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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The goal of the SURF program is to foster a community of undergraduate research and engaged scholarship during the summer months at Radford University. This program will fund a variety of projects where students engage in an original, intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline.

Congratulations to the following SURF 2014 Award recipients:

Sarah House mentored by Dr. Rhett Herman and Mr. John McGee is working toward illuminating a new path for quantum field theory calculations that have been agonized by model-specific infinities since the inception of quantum mechanics.

Raymond Boisvert mentored by Dr. Abhay Kaushik is studying the risk adjusted returns of actively managed large cap mutual funds of similar composition in respect to their expense ratios.

Angel Lambert mentored by Dr. Tim Fuhrer is working on finding a unifying theory for the stability of cage patterns of fullerenes through computational modeling of various 84 carbon closed caged fullerene geometries. 

Patrick Trout mentored by Dr. Beth McClellan is mapping the contacts between rhyolites and basalts in Bearpen and in the Mount Rogers Formation.  This work aims to ultimately help contextualize the active versus passive rift models associated with plate tectonics. 

Matti Hamed mentored by Dr. Matt Close is establishing a long-term population study of reptiles and amphibians at Selu Conservancy to determine current species diversity and abundance.

Nima Hami mentored by Dr. Chris Monceaux is synthesizing phenazine derivatives to be tested for their anti-viral activity against cells infected with the La Crosse virus, a mosquito spread disease.  

Caitlin Linville and Monica Kaur mentored by Dr. Jason Davis are testing insect reactions to amino acid mixtures derived from the saliva of giant Japanese hornet larva.  The mixture in wasps enables extraordinary endurance that allows for longer foraging intervals.

April Tingle mentored by Dr. Justin Anderson is quantifying the amount of oxidative damage done to viral cells exposed to a variety of phenazines.  The goal is to understand the mechanism of anti-viral activity exhibited by phenazines in order to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as La Crosse virus.

Joshua Oliver mentored by Dr. Stockton Maxwell is performing tree-ring analysis on local old growth trees to be used in managing the New River water system and assessing drought and flood severity. 

Analise Roccaforte mentored by Dr. Dayna Hayes is investigating the combined effect of alcohol and nicotine on spatial learning and memory function in rats.

Katharyn Self mentored by Dr. Sara O’Brien is examining the potential synergistic effect of two common food packaging plasticizers, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Bisphenol-A (BPA), on the development of zebrafish. 

Emily Guise mentored by Dr. Sara O’Brien is testing the generational effect of exposure to trenbolone, a steroid given to beef cattle, on the reproductive physiology of mosquito fish. 

Anthony Friedman mentored by Dr. Brooke Blanks is investigating middle and high school pre-service teacher’s perceptions and beliefs about collaboration in inclusive classrooms.

Deb Lustig mentored by Dr. Carlee Bradbury will be in Germany researching the changing identity of Charlemagne in visual representation toward analyzing his character as a product of society at each time.

Christabelle D’Silva mentored by Dr. Wendy Eckenrod-Green is exploring the impact of early field experiences on teacher self-efficacy, empathy, and multicultural competence. 

Keela Dooley mentored by Professor Alison Pack is hand raising a sterling silver tea pot toward obtaining status as a master metalsmith.

Emily Cutshall mentored by Dr. Georgia Hammond is measuring the sensitivity of bacteria from the Brinton Arsenic Mine in Floyd, the only east coast arsenic mine, to varying forms of arsenic.  The results will be correlated expression of arsenic resistance genes in the bacteria.


Application Materials for SURF Summer 2014:

Request for Proposals

Mentor Support Form

Proposal Form

All application material are due February 7, 2014.

For any further questions, please call the OURS office or email at ours@radford.edu.


Previous experiences from 2013 SURFers

“Being chosen by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) to represent the Geology Department at Radford University has been a game changer for me. This rare chance to conduct research and work so closely with my professor as an undergraduate student is invaluable to my future.” –Melissa Brett (Geology major)

 “The experience that I received this summer smoothed out a lot of my rough edges and really made me a more confident chemist along with allowing me to grow by being placed on my own without my hand being held each step of the way. This forced me to be certain about my lab work and keep a level head through my mistakes which also helped me grow as a soon to graduate chemist” –Skye Hickling (Chemistry major)

“This researching opportunity with Dr. Beach has been an outstandingly educational experience for me. I have had the opportunity to observe and go through the complete process of constructing for a research paper, starting with searching for an appropriate and appealing subject, to gathering data and turning the data into useable information, and to putting things together to make a complete meaningful research article.” –Trang Nguyen (Business major)

“Research has been an integral part of my career here at Radford since my freshman year, but being able to actively participate in designing and carrying out a research project of my own has given me a better appreciation for the process as a whole. There is no other way I would have preferred to spend my summer than in the field and lab doing science!" –Fionna Surrette (Biology major)