ASSURE

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 ASSURE Funding Winners

Fall 2020

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Characterization and Assessment of Entry-Level Receiver and Amplifier Capabilities for UA Radio Astronomy
    • Student: Dylan Meyer
    • Major: Music
    • Award Amount: $998.10
    • Mentor: Adam Hauser
    • Department: Physics and Astronomy
  • Regulation of endocytosis at the blood-brain barrier in function and dysfunction
    • Student: Eric Espinal
    • Major: Biological Sciences
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • MicroRNA regulation in the human blood-brain barrier during bacterial meningitis
    • Student: Gabriel Humber
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Chromium transport by mixed Chromium-and Iron-containing Transferrin
    • Student: Michael W. Gannon
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: John B. Vincent
    • Department: Chemistry
  • Biodiversity and Phylogeny of Scaphopoda (Mollusca)
    • Student: Ryland Beede
    • Major: Biological Sciences
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Kevin Kocot
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Do challenging environments affect the stress response and microbiome of Brazilian frogs?
    • Student: William Harrison Cook
    • Major: Biological Sciences
    • Award Amount: $996.22
    • Mentor: C. Guilherme Becker
    • Department: Biological Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire: measuring the effects of charring on chile pepper (Capsicum spp.) seed morphology
    • Student: Emily McKenzie
    • Major: Anthropology
    • Award Amount: $964.50
    • Mentor: Katherine Chiou
    • Department: Anthropology
  • An examination of morphometric features of the fusiform gyrus as they relate to age and ASD symptomatology
    • Student: Lauren Duvall
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $996.99
    • Mentor: Rajesh K. Kana
    • Department: Psychology
  • Investigation of gray matter thickness in certain social brain networks in participants with and without ASD
    • Student: McKensie MacGrath
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $986.99
    • Mentor: Rajesh K. Kana
    • Department: Psychology
  • Investigating the impact of disaggregated race and ethnicity data on support of criminal justice policies using a randomized controlled experimental design
    • Student: Trinity Donnellan
    • Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
    • Award Amount: $350.00
    • Mentor: Matthew Dolliver
    • Department: Justice

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire: measuring the effects of charring on chile pepper (Capsicum spp.) seed morphology
    • Student: Nathaniel Trost
    • Major: Music
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Amir Zaheri
    • Department: Music
  • An examination of morphometric features of the fusiform gyrus as they relate to age and ASD symptomatology
    • Students: Christian Hatcher, Austin Phillips, Annalese Starzec
    • Major: Theatre and Dance
    • Award Amount: $1,918.00
    • Mentor: Stacy Allen
    • Department: Theatre and Dance

Spring 2021

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • The Effects of Ethinylestradiol on Sex Determination in the Mangrove Rivulus Fish
    • Student: Anna D. Coleman
    • Major: Biological Sciences
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Ryan Earley
    • Department: Biological Science
  • The Effects of Ethinylestradiol on Sex Determination in the Mangrove Rivulus Fish
    • Student: Bailey Bridges
    • Major: Biology and Spanish
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Analysis of Brain Barriers Virtual Seminar Series Versus In-Person Scientific Conferences Motivated by the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Student: Brianna Holder
    • Major: Microbiology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Analysis of Brain Barriers Virtual Seminar Series Versus In-Person Scientific Conferences Motivated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    • Student: Carly Fricken
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Silas Blackstock
    • Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Using Nuclear Resonant Vibrational Spectroscopy (NRVS) to Investigate Allostery in
    Human DNA Primase

    • Student: Carson Wessel
    • Major: Chemistry and Microbiology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Matthew Thompson
    • Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • The effect of mild traumatic brain injuries on behavioral expression in mangrove rivulus fish
    • Student: Grace Bollinger
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $950.00
    • Mentor: Ryan Earley
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • The Evolution and Extinction of the Late Cretaceous Predatory Shark, Squalicorax
    • Student: Chase Egli
    • Major: Geology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Yuehan Lu & Takehito Ikejiri
    • Department: Geological Sciences
  • Regulation of Nrf2 and NFkB expression by apigenin in a Drosophila┬ámodel of Parkinson’s Disease
    • Student: John Conger
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $798.40
    • Mentor: Lukasz Ciesla
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Drosophila melanogaster a Human Disease Model to study the Detrimental Effects of Commercially Formulated Spectracide┬« in the Development of Parkinsonian Symptoms and Altered Circadian Rhythm
    • Student: Julia Mamana
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Anathbandhu Chaudhuri
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Biodiversity and Systematics of Atlantic Paramphinome (Annelida, Amphinomidae)
    • Student: Madison LeRoy
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Kevin Kocot
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Cell-membrane coated iron oxide nanoparticles for isolation and specific identification of potential anticancer drug leads
    • Student: Nicholas Beyer
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $908.50
    • Mentor: Lukasz Ciesla
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Atrazine, an Active Ingredient of Commercial Spectracide┬«, Disrupts Circadian Rhythm in Drosophila melanogaster: Is Diurnal Activity Regulated by Dopamine Pathway?
    • Student: Sabrina Rodriguez-Ortiz
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Anathbandhu Chaudhuri
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Phylogenetic Analysis of the Viridiscus Tardigrade Genus
    • Student: Elise Warren
    • Major: Microbiology
    • Award Amount: $960.00
    • Mentor: Jason Pineaar
    • Department: Biological Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Recidivism and Reentry: The Effect of Felon Disenfranchisement Laws
    • Students: Ava Fisher and Alexander Thrill
    • Major: Political Science and Economics (Fisher)/ Aerospace Engineering (Thrill)
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Richard Fording
    • Department: Political Science
  • Investigating the impact of disaggregated race and ethnicity data on support of criminal justice policies using a randomized controlled experimental design.
    • Student: Trinity Donnellan
    • Major: Criminal Justice
    • Award Amount: $55.00
    • Mentor: Matthew J. Dolliver
    • Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Dance Alabama Film Festival 2021 – Experiential Learning in the Arts
    • Student: Hannah Hall
    • Major: Dance
    • Award Amount: $850.00
    • Mentor: Rebecca Salzer
    • Department: Theatre and Dance
  • Transcendence
    • Students: Christian Hatcher, Austin Phillips, Annalese Starzec
    • Major: Musical Theatre
    • Award Amount: $992.00
    • Mentor: Stacy Alley
    • Department: Theatre and Dance