63 CAS students receive stipends for summer research projects

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Thu, 07/09/2020 - 07:36

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has awarded stipends to 63 CAS undergraduates to participate in research with a faculty mentor this summer.

Nebraska’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) Program supports undergraduates to work with faculty mentors in research or creative activities spanning academic disciplines. Students receive stipends of $2,400 to engage in intensive research or creative activity for 20 hours per week.

The students can also participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Graduate Education Discovery Program. In August, Nebraska Summer Research Program and UCARE students will present posters at a virtual campus research symposium. Learn more about undergraduate research at Nebraska.

The students, academic major(s), and project title:

  • Elise Ackerman, chemistry, “Synthesis of Organic Contrast Agent for MRI.”
  • Sanyam Agrawal, computer science, “Knowledge Base Creation from Soil Science Publications.”
  • Izzat Bin Ahmad Adly, mathematics, “Using Dynamical Systems (ODEs) to Study Dynamics and Training of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN).”
  • Grace Amadon, psychology, “Perceived Task Load and Physiological Response to Stress in Traumatic Brain Injury.”
  • Jonathan Askey, French and biochemistry, “The Relationship between Protein Structure and Low Barrier Hydrogen Bonds.”
  • Alexander Batelaan, chemistry and mathematics, “Designing Stable RNA Aptamers.”
  • Richard Batelaan, music and physics, “Sound Propagation in a Virtual and Augmented Classroom.”
  • Zoe Battaglia, history, “Petitioning for Freedom: Habeas Corpus in the American West.”
  • Alexander Belashchenko, microbiology and biochemistry, “Functional Analysis of Enzymes Involved in D-Amino Acid Biosynthesis in Mycobacteria as Targets for Potential Therapeutics.”
  • Tomo Bessho, mathematics and computer science, “Controlling Search Algorithms via Visualizations.”
  • Carter Bracht, biochemistry, “An Analysis of the Behaviors Utilized by Physicians and (Pre)Medical Students to Cope with Stress.”
  • Sarah Brady, microbiology and music, "Using and Optimizing Chemical Mapping to Contribute Toward a Comprehensive 3D RNA Model."
  • Michaela Brown, English, “George Eliot Archive.”
  • David Campbell, biochemistry and chemistry, “Knocking out Genes Required for DNA Repair in Plant Mitochondria with CRISPR.”
  • Eylon Caplan, physics, “Identification of Animals with Deep Neural Networks.”
  • Haley DeWitt, biological sciences, “Using an Environmental Toxin Model to Understand Mitochondrial Uncoupling Mechanisms and Conceptualize Neurodegenerative Diseases.”
  • Brandon Ee, psychology, “Heart-Rate Variability as a Predictor of Emotion Regulation and Mental Health.”
  • Alexa Fernandez Bravo, chemistry and geology, “Geophysical Mapping of the Bathymetric Seamounts in the Atlantic Ocean.”
  • Justin Frandsen, psychology, “An Examination of the Ternus Illusion in a Virtual Reality Paradigm.”
  • Utkarsh Hardia, computer science and mathematics, “Analyzing and Mapping Human Rights Violation from Fast Data.”
  • Archer Harrold, chemistry, “Analysis of Undergraduate STEM Students’ Understanding of Light Matter Interactions.”
  • Lauryl Hebenstreit, psychology, “Genital Mutilation and Its Effects on Lincoln Refugees.”
  • Justin Ho, computer science and economics, “Human Capital Growth and Labor Market Flexibility.”
  • Thomas Hugo, biochemistry, “Aggravation of High-Fat Diet-Induced Liver Damage by Mineral Deficiency.”
  • Rachelle Johnson, psychology, “Motivation in Second-Grade Students with Learning Disabilities.”
  • Tim Kaftan, biological sciences, “Functional Analysis of Enzymes Involved in D-Amino Acid Biosynthesis in Mycobacteria as Targets for Potential Therapeutics.”
  • Salan Preet Kaur, biological sciences, “The Role of HPV and Other DNA Tumor Viruses (DNATVs) in the Development of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia (OSSN).”
  • Rose Kottwitz, English, “Advancing the George Eliot Archive.”
  • Cole Kovarik, global studies, Spanish and political science, “Explaining Variations in Legal Mobilization at the European Court of Human Rights.”
  • Ellen Kratzer, English, graphic design and classical languages, “Didaskalia.”
  • Vanessa Larsen, classics and religious studies, “An Interactive, Multimedia eBook on Ancient Drama.”
  • Andrew Malesker, classical languages, “An Interactive, Multimedia eBook on Ancient Drama.”
  • Jordan Malzer, women’s and gender studies, and sociology, “Feminist Perceptive on Pornography: Comparing ’80s Sex War to Current Opinion.”
  • Ian McCue, biochemistry and microbiology, “Low-Intensity Ultrasound as a Mechanotherapy for Chronic Inflammation Attributed to Atherosclerosis.”
  • Kaylen Michaelis, English, “George Elliot Archive.”
  • Amr Mohamed, biochemistry, “Tagging and Purifying 7SK RNP in HEK293 Cells for RNA-Protein Interaction Analysis.”
  • Eric Nelson, biological sciences, “Gene Localization in Caenorhabditis elegans Immune Response to Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.”
  • Preston Noll, Spanish and mechanical engineering, “Energy Consumption of Wrought, As-Printed and Hybrid Additively Manufactured 420 Stainless Steel.”
  • NaKeysha Olson, psychology, “Socioeconomic Status, Family Structure and Persistence in Second Graders.”
  • Jesse Osborn, physics and mathematics, “Validation and Further Development of 2019 Multivariate Analysis in the ARA Experiment.”
  • Karthik Reddy Pagilla, computer science and mathematics, “Social Unrest Reconnaissance Gazetteer and Explorer.”
  • Cameron Ramsey, computer science and mathematics, “An Interactive, Multimedia eBook on Ancient Drama.”
  • Gayle Rocz, dance and English, “The Complete Letters of Willa Cather.”
  • Sophi Sanchez, psychology, “A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Young People’s Communication with Health Care Providers about Sexual Wellbeing.”
  • Fateh Sandhu, computer science, “A Machine Learning-Based Software Application for Improving Performance in Large Undergraduate Classes.”
  • Aniruddh Saxena, computer science, “Knowledge Base Creation from Soil Science Publications.”
  • Roarick Schollmeyer, biological sciences, biochemistry and microbiology, “Investigation of the Tumor Microenvironments Effect on Glioblastoma Multiforme Progression.”
  • Tanima Shrivastava, computer science and English, “Advancing the George Eliot Archive.”
  • Salma Silva, psychology, “Petitioning for Freedom: Habeas Corpus in the American West.”
  • Alyssa Simpson, physics, “Fabrication of Van der Waals Heterostructures.”
  • Jacob Sorensen, biochemistry, “Chemical Map of the Secondary Structure of 7SK RNA and Identification of the Optimal Conditions in which the Structure is Formed.”
  • Jacob Stewart, biochemistry, “Copper-Dependent Regulation of Cell Proliferation Signaling Pathways.”
  • Jessica Stump, political science and psychology, “The Globalization of Water Development Networks.”
  • Aashish Subedi, physics, “To Examine the Tunneling Electroresistance Effects in Ferroelectric Layer of Oligomer Vinylidene Fluoride.”
  • Joevy Sum, biological sciences, “Uncoupling the Mitochondria as a Cellular Defense Mechanism.”
  • Bianca Swift, English, “Charles Chesnutt and the 21st Century American.”
  • Sifat Syed, computer science, “Dynamical Systems Analysis of Generative Adversarial Networks.”
  • Olivia Taylor, biological sciences, “Functional Analysis of Enzymes Involved in D-Amino Acid Biosynthesis in Mycobacteria as Targets for Potential Therapeutics.”
  • Lauren Weis, biological sciences and psychology, “Perceived Task Load and Physiological Response to Stress in Traumatic Brain Injury.”
  • Madison Whitney, global studies and environmental studies, “The Impact of Environmental Advocacy Between the Daasanach Community and NGOs.”
  • Chelsey Wisehart, psychology and communication studies, “Professional Teamwork and Family Court Outcomes in Domestic Violence Court.”
  • Kaitlan Wong, political science and sociology, “The Impact of History Nebraska Programs on Nebraska Legislative Districts.”
  • Liyuan Zhang, mathematics, “Working Memory and Academic Achievement.”