Awardees

2017 SURF Awards:

Justin Archer under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Davis will be testing the effect of Vespa Amino Acid Mixture, a compound derived from the Japanese giant hornet, on the mitochondria of genetically modified fruit flies.

Alex Atwood under the mentorship of Dr. Sara O’Brien and Dr. Chris Monceaux will be developing a method for the detection and quantification of trenbolone, an endocrine disrupting chemical used in the beef industry.

Morgan Bishop under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Gruss will be studying the correlation between foot structure, gender, type of sport and knee pain, while working with our soccer and track and field athletes.

James Board under the mentorship of Dr. Caleb Adams will be modeling Virginia’s Lone star tick as a disease vector for the spread of Rickettsia amblyommii and Ehrlichia chaffeensis.

Lauren Boush under the mentorship of Dr. JP Barfield will be working with individuals with Cerebral Palsy to demonstrate how they can increase their level of physical activity to reduce both pain and the amount of “social activity limitation.”

Kimber Cheek under the mentorship of Dr. Donna Boyd will be in Dundee, Scotland identifying risk factors associated with non-accidental pediatric cranial trauma toward preventing mortality from such trauma.

Adaisha Cole and Elizabeth Kunde under the mentorship of Dr. Trish Winter are evaluating the impact of interprofessional music therapy and speech/language pathology interventions on the development of skills in young children.

Evan Cowling under the mentorship of Dr. George Harakas will be synthesizing novel xenophilic metal clusters

Nicole Diambra under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Davis and Danah Bella will be examining Peruvian dance in an effort to gain insight into cultural preservation through dance, as well as the relationship between dance and tourism.

Chelsey Dietzel under the mentorship of Dr. Drew Dodson is creating a freshwater stingray sculpture and documentary on the creation and selected fauna of the Amazon.

Dhamindra Dulal under the mentorship of Dr. Sara O’Brien will be determining the effect on reproductive development in mosquitofish exposed to the endocrine disrupting chemical nonylphenol.

Camille Hamway under the mentorship of Dr. Dayna Hayes will be investigating the stress effects of animal-researcher interactions toward designing better biological and psychological research models.

Melissa Kesterson under the mentorship of Dr. Justin Anderson will be using chemically modified phenazines to inhibit the mosquito-borne La Crosse Virus.

Matthew Koldewey under the mentorship of Dr. David Sallee will be determining the impact of training on a BMT Suspension system on cutting speed.

Kristopher Moore under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Balija will be creating polymers from biorenewable materials that can remove pollutants from water.

Conner Philson under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Davis will be deploying an automated feeding system to better understand the conditions that affect primate feeding behaviors in anthropogenically disturbed and undisturbed sites within the Amazon Rainforest. 

2016 SURF Awards:

Bismark Amofah under the mentorship of Dr. Tim Fuhrer is investigating the use of student built supercomputers on student learning in areas of molecular dynamics and protein ligand docking.

Skyler Carrell under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Davis is investigating the physiological mechanisms modulating sociality in spiders.

Kristy Clark under the mentorship of Dr. Joy Caughron is investigating the speciation of river turtles in the Peruvian Amazon and the New River and possible association with the prevalence of Salmonella

Rebecca Cox under the mentorship of Dr. Joy Caughron is investigating the presence of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Fish Handler’s Disease, in the Peruvian Amazon.

Miracle Davis under the mentorship of Dr. Sara O’Brien is investigating the influence of environmental conditions on mosquitofish behaviors, stress levels, and melanophore activity.

Lauren Hines under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Monceaux is investigating a new synthetic route using epoxides to produce ephedrine derivatives found in narcolepsy and depression medications.

Krista Johnson under the mentorship of Dr. Brooke Blanks is investigating the degree of food insecurity among pre-service teacher candidates and students at Radford University.

Taylor Layton under the mentorship of Dr. Jeremy Wojdak is investigating how individual behaviors change the relationship between host contact rates and host density using a model system of aquatic snails and ectoparasitic worms.

Abigail Malmborg under the mentorship of Dr. Sara O’Brien in investigating the impact of the agriculture pollutant trenbolone on fish development.

Jessica Mundy under the mentorship of Dr. Joe Wirgau is investigating the building of student skills and success through classroom pedagogy.

Marta Paulson under the mentorship of Dr. Donna Boyd is investigating the criteria needed to determine if bone fractures occurred at the time of death or well after death.

Elise Roell under the mentorship of Dr. Jake Fox is investigating soil variability in the Amazon to better identify new archaeological sites.

Holly Rindorf under the mentorship of Dr. Georgia Hammond is investigating the contribution of bacteria to the output of toxic arsenic at the Brinton Arsenic Mine.

Nicholas Schrecongost under the mentorship of Dr. Beth McClellan is investigating the precise radiodating of the Konnarock Formation near the Mount Rogers Recreational Area to understand the areas relation to the “Snowball Earth” theory.

Samantha Van Shufflin under the mentorship of Dr. Kim Lane is investigating the interactions between the beta-glucironidase inhibitor Z77, a potential chemotherapy component, with the surface of beta-glucironidase.

Hans Voll under the mentorship of Dr. Skip Watts is investigating efficiency of ground source heat pumps in the New River Valley.

Heidi Warner under the mentorship of Dr. Nora Reilly is investigating if resident assistant engagement influences resident student retention and if such a relationship is moderated by personality.

Jacob Wroten under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Monceaux is investigating the synthesis and screening of central nervous system inhibitors toward the development of medications aimed at mitigating the causes of seizures.

Abdullah Zulfiqar under the mentorship of Dr. Skip Watts is investigating the water loss at Mountain Lake by generating topographic and thermal maps with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

2015 SURF Awards:

Hannah Bell under the mentorship of Dr. Tim Fuhrer is investigating the differences in stability of fullerene based or derived compounds toward determining the most likely path of fullerene formation.

Cassie Bonavita under the mentorship of Dr. Justin Anderson and Dr. Jason Davis is examining the bacteria in mosquitos from the Amazon rain forest toward preventing the spread of dengue fever.

Shane Brandes under the mentorship of Dr. Judy Guinan and Dr. Jason Davis is measuring the response of parental blue birds to the presence of a merlin.

David Foley under the mentorship of Dr. Donna Boyd is collecting digital evidence of bone repairs for use in identifying child abuse.

Charlie Folsom under the mentorship of Dr. Kim Lane is studying the interactions between the chemotherapy drug camptothecin and beta-glucuronidase toward preventing intestinal damage from the use of this drug.

Robert Huber under the mentorship of Dr. Skip Watts is investigating possible watershed management options that could restore Mountain Lake water levels.

Renee Jessee under the mentorship of Dr. Matt Close is investigating a variety of responses associated with snakes being given larger prey.

Caroline Leggett under the mentorship of Dr. Matt Close and Dr. Christine Small is creating an acoustic ecology study of Selu Conservancy.

Lindsay Lesure under the mentorship of Dr. Kim Lane is to determine the amino acids that are most important for inhibiting bacteria beta-glucuronidase, an important step toward the ability to use a promising chemotherapy treatment.

Christina Poole under the mentorship of Dr. Nicole Hendrix is examining which psychological attributes can predict the high use of police force.

Jean-Francois Racinet under the mentorship of Dr. Shawn Huston is studying the surfaces of halogenated molecular layers toward creating new organic electronic materials.

Annie Rudasill under the mentorship of Dr. Chelse Prather is investigating the link between micronutrient availability and grasshopper feeding and growth, which may be used in pest management.

Sharon Roller under the mentorship of Dr. Donna Boyd is developing a digital database of bone fractures for use in child death investigations.

Joel Schmidt under the mentorship of Dr. Michael King is creating a software model for predicting the success of macroeconomic goals set by the United Nations.

Jordan Snelgrove under the mentorship of Dr. Tim Fuhrer is optimizing the computational methods for explaining and then predicting the experimental data associated with metallofullerenes.

Burke Staunton under the mentorship of Dr. Alison Pack is working with silver precious metal clay to create unique jewelry and sculptures.

Jessica Wood under the mentorship of Dr. Cliff Boyd is creating a digital atlas of bones for use in forensic death investigations.