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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 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.

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
Dr. Jimmy Dillies 912-478-6997 Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Austin Francis 912-344-3350 Biology
Dr. Sarah Higdon 912-478-5888 Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Jay Hodgson 912-344-3043 Biology
Dr. Duc Huynh 912-344-2577 Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Amy Potter 912-344-3622 Geology & Geography
Dr. Jeffery Secrest 912-344-2976 Physics & Astronomy
Dr. Vinoth Sittarmane 912-478-5964 Biology
Dr. John Stone 912-478-4101 Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Wei Tu 912-478-5233 Geology & Geography
Dr. Hua Wang 912-478-0366 Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Sarah Zingales 912-344-2663 Chemistry & Biochemistry
Our 16th Annual Symposium has gone VIRTUAL!
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020: 2 pm – 3 pm. Posters will be on display via webex from 2 pm until 3 pm. 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 13, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hua Wang (

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By Phone: +1-415-655-0003 US Toll 

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020: 11 am – noon.  All COSM undergraduate researchers and COUR students are invited to present  at the Research Symposium on the Armstrong Campus on April 23, 2020. COSM students will participate in the morning poster session on April 23. Armstrong mentors and students can find instructions and the link to submit abstracts here. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Amy Potter (

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COUR 2020-2021 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 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. Funding will cover research being conducted from May 2020 through May 2021. Students will be expected to present the results of their research at the Annual Symposium on Armstrong or Statesboro campus in April, 2021.

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.

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

2020 Research Scholarship Recipients
Student Research Mentor Project
Jacob Adams Maxim Durach Searching for Non-Reciprocal Surface Waves in Reciprocal Bi-Anisotropic Optical Materials
Savannah Alderman Marylou Machingura Investigating the molecular and physiological basis for the limited transpiration trait in Sorghum bicolor
Kathleen Arpin Gary Guillet Investigation and Characterization of a Tri-Iron (II) Complex Through UV Spectroscopy
Ashley Avila Dongyu Jia Investigating human disease-associated genes using Drosophila melanogastor
Elizabeth Beasley Brandon Quillian Preparation of Platinum Complexes to Convert Petroleum Commodities into Value-added Products
Alexandra Bryant Brandon Quillian Development of Organic Compounds That Can Cradle Two Metals for the Study of Coordination Chemistry
Madison Cocke William Irby The Behavioral Response of Culex Erraticus Mosquitoes to Snake Skin Odors
Reilly Corkran Amy Potter The Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Georgia Heritage Tourism Sites
Susan Quinn Davis Meimei Lin Using GIS to Examine Residential Recycling Participations in Chatham County, Georgia
Elizabeth Dobson Debanjana Ghosh Exploring the Dual Applicability of a Triazole Compound for Chemosensing and Drug Delivery in a Model Biosystem
Jody Erber

Eric Gato

Sophie George

Heart rate of the ribbed mussel Geukensia Demissa from exposed and less exposed areas in the mid salt marsh.
Kylie Hannafey Hua Wang Modeling the Stock Market Through Game Theory
Katrina Harvey Jennifer Brofft Bailey Investigating The Presence of Microbial Pathogens In Loggerhead Sea Turtle (caretta caretta) Eggs
Tonilynn Holtz Maxim Durach Chern Numbers in Multi-Hyperbolic Optical Materials
Amanda Jansch Mitch Weiland Structural Characterization of the Biodegradation Protein PahZ1 KP-2
Jacob Jones Marina Eremeeva “Use of the wax moth Galleria mellonella as a model system to study Rickettsia 1ickettsia host-interactions and mechanisms of pathogenesis”
Gabriel Loos Hua Wang Designing Efficient Algorithms for Sensor Placement
Kelly Marden Sue-Ellen DeChenne-Peters Neuroprotection of Caffeine in Cell Culture Models of Parkinson’s Disease
Abigail Martin William Irby Evolution of blood-feeding, non-blood-feeding and mixed populations of Wyeomyia smithii from 2018 to 2020
Logan Moore Arpita Saha Removal of a Flame Retardant, TDCPP, from Water Using Adsorption with Biochar as a Medium
Ugochi Onuoha Nathaniel Shank Conjugation of Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) to protein
Daniella Ray Aaron Schrey Changes in DNA Methylation Patterns in Florida Scrub Lizards Due to Fire-induced Stressors
Natalie Schaut William Irby Identifying parasites from Canis Iatrans in Georgia using Polymerase Chain Reaction
Micayla Shirley Risa Cohen Effects of 17a-Ethinyl Estradiol on Male Fiddler Crab Aggression and Mate Attraction
Victoria Smith Ria Ramoutar Investigating the anticancer activity of 1,2,3-triazole alpha-amino acid analogues
Alex Snyder Kevin Loope Analysis of Vespula squamosa and its perennial multiqueen behavior through observation of multiple micr-satellite loci.
Emily Steele Arpita Saha Sustainable Practices for the Removal of Emerging Environmental Contaminents Utilizing Carbon-Rich Absorption Mediums
2019 Research Scholarship Recipients
Student Research Mentor Project
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
Katelyn Cook
Sarah Kistner
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
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
Student Research Mentor Project
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
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
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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 for details. Email:
    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 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 (w/NIH funding); (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 for updates. Email:
    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 for details. Email:
    CFDA Number: N/A, Contact: Maria Rios 212/769-5055
Undergrad News
Christopher A. Mays

Christopher A. Mays

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:

Olajumoke Harrison

Olajumoke Harrison

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.

Caitlyn Stouder

Caitlyn Stouder

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 Wilson

Hannah Wilson

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

Richard Steele

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.

Michael O. Hurst, Jr.

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/

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.

College of Science and Mathematics Transcript Notation for Dean’s Recognition as a Research Scholar

Undergraduate students may receive the COSM notation on their transcript by fulfilling a set of requirements listed below prior to the awarding of their degree. The notation would appear as:

Dean’s Recognition as a Research Scholar

The transcript notation provides evidence that the student has demonstrated excellence in scientific research and will certify that the student has achieved proficiency in a set of research and scholarly benchmarks as outlined by the College. The Dean will award students with this designation at the Dean’s Recognition as a Research Scholar reception.

Research in the College of Science and Mathematics

Research experiences are a high impact practice in the College of Science Mathematics. Research is defined as: “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline” (Council on Undergraduate Research, 2019). In order to recognize the outstanding work of our students, the College of Science and Mathematics has an established set of requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify for the transcript notation.

The requirements are as follows:

Course Work

A student must conduct a project over a minimum of two semesters and earn a minimum of three research scholar credits conducting research with a faculty advisor. One research scholar credit is equivalent to either one independent research credit hour or at least 95 hours of paid student work on a project. Acceptable research projects must conform to the following four criteria:

  1. Project has the potential to produce a contribution to the discipline.
  2. Project involves faculty and student collaboration.
  3. Project has the potential to be published.
  4. Project involves the scientific process.

Summer Research

Summer research experiences may be counted for credit towards the Dean’s Recognition as a Research Scholar program. Typically, students will enroll in independent study, capstone, research, thesis, or similar course credits. Undergraduate students can receive one research scholar credit for every 95 hours of summer research. Students can request up to three research scholar credits. (Research scholar credits are for the transcript notation only, not course credit. Similarly, research scholar credits can be granted for participation in federally supported programs including NSF REU prrograms and full-time programs by NASA and NIH.) Students intending to make these substitutions should consult with COSM’s College Office of Undergraduate Research (COUR) director for their home campus, and/or COSM’s associate dean of research to determine how to verify participation in these programs before they apply for this designation.

Written Product (Research Thesis)

A student must prepare a substantial written product from their research in manuscript form, which should be comparable to an honors thesis in length and format and must be approved by the advisor. Completion of an Honors thesis will qualify for this requirement. If the student is awarded this transcript notation their written product will be archived on the COUR website, and/or at Digital Commons via the Georgia Southern Libraries. (Note: The document will NOT be posted online until the research mentor decides the timing is appropriate). By submitting this application you give COSM permission to archive your paper on the website.

Presentation on Campus

A student must participate in at least one presentation of the research on campus in which they present an oral paper or a poster presentation. Verification of this presentation must be submitted with the application.

Presentation at a Professional Meeting

A student must present their research at an external professional meeting related to their major discipline or research, at the state, regional, national, or international level. If the discipline does not encourage undergraduate participation at discipline-specific conferences, a student could also present at other student-oriented conferences such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Sigma Xi, Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, etc. Attendance will be verified by the student’s faculty mentor, registration receipts, or similar evidence. An oral presentation or a poster presentation given by the applicant will fulfill this requirement.

Transcript Notation Application

A student must submit a Transcript Notation Application via Google form to COUR Director for their home campus (contact information below). The application should be prepared with the student’s faculty-mentor and must be submitted four weeks before graduation in order to be recognized at commencement. Students are encouraged to submit this application as soon as it is complete. (You do not have to wait until the the semester of graduation.) Doing so will allow for your transcript notation to occur earlier, which can be beneficial for graduate/professional school and job applications. Students have up to six months after graduation to apply.

A printable version of this information is available here. 

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: 4/21/2020