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08-08-2014

Undergraduate Students Conducting Summer Research at Clarkson University

Students at Clarkson University are known for having busy schedules while classes are both in and out of session, and frequently participate in internships or other professional experiences during their summer breaks.

McNair Scholar Emmalyn Dupree of Massena, N.Y., a junior majoring in biomolecular science, researches “Proteomic Investigation of Saliva from Patients with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS)” in the laboratory of Prof. Costel Darie.Thirty-five undergraduate students are pursuing discovery-based innovations as CUPO (Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities) Summer Scholars. These students conduct research under the guidance of faculty mentors during the 10-week summer program, which prepares students for graduate studies through research and presentations at conferences, seminars, and other research presentations.

The program also includes a weekly workshop series that covers the graduate school application process and features alumni seminar presenters.

Comprised of Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program Scholars (McNair), Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Scholars, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) Scholars, and Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education (ASPIRE) Scholars program, the CUPO summer program begins with an orientation camp that includes a high ropes course, teambuilding exercises, and whitewater rafting.
 
All students present their research at the Clarkson University Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) conference near the end of the summer. Several also present at the University of Buffalo McNair Conference. Support and guidance for these students continues throughout the academic year to reduce the barriers to obtaining a Ph.D.

The following students are participating in the CUPO Summer Scholars program:

Gabriela Arita-Cueva of Hempstead, N.Y., a junior attending Mercy College and majoring in exercise science. The McNair scholar is studying “Susceptibility of Immortalized Cells in Transformation Zone” under faculty mentor Prof. Craig Woodworth.

Shelby Casas of Dallas, Texas, a junior  majoring in biology. The McNair scholar is studying “Population and Breeding Habitat Differences in Northern New York for Golden-winged and their hybrids” under faculty mentor Prof. Tom Langen.

Earl Cash of Whitesboro, N.Y., a senior  majoring in chemical engineering. The McNair scholar is studying “Biocompatible surfaces of antibacterial cationic PEGylated copolymers” under faculty mentor Prof. Sita Krishnan.

Emmalyn Dupree of Massena, N.Y., a junior  majoring in biomolecular science. The McNair scholar is studying “Proteomic Investigation of Saliva from Patients with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS)” under faculty mentor Prof. Costel Darie.

Aaliyah Gibbons of Lawrenceville, N.J., a junior  majoring in biology and social sciences. The McNair scholar is studying “Peer Victimization and Memory” under faculty mentor Prof. Jennifer Knack.

Keira Henry of Bronx, N.Y., a senior attending the University of Buffalo and majoring in chemical engineering. The McNair scholar is studying “Synthesis and purification of peptides used for antimicrobial biomaterials” under faculty mentor Prof. He Dong.

Xi Xi Hu of Corona, N.Y., a junior attending Union College and majoring in chemistry. The McNair scholar is studying “Synthesizing Gradient Copolymers Using RAFT Polymerization” under faculty mentor Prof. Devon Shipp.

Julio Inga of Elmhurst, N.Y., a junior  majoring in chemical engineering. The McNair scholar is studying “Zwitterionic MOFs: Rational Design and Fundamental Research” under faculty mentor Prof. Mario Wriedt.

Noelle Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio, a senior attending the University of Cincinnati and majoring in chemistry. The McNair scholar is studying “Illumination of cancer drug delivery pathways” under faculty mentor Prof. Damien Samways.

Ai lian Lin of Brooklyn, N.Y., a junior  majoring in chemical engineering. The McNair scholar is studying “Fluidized bed and Tray dryer” under faculty mentor Prof. Richard McCluskey.

Carlos Pulquerio of Boonville, N.Y., a senior attending Cornell University and majoring in biology and pre-med. The McNair scholar is studying “Function of notch signaling pathway in formation of the stem cell compartment in the development of the intestinal srem cell within zebrafish” under faculty mentor Prof. Ken Wallace.

Kristen Pyke of Akwesasne, N.Y., a senior attending Syracuse University and majoring in psychology. The McNair scholar is studying “Public and self-stigma of individuals diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)” under faculty mentor Prof. Kevin Antshel of Syracuse University.

Andres Rivas of Rochester, N.Y., a junior  majoring in physics and computer science. The McNair scholar is studying “Dynamic Planting Decisions Using Hydrological and Agricultural Models and the Dakota Framework” under faculty mentor Prof. Katie Fowler.
 
Zachary Towne of Littleton, Colo., a senior  majoring in biology. The McNair scholar is studying “Receptor Meditated Uptake of Cancer Treatment Drugs” under faculty mentor Prof. Damien Samways.

Kyle Ventura of Carroll, Ohio, a junior  majoring in chemical engineering. The McNair scholar is studying “Post-synthetic modification (PSM) of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with zwitterionic moieties” under faculty mentor Prof. Mario Wriedt.

Craig Wells of South Barre, Vt., a senior  majoring in physics and mathematics. The McNair scholar is studying “Tethered DNA entering and exiting a nanopore in a solid-state membrane with switching electrolyte bias” under faculty mentor Prof. Maria Gracheva.

Colette Williams of Queens, N.Y., a junior attending Lehman College and majoring in biology. The McNair scholar is studying “Changing fate from fibroblasts to intervertebral disk cells” under faculty mentor Prof. Tom Lufkin.

Alanna Wormwood of Castorland, N.Y., a junior  majoring in psychology and history. The McNair scholar is studying “Does Cognitive Processing Predict Poorer Mental Health in People Who are Bullied?” under faculty mentor Prof. Jennifer Knack.

Cleann Davis of Rochester, N.Y., a senior  majoring in psychology. The McNair scholar is studying “The Role of Mindfulness in the Link between Motivation and Self-Regulation” under faculty mentor Prof. Lisa Legault.

Sudeep Adhikari of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a senior  majoring in mechanical engineering. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Optimization of Anaerobic Digester” under faculty mentor Prof. Shane Rogers.

Jennipher Barreto of Syracuse, N.Y., a junior  majoring in engineering. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Computer Modeling of Lake Placid's Luge Track To Optimize Performance” under faculty mentor Prof. Brian Helenbrook.

Dewayne Garner Jr. of Clay, N.Y., a junior attending Onondaga Community College and majoring in biomedical engineering. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Gaiy lab validation of direct force measurement in a transfemoral prosthesis” under faculty mentor Prof. Kevin Fite.

Nikeisha Hamilton of Brooklyn, N.Y., a junior  majoring in math. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Modeling the spread of information in a social network” under faculty mentor Prof. Joseph Skufca.

Steve Sackey of Bronx, N.Y., a senior  majoring in electrical engineering. The CSTEP scholar is studying “How can we improve and effectively monitor the reliability and quality of a power system?” under faculty mentor Prof. Tom Ortmeyer.

Caleb Sherry of Amsterdam, N.Y., a senior  majoring in biomolecular science. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Synthesis of a Multifunctional Chelating Ligand” under faculty mentor Prof. Artem Melman.

Jeff Smith of Utica, N.Y., a senior  majoring in physics and math. The CSTEP scholar is studying “A Physics-Based Transient Thermal Model for Single and Multi-Gate Field Effect Transistor Structures” under faculty mentor Prof. M. Cheng Cheng.

Tai Symone-R of Albany, N.Y., a senior  majoring in biology and psychology. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Development of Stem Cells within Zebrafish Intestine” under faculty mentor Prof. Ken Wallace.

Anthony Yang of Massena, N.Y., a sophomore  majoring in computer science. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Mining Twitter data for Social Trends.” under faculty mentor Prof. Jeanna Matthews.

Qiaoling Zeng of Brooklyn, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering. The CSTEP scholar is studying “Agriculture robotics working for human under the control of different navigations” under faculty mentor Prof. James Carroll.

Kevin Cave of Brooklyn, N.Y., a senior  majoring in electrical engineering. The LSAMP scholar is studying “Speaker Recognition at a Distance” under faculty mentor Prof. Joseph Skufca.

Kristen Harvey of Nazareth, Pa., a sophomore  majoring in chemistry. The LSAMP scholar is studying “Supramolecular Peptide Assemblies as Novel Antimicrobial Therapies” under faculty mentor Prof. He Dong.

Ying Chen of New York, N.Y., a sophomore  majoring in chemical engineering. The ASPIRE scholar is studying “Antibacterial coatings of hydrophobically modified cationic copolymers’” under faculty mentor Prof. Sita Krishnan.

Ashley Forshey of Scotia, N.Y., a junior  majoring in environmental engineering and physics. The ASPIRE scholar is studying “A miniature on-stage incubator for single molecule experiments on living cells” under faculty mentor Prof. Jan Scrimgeour.

Megan Opitz of Utica, N.Y., a senior  majoring in biology. The ASPIRE scholar is studying “The Effects of Molybdenum on Phytoplankton Growth in the St. Lawrence River” under faculty mentor Prof. Mike Twiss.

Bakari Smith of Rochester, N.Y., a sophomore  majoring in electrical engineering. The ASPIRE scholar is studying “Wind Turbine Power Generation Efficiency” under faculty mentor Prof. Larry Villasmil at Rochester Institute of Technology.  

The Clarkson Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities (CUPO) office is the shared home to McNair Scholars, CSTEP Scholars, LSAMP Scholars, and ASPIRE Scholars. The office brings together four programs in one location, providing ease in access to services for students. The CUPO office provides academic enrichment, graduate school preparation, career and professional development, research opportunities, and social and cultural experiences for eligible students. The CUPO program is led by the Director Marjorie Warden, Assistant Director Julie Austin-Kormanyos, and Program Coordinator Deborah Sutliff.

The Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education (ASPIRE) program provides a four-year scholarship to academically talented, financially needy underrepresented students in STEM. The purpose of ASPIRE is to increase the number of eligible students graduating, attending graduate school and/or obtaining employment in STEM fields. The ASPIRE program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was developed to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in STEM fields or NYS licensed professions. CSTEP is sponsored by the New York State Education Department. Clarkson is funded to serve 65 students each year.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of underrepresented students matriculating into graduate programs.

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program (McNair) is a federal TRIO Grant that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The prestige of being a Clarkson McNair Scholar is shared by only 30 students each year. Clarkson's research for McNair Scholars focuses on STEM disciplines. The goal of the McNair program is to have historically underrepresented and economically disadvantages first generation students enter graduate school and obtain a Ph.D.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Thirty-five undergraduate students are pursuing discovery-based innovations as CUPO (Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities) Summer Scholars. Above, McNair Scholar Emmalyn Dupree of Massena, N.Y., a junior majoring in biomolecular science, researches “Proteomic Investigation of Saliva from Patients with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS)” in the laboratory of Prof. Costel Darie.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/edupree.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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