2022 University Scholars

Congratulations to the 2022 University Scholars!

 

Jannatul Anika

Major: Biology Education
Project Title: Expanding Teacher Diversity and Learning Achievements: Understanding and Supporting the Teaching Career Decision Making of Minoritized Students
Committee: Catherine Little, Educational Psychology; David Campbell, Curriculum and Instruction; and Jason Irizarry, Curriculum and Instruction

 

Michelle Antony

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology and Individualized: Community Health
Project Title: Determining Growth Factor Properties Required to Promote Articular Cartilage Healing
Committee: Caroline Dealy, Craniofacial Sciences, UCHC; Rachel O’Neill, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Debarchana Ghosh, Geography.

 

Kathryn Atkinson

Major: Nutritional Sciences and Individualized: Food Studies
Project Title: Cenabis Bene: A Culinary Odyssey through Apicius
Committee: Alexia Smith, Anthropology; Roger Travis, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; and Molika Chea, Nutritional Sciences.

 

Poorna Balakumar

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Project Title: Gender and Transnationalism in Kuchipudi Dance
Committee: Matthew Cohen, Dramatic Arts; Bandana Purkayastha, Sociology; Elizabeth Kline, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Lindsay Cummings, Dramatic Arts.

 

Sarah Bradshaw

Major: English
Project Title: Shakespeare in Contexts
Committee: Charles Mahoney, English; Evelyn Tribble, English; and Gregory Semenza, English.

 

Ashlyn Cartier

Major: Anthropology
Project Title: A Zooarchaeological Meta-Data Analysis of Early Animal Domestication in the Neolithic Northern Levant
Committee: Natalie Munro, Anthropology; Sarah Johnson, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; and Richard Sosis, Anthropology.

 

Shane Connolly

Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Impact of protist grazing on Medicago truncatula through alteration of bacterial community structure
Committee: Daniel Gage, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Klassen, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Robert Bagchi, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

 

Ashiti Damania

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Project Title: Validation of RGC Subtype Markers Across Development to Understand Axon Regeneration
Committee: Feliks Trakhtenberg, Neuroscience, UCHC; Leighton Core, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Akiko Nishiyama, Physiology and Neurobiology.

 

Rayna Esch

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Project Title: Role of Perimuscular Connective Tissue Injury and Repair in FOP
Committee: David Goldhamer, Molecular and Cell Biology; John Redden, Physiology and Neurobiology; and David Knecht, Molecular and Cell Biology.

 

Alexandra Goldhamer

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology and Human Rights
Project Title: Exploring the Neural Circuits of Diet-Induced Obesity
Committee: Natalie Sciolino, Physiology and Neurobiology; Amy Howell, Chemistry; Kathryn Libal, Human Rights; and David Daggett, Molecular and Cell Biology.

 

Leah Graf

Major: Nursing
Project Title: Finding Hope in Hospice Care:  A Structured Life Review Intervention to Improve Life Satisfaction in Hospice Patients
Committee: Juliette Shellman, Nursing; Millicent Malcolm, Nursing; and Amisha Parekh de Campos, Nursing

 

Paul Isaac

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology and Diagnostic Genetic Sciences
Project Title: To “B” or not to “B”: An Investigation of B and Sex Chromosomes in L. polyphemus and Their Role in the Immune Response
Committee: Rachel O’Neill, Molecular and Cell Biology; Denise Anamani, Allied Health Sciences; Jonathan Klassen, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Stacey Hanlon, Molecular and Cell Biology.

 

Abigail Moran

Major: Physics and Applied Mathematics
Project Title: Measuring the Acceleration of the Milky Way with Pulsar Timing
Committee: Chiara Mingarelli, Physics; Jonathan Trump, Physics; and Maria Gordina, Mathematics

 

Soohyun Oh

Major: Exercise Science
Project Title: Effects of exercise timing around vaccination on immune response to influenza vaccination
Committee: Elaine Choung-Hee Lee, Kinesiology; Anthony Vella, Immunology, UCHC; and Lawrence Silbart, Allied Health Sciences.

 

Sarah San Vicente

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Project Title: Defining the Role of TIGIT as an Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor in Ovarian Cancer
Committee: Andrew Wiemer, Pharmaceutical Sciences; Patricia Rossi, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Xiuling Lu, Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

Elisa Shaholli

Major: Economics
Project Title: Religious Identity and Diabetes: A Muslim American Perspective
Committee: Brenda Brueggemann, English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Metin Cosgel, Economics; and Kelly Newlin Lew, Nursing.

 

Joshua Yu

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
Project Title: Nanoparticle-Mediated Inhibition of Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Committee: Xiuling Lu, Pharmaceutical Sciences; David Knecht, Molecular and Cell Biology; and Theodore Rasmussen, Pharmaceutical Sciences.