SMART Undergraduate Research Program

Past Summer Fellowships Awarded / Mentors

  • 2017
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Victor Gutierrez | Gretchen Anderson | Chemistry | Expression, purification and analysis of Arsenite Oxidase enzyme for Detoxification of Water Supplies
    • Pierre-Emmanuel N'Guetta | Shahir Rizk | Chemistry | Enhancing the Sensitivity of a Glyphosate Biosensor using Engineered Antibody Fragments
    • Abigail Praklet | Grace Muna | Chemistry | Developing a Portable Electrochemical Detection Method for Testing Lead in Water
    • Anthony Sergio | Peter Bushnell | Biological Sciences | Carbon Monoxide Mediated Regulation of Elasmobranch Blood Vessel Diameter and the Role of K+ Channels
    • Mary Sobieralski | Shahir Rizk | Chemistry | Restoring the Function of Mutant Cystathionine B-Synthase Using Engineered Antibody Fragments
  • 2016
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Riley Bigelow | Shahir Rizk | Chemistry | Engineering Antibody Fragments for Restoring Enzyme Function in a Genetic Disorder
    • Michele Constantine | Shahir Rizk | Chemistry | Reversible Self-Assembly of Nanostructures Through Protein Conformational Changes
    • Christine Deutscher | Gail McGuire | Sociology | Exploring Social Advantages of Equine and Canine Animal Assisted Therapeutic Techniques for At-Risk Populations
    • Francis Karzcewski | Jonathan Nashel | History | Becoming a Historian: Researching and Analyzing the History and the Culture of the CIA
    • Emily Nix | Terri Hebert | Education | Native Plants and Pollinators Garden
    • Randall Roberts | Micheline Nilsen | History | E. Hill Turnock
    • Jeremy Starkweather | Kyoko Takanashi | English | Jonathan Swift’s Contribution to the 18th Century Public Sphere
    • Sara Tabner | Deb Marr | Biological Sciences | Urban Pollinator Diversity and Plant-Pollinator Relationships at the Campus Wetlands of IU South Bend
  • 2015
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Jared LaRue | Gretchen Anderson | Chemistry | Finding Full Functionality of the Arsenite Oxidase Enzyme to Further Research in Potential Decontamination Methods
    • Jazmine Medina | Gail McGuire | Sociology | An Analysis of Students’ Experiences with and Beliefs About Advising
    • Brittany Morley | April Lidinsky | Women's and Gender Studies | Femme Identities
    • Ginger Santiago | Eric Souther | Arts | Modern Shamanism and Transformative Arts
    • Chris Warkentin | Grace Muna | Chemistry | Electrocatalytic Oxidase of Steroid Hormones Using Bi-metallic Nickel Modified Glassy Carbon Electrodes
  • 2014
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Michael Huggins | Matt Marmorino | Chemistry | Calculating Spectroscopic Energy Levels of Polyene Molecules through Matrix Analysis
    • Alexander LeClair | James Wolfer | Computer Science | Haptic Palpation of Aortic Pressure with ECG Derived Time Intervals
    • Lexi Millard | Jake Mattox | English | Constructions of Rural Masculinity and Relations to Race, Class, and Sexuality in 1865-1914 American Literature
    • Derek Miller | Matt Schockey | Philosophy | Being and Parthood: A Heideggerian Response to Mereological Nihilism
    • Valerie Warrell | David Wilkes | Biological Sciences | The Possible Role of Minus-end-directed Kinesins in Intraflagellar Transport
  • 2013
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Joseph Biggers | Murli Nair | Computer Science | Protein Bioinformatics: Deriving Amino Acid Properties from Mutant Structure Data
    • Bethany Dobson | Christina Gerken | Women's and Gender Studies | Body Image: Aging Women in a Youth-Obsessed Culture
    • Eric Hanken | Lee Kahan | English | Women a la Mode: A Socio-Cultural Study of Women’s Fashion in Eighteenth Century British Literature
    • Victoria Hundy | Murli Nair | Computer Science | Protein Bioinformatics: Understanding Structural Changes Due to Mutations
    • Alexander Millard | Lee Kahan | English | Construction of Masculinity and Gender in Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century English Literature
  • 2012
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Megan Bonham | Gail McGuire | Sociology | The Social Construction of Sustainability in the Tourism Industry
    • Erica Cotter | Henry Scott | Physics | Mineral Phase Analysis through Whole-Profile Pattern Fitting
    • Katherine Hofman | Peter Bushnell | Biological Sciences | The Determination of Effective Electric Field Strength for Deterring Sharks
    • Joel Irvin | Jake Mattox | English | Antebellum Consumer Culture and the Aesthetics of Mammon
    • Rachel Warrell | Doug McMillen | Chemistry | Oxidation of Alcohols to Carbonyls with NIS and I2
  • 2011
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Ashley Compton | Gretchen Anderson | Chemistry | Isolation of the Arsenite Oxidase Enzyme
    • Morgan Holbrook | Doug McMillen | Chemistry | Utilizing Green Chemistry Techniques for NIS Allylic Oxidation of Alcohols
    • Senlin Li | Yi Cheng | Mathematics | A Prediction of US GDP Growth on Various Economic Indices
    • Hannah Stowe | Jake Mattox | English | An Analysis of Key Developments in U.S. Property Law
  • 2010
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Christopher Ebsch | Mike Darnel | Mathematics | Infinite Series Representations and Archimedes’ Problem Over Hyperbolas and Ellipses
    • Andrea Jones | Daniel DeBrule | Psychology | Understanding the Interaction Between Exposure to, Attitudes Toward, and Knowledge of Suicide
    • Adam Kaylor | Grace Muna | Chemistry | Separation and Detection of Endocrine Disruptors Using Electrochemical Methods
    • Jennifer Pace | David Blouin | Sociology | Understanding Neighborhood Communities: Effects on Positive and Social Cohesion
    • Hannah Stowe | Lee Kahan | English | Language, Sentiment and Class Distinctions in Eighteenth Century England
  • 2009
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Elaine Curtis | Deb Marr | Biological Sciences | Determination of Pathogenicity and Diversity of Fusarium Strains Infecting Hydrophyllum Appendiculatum
    • Susan Jacobs | Jonathan Nashel | History | War and Protests: IU South Bend and the Vietnam War
    • Nathan VanderWerf | Rolf Schimmrigk | Physics | String Modularity of Brieskorn-Pham type K3 Surfaces
    • Celest Warrell | Gretchen Anderson | Chemistry | Overproduction of Arsenite Oxidase in E. Coli
  • 2008
    Student | Mentor | Department | Project Title
    • Darryl Ricketts | Jay VanderVeen | Sociology/Anthropology | Trauma, Disease and Death Among the Followers of Columbus: Further Analysis of Skeletal Remains from La Isabela, Dominican Republic
    • Rumya Sundaram | Peter Bushnell | Biological Sciences | Investigating the Shark Repellent Properties of Electropositive Metals
    • Derek Webb | Monica Tetzlaff | History | Open Housing in South Bend: The Development and Interaction of Grassroots Organizations
    • Jennifer Wise | Isabel O'Connor | History | Songs of Saints and Heretics: Comparative Analysis of the Historia Albigensis, William of Puylaurens’ Chronica, and the Chanson de la croisade albigeoise