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Current URCA Associate Projects

2019 - 2020 URCA Associates


2019-2020 Cohort


 Nicholas Grunloh

Major: Biological Sciences

EDC Impact on Metabolite Expression in Leech Ganglia

Mentor: Dr. Kevin Tucker


Mitchell Haddock

Major: Biological Sciences

Protist-produced acetate as an anti-pathogen response in the gut of termites

Mentor: Dr. Brittany Peterson


Emily Lange

Major: Anthropology

Tracing the Wisdom of the Near East: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Ancient Societal Values in the Context of Cultural Interaction

Mentor: Dr. Allison Thomason


Jordyn Nimmer

Major: Biological Sciences and Psychology 

The effects of omega-3-fatty acids on cardiac autonomic neuropathy in high fat-fed mice

Mentor: Dr. Brianne Guilford


Noah Pyles

Major: Biology 

Agrobacterium-mediated Genetic Transformation of a Paphiopedilum philippinese Orchid

Mentors: Dr. Darron Luesse


Hannah Queen

Major: Criminal Justice and Psychology 

Effects of Self-Identification on Deindividuation and Aggression

Mentor: Dr. Elora Voyles


Ryan Raymond

Major: Psychology and Business 

Interrelationships among Cognitive Ability, Vocational Personality, and Job Performance

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Meinz


Kristina Springer

Major: Genetics and Cellular Biology

Investigation of Epigenetic Alterations in Drosophilia Melanogaster Following Exposure to Sublethal Concentrations of Imidacloprid

Mentor: Dr. Kyong-Sup Yoon


Andrew Tresslar

Major:Biology (Medical Science)

Does Time Truly Heal All Wounds?: Measuring Burkholderia Symbiont Amplification and Infectous Outcomes in Aging Social Amoebae Hosts

Mentor: Dr. Susanne DiSalvo


Colleen Wagner

Major: Biology 

Symbiont Genotypes and Infection Phenotypes; can symbiont abundance, location, and toxin production explain host outcomes?

Mentor: Dr. Susanne DiSalvo


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

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