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Past Grant Recipients

Below you will find past Honors College Research Grant recepients. These recipients are divided by grant type and fiscal year. SURF Grants are those related to STEM Fields while Explorations Grants are any other topics related in the arts and humanities. Honors College students interested in pursuing a research grant are encouraged to review both SURF and Exploration Grants as many of these research grants are interdisciplinary.

Title: Development of a Copper-Specific Carbon-Fiber Microelectrode
Student: Aspasia Amiridis, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Parastoo Hashemi

Title: Using amiRNA to Identify Target Genes Associated with Key Developmental Regulator Gene ali6
Student: Alexis Bantle, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Beth Krizek

Title: Investigating the Mechanical Response of Remoldeled Vascular Gafts after Long Term Tissue Culture
Student: Erc Bidinger, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Tarek Shazly

Title: IL-6 Regulation of the Structure-Function Relationship in Skeletal Muscle
Student: Jonathan Blalock, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. James Carson

Title: The Ontogeny of Muscle Architecture in Primate Forearm Muscles
Student: Marissa Boettcher, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose

Title: Exploration of Brominated and Iodinated Precursor Effects on DBP Formation
Student: Gretchen Bollar, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Susan Richardson

Title: Aluminum-ion Batteries and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Student: Hailey Boyer, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou

Title: Natural Selection in a Hybrid Zone: Testing the Role of Differential Reproductive Output
Student: Allison Burrell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jerry Hilbish

Title: Role of IL-33 and ST2 in Response to Chemotherapy in Colorectal Cancer
Student: Heidi Carpenter, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Marj Pena

Title: BiolD Based Identification of HuB and KSRP Interacting Proteins in Axons
Student: Devon Cassidy, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Twiss

Title: Tissue Engineering Scaffolds to Manipulate Adipose Tissue Secretion
Student: Alexander Caughman, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gower

Title: Cellular Localization of the RAD51D Protein
Student: Claire Chabot, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Doug Pittman

Title: Environmental Education in Saint Lucia and Columbia
Student: Max Ciarlone, Environmental Science
Mentor: Dr. Conor Harrison

Title: Development of Mesoporous Fluorinated Tin Oxide using Persistent Micelle Templating
Student: Sammy Ciricillo, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Morgan Stefik

Title: Breast Cancer in a Mouse Model: High Fat Diet Effects on the Growth of Mammary Glands
Student: Anne Marie Coble, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Ann Ramsdell

Title: Studying PEO-b-PHA BCP Equilibrium Phase Diagram
Student: August Cole, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Morgan Stefik

Title: Insulin's Effect on Hippocampal Neuron Morphology
Student: Hanson Cowan, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Claudia Grillo

Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Warburg Micro Syndrome: A Model for Intellectual Disability
Student: Mara Cowan, BARSC - Developmental Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Sofia Lizarraga

Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Nikkomycin Biosynthesis
Student: Gabriel D'Agostino, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Reconstructing Ocean Acidification Using Fossil Planktonic Foraminfera Shells in the Cariaco Basin Over the Last 200 years
Student: Ashley Davis, Marine Science and Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Robert Thunell

Title: How Spatial Distributions of Objects Influence Visual Search During Motor Learning
Student: Brianna Eberl, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Troy Herter

Title: Synthesis of Biosynthetic Polymers From Epoxidized Soybean Oil Via PEG Vross-linking
Student: Ayi Eta, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Chuanbing Tang

Title: The Role of COX2 on the Late Effects of Chemotherapy
Student: Kevin Field, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim

Title: Analysis and Computation of Partial Graph Coloring Completion Difficulty
Student: Dylan Fillmore, Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Cooper

Title: Iron Regulation in S.pombe: Characterizing the Transcriptional Repressor, Fep1
Student: Kylie Fletcher, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Caryn Outten

Title: Investigation of Hormonal Contaminants and Associated Disnfections By-Products
Student: Benjamin Fryer, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Susan Richardson

Title: Synthesis of New Ferrolites: The First of a New Family of Transition Metal Based Zeolites
Student: Grayson Gimblet, Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Hans-Conrad zur Loye

Title: Effects of Climate Changes on Ecological Interactions
Student: Cameron Good, Environmental Science
Mentor: Dr. Jerry Hilbish

Title: Characterization of Wild Type and Disease-Associated Mutations of Amyloid-Beta through AFM and WB
Student: Rachel Hall, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Evaluating River Water Amino Acid Recovery Rates After Solid Phase Extraction
Student: Cameron Henderson, Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Susan Lang

Title: The Effects of Reseratrol Treatment on Stress Induced Neuroinflamation in Anterior Brain Regions
Student: Lauren Hesser, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Susan Wood

Title: Examining the Implementation of a Regulatory Food Policy in Costa Rican High Schools
Student: Kate Hoffman, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Edward Frongillo

Title: Unraveling the Relationship Between Succinated Glutathione, Fumarate, and Their Roles in Disease
Student: Macey Johnson, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Norma Frizzell

Title: TRB3 Regulation of Fasting-Induced Muscle Atrophy in Crontrol, TRB3 Knockout and Transgenic Mice
Student: Mackenzie Johnson, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Ho-Jin Koh

Title: A Molecular Architecture Approach for Shrinking Persistent Micelle Templating
Student: Adeline King, Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Morgan Stefik

Title: Bioinspired Engineering for the Fabrication of Simultaneously Strong and Tough Materials
Student: Anil Kircaliali, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Xinyu Huang

Title: The Effectiveness of LINE-1 Methylation as a Biomaker for Colorectal Adenomas
Student: Venkat Kothandaraman, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jim Burch

Title: The Role of Lis1 in the Adult Mammalian Nervous Systems
Student: Meghann Lange, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Deanna Smith

Title: Mechanism of Differential Subcellular Locilzation of CDC42 Splice Variants
Student: Kelsey Lantz, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Twiss

Title: Effect of Exercise on Neurogenesis in HIV-1 Transgenic Rodents, The Impact of Physical Activity on Adolescent Development
Student: Jeremy LaPointe, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Rosemarie Booze, Nicole Zarrett

Title: Evaluation of the Therapeutic Efficacy of Escitalpram in Treating HIV-1 Mitigated Depression
Student: Almeera Lateef, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Rosemarie Booze

Title: TMF1's Role in the Formation of Neuronal Circuits
Student: Mary-Kate Lawlor, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Sofia Lizarraga

Title: Congruences For 2F1 Hypergeometric Functions over Finite Fields
Student: Nicholas Leonhardt, Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Boylan

Title: Novel Caulobacter Bacteriophage with Unique Tail Structure Isolated from Congaree River
Student: Jana Liese, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Bert Ely

Title: Amplification of El Nino related Teleconnections Due to Climate Change and Variability
Student: Lev Looney, Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Rykaczewski

Title: Tumor Cells Separation and Isolation Using Dielectrophoresis in Microfluids
Student: Victor Madormo, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Guiren Wang

Title: The Ontogeny of Muscle Architecture in Primate Forearm Muscles
Student: Neha Malhortra, Biological Sciences/BARSC-MD
Mentor: Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose

Title: Improving Neural Repair Mechanisms Using Viruses in High Salt
Student: Samantha McClain, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Twiss

Title: Evolution of the Cryptophyte Phycobilin Beta Summit, An Analysis of the Information Economy of Junior Exploration Mining Companies
Student: Patrick McKenzie, Biology, Geography
Mentor: Dr. Jeff Dudycha, David Kneas

Title: P53 Polymorphisms in Spheroid and Speroid Non-Forming Human Keratinocyte Strains
Student: Emily Milz, BARSC-MD
Mentor: Dr. Kim Creek

Title: Uplift Rates of the Laramide Mountain Belt as Determined through U-Pb Zircon Geochronology
Student: Nicholas Mitchell, Geology, Global Studies
Mentor: Dr. David Barbeau

Title: Investigating Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Activity in THP1 Macrophages
Student: Stephanie Munie, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Test-Retest Reliability of a Measure of Corticospinal Tract Integrity After Stroke
Student: Makenzie Myers, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Jill Campbell Stewart

Title: The Effect of Gestalt Grouping on the Enumeration of Small Objects
Student: Lucas Padgett, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Melanie Palomares

Title: Deriving Protein Structures Through Residual Dipolar Couplings Examination
Student: Caleb Parks, Computer Science
Mentor: Dr. Homayoun Valafar

Title: Investigation of Sucralose Concentrations within Sewage Overflows in the Residential Lakes of Columbia, SC
Student: Sonali Parmar, Biological Sciences, Spanish
Mentor: Dr. Susan Richardson

Title: The Effect of Succination on Ubiquitin Carboxyl-Terminal Hydrolase Lysozyme L1 (Uchl1) Activity
Student: Tulsi Patel, Business Economics, Finance
Mentor: Dr. Norma Frizzell

Title: Computational Analysis of Thousands of Car Insurance Complaints and Compliments
Student: Noelle Pendergraft, Mathematics, GSCOM
Mentor: Dr. Amir Karami

Title: Amyloid B-Protein Aggregation in Alzheimer's Disease
Student: Lauren Phillips, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Melissa Moss

Title: Determining the Role of Mitochondria in Shear Stress Resistant Circulating Tumor Cells
Student: Christopher Polleys, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Guiren Wang

Title: A Comprehensive Study of the UndA Protein
Student: Nathan Poplin, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Makris

Title: Production of Scintillating Nanoparticles
Student: Tessa Posey, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Hans-Conrad zur Loye

Title: Cell-lineage Specific Role of Transforming Growth Factor Veta2 (tgfb2) in Heart Development
Student: Ipsita Pradhan, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Mohamad Azhar

Title: Targeting 4-Hydroxy-Tetrahydrodipicolinate Reductase for Development of Antimicrobial Compounds
Student: Sarah Beth Pye, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; French
Mentor: Dr. Maksymilian Chruszcz

Title: Identifying Iodophor Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water
Student: Lucy Quirk, Environmental Science
Mentor: Dr. Susan Richardson

Title: The Effects of Apoptosis in Marfan's Syndrome
Student: Rahul Raghavan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Susan Lessner

Title: Tumor Derived Inhibin as a New Parraffins Angiogenic Factor Required for Angiogenesis
Student: Teebro Rahman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Mythreye Karthikeyan

Title: Investigating Senescent Acticity as Induced by Chemotherapeutic Agents and Other Stimuli
Student: Joseph Ravan, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim

Title: The Role of COX2 on Cellular Senescence
Student: Christine Reid, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Minsub Shim

Title: Thematic Analysis to Assess Social Support for Exercise Among Breast Cancer Survivors
Student: Elizabeth Richardson, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Bernardine Pinto

Title: Resting State Functional Connectivity Differs Based on Level of Motor Function in Individuals Post-Stroke
Student: Elizabeth Rizor, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Jill Stewart

Title: Utilizing Dielectrophoretic Force to Calculate Tangential Shear Stress
Student: Megan Ryan, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Guiren Wang

Title: The effect of miRNA-489 on Colon Cancer Cells
Student: Ryann Shealy, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Hexin Chen

Title: The Role of Interleukin 33 and ST2 Receptor Interactions in Colon Cancer Development
Student: Catherine Shirer, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Marj Pena

Title: Biomineralization of Chiton Radulas with Magnetite
Student: Alex Siegfried, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Speiser

Title: Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Health Disparities in African Americans
Student: Payne Skersick, Pre-Pharmacy
Mentor: Dr. Phillip Buckhaults

Title: Thickness Dependent Exchange Bias Effect in Thin Film Cobalt Hall Bars
Student: Sarah Stansill, Physics
Mentor: Dr. Scott Crittenden

Title: To What Extent Does Visual Cue Synchrony Contribute to the Recognition of Interrpted Low Pass Natural Speeen of Varying Modulations?
Student: Courtney Strickland, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Fogerty

Title: Molecular Mechanisms of PACT Mutations and the Effect on Dustonia
Student: Joelle Strom, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rekha Patel

Title: The Influence of Predation on Determining Competitive Outcomes in an Inconic System
Student: Jessica Turner, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jerry Hilbish

Title: Overexpression and Purification of Iron Responsive Transcription Factor
Student: Sara Wallam, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Caryn Outten

Title: Detecting Synthetic Lethalities in TP53 Knockout Breast Cancer Cells for use in Targeted Therapeutics
Student: John Warrington, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Phillip Buckhaults

Title: Measuring Shear Stress for Blood Flows using Microfluidics Technology
Student: Sydney Weaver, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Guiren Wang

Title: Methods of Increasing Active Pt-Ru Sites in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC)
Student: John Weiss, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. John Weidner

Title: Preparation of Pt-C Catalysts by Strong Electrostatic Adsorption for the Direct Methanol Fuel Cycle
Student: Rembert White, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. John Regalbuto

Title: Analyzing Internal Characteristics of MSCs Through Exertion of Mexhanical Stress with Thermoresponsive Hydrogeis
Student: Christopher Wu, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Ehsan Jabbarzadeh

Title: Shape Detector Analysis of Dome-Like Shapes
Student: Brian Youngblood, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Ramy Harik

Title: Steps toward Increasing Diversity in the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment (SEOE)
Student: Akilah Alwan, Environmental/Marine Science
Mentor: Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson

Title: The Effect of Speech Segment Boundaries and Temporal Length on Speech Perception
Student: Anjali Amalean, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Fogerty

Title: Maximizing Speech Recognition Under Adverse Listening Conditions
Student: Molly Beman, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Fogerty

Title: Gaining Hands-On Experience as a Research Assistant for the Project to Learn About Youth
Student: Kevin Coleman, Experimental Psychology/Philosophy
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Sex Trafficking Victims Seeking Help in South Carolina
Student: Alexandra Cordes, Biology, Spanish
Mentor: Dr. Dana DeHart

Title: Purpose as an Intrinsic Motivator within Business
Student: Rodney Cruzan, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ployhart

Title: Ideology and Spending: How Ideology Affects the Composition and Quantity of County Expenditures
Student: Nathan Duvall, Economics
Mentor: Dr. Jason DeBacker

Title: Association of Dietary Intake at Home and School on Weight Related Outcomes in Minority Youth
Student: Natalie Emerson, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Dawn Wilson

Title: Insurers Choice to Purchase Catastrophe Bonds versus Reinsurance
Student: Marin Filipowski, Risk Management and Insurance
Mentor: Dr. Greg Niehaus

Title: Examining the Prosodic Awareness in Children with Language and Reading Impairments
Student: Emily Fisher, English, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Adlof

Title: Triple P: Positive Parenting Program
Student: Anne Guttman, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Ron Prinz

Title: Pediatric Healthcare Provider Practices in Teaching and Screening for Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence
Student: Jordan Hammond, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Katherine Chappell

Title: The Value of Study Abroad on Business Students
Student: Yingru Han, International Business, Finance, GSCOM
Mentor: Dr. Nancy Buchan

Title: An Evaluation of the Impact of Localized Health Efforts on a  Community
Student: Sareen Handoush, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Edward Frongillo

Title: Imagining the Modern
Student: Jessica Harrell, English/Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Michael Weisenburg

Title: Heart Activity and Antisaccade Performance in Women with the FMR1 Premutation
Student: Azalfa Lateef, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Jessical Klusek

Title: Using Mobile Computing Devices for Formal and Informal Learning Contexts
Student: Ying-Chen Lin, Middle-Level Education
Mentor: Dr. Michael Grant

Title: Effects of Political Climate on Refugee Resettlement Programs
Student: Hannah Marks, Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Breanne Grace

Title: Creating a Comprehensive Screening Method to Predict Post-Concussion Syndrome
Student: Chandler Melton, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dr. Robert Davis Moore

Title: Exploring Research in the Psychology of Children and Adolescents
Student: Kari Milch, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: Leadership in the Creative Industries
Student: Rose Needle, Marketing and Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Karen Malia

Title: Developing a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy App
Student: Rachel Rizzo, Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Roger Newman-Norlund

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Student: Alia Sadek, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: The Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) in South Carolina
Student: Iris Sakamoto, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Scott Decker

Title: Investigating the Art of Literary Biography in Hogg's 'Memoirof Burns'
Student: Jacob Sillyman, English
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Scott

Title: Prevalence of Mental Health Concerns in Kershaw County Students
Student: Aalia Khan Soherwardy, Public Health
Mentor: Dr. Kate Flory

Title: The Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive
Student: Rose Steptoe, English; History
Mentor: Dr. Sara Schwebel

Title: How Performance in Basic or Altered Listening Conditions Predicts Performance in Normal Environment
Student: Ceylin Ucok, Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Fogerty

Title: Examining Pre-Indications of Autism in Infants
Student: Alexis Vetack, BARSC
Mentor: Dr. Jane Roberts

Title: The Effects of Genetic Risk and Neighborhood Social Factors on Blood Pressure in African Americans
Student: Raines Waggett, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Dawn Wilson

Title: Unintended Effects of Counter-Terrorism Initiatives: The TWIC Program and its Implications
Student: Justin Walker, International Business, Economics
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Ostergaard

Title: Twitter Analysis of LGBT Health Concerns
Student: Frank Webb, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Amir Karami


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