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Past Grant Recipients

Below you will find past Honors College Research Grant recepients. These recepients are divided by grant type and fiscal year. SURF Grants are those related to STEM fieds while Explorations Grants are any other topics related in the arts and humanities. Honors College students interested in pursuing a research grant are encouraged to review both SURF and Exploration Grants as many of these research grants are interdisciplinary.

SURF Grant 2014-2015

Title: Effects of Fluid Dynamics
Student: William Allen, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Jay Potts, Cell Biology

Title: 3D Laser Scan Reconstruction
Student: Tyler Antonelli, Finance
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose

Title: Perturbations and Bezout's Theorem
Student: Alexander Auerback, Mathematics/Philosophy
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Cooper, Mathematics

Title: CDOM in the Carbon Cycle
Student: Andrew Banks, Marine Science/Biological Science
Mentor: Dr. Ronald Benner, Marine Science

Title: Public Perception of Pharmacy
Student: Taylor Barnes, Pre-pharmacy
Mentor: Dr. Brandon Bookstaver, Pharmacy  

Title: Homeless Perceptions of Health Care
Student: Connor Brunson, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Kelly Mulvey, Education

Title: Relative Contributions of Small Phytoplankton in Productivity
Student: Luke Bassett, Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Tammi Richardson, Marine Science

Title: Pragmatic NVC in FMR1 Permutations
Student: Christina Cantu, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts, Psychology

Title: Examining how Jag2 inhibits p53
Student: Michaela Close, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim

Title: FPGA Computer Vision
Student: Lacie Cochran, Computer Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Bakos, Computer Science

Title: mRNA Localization in an Injured PNS
Student: John Craver, Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Twiss, Biological Science

Title: Amyloid Beta Aggregation Effects on NF-kB Activation in SHSY5Y Cells
Student: Elizabeth Crummy, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss, Chemical Engineering

Title:  Regulation of mtDNA in Mytilus sp
Student: Matthew Csonka, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Richard Showman, Biological Science

Title: The Abelian Sandpile Model
Student: Jeffrey Davis, Mathematics
Mentor:  Dr. Joshua Cooper, Mathematics

Title: The Mechanism of Action of Quinoxaline Di-N-Oxide
Student: Carter  DeGennaro, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Raja Fayad

Title: Targeted MSN for Cancer Treatment
Student: Jason Eckert, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Peisheng Xu, Biomedical Science

Title:  Synthesis and Characterization of FeCrAl
Student: Randy Fang, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hattrick-Simpers, Chemical Engineering

Title: Fabrication of Biometic Nanofibers
Student: Weston Grove, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemcial Engineering

Title: Structural Aspects of Chemical Signatures
Student: Tyler Hernandez, Chemistry/Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. William Jones, Environmental Health Sciences

Title: Epigenetics and Variation of Lifespan
Student: Mason Holtel, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Dudycha, Biology

Title: Genetic Analysis of Fish Eggs
Student: Katrina Hounchell, Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Quattro, Biological Science

Title: Investigation of Magnetic Material
Brian Hurst, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hattrick- Simpers, Chemical Engineering

Title: The Biocompatibility of Nanoparticles
Student: Colin Johnson, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Greytak, Chemistry

Title: La Victoria Irrigation System
Student: Corey King, Civil/Environmental Engineering
Mentor: Dr. James Burch, Epidemiology

Title: Structural and Inhibitory Analysis
Student: Vincent Klapper, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz, Chemistry

Title: Examining Time Dependency
Student: Samuel Lee, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Michael Shtutman, Biomedical Science

Title: Defining the intersecting roles of TGB
Student: Nicholas Lenze, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan, Chemistry

Title: Impact of HIV-1 Tat Protein on DAT
Student: Richard McCain, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jun Zhu, Psychology

Title: Response of Arctic Barnacles
Student: Abigail McConahay, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jerry Hilbish, Biology

Title: Synthesis of Microtubule Scaffolds
Student: Ryan McCormick, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemcial Engineering

Title: Effect of Contaminants on Fuel Cells
Student: Leah McGovern, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. John Weidner, Chemical Engineering

Title: Quantitative Analysis of SAG and NAD
Student: Trevor Morris, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz

Title: Epigenetic Effects of Radiation Exposure
Student: Michael Owens, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Tim Mousseau

Title: Modified Nanofibers for Bone Repair
Student: Shawn Patel, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemical Engineering

Title: Customized NP Self-Assembly
Student: Tanner Pearson, Physics/Math
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Crawford

Title: Graphene Oxide for Kidney Dialysis
Jacquline Plyler, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Miao Yu, Chemical Engineering

Title: GST Crystallization
Student: Taylor Radford, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz

Title: Neuronal Dynein Motor Expression
Student: Zak Roth, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Deanna Smith

Title: Chernobyl Dragonflies
Student: Justin Sindoni, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Tim Mousseau

Title: Matrix Effects on Protein Activity
Student: John Snider, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan, Chemistry

Title: Synthesis of Materials for Batteries
Student: Paul Stanzione, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Xiao Dong Zhou, Chemical Engineering

Title: Quantitation of mitoDNA variants during early development in the Blue Mussel
Student: Taylor Turnbull, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Richard Showman, Biological Science

Title: Safety and Tolerability of Stribild
Student: Tyler Wagner, Pre-Pharmacy
Mentor: Dr. Brandon Bookstaver, Pharmacy

Title: Study of an Accurate Mouse Model
Student: Bridgette Wellslager, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim, Biology

Title: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
Student: John Welsh, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Xiao Dong Zhou, Chemical Engineering

Title: Frameshift Mutation in PACT Gene
Student: Victoria Willingham, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rekha Patel, Biological Sciences

Exploration Grant 2014-2015

Title: CES QEEG Study
Student: Victoria Anderson, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Scott Decker, Psychology

Title: An Investigation of SCT in children with ADHD
Student: Alexa Black, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory, Psychology

Title: Neurodevelopmental Disability Project
Student: Alexis Brewe, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Spatial Accessibility to Endoscopy
Student: Bryttin Boyde, Anthropology
Mentor: Dr. Jan Eberth

Title: USC Youth Sports Safety Program
Student: Nancy Edwards, Chemistry/Athletic Training
Mentor: Dr. Jim Mensch, Athletic Training

Title: Community Based Engineering
Student: Andrea Eggleston, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. James Burch, Epidemiology

Title: Mali Agrometeor, Advisory Analysis
Student: Grant Fleming, BARSC (International Development)
Mentor: Dr. Edward Carr, Geography

Title: Pedagogy and Intro into Philosophy
Student: Miguel Garcia, Philosophy/Classics
Mentor: Dr. James Cutsinger, Religious Studies

Title: A Study of the Benefits of an Arts Advocacy
Student: Charles Harding, Marketing/Music
Mentor: Dr. David Cutler, Music Entrepreneurship

Title: Researching and Addressing the Contexts Behind Women's Decisions in Seeking Health care pre and post delivery in rural India
Student: Harshita Jain, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Billings, Health Promotion
 

Title: Exploring Psychological Research
Student: Brian Kean, Marketing and Management
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory, Psychology

Title: Randomized Private Value Lotteries
Student: Jake Martin, Economics
Mentor: Dr. Alexander Matros, Economics

Title: Learning the Research Process
Student: Rebecca McCord, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory, Psychology

Title: Adapting Attitudes on Homelessness
Student: Ellery Moore, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Bret Kloos, Psychology

Title: Changing Homelessness Attitudes
Student: Allie Morrison, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Bret Kloos, Psychology

Title: A Handbook to Science and Religion
Student: William Richardson, Biology/Philosophy
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Buxhoeveden, Religion and Science

Title: Spiritual Evolution in Undergraduates
Student: Christina Romano, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Gold, Counselor Education

Title: The American Poems of Gavin Turnbull
Student: Eric Roper, English
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Scott, Rare Books/ Libraries

Title: History of Development in Africa
Student: Emma Satzger, BARSC (Global Community Health)
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Grace, History

Title: Then and Now: Warsaw's Recovery
Student: Alison Schriro, Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Sudduth, Rare Books/ Dr. Ted Rosengarten, Jewish Studies

Title: Semantic Organization of Nouns and Verbs
Student: Victoria Sharpe, BARSC
Mentor: Dr. Dirk-Bart den Ouden, Communication Sciences

Title: Ghanaian Students' Perception of Skin Tone
Student: Erin Steiner, Political Science/Women & Gender Studies
Mentor: Dr. Shelley Smith, Sociology

Title: Neural Correlates of Attention
Student: Brooke Troxell, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Green, Psychology

Title: Modeling and Design of Surface-Modified Gold Nanoparticles for the Modulation of Amyloid-Beta-Aggregation
Student: Jacob Baltzegar, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: CO2 Reduction in Columbia
Student: Jessica Barnes, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Wally Peters

Title: Assessing South Carolina Medicaid recipients' experiences with the promotion of immediate post-partum insertion of long-acting reversible contraceptives
Student: Cynthia Beavin, BARSC
Mentor: Dr. Emily Mann

Title: The Role of ECM Remodeling on Skeletal Muscle Function in Cancer Cachectic
Student: Jonathan Blalock, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. James Carson

Title: Analysis of the Mechanism of Counterselection of Mussels Within a Naturally Occurring Hybrid Zone
Student: Allison Burrell, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jerry Hilbish

Title: Identification of intramolecular signals controlling PDE11A4 subcellular compartmentalization
Student: Will Capell, Chemistry & Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Michy Kelly, Ph. D.

Title: The Role of mRNA Binding Proteins In Axonal Regeneration
Student: Devon Cassidy, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Twiss

Title: The Analysis of Declining Votere Health based on Event logs
Student: Andrew Cox, Computer Science
Mentor: Dr. Duncan Buell

Title: Control System Design for an Aquatic Surface Vehicle
Student: William Edwards, Computer Science & Math
Mentor: Dr. Jason O’Kane

Title: Development of Open Source Sentiment Analysis Tools
Student: Aida El Kouri, Computer Science
Mentor: Dr. Amir Karami

Title: Click Chemistry towards sustainable polymers from soybean oil
Student: Ayi Eta, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Chuanbing Tang

Title: Role of Intranasal orexin-A administration on neuronal activation in rat brainstem
Student: Habiba Fayyaz, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jim Fadel

Title: Effect of Organic Acids on Calcium Phosphate Nucleation and osteogenic differentiation of Human Mesenchymal stem cells on peptide functionalized nanofiber
Student: Marin Filipowski, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari

Title: Investigating a Method to Make Occlusion Training More Specific
Student: Madeleine Giess, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Raymond Thompson

Title: Accerlerating Computational Analysis of Hydrocarbon Combustion Reactions using Machine Language Techniques
Student: Elizabeth Grace, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Andreas Heyden

Title: Neural-Glial Interactions in Nicotine Dependence
Student: Lindsey Guerin, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jill Tumer-Ortinski

Title: Maximizing Speech Recognition Under Adverse Listening Conditions
Student: Irraj Iftikhar, Biological Sciences & Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Fogerty

Title: Succination of Cathepsins in Adipocytes During Diabetes
Student: Dominique Jacobs, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Norma Frizzell

Title: Understanding Ovarian Cancer Spheroid Attachment and Invasion
Student: Juliet Joseph, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan

Title: Identifying the role of PDEIIA4 in Systems Consolidation of Remote Long-Term Memory
Student: Jennifer Klett, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Michy Kelly, Ph. D.

Title: Hot Sticky Mess:The Effects of Nuclear Exposure on Spider Cognition and Web Architecture
Student: Angela Korabik, Biological Sciences & Chinese Studies
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Mousseau

Title: Transposable Element Activity in Patients with Colorectal Adenomas
Student: Venkatraman Kothandraman, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jim Burch

Title: Utilizing Synthetic Biology for Microbial Fuel Synthesis
Student: Nicholas Leschinsky, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Synthesis of Energy Efficient Neural Network onto a Reconfigurable Substrate
Student: Joshua Livingston, Computer Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Bakos

Title: Metabolic Stress and Hippocampal Structural Plasticity
Student: Erica Maissy, Biomedical Engineering
Mentors: Dr. Lawrence Reagan & Dr. Claudia Grillo

Title: An Evolutionary Analysis of Alpha and Beta Phycobilin Subunits in Cryptophytes
Student: Patrick McKenzie, Biological Sciences & Geography
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Dudycha

Title: The Role of the Locus-coeruleus-norepinephrine system in stress-induced inflammation and depressive-like behavior in socially defeated rats
Student: Casey Moffitt, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Susan Wood, Ph. D.

Title: Alzheimer's Disease Research
Student: Stephanie Munie, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Labeling and classifying multicomponent alloys
Student: Ghitte Neethling, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hattrick-Simpers

Title: Deoxygenation of lignin biomass through the use of nickel-based catalysts
Student: Sean Overa, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Aaron Vannucci

Title: The effect of Resveratrol on stress-induced cardiac factors
Student: Akhila Padi, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Susan Wood, Ph. D.

Title: The Role of TMF1 and Rab3Gap1 Interactions in Neuronal Development
Student: Guillermo Pineda, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Sofia Lizarraga

Title: The Effects of Aortic Aneurysums on the development of apoptotic cells and Sca-1 protein
Student: Rahul Raghavan, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Susan Lessner

Title: Autonomic Cardiac Responses and Language in Adolescent Males with Fragile X syndrome
Student: Clarie Randall, Biological Sciences & Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Klusek

Title: Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Health Disparities in African Americans
Student: Payne Skersick, Pre-Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Phillip Buckhaults

Title: The Contribution of visual cue synchrony to the recognition of interrupted natural and cochlear implant simulated speech
Student: Courtney Strickland, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Fogerty

Title: Screening for Fra1, Fra2, Grx3 and Grx4 Mutations that Have an Impact on Iron Regulation
Student: Sara Wallam, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Caryn E. Outten

Title: Detecting Synthetic Lethalities in TP53 Knockout Breast Cancer Cell Lines for Use in Targeted Therapeutics
Student: John Warrington, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Phillip Buckhaults

Title: Modeling and Fabrication of a Polymeric Scaffold for MSCs with the SPONGE Concept
Student: Christopher Wu, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Ehsan Jabbarzadeh

Title: Automated Fiber Placement
Student: Brian Youngblood, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Ramy Harik

SURF Grant 2015-2016

Title: Negative Regulation of MAP Kinases by Phosphatases
Student: Armaan Ahmed, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Johannes Stratmann

Title: Effect of Peptides on Breast Cancer Stem Cells Maintenance and Tumorsphere Formation within PEDGA Hydragel
Student: Victoria Baldock, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari

Title: Statistical Thermodynamic Modeling of amyloid Beta Aggregation in Alzheimer's Disease / Rational Design of Surface-Modified Gold Nanoparticles for the Modulation of Amyloid Beta Aggregation
Student: Jacob Baltzegar, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: 3D Muscle Fiber Architecture of a Ring-Tailed Lemur
Student: Colin Basham, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose

Title: P450 Oxygenase/Decarboxylase Boundaries
Student: Julia Bian, Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Establishing Stratigraphic Boundaries Near Basra, Iraq, Using S180 and S13C Stable Isotope Analyses in Macrofossils
Student: Kaitlyn Bretz, Environmental Science
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Pournelle

Title: Optimized Mixing with Contra-Rotating Impellers
Student: Eric Bringley, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. John Regalbuto

Title: The Effect of Elevated Circulating Levels of IL-33 on Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer
Student: Christina-Lin Brown, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Maria Marjorette Pena

Title: Modeling Cascading Information in the Stock Market
Student: Chris Buckman, Math, Statistics
Mentor: Dr. Edsel Pena

Title: Non-verbal Communication in the FMR1-Premutation
Student: Christina Cantu, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Synthesis of Lab-Made Peptides Through Manipulation of the Fmoc Amino Inhibitor
Student: Reilly Car, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari

Title: FPGA Based Convolutional Neural Network
Student: Lacie Cochran, Computer Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Bakos

Title: Understanding the Role of Rab3Gapl in Neuronal Development
Student: Mara Cowen, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Sofia Lizarraga

Title: Attenuation of AB Apoptosis by Polyphenols
Student: Elizabeth Crummy, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Density Functional Theory Calculations of the Structure of Physiological and Pathological Myelin in Sheaths
Student: Katherine Driscoll, Physics/Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Mark Uline

Title: Stress Effects on Neuronal Morphology in the Hippocampus
Student: Habiba Fayyaz, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jim Fadel

Title: Fast Numerical Methods for Anomelous Diffusion
Student: Nathan Feld, Math
Mentor: Dr. Hong Wang

Title: Synthesis of Protein-Bonded Nanoparticles
Student: Brock Fletcher, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Brian Benicewicz

Title: Drinking Water Extraction Method
Student: Meghan Franco, Biology/Russian
Mentor: Dr. Susan Richardson

Title: Functional Gignomies of Iron Uptake in the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana / The Effect of Various Species of Macro Algae on the Growth, Survival, and Toxicity of Karenia brevis
Student: Kayla Gardner, Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Tammi Richardson

Title: Regulation of Plant Defensive Responses to Herbivores and Pathogens by MAP Kinase Phosphates
Student: Catherine Garner, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Johannes Stratmann

Title: Polyphenol Alzheimer's Therapeutics
Student: Ryan Geiser, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Increasing the mAh Rating in Common Lithim Ion Secondary Batteries
Alicia Grant, Biology
Student: Adam Glenn, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou

Title: Carnivore Masticatory Muscle Architecture Analysis
Student: Nicholas Greene, Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose

Title: Magnetic Changes in Metallic Thin Films
Student: Weston Grove, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Scott Crittenden

Title: Therapeutic Potential of Calcitonin Gene Related-Reptide to Prevent Heart Failure
Student: Charles Guenther, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Scott Supowit

Title: Safety and Substance Use Risk Behaviors in High School Aged Students
Student: Kris Hacker, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Myriam Torres

Title: Synthesis and Characterization of HEA Thin Films
Student: Luke Havens, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hatttrick-Simpers

Title: Flicker Fusion Rate of the Chiton Acanthopleura granulate
Student: Tien Ho, Math, Computer Science
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Speiser

Title: Developing a 3D Visualization Tool for the Virtual/Cloud-based SHIL Design
Student: Irraj Iftikhar, Biological Sciences/Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Roger Dougal

Title: Maximizing Speech Recognition Under Adverse Listening Conditions
Student: John Isenhower, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Dan Fogerty

Title: The Effects of Particle Size on the Cyclability of Germanium Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Student: Juliet Joseph, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou

Title: Understanding the Mechanisms of BMP-induced EMT in Colon Cancer
Student: Samuel Keeney, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan

Title: The Effect of Peptides on Breast Cancer Stem Cells Maintenance and Tumorsphere
Student: Formation within PEDGA Hyrdragel
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari

Title: USF Summer Research in Hearing Loss
Student: James Ledbetter, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Scott Goode

Title: Discovery of New Anti-Cancer Drug Targets Using siRNA in HCT116 Colon Cancer Cells
Student: Samuel Lee, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Michael Shtutman

Title: Gene Expression Pathways Needed to Make a Neuron
Student: Austin Lewis, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Twiss

Title: Nanoparticle Bioaccumulation in Oysters
Student: Sean Lindsay, Economics
Mentor: Dr. Geoff Scott & Dr. Jamie Lead

Title: Mammary Gland Laterality
Student: Ross Lordo, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Ann Ramsdell

Title: Effect of Endogenous Ligands on the Biocompatability of Quantum DOTs
Student: Abigail Loszko, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Greytak

Title: The Effect of Organic Acid Additives on  Mineralization Properties of Aligned Polymer Nanofibers
Student: Ryan McCormick, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari

Title: List Colorings of Sudoku Puzzles
Student: Eric Miller, Economics/Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Cooper

Title: Pupillary Response in the Concave Mirror Eye of Scallops
Student: Hayley Miller, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Speiser

Title: In Vivo Production of Hydrocarbons for Fuels
Student: Megan Mitchell, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Actuarial Study of Urban Parking
Student: Isaac Molyneux, Math
Mentor: Dr. Edsel Pena

Title: Isoflavones as Potential Modulators of Amyloid-B Associated with Alzheimer's Disease
Student: Colman Moore, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Transport of Amyloid-Beta Aggregates by P-glycoprotein in Alzheimer's Disease
Student: Elizabeth Moore, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Quantitative Analysis of Histidine Tags Effect on the Stability and Activity of Various Proteins Using Thermal Shift Assay
Student: Trevor Morris, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz

Title: Oxidation Studies of Novel High Entropy Alloys
Student: Ghitte Neethling, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hatttrick-Simpers

Title: Epigenetic Effects of Radiation Exposure
Student: Michael Owens, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Tim Mousseau

Title: Characterizing PDE9A in the Brain and Analyzing its Age-Related Effects
Student: Neema Patel, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Michy Kelly

Title: Mammary Gland Laterality
Student: Shrusti Patel, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Ann Ramsdell

Title: Investigating the Action of Dimethylfumarate in Neurons
Student: Tulsi Patel, Economics
Mentor: Dr. Norma Frizzell

Title: PKR in Neuronal Development of Zebrafish
Student: Izlen Peksenar, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Fabienne Poulain

Title: The Effects of Altering Hemodynamics on Outflow Value Development in the Embryonic Heart
Student: James Weber Pike, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jay Potts

Title: GST Crystalization
Student: Taylor Radford, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz

Title: Development of Tools for Digital Event Excavation in Internet Archaeology
Student: Victor Reynolds, Computer Science
Mentor: Dr. Chin-Tser Huang

Title: Effectivity of PLKs on Inducing Apoptosis in Mutant P53 Cells
Student: Hannah Riley, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Campbell McInnes

Title: The Effect of Lis1 Knockout on Neural Cardiac Innervation
Student: Zak Roth, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Deanna Smith

Title: Engineering Virus-functionalized Hydrogel as 3D Scaffolds for Cartilage Differentiation
Student: Christopher Ruggiero, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Qian Wang

Title: The Roles of Exosomes in Liver Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer
Student: Sydney Severyn, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Maria Marjorette Pena

Title: Comet Assay and DNA Damage
Student: Justin Sindoni, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Tim Mousseau

Title: Biosynthesis and Tailoring of Antibiotics in Bacteria
Student: Himabindu Vinnakota, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Antimicrobial Stewardship Intervention to Optimize Management of Hospitalized Patients with Clostridium difficile Infection
Student: Tyler Wagner, Pharmacy
Mentor: Dr. Brandon Bookstaver

Title: Low Power Deep Convolutional Neural Network
Student: Cameron Walker, Computer Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Bakos

Title: The Vascular Flora of Gills Creek Watershed
Student: Austin Williams, Biology
Mentor: Dr. John Nelson

Title: Triple Mutant PACT-Induced PKR Activation
Student: Victoria Willingham, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rekha Patel

Exploration Grant 2015-2016

Title: Third Wave Development of "The Cola Guide"
Student: Brooklynn Bailey, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Bret Kloos

Title: Housing and Homelessness Action Research Network
Student: Rachel Beard, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Bret Kloos

Title: Comparative Study of Teacher Interpretations of Pre-Primary Civic Education
Student: Victoria Belcher, Anthropology/Business Economics
Mentor: Dr. Kara Brown

Title: Explaining Positive and Negative Sentiment Regarding Political Candidates on Twitter
Student: London Bennett, Political Science
Mentor: Dr. Amir Karami

Title: The Segregation of Civil Defense
Student: Arthur Braswell, History/English
Mentor: Dr. David Snyder

Title: Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Project: Infant Study
Student: Alexis Brewe, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Rule 40 and Olympic Athlete Sponsorship
Student: Anthony Carson, Sport and Entertainment Management
Mentor: Dr. John Grady

Title: First Hand Experience of Psychological Research Factors
Student: Emily Cieslak, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: COPASCities and the Real Food Challenge
Student: Laura Godenick, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Sonya Jones

Title: John Updike Collection
Student: Abby Gould, English, Spanish
Mentor: Dr. Donald Greiner

Title: Consumer Motivation in eDonation
Student: Abigail Hardee, International Business/Global Supply Chain & Operations Management
Mentor: Dr. Pelin Pekgun

Title: Researching and Addressing the Contexts Behind Women's Decisions in Seeking Healthcare During Delivery in Rural India
Student: Harshita Jain, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Billings

Title: Individual Differences in Inhibition of Return
Student: Jonathan Keefe, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Green

Title: Nature and Processing of Epithets
Student: Christiana Keinath, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Amit Almor

Title: Female Characters' Embodiment of Virtue in Medieval and Early Modern Poetry
Student: Kelley Kennedy, Business Economics
Mentor: Dr. Holly Crocker

Title: Interacting with Fiction
Student: Morgan Lundy, English
Mentor: Dr. Susan Vanderborg

Title: The Immersion Process: Linguistic Cultural Awareness
Student: Rachel Lunsford, International Business/Finance
Mentor: Dr. Nina Moreno

Title: Social and Academic Impairment of Children with ADHD
Student: Rebecca McCord, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Exploring Undergraduate Research
Student: Arianna Miskin, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Developing the Housing and Homelessness Action Research Network
Student: Allie Morrison, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Bret Kloos

Title: The Effect of Visual Noise on the Accuracy of Enumeration
Student: Lucas Padgett, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Melanie Palomares

Title: Language Dysfluencies and the Aging Cognitive Phenotype of Mothers with the Fragile X Premutation
Student: Anna Porter, Psychology/Spanish
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Autonomic Cardiac Response and Language in Adolescent Males with Fragile X Syndrome
Student: Clarie Randall, Biology/Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Eye Contact in Mothers of Children with Autism and Mothers of Children with Fragile X Syndrome
Student: Alexis Ruber, Biology/Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Project: Infant Study
Student: Lynn Schutte, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Environmental and Circumstantial Effects on Health
Student: Madison Stewart, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Dawn Wilson

Title: Gamecock to Gamecock: Information Dissemination that Envelops New Students in the Carolina Community Before They Step on Campus
Student: Kaleigh Thomas, International Business/Marketing
Mentor: Dr. Dan Friedman

Title: Project FIT
Student: Vinh-An Daniel Vo, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Dawn Wilson

SURF Grant 2016-2017

Title: Characterizing 1-Deoxy-D-Xylulose 5-Phosphate Reductoisomerase (DXr) from Yersinia pestis for Antibacterial Testing
Student: Anna Bagnell, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Maksymillan Chruszcz 

Title: Effects of Hypoxia on Breast Cancer Stem Cell Maintenance and Tumorsphere Formation
Eric Bindinger, Biomedical Engineering
Student: Victoria Baldock, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari 

Title: Analyzing the Mechanical Properties of Remodeled Vascular Artery Grafts
Student: Christian Brown, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Tarek Shazly

Title: Epigenetic Effects of Panaxynol on Macrophages
Student: Heidi Carpenter, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Lorne Hofseth

Title: Inhibition of STZ Receptor to Block Liver Metastisis of Colorectal Cancer
Student: Wade Curlee, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Marj Pena

Title: Synthesis for Chemical Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling
Student: Melaina Dyck, Environmental Science
Mentor: Dr. Bihter Padak

Title: Expanding Institutional Impact and Sustainability on Iraqi University Campuses through Targeted Collaboration
Student: Victor Madormo, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Pournelle

Title: Tumor Cells Separation and Isolation Using Dielectrophoreses in Microfluids
Student: David Nam, Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Guiren Wang

Title: Fabrication and Characterization of Cadmium Zinc Telluride Semiconductor based Nuclear
Detectors
Student: Liudas Panavas, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Krishna Mandal

Title: Exploration of Dry Fiber Placement
Student: Izlen Peksenar, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Ramy Harik

Title: PKR Expression in Neuronal Development of Zebrafish
Student: Jacob Przywara, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Fabienne Poulain

Title: Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy Modeling of Fuel Cell Contaminants Study
Student: Ahmed Shalabi, Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. John Weidner

Title: Preparation and Characterization of CdZnTe (C2T) Crustal Wafers for Detector Fabrication
Student: Colin Basham, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Krishna Mandal

Title: 3-Dimensional Graphical Modeling of Animal Masticatory Forces
Student: Alexandra Dae Bigach, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose 

Title: Synthesizing Nanostructured Fluorine Doped Tin (IV) Oxide
Student: Justin DuRant, Biology/Music Performance
Mentor: Dr. Morgan Stefik

Title: Radioactive Emissions from Nuclear Power Plants in SC
Student: Kevin Field, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Mousseau

Title: The Role of COX-2 in Nrf2 Activation
Student: Kayla Gardner, Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim

Title: The Effects of Various Species of Macroalgae on the Growth, Survival and Toxicity of Karenia brevis
Student: Ryan Geiser, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Tammi Richardson

Title: Investigating the Promotion of Alzheimer's Disease by Volatile Organic Compounds
Student: Austin Hetherington, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa A. Moss

Title: The Use of Planning in Reaching Tasks
Student: Samantha How, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jill Stewart

Title: The Development of Protocols and Assays to Study the Effects of P-gp and Amyloid-beta Aggregation on Alzheimer's Disease
Student: James Ledbetter, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa A. Moss

Title: Developing Bio-specific Materials that Stimulate Specific Immune Responses
Student: Abigail Loszko, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gower

Title: Multidentate Polymer Ligands for Biocompatible Quantum Dots: Does Sequence Matter?Student: Hayley Miller, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Greytak

Title: Effects of Varying Light Intensity on the Pupil Response of Scallops
Student: Christine Reid, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Speiser

Title: The Role of Nrf2 on Cellular  Senescence
Student: Olivia Reszczynski, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim

Title: The Role of Ovarian Function in IL-6 Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Metabolism in Female Mouse Model
Student: Elizabeth Rizor, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. James Carson

Title: Interhemispheric Motor Connections after Stroke: Relationship between Structure and Function
Student: Eduardo Romero, Computer Science
Mentor: Dr. Jill Stewart

Title: Best Practices in Language Teaching Through Video Games
Student: Michael Schmithorst, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jijun Tang

Title: Additive Nanomanufacturing
Student: Jacob Sims, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hattrick-Simpers

Title: Measuring Residual Stress of Welded Composites
Student: Lauren Strzyzewski, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jason Hattrick-Simpers 

Title: The Role of Lipocalin 2 in Lung and Liver Metastasis of Colorectal and Other Cancers
Mentor: Dr. Maria Marjorette Pena

Exploration Grant 2016-2017
Title: Project to Learn about Youth - Mental Health II
Student: Claire Aucoin, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Associations of Authoritative Parenting and Socioeconomic Status on Child BMI
Student: Jennifer Trebilcock, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Dawn Wilson


Title: Creating Resources to Promote participation in Community Life for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities
Student: Brooklynn Bailey, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Bret Kloos

Title: X-Ray Crystallography of P450s
Student: Julia Bian, Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Tiny Houses: A Study from Within the Community
Student: Lauren Boeckermann, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Kaczynski

Title: Adolescent Spirituality: A Review of Spiritual Support for Middle School Students
Student: Caroline Cates, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Lesly Wade-Woolley

Title: Psychological Research of Children and Adolescents in a Large Community Sample
Student: Emily Cieslak, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Improving Print Concept Knowledge in Preschool Children with Hearing Loss
Student: Sarah Dombroski, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Krystal Werfel

Title: The Use of a Community Sample in Psychological Research
Student: Arianna Miskin, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Role of Microenvirnoment in Mammary Tumor Formation and Metastasis
Student: Shrusti Patel, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Ann Ramsdell

Title: Eye Contact in Mother of Children with Autism and Mothers of Children with Fragile X Syndrome
Student: Alexis Ruber, Biology/Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Developing a Guide to Religious Competency for GlobeMed Interns
Student: Madison Russell, Biology/Religious Studies
Mentor: Dr. James Cutsinger

Title: It Starts with You: Increasing Self-Efficacy in African American Women with Lupus
Student: Tyler Singleton, Social Work
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Wooten

Title: Experiences of Latinos during the 2015 Flooding in South Carolina
Student: Anjali Amalean, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Myriam Torres

Title: Temporal Speech Processing
Student: Shivali Desai, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Dan Fogerty, Ph. D.

Title: The Epidemiology of Mental Health Problems Among Children in K-12
Student: Logan Dwyer, Russian & Classics
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Soviet and Russian Influences on Language Policy and Orthography in the Republic of Moldova and its Political Predecessors
Student: Emily Fisher, English & Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Alexander Ogden

Title: Identification of Language and Literacy Impairment in School-Aged Children
Student: Tong Gu, Accounting
Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Adlof

Title: Economic development on the influence of government transparency in developing countries
Student: James Hepburn, Math & Philosophy
Mentor: Dr. Roberto Gonzalez

Title: Literature review for "Is there a proof of God's existence in Kant's 'Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens?'"
Student: Jaleel Jefferson, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Konstantin Pollok

Title: Enhancing Communication to Support Dissemination and Implementation of the Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Spirit (HEALS) Program
Student: Jonathan Keefe, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Heather Brandt

Title: Neuroimaging of the Emotional Attentional Blink
Student: Ross Lordo, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Green

Title: Public Health Theories in a New Context: Volunteer Prevalence
Student: Rachel Lunsford, International Business & Finance
Mentor: Dr. Darin Freeburg

Title: The Immersion Process: Cross-Culture Awareness
Student: Shreya Mehta, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Nina Moreno

Title: Blogging about dementia: a way for caregivers and patients to be heard
Student: Lyndsey Reynolds, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Daniela Friedman

Title: Assessment of Executive Functions in Young Children
Student: Alia Sadek, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Scott Decker

Title: Behavioral Coding of Fear Responses to External Stimuli Amongst Neurodevelopmentally Disabled Youth
Student: Nick Santamaria, Political Science
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: Crisis or Opportunity: The Uncertain Relationship between Conflict and Judicial Independence
Student: Rose Steptoe, English
Mentor: Dr. Brad Epperly

Title: The Lone Woman and Last Indians Archive
Student: Ying-Chen Lin, Middle-Level Education
Mentor: Dr. Sara Schwebel

Title: Using Mobile Computing Devices for informal and non-informal learning contexts
Student: Katherine Watkins, Exercise Science

Mentor: Dr. Michael M. Grant

SURF Grant 2017-2018
 Coming soon!
Exploration Grant 2017-2018
 Coming soon!