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A busy summer for student research
By Dr. Adam Weaver
 
 

This summer, Cheray Science Hall will be active with student scholarship.  With the generous support of Saint Michael�s College, six students will be funded by Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Research Fellowships.  An additional 13 students will be funded from the following sources: the Biology department�s own Hartnett Endowed Fellowship; individual faculty grants from Vermont EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) a National Science Foundation (NSF) - funded program, and National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

 

The following students will be working on Biology-related mentored research projects:

 

Marie L. Agan, �Synthesis, Purification, and Characterization of a New Sclenocysteine Derivative for use in Peptide/Protein Synthesis,� advisor: Prof. Alayne Schroll, VPAA

 

Kaitlyn Begins, �Do Abasic Sites Lead to an Increased Mutation Rate Causing Short Insertions and Deletions at the CAN1 Allele in Saccharomyces cerevisiae?� advisor: Prof. Malcolm Lippert, VPAA

 

Jason Berglund, �The Effects of South Asian Spices and Oral Bacteria on Overall Tooth Health: An Empirical Test of the Antimicrobial Hypothesis,� advisor: Prof. Donna Bozzone, Hartnett.

 

Kristen Cowens, �The circulatory System of North American Leeches: The mapping out of anatomical and physiological evolutionary patterns,� advisor: Prof. Adam Weaver, VPAA

 

Maggie Ecker, �Vermont EPSCoR�s Stream project; Water quality team member at UVM,� advisor Prof. Declan McCabe, NSF*

 

Ryan Gannon, �Do Elevated Transcription Levels and the Deletion of the UNG1 Gene Influence Mutation Rate in S. cerevisiae?� advisor: Prof. Malcolm Lippert, NIH

 

Anna Gauthier, �The Relationship Between the Trade-off Hypothesis and the Possibility of Evolving Virulence,� advisor: Prof. Doug Green, Hartnett.

 

Tyler Gillingham, �Vermont EPSCoR�s Stream project; Macroinvertebrate team member,� advisor Prof. Declan McCabe, NSF*

 

Erin Hayes-Pontius, UVM Student, �Vermont EPSCoR�s Stream project; Macroinvertebrate team member,� advisor Prof. Declan McCabe, NSF*

 

Allen Hubbard, �The role of oligopeptide transporters in seed development,� advisor: Prof. Mark Lubkowitz, NSF

 

Bridget Levine, �Vermont EPSCoR�s Stream project; Macroinvertebrate team member,� advisor Prof. Declan McCabe, NSF*

 

Michael McDonough, �Do arbuscular mycorrhizae affect the growth of the Norway Maple, Acer platanoides?� advisor: Prof. Mark Lubkowitz, VPAA

 

Chelsea A. Myers, �The Effects of Hand Sanitizers on Bacterial Mortality and Resistance,� advisor: Prof. Doug Green, Alumni Fund

 

Emily Ogilvy, �A Study of Ant Diversity in Burned Versus Unburned Sandplain Forest in Vermont,� advisor: Prof. Valerie Banschbach, VPAA

 

Meghann Palermo, �The Effects of Varied Transcription Levels on the Breakpoint Locations of Chromosomal Rearrangements in Yeast,� advisor: Prof. Malcolm Lippert, NIH

 

Janel Roberge, �Vermont EPSCoR�s Stream project; Macroinvertebrate team member,� advisor Prof. Declan McCabe, NSF*

 

Amanda Willette, �Comparison of Neuromuscular Properties and Connections in North American Hirudinea,� advisor: Prof. Adam Weaver, VPAA

 

Sara Williams, �The role of oligopeptide transporters in seed development,� advisor: Prof. Mark Lubkowitz, NSF

 

Jake Withee, �The role of oligopeptide transporters in seed development,� advisor: Prof. Mark Lubkowitz, NSF

 

*Streams Project participants combine research with outreach.  They develop individual research projects during the summer while working in Vermont streams and supporting an outreach program to high schools in Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and Puerto Rico.

 

 

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