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20 UNH Undergraduates Earn Summer Research Fellowships

Release Date:
5/2/2011 12:06 PM

West Haven, Conn., May 3, 2011—Twenty undergraduate students at the University of New Haven have been awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to pursue applied research under the direct tutelage of a faculty member.

The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on proposals students develop with advice from a UNH faculty mentor. Following are the 20 students, their majors, winning proposals and faculty mentors:

  • Alice Aleksandrovich, English literature and political science, The Implications of Totalitarian Thought in Zamyatin’s We; mentor, Margaret F. Savilonis
  • Tristan Cowan, mechanical engineering and electric engineering, High-Performance Computing; mentor, Christopher Martinez
  • Amanda DeBiase, forensic science and chemistry, Use of Ink Jet Printing to Make Fingerprint Standards; mentor, Howard Harris
  • Nolan Franklin Epperson, management, What Is the Impact of Inward Foreign Direct Investment Flows on Host Country Entrepreneurship? mentor, Nadia Doytch
  • Amy Havens, marine biology, The Effects of Temperature on Respiration and the Resting Metabolic Rate of Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus); mentors, John T. Kelly and Carmela Cuomo
  • Erin Kelly, marine biology and environmental science, Investigation of How Changes in Vegetation Patches, Caused by Sea Level Rise, Is Causing Decreases in Populations of Melampus bidentatus; mentor, Roman Zajac
  • Jaclyn M. Kubala, forensic science, and Brandy N. Morneau, forensic science and biology, Amplification of Homochirality in Prebiotic Chemical Systems: Computational Models of Thermal Cycling; mentors, Pauline Schwartz and Carl Barratt
  • Gerald W. McDoom, chemical engineering, Synthesis and Evaluation of New Organic Donor-Acceptor Molecules as Sensitizer Dyes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells; mentor, Pier F. Cirillo
  • Laura McLoughlin, hotel and restaurant management, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: An Analysis of Proactive Pest Control Practices in the Lodging Industry; mentor, Juline Mills
  • Lucia Moreno, forensic science and chemistry, Studies Towards Synthesis of 1-Aza-Heterobicyclic Compounds Via the Borrowing Hydrogen Methodology; mentor, Pier F. Cirillo
  • Kristine Olli, marine biology and biochemistry, Induction of the Stress Protein Hsp70 in Long Island Sound Derived Shrimp following Temperature, Oxygen and pH Challenge; mentor, Rosemary Whelan
  • Kathleen Sandin, marine biology and environmental aciences, Determining the Present Range of Styela clsva along the North Shore of Long Island Sound; mentor, Carmela Cuomo
  • Jane Schwab, mechanical engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics Model of NASA’s Space Vehicles; mentor, Maria-Isabel Carnasciali
  • Adam Sipperly, system engineering, Integration of System Engineering Tools that Support Design and Development Activities; mentor, Amy Thompson
  • Michael G. Smircich, marine biology, Interactions Between Invasive Shore Crabs, Hemigrapsus sanguineus,and Blue Crabs, Callinectes sapidus, and Implications for Near-Shore Ecology; mentor, Roman Zajac
  • Emily Sobestanovich and Dominique Stasulli, forensic science and biology, Optimizing Retrieval Techniques for DNA Extractions in Trace Evidence; mentor, Michael Adamowicz
  • Kara Villone, marine biology, The Effects of Water pH on Growth of Juvenile Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians; mentor, John T. Kelly
  • Patrick Vogt, marine biology, Mortality and Acute Stress Effects of Recreational Catch and Release Angling on Summer Flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, in Long Island Sound; mentor, John Kelly

The purpose of UNH’s SURF program is to engage students in the experience of applied research under the direct tutelage of a faculty member. The full process involves crafting a research proposal, conducting a research project, and preparing and presenting results in writing and orally at a research symposium in the fall term. Each student receives a $2,500 stipend, nine weeks summer housing on the UNH campus and a $700 allowance for research supplies and library resources.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.