URECA Grants Overview

Did you know that you can get paid to do research?  The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs administers University funds to directly support mentored undergraduate research through Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grants.  Awards range from $500 for beginners to $3,500 for experienced researchers. Please check out our "Information and Applications" page for more information. 

If you are interested in learning more about URECA grants, please email the URECA Program Manager, Dr. Jamie Burriss (Jamie.Burriss@mtsu.edu). 

Important Application Deadlines:

Fall 2019 Deadline:  Thursday, September 5th by 3:00pm

Application instructions:

  1. Go to the URECA Information and Applications webpage and download the appropriate PDF form - Assistant or Scholar (Silver, Gold, Platinum) 
  2. Fill out the form with the help of your faculty mentor.  Make sure both you and your faculty mentor have signed the form.  Then save the application as a PDF.
  3. Go to the URECA application site
  4. Register for an account.
  5. Confirm your email address
  6. Following the directions on the website for uploading your application
  7. Submit your application by 3:00p.m. on September 5th, 2019

Congratulations to the Summer 2019 URECA Recipents 

Student Project Title  Department Mentor Level
Avraz Anwar Synthesis of B-lactone Analog of Belactosin A as Potential Proteasome Inhibitors Biochemistry Norma Dunlap Platinum
Dillon Arnold Effect of Switch Trimming on Fly Avoidance Behaviors, Udder Cleanliness, and Milk Quality in Lactating Holstein and Jersey Dairy Cows Agriculture Maegan Hollis Assistant
Hannah Belcher Middle School Students' Reasoning with Technological Mathematical Tasks Mathematical Sciences Jennifer Lovett Team
Kaitlyn Berry Using ERP to Explore The Relationship Between Letter-Speech Sound Associations and Reading Ability Psychology Timothy Odegard & Emily Farris Platinum
Sebanstian Bishop 360 Video Augmented Reality Campus Tour Media Arts Todd O'Neill Team
Kylie Bowe The Endosymbiotic Community of the Causative Agent of White Nose Syndrome (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) of Bats Biology Donald Walker Platinum
Emma Bowmer Middle School Students' Reasoning with Technological Mathematical Tasks Mathematical Sciences Jennifer Lovett Team
Kamryn Boyd Increasing Literacy for Elementary School Children by Bringing Their Stories to Life Theatre and Dance Jette Halladay

Team

Katherine Carter 360 Video Augmented Reality Campus Tour Media Arts Todd O'Neill

Team

Elizabeth Clippard Evaluating Nutrient Deficiencies for Ginseng Plants Grown With Hydroponics Agriculture Nate Phillips

Gold

Emerniece Cooper The Isolation of Protozoa for Use as Mosquito Larvae Biocontrol Agents Biology Anthony Farone

Team

Ciera Dobbins Middle School Students' Reasoning with Technological Mathematical Tasks Mathematical Sciences Jennifer Lovett

Team

Lindsey Elkins A Survey of the Impact of Dissolved Phosphorous on Sterol Composition of the Lotic Diatom, Didymosphenia geminata Biology Jeff Leblond

Platinum

Alvin Evans 360 Video Augmented Reality Campus Tour Media Arts Todd O'Neill

Team

Jared Frazier Fast Screening of Explosives by Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry Chemistry Mengliang Zhang

Platinum

Nibraas Khan Automatic Feature Association and Dynamic Threshold for the Combined Observable and Non-observable Task Switching Model Computer Sciences Joshua Phillips

Gold

Gracy Lanier Middle School Students' Reasoning with Technological Mathematical Tasks Mathematical Sciences Jennifer Lovett

Team

Miles Matchinske Heritability of Bioluminescence of Armillaria mellea Biology Sarah Bergemann

Platinum

Lucas McGuire Increasing Literacy for Elementary School Children by Bringing Their Stories to Life Theatre and Dance Jette Halladay

Team

Mary Parsley The Isolation of Protozoa for Use as Mosquito Larvae Biocontrol Agents Biology David Nelson

Team

Olivia Peters Effect of Magnetic Field in Radio Dosimetry at a Cellular Level by a Laser Trap Physics and Astronomy Daniel Erenso

Platinum

Richa Phulwani Evaluating Volume Reduction of Municipal Solid Waste by Anaerobic Digestion Engineering Technology Mina Mohebbi

Assistant

Radina Poroshikava The Isolation of Protozoa for Use as Mosquito Larvae Biocontrol Agents Biology Anthony Farone

Team

Olivia Pugh The Digital Holy Roman Empire History Molly Taylor-Poleskey

Platinum

Ashton Reece Endosymbiotic Bacteria Impact the Function of an Important Wildlife Pathogen of Bats Biology Donald Walker

Platinum

Lucas Remedios Enabling Multi-Task Learning in Partially- and Non-observable Environments with Keras Computer Sciences Joshua Phillips

Gold

Robyn Sessler The Examination of Neural Connectivity with Resting-State EEG Psychology Timothy Odegard & Emily Farris

Platinum

Sauleen Shamdeen The Isolation of Protozoa for Use as Mosquito Larvae Biocontrol Agents Biology Anthony Farone

Team

Nathan L. Smith The Isolation of Protozoa for Use as Mosquito Larvae Biocontrol Agents Biology Anthony Farone

Team

Keneshia Smith 360 Video Augmented Reality Campus Tour Media Arts Todd O'Neill

Team

Keaton Varden Increasing Literacy for Elementary School Children by Bringing Their Stories to Life Theatre and Dance Jette Halladay

Team

Magen Williams Middle School Students' Reasoning with Technological Mathematical Tasks Mathematical Sciences Jennifer Lovett

Team

Cassidy Woodall Increasing Literacy for Elementary School Children by Bringing Their Stories to Life Theatre and Dance Jette Halladay

Team

Jordan Yancey Print and Online Health Information Resource Efficacy in the Senior Population Integrated Studies Stuart Bernstein

Gold

 

Spring 2019 URECA Recipients

 

Student Project Title  Department Mentor Level
Devin Adcox The Utility of 3-D Laser Scanning for the Virtual Curation and Metric Analysis of Skeletal Remains  Sociology & Anthropology Tiffany Saul Silver
Avraz Anwar Optimization of Reaction Conditions for Beta-Lactone Ringing Coupling Chemistry Norma Dunlap Assistant
Kaitlyn Berry Evaluating Chronic Oxytocin Effects on Social Behaviors Psychology Tiffany Rogers Silver
Mark Blackmon Non-Christian and Immigrant Christian Communities and the Programs Available to their Youth in Middle Tennessee Philosophy & Religious Studies Rebekka King Silver
Britney Brown Evaluation of Breed, Milk Production, and Udder Characteristics on Somatic Cell Count and Udder Pathogens in Lactating Holstein and Jersey Cows Agriculture Jessica Carter Assistant
Chase Burton Determining Whether A Virulence-Related Non-Coding RNA Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Silver
Jared Frazier Fast Screening of Explosives by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry Chemistry Mengliang Zhang Assistant
Madonna Ghobrial Annotation of Immune System Genes in Maize Genome Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Theimann

Silver

Joseph Gulizia Comparison of Dietary Kudzu Leaf Meal and Alfalfa Meal Supplementation on Broiler Performance and Carcass Characteristics Agriculture Kevin Downs

Gold

Gabriel Gwirtsman A Comparison of Dyes Chemistry Andrienne Friedli

Silver

William Haase Unitization and Catastrophic Interference in Reinforcement Learning Computer Science Joshua Phillips

Silver

Nikolas Hellervik Aside Aurones and Click Chemistry Chemistry Scott Handy

Assistant

Steffany Jenkins Genetic Regulation of a Camphor MediatedLlight Switch Biology James Robertson

Silver

Nibraas Khan Combining Models for Observable and Non-Observable Task Switching to Achieve Working Memory for Autonomous Systems Computer Science Joshua Phillips

Assistant

Miles (Mercedes) Matchinske Confirmation of Ploidy for Putative Haploid Isolates Biology Sarah Bergemann

Silver

Alaa Mohammed Using CRISPR to Knockout a Gene Encoding a Virulence Related Non-Coding Biology Rebecca Siepelt-Thiemann

Silver

Asfah Mohammed N-Substituted Azaaurones: Synthesis, Photochemistry, and Biological Applications Chemistry Scott Handy

Silver

Aric Moilanen The Role of Electron-Electron Interactions on Metal-Insulator Transitions Physics and Astronomy Hanna Terletska

Silver

Sara Moore Somatic Embryogenesis from Stamen Callus Tissues in Vitis aestivalis 'Norton/Cynthiana' Biology John DuBois

Silver

Gabriella Morin Fluorescent Taggine of Genomic Parkin in Human Osteosarcoma Cells Using CRI Biology David Nelson

Gold

Harlee Morphis The Impact of 3D Biology Lessons Within the Classroom Educational Leadership Seth Jones

Assistant

Cameron Oldham The Effects of Pesticide Chemicals on the Microorganisms Responsible for Nitrification and How It Affects Soil Fertility Biology John DiVincenzo

Silver

Ngozi Omatu Dimensional Attention Learning for Working Memory Computer Science Joshua Phillips

Assistant

Jiwoo Park Examining the Effects of Inflammation on Parkin-Dependent Mitochondrial Quality Control in Parkinson’s Disease Using Cell Line Models of Neurons and Microglia Biology David Nelson

Silver

Payal Patel Inducing Somatic Embryogenesis in Industrial Hemp Tissue Biology John DuBois

Assistant

Simon Pergande Quantifying the Activity of Forensically-important Flies (FIF) as a Factor Influencing the Pattern and Rate of Human Decomposition in East Tennessee Biology Yangseung Jeong

Assistant

Lucas Remedios Creating Keras Layer for Facilitating Building Neural Networks for Multi-Task Learning in Partially Observable and Non-observable Environments Computer Science Joshua Phillips

Assistant

George Schroeder Identification and Quantification of Ginsenosides in American Ginseng Biology John DuBois

Assistant

Robyn Sessler The Effects of Mindfulness on Positive and Negative Relationship Quality Psychology Cameron Gordon

Silver

Tia Shutes Initation and Cannabinoid Biology John DuBois

Assistant

Autumn Trail Body Forms: 3D Scanning/Printing Human Sciences Rick Cottle

Assistant

Marissa Turner The Distribution and Population Based Predictors of Foodborne Illnesses Incidence by County in Tennessee, 2015-2017 Health and Human Performance Kahler Stone

Assistant

Hellen Valencia Developing Procedures for Capturing Video and Audio of Small Group Interactions in Large Classroom Data Collection Educational Leadership Seth Jones

Assistant

Alyssa Walsh Determining Differences in CBD Levels from Cloning Industrial Hemp Biology John DuBois

Assistant

       

  

Fall 2018 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title  Department Mentor Level
Garrett Baber NASA FOCUS Lab: Do Effective Debriefs Lead to Better Performance? Psychology Glenn Littlepage Assistant
Gina Bishara A Social Network Analysis of Introductory Biology Students' In- and Out-of-Class Study Group Interactions Biology  Grant Gardner Assistant
Kriston Brannan NASA FOCUS LAB Training Needs Analysis  Psychology Michael Hein Assistant
Daviesha Carter Confirming Novel Genes related to Cryptococcus neoformans Infection of Humans Biology  Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Assistant
Amos Cheruiyot Drag Reduction on Rotating Cylinders Utilizing Stallion 3D    Aerospace Nate Callendar Assistant
Abigail Choisser Insight into interrelationships among density, viscosity, crystallinity, and chemical composition within lavas erupted at Mt. Hood Volcano, Oregon Geosciences Warner Cribb Gold
Robert Dixon Evaluating Leveanworthia stylosa defensive chemistry and fitness in the wake of invasion by the cabbage seedpod weevil, Ceutorhynchus obstrictus   Biology Joshua Grinath Silver
Korissa Earls Food Security, Coping and Support Strategies, and Diet Quality in College Students from a Moderate Sized University   Nutrition and Food Services Elizabeth Smith Assistant
Regan Edwards Utility of Photogrammetry for Virtual Curation and Metric Analysis of Skeletal Rema Sociology and Anthropology Tiffany Saul Gold
Merna Ghobrial Investigating the ability of spice extracts to inhibit bacterial growth and/or histamine accumulation associated with scombroid food poisoning    Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann  Silver
Joseph Gulizia Early and late season Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) age variability effects on Total and Nutrient-Specific In Situ Rumen Degradation Agriculture Kevin Downs Silver
Will Haase Unitization Applied to Deep Reinforcement Learning Computer Science Joshua Phillips Silver
Marina Ibrahim Gene Discovery and  Annotation of Gardnerella vaginalis, A Bacterium Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Silver
Steffany Jenkins A "Self-Destruct Button" for Yeast: a method to Improve Industrial Protein Production    Biology James Robertson Assistant
Zachary Lay Isolation and Identification of Fungal Endophytes Present in Vitis aestivalis Originating from Vineyards Located in Virginia and New York Compared to Mid-Western States Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Silver
Daniela Little Mini Health and Nutrition Screen   Nutrition and Food Services Elizabeth Smith Assistant
Autumn Martin Examining mindset theory with respect to different ability domains pertaining to college success    Psychology Thomas Brintaupt Silver
Shelby Midgett Aurones and their Antibacterial Possibilities against Two Hospital Acquired Bacteria Biology Mary Farone Silver
Chelsey Molina Using Caenorahabditis elegans as an infection model for novel bacteria CC99  Biology Anthony Farone Silver
Allie Nadeau Utilizing Fermentation to Create Eco-Friendly Dyes  Agriculture Tony Johnston Assistant
Robert Owen Examining the Role of F56F11.4 in Sperm of Caenorhabditis elegans    Biology Lynn Boyd Gold
Sarah Patrick Mental Health Disorders Among Mast Cell Activation Syndrome Patients    Health and Human Performance Angela Bowman Assistant
Rebekkah Riley Somatic Embryogenesis in Grape (Vitis aestivalis 'Norton/Cynthiana') Callus Generated from Ovary Tissue Biology John DuBois Silver
Robyn Sessler Positive and Negative Qualities of Relationships  Psychology Cameron Gordon Assistant
Isaac Shirk Constructing a Novel Experimental Apparatus for Use with Acoustics Research Physics and Astronomy William Robertson Gold
Don Srisuriyo Dyeing to Know: A Natural Approach to Dyeing Textiles  Chemistry Scott Handy Assistant
McKenna Stinnett Dyeing to Know: A Natural Approach to Dyeing Textiles Human Sciences Lauren Rudd Assistant
Kristen Welch Characterization of Aurone 1009 on Cryptococcus neoformans Biology Erin McClelland Silver
Casey Whitworth The effects of 3D biology lessons on student learning Education Leadership Ryan Jones Assistant
Brenna Wolfe Link between prosody sensitivity and reading comprehension: a combined EPR and individual difference approach Psychology Cryille Magne Assistant
Nolton Woods Synthesis and Application of Non-Halogenated Phosphorus FR for Polycarbonate Chemistry Dwight Patterson Gold

Summer 2018 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level

Olivia Anchondo

Youth Engagement and Youth Philanthropy

Journalism

Hanna Park

Team

Isabella Barnett

Pyrolysis DART-MS Analysis of Ignitable Liquids for Forensic and Environmental Applications

Chemistry

Mengliang Zhang

Gold

Matthew Cureton

Restoration, Preservation, and Renovation of Irish Tower Houses: A Regional Study Conducted in County Tipperary, Ireland

Management

Stacey Graham

Assistant

Hannah Curry

Synthesis and Biochemical Characterization of Lassomycin Derivatives

Biology

Justin Miller

Gold

Cadelyn Fields

Youth Engagement and Youth Philanthropy

Journalism

Hanna Park

Gold

Ashley Gambrell

Inducing Adaptation in Influenza A Viruses for Increased Growth in HPL1A Cell Line

Biology

Stephen Wright

Silver

Prianca Griggs

Examining SNF3's Role in the Virulence of Cryptococcus neoformans

Biology

Erin McClelland

Gold

Joseph Gulizia

Total and nutrient specific in situ degradation of Kudzu in bovine rumen

Agribusiness and Agriculture

Kevin Downs

Assistant

Ryan Hale

Brevard Music Center Summer Music Institute and Festival

Music

Arunesh Nadgir

Assistant

Neal Halper

Simultaneous monitoring of ClpS regulation on ClpCIPIP2 unfolding and proteolysis to evaluate the efficiency of peptide-based inhibitors of ClpS mediated regulation

Chemistry

Justin Miller

Platinum

Gabrielle Hampton

Analysis of aurone derivatives and plant extracts on clinical isolates of Acanthamoeba polyphaga and Acanthamoeba castellanii

Biology

Anthony Newsome

Platinum

Kerri Harger

Reduction of Benzils (1,2 diketone) to Benzoins

Biology

Scott Handy

Assitant

Roque Marcelo

Embracing the Ephemeral: Cultural Presevation Among Filipino Immigrants

Media Arts

Paul Chilsen

Platinum

Vishaka Motheramgari

Analysis of local water samples for Algal Toxins: Saxitoxin and Microcytsin-LR

Chemistry

Mengliang Zhang

Assistant

Jada Murriel

Investigating the effects of glucoseconcentration on macrophage polarization using a tissue culture model of type II diabetes mellitus

Biology

David Nelson

Platinum

Alexa Neff

Youth Engagment and Youth Philanthropy

Journalism

Hanna Park

Team

Darshit Patel

Synthesis and X-ray Analysis of a Series of Donor-Pi-Acceptor Dyes

Chemistry

Andrienne Friedli

Assistant

Olivia Pugh

Map of the Holy Roman Empire

History

Molly Taylor-Poleskey

Assistant

Christopher Robinson

Middle Tennessee Testate Amoebae: The Potential Applications of 3-D Modeling in the Taxonomic and Mineralogical Analyses of Microfossils

Geoscience

Melissa Lobegeier

Platinum

Isaac Shirk

Modeling, Simulating, and Testing an Acoustic Lens

Physics and Astronomy

William Robertson

Assistant

Kayley Stallings

Investigation of antibacterial properties of endophytic molds found in Norton Grapes

Agribusiness and Agriscience

Tony Johnston

Silver

Ross Thomas

Fungal Endophytes in Vistis aestivalis 'Norton/Cynthia' Grapes of Missouri and Tennessee are likely distinct

Pre-Professional Programs

Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann

Platinum

Spring 2018 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level

Sloan Campbell

Control of a Novel Manufacturing Mechanism Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Brooke Fitzwater Visual Catalog of Fishes in the Stones River System Biology Dennis Mullen

Silver

William Haase Application of N-Task Learning on Traditional Computer Vision Problems Computer Science Joshua Phillips Assistant
Hannah Hall Inducing Somatic Embryogenesis in Grave (V. aestivalis "Norton/Cynthiana") Callus Biology John DuBois Assistant
Zachary Hutchinson Pirates with No Sea: The Rising Rate of Porch Package Theft Criminial Justice Administration Ben Stickle

Assistant

Marilin Kelley Analyzing Student Understanding of Isomorphism Mathematical Sciences Jennifer Lovett Silver
Madeline Laderoute Initial Paleobotanical Analysis of the Logan Site (40DV8) Sociology and Anthropology Andrew Wyatt Assistant
Stacey Yabko Misra Investigating Bacteriophage Therapy for the Treatment of Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens Psychology Stephen Wright Assistant
Matthew Radice Ridged Body Guidance in Three Dimensions Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Myranda Uselton Investigating Quantum Computation and Applications of Single-Molecule Magnets Chemistry Jing Kong Silver
Clinton Warren The Effects of Testosterone on Aggressive Behaviors in Male Mediterranean House Geckos, Hemidactylus turcicus Biology Matthew Klukowski Assistant
Kyeesha Wilcox Assessing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Perception and Creating Health Education Tools Using the Health Belief Model Global Studies Bethany Wrye Assistant
Sarah Wilfong Joblin Orchestrating O'Carolan: Initiating a Folk Composer into the Baroque World Music Carol Nies Assistant

Fall 2017 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Muhammad Ali Investigating Cryptococcus Neoformans Strains for Defects in Immune Response Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Silver
Rachel Bailey The Effect of Elicitor Stimulation on Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) Varieties in a Hydrophonic System Biology John DuBois Assistant
Bishoy Boktor Dimensional Attention Learning for Working Memory Computer Science Joshua Phillips Assistant
Danielle Bonner The Effect of Intracellular C. neoformans on the Expression of Irf4 Biology David E. Nelson Assistant
Benjamin Burton Testing and Applications of the Phofonic Crystal Based Biosensor Physics William Robertson Silver
Sloan Campbell Fabrication of a Novel Manufacturing Mechanism Mechatronics Engineering Brian Slaboch Assistant
Abigail Choisser Illustrated User Guide for MTSU's Single-Crystal x-ray Diffractometer and Powder-Crystal x-ray Diffractometer Geosciences Anatoliy Volkov Assistant
Christina Davis Efectiveness of Zinc Based Footbath Solutions over Industry Standard Copper Based Solutions for the Prevention and Treatment of Digital Dermatitis in Dairy Cattle Agribusiness and Agriscience Jessica Carter Gold
Natalie Foulks Narrative Discourse in Older Adults Health and Human Performance Kathryn Blankenship Silver
Ashley Gambrell Efficacy of HPL1A Cell Culture as a Host for Influenza A Viruses Biology Stephen Wright Assistant
Christian Glandorf Evaluation of Drone and Balloon-Based Sampling and Monitoring Methods for Air Pollution Studies Chemistry Ngee Chong Assistant
Devyn Haynes Compare the Effects of Lipopolysaccharide and Interferon Gamma on the Expression of iNos, a Marker of M1 Classically Activated Macrophages Biology David Nelson Silver
Clinton Holladay Molecular Identification of Anti-viral Metabolite Produced by Mangifera persiciforunis Biology Stephen Wright Gold
Hunter Hudson MTSU and the Early Development of the Tennessee Academy of Science Biology Martin V. Stewart Assistant
Ashley Jones Design of a Novel Robotic Gripper Mechatronics Engineering Brian Slaboch Assistant
Janie Kullman Word Learning in Authentic Versus Explicit Conditions Speech Language Pathology/Audiology Kathryn Blankenship Silver
Mario Loranzana-Dewitt New Drugs for Bad Bugs: Aurones as Novel Antifungal Agents Biochemistry Mary Farone SIlver
Rachel Marlin Development and Design of New Activities for Evnrionmental Science Education in Middle Tennessee Chemistry Judith Iriarte-Gross Gold
Madeline McDonald Equine Temperament Examination through Novel Object Exposure: Suitability for Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies Animal Science Holly Spooner Assistant
Matthew Moore The True Costs of Private Security Criminal Justice Administration Ben Stickle Assistant
David Pitchford Olfactory Cues and Spatial Mapping in Myrmecophaga Tridactyla Psychology Danielle Brown Silver
Matthew Radice Rigid Body Guidance in Three Dimensions Mechatronics Engineering Brian Slaboch Assistant
Salman Rahmani Aerodynamic and Acoustic Analysis of a Barn Owl Biomimetic Airfoil Aerospace Technology Nate Callender Gold
Joseph Rosen Purifying Extract 23B for Compounds Inhibiting Cryptococcus neoformans Growth Biology Erin McClelland Gold
Christiana Rosenberg Searching for Macroscale Folds in Central Tennessee Geosciences Mark Abolins Assistant
Mohamad Sbenaty Desing of a Novel Robotic Gripper Mechatronics Engineering Brian Slaboch Assistant
Sydney Smith A New Approach to Research Communication; Sharing Results through Stories Physics, Philosophy Preston MacDougall Silver
Jeffery Summers Math Modeling and Optimal Control of Malaria Using the Sterile Insect Technique Physics, Mathematics Wandi Ding Assistant
Csilla Szepe Assessment of Anti-Herpes Activity by Cichorium intybus Biology Stephen Wright Gold
George Thomas Development of a Novel Reconfigurable Mechanism Mechatronics Engineering Brian Slaboch Assistant
Myranda Uselton Analyzing Single-Molecule Magnets with Density Functional Theory Chemistry Jing Kong Assistant

Summer 2017 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Muhammad Ali Investigating the Growth Rates of Different Cryptococcus neoformans Strains Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Silver
Kyra Boots Effects of Gallium Protoporphyrin IX on Acinetobacter baumanii catalase Biology Anthony Farone Platinum
Benjamin Burton Improvement of the Phototonic Crystal Biosensor Design Physics and Astronomy William Robertson

Assistant

Emily Cunningham Investigation of Small Volcanic Centers in the Northern Oregon Cascade Range Geosciences Warner Cribb Platinum
Kirsten Cunningham Measurement of M2-Associated Protein Markers in Macrophages Infected with the facultative Intracellular Pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans Biology David Nelson Platinum
Brooke Fitzwater Effects of Predator Paralabrax humeralis and Kelp on Aplodactylus punctatus Behavior Biology Dennis Mullen Platinum
Gwyndalyn Johnson Evaluation of Fecal Indicators and Pathogens at Recreational Beaches in Central Tennessee Biology Frank Bailey Assistant
Christopher Lane Zooarchaeological Fieldwork in the Amazon Basin of Brazil Sociology and Anthropology Andrew Wyatt Platinum
Catherine Latham In Recognition of Their Stories History Mary Hoffschwelle Platinum
Madyson Middleton Synthesis and MIC Testing of Antifungal Peptoids against Cryptococcus Biology Kevin Bicker Platinum
Matthew Radice Rigid Body Guidane in Three Dimensions Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Joseph Rosen Determining the Prevalence of Antibodies to the Cryptocococcus neoformans in Central Tennessee Biology Erin McClelland Silver
Sabrina Spicer Characterizing the Therapeutic Potential of the Antifungal Peptoid AEC5 Biology Kevin Bicker and Erin McClelland Platinum
Andrew Swehla Infectivity of Novel Intracellular Bacteria for Eukaryotic Cells Biology Mary Farone Silver
Kody VonBargen Rigid Body Guidance in Three Dimensions Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Emma Williams Reimagining Social Commentary Music of World War 2 America Recording Industry Management Kristine McCusker Assistant

Spring 2017 URECA Recipeints

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Devin Adcox Mexican-American War Dead Identification Project Sociology and Anthropology Hugh Berryman Assistant
Aracelia Lopez Alvarez Observing the Effect of Pesticides on the Soil's Ecosystem Through Soil Columns Biology John DiVincenzo Silver
Kyra Boots Effects of Gallium-Protophorphrin IX on Acinetobacer baumannii's Catalese Biology Anthony Farone Silver
Emily Brackett Effect of Overdose Drugs on Postmortem Microbiome Biology Frank Bailey Assistant
Kathryn Brittain The Effect of the Bcat Gene on the Virulence of the Pathogenic Yeast Cryptococcus neoformans Biology Erin McClelland Gold
Jennifer Crow Mormon Feminist Activism and Ordain Women in the LDS Church Sociology and Anthropology Gretchen Webber Gold
Matthew Davis Elemental Analysis Using Portable X-ray Flourescence as a Means of Sorting Commingled Human Remains Sociology and Anthropology Hugh Berryman Gold
Paige Fairrow-Davis Flexibility and Type II Diabetes: A Literature Review of Effective Exercise Technique Methods that Reduce Blood Glucose Levels in a Diabetic Population Health and Human Performance Vaughn Barry Assistant
Emma Gist Noise Reduction Using Biomimicry for Small Aircraft Propellers Aerospace Nate Callender Silver
Alissa Green Investigating the Effect of Pesticides on Soil Microbe Cultures Chemistry John DiVincenzo Silver
Prianca Griggs Examining SNF3's Role in the Virulence of Cryptococcus neoformans Biology Erin McClelland Silver
Braxton Harter Noise Reduction of Unmanned Aircraft Propellers Aerospace Nate Callender Silver
Micah Hauge Visualization of Gene Families Web Application Computer Science Hyrum Carroll Silver
Nolan Jolley Investigation into Timing of Cuttings for Maximum Propagatoin Efficiency of Vitis Aestivalis (Cynthiana/Norton) Grapevines Agribusiness and Agriscience Tony Johnston Assistant
Matthew Knight High on Their Own Supply? A Comparative Analysis of the Labor Market in K-12 Teaching Among States in the U.S. Political Science Stuart Fowler Assistant
Justin Marsee The Characterization of ClpC1-NTP Reactions through Single Turnover Kinetics Biology Justin Miller Silver
Lauren Morris History Sign-Following Churches and the Law Psychology Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand Gold
Aldair Nieto Construction of a 3-RPR Parallel Manipulator Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Silver
Christopher Secrest Emergency Medical Alert Robot for Elders Engineering Technology Lei Miao Assistant
Sydney Smith A New Approach to Nature: Storytelling and Science Physics Preston MacDougall Silver
Zach Stevens The Effect of Air Velocity and Throttle Speed on Efficient Hemp Seed Separation  Agribusiness and Agriscience Nate Phillips Assistant
Kimberly Warren Effect of Drain Cleaner Exposure on the Molecular Integrity of Sus scrofa DNA Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Theimann Silver

Fall 2016 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Samantha Diane Addis  Analysis of Thecamoebian Assemblages in Fall Creek Falls State Park Geology Melissa Lobegeier Assistant
Muhammad Fariz Ali Investigating the Immune Response to Different Cryptococcus neoformans Strains Biology Rebecca Seipelt-Thiemann Gold
Araceli M. Lopez Alvarez Effects of Pesticides on Soil and Water Microbial Ecosystems Chemistry John DiVincenzo Silver
Joshua Arnold Holographic Reduced Representation for Working Memory Concept, Automating Action Learning Computer Science Joshua Phillips Assistant
Christopher Ryan Bearden Examining the Validity and Utility of Selection Mechanisms at US Regional Airlines Psychology Paul Craig Silver
Austin Derryberry Walking in Sunlight: The Life and Legacy of Uncle Dave Macon Theatre Jette Halladay Assistant
Pel Doski Dynamic Light Scattering and Ethanol Washes of the Capsule of Cryptococcus neoformans Clinical Strains Biology Erin McClelland Silver
Grayson Dubois Calibration of the Holographic Working Memory Toolkit Using the Delayed Saccade Task Computer Science Joshua Phillips Silver
Rachel Gingerich Biolistic Transformation of Armillaria mellea Biology Matthew Elrod-Erickson

Gold

Skylar Greico Assistant Director - The Magic Play Theatre Halena Kays

Silver

Braxton Harter Noise Reduction of Unmanned Aircraft Propellers Aerospace Nate Callender

Silver

Devyn Hayes Effect of Cryptococcus neoformans on Macrophage Activation State Biology David Nelson

Silver

Katherine Hitchcock STEM - Increasing Fourth Grade Girls' Interest through a Five Session After-School Program Psychology Michelle Boyer-Pennington

Assistant

Bradley Hobbs Two Link Robotics Manipulator to Aid in Classroom Teaching Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch

Assistant

Akmal Ishmetov The Fisher Indole Synthesis Chemistry Scott Handy

Silver

Hunter Mason Genetic Identification of Fungal Isolates Present in the Vitis aesivalis Grape Biology John DuBois

Gold

Kelsey Massey Select Ethnic Enclaves and their Cultural Indicators in Nashville, Tennessee: Nolensville Road, A Case Study Global Studies Doug Heffington

Assistant

Aldair Nieto Robotic Mechanism Design for Use as an MTSU Instructional and Research Tool Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch

Assistant

Evidence Nwangwa Isolation and Identification of Polysaccharides Produced by American Ginsing Callus Biology John DuBois

Assistant

Reese Peltier Making Gene Family Visualizations Interactive Computer Science Hyrum Carroll

Assistant

Katie Poss Mix Design and Production Optimization of Hempcrete and Hemp Blocks for Residential Construction Concrete Industry Management Heather Brown

Silver

Salman Rahmani Flow Control of Class-8 Vehicles with Cylindrical Modifications Aerospace Nate Callender

Gold

Wesley Riley Investigation of "Memory"-like Properties with the PINK1: Parkin Mitophagy Pathway Biology David Nelson

Gold

Ashleigh Roeser Investigating the Effect of Pesticides on Soil Microbe Cultures Using Flourescence Spectroscopy Chemistry John DiVincenzo

Silver

Peter Roldan Mix Design and Production Optimization of Hempcrete and Hemp Blocks for Residential Construction Concrete Industry Management Heather Brown Assistant
Michael Schmidt Study of Completely Separating Set Systems Computer Science Suk Jai Seo Assistant
Christopher Secrest Two Link Robotics Manipulator to Aid in Classroom Teaching Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Csilla Szepe Investigation into Anti-Herpes Simplex Virus Activity in Components of Common Chicory Biology Stephen Wright Assistant
Briana Thomas Further Analyze Noise Reduction of Small UAS Propeller/Rotor Aerospace Nate Callender Assistant
John Walker Research Proposal for Reducing Propeller Sound Pressure Levels Using Bioinspired Modifications Aerospace Nate Callender Assistant
Ethan Willis The Gene Family Visualization Server Computer Science Hyrum Carroll Assistant
Patrick Wong Analysis of the n-^3He Experiment Physics and Astronomy Rob Mahurin Assistant
Justin Woods Robotic Mechanism Design for Use as an MTSU Instructional and Research Tool Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant

Summer 2016 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Angel Agee Incognita's Infamous Adventures: A Web Series Electronic Media  Allie Sultan Team
Mahmuda Akter Transcriptome Analysis of Clinical C. Neoformans Strains Biology Erin McClelland and Rebecca Seipelt Team
Muhammad Ali Transcriptome Analysis of Clinical C. Neoformans Strains Biology Erin McClelland and Rebecca Seipelt Team
Gabrielle Armour The Effects of Grazing and Grazing Intensity on Induced Chemical Defense in Lessonia trabeculata Biology Dennis Mullen Platinum
Scott Armstrong Synthesis and Screening of an Antimicrobial Oligomer Peptoid Combinatorial Library Against the Fungi Aspergillus, Candida, and Cryptococcus Chemistry Kevin Bicker Platinum
Kathryn Brittain Transcriptome Analysis of Clinical C. Neoformans Strains Biology Erin McClelland and Rebecca Seipelt Team
Shelbi Bruse Creeative Production of High Quality Audio and Video Recordings Recording Industry Joseph Akins Team
Nathaly Campo Environmental Concern and Animism: An Ethnographic Analysys of Modern-day Prophecy Based in Wurzburg, Germany Anthropology Will Leggett Platinum
Joseph Churchill Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Pyridine Phosphine Ligands for Alcohol Amine Coupling Catalysis Chemistry Keying Ding Team
Rebecca Clippard Innovation for Critical Languages: Curriculum and Materials Development for Japanese Foreign Languages Shelley Thomas Platinum
Kayla Conner Inhibition of Cryptococcus neoformans by Extract 23B Biology Erin McClelland Platinum
Amanda Couch News and Cultural Studies: How Mass Media Widened the Gap between Anthropologists and Native Americans during the Kennewick Man Controversy History Ashley Riley-Sousa Silver
Kirsten Cunningham Determing the Effects of Different Capsular GXM Species, Shed by the Pathogenic Yeast Cryptococcus neoformans, on Macrophage NF-kB Signaling and Proinflammatory Gene Expression Biology David Nelson Platinum
Pel Doski Extracting and Purifying the Polysaccharide Capsules from Clinical Strains of Cryptococcus neoformans Biology Erin McClelland Silver
Brooke Fitzwater Indirect Predator-Prey Interactions between Trombollo Blenny (Tripterygion chilensis), Chilean Stone Crab (Homolaspis plana) and Sitka Periwinkle snail (Littorina sitkana) Biology Dennis Mullen Assistant
Mary Gormsen The Effectiveness of Chlorine Dioxide in inactivating Influenza Virus Biology Stephen Wright Gold
Maria Gramelspacher Composition for MTSU Double Bass Ensemble Music Carol Nies Silver
Kelsey Hannah Incognita's Infamous Adventures: A Web Series Electronic Media Allie Sultan Team
Laura Hoefer Digital Structure Contour Map of the East Lynchburg Quad Geoscience Mark Abolins Assistant
Simon Idiare Incognita's Infamous Adventures: A Web Series Electronic Media Allie Sultan Team
Zachary Kelley An Exploration of the Generalized Liquid Water Pouring Puzzle Mathematical Sciences Xiaoya Zha Assistant
Daniel Krenz URECA Summer Scholar: The Conductor's Institute Music Carol Nies Platinum
Victoria Lay Behavioral and Physiological Responses to Simulated Predator Induced Stress in the Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina Biology Matthew Klukowski Assistant
Robert Lechleiter Identification of Allele-specific Gene Expressions Associated with Fish Growth Rate Biology Mohamed Salem Team
Hunter Mason Transcriptome Analysis of Clinical C. Neoformans Strains Biology Erin McClelland and Rebecca Seipelt Team
India Mathis Identification of Allele-specific Gene Expressions Associated with Fish Growth Rate Biology Mohamed Salem Team
Jasmine McCroskey Identification of Allele-specific Gene Expressions Associated with Fish Growth Rate Biology Mohamed Salem Team
Maggie McPheeters Incognita's Infamous Adventures: A Web Series Electronic Media Allie Sultan Team
Asfah Mohammed Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Pyridine Phosphine Ligands for Alcohol Amine Coupling Catalysis Chemistry Keying Ding Team
Clint Moody "Song from Scratch" Video Series Recording Industry Joseph Akins Assistant
Aldair Nieto Human Hand Gesture Recognition Using the Microsoft Kinect Sensor Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Jesse Noe Azaaurones: A Unique Underexplored Scaffold for Biologically Active Compounds Chemistry Scott Handy Platinum
Quinlan Odom Using Geographical Information Systems and Reacting to the Past to Re-energize the High School History Lesson History Dawn McCormack Platinum
Brielle Paladino Investigating the Origins of the Nashville Dome Geoscience Mark Abolins Platinum
Anthony Pecorini Creative Production of High Quality Audio and Video Recordings Recording Industry Joseph Akins Team
Basant Salem Transcriptome Analysis of Clinical C. Neoformans Strains Biology Erin McClelland and Rebecca Seipelt Team
Bridget Shike Incognita's Infamous Adventures: A Web Series Electronic Media Allie Sultan Team
Joy Shind An In-depth Study of the Neoclassical Frescos Located at Villa di Geggiano, Italy Art Debrah Sickler-Voigh Gold
Morgn Smith The Eagle and the Dragon: A Cross Cultural Guide to Vietnamese Culture for Americans History Derek Frisby Silver
Christpoher Snyder Creative Production of High Quality Audio and Video Recordings Recording Industry Joseph Akins Team
Christina Solomito Incognita's Infamous Adventures: A Web Series Electronic Media Allie Sultan Team
Claudia Lopez Torres Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Pyridine Phosphine Ligands for Alcohol Amine Coupling Catalysis Chemistry Keying Ding Team
David Tyler Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Pyridine Phosphine Ligands for Alcohol Amine Coupling Catalysis Chemistry Keying Ding Team
William Welchance The Generalized Pitcher Problem Mathmatical Sciences Xiaoya Zha Assistant
Sana Wilson Searching for the Missing: A Content Analysis of Non-binary Orientation and General Identity in Significant Social Science Journals Social Work Justin Bucchio Platinum
Justin Woods Child-resistant Packaging Design Engineering Technology Brian Slaboch Assistant
Aaliyah Yisrael The Perceived Discrimination and Motivation to Success among African American Males at Workplace Communication Studies and Org Comm Yang Soo Kim Assistant

Spring 2016 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Robert Baltz Hydrogen Peroxide Sensing with Multiple-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Modified with Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles and Enzymes Chemistry Charles Chusuei Assistant
Joseph Beck Indoor Localization Mechatronic Engineering Lei Miao Assistant
John Bosworth Education, the Universal Solution: Research on Benefit of Music Education for Youth, Presented to the World via TEDxMTSU Recording Industry Todd O'Neill Silver
Kayla Conner Inhibition of Cryptococcus neoformans by Extract 23B Biology Erin McClelland and Scott Handy Silver
Justin Cousineau An Examination of Gaussian Basis Sets Using Psuedopotential Physics Jing Kong Silver
Leanna Davis Assisting with the Search for Macroscale Faults beneath Middle Tennessee Geology Mark Abolins Assistant
Grayson Dubois Holographic Reduced Representations for Working Memory Concept Encoding Computer Science Joshua Phillips Assistant
Lara Jarnigan Effects of Water Hardness on E.coli Adsorption to Sand Biology Frank Bailey Gold
Jordan Jatko Investigations of Coliphages and Escherichia coli in Storm Drains in Murfreesboro, TN Biology Frank Bailey Assistant
Nathaniel Johnston Assisting with the Creation of a Digital Structure Contour Map of Part of Central Tennessee Geology Mark Abolins Assistant
Christian Larsen TEDxMTSU: Amplifying Ideas Recording Industry Andrew Dix Assistant
John Lasseter Solid State Photochemistry of Donor-pi-Acceptor Dyes Chemistry Andrienne Friedli Silver
Hunter Mason Isolation and Characterization of Fungal Endophyte(s) Present in the Vitis aestivalis 'Chynthiana/Norton' Grape Biology John DuBois Assistant
Collin McDonald Retracing the Birth of Air Travel: A Creative Project Aerospace Paul Craig Assistant
Andrea Meggison Comparing Paper and Computerized Assessments for Working Memory and Executive Functioning Psychology Michael Hein Assistant
Yusra Mohammed Characterization of Aurone X as a Potential Drug Candidate Against Cryptococcus neoformans Biology Erin McClelland Silver
Marisa Pasquerilla Laser Trapping Ionization of Single Human Red Blood Cells with AA and AS Hemoglobin Types Chemistry Daniel Erenso Assistant
Todd Pirtle Using Biochar as a Soil Amendment in Middle Tennessee Agribusiness Song Cui Gold
Salman Rahmani Drag Analysis of Class 8 Trucks Utilizing Computational Fluid Dynamics Aerospace Nate Callender Silver
Summer Robinson Determining the Radiation Dosage Required to Kill Breast Cancer Cells Treated with Hederagenin Chemistry Daniel Erenso Assistant
David Rohrer Reducing Drag Behind Rearward-Facing Step Using a Rotating Cylinder Aerospace Nate Callender Silver
Calla Sharp Creating a Better World for Preschool Children by Listening Globally Early Childhood Education Jane Lim Assistant
Darcy Tabotabo Assessment of Anti Herpes Activity in Bidens biternata Chemistry Stephen Wright Gold
Jesse Teal Intervention to Promote Breastfeeding for Full Year among Working Mothers Living in Rural Areas and Enrolled in WIC Health Education Bethany Wrye Assistant
Justin Woods Child-Resistant Packaging Design Physics Brian Slaboch Assistant

Fall 2015 URECA Recipients

Student Project Title Department Mentor Level
Andy Black  Creation and Detection of Two Photons from a Single Photon Physics Daniel Erenso Silver
Charlie Boyle Discovering Novel Inhibitors of Trichomoniasis Biology Anthony Newsome Gold
Caitlin Chase In situ Rumen Degradation of Honey Locust (Gleditisia triacanthos) Seed Pods in the Bovine as a Model for their Use in Captive Giraffe Diets Agriscience and Agribusiness Kevin Downs Assistant
Megan Chong Toxicant Destruction Efficiency of Chlorine Dioxide and Ozone Chemistry BG Ooi Silver
Evan Conley Development of Solid-Supported Multiwell Technique of Aurone Synthesis Chemistry Scott Handy Silver
Melody Cook Young Single Adult Morman Women in Nashville, Tennessee Philosophy Rebekka King Assistant
Ashley Corson Synthesis and Screening of Antimicrobial Peptoid Combinatorial Libraries Against the Fungi Aspergillus, Candida, and Cryptococcus Chemistry Kevin Bicker Gold
Samantha Crossland A Comparative Thematic Analysis of Fraternity Men and Sorority Women's Perspective on Hooking Up Organizational Communication Jessica Kratzer Gold
Kelli Dunn Interactions between EEG State Control and State Discrimination Psychology Jon Frederick Assistant
Emma Gist Reducing Drag on Tractor Trailers Aerospace Nate Callender Assistant
Braxton Harter Sound Reduction of Small Aircraft Propellers Aerospace Nate Callender Assistant
Lauren Heusinkveld Effect of Cryptococcus neoformns Capsular Polysaccharide on Producton of TNFa and iNOS in Macrophages Biology David Nelson Silver
Michele Kelley Single Cell Ionization by Laser Trap for Accurate Radiotherapy Physics Daniel Erenso Gold
Stephen Kinser Spectrum Analysis of HIV Clades Computer Science Joshua Phillips Assistant
Casey Klein EEG Alpha State Discrimination: Continuous Discrimination Task Psychology Jon Frederick Assistant
Amanda Leachman The Effects of Harvest Time on the Propagation Rates of Vitis aestivalis Cuttings Biology John DuBois Assistant
Keven Lewis Perceptions of Persecution Among Middle Tennessee Christians Philosophy Rebekka King Gold
Marvin Marksberry How Low Can You Go? Improving Electrochemical Detection Levels for Disease Monitoring Chemistry Charles Chusuei Assistant
Nicholas Matteson Study of Graphical Parameters for Cubic Graphs Computer Science Suk Jai Seo Assistant
Reese Morris The Effects of Different Medias and Shade Densities on the Growth of Ginseng within a Hydroponics System Agriscience and Agribusiness Nate Phillips Assistant
Nicodemus Myhre Computational Analysis of Drag Reduction Methods for a Rearward Facing Step Aerospace Nate Callender Gold
Todd Pirtle Rapid Assessment of Nitrogen Concentration of Two Bioenergy Feedstock Grasses Using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy Agriscience and Agribusiness Song Cui Assistant
Nausheen Qureshi Rising from the Depths of Despair: The Healing Arts of Lady Philosophy in Bopethius's The Consolation of Philosophy Human Sciences Philip Phillips Gold
Salman Rahmani Minimization of Air Resistence Aerospace Nate Callender Assistant
Karleigh Richard Molecular Epidemiology and Gene Transfer of Erythromycin Resistant Streptococcus pyogenes Isolate Biology Stephen Wright Assistant
Megan Schulz Nutrient Pollution Retention of Pervious Concrete Chemistry John DiVincenzo Assistant
Sydney Smith Probing the Parity of the Hadronic Weak Interaction Physics Rob Mahurin Silver
Aimee Wilson Determination of a Protocol for Achieving Endophyte-Free Tissue Callus of Vitis aestivalis "Norton/Cynthiana" Biology John DuBois Silver