2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

CURAS offers seven different types of summer awards for full-time undergraduate students who will be returning the following fall for continued full-time study. Each of these scholarships is highly competitive, and students must find a full-time Creighton faculty member to sponsor their research or scholarly project. In addition, scholarship recipients present their research in an on-campus forum during the 2017-2018 academic year. Many others present their work at regional or national conferences.
Students and faculty mentors receive a stipend for their work and supplies, and faculty mentors receive an honorarium.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars

Julia Barash, "Teamwork in Virtual Reality"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joshua Fairchild

Taylor Bickel, "'Coming Out': Security and Relative Importance of Familial Support in the US and Japan"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jill Brown

Ann Braverman, "Drug-resistance in Candida albicans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anna Selmecki

Claire Embree, "Identification of a new binding site on PCNA?"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynne Dieckman

Betty Gillespie, "Mapping the Ancient World: Digital Mapping of the Malloura Sanctuary, Cyprus"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erin Walcek Averett

Luke Hallman, "Overcoming tetracycline resistance in E. coli by using MCM-41" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Miller

Ashlee Kolbe and Emily McKenna, "Always the Bridesmaid: An exploration of the roles, expectations, and tensions of the bridesmaid role in U.S. weddings"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sheri Shuler

Michael Mimlitz, "Cell Microcirculation and Migration in Microgravity and Hypergravity Environments"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Ekpenyong

Son Nguyen, "Detection of the order-disorder transition via birefringence during solvent vapor annealing of poly(styrene)- block-poly(lactide) thin films"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Baruth

Timothy Rapp, "Use of Post-Conviction Polygraphs in Sex-Offender Treatment" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Huss

Mary Elizabeth Yeh, "The Effects of Acute Moderate-Intensity Exercise on Executive Functioning and Language Processing in Young Adults"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maya Khanna

Dr. and Mrs. Randolph Ferlic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Wilson Blomberg, "Identification of carotenoid pigments in Gemmata obscuriglobus"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Josef Franke

Maxwell Hoeffel, "A Novel Method for Detection of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Nebraska Waterways"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles Brockhouse

Sam Koshy, "Determining the role of a 4-cysteine zinc finger domain in the regulatory function of DksA in Borrelia burgdorferi"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Travis Bourret

Chris Meehan, "Characterizing biodiversity in an ecologically unique landscape in the Nebraska Sandhills"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary Ann Vinton

Shilpa Nair, "Identifying the Mechanism for Isochromosome Formation in the Fungal Pathogen Candida albicans"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anna Selmecki

Julie Nguyen, "Identification of the Benzylated Histidine Isomer in the Potent CGRP Antagonist"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. D.D. Smith

Sam Ruiz, "Development of Upgrades for High-Voltage Controls at the STAR Experiment" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Janet Seger

Ryan Sabotin, "Vitellogenin Expression in Honey Bees: How Honey Bee Viral Infections Influence Bee Physiology and Behavior"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carol Fassbinder-Orth

Kurt Shaffer, "Using single molecule studies to investigate protein-protein interactions in DNA replication-coupled nucleosome assembly"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynne Dieckman

Srishti Singal, "Formulation of Indole-2-Carboxamides with Improved Physiochemical Properties"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey North

John Sunderland, "Optimization of ex situ Sulfidation of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Thin Films for Use as Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Baruth

Hannah Swift, "Polymerization kinetics of self-curing dental materials in the presence of microencapsulated remineralizing agents"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen Gross

Spencer Thompson, "Structural Analysis of OAZ1 RNA in Crassostrea gigas" Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julie Soukup

Anh Vo, "Fractional calculus to model cell viscoelasticity"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Ekpenyong

CURAS Director's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Megan Gillespie, "Effectiveness of Microencapsulated Antimicrobial Agents Against Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen Gross

A.J. Olnes, "Stargazers"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. John O?Keefe

Isabella Tambone, "Use of the Polygraph in Sex Offender Treatment"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Huss

CURAS Jesuit Mission Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Linden Loutzenhiser, "The Nature of Crossover Offenders in a Residential Treatment Program"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Huss

Sophia Snider, "Families 'for and with' Homelessness"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joshua Prenosil

CCAS Honors Program Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Nathan Chaplin, "The Interconnected Roles of Journalism and Concentration Camps in the Spanish-American War"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Eastman

Colin Reedy, 'Syntheses, Structures and Periodic Trends of Lanthanide Periodates and Iodates"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Villa

Emily Stoll, "Beyond Words: Understanding Patient-Provider Communication in Refugee Healthcare through Ethnographic Inquiry"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laura Heinemann

Department of History Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows

Alisha Baginski, "Isabella Bird: New Perspectives on the American West"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Simon Appleford

Katherine Consola, "Investigating Imitation: An Exploration of Cypriot Egyptianizing Votive Statues"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erin Walcek Averett

Clare Boothe Luce Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars

Lindsey Mack, "Effects of nutrition and disease on seminal fluid products in crickets"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Worthington