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We are quite proud of our current McNair Scholars. Meet these leaders of tomorrow:



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Kaitlin Faust

Major: Animal Science

College: College of Agricultural Science

Mentor: Dr. Erin Perry, Animal Science Food and Nutrition

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Assessment of commercial dog food and FDA regualtions across America

TBD

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Amanda Leppert-Gomes 

Major: Anthropology

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Roberto Barrios, Anthropology

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Social and Individual Health Effects of EcoDevelopment: the Socio-political Context of Aeolian Power and Unión Hidalgo

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Yasmin Ibrahim

Major: Biological Sciences

College: College of Science

Mentor: Dr. James MacLean, Physiology

SRI 2018 Title & Abstract:

Examination of INSR and IGF1R function murine in granulosa cells

This study examined the INSR/IGF1R signaling pathway within granulosa cells (GCs) in the rodent model. INSR is involved in primary follicle transition, while IGF1R is responsible for folliculogenesis. Determining the genes affected by these signaling pathways will allow us to understand what malfunctions can lead to infertility. This was done by superovulating three strains of mice: wild type, IGF1R knockout, and INSR/IGF1R double knockout (DKO) mice. In superovulated mice, IGF1R and INSR expression peaks were analyzed to determine highest expression. The time point with the highest expression, 8 hours post hCG administration, was used for RNA-sequencing analysis of all transcriptional changes present in GC. The data showed significant downregulation in genes established in the literature as essential for ovulation. These genes included: Areg, Ereg, Ldlr, Cyp19a1, Star, Lhcgr, and Ptgfr. The genes all have necessary functions for the ovulation process. Differences in expression of these genes in our three strains of mice could represent the cause of ovulation failure. However, many novel genes were identified in our analysis that await future characterization of their role in ovulation and insulin related diseases.

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Jacob Janicki

Major: Plant Biology

College: College of Science

Mentor: Dr. Aldwin Anterola, Plant Biology

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract

How accurate are Labeling claims in CBD products?

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Nathaniel Jordan

Major: Plant Biology

College: College of Science

Mentor: Dr. Jane Geisler-Lee, Plant Biology

SRI 2018 Title & Abstract:

Silver nanoparticles and their effect on Arabidopsis thaliana cell viability

Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are unique due to their anti-microbial efficacy and ability to be synthesized in various sizes. The scope of their industrial uses ranges from drug delivery and band-aids to cosmetics and socks. As research and development of AgNPrelated products increases, so does the bioaccumulation of AgNPs in the environment. This study was designed to test the effects of AgNP concentrations on plants, specifically A. thaliana cells to understand the effects of the increasing amount of AgNPs that are accumulating in the environment. Based on the data extracted from the experiment it is determined that the concentrations of AgNPs that were used had no significant impact on A. thaliana cell viability. 

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Jessica Jurak

Major: Physics

College: College of Science

Mentor: Dr. Poopalasingam Sivakumar, Physics

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Toward Developing Immunoassays Using the HE4 Biomarker to Improve the Early Detection of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

TBD

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Joshua McCray

Major: Political Science

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Bricker, Political Science

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Civil Asset Forfeiture and excessive fees in the American Criminal Justice System: A blatant constitutional violation?

TBD

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Allison McMinn

Major: Electrical Engineering

College: College of Engineering

Mentor: TBD

REU 2019 Title & Abstract

TBD

I am interested in exploring renewable energy applications.

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Itzel Mendoza

Major: Psychology

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Stacy Thompson, Curriculum & Instruction

SRI 2018 Title & Abstract

Exploring the protective factors that influence positive outcomes for victims of physical child abuse

The purpose of the current study was to explore whether parental emotional support influences positive outcomes for victims of physical child abuse. Using the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) Assessments 0-18 data set, 973 individuals from the ages of 12-16 years were studied to determine the impact of parental emotional support as a protective factor related to positive outcomes. Physical abuse experienced in childhood and parental emotional support were chosen as the independent variables and positive outcomes, including academic achievement, no history of delinquency and employment status, were the dependent variables. ANCOVAs were run to study the impact of parental emotional support on victims of physical child abuse for each outcome. Parental emotional support did not significantly impact any of the positive outcomes for females. However, parental emotional support was significant in academic achievement and employment for males. There were no significant findings with the outcome of no delinquency.

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Areaj Mubarak

Major: Biomedical Science

College: College of Science

Mentor: Dr. Diana Sarko, Anatomy

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Golgi Analysis in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex of the Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber)

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Diamond Palmer

Major: Radio, TV, Digital Media

College: College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Research Interest:

I am interested in truth and accuracy in today's media

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Luis Prado

Major: Geography and Environmental Resources

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Ruopi Li, Geography and Environmental Resources

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Drone Based Monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms: Preliminary Spectral Characterization and Model Building

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Tori Rhone

Major: Biomedical Science

College: College of Science

Mentor: Dr. Joseph Cheatwood, SIU Medicine

SRI 2018 Title and Abstract:

Understanding the neuroanatomy of naked mole-rats (Heterocephalus glaber): Dentition

In this study, we investigated the neuroanatomy of naked mole-rats with a focus on their dentition. We researched the projections from their thalamus to their somatosensory cortex as well as their brainstem. This research has not been fully conducted until now. We conducted two surgeries per mole-rat, with one being a survival surgery and the second surgery we sacrificed and perfused the mole-rat. We made injections into the ventral posternomedial nucleus with glass micropipettes to see projections from the thalamus to the cortex and brainstem. They were alive for two weeks for transport of axonal tracers. Afterward, we cut brain sections and then mounted them onto slides to use various staining techniques. At the time of this presentation, our results were limited due to experimental contraints (time, etc.), but work on this project will continue. This project has laid down a foundation for the continued study of the nake mole-rat brain.

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Christian Rose

Major: Civil Engineering

College: College of Engineering

Mentor: Dr. Mondal Kanchan, Mechanical Engineering

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Fabrication of Titanium-Based Perovskite Solar Cells

TBD


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Shalane Scott

Major: Criminal Justice

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Julie Hibdon, Criminology and Criminal Justice

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract:

Does location matter? Domestic Violence from a Geographical Perspective

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Margaret Schlotter

Major: Psychology/Criminal Justice

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: TBD

Research Interest: I would like to do research on the international student population and their social adjustment to campus. Using this information I would try to implement new programs or events based on the needs of the international student population.

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Jawauan Valentine

Major: History

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Pamela Smoot, History

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract

Black physicians and their contributions to the Western Frontier

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Destanee Williams 

Major: Paralegal Studies

College: College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Dr. Juilie Hibdon, Criminology and Criminal Justice

SRI 2019 Title & Abstract: 

The Impact of the Environment on Child Deliquency

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Andres Womac - ILSAMP

Major: Mechanical Engineering

College: College of Engineering

Mentor: Peter Filip, Mechanical Engineering

ILSAMP 2019 Title & Abstract: 

Biodegradable Polymers Reinforced with Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes

TBD

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