Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research Funding Award Recipients

Jun. 19, 2017

Forty undergraduates were recently awarded scholarships through the UNLV Office of Undergraduate Research's Summer Undergraduate Research Funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs:

  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Community Health Sciences
  • Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (CSUN)
  • Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Honors College
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Nursing
  • Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost
  • College of Sciences

Come learn more about these projects at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on August 9.

 

COLLEGE-SPECIFIC AWARDS

 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • Patrick Messimer
    • Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Brendan O'Toole, Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

  • Alvaro Pintado
    • Department: Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Shahram Latifi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

  • Donia Shlayan
    • Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Brendan Morris, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • William Cory (Award for Film Majors)
    • Department: Department of Film
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Francisco Menendez, Department of Film

 

  • Melissa Del Rosario (Award for Architecture Majors)
    • Department: School of Architecture and Department of Film
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Brett Levner, Department of Film

 

  • Meleah Smith (Award for Art Majors)
    • Department: Department of Art
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Susanna Newbury, Department of Art

 

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SPONSORED AWARD ($500)

 

  • April Contreras
    • Department: Department of Psychology and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Rochelle Hines, Department of Psychology

 

  • Elle Ford
    • Department: Department of Psychology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Alyssa Crittenden, Department of Anthropology

 

  • Ryan Francis
    • Department: Department of Psychology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: James Hyman, Department of Psychology

 

  • Alejandra Herrera
    • Department: Department of Political Science and Department of History
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Miriam Melton-Villanueva, Department of History

 

  • Alexis Hilts
    • Department: Department of Political Science and School of Life Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Matthew Bernacki, Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education

 

  • Jared Leslie
    • Department: Department of Psychology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Erin Hannon, Department of Psychology

 

  • G. Jenni Ochoa
    • Department: Department of History and Department of Political Science
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Jeff Schauer and Miriam Melton-Villanueva, Department of History

 

  • Sandra Perez
    • Department: Department of Sociology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Si Jung Kim, Entertainment Engineering and Design

 

  • Lexy Silva
    • Department: Department of Anthropology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Peter Gray, Department of Anthropology

 

  • Beatriz Torres
    • Department: Department of Psychology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Dustin Hines, Department of Psychology

 

COLLEGE OF SCIENCES SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • Erin Cassin
    • Department: School of Life Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Christy Strong, School of Life Sciences

 

  • Nha Trang Vivian Sam
    • Department: School of Life Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Scott Abella, School of Life Sciences

 

HONORS COLLEGE SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • Mary Blankenship
    • Department: Department of Mathematical Sciences, Department of Economics, and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Clemens Heske, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

SCHOOL OF ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • Lucas DiBenedetto
    • Department: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Julia Silvernail, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

 

  • Rhianna McGowan
    • Department: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Jessica Knurick, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

 

  • Ashley Trotter
    • Department: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Janet Dufek, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

 

SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • James Abelar
    • Department: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Department of Psychology
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Courtney Coughenour, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

 

SCHOOL OF NURSING SPONSORED AWARD ($1,500)

 

  • Camille Catelo
    • Department: School of Nursing
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Sean Neiswenter, School of Life Sciences

 

CAMPUSWIDE AWARDS

 

CSUN SPONSORED AWARD ($1,000)

 

  • Gideon Brillantes
    • Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Yi-Tung Chen, Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

  • Kevin Chau
    • Department: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Erick Bandala, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute

 

  • Anna Gingrich
    • Department: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Jessica Knurick, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

 

  • Sara Gowin
    • Department: School of Life Sciences and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Brian Hedlund, School of Life Sciences

 

  • Kumiko Hashida
    • Department: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Julia Freedman Silvernail, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

 

OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST SPONSORED AWARD ($1,000)

 

  • Sophia Araujo-Hernandez
    • Department: School of Life Sciences and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Boo Shan Tseng, School of Life Sciences

 

  • Dafhney Ferrer
    • Department: School of Life Sciences and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Brian Hedlund, School of Life Sciences

 

  • Jessica Habashy
    • Department: Department of Psychology and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Kristen Culbert, Department of Psychology

 

  • Jiaxin Li
    • Department: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Courtney Coughenour, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

 

  • Yana Ryjova
    • Department: Department of Psychology and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Matthew Bernacki, Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education

 

UNLV OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SPONSORED AWARD ($500)

 

  • Adriana Baker
    • Department: School of Life Sciences
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Douglas Sims, Department of Environmental Science, College of Southern Nevada

 

  • Isaiah Henry
    • Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Shubhra Bansal, Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

  • Steven Huezo
    • Department: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Erick Bandala, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Desert Research Institute

 

  • Natalie Johns
    • Department: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Frederic Poineau, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

  • Paula Ramirez
    • Department: Department of Psychology, Nevada State College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Laura Naumann, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nevada State College

 

  • Kevin Schern
    • Department: Entertainment Engineering and Design and the Honors College
    • Faculty Research Mentor: Si Jung Kim, Entertainment Engineering and Design