2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program UROP, 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program UROP
Maya Zawlodski, Nevada State College
–Photo by Kurt Regner

The UROP program promotes intensive undergraduate research opportunities for university students. Through these research experiences, our goal is to enhance the recruitment and retention of undergraduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, particularly those related to solar energy and its effects on water resources and the environment in general.

Nevada State College

Alejandra Carillo-Marroquin, Understanding Mutant Variants of AGT Protein Through ite Directed Mutagenesis, Mentor: Laura Naumann
Alexa Smolinski, Chemically Exhausted Biochar as a Sustainable Replacement for Chemical Fertilizers, Mentor: Erick Bandala
Ceonie Washington, Assessing the Effect of Traffic-Related Pollutants in Stormwater Contamination, Mentor: Erick Bandala

Truckee Meadows Community College

Jacob Rosenbaum, Water Rights and Planned Development in the Truckee Meadows Watershed, Nevada, Mentor: Sameer Bhattari

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Fabianny Anez, Biochar Analysis for Arsenic Removal, Mentor: Erica Marti

Alan Chavez, Impact of Solar Energy on Climate Change, Mentor: Shubhra Bansal

Jessica Farnsworth, Utilizing Muscovite to Create High Mobility Transistors, Mentor: Joshua Island

Robin Kee, Biochemistry and Reproductive Behavior in Drosophila Grimshawi, Mentor: Donald Price

Alicia McGrann, Investigating the Effects of Microorganisms in Anoxic Freshwater Environments, Mentors: Aude Picard & Jacimaria Batista

Diego Rodriguez, Photovaltaic Panel Inspection with a Quadruped, Mentor: Paul Oh

Armaun Zargari, Drones for Monitoring and Early Disease Detection in Plants and Agriculture, Mentor: Paul Oh

University of Nevada, Reno

Laiba Arshad, How Plants Make Bandages: Investigating Phytohormone-based Regulation of Wound Healing, Mentor: Dylan Kosma

Erick Bandala-Sanchez, 3D Printing of Graphene Oxide-Based Supercapacitor for Solar Energy Storage, Mentor: Yifei Jin

Duncan Brown, Assessing the Envrionmental Footpint of Gaol Mining Activities in Nevada, Mentor: Ehsan Vahidi

Arunima Chakraborty, Immediate-Early-Gene Expression in Zebra Finches Exposed to Light Pollution, Mentor: Jenny Ouyang

Alissa Chavalithumrong, Learning Wildfire Model from Incomplete Data using a Hidden Markov Model, Mentors: Petro Voulgaris & Hyung Jin Yoon

Daniel Enriquez, Visualization of Environmental Data within Virtual Reality, Mentor: Fred Harris

Kenneth Fox, Mining Wastewater Recycling & Treatment, Mentor: Pengbo Chu

SaMoura Horsley, Cranial and Dental Metrics Patterns, Mentor: Marin Pilloud

Valentino Jaganjac, Comparing Concentrations of Wastewater Through Treatment of Different Advanced Oxidative Procedures, Mentor: Eric Marchand

Connor Jordan, A Self-Powered Platform for Monitoring of Power Grid Critical Assets with Fire Hazards, Mentor: Hanif Livani

Shaun Joseph, Qualifying Forest Canopy Effects on Below Canopy Micro-Climates Using Remote Sensing, Mentor: Adrian Harpold

Helena Middleton, Snow Energy Balance in the Illilouette Creek Basin, Mentor: Adrian Harpold

Kate Miller, How Does Fire History, Topography and Vegetation Interact to Control Drought Resistance and Resilience in the Illiloutte Creek Basin, Mentor: Adrian Harpold

Nevada State College

Amanda Ecret, iunH Bacillus anthracis Mutant Germination Behavior, Mentor: Amber Howerton
Lucas Wadley, Analyzing southern Nevada coyote population dynamics through genetic diversity, Mentor: Bryan Sigel

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kevin Ayala-Pineda, Synthesis of Novel Materials using Alternative Methods, Mentor: Michael Pravica

Carol Cardona, Bioremediation complemented with bio-Enhanced Nano-ZVI to Treat contaminated groundwater with chromium, Mentor: Jaci Batista

Raine Harris, Highly efficient photovoltaics with van der Waals heterostructures, Mentor: Joshua Island

Ashtin Hofert, Study on eco-friendly and effective CO2 adsorbents: nitrogen-doped biochares, Mentor: Jaeyun Moon/Suraj Pochampally

Cameron Kirk, Investigations of B-site Ordered Double Perovskite Sr2NaIO6, Mentor: Eunja Kim

Jin Liang, Functional Role of WRKY70 In Rice Plant Under Drought Treatment, Mentor: Jeffery Shen

Paloma Marcos, Characterization of mineralogy and acid-generating behaviour of efflorescent salts at Moly Pit Lake – Nye County, NV, Mentor: Elisabeth Hausrath

Nader Nabeh, Microbial Influence on Interactions between Organic Carbon and Iron-sulfide Minerals, Mentor: Aude Picard

Iris Nava, The Role of V-ATPase in Xenopus laevis Eye Regeneration, Mentor: Kelly Tseng

Fausto Vega, Toward the Use of Drones for Photovoltaic Panel Inspection, Mentor: Paul Oh

University of Nevada, Reno

Kayla Andrada, NOVA2- Coordinated Alternative Splicing and Alternative Polyadenylation in the Apc gene, Mentor: Pedro Miura

Gretchen Berg, Microaerophillic Digestion of Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) for Biofuel Production, Mentor: John Cushman

Greg Billingsley, Modeling and control of HASEL actuators using self-sensing capacitance measurements, Mentor: Jun Zhang

Orlando Carillo-Ceja, Encapsulation of Bismuth Vanadate with Reduced Graphene Oxide for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Peroxide Generation, Mentor: Ravi Subramanian

Joseph Castellanos, Behavioral Deficits Related to Screen Time and its Effects on mTBI and Neurotypical Individuals, Mentor: Marion Berryhill

Brennan Cianan, SCP-TSA Based Soft Actuator and Assistive Bicep, Mentor: Jun Zhang

Anjana Dissanayaka, Enhancing American Sign Language Translation, Learning and Social Interaction by a Deep Learning Approach Enabled Hand-Gesture Capture Glove, Mentor: Yantao Shen

Eric Duong, A Model of Trust for Human-Robot Interactions, Mentor: Monica Nicolescu

Matthew Egan, Investigation into the Viability of RIAPS Technology, Mentor: Mohammed Ben-Idris

Eileen Enriquez, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Biotechnology, Mentor: Lisa Petrusa

Gillian Frihse, The role of polyacetylenic lipids in cell-death related defense responses of carrot against the fungus Sclerotinia, Mentor: Patricia Santos

Ruth Griggs, Influence of seed size differentiation between populations and generations of Chaneactis douglasii on germination timing, Mentor: Elizabeth Leger

Albert Lopez-Martinez, Aquatic ecosystem effects of invasive macrophytes in Nevadan waters, Mentor: Joanna Blaszczak

Noah Meyer, Mechanical Properties of Metal-MAX Multilayered Nanocomposites for Tunable Strength and Toughness, Mentor: Sid Pathak

Jacob Molina, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Phase Boundary Shifts in Ion Damaged Gold, Mentor: Thomas White

Malia Pruyn, Exploring the effects of auditory training on speech in noise discrimination in the elderly individuals, Mentor: Fang Jiang

Surya Suvvari, Defining the effects of overexpression of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) on axon branching in parvalbuminexpressing (PV+) neurons, Mentor: Simon Pieraut

Dana Winterringer, A Mathematical Model on the Influence of Diet on Colorectal Cancer, Mentor: Deena Schmidt

Anna Zoeters, The Effects of Wildlife on Vegetation, Soil Properties, and Wind Erosion in the Great Basin, Mentor: Paul Verburg/Beth Newingham

Western Nevada College

Emilie Prudhomme, Examination of the Soda Lakes Area, Mentor: Winnie Kortemeier

Nevada State College

Alyssa Hall, A Comparative Study of the Effect of Pollution on the Biodiversity of Soil Bacteria Across the Las Vegas Valley, Mentor: Samantha Jewell

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ho Young Ahn, Improved Flexible Thin Film Thermoelectric Generator with Optimized Design, Mentor: Jaeyun Moon

Anayeli Flores-Garibay, Measurement of Dust Particle Charge for Water-free Cleaning of Solar Panels, Mentor: Biswajit Das

Harry Larson, Development of Doped Stable Halide Perovskite Materials for Photo-catalytic CO2 Reduction, Mentor: Shubhra Bansal

Samrawit Misiker, Saving the bees, one gene at a time: the effects of gene silencing on Paenibacillus larvae endospores, Mentor: Ernesto Abel-Santos

Arielle Palanca, Bioremediation of Contaminated Ground water to Remove Nitrate, Chlorate, and Perchlorate, Mentor: Jacimaria Batista

Richard Panduro-Allanson, Water Rock Interactions on Mars: Production of H2 and other Valuable Resources, Mentor: Elisabeth Hausrath

David Rouhani, Using Spray Aeration Techniques to Maximize Trihalomethane Removal, Mentor: Erica Marti

Kristen Tagaytayan, Quantum Cutting Materials for High Performance and Improved Reliability Thin-Film and c-SiPV Modules, Mentor: Shubhra Bansal

University of Nevada, Reno

Duncan Boren, Testing the Role of Cyclic Nucleotides in Regulating Ion Channels Essential to Plant Fertility and Heat Stress Tolerance, Mentor: Jeffrey Harper

Randeep Chana, Determining Efficacy of essential oils as environmentally safe insecticides, Mentor: Monika Gulia-Nuss

Isaac Chiu, Atomistic Machine Learning for Enhanced Solar-termoelectric Power Generation, Mentor: Yan Wang

Ryan Coulter, Design Development of an Underwater Soft Robot Gripper, Mentor: Jun Zhang

Connor Filbin, Mechano-Activated Shape Reconfigurable Polymetric Materials, Mentor: Ying Yang

Benjamin Ingle, Assessment of the variation in tree ring mercury concentrations between co-located tree species, Mentor: Mae Gustin

Aidan Johnson, Towards the Selection of Materials for Next Generation Concentrated Solar Power Plants, Mentor: Dev Chidambaram

Brianna Jones, Conversion of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to Useful Chemical Fuels by Utilizing Electrical Energy, Mentor: Christopher Barile

Sage Kruleski, Are Newts Telling the Truth? Aposematic Signaling and its Honesty in Toxic Pacific Newts, Mentor: Chris Feldman

Bryan Lee, Nitrogen and Zinc Co-Doped Carbon Dots as Nanozymes, Mentor: Xiaoshan Zhu

Valeria Nava, Enhancement of Photosynthesis by Modified Carbon Nanotubes, Mentor: Yu Yang

Guglielmo Panelli, Utilization of a Network of atomic clocks to search for dark matter, Mentor: Andrei Derevianko

Dillon Stetler, Computational Study of the role of charge-balancing ions on methane-to-methanol conversion by copper-exchanged zeolites, Mentor: Samuel Odoh

Jacquelynn Tran, Food Availability influencing songbird fitness in urbanized landscapes, Mentor: Jenny Ouyang

Sydnie Walters, Regulation of Circular RNA Biogenesis by Pasilla n D. Melanogaster, Mentor: Pedro Miura

Hunter Wyett, Variation in milkweed chemistry and nutrients: determining monarch butterfly responses to parasite virulence, Mentor: Elizabeth Pringle

Nevada State College

Carlos Arambula-Quintero, Novel Synthetic Route For Rhodamine and Rosamine Fluorophores, Mentor: Zachary Woydziak
Nicole Benson, Fluorinated Dipyrrinones: Synthesizing a Library of Fluorescent pH Probes to Characterize Environmental Alkaliphiles, Mentor: Zachary Woydziak
Ryan Buenaventura, Effect of lnosine Hydrolase on Bacillus species Spore Germination, Mentor: Amber Howerton
Melanie Croft, Invisible Biodiversity of the Mojave Desert: Contribution of Biotic Crusts, Mentor: Jennifer Edmonds

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Morgan Arias, Variation in leaf vein architecture across elevation within the hyper-variable woody genus Metrosideros on O’ ahu, Mentor: Elizabeth Stacy

Si Chen, Synthesis and Characterization of Room Temperature Liquid-Crystalline and Light Emitting Properties of Banana-Shaped Azomethine Compound, Mentors: Pradip Bhowmik and Haesook Han

Jonathan Covington, Probing the role of “Planoflexus” in plant matter degradation in geothermal springs, Mentor: Brian Hedlund

Dylan Durkee, Investigating semiconductor-to-metallic transition and superconductivity in Manganese Disulfide, Mentor: Ashkan Salamat

Sandy Haneefzai, Gene Involved in Rice Drought Tolerance, Mentor: Jeffrey Shen

Karlena Tyburski, Investigation of Perchlorate and Co-contaminant Reduction Using Zero Valent Iron, Mentor: Jacimaria Batista

University of Nevada, Reno

Crissey Cameron, Rational Design of Enterococcus faecalis GBAP Analogs for Further Enhancement of Quorum Sensing Inhibition and Activation , and Protease Stability, Mentor: Yftah Tal-Gan

Harold Murga, Understanding the role of bHLH transcription factors in the regulation of suberin biosynthesis and deposition in Arabidopsis thaliana, Mentor: Dylan Kosma

Alexandrea Kilgore-Gomez, Predictive factors of poor working memory performance in mild TBI and the role of working memory encoding, Mentor: Marian Berryhill

Summer 2017 – Lower Division

Kevin Chau, Design of a fluidized bed photoreactor for the application of advanced oxidation processes to water treatment, Mentor: Erick Bandala, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Edward Cruz, Investigating the function of protein O-fucosyltransferase family members during vegetative and reproductive development in Arabidopsis thaliana, Mentor: Ian Wallace, University of Nevada, Reno

Thomas Iida, Genotypic Analysis of Eragrostis Tef and Examining Productivity and Root Formation Under Water-Deficit Stress Environments, Mentor: John Cushman, University of Nevada, Reno

Summer 2017 – Upper Division

Austin Bassett, Synthesis of Peropyrene-based Nanographenes, Mentor: Wesley Chalifoux, University of Nevada, Reno

Brittany Blair, Improved Digestion of Opuntia Biomass for Bioenergy Production, Mentor: John Cushman, University of Nevada, Reno

Carlos Carrasco, The Generability of the Retro-Cue Effect, Mentor: Marian E Berryhill, University of Nevada, Reno

Camille Catelo, The Presence of Naturally Occurring Asbestos is Likely Affecting Health of Local Wildlife, Mentor: Sean Neiswenter, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Anthony Chang, Design and Synthesis of Ionic Liquid Crystals, Mentor: Haesook Han, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Andrea Darby, Gut Microbiome Effects on Desiccation Resistance in Drosophila melanogaster, Mentor: Allen Gibbs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Cassandra Dasmarinas, Multivariate Geometric Analysis of Head Shape Variation in Recombinant Hybrids of Hawaiian picture-wing Drosophila, Mentor: Donald K. Price, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nathan Ebiya, Temperature Sensitivity of Citrate Synthase Activity, Mentor: Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kristen Kujat, Influence of Treated Wastewater in Hydroponic Systems on Contaminant Bioaccumulation in Edible Plants, Mentor: Jennifer Edmonds, Nevada State College

Armon Latifi, Improving a 7-point Stencil Algorithm from Intel with Chisel-Based Hardware Encoding, Mentor: Sarah Harris, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jessa Li, Design and Synthesis of Polypyridyl Ligands for the Development of PhotoluminescE Materials, Mentor: Pradip K. Bhowmik, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sean Paulo Medina, Characterizing Antibiotic Resistance of Enterococcus Bacteria in Wastewater Treatment Plants, Mentor: Daniel Gerrity, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kristie Menjivar, Determination of Gender Affects on ADH1, Mentor: Amber Howerton, Nevada State College

Matthew Newell, Can Nevada Meet Agriculture Water Needs with Smaller Snowpacks? A Hydrologic-Economic Modeling Effort Across a Gradient of Surface Water to Groundwater Basins, Mentors: Adrian Harpold and Kimberly Rollins, University of Nevada, Reno

Connor Nyman, Exploring the role of O-GlcNAc in mitochondrial membrane potential, Mentor: Patricia Berninsone, University of Nevada, Reno

Matthew Palmer, Biosynthesis and Role of Polyacetylenes in Defense Against Plant Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens, Mentors: Dylan Kosma and Patricia Santos, University of Nevada, Reno

Alhan Rezazadeh, Documenting the Ancestral features of Tenrec Ecaudatus, Mentor: Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Charles Ronkon, A perfect model: blood cell dynamics in Tenrec ecaudatus, Mentor: Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Natali Salas-Espana, A soft crawling robot with enabled dynamical movement through the use of a dry adhesion tuning device, Mentor: Wanliang Shan, University of Nevada, Reno

Alexis Sauceda-Quintero, Regrowing a Tail: Does Regeneration Catch Up to Normal Size?, Mentor: Ai-Sun Tseng, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Daylin Sigler, Directly Testing the Nutrient Assimilation Model for the Evolution of Endothermy, Mentor: Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Catlene Smith, Investigation for evidence of active immunity in torpid Tenrec ecaudatus, Mentor: Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Eric Soto-Harrison, Reduced Graphene Oxide (RGO) Modified of Tantalum Oxides to Enhance Visible Spectrum Photo-Catalytic Activity for Solar Clean Fuel Production, Mentor: Ravi Subramanian, University of Nevada, Reno

Brandon Walls, Synthesis of Novel Fluorinated Pyronins, Mentor: Zachary Woydziak, Nevada State College

Academic Year 2017-2018 – Lower Division

Mercedes Anderson, This Robot Stinks! Mistreatment Part 3, Mentor: David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno

Mackenzie Kohler, How Will Shifts From Snow to Rain Affect Precipitation Intensity Across the Western U.S.?, Mentor: Adrian Harpold, University of Nevada, Reno

Bryan Remick, Understanding Water Quality in Carson City Using GIS Mapping, Mentor: Christopher Ryan, Western Nevada College

Kimberly Tran, Modeling and Algorithm for Optimization of Solar Energy Systems, Mentors: Eric Wilcox and Rajat Mehrotra, Truckee Meadows Community College

Academic Year 2017-2018 – Upper Division

Camille Adajar, Effects of Ambrosia psilostachya Pollen on Airway Smooth Muscle Function and miR-25 Expression, Mentor: Cherie Singer, University of Nevada, Reno

Sophia Araujo-Hernandez, The role of extracellular matrix proteins in protecting the biofilm against antimicrobial agents, Mentor: Boo Shan Tseng, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Shaina Bird, Using Quantum Mechanical Calculations to Identify Copper Oxide and Hydroxide (CuxOx & [CuxOxHx]+) Catalytic Sites in Cu-Exchanged Zeolites, Mentor: Samuel Odoh, University of Nevada, Reno

Sally Hamry, Investigating Bacterial Interspecies Communication within the Oral Cavity, Mentor: Yftah Tal-Gan, University of Nevada, Reno

Isaiah Henry, Solution Processed Wide-Bandgap Perovskite Materials for Tandem Solar Cells, Mentor: Shubhra Bansal, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Maranatha Malonzo, Analysis of Gasket Pressure Distribution for High-Pressure Studies, Mentor: Ravhi Kumar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Richard Mannschreck, Feasibility of coupled HTC-WAO for Wastewater Treatment, Mentor: Charles Coronella, University of Nevada, Reno

Taylor Murray, GerH Receptor of Bacillus anthracis and Spore Germination, Mentor: Amber Howerton, Nevada State College

Henry Ng, Regulation of extended G-oα47a extended 3′ UTR biogenesis, Mentor: Pedro Miura, University of Nevada, Reno

Shawn Roj, Validating Forecast Reference Evapotranspiration in Nevada using the Nevada Integrated Climate and Evapotranspiration Network, Mentor: Daniel McEvoy, University of Nevada, Reno

Christopher Romo, Oxygen Metabolism by-Product: Role of O-GLcNAc cycling in generation of superoxide anion, Mentor: Patricia Berninsone, University of Nevada, Reno

Brittany Russ, Selectively Trapping Residual Vancomycin with Peptide Analogs to Prevent Colonic Bacterial Stress, Mentor: Yftah Tal-Gan, University of Nevada, Reno

Peter Sbraccia, Lake Mead Sediment Phosphates and Nutrient Pollution, Mentor: Elisabeth Hausrath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chris Stevens, Observing the Effects of Amazonian Rainforest Burning on the Surface Albedo of High Altitude Tropical Glaciers, Mentor: W. Patrick Arnott, University of Nevada, Reno

Jared Stimac, Catalytic Wittig Reaction, Mentor: Laina Geary, University of Nevada, Reno

Alexandra Tierney, Stress-Induced toxins in milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.) and their indirect effects on plant-predator mutualisms, Mentor: Elizabeth Pringle, University of Nevada, Reno

Eduardo Torres, Optimization of Responsive Hydrogel Actuators, Mentor: Wanliang Shan, University of Nevada, Reno

Jeremy Vergara, Characterization of Alcohol Dehydrogenase by Bile Salts Containing Lysine Residues, Mentor: Amber Howerton, Nevada State College

Sarah York, Markers of Liver Function During Hibernation in Common tenrecs, Tenrec ecaudatus, Mentor: Frank van Breukelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Summer 2016 – Lower Division

Jose Garcia, Water Resource Impact Due to Climate Change, Mentor: Douglas Sims, College of Southern Nevada

Lucas Houston, Examining the Role of Speech Patterns in HRI, Mentor: David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno

Sasha Ortega, The Quantitative Relationship Between Litter Moisture Content and CO2 Efflux, Mentor: Jay Arnone, Truckee Meadows Community College and Desert Research Institute

Dustin Parker, Stanford Rock Ridge Volcanic Vent, Mentor: Winifred Kortemeier, Western Nevada College

Presley Williams-Conrad, Human Perception of the Red-Tailed Hawk, Mentor: Scott Bassett, University of Nevada, Reno

James Condie, Fluctuation of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Generation Across Las Vegas, Mentor: Eric Wilcox, Truckee Meadows Community College and Desert Research Institute

Summer 2016 – Upper Division

Cameron Berg, A Potential Photo-Switching System, Mentor: Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno

Kara Bonham, Developmental Sensitivity to Stimulated Climate Warning in a Tropical Pseudoscorpion, Mentor: Jeanne A. Zeh, University of Nevada, Reno

Kirsten Casey, The Search of Corrections to Newtonian Gravity, Mentor: Andrew Geraci, University of Nevada, Reno

Wynona Dizon, Determining the Association Between Serum Levels of Circulating Cell-Free DNA and Sarcoma, Mentor: Yu Kuang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kasey Hewson, Diurnal Streamflow Can Improve Watershed Estimates of Evapotransportation and Snowmelt, Mentor: Adriana Harpold, University of Nevada, Reno,

John Kearney, Band Gap Turning and Phase Evolution of Sn3N4 Under Pressure, Mentor: Asukan Salamat, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Alena Lee, Epigenetic Rule of Thrombospendin 4 in Intestinal Muscular Hypertrophy, Mentors: Sungil Ro & Lai Wei, University of Nevada, Reno

Brandon Lopez, Life Cycle Energy and GHG Impacts of Utility Service Solar, Wind & Geothermal Electricity in Nevada, Mentors: Kent Hoekman & Xiaowei, Liu, University of Nevada, Reno

Matthew Mahaffey, Mitochondria and Oxidative Metabolism: The Role of O-GIcNAc Enzymatic Cycling, Mentor: Patricia Berninsone, University of Nevada, Reno

Kegan Rahe, Reaction of Ketone Donors and Aldehyde Acceptors in the Synthesis of Unique Aldol Products, Mentor: Laina Geary, University of Nevada, Reno

Herugo Sato, Environmentally Friendly Synthesis of Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles to Combat Water Pollution, Mentor: Erick Bandala, University of Nevada, Las Vegas & Desert Research Institute

Cale Seymore, Analysis of Ecological Function in Western Great Basin Hot Spring Microbial Communities, Mentor: Brian Hedlund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

John Whitefield, The Effects of Burn Severity on Nutrient Availability and Seedling Establishment, Mentors: Elizabeth Leger & Beth Newingham, University of Nevada, Reno

Morgan Remick, Granlibakken Ridge Vent Geological Mapping, Mentor: Winifred Kortemeier, Western Nevada College

Academic Year 2016-2017 – Lower Division

Cilla Jose, High Temperature Spectrally-Selective Absorber Coatings for Efficient Concentrated Solar Energy Conversion, Mentor: Jaeyun Moon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Tyler Ewing, Computational Study on Hydrogen Binding to Rudredoxin Active Site, Mentor: Sergey Varganov, University of Nevada, Reno

Lindsey Grimes, Identification, Extraction, Purification, Synthesis and Screening of Novel Phytochemicals for Antimicrobial Activity, Mentors: Patricia Santos & Dylan Kosma, University of Nevada, Reno

Jamie Poston, The Effect of Varied Height on the Perception of Telepresence Robots, Mentor: David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno

Cassandra Ramage, Integrin Regulation of Birth Timing in Mice, Mentors: Heather Burkin & Ian Buxton, University of Nevada, Reno

Laura Llanza, Experimental and Theoretical Solar Cell Degradation Under Monte-Carlo Modeled Dust Deposition, Mentor: Hans Moosmuller, Truckee Meadows Community College & Desert Research Institute

Academic Year 2016-2017 – Upper Division

Gary Alexander, Mapping Solar Energy Potential for Nevada Using Numerical Weather Prediction Model, Mentor: Heather Holmes, University of Nevada, Reno

Britney Khuu, The Effects of Climate on Single Leaf Pinion Pine Cone Production Across an Elevation Gradient, Mentor: Peter Weisberg, University of Nevada, Reno

Erin Cassin, Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance in Paenibacillus Larvae in the Presence of Bacteriophage, Mentor: Penny Amy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Joseph Cheung, Synthesis of Canabinoid Heteroanalays for Medical Screening, Mentor: Laina Gary, University of Nevada, Reno

Cayla Harvey, Viscoelasticity and High Buckling Stress of Dense Carbon Nanotube Brushes, Mentor: Siddhartha Pathak, University of Nevada, Reno

Jaclyn McBride, Therapeutic Role of Parasitic Worms in Autoimmune Diseases, Mentor: Patricia Berninsone, University of Nevada, Reno

Jennifer McCracken, Paths to Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency Improvement via Surface Functionalization, Mentor: Sean Casey, University of Nevada, Reno

Sabrina Novenschi, Machanochemistry of Cardiac Myosin Filaments, Mentor: Christine Cemo, University of Nevada, Reno

Nicholas Winner, Plasmonic Properties of Copper Nanoparticles and Their Application to Improved Photovoltics, Mentor: Ghassan Jabbour, University of Nevada, Reno

Angela Garcia, Bioavailability of Mineral Bound Iron to a Snow Algae Community with Implications for Earth’s Albedo, Energy Balance and Water Resources, Mentors: Elisabeth Hausrath & Zoe Harrold, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Thomas Stafford, Studying the Cost Efficiency of Placement of Building Using Passive Solar Energy, Mentor: Jinho Jung, Great Basin College

Amber Zaidi-Consul, Characterization of Alcohol Dehydrogenase by Bie Salts, Mentor: Amber Howerton, Nevada State College

2015 Nevada Undergraduate Research Scholarship Poster Day @ UNLV

April 17, 2015 – 11:00am – 2:00pm

UNLV Campus Location
Science and Engineering Building, Lobby

Student recipients of the 2014-15 EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) Scholarship presented their projects. All EPSCoR undergraduate scholars participated in an independent STEM research project under the mentorship of NSHE researcher.

  • Summer Azmat (Mentor: Ai-Sun Kelly Tseng)
  • Michael Briones (Mentor: Ernesto Abel-Santos)
  • Carolyn Chang (Mentor: Penny Amy)
  • Tatiana Ermi (Mentor: Eduardo Robleto)
  • Haley Heers (Mentor: Dong-Chan Lee)
  • Arielle Homayouni (Mentor: Jeffery Shen)

  • Deborah Morales (Mentor: Ganqing Jiang)
  • Casey Steward (Mentor: Jefferson Kinney)
  • Durin Uddin (Mentor: Nora B. Caberoy)
  • Syed Abbas (Mentor: Ravi Subramanian)
  • Jordan Dargert (Mentor: Andrew Geraci)
  • Sunggu Kang (Mentor: Ronald Pardini)

  • Joseph Knue (Mentor: Yatavelli Laxmi Reddy)
  • Haeram Lee (Mentor: Grant Mastic)
  • Danielle Medygyesi (Mentors: Jeff Angermann and Heather Holmes)
  • Pablo Ochoa (Mentor: Ben King)
  • Kevin So (Mentor: Pedro Miura)
  • Kehley Grosulak (Mentor: Ravi Subramanian)

Jordan Dargert (see page 13) and Elana Ketchnian (see page 23) UROP recipients present at the UNR poster conference April 21, 2105.

UNR Poster Conference Program
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Zoheb Ashraf

Truckee Meadows Community College
Mentors: David Feil-Seifer, University of Nevada, Reno
Rod Sidwell, Truckee Meadows Community College

Analysis of Human Interaction

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Samuel Bassong

Nevada State College
Mentor: Robin Cresiski

Metagenomic Analysis of Cockroach-Associated Bacterial Flora via Bioinformatics

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Kevin Bumgartner

Truckee Meadows Community College
Mentors: Umakanta Jena, Desert Research Institute
Bill Gallegos, Truckee Meadows Community College

Hydrothermal Carbonization of Pinyon-Juniper (P/J) Biomass

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Sierra Combs

Nevada State College
Mentor: Robin Cresiski

The American Cockroach May be a Transmissible Source of Antibiotic Resistant Bacterial Infections

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Brenda Favela-Belmonte

Nevada State College
Mentor: Robin Cresiski

Characterization of cellular events in cockroach immune response using image-based flow cytometry

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Elana Ketchian

Western Nevada College
Mentors: Peter Weisberg, University of Nevada, Reno

Renee Magrini, Western Nevada College

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Bryce Powell

Great Basin College
Mentor: Norm Whittaker

Hull Design’s Effect on the Concentration and Redirection of Surface Waves

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Benjamin Siegel

Truckee Meadows Community College
Mentors: Hans Moosmuller, Desert Research Institute
Jim Cotter, Truckee Meadows Community College

The Effects of Dust Deposition on Solar Panels

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Kris Thanesjesdapong

College of Southern Nevada

Mentor: Gunay Ozkan

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Nicole Vita

Nevada State College
Mentor: Zachary Woydziak

Synthesis of Biological Testing of Novel Aminopyronin Flurophores and Simplified PP1/PP2A Inhibitors

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Maya Zawlodzki

Nevada State College
Mentor: Bryan Sigel

Molecular Ecology of Canis Latrans in the Las Vegas Valley