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Current URCA Associate Projects

2023 - 2024 URCA Associates








2023-2024 Cohort







Autumn Belt

Major: Biological Sciences (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation)

Investigation of Mortality in Drosophila Melanogaster Following Exposure to Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Along with Sublethal Concentrations of Carbamazepine

Mentor: Dr. Kyong-Sup Yoon 

Hannah Bradley

Major: Biochemistry

Evaluation of the Ugi-Smiles Intromolecular Diels-Alder (US-IMDA) Reaction Through Modification of Solvents, Components, and Chiral Catalysts

 Mentor: Dr. Sarah Luesse


  Mackenzie Fisher

Major: Biological Sciences (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation)

Predation on Copepods Based on Body Pigmentation Color

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Anderson



Ali Fraase

Major: Chemistry

Activation Mechanism for Dual Oxidase Enzymatic Activity

Mentor: Dr. Chin-Chuan Wei


Ryan Kulasekara

Major: Electrical Engineering

Echocardiographic View Classification Using a Convolutional Neural Network

Mentor: Dr. Jon Klingensmith


Madisen Nannini

Major: Biological Sciences with concentration in Medical Sciences (Chemistry)

Effects of temperature on Iocomotor performance in the Rock Mountain Tailed Frog, Ascaphus montanus

Mentor: Dr. Rick Essner




Kiya Rainey

Major: Psychology

The Strong Black Woman Schema's Effects on Mental health and Quality of Life Outcomes and the Moderating Role of Emotion Regulation

Mentor: Dr. Eunyoe Ro


Stella Smith

Major: Special Education

Reframing Applied Behavior Analysis into a Trauma-Informed Therapy: An Examination of the Relationship between Applied Behavior Analysis and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Adults with Autism

Mentor: Dr. Craig Miner





Sydney Worth

Major:Chemistry with concentration in Forensics

The effect of environmentally relavent concentrations of SSRIs and SNRIs on Lymnaea stagnalis

Mentor: Dr. Kevin Tucker




For more information on the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program,
contact Dr. Ariel Belasen at (618) 650-2940 or

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