Summer Research Fellows
Each year, an elite group of Summer Research Assistants are named Summer Research Fellows. SRFs demonstrate exceptional work ethic, curiosity, independence, and intellectual rigor. SRFs produce work comparable to the quality shown on a professional conference.
Nominated by their faculty mentors, SRFs are selected by the Engaged Learning Faculty Steering Team.
Each Fellow receives:
Funding to reimburse expenses related to conference presentations, such as poster printing, registration, and travel
Opportunity to present their work on the Fall Research Symposium in October
Pre-acceptance to the SMU Journal of Undergraduate Research
2020 Summer Research Fellows
David Troxell, '21
- Majors: Statistics, Mathematics, Management Science
- Mentor: Miju Ahn (EMIS)
Project: Employing a Cardinality of Upper-Tail Penalty Approximation in a Radiation Therapy Setting
Hannah Webb '22
- Majors: Marketing and Public Policy
- Minors: Law & Legal Reasoning and Economics
- Mentor: Dustin Grabsch (Student Affairs)
Project: Thriving in College: International, First-Generation, and Transfer Students
Samiah Woods, '21
- Majors: Religious Studies; Biological Sciences
- Mentor: William Barnard (Religious Studies)
Project: Ketamine's Role in Spirituality
2019 Summer Research Fellows
Trevor Heinzmann, 2020 (center, with Dr. Tao's lab)
- Major: Chemistry
- Minor: Mathematics
- Mentor: Peng Tao (Chemistry)
Project: Force Field Development for beta-Lactam Antibiotics
Kyle Pekar, 2022
- Majors: Biology, Chemistry
- Minor: Mathematics
- Mentor: Tomče Runčevski (Chemistry)
Project: Preparation and Structural Characterization of Salts and Cocrystals of Creatine
Jaymie Ruddock, 2021
- Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics
- Mentor: Annie Wilhelm (Teaching and Learning)
Project: Informal Professional Development on Twitter: Exploring the Online Communities of Mathematics Educators
2018 Summer Research Fellows
Jordan Hardin '19 is studying and classifying human and funerary remains under NAGPRA guidelines.This project aims to bring this collection up to curation standards by investigating the human remains and AFOs from four sites in this collection.
Kasi Holcomb-Webb '19 implements Real-Time PCR used to quantitatively measure the level of expression of P-glycoprotein and Breast Cancer Resistant Protein in cancer cell lines, as part of the Vogel-Wise lab research for reducing toxicity to healthy cells, while increasing the success of chemotherapeutic drugs.
Becky Jenkins is working with a luminescent probe to test a Ru(II) complex's potential as a hydrogen sulfide donor from the irradiation of a red light source both in vitro and in vivo. She is also synthesizing a hydrazinyl naphthalimide fluorescent probe to detect the reactive carbonyl speciesacetaldehyde.
Cheyenne Murray '19 is compiling a comprehensive database of over twenty years of U.S. school shooting fatalities and performing a demographic analysis to understand how school gun violence impacts underrepresented student populations.
Lamisa Mustafa '21 and Tannah Oppliger '20 research North Texas HS students with an interest in human rights to tailor recruiting strategies to better guide and mentor college-bound high school students interested in human rights.
Previous Summer Research Fellows
Jett Ballou-Crawford: Reconstitution of P-glycoprotein in Nanodiscs using the MSP1D1 Scaffold Protein for Biochemical Inhibitor Screens
Kristin Connors: Electrical Impedance of Human Cancerous vs Primary Cells
Madeline Hamilton: Dimensionality Reduction of Parton Density Data with Shallow Autoencoders
Brianna Hogg: The Anti-Apartheid Movement in North Texas
Kasi Holcomb-Webb: “Determining Expression of Multidrug Transporters in Human Cells Using PCR”
Kylie Madry: Give Me a ©
Angela Wang: Relationship Conflict in Bipolar Disorder
Mackenzie A. Young: Further Characterization of Antimicrobial Polyphosphazenes
Patricia Nance: Polyphosphazenes as an Antimicrobial Surface Coating for Breast Implants
Allison Garcia: Cell-Aware vs. Traditional Fault Models and ATPG Statistics for Individual Standard Cells
Daniel Gum: Variable Star Search Using ROTSE-I Data
Collette Marchesseault: Heterologous Expression of Multidrug Resistance Proteins
Joseph Di Pane: The Role of Bambi and Gem in Cell Death
Gillian Wright: Pathways through Care: Decision-Making and Treatment Drop-Out in Early Psychosis
Miguel Quimbar: Smartphone-based Chemiluminescent Point-of-Care Imaging Device for Asthma using Exhaled Breath Condensate
Carmen Maciel: The Implications of DACA for Hispanic Populations in North Texas
Rosangelica Castillo: Social Anxiety and Assertiveness in Socially Dangerous Situations.
Jenna Kleiman: Computational Simuplation of Unimolecular Micelles.
Elise Lebiga: iPhone based Paper/Plastic Hybrid Microfluidic Chemiluminescence sensor for H202 detection
Adam Gannon: The Role of Peroxiredoxins in Alleviating Alzheimer’s Pathology
Camille Biard: Computational Chemistry Calculations of 1,2-dioxetane Chemiluminescent Molecules
Hilary Hopkins: Structure and Kinetics of Fungal Circadian Clock Protein Envoy