SURE Awards for Summer 2009 Announced
April 06, 2009

This summer, a record number of 45 Stonehill students will work with 24 faculty members on a variety of research projects through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.

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The Scholars and their faculty mentors are the 14th group to work under the SURE program, whose purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to perform significant, publishable research under the guidance of an experienced faculty researcher.

The research experience will help to provide students with a competitive advantage in graduate and professional school applications and in post-college employment opportunities, as well as to provide assistance to faculty in research activities.

SURE Scholars will begin the program on May 26, 2009 for an eight or ten week period. They will engage in weekly meetings to discuss the progress of their projects and other topics of general interest, and will be paid a stipend for their full-time service. All SURE Scholars will present summaries of their summer's work at an all-campus poster session in the early fall.

For a detailed description of each research project, visit the link in each listing.

Research Projects
Dana Gilfeather '11, Nicole Klemonsky '11, and Brittany Montano '11 will work with Associate Professor and Chair of Education Karen L. Anderson and Associate Professor of Biology Susan Mooney on a project titled Children as Urban Ecologists: A Model for Inquiry - Preschool through Preservice.

Jacqueline De Comier '11 and Kristina Swartz '11 will work with Assistant Professor of History Elizabeth Belanger on a project titled Women City Builders in Progressive Era Chicago and St. Louis.

Caitlin Dunn '11 will work with Professor of Sociology Kenneth Branco on a project titled Spirituality, Religiousness, and Social Behavior among Nursing Home Residents.

Alessia Di Censo '11 will work with Associate Professor of Education George Branigan on The Providence Reform School Project.

Erin Horan '11 will work with Assistant Professor of English Scott Cohen on a project entitled Out of Bounds: Literature and Territory.

Margaret Sheehan '10 will work with Professor of Chemistry Maria Curtin on Formamidine Sulfinic Acid as an Alternative to Ascorbate in the Production of Chloride Dioxide.

Ben Irzyk '10 will work with Professor of Chemistry Maria Curtin on Chlorine Dioxide Produced by the Reaction of Sodium Chlorite with Sodium Ascorbates: The Search for an Intermediate.

Matt Doucette '11, Angela Farinella '10, and Megan Shave '11 will work with Associate Professor and Chair of Biology Roger M. Denome on Genetic Differentiation in the Local Red-backed Salamander Populations.

Tom Lally '11 will work with Assistant Professor of English Sarah Gracombe on a project titled "Bland" Englishness: Investigation Identity in the Writing of W. Somerset Maugham.

Kelsey Hill '10 will work with Associate Professor of Chemistry Marilena F. Hall on Characterization of the Zinc Binding Reactivity of Phage-displayed Peptide.

Christina Martone '11 and Evan Tallmadge '10 will work with Associate Professor of Chemistry Marilena F. Hall on Creation of Novel Fast Propagating M13 Bacteriophages Using a Gene II Shine-Dalgarno Library.

Kimberly Canty '11 and Courtney Earle '11 will work with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Magdalena James-Pederson on Sequence Comparisons of Genomic Regions from Different Isolates of Armillaria gallica.

Kerri Caulfied '10 will work with Instructor of Sociology Pamela Kelley on Lessons Learned from the Brockton Shannon Community Safety Initiative.

 Amanda Kellett '10 and Sarah Chiodi '11 will work with Professor of Psychology Bonnie Klentz. Klentz will work with Kellett on Should Attorneys be Concerned about a CSI Effect? and with Chiodi on Predicting Juror and Jury Verdicts Using Logistic Regression.

Meredith Eno '11, Brittany Fox '11, Mitchell Keylor '11, Nicole Leonard '11, and Nicholas Pace '11 will work with Professor and Chair of Chemistry Louis J. Liotta on Expanding the Scope of a Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine Synthesis to Include More Isomers of the Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolidine as well as the Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidine and Indolizidines.

Caitlin O'Connell '11 and Michael Daly '11 will work with Assistant Professor of Biology Gregory D. Maniero on a project titled Early Gene Expression of the Innate Immune Response of Xenopus laevis Following Exposure to the Fungal Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (BD).

Matthew Rigby '10, Kaitlyn Scalisi '10, and Devon Poeta '10 will work with Associate Professor of Psychology John G. McCoy on three separate research projects pertaining to sleep: Neuroanatomy of the Sleep/Wake Cycle; Sleep Disruption, Alzheimer Disease, and Memory; Cognitive Effects of Experimental Sleep Fragmentation.

Meghan Sullivan '10 will work with Assistant Professor of Communication Angela Paradise on a project titled College Students' Use of Facebook in Relation to Personality Traits and the Third Person Effect.

Jason Lynch '11 will work with Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program George Piggford, C.S.C. on Flannery O'Connor and Psychoanalytic Theory.

Tracy Catalan '10 will work with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Eugene Quinn on a project titled Analysis of Data from a Longitudinal Study of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Brittany Kaminski '11 will work with Instructor of Sociology Ann Marie Rocheleau on Prison Infractions.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Cheryl S. Schnitzer will work with Michael Goretti '11 and Kristin Jackson '10 on two projects. Schnitzer will work with Goretti on Purifying and Analyzing Biodiesel and with Jackson on Purifying Biodiesel using a Bubble Column.

Meghan Galiardi '11 and Daniel Perry '11 will work with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Hsin-hao Su on The Edge-balance Index Set of the Halin Graph of a Caterpillar Graph.

Allison Colthart '10, Brad Constant '11 and Lily Nicole Dubois '10 will work with Associate Professor of Chemistry Leon Tilley on Toward the Synthesis of Tetrahedrane: Synthesis and Solvolysis of 3(Trimethylgermyl)- and 3-(Trimethylsilyl) cylcobutyl Systems.

Michael Mercadante '10 will work with Associate Professor of Chemistry Leon Tilley on Synthesis and Solvolysis of 1,1,1-Trifluoro-2-methyl-4-trimethylsilylbutyl-3,3-d2 triflate.

Kathleen Stephan '10 will work with Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Martin Institute Peter Ubertaccio on a project titled The History, Politics, and Culture of the Igbo People/

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