Fall 2016 URCA Associate: Stefan Jones
2014-2015 URCA Associate: Savanna Stabenow
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.
Congratulations to URCA Associates, Emily Fabry and Rebecca Ngo for beign accepted to present their URCA projects in the 2017 American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, California in April! Good luck!
Congratulations to Dr. Retzlaff of the Biology Department and his current URCA Assistants, Kayla Tatum and Caleb Mau for presenting their poster, "The case for green roof maintenance: Long-term Sedum performance, weeding maintenance, and thermal benefit" at the Cities Alive 14th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in DC! They had another poster presentation for their project, "Weeding maintenance of green roof systems" at the Illinois State Academy of Science. Caleb also presented a poster, "Thermal benefits of different weeding methods of green roof systems" at the Illinois State Academy of Science. Kayla won the Best Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation and Caleb won second prize for the Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation award. Amazing work, keep up the great work!
Congratulations to Dr. Rocha of the Foreign Language and Literature Department and her current URCA Assistant, Chase Tiffany on his abstract acceptance for the April 2017 Conference of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. Keep up the great work Chase!
Congratulations Dr. Gordon of the Construction Department and his current URCA Assistant, Cody Kruse on their recent poster presentation at the Design and Construction Technology Conference in Missouri. Great work!
Congratulations to Shaelyn Grant, one of our URCA Associates, for getting accepted into the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Shaelyn was admitted into the Upper Division option and will start May 2017! Good luck Shaelyn!
Congratulations to Dr. Sumita of the Chemistry Department and her current URCA Assistants, Nikki Geron and Hailey Bowen on their recent poster presentation at Rustbelt RNA in Ohio. Great job!
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Luesse of the Chemistry Department and her current Associate/former Assistant, Abbie Fox, and her former Assistant, Michael Meyers for co-authoring on a recent publication of the paper: Application of heterocyclic aldehydes as components in Ugi-Smiles couplings. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations to Dr. Ross-Stewart of the Kinesiology Program and her two former URCA Assistants, Corrine Brent and Alexa Knuth on their four recent presentations! Three of the presentations took place at The Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The other presentation was for the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in Canada! Great job everyone!
Success story: Previous URCA Assistant and Associate, Tara Stapay (now Tara Enders), was awarded a dissertation improvement grant while working on her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. Tara and her previous mentor, Dr. Esselman, wrote a paper from the work they did together when she was an URCA student at SIUE, which helped her get the grant. She is now a successful plant scientist, who has two papers published. Great work, Tara!
Congratulations to Dr. Moffett of the Political Science Department and his previous URCA Assistant, Triniece Cummins, who helped with the book Web 2.0 and the Political Mobilization of College Students that just got published in The Hill! The book was also featured in The Huffington post. A link can be found here.
Congratulations to Dr. Carter and her URCA Assistants, Victoria Greer and Savannah Bounds for getting accepted to present their poster at The Council for Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting Conference in November. They will be presenting an interactive poster titled Assessing and Improving Nonprofit Organizational Capacity: A Service-Learning Instructional Model. How exciting!
Congratulations to Dr. Schapman of the Music Department and his URCA Assistant, Zora Vredeveld for getting an article featured in the Edwardsville Intelligencer about their Halloween-themed opera show. The article can be found here. Great job and good luck on the show!
Congratulations to Dr. Duvernell of the Biology Department and his URCA students, Amanda Markovich (Associate) and Tessa England (Assistant) for presenting their research at the St. Louis Ecology, Evolution and Conservation event. Great job everyone!
Congratuations to Dr. Ercal of the Engineering Department and her URCA Assistant, Jeffrey Borwey being a co-author for another paper publlication! The paper being published is: Robust Graph-theoretic Clustering Approaches Using Node-Based Resilience Measures. Incredible work! Keep it up!
Congratulations to Dr. Ercal of the Engineering Department and her URCA Assistant, Jeffrey Borwey for their publication of the paper: The Vertex Attack Tolerance of Complex Networks. We also want to congratulate her and one of her first URCA assistants, William Stimson, for getting another paper published this year: The Quality of Sampling from Geographic Networks. This is outstanding news! Great work!
The URCA program would like to recognize Dr. Meeks of the Psychology Department and his former URCA Assistants, Nikki Hurley and Krista Sheets for being co-authors on a poster that will be presented at the Society for Teaching of Psychology’s 15th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in October. How exciting!
Congratulations to Dr. Foster of the Physics Department and his URCA Assistant John Peters for presenting their work at The American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting. The title of their presentation is Examining Engineering Course Work by Looking for Breadcrumbs. Great job guys!
Congratulations to Dr. Darron Luesse of the Biology Department and his URCA Assistants, William Schryver, Luke Revelt, Veronica Heintz, Jessica Westerhold, Michael Vierling, Jaren Ross, and Allison Newton on their very busy, very productive year. So far, Dr. Luesse and his students have completed 4 studies, all of which were presented at ATGC Accessing Translational Genomics/Gernetics Conference at Harris Stowe University in St. Louis, Missouri. Keep up the great work!
The URCA program would like to recognize Dr. Joshua Wooten and his URCA Assistants, Rachael Hartke and Marcus Breden on their recent presentations at the regional Texas chapter meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. At the meeting, both Rachael and Marcus were ranked as finalists (top 8 out 45 posters) in the undergraduate research poster category. Following the presentation of their research to a panel of judges, Rachael was awarded 2nd place overall! Great job Rachael and Marcus, what an outstanding achievment!
Congratulations to Dr. Ayse Evrensel of the Economics and Finance Department and her URCA Assistant Tiffany Minx on their recent presentation. Dr. Evrensel and Ms. Minx presented their paper, An Institutional Approach to the Decilne of the Ottoman Empire in Washington, D.C. at the meeting of the Eastern Economic Association in February. They are hoping to submit the manuscript for publication.
URCA Assistant James Moss has received some well-deserved praise for the work he is completing with his URCA Mentor, Dr. Mark Poepsel of Mass Communications. James has been using globally available resources to produce a Nigerian screenwriter's short-film entitled, "Get Up, Get Up."
Check out the full story here.
The URCA program would like to recognize URCAAssociate, Dillon Santoni and his mentor, Dr. Denise DeGarmo in their remarkable acheivment, the co-authorship and publication of the book: The U.S.-Israeli Strategic Alliance and the Disappearing Palestine. The book examines the implications of the U.S.-Israeli strategic alliance on the proposed "two state solution." Click here for more information or to purchase a copy.
Congratulations to Dr. Justin Sutters of the Art & Design Department and his former URCA Assistant Keirsten Savering on their recent publication in Arts and Activities magazine. The article, 'Differing Realities: The Contemporary Graphic Art of Daniel Guzman,' can be found here.
The Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship (IRIS) Center is an interdisciplinary facility designed to support individual and collaborative scholarship (at faculty and student levels) that applies digital content as a primary methodology. The Faculty Coordinators of IRIS, Dr. Jessica DeSpain and Kristine Hildebrandt, are both recurrent URCA Mentors who encourage their URCA Assistants to post blog entries about their experiences and research endeavors.
Check it out for yourself here: http://siueiris.com/
January 01, 2016
Two URCA Assistants, David Umbaugh and Jane Maciejewski (Jane Spiller) recently presented their work at the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. The two Assistants have worked closely for several semesters with Dr. Brianne Guilford in the Department of Kinesiology and Heath Education. The poster entitled "The Effects of a High-Fat Diet on Neuronal Inflammation" was presented in Warrensburg, Missouri. Congratulations to David, Jane, Dr. Guilford, and the Department of Kinesiology!
January 13, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Min Liu and her former URCA Assistant, Laurel Servies on being published in the Atlantic Journal of Communications! This is the abstract:
With recent tragic incidents like the 2007 Virginia Tech campus shooting and the 2014 Seattle Pacific University shooting, it is clear that crisis is always a possibility for colleges and universities. Many large organizations have crisis contingency plans, which are ineffective unless they are communicated to the desired target audience. The current study presents findings from a survey of university employees, measuring perception variables regarding risk and crisis preparedness. Women were more knowledgeable than men on crisis response. Staff members reported higher levels of knowledge and self-efficacy than faculty. In addition, perceived knowledge may be a better predictor of self-efficacy and perceived preparedness than actual knowledge. Implications for risk and crisis management are discussed.
The manuscript entitled "From Virginia Tech to Seattle Pacific U: An Exploratory Study of Perceptions Regarding Risk and Crisis Preparedness Among University Employees" can be found here.
January 22, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Fries of the Civil Engineering Department on his recent publication:
Seitzinger, R., Fries, R. Qi, Y., Zhou, H. (2016). "A Driving Simulator Study Evaluating Traffic Sign Mounting Height for Preventing Wrong-Way Driving." Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. january 10-14.
Dr. Fries credits his former URCA Assistant saying that "although the URCA student declined my invitation to be a coauthor, his work played a large role in our overall study."
December 18, 2015
A very special congratulations to URCA Associates Shelby Markel and Aaron Hancock who were both recently accepted into the
SIU School of Medicine! Way to go Associates!!
December 03, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Faith Liebl, former URCA Associate Morgan Sturgeon, and former URCA Assistant Matt Ferguson on their recent publication:
Sturgeon, M., Davis, D., Albers, A., Beatty, D., Austin, R., Ferguson, M., Tounsel, B., and Liebl, F.L.W. (2016). A reverse genestic screen identifies Mind Bomb 1 in a glutamate receptor localization at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, 70(1), 11-21.
Dr. Faith Liebl is an Associate Professor of Biological Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. Morgan Sturgeon is a former URCA Associate from the 2013-2014 cohort, and Matt Ferguson is Dr. Liebl's former URCA Assistant.
November 18, 2015
The Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available!!
This Semester URCA Associate Kyle DeProw, Dr. Ryan Krauss, and URCA Assistants Kenneth Coleman, Sarah Paitz, Chad Kolmer, and URCA Mentors Ms. Kathryn Bentley, Dr. Marc Schapman, and Dr. Xing Su are featured.
Congratulations to this semester URCA Award winners: Dr. Mike Crider, Dr. Marc Schapman, Sarah Paitz, and James Moss!
You can check out the full story here.
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!
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!
Major: Political Science
Major: Computer Science
Major: Biological Sciences
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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!
|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
|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!
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:
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.