Undergraduate Research Fellows Named for 2013-2014

May 01, 2013

Congratulations to the recipients of the GW Undergraduate Research Award and the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Sponsored by the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the GW Undergraduate Research Award gives promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in well-defined research project under the guidance of a faculty member in their chosen field of study.  

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowships are part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences comprehensive undergraduate initiative to promote discovery- and inquiry-based education throughout the undergraduate experience at GW.

Both research fellowship programs support for student research carried out in collaboration with, and under the guidance of, at least one faculty mentor.

GW Undergraduate Research Awardees:

Samantha Bauer, Geological Sciences

  • Faculty Mentor: Richard Tollo, Director, Geology Program and Professor of Geosciences
  • Project: “Ti-in-quartz Geothermometry Comparison of Ancient and Modern Volcanic Complexes: Implications for Pre-Eruptive Magmatic Processes in Silicic Volcanic Systems”

 

Brady Baldwin, Economics

  • Faculty Mentor: James Foster, Director, Institute for International Economic Policy and Professor of Economics and International Affairs
  • Project: “Do Institutions Shape the Perception of Opportunity? Theory and Experimental Evidence”

 

Asthaa Chaturvedi, International Affairs

  • Faculty Mentor: Barbara Miller, Director, Institute for Global and International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
  • Project: “Empowering women collectively and individually from her perspective: A Case Study of SEWA Delhi”

 

Daniel Foreman, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Akos Vertes, Deputy Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry
  • Project: “Metabolic Analysis of Guard Cells in Arabidopis Thaliana”

 

Alexis Gorin, Biomedical Engineering

  • Faculty Mentor: Akos Vertes, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Project: “Analysis of the network signature of normal and impaired cortical development”

 

Hillary Hecht, Dance and Organizational Sciences

  • Faculty Mentor: Nils Olsen, Assistant Professor of Organizational Sciences
  • Project: “Networking in Dance: Connecting Physically and Connecting Professionally”

 

Andrew Kaiser, History

  • Faculty Mentor: C. Thomas Long, Assistant Professor of History
  • Project: “The Austrian Canine Corps 1890-1918: The Use of Dogs in the Habsburg Army”

 

Caitlin Keliher, Economics and Chinese Language and Literature

  • Faculty Mentor: Bruce Dickson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
  • Project: “China's Next Generation of Women Leaders: Promoting Gender Equality through Education System Reforms”

 

Mitch Langley, Latin America Studies

  • Faculty Mentor: Joseph Dymond, Assistant Professor of Geography
  • Project: “Bus Rapid Transit in South America:  Comparative Study of Bus Transportation Networks in Chile and Ecuador”

 

Wei Ting Chelsea Lee, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Michael Massiah, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Project: “Protein Alpha4 structure determination with multi-dimensional NMR spectrometer”

 

Cameron Neilley, History

  • Faculty Mentor: Denver Brunsman, Assistant Professor of History
  • Project: “French Canadians and the War of 1812”

 

Robin Pokorski, Classical Studies

  • Faculty Mentor: Suzanne Miller, Assistant Professor of History
  • Project: “‘Such thievery made on a Christian people': Furta Sacra Narratives and the Fourth Crusade”

 

Laurel Poolman, Archaeology

  • Faculty Mentor: Eric Cline, Chair, Department of Classical & Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Professor of Classics and of Anthropology
  • Project: “Stable Isotope Analysis of Enamel Apatite from Late Bronze Age Megiddo”

 

Rebecca Prather, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Scott Powell, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Project: “Understanding Mechanisms of Community Assembly Using the Charismatic Acorn Ants of East Coast Oak Forests”

 

Molly Seltzer, International Affairs

  • Faculty Mentor: Peter Linquiti, Interim Director, Environmental Resource Policy Program
  • Project: “Framing Environmental Problems: Analysis of DC Storm Water Runoff and Recycling at GWU”

 

Gloriana Sojo Lara, International Affairs

  • Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Chacko, Chair, Department of Geography and Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs
  • Project: “Motivations, Impacts and Implications of Costa Rican Policies: Case Studies of Costa Rican-Nicaragua and Costa Rica-Panama Border Regions”

 

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellows:

Julia Accetta, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Ioannis Eleftherianos, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Project: “Role of Endosymbiotic Bacteria in the Host Immune Response to Parasitic Infection”

 

Fatima Alam, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Irene Riz, Assistant Professor of Anatomy
  • Project: “The Role of KLF4 Transcription Factor in Multiple Myeloma Drug Resistance”

 

Brandon Aversano, American Studies

  • Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Nash, Assistant Professor of American Studies
  • Project: “Looking Past Epidemic as Identity”

 

Anna Brenner, English

  • Faculty Mentor: Daniel DeWispelare, Assistant Professor of English
  • Project: “Exploding Fantasies: Gothic Creationism in Modern Film”

 

Jong Byun, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Patricia Berg, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Project: “The Quantification of Secreted BP1 Protein in Serum of Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer”

 

Nicole Cunningham, Dramatic Literature

  • Faculty Mentor: Leslie Jacobson, Director of Classical Acting and Professor of Theater
  • Project: “Theatre for social change: Young Adults and Depression”

 

Ryan Fletcher, Philosophy

  • Faculty Mentor: Rachel Stein, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Project: “Measuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law in the Face of Irregular Enemies”

 

Ian Funk, History

  • Faculty Mentor: Erin Chapman, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Studies
  • Project: “Male/Female; Hetero/Homo: Dichotomy, Definition, and a New Understanding of Sexuality in the New Negro Era”

 

Jacob Garber, English

  • Faculty Mentor: Margaret Soltan, Associate Professor of English
  • Project: “This is Wallace: The Pale King and Socratic Modernism”

 

Nicholas Gaskill, Chemistry

  • Faculty Mentor: Michael King, Chair and Professor of Chemistry
  • Project: “Synthesis of Iodinated Imidazole Derivatives as Potential Antimalarials”

 

Shailly Gaur, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Sally Moody, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Project: “Maternal determinants of neutral fate in Xenopus laevis

 

Heather Gross, Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • Faculty Mentor: Adrienne Hancock, Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Project: “Acoustic and Aerodynamic Measures of the Voice during Pregnancy”

 

Emmeline Ha, Chemistry

  • Faculty Mentors: Aleksandar Jeremic, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Robert Donaldson, Professor of Biology
  • Project: “An Insight into Diabetes: Thiol-senstive Mechanisms for Amylin Toxicity in Pancreatic Cells”

 

Shaun Harrison, Sociology

  • Faculty Mentor: Antwan Jones, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Project: “Mental health as a Societal Process and Problem”

 

Felisa Hsieh, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Alexander Pyron, Robert Griggs Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Project: “Speciation and Gene Flow in Northern American Snakes”

 

Alexandra Kralick, Biological Anthropology

  • Faculty Mentor: Shannon McFarlin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Project: “Refined Study of Dental Development and Life History of Virunga Mountain Gorillas from Rwanda”

 

Sam Lyons, Psychology and Spanish

  • Faculty Mentor: Huynh-Nhu (Mimi) Le, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Project: “The Psychological Well-Being of Latino and African-American Adolescent Fathers”

 

April MacIntyre, Anthropology

  • Faculty Mentor: John Hawdon, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Tropical Medicine and of Biological Sciences
  • Project: “Effects of Tropical Plant M. Charantia on Various Stages of Hookworm A. Ceylancium

 

Max Mandelbaum, Biology and Public Health

  • Faculty Mentor: Sally Moody, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Project: “Maternal Determinants of Neural Fate in Xenopus laevis

 

Sarah McCormack, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Ioannis Eleftherianos, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Project: “Effect of Aging on the Host Immune Response to Bacterial Infections”

 

Thomas McWilliams, Computer Science and Psychology

  • Faculty Mentor: Myeong-Ho Sohn, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Project: “Goal-dependency and perspective-change in motor resonance”

 

Matthew Nickley, Dramatic Literature

  • Faculty Mentor: Leslie Jacobson, Director of Classical Acting and Professor of Theater
  • Project: “Characters of Freedom: The Theatre of South Africa”

 

Sean O’Connell, Political Science

  • Faculty Mentor: Danny Hayes, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Project: “The Effect of Party Position Shifts on the Media's Portrayal of Immigration Reform”

 

James Park, Physics

  • Faculty Mentor: Gerald Feldman, Professor of Physics
  • Project: “Measurement of the Isovector Giant Quadrupole Resonance in 124Sn Using Polarized Photon Scattering”

 

Chiara Scarpelli, Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • Faculty Mentor: Cynthia Core, Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Project: “Predictors of Successful Bilingual Speech Acquisition at 48 Months”

 

Hunter Scott, Sociology

  • Faculty Mentor: William Chambliss, Professor of Sociology
  • Project: “Investigating the Spatial Politics of Homelessness in Washington, DC”

 

Max Silverman, Psychology

  • Faculty Mentor: Tara Behrend, Assistant Professor of Organizational Sciences
  • Project: “Excuses, Excuses: Attributions and Email Disclaimers in Mobile Communications”

 

Milica Taskovic, Mathematics

  • Faculty Mentor: Valentina Harizanov, Professor of Mathematics
  • Project: “Axiom of Choice across Mathematical Disciplines”

 

Christian Thomas, Biological Anthropology

  • Faculty Mentors: Chet Sherwood, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Shannon McFarlin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Project: “Meissner’s Corpuscle Density: A Comparative Study of Humans and our Primate Relatives”

 

Cory Trio, Political Science

  • Faculty Mentor: Danny Hayes, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Project: “Framing the Poor: The Impact of Media Coverage on Inequality in Washington, DC”

 

Spiridon Vonortas, Chemistry

  • Faculty Mentor: Michael Bukrinsky, Professor of Microbiology & Tropical Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
  • Project: “The Method of Incorporation of MCM5 into HIV Virions”

 

Aaron Yazidan, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Lindsa Kusner, Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Project: “Survivin Vaccination for EAMG (Experimentally Acquired Myasthenia Gravis)”

 

Manar Zaghlula, Biology

  • Faculty Mentor: Joshua Corbin, Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Physiology
  • Project: “Molecular, Structural and Behavioral Changes in Rescued Dbx1 Conditional Knock-out Mice Using Gene Therapy”