ASSURE

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 ASSURE Funding Winners

Fall 2021

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Dance Alabama Film Festival
    • Student: Olivia Phillips
    • Major: Dance
    • Award Amount: $850.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Salzer
    • Department: Theatre & Dance

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • The effects of Parkinsonian symptoms expressed in genetically manipulated Drosophila melanogaster: a model to study human diseases
    • Student: Cole Witte
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Anathbandhu Chaudhuri
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Spectroscopic analysis of highly valent Fe(IV) intermediate in 3-mercaptopropanoic acid through a structural and spectroscopic probe
    • Student: Joshua R. Helms
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Award Amount: $500.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Brad Pierce
    • Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Effects of estrogen signaling on the blood brain barrier failure during bacterial meningitis
    • Student: Caroline Brook
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Antimicrobial Properties of a Polymer-Based Strain Sensor Containing Polyaniline and Silver Nanowires
    • Students: Emily Linn and Hannah Stumpfl
    • Majors: Biology/Chemistry (Emily), Chemical Engineering with minor in Biology (Hannah)
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Effects of Sediment Inputs on the Ecosystem Function of Streams: Trialing the Silviculture Exemption
    • Student: Lacey Kohler
    • Major: Environmental Science
    • Award Amount: $980.50
    • Mentor: Dr. Carla Atkinson
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Novel Genes Implicated in Parkinson’s Disease
    • Student: Kylie Peter
    • Major: Biology, Spanish
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Guy Caldwell
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Biodiversity and molecular systematics of the green algal order Trentepohliales in the Campus of The University of Alabama
    • Student: Brittany E. Jones
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Synthesis of Regolith Bricks in application to In-Situ Resource Utilization on Extraterrestrial Surfaces
    • Student: John Barton
    • Major: Geological Sciences
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Julia Cartwright
    • Department: Geological Sciences
  • Quantification and Analysis of the Oxidative Stress Response Caused by Exposure to a Common Bacterial Metabolite
    • Student: Maici Craig
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $850.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Kim Caldwell
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • The influence of the ketogenic diet and exercise on D. melanogaster fitness.
    • Student: Jordan Albrecht
    • Major: Biology, Philosophy
    • Award Amount: $919.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Laura Reed
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Screening of natural compounds from Antarctic invertebrates on cancer cells
    • Student: Hannah Berry
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $991.87
    • Mentor: Dr. Lukasz Ciesla
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Blue Light Analysis of Eastern Hemlock as a Temperature Proxy
    • Student: Zachary Foley
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Matthew Therrell
    • Department: Geography
  • Synthesis of RNA and DNA Oligonucleotides for Investigation of the Electron Transfer Pathway in Human DNA Primase
    • Student: Madison Scott
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Award Amount: $991.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Matthew Thompson
    • Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Landscape Factors Affecting Grassland Plant Diversity
    • Student: Cassandra Bell
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Paige Ferguson
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  •  Age-dependent antiviral immunity in Wolbachia-positive Drosophila melanogaster flies
    • Student: Brian Kmiecik
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Stanislava Chtarbanova
    • Department: Biological Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Psychopathy, a Moderator Linking Explicit Sexual Prejudice and Instrumental Aggression?
    • Student: Jacob Zuluaga
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Andrea Glenn
    • Department: Psychology
  • The Mediating Effect of Sleep on the Relationship between Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Reactive Aggression in Youth
    • Student: Kayla Veal
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Andrea Glenn
    • Department: Psychology
  • Creating a Global Public: The Case of Al Jazeera’s The Stream
    • Student: Emma Kenny
    • Majors: Political Science and History
    • Award Amount: $999.90
    • Mentor: Dr. Elif Kalaycioglu
    • Department: Political Science
  • Cognitive Ability, Social Skills, and Sex Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Student: Daphne Rivera
    • Majors: Biology and Psychology
    • Award Amount: $990.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Rajesh Kana
    • Department: Psychology
  • Fear, Racism, and [In]Security: Investigating the Effects of Political Events and Behaviors Contributing to Surging Firearms Sales in 2020
    • Student: Jack Kappelman
    • Major: Political Science
    • Award Amount: $800.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Richard Fording
    • Department: Political Science

Spring 2022

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Atrazine based Spectracide® induced Parkinsonian Symptoms and Changes in Diurnal Activity Pattern in Drosophila melanogaster and the Cellular and Molecular Mechanism for Induced Movement Disorders
    • Student: Julia Mamana
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Anathbandhu Chaudhuri
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Thiol Fluorescence Assay
    • Student: Jonathan Brower
    • Majors: Chemistry and Math
    • Award Amount: $526.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Brad Pierce
    • Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Kinetic Isotope Effect Investigation of Cysteine Dioxygenase Variants
    • Student: Nathan Parker
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Award Amount: $179.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Brad Pierce
    • Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Investigation of Pullulanase Affecting Virulence in Group B Streptococcus Through Invasion of iPSC-Derived Brain Endothelial Cells
    • Student: Jacob Wood
    • Major: Microbiology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Brandon Kim
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Biotic and abiotic controls influence crayfish communities in two intermittent and one perennial stream
    • Student: Taylor Kelley
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $996.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Carla Atkinson
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Drivers of Structural and Functional Recovery in Restored Wetlands of the Gulf of Mexico Coast
    • Student: Spencer Bartle
    • Major: Environmental Science
    • Award Amount: $975.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Julia Cherry
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Neurodegenerative Activity of Piperafizine A in a Drosophila Model
    • Student: Quinn Cunneely
    • Major: Microbiology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Lukasz Ciesla
    • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Halogen-Bonding Base Pairing in DNA
    • Student: Brooke Elder
    • Major: Biology
    • Award Amount: $888.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Stephen Woski
    • Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • “Can I Truly Be Anything I Want?”: Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Locus of Control Orientation and Aggression Outcomes among African American Adolescents
    • Student: Layla Jones
    • Major: Communicative Disorders, minor in Psychology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Andrea Glenn
    • Department: Psychology
  • The Effects of Gender Ideology on College Major Choice
    • Student: Cathrine Barnett
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $460.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Ariane Prohaska
    • Department: Gender & Race Studies
  • Cultural Heritage as Soft Power: The Case of Taiwan in Performing Sovereignty Through Heritage
    • Student: Ann Williams
    • Major: International Studies
    • Award Amount: $575.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Elif Kalaycioglu
    • Department: Political Science
  • Investigating the nature of working memory limitations in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Student: Abigail Herring
    • Major: Communicative Disorders
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Luca Campanelli
    • Department: Communicative Disorders
  • Early Life Stress and Nocturnal Panic
    • Student: Jack Cassell
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Matthew Cribbet
    • Department: Psychology
  • Preservice Teachers’ Responses to Students with ADHD: Associations with Knowledge of ADHD, Stress, and Mindfulness Skills
    • Student: Anna C. Henley
    • Major: Psychology
    • Award Amount: $1,000.00
    • Mentor: Dr. Summer Braun
    • Department: Psychology