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 is a division in the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University. The Directors of COUR have the responsibility of overseeing the mission objectives, facilitating specific responsibilities to achieve these objectives, and managing the COUR budget. The Directors report to the Associate Dean of Faculty and Research Programs.
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.
15th Annual COUR Symposium
15th Annual COUR Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. Posters will be on display from 10 am until 5 pm. From 3:00 pm and 4:45 pm, presenters will be available to answer questions and there will be 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 5, 2019.
COUR 2019-2020 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 28th, 2019 at 6 pm. Funding will cover research being conducted from May 2019 through May 2020. Students will be expected to present the results of their research at the Annual Symposium on Armstrong or Statesboro campus in April, 2020.
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 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.
· 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 http://research.georgiasouthern.edu/ugrs/ 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 http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/sga/services/individual-funding/.
2019 Research Scholarship Recipients
|Haley Anderson||Yan Wu||Proportional Controllers for a Coupled Triple-Loop Thermosyphon System|
|Katherine Barrs||Joshua Gibson||Using Chemical Graph Theory to Predict Colony Recognition in Argentine Ants|
|Charles Barton||Marina Eremeeva||Role of RelA in Rickettsia philipii interactions with the host cells in vitro|
|Joseph Bazemore||Brandon Quillan||Preparation of a viable Olefin Hydroarylation Ruthenium catalyst supported by bis(pyrazolyl)acetate|
|Evan Butterworth||Yan Wu||Symbolic Computation of the Matrix Exponential in a Numerical Environment|
|Chase Clark||Vinoth Sittaramane||Examining the mechanistic roles of Integrin Alpha-6 in cancer metastasis|
|Scott Mateer||Identifying Different Wolbachia Strains Through Multilocus Sequencing Typing (MLST)|
|Ileene Diaz||Dragos Amarie||Developing a procedure and establishing protocols for Cell Culture production|
|Arturo Diaz||Hans-Joerg Schanz||Functionalization of Acrylate Polymers with TEMPO, PEG, and Cell-free Hemoglobin to synthesize a Hemoglobin-based, Oxygen-Carrying Blood Substitute|
|Shanelle Dillon||Brandon Quillan||Examination of diamino crosslinked poly(aspartic acid) for Heavy metal remediation, dyes, and hydrogels|
|Elizabeth Dobson||Debanjana Ghosh||PHOTOPHYSICAL EFFECTS OF THE LIGAND BINDING TO BIOMIMICKING MODEL SYSTEMS|
|Emily Fischer||Robert Vance||Investigation of Leucocratic Dikes in the Sparta Granite Complex, Warrenton, Georgia|
|Allen Gordon||Shainaz Landge||Design and Synthesis of Multi-Substituted Boronic Acid Derivatives as Potential Glucose Sensors|
|Arneshia Henderson||Karelle Aiken||Synthesis of 1,2,3-Triazole Amino Acid Derivatives for Structure Activity Relationship Investigations Against Cancer Cells|
|Taylor Hood||Nathaniel Shank||Incorporation of Biologically Susceptible Disulfide Linkages in the Backbone of Peptide Nucleic Acid|
|Malachi Kent||Shainaz Landge||Functionalization of Nano-clay with Transition Metals for Oxidation Reactions|
|Brian Kohler||Traci Ness||The Prevalence of Wolbachia in Local Populations of Cockroaches in the Southeastern United States|
|Madison Logan||Michele Guidone||Rainfall interception by the marsh plant Spartina alterniflora|
|Andrew Martin||Nathaniel Shank||Creating Molecular Handles from Synthetic Mimics of DNA|
|Chelsea Miller||Cliff Padgett||The Preparation and Analysis of Copper Benzoate and Pyridine N-oxide Complexes|
|Juan Mitchell||Ji Wu||Formulating Administrable Drug Delivery Systems using Nanoporous Membrane and Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles|
|Kiana Moncur||Arpita Saha||Assessing the adsorption capacity of char derived from waste tire materials for removing environmental contaminant from water|
|James Orgeron||Emil Iacob||Using Artificial Neural Networks Models (ANNs) for Approximate Analytical Solutions to PDEs|
|Emily Parker||Jennifer Broft Bailey||Detection and sequencing nifH mRNA to determine the distribution of nitrogen fixing bacteria in the dune plant Oenothera humifusa (seabeach evening primrose).|
|Austin Rawlings||Worlanyo Eric Gato||Analysis of Lipid Droplet Formation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae|
|Emily Sapp||Christine Bedore||Color changing mechanism in the smooth butterfly ray (Gymnura micrura)|
|Alexis Stewart||Karelle Aiken||Synthesis and Study of Hydroxyaromatic 1,2,3- Triazole Chemosensors for the Detection of Nerve Agents|
|Lucia Sturges||Joshua Gibson||Examining Hybrid Mortality in Nasonia Parasitoid Wasps|
|Meghan Turner||Lance McBrayer||Variation in Clutch Sizes of Sceleoprus woodi Among Populations in Longleaf Pine and Florida Scrub Habitats|
|Andrew Vanotteren||Amanda Stewart||Design of Mimic Peptides for Inhibition of Hyper-Upregulated Methyl-CpG Islands|
|Katherine Verboom||Abid Shaikh||Electrolytic oxidative coupling of alcohols with aldehydes to form esters|
|Laurie Villamor||Vinoth Sittaramane||Na+ Ion Modulation in the Analgesic Mechanism of Novel Quinoline Derivatives|
|Elijah Waters||Dragos Amarie||Capacitor Based Biosensor to Measure the Cuttlefish Striking Force|
|Sheri Williams||Robert Kelly Vance||Quantitative analysis of microplastic accumulation in marine sediments on St. Catherines Island, Georgia|
|Robert Williamson||Maxim Durach||Toward Deep Sub-Diffraction Optical Nano-Localization and Nano-Miniaturization in Complex Metamaterials|
|John Wilson||Vinoth Sittaramane||Genetic and Behavioral Analysis of Top3b mutant zebrafish models|
2018 Research Scholarship Recipients
|Erin Anderson||Hans Schanz||Antimicrobial Polymer Synthesis using Hydroamination|
|Nakita Andrews||Yan Wu||Numerical Approximation of Lyapunov Exponents from State Samples of Dynamical Systems|
|Matt Beckham||Tiehang Wu||The Microbial Bioremediation of Wastewater Supplies|
|Michele Bleam||Hans Schanz||Ballistic Fibers From Brominated Poly-Dicyclopentadiene|
|Bethany Bogan||Eric Gato||Investigation of Type 1 Diabetes in Juvenile Sprague Dawley Rats|
|Sarah DeLoach||Hua Wang||Patterns, Symmetries, and Mathematical Structures in Art|
|Lauryn Demby||Shainaz Landge||Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Biologically Active Nitrogen Containing Heterocycles|
|Dennis Gordon||John Van Stan||Stemflow engenders relative aridity in near-stem soils of a subtropical humid oak forest.|
|Karina Guevara||Amanda Stewart||Disrupting the binding of transcription factor NF-κB to DNA to using peptide mimics|
|Noah Hallman||Zhan Chen||Mathematical Models for The Morphogen Scaling Study in The Fruit Fly|
|Elizabeth Hawkins||Jimmy Dillies||Representation Theory and the Movement of Particles|
|Sarah Hethcox||Michele McGibony||Calcium, caspase, and cancer: Connections through circular dichroism spectroscopy|
|Molly Lanier||Christine Bedore||Effects of Tricaine and Propofol on Elasmobranch Sensory Function|
|Candace Luong||Hua Wang||Game Theory in the Stock Market|
|Andrew Mixson||Eric Gato||Investigation of the Toxicological Effects of CNT-Ab in mice tumor-xenografts following microwave hyperthermia|
|Chris Pintro||Ji Wu||Controllable Drug Delivery Systems using Nanoporous Membranes and Functionalized Silica Nanoparticles|
|Colton Sellars||Dragos Amarie||Development of fluidic device for Cuttlefish hatchling behavioral analysis|
|Briana Sesmundo||Stephen Greiman||Molecular survey of helminths infecting ground dwelling birds in the grouse subfamily Tetraoninae|
|Dylan Smeyne||Abid Shaikh||Structure activity relationship (SAR) studies of neurotoxin quinoline-derivatives|
|Robert Staley||Levi Van Sant||Statesboro Community Land Trust Story Map Project Proposal|
|Jayson Sutton||Checo Colon-Gaud||Decomposition of Leaf Materials in Experimental Wetlands|
|Courtney Telfort||Risa Cohen||Effects of Surfactant-Herbicide Mixtures on Freshwater Microalgae and Grazers|
|Amanda Wallace||Christine Whitlock||Synthesis of novel tris-indolyl compounds for anti- cancer testing|
|Asia Watson||Sophie George||Shading by cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) may reduce HSP expression in ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) in a local salt marsh|
|John Wilson||Vinoth Sittaramane||Role of Human Microbiome in Neurodegenerative disorders|
2017 Research Scholarship Recipients
|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
|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 V2O5 Asymmetric 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
|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
|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
|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
|Damon Lopez||The Design and Fabrication of a C02 Equipped Autonomous Fire Fighting
|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
|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
|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|
2014 Travel Award Recipients
|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
|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
|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
|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
- National Nuclear Chemistry Summer Schools ACS Nuclear & Radiochemistry Undergraduate Summer School at the University of Missouri June 9, 2018 through July 21, 2018 The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring two INTENSIVE six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. The Schools are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Eastern Site, Long Island, NY) and San Jose State University (Western Site, San Jose, CA). Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy. See https://chemistry.missouri.edu/nucsummer
- The University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Department of Chemistry is offering a 10-week REU program funded by the NSF. tentative dates for 2018 program May 28 – August 4, 2018.
- The University of Alabama Department of Chemistry is hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation. This 10-week program begins in May/June 2018, the application deadline is February 28, 2017. See https://chemistry.ua.edu/research-experience-for-undergraduates-program-reu/
- 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.)
Program: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
Agency: National Research Council
Next Deadline: December 07, 2017
Fellowships seek to increase diversity of the nation’s IHE faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Makes 65 Predoctoral Awards (12/14/17) at $24,000 per year for up to three years; 36 Dissertation Awards (12/7/17) at $25,000 for one year; and 20 Postdoctoral Awards (12/7/17) at $45,000 for one year. Supplemental materials due 1/9/18. See http://sites.nationalacade
mies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/ index.htm for details. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CFDA Number: N/A, Contact:202/334-2872
- Program: Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity (F31)
Agency: National Institutes of Health
Next Deadline: December 08, 2017
Most, but not all, NIH institutes support individual predoctoral fellowships (F31) in specified areas of biomedical and behavioral sciences for individuals from racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Fellowships provide up to five years for training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent. Applicants should identify a mentor at the same time showing potential to become an independent investigator. Must include a letter from the institution certifying eligibility. Annual deadlines: 4/8, 8/8, 12/8. PA expires 5/8/19. See http://grants.nih.gov/
grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16- 308.html for details.
CFDA Number: 93.272, Contact: NIH Grants Information 301-710-0267
Program: Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree
Agency: National Institutes of Health
Next Deadline: December 08, 2017
The F30 is a dual-doctoral degree, predoctoral fellowship designed to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students, who are matriculated in a combined M.D./Ph.D. or other dual-doctoral degree training program, and who intend careers as physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists. Applicants must propose an integrated research and clinical training plan and a dissertation research project in scientific health-related fields. Annual deadlines:4/8, 8/8/, 12/8 through 5/8/19. See http://grants.nih.gov/
grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16- 305.html (w/NIH funding); http://grants.nih. gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA- 16-306.html (w/o NIH funding).
CFDA Number: 93.351
Program: Visiting Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, and Undergraduate Internships
Agency: Field Museum of Natural History
Next Deadline: December 01, 2017
Supports use of the Field Museum collections, with a preference for projects in anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology. Awards are for travel and subsistence for students and professionals (for short-term support) and for extended visits by distinguished scientists. Offers several programs with varying deadlines. See http://fieldmuseum.org/
about/research-scholarships- and-grants for updates. Email: email@example.com
CFDA Number: Contact: Philipp Heck 312/665-7154
- Program: Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
Agency: American Museum of Natural History
Next Deadline: December 15, 2017
Provides fellowships and research grants across several disciplines: comparative biology, anthropology, invertebrate zoology, paleontology, physical sciences (astrophysics and earth and planetary sciences), and vertebrate zoology. Programs available for undergraduate (several, next due date 2/6/17), doctoral and graduate students (next due date 12/15/17), and postdoctoral researchers (11/15 annually) with varying award amounts. Other active grants include: Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research (in conjunction with postdoc) and Collection studies (11/15 annually). See https://www.amnh.org/our-r
esearch/richard-gilder-graduat e-school/apply for details. Email: Fellowships-rggs@amnh. org
CFDA Number: N/A, Contact: Maria Rios 212/769-5055
Christopher A. Mays graduated from Georgia Southern with a B.S. Biology and minor in Chemistry. Currently, he is a post-baccalaureate with the National Institutes of Health (POSTBAC IRTA/CRTA program). He is working in the laboratory of David M. Wilson, PhD. Learn more about the research at: https://irp.nih.gov/pi/david-wilson.
Biology major Olajumoke Harrison graduated from Georgia Southern in the spring of 2017. For 2 years, she conducted research with Arpita Saha, PhD. Olajumoke won a COUR research award in 2016, as well as a Certificate of Appreciation by the division of Environmental Chemistry at the American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in San Francisco, spring 2017.
Chemistry major Caitlyn Stouder graduated from Georgia Southern in the spring of 2016. She conducted research with Arpita Saha, PhD. for nearly 3 years. Caitlyn is the first author of the leading journals, Inorganica Chim Acta. She won the Bill Ponder Chemistry Scholarship in 2016 and the Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award in 2017. Caitlyn is currently enrolled in the Dental School at Georgia.
Hannah K. Wilson earned her B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science, with a double emphasis in Dietetics and Food Science/Food Systems Administration, and a minor in Chemistry from Georgia Southern. Hannah has been accepted into the combined PhD. in Foods and Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program at the University of Georgia where she is currently a graduate research assistant.
Richard Steele (double major in mathematics and physics, and COUR Scholar) presented his research (under the supervision of Jiehua Zhu, PhD.) entitled “An area based fan beam projection model” at the 2017 Southeaster Section Meeting of the Mathematics Association of America. He won the Walt and Susan Patterson prize for outstanding undergraduate presentations. Richard has also presented his work at the Southeastern Regional Honors Conference, the joint Mathematics Meeting, the COUR symposium, and the Honors Research symposium.
Michael O. Hurst, Jr., double major in chemistry and biology, was admitted to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine August 2017.
Undergraduate Conference Presentations
Kyle Hinton, Grace Powers, Nicole Scheurmann, and Michael Saint-Jean (all Biology) presented a poster entitled “Cholinergic stimulation of the adult zebrafish brain induces phosphorylation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta and extracellular signal-regulated kinase in the telencephalon of adult zebrafish” at the Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE) in High Point, North Carolina.
Andrew Mixson (Biology) alongside other co-authors presented a poster entitled “Investigation of the toxicological effects of CNT-Ab in mice following microwave hyperthermia” at the 2018 Southeastern Society of Toxicology (SESOT) Annual Meeting at the University of Florida.
Andrew Mixson (Biology) also gave a platform presentation at the TriBeta Biological Honor Society held at East Carolina University in April of 2019. He was awarded Second Place in the Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research.
Kiana Moncur (Chemistry and Biochemistry) presented a poster titled ” Quest of synthesizing new polynuclear transition metal complexes with the use of 4,5-Bis(hydroxymethyl)-2-methylpyridin-3-ol (PNH2)” at the American Chemical Society Conference in Orlando, Florida in April of 2019.
Daniella Ray (Biology) and Miranda Smith (Biochemistry) presented their research at the American Peanut Research and Education Society conference in Auburn, Alabama in summer of 2019. They were the only undergraduates attending. They are funded through the National Peanut Board via the Georgia Peanut Commission.
Linnea Ryan (Geography) presented a paper entitled “Sojourn in Savannah: Examining the City’s Historical Markers Through A Content and Spatial Analysis” at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. in April of 2019.
Nicholas Shummate (Chemistry and Biochemistry) presented a poster titled “Syntheses, single-crystal x-ray analysis, spectroscopic and magnetic characterizations of polynuclear transition metal complexes incorporating the anion of 4,5-Bis(hydroxymethyl)-2-methylpyridin-3-ol” at the American Chemical Society Conference in Orlando, Florida in April of 2019.
Katherine Barrs, (Biology and Mathematics) gave multiple oral and poster presentations at local and regional biology and mathematics conferences, and won the Franks G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research at the TriBeta Regional Research Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
Student Co-Authored Publications (Student Name Underlined)
Michael Reagan, Eric T. Drew, Z. John. Zhang, Clifford W. Padgett, Jeffery Orvis, Arpita Saha. 2018. Synthesis and characterization of two new mixed-valent Mn6 complexes derived from a well-explored 2- hydroxymethyl pyridine along with the use of newly employed carboxylate ions. Inorganic Chemistry Communication, 97, 139.
Simpo Rose Ogwang Akech, Olajumoke Harrison, Arpita Saha. 2018. Removal of a Potentially Hazardous Chemical, Tetrakis (Hydroxymethyl) Phosphonium Chloride from Water Using Biochar as a Medium of Adsorption. Environmental Technology & Innovation, 12, 196.
Ji Wu, Congrui Jin, Nathan Johnson, Moses Kusi, and Jianlin Li, ‘Micron-size Silicon Monoxide Asymmetric Membranes for Highly Stable Lithium Ion Battery Anode’, ChemistrySelect, 2018, 3, 8662-8668.
Hargis, Hailey, Gotsch, Sybil G., Porada, Philipp, Moore, Georgianne W., Ferguson, Briana, and Van Stan, John T. 2019. Arboreal Epiphytes in the Soil-Atmosphere Interface: How Often Are the Biggest “Buckets” in the Canopy Empty? Geosciences 9, 342; doi:10.3390/geosciences9080342www.mdpi.com/journal/geosciences
Finney, Jeffery R. and Potter, Amy E. 2018. “You’re out of your place:” Black mobility on Tybee Island, Georgia from Civil Rights to Orange Crush. The Southeastern Geographer 58 (1): 104-124.
This publication was recognized as the best paper published in the Southeastern Geographer in 2018 at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers in Johnson City, TN.
Craven, K. S., Sheppard, S., Stallard, L. B., Richardson, M. and C. N. Belcher. (2019) Investigating a link between head malformations and lack of pigmentation in loggerhead sea turtle embryos (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus, 1758) in the southeastern United States. Herpetology Notes, 12: 819-825.
Scheuermann, N., and DeChenne-Peters, S.E. (2019). Faculty Experiences during the Implementation of a Developed CURE Curriculum at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions and a Community College. Talk presented at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Minneapolis, MN.
Ji Wu, Ian Byrd, Congrui Jin, Jianlin Li, Hao Chen, Anju Sharma, Tyler Camp, and Ryan Bujol. 2017. ‘Reinvigorating Reverse Osmosis Membrane Technology for Stabilizing V2O5 Lithium Ion Battery Cathode’, ChemElectroChem, 4, 1181-1189.
Marina E. Eremeeva, Shamta S. Warang, Matthew L. Anderson, Danielle Capps, Sarah Zohdy, and Lance A. Durden. 2019. Molecular Survey for Pathogens and Markers of Permethrin Resistance in Human Head Lice (Phtiraptera:Pediculidae) From Madagascar. Journal of Parasitology 105(3) 349-468.
Matthew L. Anderson, R. Chris Rustin and Marina E. Eremeeva. 2019. Pilot survey of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) from southeastern Georgia, USA for Wolbachia and Rickettsia felis (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae). J. Vector Borne Dis 56, June 2019, 92-97.
Undergraduate Student Awards
Katherine Barrs (Biology and Mathematics) was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate award for students pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. She is one of only 496 college students from across the United States to earn the scholarship, which she will apply to her remaining four semesters of coursework.
If you are interested in finding out more about COUR or have additional questions, you can contact:
Hua Wang, PhD – Statesboro Campus
COUR Director and Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Phone: (912) 478-0366
Amy E. Potter, PhD – Armstrong Campus
COUR Director and Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Geography
Phone: (912) 344-3612
Last updated: 9/20/2019