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

2019 Summer Research Fellows

Force Field Development for beta-Lactam Antibiotics

Preparation and Structural Characterization of Salts and Cocrystals of Creatine

Informal Professional Development on Twitter: Exploring the Online Communities of Mathematics Educators

 

Trevor Heinzmann, 2020 (center, with Dr. Tao's lab)

- Major: Chemistry

- Minor: Mathematics

- Mentor: Peng Tao (Chemistry)

Kyle Pekar, 2022

- Majors: Biology, Chemistry

- Minor: Mathematics

- Mentor: Tomče Runčevski (Chemistry)

Jaymie Ruddock, 2021

- Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics

- Mentor: Annie Wilhelm (Teaching and Learning)


2019 Summer Research Fellows

NAGPRA Curation of the Richland Creek Archaeological Project Collection


Chemotherapeutics Research


Luminescent Probes for Imaging Reactive Sulfur, Oxygen, and Nitrogen Species in Living Systems

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.

Demographic Trends in U.S. School Shooting Fatalities



College Access Attitudes among North Texas H.S. Students with Declared Interest in Human Rights

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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