Awards and Recognitions

Biology majors (or students from other departments) and their faculty mentors received numerous awards and recognitions at the 5th Annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Expo banquet, Friday, April 20, 2018.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Awardees (Summer 2018)

  1. Katherine W. Harmon. (Biology)  Rhomboid gene silencing using synthetic siRNAs in Tritrichomonas foetus.  (Mentor: Dr. Ashwini Kucknoor)
  2. Katelin Catching. (Biology) The role of plastic waste in causing disease in the coral Porites astreoides direct pathogen transmission or indirect facilitation? (Mentor: Dr. Matthew Hoch)
  3. Ashley Borel and Hayden Henslee. (Biology)  Microbes Found in Plastics from River Runoff and Their Potential Role in Coral Disease of the Meso- American Barrier Reef, Belize.  (Mentor: Dr. Matthew Hoch)
  4. Isaac Angeron. (Mechanical Engineering)  Fabrication of Large Antifouling Patterns via Hot Embossing Methods for Marine Coatings.  (Mentors: Dr. Keivan Davami & Dr. Maryam Vasefi)
  5. Mackenzi Hudson. (Psychology; Biology minor)  Creating a Data Mining Program to Assess and Reduce Alzheimer's Disease Risk.  (Mentors: Dr. Maryam Vasefi & Dr. Mahdi Safa) 
  6. Frederick Donahey. (Pre-medical, Chemical Engineering)  Analysis of Noncoding Regions of the Chlorplast Genome for Phylogentic and Population Genetic Diversity in Hesperocyparis Macrocarpa Clade (California Cypress; Cupressaceae)  (Mentor: Dr. Randall Terry)

Awards from 5th Annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Expo

  1. Jordan Kenfack (Biology) - First place, oral presentation (Mentor: Dr. Ashwini Kucknoor)
  2. Alex Sholl (Biology) - Outstanding poster presentation, advanced (Mentor: Dr. Randall Terry)
  3. Roshney Ali (Biology) - Outstanding poster presentation, advanced (Mentor: Dr. Maryam Vasefi)
  4. Jordan Curl and Edward Doan (Biology, Mechanical Engineering) - Outstanding poster presentation, advanced (Mentor: Dr. Ian Lian)