SURE Scholarship Recipients - Honors Programs

2015 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities

Honorable Mention
Jared Muha
Apopka, Florida, and Shifting Racial Dynamics in Agricultural Labor.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Cassanello, Department of History

Honorable Mention
Vanessa Nguyen
Sacred and Secular Suffering:  Christian, Buddhist, and Biomedical Perspectives on Suffering.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ann Gleig, Department of Philosophy


Education
Honorable Mention
Mary-Margaret Shimada
The Power of Cloze Activities, Sentence Frames, and Word Banks for Raising English Learners.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Donita Grissom, School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership


Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics I

Second Place
Zachary Loparo
Robust and Low-Cost LED Absorption for Simultaneous, Time-Resolved Measurements of CO and CO2.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Subith Vasu-Sumathi, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Honorable Mention
Imad Hanhan
Hybrid Carbon Fiber Composite for Noncontact Stress Sensing via Piezospectroscopy.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Seetha Raghavan, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics II
First Place
Mark Schumacher
An On-Chip, Passive Blood Plasma Separation Device for Resource-Limited Areas.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Place
Richard Murdock
Frequency-Domain Faraday Rotation Spectroscopy (fd-FRS) for Functionalized Particle and Biomolecule Characterization.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shawn Putnam, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Honorable Mention
Marc Medina
Gas Turbine Combustor Transition Cooling.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jayanta Kapat, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Honorable Mention
John Seligson
Mechanical Properties of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Following Fused Deposition Modeling.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Seetha Raghavan, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Health Sciences
First Place
Thomas Bolsega
Assessment of Tracheostomy Care Practices in a Simulated Setting.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Mary Lou Sole, College of Nursing

Third Place
Sophia Luna-Webb
Comparison of Acoustic Measures in Discriminating Between Those with Friedreich’s Ataxia and Neurologically Normal Peers.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Cecyle Carson, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Honorable Mention
Sara Hanson
Total Body Water and Its Relationship to Functional Performance in Individuals with Diagnosed Osteoarthritis.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Sherron Roberts, School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Honorable Mention
Leah Morissette
Administration Techniques of Subcutaneous Anticoagulant Therapies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Allred, College of Nursing


Life Sciences I
Second Place
Laura Herndon
Identification of the Domain(s) in Protein Disulfide Isomerase Required for Binding and Disassembly of the Cholera Holotoxin.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Teter, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Third Place
Caity Herndon
Understanding the Role of a Hemerythrin-Like Protein in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kyle Rohde, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Honorable Mention
Diana Carvel
Nitrated Hsp90 and Eleveated Nitrotyrosine Levels in Glioblastoma.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alvaro Estevez, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Life Sciences II
First Place
Jeremy Tran
Testing the Effect of Vitamin C on Epigenetics Revisions as a Cancer Therapeutic.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Muller, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Second Place
Mohammed Taleb-Bennis
Effects of GHRKO Visceral Fat Transplant on Insulin Signaling.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michal Masternak, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Honorable Mention
Corey Rodas
Silk Fibroin Electrospun Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sudipta Seal, Department of Material Sciences and Engineering


Physical Sciences and Mathematics
First Place
Rebekah Karadeema
General Method for Analysis of Nucleic Acid Structures by Deoxyribozyme Sensors.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Dmitry Kolpashchikov, Department of Chemistry

Second Place
Manuel Morales
Calculation of the Terahertz Radiation Patterns from a Superconducting Mesa for the Development of Medical Imaging and Homeland Security Tools.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Klemm, Department of Physics


Social Sciences I
First Place
Trina Gilliam
The Great Escape: Making the Choice for Upward Mobility.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Donley, Department of Sociology

Second Place
Elizabeth Altamirano
Investigating Acculturation and Psychological Homelessness Among Latinos in Florida.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles Negy, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Nicholas James
Exploring a Relationship Between Social Anxiety Disorder and Bilingualism.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deborah Beidel, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Andrew Lutz
Virtual Team Coopetition:  An Investigation of Coopetitive Proclivity in Virtual and Face-to-Face Dyads.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Chin, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences II
First Place
Tiernan Middleton
Homophobia and HIV:  A Cross-Cultural Comparison of HIV Transmission.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joanna Mishtal, Department of Anthropology, and Dr. Kenneth Teter, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Second Place
Serenela Pelier
Stable Isotope Evidence for the Geographic Origins and Military Movement of Napoleonic Soldiers During the March to Moscow in 1812.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tosha Dupras, Department of Anthropology

Third Place
Robin Thorne
Exploring the Relationship of Resilience, Optimism, and the Big Five.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Kathryn Schafer
The Road Rage and Aggressive Driving Dichotomy:  Personality and Attribution Factors in Driver Aggression.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Peter Hancock, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Amanda Woods
Examining the Relationship Between Trait Goal Orientation and Behavior in Team Debriefing Sessions.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Eduardo Salas, Department of Psychology

2014 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities
First Place
Amelia Mackarey
Representation and Imagination of the Holocaust in Young Adult Literature.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Campbell, Department of English

Second Place
Matthew Patsis
Little Women:  The Legacy of African Veterans of World War II and Their Role in Independence Movements of the Late Twentieth Century.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ezekiel Walker, Department of History


Engineering and Computer Science
Second Place
Angela Rodriguez
Laboratory-Scale Ozone Oxidation of a Volcanic Surface Water Supply to Reduce Disinfection By-Product Formation Potential.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Duranceau, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Honorable Mention
Kevin Gleason
Microdroplet Evaporation with a Forced Pinned Contact Line.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Shawn Putnam, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

Health Sciences
First Place
Skekinah Fashaw
The Use of Physical Restraints among Nursing Home Residents: Do Disparities Exist?
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Latarsha Chisholm, Department of Health Management and Informatics

Second Place
Geraldine Martinez
Factors that Influence Pain Management Strategies in the NICU.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kelly Allred, College of Nursing

Honorable Mention
Hector Ortiz-Cintron
Use of Complementary and Alternative Medications in Older Adults with Chronic Pain: A Pilot Hospice Nursing Survey.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kelly Allred, College of Nursing

Honorable Mention
Kyle Perkins
The Risks and Benefits of Running Barefoot or in Minimalist Shoes: A Systematic Review.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Carey Rothschild, Department of Health Professions

 

Life Sciences I
Honorable Mention
Caitlyn Herndon
Understanding the role of a hemerythrin-like protein in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using fluorescent reporters and reverse genetics.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kyle Rohde, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Life Sciences II
Second Place
Laura Herndon
Identification of the Domain(s) in Protein Disulfide Isomerase That Is Required for Binding and Disassembly of the Cholera Holotoxin.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ken Teter, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

 

Life Sciences III
First Place
Jeremy Tran
Using a Cell-Based Assay for Discovering Epigenetic Cancer Therapy Drugs.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Mark Muller, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Second Place
Aaron Pollock
Mycobacterium tuberculosis regulation of efflux pump Tap by transcriptional activator WhiB7.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kyle Rohde, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences 


Social Sciences I

First Place
Jessy Guler
Co-Presenters: Mira Atia, Jimmy Joseph, Daniela De Abreu Rodriguez
Exposure to War and Conflict, Acculturation, and Identity Formation among Adolescent Refugees.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Berman, Department of Psychology

Second Place
Michelle Craske
Music's Normalization Influences on College Students Health Compromising Behaviors.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chrysalis Wright, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Melissa Antler
I am a Critical Thinker!  Exploring the Relationship Between Self-Concept and Critical Thinking Ability.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Nicholas Colon
Analyzing the Effects of Rubbernecking on Driving Performance.
Faculty Mentor:  Mustapha Mouloua, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences II
First Place
Alexandra McConnell
The C.S.I. Effect: Exploration of its Influence on Perception of Criminal Behavior.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology

Second Place
Julio Montanez
Social Policy Positions of Undergraduate Students at a Large University in the Southeastern United States.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Terri Fine, Department of Political Science

Honorable Mention
Nicholas James
Qualitative Aspects of Social Interactions in Social Anxiety Disorder.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Deborah Beidel, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Cory King
Behavior of Vegetarian, Vegan, and Pescetarian Consumers and Their Participation in the Green Movement.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Carolyn Massiah, Department of Marketing

 

Social Sciences III
First Place
Kelcey Sablon
The Effect of Service Provider Skin Tone on Customer Perceptions of Service Quality.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Carolyn Massiah, Department of Marketing

Second Place
Hanady Nabut
Women's Economic Empowerment in MENA: A Path to Stability and Growth.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Houman Sadri, Department of Political Science

Honorable Mention
Courtney Roy
Peer Presentation: Can It Influence An English Language Learner's Relationship With Peers?
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Dan Ezell, Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Honorable Mention
Sarah Thomas
Research Apprenticeship: An Effective Way to Increase Interest and Socialization at the Undergraduate Level.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Anne Norris, College of Nursing

 

Social Sciences IV
First Place
Tayler Truham
Parentification rates in military families.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Sandra Neer, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Jennifer Vogel
Effectiveness of Integrating Serious Video Games for Knowledge Acquisition in Youth Health Education.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Euripides Montagne, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Student Choice Award*
Daphne Kopel
Spatial Schema Transfers to Similar Place: A Case of Disney Theme Parks.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology
*This award was given based on student voting at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

 

 

2013 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities
Second Place
Sonja Shank
Arts Integration:  Learning Through and with the Arts, a Curricular Process, and Collaborative Engagement.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Honorable Mention
Maillim Santiago
Little Women:  Study of Female Representation in Teen Films and How They Affect Gender Perception.
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Andrew Gay, Department of Film


Engineering and Computer Science
Second Place
Skyler Goodell
Multirobot Behavior Synchronization Through Hive Brain Neuroevolution.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ken Stanley, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Honorable Mention
Tatiana Viecco
Redesign and Improvement of Orlando VA Medical Center.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Jose Sepulveda, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

 

Health Sciences
First Place
Aurea Middleton
Pepsin and Salivary Amylase:  Biomarkers of Microaspiration in Oral and Tracheal Secretions of Intubated Patients.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Mary Lou Sole, College of Nursing

Second Place
Nicole Gerardi
Evaluation of Computer-Based Simulation for Pain Management Education.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kelly Allred, College of Nursing

Honorable Mention
Gabrielle Dennen
Assessment of Perinatal Nurses' Knowledge of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Julee Waldrop, College of Nursing

 

Life Sciences I
Second Place
Linh Anh Cat
An Apple Snail a Day Keeps the Plants Away: Effects of an Invasive Snail on Aquatic Ecosystems.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Patrick Bohlen, Department of Biology

Honorable Mention
Abigail Carbonell
Identification of Potential Lead Antimalarial Compounds from Marine Microbial Extracts.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Debopam Chakrabarti, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Life Sciences II
First Place
Moses Murdock
Silver Ion as a Potent Inhibitor of Glutathione Reductase.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Self, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Physical Sciences
First Place
Chris Frye
Corrections to the Classic Tests of General Relativity Imposed by String Theory.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Costas Efthimiou, Department of Physics


Social Sciences I

First Place
Lucien Charland
The Strategic Threat of Sea Level Rise for the United States and its Allies in the Caribbean.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Teddy Reynolds, Department of Political Science

Second Place
Courtney Christovich
Do College Students Rate Female Profesors More Harshly Than Their Male Counterparts?
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Melissa Antler
I am a Critical Thinker!  Exploring the Relationship Between Self-Concept and Critical Thinking Ability.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Nicholas Colon
Analyzing the Effects of Rubbernecking on Driving Performance.
Faculty Mentor:  Mustapha Mouloua, Department of Psychology



Social Sciences II
First Place
Anis Nizam
Improving Long-Range Forecast Errors for Better Capacity Decision-Making.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steve Leon, Department of Marketing

Second Place
Jose Marquez
GDP Growth Differences and Financial Contagion:  Evidence from the 2008-2009 Subprime Crisis.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Uluc Aysun, Department of Economics

Honorable Mention
Dylan Martin
Transgender Identity Development.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Steven Berman, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Alicia Martinez
Exploring Portrayals of Multiple Intelligences in Male and Female Protagonists in Best-Selling Picture Books, 2008-2012.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Sherron Roberts, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Honorable Mention
Amirica Nicholson
Depression-Stigma:  An Examination of Enforcers in College Communities.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Charles Negy, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences III
First Place
Kaylin Ratner
Parental Attachment's Role in Identity Style Formation.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Steven Berman, Department of Psychology

Second Place
Roseann Swiden-Wick
Exploration of Worker Arrogance and the HEXACO Model of Personality Factors.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology

Honorable Mention
Angela Vanella
The Label of Maddness: The Effects of Career Choice and Gender on Perceptions of Mental Illness.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology

 

Student Choice Award*
Sonja Shank
Arts Integration:  Learning Through and with the ARts, a Curricular Process, and Collaborative Engagement.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp, Department of Educational and Human Sciences
*This award was given based on student voting at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

 

 

2012 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities
Logan Kriete
The Committee Documentary Film.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Mills, Department of Film

Drew Fedorka
Projecting Grandeur:  President de Gaulle's State Visits and Summitry of Spring 1960 in Historical Perspective.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amelia Lyons, Department of History

Sarah Parker
Knights Earth:  Development of a Map Application Revealing Sustainable Practices and Environmental Initiatives at UCF.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Hampton, Department of Chemistry

Genesys Santana
A Case of Double Consciousness:  Americo-Liberian and Indigenous Liberian Relations 1840-1930.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fon Gordon, Department of History

Adee Benartzy
The Pastel Study:  Communicating Sexuality and Promiscuity in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Ilenia Colon-Mendoza, School of Visual Arts & Design


Engineering and Computer Science I
Joshua Bernstein
Filtering Acoustic Measurements in Non-Ideal Environments with External Noise.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jay Kapat, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

Nathaniel Enos
Understanding the Balance Between Economic Equality and Economic Growth:  A Generative Computational Approach.
Faculty Mentor:  Ivan Garibay, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Spencer Frank
A Theoretical Model of Load Transfer in an Alumina Nanoparticle Filled Epoxy Matrix to Obtain Stress-Sensing Characteristics.
Faculty Mentor:  Seetha Raghavan, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering
 

Engineering and Computer Science II
Peter Tonner
Transcriptomic Profiling of Ribosomal Protein Pseudogenes in Diverse Human Tissues.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shaojie Zhang, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Lucky Tran
Effect of Rib Aspect Ratio on Heat Transfer and Friction in Rectangular Channels.
Faculty Mentor:  Jay Kapat, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering


Life Sciences I

Alexandra Ayache
Amyloid-Beta42 Toxicity Reduction in Human Neuroblastoma Cells Using Cholera Toxin B Subunit-Myelin Basic Protein Expressed in Chloroplasts.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Henry Daniell, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Christopher Britt
A Computational Approach to Elucidating the Mechanisms of Bacterial Intoxication.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kennet Teter, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Life Sciences II
Camila Diaz
Mechanisms to Combat HIV Acquisition in the Female Reproductive Tract.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alexander Cole, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Tamara Downs
Through Time and Space:  Studying the Invasion Patterns of the Charru Mussel.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Hoffman, Department of Biology

Erika Nafi-Valencia
HSC70 Regulates the Formation of SNARE-complex Required for VTV-Golgi Function.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shadab Siddiqi, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Life Sciences III
Selina Sutchu
Through Time and Space:  Development of a phoA Gene Fusion Reporter System for Use in the Lyme Disease Spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mollie Jewett, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Physical Sciences II
Jie Liang
Asymptomatic Formulas of Bernstein Polynomials for Discontinous Functions.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Xin Li, Department of Mathematics

Brian Thomas
Clique Minors in Graphs with Independence Number Three.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zixia Song, Department of Mathematics

Rosmery Victoria
Development of Luminescent Ruthenium Complexes for In-vivo Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) of Angiogenesis with the RGD Peptide.
Directed by Kevin Belfield, Department of Chemistry


Social Sciences I
William Crosby
An Evaluation of Tracheostomy Care Anxiety Relief Through Education and Support (T-CARES).
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary Lou Sole, College of Nursing

Emily Edwards
An Examination of the Prejudicial Value of Visual Evidence in the Context of a Criminal Court Case.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology

Shannon Bailey
Needlework Craft Experts and Spatial Ability:  An Exploration of Expertise Effects in Mental Rotation, Three-Dimensional Object Development, and Folding Visualization.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences II
Marie Gualtieri
Curvy is the New Thin:  College Women's Perception of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Amy Donley, Department of Sociology


Social Sciences III
Patrisha Reynolds
Temporal Trends in Grave Marker Attributes:  An Analysis of Headstones in Florida.
Faculty Mentor: John Schultz, Department of Anthropology

Kendall McCollough
Determining the Sex of Juvenile Skeletal Remains via Dentition.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tosha Dupras, Department of Anthropology


Social Sciences IV
Tricia Tang
A Comparative Analysis of College Student Spring Break Destinations:  An Empirical Study of Tourism Destination Attributes.
Faculty Mentor:  Youngsoo Choi, Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Rachel Sewell
What is Appealing?:  Sex and Racial Differences in Perceptions of the Physical Attractiveness of Women.
Directed by Amy Donley, Department of Sociology

Nicole Yello
Gender Issues and Equity in 21st Century Children's Picture Books.
Directed by Elizabeth Hoffman, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

 

 

2011 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities
Howard Harrington
Shifts in Pronunciation Patterns and Prestige in Peninsular Spanish
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gregory Thompson, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Sarah Parker
Development of a Map Application of Environmental, Energy, and Sustainability Initiatives at UCF
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Hampton, Department of Chemistry

Caroline McFadden
Invisible Ink: Whiteness, Young Women Leaders, and Bridging Difference to Build Community
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Meredith Tweed, Women's Studies Program

Megan Kizzort
Visual Math Lessons for Students with Learning Disabilities
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joo Kim, School of Visual Arts and Design


Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics & Photonics I
Kelly Cox
Improving Coronary Blood Flow in Neonate Circulation with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alain Kassab, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering


Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics & Photonics II
Amber Scheurer
Assessing the Viability of Sol-Gel NiMgO Films for Solar Bind Detection
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Winston Schoenfeld, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Health Sciences
Cody Amato
Effectiveness of Subglottic Suctioning in the Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary Lou Sole, College of Nursing

Marlaine Monroig
Associations Between Positive Health Behaviors and Psychological Distress
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell, Department of Psychology 

Life Sciences I
Sabikha Alam
Stress Hormone Influence on Cardiac Conduction System Development: Evidence for Retinoic Acid-Dependent Mechanisms of Regulation
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Ebert, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Alexander Fagenson
A Class of Biometallo-Organic Compounds that Target Human Topoisomerase II
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Muller, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Eric Goldstein
Inducing Cancerous Repair Through Homologous Recombination Using Topoisomerase II Poisons
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Muller, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Life Sciences II
Alana Persaud
Longitudinal Genetic Analyses of Stphylococcus aureus Reveal Variability Between Nasal Carriage Strains, as Well as Similarity to Epidemic Isolates
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alexander Cole, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Angela Crotty
Exploring Organic Solar Cell Material: Emission Lineshapes of Semiconducting Polymer P3HT
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Artem Masunov, Nanoscience Technology Center

Kristy Kormondy
High Yield Assembly and Electron Transport Investigation of Semiconducting-Rich Local-Gated Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Saiful Khondaker


Social Sciences I
Simon Caine
Political Conservatism and its Effects on Memory and Basic Recall
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Janan Smither, Department of Psychology

Lindsay Dhanani
Discrimination Against Arabs and Muslims in Simulated Hiring Decisions
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Dipboye, Department of Psychology

David Ackerman
International Contracts: A Quantitative Analysis of International Contracts
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Brown, Department of Legal Studies 

Sally Clausen
I Never Forget a Face!: Memory for Faces and Individual Differences in Spatial Ability and Gender
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences II
Christine Hippler
The Relationship Between Genre Choice of Music and Altruistic Behavior
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology

Michael Hristakopoulos
Human Development and Institutional Design: The Comparative Performance of Presidential Regimes
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bruce Wilson, Department of Political Science


Social Sciences III
Timothy Paskowski
The Relationship Between Psychometrically-Defined Social Anxiety and Working Memory Performance
Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey Bedwell, Department of Psychology

Patrisha Reynolds
Variation of Grave Marker Attributes in Central and Southeast Florida
Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Schultz, Department of Anthropology

Marie Sabbagh
Influence of Defendant Mental Illness on Jury Sentencing
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erin Murdoch, Department of Psychology

 

 

2010 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities
Gregory Moore
Is Folk Art Postmodern?
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristin Congdon, Department of Philosophy


Engineering, Computer Science, Optics & Photonics
Amber Scheurer
Cubic Oxide Semiconductors for Deep Ultra-Violent Applications
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Winston Schoenfeld, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Corey McCall
A Prototype Device that Implements RFID and Remote Monitoring Technology to Track Medications for Elderly Healthcare Patients
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cliff Zou, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Health Sciences 
Jamie Bigler
Interventions to Improve Psychosocial Sequelae in Women with Ovarian Cancer
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria Loerzel, College of Nursing

Corrine Caswell-Riley
Nursing Interventions for Adolescent Substance Abuse Use
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pamela Ark, College of Nursing

Lydia Watkins
Improving Nonverbal Communication Between Nurses and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Stephen Heglund, College of Nursing

Maureen Woodman
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of Avoiding and Achieving Pregnancy: An Effective Means of Family Planning and Promoting Women's Empowerment
Faculty Mentors: Ms. Mary Guimond and Dr. Maureen Covelli, College of Nursing


Life Sciences I
Jennifer Bazemore
Effects of the 4-Phenylbutyrate and Geldanamyacin in Cholera Intoxication
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ken Teter, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology 

 

Life Sciences II
James New
Plant-Made Oral Vaccines: Evaluation of Capsules
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Henry Daniell, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Chris Reilly
Effects of Site Specific Tryptophan Mutations on Human Group IIA Phospholipase A2
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suren Tatulian, Department of Physics


Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Christian Smith
Impact of Coulomb Impurities on Transport Properties of Graphene Nanoribbons
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Masahiro Ishigami, Department of Physics

Kyle Reger
Numerically Analyzing Hall Magnetohydrodynamics Near an X-type Neural Line
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bhimsen Shivamoggi, Department of Mathematics


Social Sciences I 
Amelia Carey
Religious Affiliation and Religiosity: Variations on Perceptions of Domestic Violence
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jana Jasinski, Department of Sociology

DeAnn Collins
Investigating Predictors of Ageism: Relationship with Older Adult Wanted
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Dr. Erin Murdoch, and Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences II 
Brooke Lajoie
Never Too Old, Never Too Young? Exploring Stereotypes in the Mixed-Age College Classroom
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology

Garrett Grainger
National and Structural Explanations for Income Inequality: An Exploratory Analysis
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Mahutga, Department of Sociology at California-Riverside


Social Sciences III 
Jayme Puff
Relationships Among Parents' Economics and Parenting Stress, Parenting Behaviors, and Ratings of Young Children's Emotional and Behavioral Functioning
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Renk, Department of Psychology


Marie Sabbagh
Sexism: Who Will Speak Up?
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Erin Murdoch and Dr. Maria Lavooy, Department of Psychology

 

 

2009 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts and Humanities
Amanda Banacki
Spiritual Seascapes: Finding God in the Waters of John Frederick Kensett
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Francis Martin Jr., Department of Art
 
Natalia da Silva
Brazilian Ex-Votos
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristin Congdon, Department of Film


Engineering and Computer Science 
Nathan Mutter
Correlations Between Simple and Axisymmetric Bending of a Notched Termoplastic
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ali Gordon, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering

Anamary Leal
Exploring the Effectiveness of 3-D File Browsing Techniques for File Searching Tasks
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Laviola, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Andres Osorio
Computational Analysis of Alternative Aortic Bypass for Left Ventricle Assistant Device (LVAD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eduardo Divo, Department of Engineering Technology and Dr. Alain Kassab, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering


Life Sciences I
Elizabeth Haynes
Unilamelar Vesicles as a Tool to Understand the Mechanism of Action of Anti-Cancer Immunotoxin/Lipolyamine Treatment
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ken Teter, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Kevin Funk
Stomatal Stem Cell Regulation by a Novel Protein in Arabidopsis
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jeanette Nadeau


Life Sciences II
Brittany Moscato
Andrenergic Hormone Deficiency Leads to Cardiac Arrhythmias
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Taylor, Biomolecular Science Center

Kathleen Telusma
Discovery of Novel Distribution Patterns for Adrenergic Cells in the Developing Heart and Lungs: Role for Innervation Faculty Mentors: Dr. Steven Ebert, Biomolecular Science Center

Social Sciences, Education, and Business I
Amber Dukes
Differences Between Persons Exhibiting High Versus Low Attraction to Individuals with Psychopathic Traits
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Charles Negy, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Randy Fisher, Department of Psychology

Jenna Benyounes
Interventions to Prevent Perineal Trauma During Childbirth
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Nancy Ahern, College of Nursing


Social Sciences, Education, and Business II
DeAnn Collins, Ashley Harper, and Lisa Rangel (Co-Authors)
Student Evaluation of Online Instructors: Does Gender Matter?
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology, Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology, Dr. Erin Murdoch, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Maria Lavooy, Department of Psychology


Social Sciences, Education, and Business III 
Lauren Yon
Integrating Mobility into the Plan Of Care in the Intensive Care Unit
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Allred, College of Nursing

Theresa Trombly
Psychophysiology of Selective Mutism
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deborah Beidel, Department of Psychology

Karinna Vazquez
The Effects of Attachment Development in Emerging Adults' Romantic Relationships and Friends
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Renk, Department of Psychology

 

 

2008 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts & Humanities
Tristan Reiniers
The Persistence of Self
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mason Cash, Department of Philosophy 


Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, & Engineering
Amy Hoover
Automatically Generating Drum Tracks for Existing Songs with a Computer
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Stanley, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 

Rene Diaz
Plasma Sprayed Chromium Carbide Reinforced with Carbon Nanotubes
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Sudipta Seal, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center; Dr. Suresh Babu, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering 

Simon Mostafa
Catalytic Decomposition of Alcohols Over Supported PT Nanoparticles: A Study of Activity, Selectivity, and Stability
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya, Department of Physics 

Life and Health Sciences II 
Ashley Startzman
Inhibition of STAT3 Protein as an Approach to Sensitizing Ovarian Cancer Cells to Cisplatin
Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Turkson, Biomolecular Science Center 

Ruth Strakosha
Fluoroquinolone Degredation by Bacteria Isolated from Municipal Wastewater
Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Sutherland, US FDA National Center for Toxicological Research 

 

Social Sciences I
Ashley Harper
The Myth of the Crazy Cat Lady: Exploring How Loneliness and Connectedness Influence Attachment to Pets
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology 

Micah Allen
Linguistic Correlates of the Self and Psychopathology
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Shaun Gallagher, Department of Philosophy 

 

Social Sciences II
Kevin Palmer
The Effect of Physical Context of Previous Stress Exposure on Stress Response Habituation
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology 

Maria Ricci-Twitchell
Exploring the Relationship Between Patients’ Health Locus of Control and Perception of Physician’s Support
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Karen Mottarella, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Shannon Whitten, Department of Psychology  

Kenneth Michniewicz
Ordinary Cruelty Televised in a Just World
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randy Fisher, Department of Psychology

 

 

2007 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts & Humanities
Stephanie Gonzalez and Indiana de la Cruz
Making a Place for Latino/a Writers
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cecilia Rodriguez-Milanes, Department of English

Stephanie Colombo
Do You Realize Who You /r/ Differently As You Age?  An Acoustic Analysis of the Realization of American /r/
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Bowie, Department of English

 
Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics
Denitsa Milanova
Heat Transfer Enhancement in Single-Walled-Carbon Nanotube (SWNTs) Nanofluids
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ranganathan Kumar, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering 

Enrique Ortiz and Anna Koufakou
Experimental Comparison of Strategies for Detecting Outliers in Categorical Data
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 

 

Life and Health Sciences
Andrew W. Myers
Inhibition of Clostridium Difficile Growth by Proline Derivatives and Gold Compounds
Mentor: Dr. William Self, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology 

 

Social Sciences I
Charles DaPra
Action Video Game Skill Level Predicts Performance on Target Detection and Identification
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology 

 
Social Sciences II 
Roberta Murphy
Headstone Iconography Documentation and Interpretation of Fraternal Emblems at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando
Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Schultz, Department of Antrhopology 

Shari Schwartz
Premigration Expectations and Postmigration Experiences of Hispanic Immigrants to the United States
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles Negy, Department of Psychology 

 

 

2006 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts & Humanities 
Christine Dellert
News Media Construction of Life and Death
Mentor: Dr. Richard Kenney, Nicholson School of Communication

 
Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics
Brian Becker and Christine Vargas
Ontology-Based Search Engine for Real-World Decision Support System
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Avelino Gonzalez, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

 

Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Naomi Brownstein
Transformation of Variables in Statistics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marianna Pensky, Department of Mathematics

 

Social Sciences I
Stephanie Ernst
Relationships Among Parenting Style, Parental Self-Efficacy, Parents’ Perceptions of Children, and Preschoolers’ Emotion Regulation
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Kimberly Renk, Department of Psychology , Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology, and Dr. John Manning, Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences 

 

Social Sciences II
Rachel Wiley
Psychological Correlates of the Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Renk, Department of Psychology 

Michael Strand
Interactions Between Visuo-Spatial Working Memory, Activity, and Ratings of ADHD
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology , Dr. Mark Rapport, Department of Psychology, and Dr. Stephen Sivo, Department of Educational Research, Technology, and Leadership 

 

 

2005 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Arts & Humanities
Matthew Walsh, H. Adam Lenz, Justin Pegram, Jonathan Gabriel
Digital Booktalk
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Kenney, Department of Film and Digital Media

Jennifer Kracht, Markisha Cobourne, Mike Quinones, Emily Smeraldo
Production Requirements: A Costume Plot Database
Faculty Mentor: Ms. Kristina Tollefson, Department of Theatre

 
Engineering, Computer Science, and Optics
Denitsa Milanova – Chemical Aspects of Nanofluid Heat Transfer
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ranganathan Kumar, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering

 

Life and Health Sciences
Justin Trotter
Reelin Function in Stem Cell Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya, Biomolecular Science Center

 

Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Sohang Gandhi
Inverse Scattering and the Inversion of Gamow’s Tunneling Formula
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Costas Efthimiou, Department of Physics

 

Social Sciences II
Heather Rozelle
Father-Daughter Relationships in Divorced and Non-Divorced Families with Respect to Self-Esteem, Fear of Intimacy, and Views on Relationships
Mentor: Dr. Charles Negy, Department of Psychology 

Denise Petrunak
Violence in Film: Narrative and Contextual Importance in Subjective Response
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology 

 

 

2004 SURE Scholarship Recipients

Sri Cherukumilli
Expression of Human Interferon in Transgenic Tobacco Chloroplasts
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Henry Daniell, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Chantale Fontaine
Florida’s Roots and Rhizomes: Art Online
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristin Congdon, Department of Art 

Lisa Durrance
Proficiency as a Predictor of Lexical Representation in English Speakers Learning German
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valerie Sims, Department of Psychology