Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Summer Program

The Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (VURF) is designed to provide financial support (including housing) for student research during the summer. The Faculty Research Advisory Board determines funding allocations to be awarded as stipends for student researchers and faculty collaborators, as well as funding available for supplies, travel, and conference support.

The VURF deadline is March 1, 2018. Letters of support from Faculty Mentors are due Sunday, March 4 by 11:59 p.m. The VURF Selection Committee will notify applicants during the first week of April.

The official VURF application portal can be found here.

  • Students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates during the period of their funded activities.
  • Research projects associated with academic course credit are not eligible for funding; projects may be occasioned by previous coursework, but all projects must be documented as substantive developments beyond the original work.
  • Collaboration between faculty and student researchers is encouraged, but student authorship within the project must be the core element; projects for which students are serving primarily as research assistants for faculty projects will not be funded.
  • All project proposals must include their intended results and the venue within which the completed scholarship will be disseminated.
  • Students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research course

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships is pleased to announce the annual call for proposals for the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VURF) Program. Undergraduates from all Colleges may apply for funding to undertake a scholarly research project with a Faculty Sponsor.

Research projects are conducted during the summer. VURF Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their summer research. On-campus housing accommodations for the summer are available for students whose research requires ready access to campus resources. Students must complete the application for CURF-sponsored summer housing in order to be considered for these accommodations.

The VURF Program also will provide up to $1000 of funding for summer research- for equipment, supplies, travel and other expenses related to conducting research. Conference travel grants up to $500 are available to students to present their research at undergraduate or professional research conferences. Applicants for travel grants- as well as their research mentors- must submit the Research Conference Travel Request Forms on the CURF website.

Your proposal must be submitted via the VURF application portal.  

1.    Application for Funding  

2.    Resume

  • One-page limit.

3.    Research Proposal

  • This two-page document outlines the Who/What/When/Where/Why/How of your proposal for your Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship project. Developing a strong, feasible, and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful grant proposal. Key points include a description of the proposed project, methods, final product, and anticipated schedule.
  • A maximum of two pages of text will be accepted and an additional third page may be used for figures.
  • Format: single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins.

4.    Bibliography

5.    Personal Statement

  • This one-page narrative is designed to give reviewers a picture of you as an individual and about the trajectory you have followed and your future plans. Concentrate on how your background has influenced your development and how that relates to the VURF. This should not be a reiteration of your resume or elaboration of the Research Proposal. Why is this research important to you, academically, personally, or professionally?
  • Format: single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins.

6.    Unofficial transcript

7.    Budget

  • Provide a budget for anticipated costs. Include any additional funding sources or amounts associated with your proposed research project.
  • The budget document should consist of a table of the budget information with brief justification. A budget justification must accompany each expense item and include: Item, Quantity, Cost, Justification, Total.
    • Materials and Supplies - Itemize materials and supplies by nature of expense. Provide the basis for cost estimates or computations (e.g., vendor quotes, prior purchase of similar or like items, etc.)
    • Other – (Subscriptions, access to archives, etc.)

Please note the stipend amount will be $3500 for summer grants (typically 10 weeks, 35 hours per week). This amount is taxable. The Faculty Review Committee reserves the right to set limits on supplementary project costs.

8.    Faculty Sponsor Endorsement and Letter of Support

  • Your faculty sponsor should address your academic potential and your ability to successfully complete the proposed project. The Faculty Sponsor materials will be submitted through the official VURF Application Portal.

9.    Video Interview

  • A two-minute elevator pitch about your proposed research project is required. The video interview will be conducted using InterviewStream, and you can find the official instructions below this drop-down menu.

10.  Apply for CURF-Sponsored Summer Housing.

Note: students that are awarded CURF-Sponsored Summer Housing will receive additional instructions in mid-April. All VURF grantees are guaranteed summer housing on campus, but CURF-Sponsored Summer Housing is limited beyond VURF grantees.  

A completed application consists of the following, uploaded on the official VURF Application Portal:

  1. ____ Application (See official VURF portal)
  2. ____ Resume: Listing your college honors, scholarships, extracurricular activities, publications, community service, performances, employment, hobbies/interests, etc. that you consider most significant.
  3. ____ Research Proposal and citations: Two pages of text, one page for figures. Citations are not considered part of the 3-page limit.
  4. ____ Personal Statement: One page detailing your background and your motivations for pursuing a VURF opportunity.
  5. ____ Transcript(s): Villanova Transcripts can be unofficial. If you would like submit an official transcript please request one at least a day in advance from the Registrar's Office (202 Tolentine Hall). If you have attended other undergraduate institutions for previous full time or summer study, include transcript(s) or copies of your grade reports from these schools.
  6. ____ Budget
  7. ____ Videostream interview: Instructions below.
  8. ____ Faculty Sponsor Endorsement: Your faculty sponsor should address your academic potential and your ability to successfully complete the proposed project. Mentor submits through online portal.
  9. ____ CURF-Sponsored Summer Housing Application 

You have been asked to serve as the Faculty Sponsor for a Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VURF) candidate. If awarded, the VURF program will provides funding for the student to conduct independent research under your mentorship. These awards are granted to students with strong academic records who show potential to excel in scholarly research.

As part of your endorsement, you will be asked to write a letter of recommendation. In this letter, please address the following:

  • How long you have known the student and in what capacity.
  • With specific examples, provide your evaluation of the applicant’s academic, intellectual or artistic abilities with respect to the proposed project. 
  • Your commitment to serve as the faculty sponsor for this project.
  • The nature of any special training or preparation the student has completed to allow execution of the project (may include relevant course work or independent study or consultation with you).
  • Your role as advisor or collaborator in the project.
  • Your critical assessment of the probability of successful completion of the work outlined in the student’s proposal.
  • The nature of any other support you or your department will make available for the project, e.g., archived data, special collections, and laboratory or field equipment.
  • In general terms where the project fits into your area of specialty or field of study.

Your letter of endorsement must contain a declaration of your commitment to serve as Advisor and Mentor to the student and state your commitment to assist the student in completing a successful, active, independent scholarly project; this commitment is essential--and quite distinct from utilizing the student as a research assistant for your own scholarly research. It also assures the student will engage in a meaningful research experience with you as a collaborator.

1. Access InterviewStream: http://villanova.interviewstream.com/

2. Click “Register” underneath the password box to create a free account using your VU e-mail.

3. Once the account has been created, login and click on “Conduct an Interview,” then click on “Created for me.”

4. Find the “VURF Video Application” set of questions. Roll over the image & click on “Start this Interview.”

4. The system will take you through a testing process for your web camera and microphone.

5. The interview set contains 1 question; you will be given 2 minutes to respond. When you are finished answering the question, you may review it, re-do it up to 2 times, or continue.

6. After completing the interview, click “submit.” (Wait for confirmation that the interview is finished before shutting or powering down your laptop. Closing down too quickly may cause you to lose your interview.)

 

 

Past Undergraduate Research Fellows

Click on students' names to read about their experiences!


Name                  

Dept.                          

Mentor                     
Project Title
Summer 2017
Brian
Bentley
Chemistry Kevin
Minbiole
Amphiphilic Quaternary Ammonium Compounds as Antiseptic Agents
Emily
Burton
Biology Robert
Curry
Does extra-pair paternity confound analysis of hatching success in hybridizing songbirds?
Agnes
Cho
Nursing Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell Unintentional Gun Violence by Toddlers & Assessing the Preventative Role of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Alissa
Coonfield
Biology Vikram
Iyengar
The Dynamics of Density and Dispersion in Natural Populations of the Maritime Earwig
Andrew
Deshler
History Jeffrey
Johnson
Racism as a Tool for European Imperial Expansion in the Eighteenth Century
Elizabeth
Eby
Education Jerusha
Conner
Secrets to Success: A Comparative Study of Successful Student Voice Initiatives in Urban, Rural, and Suburban High Schools
Nicholas
Forelli
Chemistry Eduard
Casillas
Synthesis and Physical-Organic Analysis of  Bicyclooctanone analogs of Helminthosporol Sativum
Andrew
Freed
Biology Samantha Chapman The effect of foliar fungal endophytes on freeze tolerance in mangroves
Mykal
Gerald
Biochemistry Aimee
Eggler
One a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Examining Oxidation of Quercetin from Apples and EGCG from Green Tea in Cell Culture Media
Brendan
Gorman
Chemical Engineering Zuyi
Huang
Design of Wetland Microbial Fuel Cell
Taylor Heuermann Biology Robert
Curry
Potential genetic influences on exploratory behavior of black-capped and Carolina chickadees: testing connections with DRD4 and SERT
Christopher
Israel
Electrical and Computer Engineering Ahmad
Hoorfar
Three-Dimensional Space Filling Curve Antennas
Diana
Lampasona
Geography/Environmental Science Nathaniel Weston Creating Digital Elevation Models and Vegetation Classification Systems to Determine Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise in Plum Island, MA
Dillon
McGovern
Psychology Matthew
Matell
The Fasciculus Retroflexus: A Critical Link Between Temporal Perception and Drug Addiction
Mary
Metkus
Biology Troy
Shirangi
From genes to neural circuits to behavior: How the retained gene regulates Drosophila female courtship behavior
Joseph
Michail
Physics David
Chuss
A Polarimetric Study of the Central Molecular Zone's Cool Dust Dynamics
David
Miranda
Humanities Helena
Tomko
The Human Drama: A Literary Approach to the Thomistic Personalism and Theological Imagination of Karol Wojtyla
Patrick
Mitrano-Towers
Biology Matthew Youngman, Ph.D. Living inside a bubble: Investigating how an evolutionarily conserved transcription factor keeps damaging stress at bay during aging
Michael
Morrow
Finance John
Sedunov
The Identification of Trends in Cryptocurrency Markets and Arbitrage Opportunites  
Evana
Mortezavi
Biology Elaine Youngman Investigating Endogenous siRNA Involvement in the Nonstop Decay Pathway in C. elegans
Vincent
Mutolo
Physics David
Chuss
Calibration Techniques in the Search for Cosmic Inflation
Ryan
Searcy
Chemical Engineering Zuyi
Huang
Full Body Cholesterol Modelling and Therapeutic Options
Ethan
Swain
Humanities Kevin
Hughes
The Mediation of the Divine: The History of Theosis in the Latin West
Claire
Teahan
Chemistry
Jared
Paul
Study of Electronic Properties of Ruthenium Hydroxy-Substituted-Polypyridyl Complexes for Hydrogen Production
Vaishnavi
Warrier
Biology James W. Wilson Investigating DNA Damage Repair as a Potential Mechanism for the iprA Gene
Preston Whiteman Mechanical Engineering Aaron
Wemhoff
Modeling Nanoindentation of Colloidal Spheres
Kenna
Yadeta
Psychology Janette
Herbers
Perceptions of Community Support and Emotional Well-Being among Parents in Emergency Housing
Hwa Pyung
Yoo
Education Jerusha
Conner
The Effectiveness of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Fostering 'International Mindedness' in Students
Summer 2016      
Austin
Wild
Psychology Benjamin
Sachs
The Combined Effects of Alcohol and Serotonin Deficiency on Neurogenesis
Breanna
Bennett
Biology Robert
Curry
Investigating the basis of personality: a novel approach using hybrid chickadees
Brianna
Conte
Engineering Jacob
Elmer
Development of an Open-Source Chromatography System for Low-Cost Protein Purification
Devin
Smith
Environmental
Science
Steven
Goldsmith
Establishing a relationship between historical land use change and precipitation patterns on the annual growth of corals from Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico.
Emma
Max
Nursing Meredith
MacKenzie
Just in KASE: Evaluating Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Self-Efficacy to Care for the Dying Patient
Eric
Aldieri
Philosophy Eugene
McCarraher
The Politics of Normcore: Identity & Authenticity within Late American Capitalism
Gerard
Walker
Biology Janice
Knepper
Deregulation of DZIP1L in Mammary Tumor Cells
Gina
Talamo
Environmental
Science
Steven
Goldsmith
Identifying Non-traditional Sources of Triclosan in the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek in Downingtown, PA
Jaclyn
Siegel
Psychology Katina
Sawyer
Eating Disorders in the Workplace
Jingxian
Wang
Engineering Wenqing
Xu
Evaluating the Impact of Natural Coagulants on the Formation of Disinfection Byproducts
Kaitlyn
Stepanek
Humanities Michael
Tomko
The Messianic Figure in a Secular Age
Kathleen
Boyce
History Paul
Steege
American Athletes and Nazi Germany: The Movement to Boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the Context of United States Race Relations
Keith
Thadikaran
Engineering Justinus
Satrio
Study Effects of Pretreatment by Phosphoric Acid on Biomass Feedstock Spent Mushroom Substrate in the Production of Bio-Char and Subsequent Creation of Active Carbon
Kimberly
Cardenas
Engineering Charles
Coe
Producing renewable methane via sorption enhanced catalysis of CO2 methanation
Laura
Meissner
Biology Elaine
Youngman
Investigating the role of small interfering RNAs in producing memory of pathogen exposure in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.
Liam
Jones
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Edward
Sion
Evolution and Accretion Rates of Old Novae and Recurrent Novae: A Test of Hibernation Theory and Type Ia Supernova Progenitor ship
Luke
Izzo
Biochemistry Elaine
Youngman
Investigating a novel Endogenous siRNA Regulatory Mechanism in C. Elegans
Luke
Hensley
English Jean
Lutes
Echoes of Kierkegaard in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury
Marianne
Donley
Chemistry Deanna
Zubris
Synthesis, Characterization, and Styrene Polymerization Studies of a New Iron N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyst for ATRP Polymerization
Maura
Lavelle
Biology Angela
DiBenedetto
The Toxicological Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid on Developing Zebrafish Embryos
Mikala
Jordan
Environmental
Science
Nathaniel
Weston
The Response of Estuarine Metabolism to Changes in Tidal Marsh Elevation due to Sea Level Rise
Morgan
Reid
Psychology Janette
Herbers
Risk Factors for Developmental Delays in Homeless Infants and Toddlers
Nimesha
Mehta
Cognitive
Science
Matthew
Youngman
The Role of SMK-1 in Age Dependent Oxidative Stress Response in C.elegans
Rachel
Azzoli
Economics Sutirtha
Bagchi
What is the effect of variations in gender composition of school boards on school budgets?
Scott
Leighow
Engineering Jens
Karlsson
Quantifying Intracellular Ice Formation in C. Elegans as a Model for Organ Cryopreservation
William
Escobar-
Arrillaga
Biochemistry Jennifer
Palenchar
Kinetic analysis of B-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase (HBDH) in Trypanosoma cruzi
Summer 2015
Kate
Henderson
Geography &
Environment
Steven
Goldsmith
Evaluating the magnitude and chemistry of suspended sediments in the ephermeral streams of Taylor Valley, Antarctica
Meghan
Walsh
Geography &
Environment
Steven
Goldsmith
Exploring the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on Pennsylvania's surfacewaters using streambed sediments
Cara
Mathers

Geography &
Environment
Stephen
Levas
Utilization of C. fluminea to determine point sources of pollution on the Schuylkill River and its tributaries: exploiting the invasive
Ronald
Berna
Computer
Science
William
Fleischman
Mathematical modeling of ebola
Alexandra
Robinson
Econonmics Miron
Wolnicki
The implementation and funding of Bolsa Familia: a focused analysis on conditional cash transfer in education policy as it applies to the political-economic structure of Brazil
Matthew
Zarenkiewicz
Communications Gordon
Coonfield
Patrick Modiano's Memory: Post-Memory and Oblivion in Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of Ruin
Katrina
Marks
Communications Gordon
Coonfield
From Memorial Altars to Altered Memory: Memorializing the Collective Trauma of Zanzibar's Slave Trade
Stephen
Purcell
English Gregory
Hoskins
Morality, Rationality, and Religious Authority in Stoker's Dracula
Abram
Capone
Philosophy Gabriel
Rockhill
Re-Interpreting Jean-Paul Satre's Concept of Commitment
Brandon
Chu
Biology Anil
Bamezai
Investigating lymphoid tssue inducer cells on the inhibited development of Peyer's patches in Ly-6A transgenic mice
Megan
Foley
Biology Adam
Langley
The role of microbial community in deep soil organic matter decomposition
Prem
Patel
Biology
Matthew
Youngman
Examining the role of DAF-18, a PTEN homolog, on age-dependent regulation of DAF-16
Anna
Boyd
Peace
& Justice
Brigid
Dwyer
The Visibility and Impact of Race in Mass Incarceration and Food Insecurity
Francesca
Cocchi
Humanities Michael
Tomko
Theology, Morality and the Dystopian Craze: How The Divine Comedy Informs Divergent
Anna
Briker
Biochemistry Aimee
Eggler
Quantifying the effect of reactive
Rishi
Chauhan
Chemistry Konstantinos
Agrios,
Aimee
Eggler
Synthesis of Nrf2: are activators mimicking a natural product structural motif
Matthew
Oleksak
Biochemistry
Daniel
Kraut
Effects of aromatic paddle mutations on the 26S proteasome
Erin
Peterson
Chemistry Jared
Paul
Synthesis and characterization of [Ru(bpy)2(55'bby(OH)2)]2+ (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine; 55'bpy(OH)2 = 5,5'-dihydroxy-2,2'-bipyridine)
Stephen
Werpehowski
Computer
Science
William
Wagner
Real-time data visualizations within a cave automatic virtual environment
Nicholas
Ribaudo
Chemical
Engineering
Zuyi
Huang
Microbial fuel cell scale-up
Zachery
Smith
Chemical
Engineering
Rees
Rankin
Rational design of cost-effective CO2 electro-reduction catalysts with hybrid tungsten carbide/graphene systems
Cory
Byrnes
Civil & Environmental
Engineering
Wenqing
Xu
A green remediation strategy for contaminated soils and sediments
Samantha
Kalup
Mechanical
Engineering
David
Jamison
Development of a Constitutive Model for the lumbar inververtebral disc subjected to transient non-acute loading conditions
James
Sutherland-Foggio
Mechanical
Engineering
Calvin
Li
Experimental study of magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles on thermomagnetic energy conversion rate
Theresa
Thompson
Mechanical
Engineering
Ani
Ural
Influence of advanced glycation end products and mineralization on cortical bone fracture resistance
Summer 2014
Eric
Aldieri
Astrophysics &
Planetary Science
Edward
Guinan
Investigating SN 2014J in M82: a laboratory for testing models and calibrations of type Ia supernovae
Mandi
Fry
Astrophysics &
Planetary Science
Scott
Engle
The secret lives of cepheids project
Nick
Ader
Biochemistry Aimee
Eggler
Looking for untapped reserves of synergy in biofuel plants
Hyewon
Kim
Biochemistry Daniel
Kraut
Individualized functions of the rpt subunits of the 26S proteasome
Tim
Marshall
Chemistry Bryan
Eigenbrodt
Synthesis of characterization of fuel cell electrolytes
Garrett
Waligroski
Chemistry Amanda
Grannas
Photochemical degradation of Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) in snow and ice
Kaitlyn
Barney
Biology James
Wilson
The ΔydcI, ΔyaiV, and ΔSTM 1266 gene mutations in Sal monella Typhimurium: can we use these mutations toimprove vaccines?  
Katrin
Heider
Biology Angela
DiBenedetto
Identifying gene targets of Brd2 during zebrafish development
Julie
Kurtz
Biology Samantha
Chapman
Plant-soil feedback mechanisms of mangroves
Paul
Regan
Biology Matthew
Youngman
Investigating a potential role for the phosphatase PPH-4.1 in regulating the age-dependent activity of DAF-16, a conserved FOXO transcription factor in C.elegans
Jack
Dienes
Chemical
Engineering
Jacob
Elmer
Isolation of invertebrate hemoglobins for use as a blood substitute
Charlotte
Eberle
Chemical
Engineering
Zuyi
Huang
Development of a model-based platform for scaled-up bioelectrochemical systems for waste water treatment
Charles
Ponge
Chemical
Engineering
Justinus
Satrio
Study of catalytic pyrolysis of pinewood and phragmites using HZM - 5 for the production of bio-oil and bio-char using a batch reactor and a continuous fluidized bed reactor system
Matthew
Myers
Electrical &
Computer Engineering
Danai
Chasaki
Detecting abnormal behavior of a multithreaded processor
Samantha
Blemker
Geography &
the Environment
Francis
Galgano
Pre- and post-storm morphological analysis of sand dune effectiveness and regeneration in mid-Atlantic barrier island systems
Danielle
Radomile
Geography &
the Environment
Stephen
Levas
Accumulation of heavy metals in freshwater mussels from the east branch of the Brandywine Creek: cause for concern
Christopher
Gelardi
Honors Eugene
McCarraher
Reevaluating Beauty and Morality in Culture and Economics: John Ruskin's Continued Influence on Social, Cultural, and Economic Thinking  
Darby
McDermott
Honors Michael
Posner
Prevalence of Lyme Disease in Bucks County, Pennsylvania: A One Health Approach
Jessica
Swoboda
Honors Helena
Tomko
Defining Grace: A Theo-literary Analysis
Omar
Arafa
Mechanical
Engineering
Amy
Fleischer
Experimental study of various designs for thin film thermal interface materials based on different types of carbon based nanomaterials
Matthew
Ashcroft
Mechanical
Engineering
Calvin
Li
Synthesis of AAO template and electro-deposition of copper nanoparticles for next generation two-phase change heat transfer thermal management
Anthony
DeCamillo
Mechanical
Engineering
Jens O.M.
Karlsson
Mechanical impact of extracellular ice on zebrafish oocytes during cryopreservation
Joseph
Pollichemi
Physics Jeremy
Carlo
Investigating structure and magnetism in iron based perovskite structures
2013-2014
Kelly
Gabriel
Business Ronald
Hill
The Impact of Religiosity on Materialism
Schuyler
Bates Perez
Nursing Elizabeth
Dowdell
Acciones Peligrosos: a secondary analysis of Hispanic students and risk behaviors
Cole
Johnston
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Andrej
Prsa
Detecting multuple stellar systems using asteroseismic methods
Daniel
Amor
Biochemistry Mary
Desmond
Linking FAK phosphorylation to increased cell proliferation in embryonic brain development
Gabriella
Arauco-Shapiro
Biology Todd
Jackman
Phylogenetic relationships and species boundaries of New Caledonian geckos Bavayia cyclura and Bavayia sauvagii using nuclear loci
Edithrose
Fairweather
Biology Michael
Russell
Does calcein affect coelomocyte populations in purple sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus?  
Erin
Geraghty
Biology Louise
Russo
The effects of the endocrine disrupting compound Bisphenol A on the morphology of mouse liver tissue
Ashish
Kalani
Biology Matthew
Youngman
Analysis of tissue specific function of DAF-16 in innate immunity in aging Caenorhabditis elegans
Shaik
Noor
Biology Dennis
Wykoff
The selective advantage of phosphatases in an organic phosphate world
John
Szot
Biology Robert
Curry
Song recognition in black-capped and Carolina chickadee hybrids: an experimental approach
Stephanie
Trimboli
Biology John
Olson
Acute and chronic responses to exercise-induced oxidative stress in liver and kidney of trained and untrained mice
Samuel
Chung
Chemical
Engineering
Charles
Coe
Hydrothermally stable catalysts to upgrade pyrolysis oils
Andrea
DiPaola
Chemical
Engineering
Justinus
Satrio
Exploring the potentials of ultrasound and microwave for pretreating biomass prior to hydrolysis and fast pyrolysis conversion processes
Gregory
Wisniewski
Chemical
Engineering
Justinus
Satrio
Hydrothermal pyrolysis of algae
David
Charboneau
Chemistry Jared
Paul
Synthesis and characterization of potential anticancer agents
Sarah
Mulroy
Biochemistry Aimee
Eggler
Determining the cellular accumulation and localization of Nrf2
Alpha
Mansaray
Electrical &
Computer Engineering
Rosalind
Wynne
Nanospectrometer
Katherine
Wister
Environmental
Science
Steven
Goldsmith
Investigating a link between hydraulic fracturing and levels of salt brine found in Pennsylvania residents' drinking wells
Alexandra
Abel
Mechanical
Engineering
Ani
Ural
Computational modeling linking long term use of bisphosphonates
Christopher
Pietrocarlo
Mechanical
Engineering
Calvin
Li
Experimental comparison study of the mechanisms of zero-, one-, and two-dimensional nanoadditives on effective thermal conductivities of composite materials
Brendan
Steinbock
Mechanical
Engineering
Garrett
Clayton
Outlier rejection strategies in visual odometry
Michael
Vazquez
Honors David
Schindler
Re-discovering Ancient Conceptions of Causality - A focused study of ‘cause’ in the philosophical system of Plotinus: The One as the “power of all things"  
Connor
White
Honors Kevin
Hughes
The Possibility of Gift and How it Impacts Our Daily Life
2012-2013
Michael
Abdul-Masih
Astronomy &
Astrophysics/
Biochemistry
Edward
Guinan
Replicating the conditions on Mars in a laboratory: the possibility of sustaining life
Rachel
Amiano
Biology John
Olson
Effect of oxidative stress and dietary vitamin E on avian uncoupling protein in pectoralis and heart muscle of European starlings
Nicholas
Bailes
Ecology/GIS Samantha
Chapman
White-nose syndrome: the impact of decreasing bat populations on mosquito population dynamics
Ashveen
Bains
Biology Valentina
Ferretti
Difference in DRD4 in Carolina chickadees and black capped chickadees
Kyle
Brundin
Chemical
Engineering
Zuyi
Huang
Production of hydrogen from glycerol using E. coli
Samantha
Cambray
Biochemistry Daniel
Kraut
Characterization of trypanosomal proteasome
Gregory
Campbell
Mechanical
Engineering
Gang
Feng
The synthesis and the size dependence of mechanical properties of SiO2 nanoparticles
Joseph
Caulfield
Geography &
the Environment
Lisa
Rodrigues
How are coral diseases and productivity influenced by nutrient concentrations
Joseph
Dovidio
Nursing Elizabeth
Dowdell
Driving to distraction and beyond: a secondary analysis of teen drivers and risk taking behaviors
Robert
Duffy
Philosophy David
Schindler
The Problem of Love and the Possibility of Gift
Mary-Kate
Duffy
Psychology John
Kurtz
Validation of ego development as a measure of psychological maturity in young adults
Katherine
Dynarski
Biochemistry Melanie
Vile
Nitrogen fixation in Sphagnum mosses in Canadian boreal peatlands: the role of molybdenum and phosphorous availability
Jessica
Eby
Biochemistry Anil
Bamezai
Exocyst and the immunological synapse
Daniel
Goldowsky
Biology Janice
Knepper
Does FLIZ-1 expression influence tamoxifen sensitivity in human breast cancer?
Eric
Guzzi
Theology Anthony
Godzieba
How is it that We Come to Know? An Inquiry into Contemporary Hermeneutic Theory
Susan
Hannagan
Biology James
Wilson
Ydci protein expression in salmonella typhimurium
Anna
Marion
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Edward
Guinan
X-rays and habitability: studying the properties of the nearest star to the sun
Amanda
McKenna
Biology Robert
Curry
Variation in plumage brightness in hybridizing chickadees and implications for mate choice
Gregory
Michel
Mechanical
Engineering
Alfonso
Ortega
An inverstigation of the dynamics of a gas propelled droplet impacting onto an isothermal surface
Thomas
Morris
Art History Eugene
McCarraher
Art and the State: How the Communist Uprising in Czechoslovakia Affected Prague's Artistic Culture
Andrew
Pansulla
Chemical
Engineering
Justinus
Satrio
Hydrothermal liquefaction of pretreated sludge
Lindsay
Peterson
Chemical
Engineering
Justinus
Satrio
Potential of phragmites australis as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel production
Paula
Pilipovic
Finance Gerard
Olson
An analysis of the pricing and performance of bank IPOs relative to non-bank IPOs
Nakul
Rathod
Computer
Science
Lillian
Cassel
Classification of documents by genre through machine learning
Kenneth
Tsang
Sociology &
Criminal Justice
Allison Ann
Payne
Bboys, Bgirls, and Social Bonds: Applying Hirschi's Social Control Theory to the Hip Hop Subculture
Aurora
Vandewark
Nursing Michelle
Kelly
The interaction of breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes and backgrounds in baccalaureate nursing students
Justin
Walsh
Biology Vikram
Iyengar
High-stakes larval competition for food: an empirical test of tug-of-war models in a moth
Rebecca
Weigand
Mechanical
Engineering
Amy
Fleischer
Thermal response and stability of nano-enhanced phase change materials for practical applications
Daniel
Wu
Biology Louise
Russo
An in-vivo study of the role of NF-kB-inflammatory pathway in hormone-induced uterine tissue remodeling utilizing siRNA-loaded PLGA nanoparticles
2011-2012
William
Albert
Engineering Gang
Feng
A comprehensive study of the mechanics of gold nanoparticle indentation
Emily
Battinelli
Engineering Rosalind
Wynne
Microstructured optical fiber for cellular temperature sensing
Thomas
Belatti
Engineering C. Nataraj Experimental validation of nonlinear tracking control of a UAV
Blake
Campbell
Engineering Aleksandra
Radlinska
Pervious concrete pavement for sustainable stormwater management
Ian
Dardani
Engineering Gerard
Jones
Validation of optimization algorithm for cost minimization of multiple-pipe, gravity-driven water networks
Jessica
Deffler
Biology Robert
Curry
Personality in Carolina chickadees
Allison
Eng
Environmental
Science
Brian
Chaplin
Reactive electrochemical membrances: organic fouling
Daniel
Fritch
Engineering Jens
Karlsson
Using microdroplets to model nonequilibrium freezing in cryopreserved cells
Elle
Garbade
Biology Angela
DiBenedetto
Functional analysis of Brd2 in developing zebrafish oocytes and embryos
Atish
Gupta
Engineering Ani
Ural
Influence of collagen fibrils and sacrificial bonds on bone fracture behavior
Thomas
Hoffman
Engineering Brian
Chaplin
Optimizing reactive electrochemical membrane performance
Kathryn
Johnston
Chemistry Deanna
Zubris
Studies on the structure of a class of organic compounds
Brian
Kirk
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Andrej
Prsa
High definition results from modeling binary HD 281159
Ellen
Knapp
Engineering Justinus
Satrio
Understanding the effect of different pyrolysis
Arianna
Kuhn
Biology Todd
Jackman
Phylogenetic relationships of South African flat geckos with the genus Afroedura using mitochondrial and nuclear loci
Jackeline
Moreno
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Edward
Sion
Evolution, accretion physics and thermonuclear outbursts of symbiotic stars
Caitlin
Murphy
Biology Louise
Russo
Assessment of tissue specific inflammatory responses of 17beta-estradiol using laser capture microdissection and subsequent analysis of changes in mRNA expression of cytokines and chemokines in the immature rat uterus
Carl
Ober
Humanities Jerusha
Conner
Students as Co-Reformers: A Comparative Study of Both "Insider" and "Outsider" Models of Student Voice
Michael
Peel
Biology Dennis
Wykoff
Transcription factor in PHO pathway of S. pombe
Andrew
Quinn
Biology Metin
Duran
Clean energy: hydrogen gas (and ethanol) production by bacterial digestion of wastewater by Caldicellulosiruptor bescii
Madeline
Rotella
Chemistry Anthony
Lagalante
X-ray fluorescence analysis for heavy metal exposure monitoring
Ellen
Salmi
French &
Francophone Studies
Rick
Eckstein
Translating Cultural Values: Gender, Power, and Work within Cameroonian-American Communities
Laura
Solomon
Biology James
Wilson
Expression of the conserved stress survival protein Ydcl in a broad range of bacteria
Christopher
Walsh
Business Patrick
Magitti
A quantitative impact assessment of business plan competitions on entrepreneurial growth in anational universities
Tianjiao
Wang
Biochemistry Janice
Knepper
Analysis of regulatory regions for the potential oncogene Tmem170
2010-2011
Lauren
Acosta
Biology Janice
Knepper
Down-regulation of Tmem170: effect on proliferation rates of tumor cells in mice
Lauren
Adderly
Biology John
Olson
Role of avUCP in wild-caught Carolina chickadees during short term cold exposure
Ronald
Louis
Ballouz
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Edward
Fitzpatrick
Ultraviolet exploration of b-stars
Brandon
Batchelor
English Lauren
Shohet/
Annika
Thiem
The Ethics of Subjectivity: Paradise Lost's Adaptation of an Ovidian Ethos
Giana
Bistany
Biology Angea
DiBenedetto
Qualitative Analysis of expression patterns of midbrain-hindbrain boundary marker genes in Brd2 mutant zebrafish (dani rerio) embryos
Kathleen
Bommer
Engineering Jens
Karlsson
Ice formation in zebrafish embryos during cryopreservation
Courtney
Chupka
Environmental
Science
Lisa J.
Rodruigues
Physiological impact of disease on the purple sea fan, gorgonia ventalina, from Bermuda
Kathryn
Devine
Biology Samantha
Chapman
The effects of nitrogen deposition on invasive species and herbivory
Sean
DeWolf
Biology Anil
Bamezai
Role of Ly-6A in immunoglobulin light chain usage in b cells
Kristopher
Doll
Engineering Ani
Ural
Finite element modeling of hydroxyapatite composites for bone implants
Kasey
Johnson
Biochemistry Barry
Selinsky
Expression and purification of a prostaglandin synthase from nostoc
Stephen
Kane
Engineering Joseph
Yost
Ductile design of open web steel joists
Kent
Maghacut
Chemistry Jared
Paul
Proton coupled electron transfer properties of ruthenium terpyridyl complexes
Thomas
Motto
Engineering C. Nataraj Co-operative robot swarms in a dynamic environment
Sayani
Patra
Biology Louise
Russo
The effect of indomethacin, an enzyme inhibitor, on estrogen-induced changes in the expression and activity of matrix metalloproteinases and inflammatory cytokines in the immature rat uterus
Alicia
Petty
Psychology GinaMarie
Ligon
Ideological organizations
Antonio
Pullano
Biology Samantha
Chapman
The effects of herbivory and microarthropods on American beech leaf litter
Mark
Reimlinger
Engineering Rosalind
Wynne
Microstructured optical fibers for urban sensing
Nicole
Rocha
Biology
Todd
Jackman
Comparative phylogeography of two widespread South African gecko species (Pachydactylus purcelli and Pachydactylus monatnus)
Emily
Rosche
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Andrej
Prsa
Solving the mysteries of unexplored eclipsing binary NSV 860
Tom
Ruffino
Biochemistry Dennis
Wykoff
Determining the regulatory sequence of the PHO1 promoter in phosphate starvation
Erik
Scully
Biology Robert
Curry
Sociality and cooperative reproduction in the herbivorous jumping spider, Bagheera kiplingi
Joseph
Shook
Engineering   Aleksandra
Radlinska
Alkali activated green cement
Justin
Stephens
Environmental
Science
Nathaniel
Weston
Acidification dynamics of mountaintop peatlands in response to N, SO42-, and Fe deposition in the Endless Mountains region, PA
Krista
Sullivan
Engineering Shawn
Gross
Evaluation of internal composite (FRP) reinforcements for use in infrastructure elements subjected to axial loads
Aaron
Wolfe
Astronomy &
Astrophysics
Edward
Guinan
Using magnetic activity, rotation, and age correlations fo reveal dwarf k stars as the Goldilocks stars of the universe
Karen
Zusi
Biology Robert
Curry
Song repertoire structure in Carolina chickadees and implications for mate choice in hybridization