The Research Office is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) Winter/Spring 2011-12 solicitation.

There were a total of 40 submissions. Based on the recommendation of the URISC Advisory Panel, the Vice President for Research awarded 11 proposals totaling $12,474.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:

Averett, Joshua [Major: Rangeland Ecology and Management] (Faculty Project Advisor: Ryan Limb, Dept. of Rangeland Ecology and Management, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Yellow Sweet Clover Soil Nutrient Study”

Bostwick, Keiko [Major: Psychology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Kathy Becker-Blease, Dept. of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts): “Perceptions of Financial Aid and College Success”

Glaus, Matt [Major: General Science] (Faculty Project Advisor: Daniel Myles, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Science): “Rational Synthetic Routes to Dioxadiazinyl Radicals”

Holley, Courtney [Major: Ecological Engineering] (Faculty Project Advisor: Mark Dolan, School of Chemical Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering): “Anaerobic Decomposition of Plastics and Biodegradable Plastic Alternatives”

Petrelli, Alissa [Major: Zoology] (Faculty Project Advisor: Anna Jolles, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine): “Effect of Bot Fly (Cuterebridae) Infection on Immune Response in Townsend’s Chipmunks (Tamias Townsendii)”

Pihl, Nicholas [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics; University Honors College] (Faculty Project Advisor: Jeffrey Greenwood, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Regulation of Akt Activity by Calpain 2 in Gliobastoma Multiform”

Shoaf, James [Major: Biochemistry and Biophysics] (Faculty Project Advisor: Viviana Perez, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, College of Science): “Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease with Rapamycin in Model Cells”

Ta, Charlie [Major: Microbiology and BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program] (Faculty Project Advisor: Inga Zasada, Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Linking Genetic Variability of X. americanum Populations to Virus Vectoring Ability”

Taylor, David [Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: Dana Sanchez, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Estimating Lead Contamination Risk from Traditional Hunting Ammunition”

Taylor, Peter [Major: Geosciences] (Faculty Project Advisor: John Dilles, Dept. of Geosciences, College of Science): “A Geologic Study of the WX and C2 Zones: Mt. Polley, British Columbia”

Trejo, Elyssa [Major: BioResource Research with a Toxicology option and Chemistry minor] (Faculty Project Advisor: Peter Cheeke, Dept. of Animal Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences): “Toxicological Interactions between Quillaja Saponins and Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids”

Congratulations and thank you for your interest and effort in applying to the URISC program.


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