Fall 2015 | Wentz Semester Research Grant

Thanks to the generosity of the Lew Wentz Foundation, 26 Oklahoma State University undergraduates representing a range of disciplines will each receive a $750 Fall 2015 Wentz Semester Research Grant to conduct an original research project under the guidance of an OSU faculty member.

These students submitted research proposals, which underwent a rigorous blind review process by the Wentz Research Committee and were scored on the basis of originality and creativity among other technical and methodological considerations.

The Spring 2016 Wentz Semester Research Grant application is open now!  Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to submit proposals is January 15, 2016.

For more information about Lew Wentz Awards and other academic opportunities at Oklahoma State University, please contact The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research at 334 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-7313, tim.oneil@okstate.edu or visit us online at http://okstate.edu/scholars.

Fall 2015 Wentz Semester Grant Recipients

Joseph Aiken, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. James Manimala, MAE
  • PROJECT: Explornig Viability of Harvesting Vibrational Energy from Trees

Stephanie Braine, DHM- Interior Design

  • MENTOR: Dr. Paulette Hebert, Design Housing and Merchandising
  • PROJECT: An Investigation of Pediatric Healthcare Environments in the United States

Collin Britten, Chemical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Clint Aichele, School of Chemical Engineering
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Deepika Venkataramani
  • PROJECT: Effects of Fumed Silica on the Stability of Water in Oil Emulsions

Kelly Burch, Microbiology

  • MENTOR: Dr. Marianna Patrauchan, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Sharmily Khanam
  • PROJECT: Identifying genes responsible for calcium induced Polymyxin-B resistance

Jacob Coppick, Mechanical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Carl Latino, ECEN
  • PROJECT: A robotic exoskeleton for upper-extremity assistance

Emily Doyel, Economics and Mathematics

  • MENTOR: Dr. Mary Gade, Economics and Legal Studies
  • PROJECT: Gender Perception in a "Game of Chicken"

Elizabeth Farney, Animal Science

  • MENTOR: Dr. Peter Muriana, Animal Science
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Hung-King Tiong
  • PROJECT: Effects of Bacteriocins on Shelf Life of Ground Beef

Jordan Fleming, Microbiology

  • MENTOR: Dr. Erika Lutter, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Amanda Behar
  • PROJECT: Interaction Between Chlamydia trachomatis and the Host Cell

Matthew Hart, Nutritional Sciences, Microbiology

  • MENTOR: Dr. Winyoo Chowanadisai, Nutritional Sciences
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Tony Tang
  • PROJECT: Genetic Variability in ZIP12, a Candidate Gene for Neurological Disorders

Michele Higgins, Chemical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Ashlee Ford Versypt, School of Chemical Engineering
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Minu Pilvankar
  • PROJECT: Mathematical Modeling of Kidney Cells in Diabetic Conditions

Hannah Jones, Entomology: Bio-Forensics

  • MENTOR: Dr. Jeanmarie Verchot, Entomology & Plant Pathology
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Ravendra Chauhan
  • PROJECT: Viral Effects on Canna Leaf Extract

Irum Khan, Chemical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Ashlee Ford Versypt, School of Chemical Engineering
  • PROJECT: Engineering Mechanics of Thrombolysis

Madison Krehbiel, Nutritional Science

  • MENTOR: Dr. Stephen Clarke, Nutritional Sciences
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Joanna Fiddler
  • PROJECT: Effect of Dried Plum and Blueberry Extracts on Inflammatory Gene Expression

Madison Likins, Mechanical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Brian Elbing, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Arnesha Threatt
  • PROJECT: Improved Tornado Warning Via Atmospheric Monitoring of Infrasound

Tyler Martin, Chemical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Clint Aichele, School of Chemical Engineering
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Ashwin Yegya Raman
  • PROJECT: Probing the impact of particle wetting on hydrate formation for flow assurance application

Rachel McAllister, Microbiology and Biochemistry

  • MENTOR: Dr. Erika Lutter, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Rawan Eleshy
  • PROJECT: Mutation Rates of Staphylococcus aureus from Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Susan Pham, Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Mathematics

  • MENTOR: Dr. Toby Nelson, Chemistry
  • PROJECT: A Rhodanine Flanked Diketopyrrolopyrrole Electron Acceptor for Photovoltaic Cells

Brooke Romine, Microbiology, Biochemistry

  • MENTOR: Dr. Erika Lutter, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Amanda Behar
  • PROJECT: Determining the interaction between CT228 and MYPT1 in Chlamydia trachomatis

Sarah Sauer, Nutritional Sciences

  • MENTOR: Dr. Janice Hermann, NSCI
  • PROJECT: Effect of Heart Button Counseling on WIC Infant Feeding Practices

Lauren Schmidt, Biological Science

  • MENTOR: Dr. Sarah DuRant, Integrative Biology
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Chris Goodchild
  • PROJECT: The Role of Molluscan Insulin-Related Peptides in Regulating the Phenotypic Plasticity and Response to Predators in Snails

Maci Slater, Hotel and Restaurant Administration

  • MENTOR: Dr. Blayne Mayfield, Computer Science
  • PROJECT: Eliminate Human-Trafficking by discovering the necessary systems to harness technology that promotes real-time reporting and the subsequent protection of vulnerable citizens.

Shelby Spring, Animal Science Pre-Vet

  • MENTOR: Dr. Ranjith Ramanathan, Animal Science
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Anupam Abraham
  • PROJECT: Effects of lipid oxidation products on metmyoglobin reductase activity

Olivia Taylor, Food Science

  • MENTOR: Dr. Ravi Jadeja, Animal Science
  • PROJECT: A Novel Antimicrobial Ice Based Cleaning-in-Place Meat Grinder Sanitization Process Development

Skylar Turner, Mechanical Engineering

  • MENTOR: Dr. Arvind Santhanakrishnan, MAE
  • PROJECT: MRI experiments on a left ventricular dyssynchrony phantom model

Austin Warner, Mathematics, French

  • MENTOR: Dr. Roger Zierau, Mathematics
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Scott Larson
  • PROJECT: Computational H-Calculus with Remarks on Topology

Hannah Wendelbo, Microbiology

  • MENTOR: Dr. Marianna Patrauchan, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Manita Guragain
  • PROJECT: Relationship between two signaling systems: Calcium and Cyclic nucleotide

 

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Fall 2015 Wentz Semester Grants Awarded to 26 Undergraduates!
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