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Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the 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: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

Jun 15, 2017
Monika Blum (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently was profiled by the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Blum has been going to the ALS since she was a graduate student. She now is an associate research professor, working in professor Clemens Heske’s group, and oversees their synchrotron activities at the ALS. The group uses ALS Beamlines 8.0.1 and 9.3.1 to study materials for energy conversion (e.g., thin-film solar cells and materials for solar water splitting). She also serves as chair of the ALS Users’ Executive Committee.

May 17, 2017
Donald Price (Life Sciences) is one of the authors of a scientific article titled "A Test for Gene Flow among Sympatric and Allopatric Hawaiian Picture-Winged Drosophila"   that recently was published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution.    

May 8, 2017
Sharang Chaudhry (Math) and Jessica Nave-Blodgett (Psychology) recently were named by the Graduate College as recipients of the 2017-18 UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship.The fellowship is made possible by funds from the UNLV Foundation. This prestigious award is granted over four semesters to doctoral students in the final two years of their program. Nave-Blodgett is working toward a doctoral degree in psychology. Her adviser is professor Joel Snyder. Chaudhry is pursing a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences and is being advised by professor Kaushik Ghosh.

May 5, 2017
Michael Picker (Life Sciences) recently was awarded the 2017-18 Hermsen Fellowship by the Graduate College. The fellowship was established by a gift from Richard and Beverly Hermsen. This prestigious award is designated for outstanding doctoral students in the School of Life Sciences. Picker is pursuing a doctoral degree in biological sciences. Professor Helen Wing is his advisor.      

May 1, 2017
Nemanja Novakovic (Sciences and Honors) is the 2017 UNLV undergraduate recipient of the Regents' Scholar Award. The award is bestowed upon one undergraduate student from each NSHE institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. Novakovic is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. He’s conducted applied bioinformatics and HIV research in the Schiller laboratory and the UNLV Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, co-authoring three peer-reviewed publications in the process. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate studies and has received several prestigious Honors College and university scholarships and awards. He also has provided support and guidance to incoming undergraduate students as an Honors College Bennet Mentor.  

Mar 28, 2017
Jacqueline Phan and her mentor, Ernesto Abel-Santos (both Chemistry and Biochemistry), placed second and won the People's Choice Award in the three-minute thesis (3MT) competition at the Western Association of Graduate School's (WAGS) 2017 conference, earlier this month. In November, under professor Abel-Santos’ mentorship, Phan placed first in the 2016 Rebel Grad Slam — a 3MT competition in which UNLV graduate students showcased their research and scholarship — earning her, in part, funding to travel to Seattle to represent UNLV in the first annual WAGS 3MT competition.

Mar 22, 2017
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) and colleagues, including Donald Price (Life Sciences), published "Incipient Ecological Speciation between Successional Varieties of a Dominant Tree Involves Intrinsic Postzygotic Isolating Barriers" in the journal Ecology and Evolution. This study demonstrates that partial intrinsic postzygotic barriers may be among the first isolating barriers to arise during speciation between large, hybridizing populations of a long-lived species.

Mar 9, 2017
Vivian Sam and Matt Rader (Life Sciences) were featured in "Study Breaks," a national undergrad write-up. Both are pursuing biology degrees with concentrations in ecology and evolution.

Mar 8, 2017
Christopher Adcock, Oliver Tschauner, Elisabeth Hausrath, Arya Udry, and Minghua Ren (all Geoscience) and a team of international researchers recently published a research paper titled, “Shock-transformation of Whitlockite to Merrillite and the Implications for Meteoritic Phosphate” in Nature Communications. The research focuses on how shock can dehydrate minerals in meteorites, specifically, a phosphate mineral that commonly occurs in meteorites, including Martian meteorites. The amount of water in meteorites is often used to understand water contents in the early solar system and on planets such as Mars. This water content has important implications for the origins of our solar system and the possibility of life outside of Earth. All meteorites have experienced shock and the research team shows that shock may dehydrate phosphate minerals within meteorites. This means Mars and the early solar system may have had more water than previously thought.