COLSA Grant Recipients

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad 

Galina Kinsella, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andrew Conroy, TSAS

Research Site: Queensland, Australia

Topic: Comparative Study of Behavioral Differences of Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Anthropogenically Populated Versus Unpopulated Environments

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA  

Bregieta Arvidson, Marine, Estuarine & Freshwater Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Alan Baker, Biological Sciences

Topic: Occurrence and Photosynthetic Activity of Nostoc in Selected New Hampshire and Maine Lakes

Kaylyn Bergquist, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Dennis Mathews, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Effects of Cytokinin on Adventitious Root Formation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Katherine Cart, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jonathon Pennock, Natural Resources

Topic: Changes in Turbidity in Maine Estuaries: Effect on Neomysis americana Feeding Behavior and Diet

Paige Clarizia, Environmental Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Systems Research Center

Topic: Carbon Exchange across a Permafrost Thaw Gradient

Lisa Edwards, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Culligan, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Investigation of Replication Protein A (RPA) Subunit 1B and 1D in Meiotic Synapsis and Pollen Viability in the Model Plant Arabidopsis thaliana

Caelie Kern, Neuroscience & Behavior

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Understanding the Molecular Mechanism behind Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML): Does the Heat Shock Protein Mortalin Sequester p53 Protein in the Cytoplasm of Human AML Cells?

Sarah Kremer, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Vaughn Cooper, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Effect of Elevated Mutation Rate on Biofilm Adaptation

Katharine Langley, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Haney, Biological Sciences

Topic: Assessment of the Cyanobacteria Toxin BMAA in Aerosols from Lake Attitash, MA as a Possible Link with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Patricia Levesque, Integrative Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. William Stine, Psychology

Topic: Using Motion-Induced Blindness to Isolate the Cortical Location of Motion Streak Suppression

Emily Lundstedt, Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Louis Tisa, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Effect of Nocardia Strains BMG51109 and BMG 111209 on Actinorhizal Symbiosis

Brandon McDonald, Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: A Tad Disguised: An Immunological Approach to Determine the Role of TadC in the Colonization of Euprymna scolopes by a Native Symbiotic Vibrio fisheri Strain

Melissa McLaughlin, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Louis Tisa, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Investigating the Symbiotic Relationship between Frankia Strains EAN1pec and EuIlc and Elaeagnus angustifolia

Erika Moretti, Zoology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Winsor Watson, Biological Sciences

Topic: An Investigation of the Potential Impacts of Invasive Green and Blue Crabs on the American Lobster Fishery in the Great Bay Estuary

Colleen O’Dowd, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Winsor Watson, Biological Sciences

Topic: Determination of the Location, and Patterns of Expression, of the Circadian Clock Protein Cryptochrome in the American Lobster, Homarus americanus

Apryl Perry, Environmental Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Systems Research Center

Topic: How Do Lake Characteristics Affect the Emission of CH4 and CO2 in Sub-Arctic Sweden?

Nicole Petersen, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Identifying and Characterizing Arabidopsis Sodium-Induced Root Skewing Mutants

Alexis Reddel, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kirk Broders, Biological Sciences

Topic: Population Genetics of Apple Scab Fungus Venturia inaequalis

Tyler Remick, Wildlife Conservation & Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Rebecca Rowe, Natural Resources

Topic: Truffle Abundance and Mycophagy by Small Mammals in Northern New England Forests

Stephanie Royka, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources

Topic: Landscape Effects on Host Populations of Black-Legged Ticks in New Hampshire

Kelsie Schanlaber, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Blocking Nuclear Import of p53 Leads to Cell Death in Severely Stressed Human Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Cells

Steven Troy, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences

Topic: The Effect of Gold and Silica Nanoparticles on the Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacteria and Plant Cells

Laura Van Beaver, Neuroscience & Behavior

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences

Topic: Production of Decaffeinated Tea through Genetic Engineering

Gwyneth Welch, Neuroscience & Behavior

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Feixia Chu, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Understanding the Role of Histone Modifications in DNA Damage Response

Erin Smith & Randy Shoe, Wildlife Conservation & Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew Tarr, Natural Resources

Topic: Implications of New England Cottontail Habitat Management on the Metapopulation Dynamics of Declining Shrub-Dependent Songbirds – A Pilot Study

Saba Ilyas, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Sciences

Tiffany DeGroot, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Effects of Temperature and Presence of Hemolysin Genes on Relative Abundance of V. parahaemolyticus Strains in the New England Area

2014 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Charlotte Border, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems    

Research Site: Guapilies, Costa Rica

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andrew Ogden, Biological Sciences

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Mr. Antonio Bogantes, University of Costa Rica & INTA

Topic: Evaluation of the State of Agriculture in Costa Rica and Areas for Improvement

Avery Normandin, Medical Microbiology    

Research Site: Stockholm, Sweden

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, MCBS 

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karin Loré, Karolinska University 

Topic: Characterizing Innate Immune Mechanisms that Mediate Vaccine Responses

Alicia Walsh, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science  

Research Site: Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andrew Conroy, Biological Sciences  

Foreign Faculty: Dr. Anne Schmidt-Küntzel, Cheetah Conservation Fund

Topic: Identifying Diet of Cheetahs and Other Carnivores through Genetic Markers and Scat Analysis

2014 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Eric Beaudoin, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kirk Broders, Biological Sciences

Topic: Characterization of the Colletotrichum Species Complex in the North Eastern United States

Alexander Buell, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. William Stine, Psychology

Topic: The Effects of Varying Coherence of Glass Patterns on the Perception of Motion-Induced Blindness

Christopher Carroll, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew MacManes, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Genome Annotation of Peromyscus eremicus: Identification of Genes and Regulatory Elements

Joyce Fontaine, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Drugan, Psychology

Topic: Effect of Socially-Induced Early Life Stress in Juvenile Rats on Stress Responsivity and Ultrasonic Vocalizations during Intermittent Swim Stress in Adulthood

Amanda Gagnon, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Drugan, Psychology

Topic: Effects of Chronic Reboxetine Administration on Intermittent Swim Stress-Induced Ultrasonic Vocalization and Subsequent Performance on the Forced Swim Test

Brian Hurley, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences

Topic: Human α-Galactosidase A Production in Transgenic Plants

Kelsey MacDonald, Nutrition: Dietetics & Ecogastronomy

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Becky Sideman, Biological Sciences &

Prof. Joanne Curran-Celentano, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Culinary Assessment of Sweet Potato Varieties

Conor Madison, Environmental Science: Ecosystems

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Heidi Asbjornsen, Natural Resources

Topic: Drought Sensitivity of Slash Pine and Longleaf Pine Deduced by Tree Ring Analysis

Timothy Marquis, Biomedical Science: Medical/Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology

Topic: Neuroendocrine Insights from a Basal Vertebrate: in-situ Hybridization of Glycoprotein Hormone Subunits, 1GpA2, 1GTHβ, 1GpB5, in the Sea Lamprey, Petromyzon marinus

Kendall Milkey, Biomedical Science: Medical/Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Characterizing an Arabidopsis thaliana T-DNA Mutant

Audrey Petteruti, Biomedical Science: Medical/Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Cary, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Do Flame Retardants Promote Vitamin D Deficiency?

Molly Williams, Neuroscience and Behavior

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Drugan, Psychology

Topic: Do Ultrasonic Vocalizations During Intermittent Swim Stress Forecast Subsequent Alcohol Reactivity?

Erica Brasley, Neuroscience and Behavior

Lydia Manzo, Neuroscience and Behavior

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Mair, Psychology

Topic: Memory Coding Properties of Central Thalamic Neurons: Relationship to Prefrontal Neuronal Coding

2014 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)  

Christin Badylak-Reals, Environmental Conservation & Sustainability

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ju-Chin Huang, Economics

Topic: Examining the Effects of Beach Erosion Control Practices on Ecosystem Services: A Study of Plum Island, Massachusetts

Bria Frehner, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Is Mortalin Involved in Cytoplasmic Sequestration of p53 in Human SKBR32 Breast Cancer Cells?

Molly Hartley, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Plachetzki, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Flavor of Animal Life: Molecular Cloning and Expression of an Evolutionary Ancient Taste Receptor in the Cnidarian Hydra magnipapillata

Megan Honeywell, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Characterization of Plant Palmitoyltransferase Mutants and Substances Using Genetic and Biochemical Approaches

Sean Lombard, Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sandra Rehan, Biological Sciences

Topic: Molecular Evolution of Cuticular Hydrocarbons and Reproductive Division of Labor in Social Insects

Sarah Piet, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Immunodetection of Akt Proteins in Bovine Granulosa Cells

Rebecca Scialabba, Biochemistry: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Examine the Expression and Function of Recombinant Glycoprotein Hormones

Eric Van Dam, Wildlife Conservation & Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Anthropology

Topic: Human-Wetland Interactions and Changing Maya Landscapes in Belize: A Comparative Habitat and Zooarchaeology Study

2014 Research Presentation Grant

Miranda Francoeur, Neuroscience

Project Title: Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors: Memory Coding Properties of the Prefrontal Cortical Neurons in the Rat

Conference: Society for Neuroscience

Taylor Warren, Biochemistry: Molecular, Cellular Biology

Project Title: Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors: Evolution in Action: The Fitness Effects of Beneficial Mutations in Alternative Environments

Conference: Evolution 2013

 

2013 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Andrew Blake, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Mair, Psychology

Topic: Localization of Different Types of Spatial Memory Cues in Prefrontal Cortex in the Rat

Matthew Cotton, Biochemistry, Molecular, & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: A Mutant Screen to Identify Arabidopsis with Abnormal Root Growth

Madeleine Gould, Dietetics & EcoGastronomy

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Joanne Curran-Celentano, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Assessing Quality of Olive Oils Available in New Hampshire

Emily Johnson, Wildlife & Conservation Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew Tarr, Natural Resources

Topic: Does a Reduction in Caterpillar Abundance Caused by the Exotic Shrub Frangula alnus Reduce Plasma Carotenoids in Nestling Common Yellowthroats (Geothlypis trichas)?

Katie Kozacka, Biochemistry: Molecular, Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Cote, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Proteomic Analysis of Binding Interactions between Transducin and PDE6

John Micozzi, Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Wayne Fagerberg, Biological Sciences

Topic: Anatomical Study of the Oak Apple Gall Nursery Chamber

Kendall Milkey, Biomedical Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: TAIL-PCR to Identify Mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana

Katherine Rafuse, Marine Estuarine & Freshwater Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Elizabeth Fairchild, Biological Sciences

Topic: The Effects of Diet on the Growth and Survival of Juvenile Channeled Whelk

Patrick Sargent, Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kimberly Babbitt, Natural Resources

Topic: The Effects of Urbanization on Stress and Hematological Characteristics in Salamanders

Timothy Marquis, Biomedical Science: Medical/Veterinary Science

Mary Hayes, Neuroscience & Behavior

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology

Topic: A Comparative Study of Snap-Frozen vs. RNAlater® Tissue Preservation by In-situ Hybridization Characterization of Lamprey Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Receptors I, II, & III in the Brain and Pituitary of the Sea Lamprey, Petromyzon marinus

 

2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad

Meghan Maguire, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Joan Hahn, Nursing

Research Site: Queensland, Australia

Topic: Perceptions on Oral Health: Adults with Disabilities

Joel DeStasio, Environmental Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Sciences

Research Site: Abisko, Sweden

Topic: Methane and Carbon Dioxide Dynamics in Peatland Lake Sediments from Sub-Arctic Sweden

Samantha Werner, Environmental Sciences: Ecosystems

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Sciences

Research Site: Abisko, Sweden

Topic: Carbon Dioxide Exchange Rates as a Function of Permafrost Thaw

 

2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA 

Mary Awad, Biochemistry Molecular and Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Cote, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: A Proposal to Identify the Amino Acid Sequence that Supports Dimerization in the Regulatory GAF Domain of the Photoreceptor Protein PDE6

Amanda Berger, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Effects of Keratin Filaments and ERK Signaling on Cytokine-Induced Death of Cervical Cancer (HeLa) Cells

Gabrielle Chesney, Nutrition

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Carey, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Drug Metabolizing Enzymes in Rat Liver and Their Role in Vitamin D Inactivation

Samantha Docos, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Effects of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) on the Expression of cFLIP in Granulosa Cells

Miranda Francoeur, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Mair, Psychology

Topic: Analyzing the Role of Prefrontal Cortex in a Spatial Memory Task

Peter Goode, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew Tarr, Natural Resources

Topic: Do Exotic Shrubs Reduce Caterpillar Abundance in Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) Breeding Territories?

Benjamin Grotton, Biochemistry / Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Effects of Pregnancy on Uterine Macrophage Polarity in Dairy Cows

Jason McBurnie, Biomedical Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jill McGaughy, Psychology

Topic: The Effects of Prenatal Malnutrition on the Brain and Its Role in Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

Lindsay Michaud, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Brett Gibson, Psychology

Topic: Number Discrimination in the Clark’s Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana): Using Number Ratios and Addition Tasks to Understand Number Comprehension in Corvid Birds

Alexander Nardone, General Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Treatment with Mortalin-Targeted Agents Will Promote Nuclear Translocation of p53 and Apoptosis of IMR-32 Neuroblastoma Cancer Cells

Avery Normandin, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: Using Coordinated Temperature Regulation of Virulence-Associated Traits to Detect Pathogenic Variants of Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Allison Pike, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Peter Erickson, Biological Sciences

Topic: Evaluating Colostrum Quality with Niacin Supplementation in the Diet of Dairy Cattle

Kristen Pitkanen, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Louis Tisa, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Designing and Implementing Genetic Tools for Geodermatophilaceae to Screen for Genes Involved in Pigmentation Production

Caroline Ward, Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Vaughn Cooper, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Investigating the Connection between Cyanobacteria and Vibrio Species from the Great Bay Estuary and Their Impact on Human Health

 

2013 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Michael Casazza, Environmental Conservation Studies  

Research Site: Kiba, Uganda

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Tiemann, Natural Resources

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Tiemann, University of New Hampshire  

Topic: Nutrient Deficiencies in Uganda

Christine Hebert, Medical Microbiology 

Research Site: Lyon, France

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Cox, Cancer Research Center of Lyon

Topic: Targeting the p53 – mitochondria axis in Sarcomas Lacking p53 Mutations and MDM2 Amplification

 

2013 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 

Lisa Edwards, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Culligan, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Does RPA1C Play a Role in Meiotic Double-Strand Break Repair?

Cody FitzGerald, Mathematics / Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Vaughn Cooper, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Wrinkly Morphotype Reversion to Mucoid and Its Relevance to Cystic Fibrosis

Alyssa Kelley, Nutrition

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Carey, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Drug Metabolizing Enzymes in Rat Intestine

Caelie Kern, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Is the Molecular Motor Dynein Involved in Translocation of p53 from the Cytoplasm to the Nucleus in IMR-32 Cancer Cells under Severe Stress?

Amber Litterer, Zoology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Berlinsky, Biological Sciences

Topic: Investigating Salinity Tolerance of River Herring during Their Early Life Stages

Cristy Theriault, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Mair, Psychology

Topic: Memory Coding Properties of Rat Prefrontal Neurons

 

2013 Research Presentation Grant

Jenny Jing, Biomedical Sciences

Project Title: An Investigation of the Chemical Phenotype and Genotype of Alveolar Macrophage from Mice Sensitized to Ovalbumin and Fed Dietary Fatty Acids that Vary in N-6 and N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Conference: National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Sophia Burke, Environmental Science: Ecosystems

Project Title: Acoustic Monitoring of Ebullitive Flux from a Mire Ecosystem in Subarctic Sweden

Conference: American Geophysical Union-Fall Conference

 

2013 Honors Thesis Grant

Elora Demers, Biochemistry 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Thesis: Arabidopsis thaliana Mutant Screen to Identify Mutations in the PP2A Pathway

Lauren Tassone, Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science 

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adele Marone, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Thesis: ABO Blood Type and Diet Correlation Study

 

2012 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Peter Abdu, Wildlife Ecology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Peter Pekins, Natural Resources

Topic: Standardizing a Non-Invasive Survey Method to Estimate Population Density of American Martens in Northern New Hampshire

Gina Chaput, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Transforming Chlorella accD Gene into Tobacco to Increase Lipid Production

Jonathan Fogel, General Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences

Topic: Expression of Non-Native Lipases in Plants for Biodiesel Production

Alyssa Mixon, General Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anita Klein, Biological Sciences

Topic: An Investigation of Zostera marina (Eelgrass) Resilience through Genetic Diversity

Scott Morin, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Cloning cDNA of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Isoforms from Brains of Black Sea Bass, Centropristis striata

Elizabeth Natola, Wildlife Ecology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources

Topic: Phylogeography of New England Cottontails

Jennifer Roloff, Nutritional Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Carey, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: BAI vs. BMI as Predictors of Body Fat in College Students 

Jillian Smith, Nutrition, Dietetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Joanne Curran-Celentano, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Studying the Relationship Between Plasma and Milk Carotenoid Concentrations in Jersey Cows at the Two UNH Dairy Research Facilities

Taylor Warren, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Vaughn Cooper, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Effects of New Beneficial Mutations in Multiple Environments

Samantha Werner, Animal Science: Pre-Vet

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andre Brito, Biological Sciences

Topic: Enhancing Milk Components and Reducing Methane Emissions of Organic Dairy Cattle with Winter Supplementation of Ground Flaxseed

Cody White, Neuroscience: Integrative

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Winsor Watson, Biological Sciences

Topic: Toward Understanding Circadian Rhythm Entrainment in Juvenile American Lobsters (Homarus americanus)

Caroline Wuest, General Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences

Topic: Gene and Promoter Cloning and Gene Transfer in Porphyra

Sarah Yunes, Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Cytoplasmic Sequestration of p53 in Human SKBR3 Breast Cancer Cells: Is Mortalin Involved?

 

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad

Sean Santos, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Thomas Davis, Biological Sciences

Research Site: Lyon, France

Topic: A Genome Wide Association Study of Ewing Sarcoma: Looking for Susceptibility to a Disease

 

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA

Keith Breau, Medical Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Louis Tisa, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Correlation of Heavy Metal Resistance Activity to Frankia gene P1B-type ATPase

Elizabeth Burgess, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Dennis Mathews, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Interaction of Auxin and Cytokinin during Root Growth in Arabidopsis thaliana

Sophia Burke, Environmental Science: Ecosystems

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Systems Research Center

Topic: How Does Thawing Permafrost Affect Methane Flux to the Atmosphere? Measuring Ebullitive Flux from Intermediate Thaw Ponds

Tyler Burks, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Leah Woods, Art & Art History

Topic: Technological Trade-off

Benjamin Claxton, Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Is Cytoplasmic Sequestration of p53 Characteristic of Patient-Derived Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) Cells and is the Mitochondrial Hsp70 Protein Mortalin Involved?

Logan Cline, Biology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew Tarr, Natural Resources

Topic: Effects of the Exotic Shrub Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) on the Diet Composition of Nestling Common Yellowthroats

Sarah Dudek, Wildlife Ecology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew Tarr, Natural Resources

Topic: Does Facial Mask Size Indicate Territory Quality of Male Common Yellowthroats?

Evan Ehrlich, Wildlife Ecology

Molly Hunt, Wildlife Ecology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources

Topic: Analysis of Behavior and Song in Hybrid Male Saltmarsh x Nelson's Sparrows

Sara Fechner, Nutrition

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Carey, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Development of an Obesity Prevention Program using Participatory Action Research

Katie Kozacka, Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Cote, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Proteomic Analysis of Binding Interactions between PDE6 and its Inhibitory Subunit

Kaitlyn LaCourse, Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Louis Tisa, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Identification of the Genetic Loci Involved in Serratia sp. SCBI Production of Antimicrobial Agents

Feier Liu, Biomedical Sciences (MVS)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: If at First You Don't Succeed, Evolve: An Experimental Evolution Approach to Elucidating the Basis of Dark Symbiont Exclusion in the Squid-Vibrio Symbiosis

Caitlin McCarthy, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Characterization of Cellular FLICE Inhibitory Protein (c-FLIP) in Cells of Human Cervical Cancer (HeLa cells)

Cameron Vergato, Medical Laboratory Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Does DNA Damage from Etoposide Stress Lead to Increased Expression of p53 and BAX in IMR-32 Neuroblastoma Cells?

Taylor Warren, Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Vaughn Cooper, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: The Effects of Prior Adaptation on Ecological Niche Breadth

 

2012 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Elsa Lindgren, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Winsor Watson, Biological Sciences

Topic: How do Lobsters Hear?

Timothy Marquis, Biomedical Sciences (MVS)

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Training and Learning Research in Molecular, Biochemical and Neuroendocrinological Studies of Brain and Pituitary Hormones of Fish

Avery Normandin, Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Genomics Analysis of Symbiosis Traits

Abigail Van Note, Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. William Kelley Thomas, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Exploring the Role of Epigenetic Modifications in the Transition from Simple Bacterial Genomes to Complex Eukaryotic Genomes

 

2012 Research Presentation Grant

Gina Chaput, Genetics

Project Title: Biodiesel: Utilization of Waste Water to Cultivate Microalgae Oil Feedstock with CO2 Sesquestration and Nitrate Deprivation

Conference: Energy & Environment Conference/Expo

Elora Demers, Biochemistry

Project Title: A Screen to Identify Mutants with a Sodium-Induced Root Skewing Phenotype

Conference: Northeast Section of the American Society of Plant Biology

Jenny Jing, Biomedical Science

Project Title: Assaying Antioxidant Capacity in Strawberry Fruit

Conference: National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Alyssa Mixon, General Biology

Project Title: An Investigation of Zostera marina (Eelgrass) Resilience through Genetic Diversity

Conference: Northeast Undergraduate Research Development Symposium

Scott Morin, Biology

Project Title: Cloning cDNA of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Isoforms from Brains of Black Seas Bass, Centropristis striata

Conference: National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Isabella Oleksy, Environmental Science

Project Title: A Spatial Analysis of Didymosphenia geminate (Rock Snot) in the New York City Watershed

Conference: Ecological Society of America Conference

 

2012 Honors Thesis Grant

Michaela Barhite, Nutritional Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Carey, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences

Thesis: Do Environmental Chemicals Predict Weight Gain in College Students?

 

2011 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Kelly Boisvert, Biology: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michelle Scott, Biological Sciences
Topic: Social Learning and Problem Solving in the Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Christopher Bottom, Wildlife Ecology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. John A. Litvaitis, Natural Resources
Topic: Using Remotely Triggered Cameras to Identify Habitat Use Patterns by Bobcats (Lynx rufus) in New Hampshire

Andrew Butler, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources
Topic: Hybridization between Rare New England Cottontails and Common Eastern Cottontails: Genetic Results Using Microsatellite DNA and Implications for Conservation of a Declining Species

Gina Chaput, Genetics
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Isolating and Cloning the Chlorella accD Gene for Use in Increasing Lipid Production

Rachel Donner, Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Topic: 20,000 Leagues Under tadC: The Adaptive Benefits of tadC in the Squid-Vibrio Symbiosis Experimental Evolution

Morgan Dube, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Donald Chandler, Zoology
Topic: Distribution and Abundance of Odonata from a Longitudinal Transect of the Lamprey River

Elizabeth Dwinell, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Cote, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Recombinant Expression of Phosphodiesterase (PDE) for Studying Differences between the Photoreceptor (PDE6) and Smooth-Muscle (PDE5) Enzyme Families

Ryan Finethy, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Feixia Chu, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Quantitative Analysis of Histone Modifications Resulting from the DNA Damage Response

Bridget Foley, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA Variation in the New England Cottontail

Haeleigh Hyatt, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michelle Scott, Biological Sciences
Topic: Can Dogs Understand Human Cues Even with Distractions?

Suzanne Johnson, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Winsor Watson, Biological Sciences
Topic: The Effect of Burying on Horseshoe Crab Heart and Respiration Rate

Christina Loporcaro, Biochemistry/Pre-Med
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Cote, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Topic: The Molecular Basis of Differences in Light Responsiveness of Rods and Cones: Role of the PDE6 Inhibitory Subunit

Ashley Matthews, Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences
Topic: Optimizing the Production of a Taste-Bud Modifying Protein (Miraculin)

Reed Mitchell, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Winsor Watson, Biological Sciences
Topic: Detecting the Presence and Location of Circadian Neurons in the Marine Gastropod Melibe leonina

Alyssa Mixon, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anita Klein, Biological Sciences
Topic: An Investigation of Zostera marina (Eelgrass) Resilience through Genetic Diversity in the New England and New York Coastal Areas

Katrina Papanastassiou, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources
Topic: Investigating Fine-Scale Genetic Structure within Populations of Saltmarsh Sparrows

Hannah Rankin, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anthony Tagliaferro, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Research Study to Characterize Phagocytosis Behavior of 3D4/31 Porcine Alveolar Macrophages In Vitro

Michael Sellarole, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences
Topic: Sticky Tomatoes: Production of Barnacle Glue in Tomato Fruit

Brittany Welch, ANSC: PreVet
Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Comparison of Effectiveness of Daily Deworming with Pyrantel Tartrate to Rotational Deworming with Pyrantel Pamoate

William Wyman, Biomedical Sciences: Medical Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Culligan, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Identification of Novel atr “Suppressor” Mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad

Alyssa Mixon, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anita Klein, Biological Sciences
Research Site: Groningen, Netherlands
Topic: An Investigation of Zostera marina (Seagrass) Resilience through Genetic Diversity in the Northern Hemisphere

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA

Andrew Blake, Neuroscience and Behavior
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Mair, Psychology
Topic: The Effects of Subiculum on Pre-Frontal Cortex in Spatial Memory Tasks

Amanda Cavanaugh, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Brett Gibson, Psychology
Topic: Long-Distance Travelling Salesperson Problem in Pigeons 

Jessica R. Child, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jill McGaughy, Psychology
Topic: The Effects of Enrichment on Sustained Attention

Elora Demers, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Plant Biology and Genetics
Topic: Arabidopsis thaliana Mutant Screen to Identify Mutations in the PP2A Pathway

Stephen Dunn, Genetics
Faculty Mentor: Prof. John Collins, Genetics
Topic: A Study of Src: Tracing the Evolution of a Cancer Gene

Umija Durakovic, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Louis Tisa, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Identification of Putative Genes Involved in Antimicrobial Production of Photorhabdus temperata

Hannah Eldred, Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Does Cytoplasmic Sequestration of p53 Occur in Patient Derived Neuroblastoma Cells and is the Mitochondrial Hsp70 Protein Mortalin Involved?

Ryan Finethy, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Feixia Chu, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Investigating the Role of H2AX Serine 121 phosphorylation in the DNA Damage Response

Matthew Gerding, Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Genetics
Topic: Can a Direct Method for Characterizing the Virulence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Be Found within Fruit Fly Infections?

Taylor Hickman, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Feixia Chu, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Epigenetic Regulation in Rett Syndrome

Katherine Lantz, Medical Laboratory Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Topic: Production of Human Alpha-Galactosidase A in Plants: Do I Have the Right Thing?

Adam Marquis, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kimberly Babbitt, Natural Resources
Topic: Landscape and Local-Scale Effects on Stream Salamanders in Southeastern New Hampshire

Elizabeth Orlowicz, Biology: Marine & Freshwater
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marion Girard-Dorsey, History
Topic: Total War and the Masters of Surviving: Propaganda and Advertising of World War II Companies

Jonathan K. Trudeau, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Peter Pekins, Natural Resources
Topic: Ecology and Social Structure of Black Bears in Central New Hampshire

Lindsey Wright, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Smith, Natural Resources and the Environment
Topic: Do Forest Edges Mediate Community Invisibility in Pastures?

2011 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Jacqueline Amante, Environmental Science: Ecosystems
Research Site: Abisko, Sweden 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Complex Systems Research Center
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Patrick Crill, Stockholm University
Topic: Quantifying Methane Ebullitive Flux from Subarctic Ecosystems

Tyler Burks, Biology: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Research Site: Wageningen, Holland 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Taylor, Biological Sciences
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Henk Parmentier, Wageningen University
Topic: Identifying Immune Spectratypes in Lines Selected for Differential Antibody Response

2011 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Emily Spognardi, Wildlife Ecology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Peter Pekins, Natural Resources
Topic: Field Research in Wildlife Management: Habitat Use of American Martens and Movements of Translocated Nuisance Black Bears

2011 Research Presentation Grant

Alyssa Birt, Animal Science
Project Title: Genetic Expression of Fas in the Bovine Corpus
Conference: National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Gina Chaput, Genetics
Project Title: Utilization of Waste Water for Microalgae Oil Feedstock
Conference: Energy, Utility, & Environment

Elise Koob, Biology: Marine & Freshwater
Project Title: Age, Growth and Maturity of Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon specieosus) in Australian Waters
Conference: National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Stephen McKernan, Biology: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental
Project Title: A Comparison of Tide Pool Populations of Codim fragile ssp. fragile within the Brave Boat Harbor Estuary, York-Kittery, ME
Conference: Northeast Algal Symposium

2011 Honors Thesis Grant

Andraya Ehrlich, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Thomas Laue, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
Thesis: Measurement of Ribonuclease Sa Charge Variants with Membrane-Confined Electrophoresis

2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

(SURF) USA

Kimberly Archambault, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: The Role of the Deubiquinase, HAUSP in the Induction of Apoptosis in Human Colorectal Cancer Cells and Cancerous Clam Hemocytes

Alyssa Birt, Animal Science: Bioscience & Technology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Townson, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Genetic Expression of Fas in the Bovine Corpus Luteum

Kirsten Bruell, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Examining the Distribution of Auxin in the Root Tips of the Arabidopsis thaliana a1 Mutant in Response to Gravity Stimulation

Tyler Burks, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Taylor, Biological Sciences
Project: Differential Gene Expression in Developing Immune Tissue from High and Low Antibody Response Chicken Lines

Jeremy Dobbins-Bucklad, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Clyde Denis, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: The Effects of Stress Conditions on Protein Translation: Observing Effect through Analysis of 48S Complex Formation and Steady-State Levels


Mitchell Granoff, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Clyde Denis, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences Project: Evaluating Identification of Novel Protein in the Translation Initiation Complex

Kristen Greene, Animal Science: Pre-Vet
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andre Brito, Biological Sciences
Project: Molasses as an Alternative Energy Feed Source for Organic Dairies

Suzanne LaChance, Zoology
Research Site: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michelle Scott, Biological Sciences
Onsite Faculty Mentor: Ms. Holly West, Mote Marine Laboratory
Project: Environmental Enrichment of Blind (Chelonia mydas) and Fully-Sighted (Caretta caretta) Sea Turtles

Katherine Lantz, Medical Laboratory Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences
Project: Analysis of Plant-Produced Enzymes for Use in Enzyme Replacement Therapy

Stephen McKernan, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anita Klein, Biological Sciences
Project: An Investigation of the Invasion Pattern and Reproductive Strategy of the Invasive Species Codium fragile in the Northwest Atlantic Based on Molecular and Ecological Data

Allison McQueen, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gale Carey, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Brominated Flame Retardants: Do They Affect Liver Glucose Metabolism?

Ashley Miranda, Animal Science: Pre-Vet
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andre Brito, Biological Sciences
Project: In Vitro Gas Profile of High- and Low-Sugar Alfalfa Supplemented with Molasses or Corn Meal

Daniel Mulhern, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences Project: Is the Mitochondrial Heat Shock Protein Mortalin Involved in Cytoplasmic Sequestration of p53 in Human Neuroblastoma Cells?

Katrina Papanastassiou, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Adrienne Kovach, Natural Resources & The Environment
Project: The Effects of Researcher Activity on the Nesting Success of Saltmarsh Sparrows

Ciara Dimou, Biology
Dana Daukss, Biochemistry
Kristen Gazda, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: The Effects of Novel Lamprey Rfamide Peptides in Petromyzon marinus (Sea Lamprey) Neuroendocrine System

Kristin Duclos, Biology: Marine & Freshwater
Daniel Merselis, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. David Berlinsky, Biological Sciences
Project: The Effect of Salinity on Growth and Relative Expression of Na/K ATPase in Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax)


2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

(SURF) Abroad

Elise Koob, Biology: Marine & Freshwater
Research Site: Brisbane, Australia
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Molly Lutcavage, Biological Sciences
Foreign Mentor: Dr. Shane Griffiths, Marine & Atmospheric Research
Project: Biology and Feeding Ecology of Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon speciosous) in Australian Waters

2010 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Abigail Boduch, Biochemistry/ International Affairs
Research Site: Madrid, Spain
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Culligan, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Foreign Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Cristano Gutierrez, University Autonoma of Madrid
Project:Exploration of GL2-Expression Modulator (GEM)

Henry Jones, Wildlife Ecology
Research Site: Evenstad, Norway 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Peter Pekins, Natural Resources
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Torstein Storass, Hedmark University
Project: Predation on Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) Nests – Losses to Different Predators

Katherine Lawrence, Biochemistry
Research Site: Madrid, Spain 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Thomas Laue,
Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. German Rivas, University of Madrid
Project: Determining Physical Properties of Macromolecules in Crowded Solutions

Natallia Leuchanka, Environmental Science/International Affairs
Research Site: Quintana Roo, Mexico 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Barrett Rock, Natural Resources
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Mr. Sam Meacham, CINDAQ
Project: Remote Sensing of Forest Types in the Maya Mountains of Belize

Althea Marks, Environmental Science
Research Site: Nanjing, China 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. William McDowell, Natural Resources
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Honghua Ruan, Nanjing Forestry University
Project: Relationships between Soil C:N and Stream DOC, Stream Nitrate, and Elevation in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian and Jiangxi Provinces, China

2010 Undergraduate Research Award

Audra Chaput, Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michelle Scott, Biological Sciences
Project: Courtship or Combat? How Male Siamese Fighting Fish Communicate in Mixed-Sex Social Environments and the Effect of Nest Possession on Their Display Behavior

Lindsay Chase, Animal Science, Pre-Vet
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andre Brito, Organic Dairy Management
Project: Effect of Kelp on Growth of Dairy Calves

Alexander Cubberley, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Charles Walker, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Transport of p53 to the Mitochondria

Natalie Delfosse, Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jesse Morrell, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Chronic Disease Risk Factors in College-Aged Adults

Kiely Feldman, Environmental Conservation
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Hobbie, Complex Systems Research Center
Project: Comparing Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Conventional and Organic Dairies at UNH

Norman H. Hassell, Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Determining the Role of Siderophore in Vibrio-Euprymna Symbiosis: Iron Acquisition versus Protection from Oxidative Stress

Haeleigh Hyatt, Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Orchid Propagation: Keiki Inducement in Phalaenopsis and Seed Germination

Ciara Kazakis, Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Stacia Sower, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Specificity Determination and Characterization of a Specific Polyclonal Lamprey GnRH-II Antibody

Katherine Lantz, Medical Laboratory Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences
Project: Inexpensive Production of Enzymes for Use in Enzyme Replacement Therapy: Using Tobacco as a Bioreactor

Andrew McDermott, Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Lesser, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Sequencing of Superoxide Dismutase Genes in the Symbiotic Algae (Symbidinium sp.) of Tropical Anemones and Their Response to Oxidative Stress

Anna Tyzik, Medical Laboratory Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Whistler, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: A Killer in the Water: Environmental Vibrio cholerae Confirmed in the Great Bay Estuary

Evelyn Yuen, Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jesse Morrell, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Physical Activity and Bone Health of College Students

Amy Dickson, Zoology
Katie Jennings, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Wayne Fagerberg, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Tissue Dynamics of the Capture Phase of the Venus Flytrap Closure

Melanie D’Andrea, Biology
Jordan Morelli, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Estelle Hrabak, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences
Project: Identifying Palmitoyltransferase Mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana

2010 Research Presentation Grant

Caryn MacDonald, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Project Title: Identification of Two Novel Type-II GnRH Receptors in the Sea Lamprey, a Basal Vertebrate
Conference: Society of Comparative and Integrative Biology, Seattle, WA

Margret Mansfield, Microbiology
Project Title: Using Confocal Microscopy to Study the Infection of Mentha longifolia by a GFP Strain of the Verticillium Wilt Pathogen
Conference: American Phytopathological Society 2010 Meeting, Nashville, TN

Riley Nolan, General Biology
Project Title: Potential of the Invasive Colonial Ascidian, Didemnum vexillum, to Limit Swimming Behavior of the Sea Scallop, Placopecten magellanicus
Conference: International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference, Woods Hole, MA

Rebecca Riding, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Project Title: Detecting Interactions between PP2A C Subunit Genes and PP2A-Interacting Proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana
Conference: American Society of Plant Biologists, Garden City, NY

Kaylene Szeto, Zoology
Project Title: Assessing Rapid Evolution of the Chemical Recognition of an Invasive Crab Species in Tasmania
Conference: International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, Portland, OR

2010 Honors Thesis Grant

Amy Beliveau, Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Joanne Curran-Celentano, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
Thesis: Phytonutrients in Microgreens