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College Office of Undergraduate Research (COUR)


Welcome to the College Office of Undergraduate Research in the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University. The students and faculty of COSM are leaders in undergraduate-faculty research at Georgia Southern. Through COUR this successful collaboration will be supported and developed further via an annual Research Symposium. COUR will continue to seek ways for expanding undergraduate-faculty research in the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University.

A key objective for the University’s is discovery and dissemination of knowledge. Prompt and open dissemination of the results of research and creative activities to the public is essential to the University’s mission of instruction and research. Taken further, commercial development and distribution of such results to benefit the inventor, the public, and the economy can be considered part of the University’s mission of public service. The University’s intellectual property policy was crafted to facilitate the commercial development of intellectual property and to provide compensation to University inventors who participate in such development. Students have inventor rights under the policy and the College Office of Undergraduate Research encourages students to review the policy and become familiar with its provisions.

  • To further the Undergraduate Research Experience in Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University.

  • Support and enhance existing faculty-undergraduate research.
  • Support student travel to present research.
  • Facilitate the creation and support of new faculty-undergraduate research initiatives.
  • Showcase faculty-undergraduate research.

COUR Structure

COUR is a new initiative in the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University. The Director of COUR, Hua Wang is a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The Director has the responsibility of overseeing the mission objectives, facilitating specific responsibilities to achieve these objectives, and managing the COUR budget. The Director reports to the Associate Dean of Faculty and Research Programs.

COUR Committee

The COUR Committee is charged with furthering the mission of COUR. The responsibilities of the COUR Committee include attending the spring research symposium and serving as judges for poster and oral presentations. Through individual and group efforts, the COUR Committee will gather, organize and disseminate information on undergraduate research experiences to the Georgia Southern community. Committee members will act as liaisons to their department/unit to further undergraduate research at Georgia Southern University.

Name Phone Department Email
Yi Hu, Ph.D. 478-4729 Mathematical Sciences
Checo Colón-Gaud, Ph.D. 478-0053 Biology
Mohammed Abid, Ph.D. 478-0973 Chemistry
Jacque Kelly, Ph.D. 478-8677 Geology and Geography
Hua Wang, Ph.D. 478-0366 Mathematical Sciences
Sarah Higdon, Ph.D. 478-5888 Physics
13th Annual COUR Symposium

13th Annual COUR Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at the Nessmith-Lane Building Ballroom. Poster presentation will be on display from 10 am until 5 pm. Between 3:00 pm and 4:45 pm, the poster session will take place with drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. All undergraduate research students in COSM are invited to present their work. Any research project related to independent research, capstone, experiences, independent study courses, course-related research, or internship experiences is appropriate for this event. Registration is free, but each student must submit a Poster Session Registration Form by April 6, 2017.

COUR 2017-2018 Research Grants

All undergraduate research students in COSM are invited to submit a proposal for the Annual College Office of Undergraduate Research (COUR) competition. The due date for applications is February 2oth, 2017 at 6 pm. Funding will cover research being conducted from May 2017 through May 2018. Students will be expected to present the results of their research at the Annual Symposium in April, 2018.

Travel Grants from the Office of Research Services

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to$1,000 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research at a regional or national conference. Award recipients are required to provide a summary of their experience together with the winning abstract no later than one month after attending the conference. This material may be made public in the new undergraduate research journal. This is a rolling deadline. Complete applications will be reviewed on the 15th of each month, for travel after the 1st of the following month.

Eligibility Criteria:
· Students must be an undergraduate and enrolled continuously before and during the time of award and travel; if the student is a senior, travel must be completed within three months of graduation.
· GPA of 3.0 or better
· The primary research mentor must be a Georgia Southern faculty member

To apply follow this link and click the “Money” tab.


Student Government Association Travel Grants

Student Government Association Travel Grants
The Student Government Association can fund travel for students attending a conference and presenting their research at a maximum of $300 or student attending a conference at a maximum of $150.  The student must be a current undergraduate or a graduate student who is in good standing at Georgia Southern University and paid their student activity fees.  To apply follow this link

Research Awards

2017 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
Sara Alemar The effects of Tetrakis (hydroxymethyl) phosphonium chloride (THPC) on leaf decomposition and microbial communities C. Colon-Gaud Biology
Tanner Avery  Effects of seasonal change on submarine groundwater discharge in a salt marsh-dominated estuary new St. Simons Island, GA J. Kelly Geology
Matthew Beblowski Using Artificial Stream Microcosms to Investigate the Health of Ogeechee River Water V. Sittaramane Biology
Martha Braselton  Toxicity Evaluation of Coated Gold Nanorods on Zebrafish Embryos J. Stone Chemistry
Montana Carter  Nutrient exchange between creekbank and estuary  J. Kelly Geology
Sara Cowan Sequencing and assembling the first mitochondrial genomes from 3 mammalian tapeworm species (Genus: Staphylocystoides) as new criteria for determining the evolutionary relationships of mammalian tapeworms (Cestoda: Hymenolepididae) S. Greiman Biology
Daniel Howard How appetizing is the dissolved carbon trees lose during rainfall? J. Van Stan Geography
Sarah Inglesby Lignin Modification R. Quirino Chemistry
Nathan Johnson Syntheses of V205 Core-shell Nanoparticles for Extremely Stable Cathode Materials in High Capacity Lithium Ion Battery J. Wu Chemistry
Bailey Kirk Mathematics Education Through College Algebra and Calculus H. Nguyen Math
Morgan LaBelle Theoretical and Computational Study of Plasmons in Wrinkled 2D Materials M. Durach Physics
Tea Lopez Salt Marsh Research S. George Biology
Lauren Love Apoptotic Cascade: The Role of Metal Ions on Caspases M. McGibony Chemistry
Skylar Massey Petrology and petrography of granitoid intrusives exposed in the Warrenton Quarry, Warrenton, GA R. Vance Geology
Candace Moon  Water chemistry and macroinvertebrate communities of local creeks with differing riparian buffers C. Colon-Gaud Biology
Thomas Mulkey Envisioning Metamaterials that Support Optical Waves on Deman M. Durach Physics
Nicole Naclerio Regioselective Synthesis of Substituted Indole Trifluoromethyl Carbinols Using Solvent with Different Polarity Index S. Landge Chemistry
Jonathan Pardo Integration Method in the Solution of Partial Differential Equations Arising in Classical Physics S. Zheng Math
Xavier Poole New Materials via Bromination of linear Poly-Dicyclopentadiene H. Schanz Chemistry
Miguel Rangel Electronic Archimedes’ Screw by Chiral Plasmons in Metal Nanowires M. Durach Physics
Sarah Walker Mapping and Spatial Ecology of Previously Undetected Populations of Diamondback Terrapins on St. Catherines Island J. Gaskin Geology & Geography
Shamta Warang Detection of Acinetobacter baumannii and Antibiotic Resistant Genes in Human Head Lice from Madagascar and Georgia, USA M. Eremeeva Environmental Health Sciences

2016 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
Paul J. Lascuna  Using CRISPR based Genome Editing to create an Autistic Zebrafish Model  V. Sittaramane  Biology
Ashley R. Pierre  Surveying macroinvertebrates as a tool for river monitoring C. Colon-Gaud  Biology
Ashley B. Williams  Discovery Novel Quinolone Derived Compounds as Psychotherapeutic Agents V. Sittaramane & A. Shaikh Biology & Chemistry
Martha Braselton  Toxicity and Therapeutic Evaluation of Coated Gold Nanorods on Zebrafish Embryos J. Stone Chemistry
Lin Luo  Water-Borne Antimicrobial Coating  W. M. Ming  Chemistry
Surjania K. Awer  Assessment of Pancreatic miRNA in Response to In Utero PAH Exposure and Moderate High Fat Dietary Consumption  E. Gato Chemistry
Dhruv Barvaliya  High impact resistance Poly-DCPD  H. Schanz Chemistry
Olivia Perdue  Regulation of Gene Expression using NF-kB Peptide mimics  A. Stewart Chemistry
Hannah K. Wilson  The Combined Effect of In Utero 2-Aminoanthracene Exposure and Moderate High Fat on Liver Protein Expression Patterns in Female Sprague Dawley Rates  E. Gato Chemistry
Christina Chandler  Modeling network transmission in disease control and prevention  H. Wang  Math
Reid Loveless  Identifying the Role of ITGA6 in Cancer Metastasis  V. Sittaramane  Biology
Tyler Camp  Fabrication of V2OAsymmetric Membrane for High Capacity Lithium Ion Battery Cathode  J. Wu  Chemistry
Olajumoke O. Harrison  Elimination of hazardous chemical from surface water  A. Saha Chemistry
Robert Kazen  Particle Boards Created from Modified Lignin  R. Quirino  Chemistry
Kirsten Leibfried  Unsymmetric Ru-Alkylidene Complexes via Transmetallation from NHC-Pyridyl Silver Complexes H. Schanz Chemistry
Marina Michaud  Synthesis of Polyacrylates with Neuroprotective Properties H. Schanz Chemistry
Sean Spurlin  Regio-selective fluorination of azaarenes A. Shaikh Chemistry
Austin Wright  3,4,6-Trisubstituted Pyridazine Derivatives as Potential Drug Candidates for Cancer Treatments S. Landge Chemistry
Matthew Anderson  Detection of Wolbachia in Human Lice M. Eremeeva Biology
Richard Steele  An Area Based Fan Beam Projection Model J. Zhu Math
Reed Hodges  Photonic and plasmonic properties of chiral metamaterial structures  M. Durach Physics
Hannah L. Tidwell  A Radio Continuum Study of the ZEUS Investigated Galaxies Reference Sample (ZINGRS) S. Higdon Physics

2015 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
Christopher Mays In Utero Exposure to 2-Aminoanthracene and Type-1 Diabetes E. Gato Chemistry
Andrea Wilson Sugar Use Profiles to Inform Host Range of Spiroplasma L. Regassa Biology
Danielle Lott The Behavioral Study of Autism in Zebrafish V. Sittaramane Biology
Brittany Smith Role of molecular motor protein myosin 10 in building the vertebrate eye V. Sittaramane Biology
Amber Monroe Effects of Freshwater Crayfish Aquaponics System on Vigor and Yield of Leafy Vegetables S. Saha Biology
Skyler Lambeth Assessing invertebrate colonization of different substrate types as a tool for river monitoring C. Colon-Gaud Biology
Jesus Melchor Measuring urban forestry developmental growth and biomass at Charles H. Herty Pines Nature Preserve C. Chandler & C. Colon-Gaud Biology
Caleb Bohannon Development of multifunctional cell-free Hemoglobin H. Schanz Chemistry
Dhruvil B. Patel Programmable drug delivery systems using electrospun coreshell nanofibers under infrared stimuli J. Wu Chemistry
Shelby Scherer Redesigning proteins to bind methylated DNA minimizing MBD protein binding A. Stewart Chemistry
Sarah Roessler TEMPO-Functionalized ROMP Polymers for B H. Schanz Chemistry
Souleymane Hussein Seye Microwave-assisted Free Radical Polymerization of Tung Oil-based resins R. Quirino Chemistry
Jonathan R. Taylor Detection of Norovirus (NoV) using Functionalized Nanoporus Membrane J. Wu Chemistry
Lena Hudson DOM characterization using absorbance, fluorescence and aromaticity indices D. Kreller Chemistry
Cyndie Mitchell What Functional Groups are Important in the Adsorption of Dissolved Organic Matter? D. Kreller Chemistry
Phillip Early Amount and quality of canopy-derived dissolved organic carbon (DOC) subsidies to the forest floor ecosystem J. Van Stan Geography
Alexis Hayser Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) Tagging and Population Survey on St. Catherine’s Island F. Rich Geology
John R. Cannon Investigating Light Illumination and its Effect on Campus Crime Using GIS and UAS X. Zhou Geography
Anne M. DeLua Low-loss Directional Photonic Metasurfaces Employing Dyakonov Plasmonic Waves M. Durach Physics

2014 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
Michael Ackerman Applying Percolation Theory with difference equations H. Wang Mathematical Sciences
Austin Atkinson Recognition of Anions Via Novel 1,2,3-Triazole Derivatives S. Landge Chemistry
Matthew Berding The erosional effects of ocean front peat exposures and study of beach geomorphology on Georgia barrier islands F. Rich & C. Jackson Geology
Matthew Boles The impact of natural and anthropogenic stressors on the physiology of fish and macroinvertebrates of the Ogeechee River Ecosystem J. Lewis Biology
Hannah Cade Synthesis of indole derived fluorine-containing amino acids A. Shaikh Chemistry
Samuel Derr Optimizing Surveillance Camera Coverage Using Geospatial Technologies W. Tu Geography
Kayla Hagerty Open Economics Analysis through Flow Networks H. Wang Mathematical Sciences
Zo Haynes Pattern design from modulo groups and Algebraic operations H. Wang & J. Braselton Mathematical Sciences
Ash Kelly Within and Among Tree Variation in Loblolly Pine Trees D. Aubrey Biology
Carter Layfield Study of interactions between the encaged ions and RE emission centers using optical and EPR spectroscopy X. Wang Physics
Zachary Lee A Mechanistic Study of the Iodo-Hydration Reaction of Alkynes K. Aiken Chemistry
Matthew LePain Integrated Nano-Photonic Momentum and Polarization Converters M. Durach Physics
William LePain Magnetic Structure of Ring Galaxies J. Higdon Physics
Aaron Muirhead Aquatic macroinvertebrates as bio-indicators of river health C. Colon-Gaud Biology
Madeline Smith Modification of Ligin Precipated from Black Liquor Composite and Pellet Binder R. Quirino Chemistry
Toan Tran & Mariana Hernandez Electrospun Core-Shell Nanofibers for Controlled Drug Release J. Wu Chemistry
David Van Leuven Asymmetric Nucleophillic trifluoromethylation of organic compounds: A novel approach for incorporation of fluorine atoms into organic compounds A. Shaikh Chemistry
Kayla Warren Synthesis of Dissymmetric N-heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Ligands for Z-Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts H. Schanz Chemistry

2011 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
William Hilton Design and Construction of an Instrument for Studies of Charge Transport in Gas Flows G. Molina Mechanical Engineering
Katie Milhous Cryptography and Combinatorics: A Prime Communication H. Wang Mathematical Sciences
Christopher Willett Study of Friction and Wear of Biofuels Diluted in Synthetic Oil Engine Lubricants G. Molina Mechanical Engineering
Bradley Kangeter Reproductive Biology of the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard at Zoo Atlanta D. Rostal Biology
Matthew Campbell Photolysis of 9, 10‐diphenylanthracene J. LoBue Chemistry
Odari Whyte Design, Fabricate and Testing of a Small Scale Aerodynamically Efficient Solar‐Wind Hybrid Energy Extraction System M. Rahman Mechanical Engineering
Samantha McGunigale The Study of the Adsorption of Pony Lake Fulvic Acid onto Iron Oxide Particles D. Kreller Chemistry
Grayson Wiggings Spectroscopic Studies of White LED Phosphors X. Wang Physics
Samantha Jacobs Artificial Neural Networks for Fault Prediction of Electrical Motors F. Rios-Gutierrez Electrical Engineering
Brock Nelson Possible Deep‐Seated Geological Features Controlling Shallow Groundwater
Movement on St. Catherine’s Island
J. Reichard Geology
Damon Lopez The Design and Fabrication of a C02 Equipped Autonomous Fire Fighting
Competition Robot
F. Rios-Gutierrez Electrical Engineering
Hadayat Seddiqi Formations of Polar Ring Galaxies Due to Rotations of Dark Matter Halos C. Heller Physics
Efadul Huq Making Ultra‐High Performance Concrete without Extreme Treatments N. Das Civil Engineering

2010 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
Wayne Morgan Structural and Functional Studies of Modified Hemoglobin L. Ma Physics
Jenny Ward Dependence of Biodiesel Fonnation Rate on Catalyst Concentration D. Kreller Chemistry
Donald Singer Study of Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Binder Caused by Ultraviolet (UVA & UVB) Radiation J. Shen CET
Eugene Beard The Design, Analysis and Fabrication of an Autonomous Robot F. Rios-Gutierrez MEEET
Mario Hultett Study of Nanofluid Erosion on Typical Cooling System Materials G. Molina MEEET
David R. Little Multiple Paternity, Egg Dispersal and Copulation Patterns in Southern Georgia Alligators, Alligator S. Harrison Biology
Cory Ayres Bis(indole) Compounds: A Key to Cancer M. McGibony Chemistry
Mackenzie Rowland Engineering Properties of Rubberized Portland Cement Concrete J. Shen CET
Christopher Long The Efficiency of Biodiesel Fuels ‐ A Demonstration Vehicle B. Vlcek MEEET
Lavar Cole Autonomous Navigation Using Laser and Computer Vision Techniques R. Alba-Flores MEEET
Jonathan Miller Biofuel Dilution Effects on Engine Lubricants G. Molina MEEET
Jabeous Weaver Peanut Crude Oil Extraction for Biodiesel Production and Combustion Analysis V. Soloiu MEEET
Ryan S. Smith Design of an Autonomous Firefighting Robot for Senior Division F. Rios-Gutierrez MEEET

2009 Research Scholarship Recipients
Author Abstract Title Mentor Dept.
Ryan McDaniel Implementation of wear and directional photoemission measurement capabilities to a high vacuum instrument G. Molina MEEET
Andrea C. McHugh Structural Geology of Paleozoic shear zones in the Blue Ridge thrust complex, western NC and eastern TN C. Trupe Geology
Chad Segal Smart and Lean ECU for High Efficiency and Low Emissions Bio Ethanol Green Engine Soloin MEEET
Jessica Sparrow Temperature variations within and among Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta carreta) nests across the season: Possible influence on hatchling sex ratios. D. Rostal Biology
Wade Carruth Population genetics of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) S. Harrison Biology
James Boring The Design Fabrication of an Autonomous Mission Specific Robot F. Rios-Gutierrez MEEET
Michelle Carlson Shell Utilization by juvenile fiddler crabs varies with substrate quality and species S. George Biology
Stephen McElveen Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Study Low Birth Weight (LBW) Prevalence in Georgia Public Health District 9 W. Tu Geography
Sara R. Labelle Application of GPS and GIS Technologies in Travel Time and Delay Study J. Shen CET
Jonathan Turner Design Fabrication and Performance measurement of a Prototype Savonius Rotor Vertical Axis Energy Conversion System M. Rahman MEEET
Alison Kritter Method of Insect Foraging in Owl Monkeys (Aotus spp): Sight or Sound? M. Cawthorn Biology
JoAnna Cheatham LEGO Robotics Research F. Rios-Gutierrez MEEET
Vanessa N. Cooper Exploring extremal trees of chemical indices through algorithm design and computer programming H. Wang Math

Travel Awards

2014 Travel Award Recipients
Recipient $ Professional Meeting Mentor/Dept.
Michael Ackerman $250 Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Meeting H. Wang/Math
Michelle Berlyoung $600 247th National American Chemical Society R. Fortenberry/Chemistry
Travis Blanton $750 247th National American Chemical Society M. McGibony/Chemistry
Lindsey Burch $600 247th National American Chemical Society A. Stewart/Chemistry
Shaquille Christmas $250 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Society of Freshwater Science J. Lewis/Biology
Kyle Edwards $750 247th National American Chemical Society R. Quirino/Chemistry
Tori Goehring $1,000 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Society of Freshwater Science C. Colon-Gaud/Biology
Katie Googe $300 GA Entomological Society Meeting E. Mondor/Biology
Kyle Houston $350 The Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section, 63rd Annual Meeting C. Trupe/Geology
Walter Jackson $750 247th National American Chemical Society E. Gato/Chemistry
Jacob Jay $700 53rd Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting E. Gato/Chemistry
Ashley Johns $600 247th National American Chemical Society  R. Quirino/Chemistry
David Keene $900 American Physical Society March Meeting  M. Durach/Physics
Josh Klingel $500 Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing  H. Wang/Math
Calib Lanier $1,000 American Physical Society March Meeting  M. Edwards/Physics
Nytara Mattis $700 53rd Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting  E. Gato/Chemistry
Aaron Murihead $250 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Society of Freshwater Science  K. Gagel/CAC (Biology)
Daniel Page $750 247th National American Chemical Society  A. Stewart/Chemistry
Eboni Pullen $597.60 247th National American Chemical Society   M. McGibony/Chemistry
Jessica Rasdall $700 53rd Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting  E. Gato/Chemistry
Shannon Rhodes $200 SOTL Commons Conference  S. Landge/Chemistry
Clara Rucker $350 63rd Annual Geology Association of America  K. Vance/Geology
Kayla Smith $500 Southeastern SDB Meeting  V. Sittaramane/Biology
Caitlyn Stouder $750 247th National American Chemical Society  A. Saha/Chemistry
Mallory Theis $600 247th National American Chemical Society  R. Fortenberry/Chemistry
Katelyn Yeomans $275 MAA Southeastern Section Meeting  A. Iacob/Math

2013 Travel Award Recipients
Recipient $ Abstract Title Mentor/Dept.
Zachary Ansley $450 Unusual Coastal Bone Morphology and Histology in a large cretaceous Mosasaur (Squamata) K. Smith/Geology
Mark Blocker $150 Synthesis of Unusual Trifluoromethylated Amino Acids via Electrophilic Addition of 2-Methyl Azaarenes with α-Trifluoromethylimino Esters A. Shaikh/Chemistry
Christine Brussell $849 The Late Pleistocene Thermal Enclave: New evidence from an American Mastodon site in South Carolina, USA K Smith/Geology
Matthew Christianson $305 Solvent dependent regioselective hydroxy-trifluoroalkylation of indoles S. Landge/Chemistry
Christopher Dickerson $500 Field Research: Radiation fog microphysics at Tejon Ranch and nearby locations in the San Joaquin Valley of California J. Underwood/Geography
Karena Hawkins $280 Approach Towards 1,2,3-Triazoles Sensors for the detection of Heavy Transition Metal Cation K. Aiken/Chemistry
Brandon Jones $280 Mechanistic investigation of the hydration of 5-oxo-1-alkynes into methyl ketones via a one-pot oxy-iodination/reduction reaction K. Aiken/Chemistry
Derrick Mayers $800 Characterizing the role of Integrin a6 in human cancer metastasis using zebrafish larvae as a model V. Sittaramane/Biology
Michael Melvin $300 Gold nanorod-drug conjugates toward inhibited amyloid fibril in Alzheimer’s disease J. Stone/Chemistry
Briana Miller $1000 Concentrations of Ecdysteroids and Vitellogenins in Three Sexual Stages of the Spot Prawn (Pandalus platyceros) and the effect of Eyestalk Ablation S. George/Biology
Kayla Mills $305 Assessing the ability of dye conjugated gold nanorods to recognize and bind to cell surface receptors J. Stone/Chemistry
Raven Stocking $305 Solvent dependent regioselective hydroxy-trifluoroalkylation of indoles S. Landge/Chemistry
Khairi Warren $280 Exploring initial reactions with a chiral N,O,O based ligand in transition metal cluster chemistry A. Saha/Chemistry

2008 Travel Award Recipients
Recipient $ Abstract Title Meeting Mentor/Dept.
Kia Burch $600 Cloning of the AQP3 gene and the localization of the AQ3 protein in dogfish shark 8th International Congress on the Biology of Fish C. Cutler/Biology
Sheena Harmon $600 The cloning and sequencing of aquaporin1e in dogfish shark (Squalus acanthias) 8th International Congress on the Biology of Fish C. Cutler/Biology
Jacob McBride and Charles Walker $1000 Manufacturing and experimental characterization of fabric reinforced composite shafts SAMPE Fall Technical Conference A. Mitra/MEEET
Brendan McKee $985 Student level automated robotics competition SoutheastCon 2008 sponsored by IEEE Y. Al-Kalaani/MEEET
Kyle Morse $600 Improving the performance of GS FSAE Cars Formula SAE 2008, Sponsor: Society of Automotive Engineers M. Rahman/MEEET

2007 Travel Award Recipients
Recipient $ Abstract Title Meeting Mentor/Dept.
Rebekah Baskin $650 Aggregation behavior of sodium taurocholate at submicellar concentrations using a fluorescent phospholipid probe American Chemical Society, LA L. Frost/Chemistry
John Callaway $500 Demography of two populations of Gopherus polyphemus: size , age, growth and habitat quality Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, TX D. Rostal/Biology
Tabbatha Davis $650 Overexpression of green fluorescence protein fused to cutinase in E. coli American Chemical Society, LA D. Stallings/Chemistry
Laura Halmo, Mark Hanna, James Bland, Kelly Rowen $400 Math Jeopardy MAA SE Citadel J. Zhu & J. Wu/ Mathematical Sciences
Dawne Knox $623 Voice recognition algorithms for intelligent robots National Society of Black Engineers, FL S. Bernadin/MEEET
Philip Marley $500 Comparison of home range size and reproduction in female gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) based on radio-telemetry and long-term recapture Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, TX D. Rostal/Biology
Darryl Miles $693 Progress towards the synthesis of dragmacidin alkaloids American Chemical Society, LA C. Whitlock/Chemistry
Aaron Morris $500 The effect of a bar on a minor-merger interpretation of NGC 1097’s optical jets Astrology Society, TX C. Heller/Physics
Samantha Peacock $484 Solid phase microextraction analysis of volatiles in a honey bee hive by gas chromatography mass spectrometry Analytical Chemists & Applied Specialists, LA N. Schmidt/Chemistry
Research Opportunities Outside of Georgia Southern
  • Program: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
    Agency: U.S. Department of Energy
    Next Deadline: October 02, 2017
    Program encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at DOE National Laboratories. Interns perform research, guided by laboratory staff, on projects related to ongoing programs. Appointments are for 10 weeks in the summer, 16 weeks in the spring and fall. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. Applications for Spring 2018 term due 10/2/17. See for updates. Email:
    CFDA Number: N/A Contact: ERULF 202/586-5430
  • The Green Program (*There is no fee to submit an application. Applications are approved on a rolling basis, and spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. We won’t keep you waiting either. Accepted students can expect to receive a response 24-48 hours after you submit your application.)
Undergrad News
Valerie Welty

Valerie Welty at Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, WA, January 2016.

Valerie Welty (Mathematics major and COSM COUR Scholar) presented her research entitled “Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Epidemics, With an Emphasis on Measles and Computer Simulation” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle January 2016.


Chemistry Major Mariana Hernandez

Chemistry Major Mariana Hernandez

Mariana Hernandez (Chemistry major and COSM COUR Scholar) published her research entitled “Temperature and pH Responsive Microfibers for Controllable and Variable Ibuprofen Delivery” with mentor Dr. Ji Wu in the journal Advances in Materials Science and Engineering vol. 2015, Article ID 180187.  This article can be accessed at the following link:


Biology Major Kayla Smith, who works in Dr. Vinoth Sittaramane’s lab and who is also a member of the Georgia Southern University Honors Program, had the opportunity to attend Emory University and was part of the Summer Undergraduate Program in Emory Renal Research (SUPERR 2014).

Biology Major Kayla Smith presenting at Emory University, Summer 2014

Biology Major Kayla Smith presenting at Emory University, Summer 2014

Kayla’s Research Blurb:
This summer, I had the privilege of interning at Emory University’s Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine. My PI, Dr. Rachel E. Patzer, my co-workers, and I studied disparities in access to kidney transplantation. I found my interests lay in educational outcomes: my lab had previously developed a tool named the iChoose Kidney app to help patients better understand their risks on both dialysis vs. kidney transplantation as well as living donor vs. deceased donor kidney transplantation. I set out to assess the tool’s feasibility in the clinic, gleaning both physician and patient feedback on the tool. While there, my time was spent in hospital interacting with potential kidney recipients, their families, as well as the transplant nephrologists and surgeons. I was absolutely thrilled to have fantastic co-workers and an incredible PI who challenged me in my views of “hard” science and helped me learn many things about epidemiology, interacting with patients, and understanding the importance of disparities research. I will never forget this summer, to say the least!


Kori Williams

Biology Major Kori Williams at the University of Vermont. She was part of the SNURF (Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2014).

Biology Major Kori Williams, who works in Dr. Vinoth Sittaramane’s lab and who is also a member of the University Honors Program at Georgia Southern, had the opportunity to attend The University of Vermont this summer and was part of SNURF (Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2014). Read Kori’s research blurb.


Eboni Pullen

Chemistry Major Eboni Pullen completed a NSF REU at the University of Cincinnati in the area of biochemistry, Summer 2014.

Senior Chemistry Major Eboni Pullen, recently completed a NSF REU at the University of Cincinnati in the area of biochemistry. Her project was titled, “The Mechanistic and Kinetic Studies of a New ROS-Activated Compound.” She conducted her research under the mentorship of Dr. Eddie Merino from June 2 to August 8, 2014.


Shannon Rhodes

Chemistry Major Shannon Rhodes presenting at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons Conference in Savannah on March 27, 2014.

Undergraduate researcher Ms. Shannon Rhodes disseminated her data on “Assessing an elaborate visual analogy in an undergraduate chemistry course” at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons Conference in Savannah on 27th March 2014. The project is lead by Dr. Shainaz Landge (Chemistry) in collaboration with Dr. Diana Sturges (College of Health and Human Sciences) and Dr. Trent Maurer (School of Human Ecology). The study discussed the results of evaluating the effects of a visual analogy on student learning and perceptions in the teaching of a nomenclature (naming organic compounds) topic in an organic chemistry I course.


Micheal Melvin

Chemistry Major Michael Melvin working in the lab.

Undergraduate student Michael Melvin and his faculty mentor Dr. John Stone are currently working with gold nanorods, an attractive material for medicinally driven applications owing to their interesting optical properties, long-term stability, and non-cytotoxicity. Michael’s current work centers around the conjugation of derivatized porphyrins to the gold nanorod surface resulting in a novel cancer fighting composite. Under irradiation at the appropriate wavelength these composites significantly heat up resulting in death of temperature labile cancer cells. In parallel, he is working on improving the efficiency of their synthetic approach for the preparation of gold nanorods.


Vanessa Arendt COUR Travel Scholar

Chemistry Major Vanessa Arendt

Undergraduate research student and chemistry major, Ms. Vanessa Arendt recently presented her work at the 46th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Regional Conference (SURC) at Knoxville, TN on January 31, 2014. The research she presented in her poster was data collected in a collaborative project conducted by her supervisor Dr. David Kreller and Biology Professor Dr. Subhrajit Saha. Vanessa presented on the results of analyses of the organic carbon in soil samples that had been collected during a 2013 study of the carbon sequestration potential of Switchgrass when ‘inter-cropped’ with Longleaf Pine trees. The soil samples were collected at three different depths at the in various test plots in which the switchgrass was intercropped with pine trees of various ages. In addition to the total organic carbon (mass %), the samples were analyzed for their content of carbon-13, so it could be seen both i) how much carbon had been stored in the soil and ii) what kinds of plants (the Switchgrasss or the Pine) had added carbon to the soil. Analyses used a ThermoFisher Delta V plus isotope ratio mass spectrometer which was coupled to a Thermo Flash elemental analyzer. The instrument is located at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. The results were inconclusive and suggested that a longer period study with several growing seasons would be needed to investigate the carbon sequestration potential in this intercropping scheme.

If you are interested in finding out more about COUR or have additional questions, you can contact:

Hua Wang, PhD
COUR Director and Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Phone: (912) 478-0366

Last updated: 7/12/2017