College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) Grant Recipients

***Indicates a student who received a grant in 2020 but could not follow through with their plans to conduct or present their research due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA 2020

Brittani Chapman, Earth Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Palace, Earth Sciences

Topic: Understanding Boreal Forest Structure Using Airborne LiDAR

Luciana Custer, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Comparison of Cyclodextrin Modified Surfaces for the Detection of Neurotransmitter Metabolites

Joseph DeGregorio, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Paula Mouser, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Topic: Initial Characterization of Microplastics in the Great Bay Estuary

Seth Drahusz, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to Propanediol over Bifunctional Catalysts

Patrick Earley, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: MMP Deactivating Hydrogel for Corneal Melting

Griffin Kane, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: The use of Inteins as a Novel Approach to Purification and Targeted Delivery of Recombinant Proteins

Michael Miller, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Johnson, Chemistry

Topic: En Route to Cycalacenes: A Diels-Alder Strategy for the Synthesis of Molecular Belts

Ava Mitchell, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Injectable Microporous Hydrogel for Neural Tissue Regeneration

Daniel Okuniewicz, Environmental Sciences: Hydrology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anne Lightbody, Earth Sciences

Topic: Extracting Bank Full Widths and Stream Slopes from New England Rivers

Adam Rosenbaum, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Oral Delivery of Antimicrobial Peptides (AMPs) Using Bacterial Spores

Amanda Wester, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Fabian Kislat, Physics

Topic: Testing and Calibrating Transition-edge Microcalorimeters in Spaceflight Application

International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) 2020

***Cynthia Bova, Environmental Science: Hydrology   

Research Site: Abisko, Sweden

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Sciences

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andreas Persson, Lund University 

Topic: The Fate and Transport of Dissolved Carbon from Permafrost Ponds to a Stream System in a Subarctic Watershed

***Audrey Coleman, Physics    

Research Site: Dublin, Ireland

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark McConnell, Physics  

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sheila McBreen, University College Dublin

Topic: Development of a Gamma-Ray Burst Triggering Algorithm for the EIRSAT-1 CubeSat Mission

Undergraduate Research Award 2020

Lihy Buchbinder, Chemical Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Topic: Exploring the Effect of Tip Shapes on Tip-Sample Interactions for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Imaging 

Noah Fioravante, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Photo-Assisted Biodiesel Synthesis from Edible Oils

Rachel Parr, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Topic: Refractive Index as a Function of Temperature

Emma Sauerwein, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Anthropology

Topic: Reconstructing the Past for the Present: Architectural Reconstruction of Ancient Maya Buildings

Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 2020

Eli Duggan, Undeclared

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Young Jo Kim, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Heavy Metal Ion Removal Using Naturally-derived Composite

Samuel Mercer, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Direct Conversion of Methane to Methanol over Gold Catalysts

Katherine Metzger, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Hydrogen Production from Photocatalytic Conversion of Ethanol

Tinh Phuong, Applied Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Fabian Kislat, Physics

Topic: Analysis of Data from Transition Edge Microcalorimeter Gamma-ray Detectors Using Optimal Filtering

Lucas Guerrette, Computer Science

Bryan McKenney, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Wheeler Ruml, Computer Science

Topic: An Off-line Physical Traveling Salesman Problem

Research Presentation Grant 2020

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Treatment of Low Back Pain Using an Injectable Tissue Specific Scaffold

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Jason Brown, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Decellularized Extracellular Matrix for In Situ Cell Encapsulation for Tissue Engineering

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting 2019

***Lihy Buchbinder, Chemical Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Project Title: Polymer-Free Transfer of 2D Materials onto III-V Semiconductor Surfaces for Scanning Probe Microscopy & Molecule Encapsulation Experiments

Conference: American Physical Society-March Meeting 2020

***Sawyer Cawthern, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Project Title: Investigation of Controlled on Demand Self-Assembly/Disassembly of Polymer Nanostructures

Conference: National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2020 (NCUR)

***Tan Dao, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Project Title: Electronic Properties in Strained and Suspended Sheet of MoS2 on Anodized Aluminum Oxide

Conference: American Physical Society-March Meeting 2020

Charles Gasperoni, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Surface Characterization and Determination of Surface Coverage of ELP-Modified Au Electrodes

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting 2019

***Alana Gudinas, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Project Title: Defect Identification & Statistics Toolbox: A Tool for Automating Affect Analysis & Statistics

Conference: American Physical Society-March Meeting 2020

***Peter Haber, Earth Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. William Clyde, Earth Sciences

Project Title: Using Magnetostratigraphy to Find the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina

Conference: American Joint Southeastern and Northeastern Section Meeting

Joelle LaFreniere, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Monitoring Temperature Induced Poly (N-isoproplyacrylamide) Concertation with an Applied Electric Field

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Grace Morelli, Math Education

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Elyse Hambacher, Education

Project Title: Book, Art, and Praxis: Reflections on Teacher Educators’ and a Pre-service Teacher’s Teaching for Social Justice

Conference: National Association of Multi-Cultural Education

Nathaniel Nichols, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Mechanistic Studies of the Decomposition of Various Copper Salts

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Gregory Novotny, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Phase Transitions of Titanium Dioxide Nanocrystals

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Emma Roberge, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Quantifying Mass Changes at Peg Surface Complexed with Alpha-Cyclodextrin

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Morgan Saidel, Physics: Astronomy

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark McConnell, Physics

Project Title: Exploring Earth Analog Atmospheres with the James Webb Space Telescope

Conference: 225th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Patrick Scott, Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shaad Mahmud, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Project Title: Real-Time Wireless Health Monitoring: An Ultra-Low Biosensor Ring for Heart Disease Monitoring

Conference: 2020 International Conference on Computing

Emily Ziino, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Run-to-Run Reproducibility in Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Honors Thesis Grant 2020

Tristan Evarts, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Thesis: Micro-scale Consumer Spectroscopy for Trace Analyte Classification and Quantification

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA - 2019

Jonathon Amrein, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Matthew Argall, Physics

Topic: Development of a Prototype Rogowski Coil

Matthew Bean, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Sias, Civil Engineering

Topic: Evaluating the Effects of Freeze-Thaw Cycling on Cracking Behavior in Asphalt Mixtures

Ryann Boudreau, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: In Situ Cell Encapsulation by Silk-Gelatine Composite Hydrogels

Cynthia Bova, Environmental Science: Hydrology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Wilfred Wollheim, Natural Resources

Topic: The Effect of Water Chemistry, Sediment Composition and Watershed Land Use on Methane Ebullition in Headwater Streams

Jason Brown, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Microparticles of Decellularized Extracellular Matrix for Cell Encapsulation

Sawyer Cawthern, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Topic: Investigation of Controlled on Demand Self-Assembly/Disassembly of Polymer Nanostructures

Jirias Charabati, Civil Engineering & International Affairs

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eshan Dave, Civil Engineering

Topic: Optimizing Fiber Selection in 3D-Printed Concrete

Daniel Dorci, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nikhil Padhye, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: High Performance Computing using NURBS-FEM in Python

Brendan Garvey, Earth Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Julia Bryce, Earth Sciences

Topic: Reconstructing the Magma Plumbing System of Terceira Island through Elemental and Isotopic Analyses of Clinopyroxene

Charles Gasperoni, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: An ELP-Nanobody Construct for Sensing of GFP

Griffin Kane, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Intein Mediated Approach to Protein Purification on the Spores of Bacillus subtilis

Francesco Lapitino, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michael Briggs, Physics

Topic: Design and Construction of a Clay 3D Printer for Creation of Ceramic Art

Andrew Masters, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. May-Win Thein, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Improved Fault-Tolerant Multirotor Flight Controller using Nonlinear Model Predictive Position Control for an Earth-Based Satellite Test Platform

Adam Rosenbaum, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Engineering Bacteria for the Cost-Effective Production of antimicrobial Peptides (AMPs)

Joseph Tumidajski, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Bioremediation of Arsenic

Dylan Wheeler, Information Technology & Philosophy

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Nicholas Smith, Philosophy

Topic: The Ability for Artificial Intelligence to Create and Spread Disinformation

Undergraduate Research Award (URA) - 2019

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Magnesium-Iron Layered Double Hydroxides as Penicillin Delivery Molecules

Jonathan Cooper, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Edward Song, Electrical Engineering

Topic: Graphene Based Biosensor for the Selective Detection of Lysozyme and Thrombin

Tan Dao, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Topic: Inducing Strain in Atomically Thin Sheets of Molybdenum Disulfide for Catalysis Studies

Gabriel Paster, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eshan Dave, Civil Engineering

Topic: Performance of Foamed Cold in-Place Recycled Asphalt Material

Emily Wilcox, Earth Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Elizabeth Burakowski, Earth Sciences

Topic: Albedo Impacts on New England Winter Climate and Timing and Duration of the Vernal Window

Naomi Wight, Engineering Physics

Dominic Puopolo, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marc Lessard, Physics

Topic: Nitric Oxide Production from Pulsating Aurora as a Potential Climate Change Driver

International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) - 2019

Alana Gudinas, Physics    

Research Site: Zurich, Switzerland

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics  

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Fabian Natterer, Universitaet Zuerich    

Topic: Probing Dynamics of Atomic-Scale Systems

Asher Merrill, Physics   

Research Site: Genoa, Italy

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Maurik Holtrop, Physics

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marco Battaglieri, INFN Genoa

Topic: Simulations and Analyses of a Dark Matter Detector

Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) - 2019

Benjamin Antognetti, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Amy Keesee, Physics

Topic: Flow Channels in Earth’s Magnetotail

Payson Dunn, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Clemmons, Physics

Topic: Rotating Electric Field Ion Mass Spectrograph Instrument Development

Mrinal Ganash, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Biodegradation of Plastic Waste using Enzymes Displayed on the Spore Surface

Hannah Miller, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Anne Lightbody, Earth Sciences

Topic: The Spatial Distribution of Sediment Characteristics and Potential Heavy Metal Contamination with Local Dam Impoundments

Nathaniel Nichols, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Functional Acid and Base Hybrid Catalysts Organized by Heteropoly Acids (HPAs) and Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHs)

Emma Roberge, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Evaluation of Stimuli Responsive Polymers for Sensor Applications in 3D and 2D Space

Caroline Russell, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Christine Caputo, Chemistry

Topic: Preparation of Photoelectrodes for Solar Fuels Synthesis

Amanda Wester, Physics, Astronomy

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Fabian Kislat, Physics

Topic: Modeling the Response of Transition-Edge Microcalorimeters to Radiation in Spaceflight Applications

Jacob Zercher, Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Dmitri Nikshych, Mathematics & Statistics

Topic: Character Theory of Finite Groups and Classification of Modular Categories

Research Presentation Grant 2019

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Mechanistic Studies of Thermal Decomposition of Nickel-Iron Layered Double Hydroxides

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Ella Cedarholm, Earth Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Pringle, Earth Sciences

Project Title: Investigating the Mysterious Deep Cesium from Fukushima

Conference: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018

Emma Clarke, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Ryan, Physics

Project Title: Decaying Dark Matter and the Current Cosmological Data Sets

Conference: American Physics Society

Charles Gasperoni, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Investigation of the Sensing and Stability Characteristics of a Nickel (II) Oxide Film

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Sabrina Marnoto, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Detection of Beta Carotene and Lutein using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Mckenna Merrill, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Development of a Cyclodextrin Immobilized Electrochemical Sensor

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA 2018

Zachary Andronaco, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Liquid-Phase Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to 1-Butanol over Solid-Base Catalysts

Siran Cinar, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marc Boudreau, Chemistry

Topic: Synthesis of Proline Derivatives for Incorporation into Phosponamino Acid-Based Inhibitors of Metallo-β-lactamase Enzymes

Kimia Fereydooni, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marko Knezevic, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Spectral Representation of Elastic Stiffness and Thermal Expansion for Metals with Orthorhombic Structures

Nadia Fereydooni, Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Andrew Kun, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Topic: Hololens Eye Tracking: How Holograms of Museum Artifacts Change Users’ Experience

Alana Gudinas, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Shawna Hollen, Physics

Topic: Characterizing Defects to Understand and Improve the Performance of Graphene for Electronics

Justin Hardcastle, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Heavy Metal Remediation Using Proteins Displayed on Spore Surface

Alexa Kaminski, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Gardner, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Topic: Development of a Passive Sampler for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals

Erik Leger, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Rudolf Seitz, Chemistry

Topic: Passive Metal Toxicity Monitoring

Olivia LeRay, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Todd Gross, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Construction and Validation of a High Resolution Dilatometer to Detect Development of Residual Stress in 3D Woven Composites during Cooling from the Curing Temperature

Mckenna Merrill, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Construction of a Carboxyl-Cyclodextrin Terminated Sensor via Electrochemical Reduction of Diazonium Salt for Molecular Analysis Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Rebecca Philibert, Earth Sciences/Anthropology

Faculty Mentors: Prof. Julie Bryce, Earth Sciences; Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Anthropology

Topic: Neodymium and Trace Element Analysis of Clays and Ceramics from the Belize River Valley

Megan Verfaillie, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nancy Kinner, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Topic: Furthering the Fundamental Understanding of Variables Driving Sunken Oil Transport

Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 2018

Ryann Boudreau, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: A New Artificial Cornea Design Based on a Silk-Gelatin Composite Hydrogel and a Microporous Scaffold

Sawyer Cawthern, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Topic: Controlled, On-Demand Self-Assembly/Disassembly of Polymer Nanostructures

Audrey Coleman, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark McConnell, Physics

Topic: Searching for Gamma-Ray Polarization in Solar Flares

Jaiden Evarts, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. May-Win Thein, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Development of Autonomous Robots for Particle Swarm Optimization Testing

Charles Gasperoni, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Evaluation of Platinum-Copper Hexacyanoferrate Hybrid Film to Electrocatalytically Detect Amino Acids

Connor Joyce, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Injectable Microporous Hydrogels with Gelatin Microgels and Calcium Sulfate Microparticles

International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) 2018

Emma Clarke, Physics    

Research Site: Bangalore, India

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Ryan, Physics  

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Subinoy Das, Indian Institute of Astrophysics  

Topic: Searching for Dark Matter Interactions in Cosmological Data

Erin Driscoll, Applied Mathematics/Piano Performance    

Research Site: Leuven, Belgium

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark Lyon, Mathematics & Statistics  

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Daan Huybrechs, KU Leuven   

Topic: Suppression of the Gibbs Phenomenon in Discontinuous Audio Signal Processing

Undergraduate Research Award 2018

Tristan Anderson, Engineering Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karl Slifer, Physics

Topic: Low Temperature Thermometry in a Helium Evaporation Refrigerator

Davis Cole, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ivaylo Nedyalkov, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Velocity Profile Measurements for the UNH HiCaT

Alec Crimmin, Electrical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Edward Song, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Topic: Optimizing the Material Makeup of Supercapacitor Electrodes

Jackson Kaspari, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Topic: The Evaporation or Growth Rates of Dicarboxylic Acid Solution Droplets as a Function of Relative Humidity

Kellie McGuire, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Elena Long, Physics

Topic: Designing and 3-D Printing mm-Wave Lenses Using Fluoroplastics

Sean McNeill, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Photocatalytic Decomposition of Phenol in Wastewater Using Nitrogen Modified Titanium Dioxide

Paul Worthington, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Methanol over Gold-Substituted Heteropoly Acids

Isabelle Brock, Electrical Engineering

Max Radermacher, Electrical Engineering

Colin Rockwell, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Messner, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Topic: Myoelectric-Controlled Prosthetic Hand

Research Presentation Grant

Ibrahim Al-Musawi, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Using a Rotating Ring Disk Electrode to Explore the Effects of Manganese on Solid Electrolyte Interphase

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Mariah Arral, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Characterization of the Electrochemical Detection of Ng-Hydroy-L-Arginine

Conference: Electrochemical Society

Katie Haslett, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eshan Dave, Civil Engineering

Project Title: Effects of Temperature and Loading Rate Interdependency for Fracture Performance of Asphalt Concrete

Conference: Association of Asphalt Paving Technologies Annual Meeting

Jackson Kaspari, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Project Title: The Evaporation or Growth Rates of Dicarboxylic Acid Solution Droplets as a Function of Relative Humidity

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Caroline Ladegard, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Parameter Optimization for the Detection of Nucleotides using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Rachel Lake, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Injectable Microporous Gelatin Hydrogel for Wound Healing

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Sabrina Marnoto, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: The Development of a Sensitive Electrochemical Method for Carotenoid Detection

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Lorenzo Milani, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Study on the Thermal Decomposition of Ni/Ga Layered Double Hydroxides

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Conference

Honors Thesis Grant

Katie Haslett, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eshan Dave, Civil Engineering

Thesis: Effects of Temperature and Loading Rate Interdependency for Fracture Performance of Asphalt Concrete

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA 2017

Christopher Bales, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Direct Conversion of Methane to Oxygenates over Solid Acid Catalysts

Alexander Brown, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marek Petrik, Computer Science

Topic: Interpretability in Reinforcement Learning Utilizing Ensemble Learning

Brady Camplin, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Surface Modification of Bacterial Spores for the Purpose of a Universal Flu Vaccine

Kevin Cole, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ivaylo Nedyalkov, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Numerical Investigation of Wingtip Devices with Focus on Cavitation in Marine Applications

Zhangxi Feng, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marko Knezevic, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Modeling of Mechanical Behavior of Functionally Graded Microstructures

Alexandria Hidrovo, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Malley, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Topic: Comparing Disinfection Options for a Public Water System to Provide Sustainability and Public Health Protection using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Jackson Kaspari, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Topic: The Effect of Evaporating Dicarboxylic Acids on Aerosol Size

Rachel Lake, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Injectable Porous Hydrogel for Wound Healing

Lorenzo Milani, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Development of Layered Double Hydroxides Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane

Alexander Nguyen, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: A Silk-Based Bio-Adhesive Combined with Polydopamine Coating to Enhance Bio-integration of Medical Implants

Timothy Tetrault, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marc Boudreau, Chemistry

Topic: Synthesis of Analogues of Nosokophic Acid

Drew Verrier, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Samuel Pazicni, Chemistry

Topic: Synthesis and Characterization of Porphyrin-cored Nanoparticles to Model Heme Protein Cofactors

Serge Boucher, Chemical Engineering

Caroline Ladegard, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Sensing Affinity Interactions of Nucleotides to Detect DRD4 Gene Methylation

Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 2017

Mckenna Merrill, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Development of an Adamantane-Cyclodextrin Mediated Electrochemical Sensor

Charlie Nitschelm, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark McConnell, Physics

Topic: Searching for Gamma Ray Polarization in Solar Flares

Sarah Zecha, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Yaning Li, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Evaluation of the Interphase Effects of 3D Printed Specimens

Undergraduate Research Award 2017

Lucas Prevost, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Bioremediation of Pb (II) using Bacillus subtilis Spores with Lead Binding Proteins

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – USA 2016

Graham Beaton, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sam Pazicni, Chemistry

Topic: Synthesis and Characterization of Porphyrin Containing Nanoparticles to Model Heme Proteins

Brady Camplin, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kang Wu, Chemical Engineering

Topic: In Vitro Synthesis of Virus like Particles for Delivery of MicroRNA to Tumor Cells

Nicholas Chagnon, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Todd Gross, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Measuring of Residual Stresses in 3-D Woven Composites with Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry

Jennifer Chouinard, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Topic: Design and Synthesis of Novel Oligoanaline-based Fluorogenic Probes for Super Resolution Imaging at Chemical Interfaces

Justin Cournoyer, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nan Yi, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Development of the Alkali Modified Bimetallic Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Reduction to Methanol

Cynthia Gerber, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Topic: Azlactone Functionalized Copolymers as a Route to Single-Chain Nanoparticles

Katie Haslett, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Daniel, Civil Engineering

Topic: Evaluation of Intermediate and Low Temperature Fracture Properties of Asphalt Mixtures and Their Links to Pavement Cracking Performance

Shengguang Jin, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Yaning Li, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Mechanics and 3D Printing of Bio-inspired Auxetic Materials

Mariah Arral, Chemical Engineering

Micaela Schones, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Mass and Electrochemical Measurements of L-Arginine, L-Ornithine, and NOHA at a Carbon Surface

Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 2016

Hunter Anderson, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark McConnell, Physics

Topic: Searching for Polarization in Gamma Ray Bursts

Emma Clarke, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. James Ryan, Physics

Topic: Studying Cosmic-Ray Neutrons

Kevin Cole, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ivaylo Nedyaldov, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Investigating the Effects of Surface Roughness on Bi-Directional Hydrofoils

Sabrina Marnoto, Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Surface Enhanced Electrochemical Sensor used to Measure Carotenoid Levels in Buffer

Undergraduate Research Award 2016

Christin Badylak-Reals, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ivaylo Nedyaldov, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Experimental Study of Biofouling on Marine Wingtip Devices

Tamir Blum, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. May-Win Thein, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Exploring Satellite Dynamics through Collaborative Robotics

Torey Lee Brooks, Civil Engineering & International Affairs

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Weiwei Mo, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Topic: Moringa Oleifera as a Viable Water Disinfection Solution in Rural Communities of Developing Countries

Jillian Crowley, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jennifer Jacobs, Civil Engineering

Topic: Impacts of Climate Change on New England Infrastructure

Brent Lawson, Physics & Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Greenslade, Chemistry

Topic: Temperature Dependence on the Coating of Sub-Micron Aerosols

Ian Martin, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Topic: Towards Well-Defined Single-Chain Nanoparticles via Multiple Intra-Chain Reactions

International Research Opportunities Program 2016

Katherine Rocci, Earth Sciences 

Research Site: Abisko, Sweden

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Sciences

Foreign Faculty: Prof. Patrick Crill, Stockholm University

Topic: Characterization of Methane Isotopes over a Growing Season at Strodalen Mire, Abisko, Sweden

Research Presentation Grant

Chris DiBona, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Leila Deravi, Chemistry

Project Title: Extraction and Analysis of Pigmented Ommochromes in Cephalopod Chromatophores

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Ryan Hall, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Samuel Pazicni, Chemistry

Project Title: Stabilizing Transition Metal Alkylthiolate Bonds via Secondary Sphere Hydrogen Bonding

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Sarah Jakositz, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Semra Aytur, Health Management & Policy

Project Title: Role of Health in All Policies in Supporting Local Emergency Preparedness and Climate Adaptation Planning: A Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Approach

Conference: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

Jia Mo, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marino Fernandes, English

Project Title: Renewing Our Commitment to Multilingual Writers in the Writing Center: An Approach from the Margins

Conference: 2016 Midwest Writing Center Association

Erin Tiedemann, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Chem E Car Competition

Conference: AICHE Conference

Jia Xian Siew, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marino Fernandes, English

Project Title: Renewing Our Commitment to Multilingual Writers in the Writing Center: An Approach from the Margins

Conference: 2016 Midwest Writing Center Association

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad 2015

Tamir Blum, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Se Young Yoon, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Site: Sendai, Japan
Topic: Space Exploration Robotics Research

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA 2015

Robert Biro, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry
Topic: A Versatile Route to Structurally Well-Defined Single Chain Nanoparticles

Christopher DeCarlo, Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Daniel, Civil Engineering
Topic: How Does Silo Storage Time Impact Asphalt Pavement Performance and Durability?

Christopher DiBona, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Leila Deravi, Chemistry
Topic: Extraction and Analysis of Ommochromes in Cephalopod Chromatophores
Ryan Hall, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sam Pazicni, Chemistry
Topic: Stabilizing Transition-Metal-Alkylthiolate Bonds via Secondary Sphere Hydrogen Bonding

Ian Martin, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erick Berda, Chemistry
Topic: Synthesis of Functionalized Homo-and Miktoarm Star Polymers for Guided Self-Assembly into Target Shape-Defined Nanoparticles

Siddharth Nigam, Mechanical Engineering & International Affairs
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marko Knezevic, Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Modeling Mechanical Behavior of Polycrystalline Ni-Based Superalloys

Gregory Taylor-Power, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Martin Wosnik, Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Study of Model Wind Turbine Arrays in an Experimentally Simulated Atmospheric Boundary Layer

Undergraduate Research Award (URA) 2014-15

Azaline Dunlap-Smith, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Arthur Greenberg, Chemistry
Topic: Synthesis of a Novel Silatranone: A Potential Nanoswitch

Shannon Sides, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy Planalp, Chemistry
Topic: Investigating the Effects of Divalent Metal Cation Concentration on the Activity of Enzymes PDE5 and PDE6

Nicholas Sweeney-Cook, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Covalent Attachment of Cyclodextrin Compounds to Carbon Fiber for Chemical Sensing Applications

Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 2015

Mariah Arral, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jeffrey Halpern, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Electrochemical Enhanced Detection of NOHA through Surface Interactions

Tyler Chapman, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marc Lessard, Physics
Topic: Development of a Miniature Magnetometer Boom for Small Satellites

Morgan Daly, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Mark McConnell, Physics
Topic: Studying the Neutron Radiation Response of COMPTEL

Kyle Reisert, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Brad Kinsey, Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Measurement of Residual Stresses in Ceramics from High Velocity Impact

Research Presentation Grant 2015

Tristan Amaral, Earth Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Cameron Wake, Earth Sciences
Project Title: Isotopic Signatures of Rain and Snow in the Juneau Icefield Snowpack
Conference: 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

Anthony Edwards, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. May-Win Thein, Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: UNH LunaCats, Robotic Mining Competition
Conference: Robotic International Space Mining Competition

Joel Ford, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Fabrication of Activated Biochars from Avocado Pitts and Their Adsorption Capacity for Oxytetracycline from Wastewater
Conference: 248th American Chemical Society Meeting

Rhiannon Jacobs, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Multiscale Simulation of Enzyme Conformational Dynamics
Conference: NE Regional AICHE Student Conference

Chelsey Serrano, Environmental Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Gardner, Civil Engineering
Project Title: The Effects of Dissolved Organic Carbon on Metal Mobility in in-situ Chemical Oxidation Applications
Conference: New England Association of Environmental Biologists & NH Water and Watershed Conference

Halie White, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Harish Vashisth, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Chemical Engineering Car
Conference: NE Regional AICHE Student Conference

Honors Thesis Grant 2015

Christopher Blais, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nivedita Gupta, Chemical Engineering
Thesis: Protein - Based Microcapsules: Fabrication & Comparison to Simulations

 

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA 

Shujie Hou, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kyung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Bactericidal Surface that Enhances Integration of Biomaterials with Tissue

Alan Jones, Geology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Eleanor Harrison-Buck, Anthropology

Topic: Measuring Variations in Neodymium Isotopic Concentrations in the Belize River Valley

Chelsey Serrano, Environmental Engineering: Municipal Processes

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Gardner, Civil Engineering

Topic: The Effects of Dissolved Organic Carbon on Metal Mobility in In-situ Chemical Oxidation Applications

Michaela Tremblay, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Phil Hatcher, Computer Science

Topic: Throwing Exceptions for Thread Race Conditions

2014 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Duncan Cromwell, Chemical Engineering   

Research Site: Cantoblanco, Spain

Faculty Mentor: Prof. P.T. Vasudevan, Chemical Engineering 

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barbara Garcia, Institute of Catalysis & Petrochemistry   

Topic: Semi-batch Transesterification of Waste Oil

John Heavisides, Physics  

Research Site: Oslo, Norway

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marc Lessard, Physics

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jøran Moen, University of Oslo

Topic: Analysis of MICA Data and Instrumentation

Olivia Jobin, Environmental Engineering: Municipal Processes 

Research Site: Perth, Australia

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nancy Kinner, Civil Engineering

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Lee, Australian Resources Research Centre

Topic: Determining Modern Shoreline Sedimentary Processes of Selected South Australian Beaches

Elizabeth Pettitt, Geology 

Research Site: Ferrara, Italy

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Julia Bryce, Earth Sciences

Foreign Faculty: Prof. Gianluca Bianchini, University of Ferrara

Topic: What Drives Volcanism in the Vento Volcanic Province?

2014 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Zain Abbas, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karl Slifer, Physics

Topic: Low-Temperature Thermometery for Cryogenically Cooled Solid, Spin Polarized Ammonia Target

Christopher Blais, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nivedita Gupta, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Microcapsule Dynamics through a Suddenly Constricting Channel

Rose Hadley, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy Planalp, Chemistry

Topic: Characterization of Retinal Phosphodiesterase Enzyme: Effect of Zinc and Cadmium on Function

Alexis Kasparian, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy Planalp, Chemistry

Topic: Synthesis, Characterization, and Analysis of a Novel Sensor for Iron (II)

2014 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)  

Jillian Crowley, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Christopher White, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Characterizing the Microstructure of Lignocellulosic Liquefied Biomass

Alison Deyett, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kjung Jae Jeong, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Innate Immune Response to Novel Bactericidal Surface that Enhances Biointegration

Mitchell Juneau, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Xiaowei Teng, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Design of Vanadium Oxide Nanostructure for Electrochemical Capacitor Applications

Katherine Rocci, Earth Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Julie Bryce, Earth Sciences

Topic: Assessing the Impact of a Bedrock Gradient on Vegetative Diversity: Does the “Bottoms-up” Vegetative Regulation Model Apply in the Granite State?

Anna Simpson, Earth Sciences: Oceanography

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Thomas Lippmann, Earth Sciences

Topic: Seafloor Characterization in the Great Bay Estuary

2014 Research Presentation Grant

Christopher Blais, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Experiments & Simulations of Droplet Flow through Sharp Contractions

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Rose Hadley, Chemistry

Project Title Characterization of Retinal Phosphodiesterase: Effect of Divalent Cation Concentrations on Activity

Conference: American Chemical Society

Rhiannon Jacobs, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Multiscale Simulation of Enzyme Conformational Dynamics

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Christopher Jacques, Civil Engineering

Project Title: Use of Moisture-Induced Stress Testing to Evaluate Stripping Potential of Hot-Mix Asphalt

Conference: Transportation Research Board

Stacy Karthas, Physics

Project Title: Optimization of Spin-Polarization of Helium-3 Target Cell by Thermal Convection Processes

Conference: American Physical Society, Division of Nuclear Physics

Alexis Kasparian, Chemistry

Project Title: Synthesis, Characterization, and Formation Constant Studies of Novel Bifunctional Ligands for Sensing Copper, Zinc and Iron

Conference: American Chemical Society

Sonja Pape, Civil Engineering

Project Title: Using Additional Asphalt Binder to Improve High RAP Mixtures in the Northeast

Conference: Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists

Michael Seaman, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: ChemE Car regional competition

Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

 

2013 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Brian McConnell, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Kinetics of the Lipid Extraction from Microalgae

Lauren Pappas, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Cocoa Shell Biochar Removal of Amoxicillin from Wastewater

Herbie Smith, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Per Berglund, Physics

Topic: Systematic Analysis of Calabi-Yau Manifolds and Four-Dimensional String Vacua

Drew Stock, Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Qiaoyan Yu, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Topic: Investigation of Multiple-Bit Upsets for Reliable Integrated Circuits

Joshua Chabot, Mechanical Engineering

Michael Johnson, Mechanical Engineering

Joseph Kelley, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. May-Win Thein, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: NASA TableSatellite IC Experimental Test Bed

 

2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA 

Christopher Jacques, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Daniel, Civil Engineering

Topic: What Happens to an Asphalt Pavement When It Gets Flooded?

Nicholas Landry, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marko Knezevic, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Computationally Efficient Representation of Statistically Described Material Microstructure

Timothy Nash, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Henry, Civil Engineering

Topic: An Analysis of the Feasibility of the Construction of Schools from Intermodal Shipping Containers

Sonja Pape, Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Daniel, Civil Engineering

Topic: How Can We Add More Recycled Asphalt to Pavements?

Elizabeth Pettitt, Geology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Julia Bryce, Earth Sciences

Topic: Mycorrhizal Weathering across a Geological Gradient in New England Forests

Kelsey Price, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Reducing Water, Energy, and Chemical Use in Microalgae Biodiesel Production

Xing Hua Zhang, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Michel Charpentier, Computer Science

Topic: Implementing a Library for Safe, Efficient Concurrent Programs

Salvatore DeVito, Electrical Engineering

Scott Doe, Electrical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Messner, Electrical Engineering

Topic: Developing and Evaluating a Tool for Converting MP3 Audio Files to Staff Music

 

2013 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Odin Achorn, Chemistry  

Research Site: Fribourg, Switzerland

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erika Berda, Chemistry

Foreign Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Johan Foster, University of Fribourg

Topic: Microcrystalline Cellulose Reinforced Nanocomposites Using Radically Exchangeable Alkoxyamines

Rebecca Cole, Chemical Engineering 

Research Site: Cantoblanco, Spain

Faculty Mentor: Prof. P.T. Vasudevan, Chemical Engineering  

Foreign Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barbara Garcia, Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry   

Topic: Novel Catalysts for Biofuel Production

 

2013 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) 

Steven Arias, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karsten Pohl, Physics

Topic: Graphene - How Can We Produce This Novel Wonder Material More Reliably?

Cody FitzGerald, Mathematics / Genetics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Vaughn Cooper, Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences

Topic: Wrinkly Morphotype Reversion to Mucoid and Its Relevance to Cystic Fibrosis

 

2013 Research Presentation Grant

Joshua Chabot, Mechanical Engineering

Project Title: Using Tablesat IC for the Analysis of Attitude Control and Flexible Boom Dynamics for NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission Spacecraft Conference: 23rd Annual AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Symposium

Phylicia Cicilio, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Pyrolysis and Oxidation Kinetics of Corn and Coal Blends for Energy Generation

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Anthony D’Amico, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Reaction Kinetics of Colorado, Chinese, and Estonia Oil Shale Semi-cokes in Air

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Daniel Eltingham, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Algae Growth in Photobioreactors using a Removable Jacket of Colored LED's

Conference: Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference

Rose Hadley, Chemistry & Neuroscience

Project Title: Development of a Method to Quantitate Divalent Metal Ion Dependence of Retinal Phosphodiesterase

Conference: American Chemical Society

Kathleen Miller, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Preparation of Activated Carbons from Waste Peanut Shells for Use as a Sorbent Material

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Lauren Pappas, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Cocoa and Coal: Pyrolysis Kinetics of Locally Sourced Coal-Biomass Blends in New Hampshire

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Kelsey Price, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Energy and Water Resource Efficient Production of Microalgae Lipids

Conference: Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference

Samantha Sinclair, Geology

Project Title: Reconstructing the History of Natural and Anthropogenic Sediment Inputs behind the Former Head-of-Tide Dam in the Bellamy River, Dover, NH

Conference: Geological Society of America 48th Annual Meeting

Seth Trembly, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Microalgae Production using Floating Photobioreactors

Conference: Algae Biomass Summit

Victoria Ward, Environmental Science: Hydrology

Project Title: Cycling of Molecular Hydrogen in Subarctic Sweden

Conference: American Geophysical Union

Pablo Yangali, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Pyrolysis Reactions of Biomass –Coal Blends Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

 

2012 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Emily Smith, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Enhancement of Bio-Oil by Pervaporation

Eric Donovan, Computer Engineering

Jonathan Dwyer, Computer Engineering

Kenneth Weigel, Electrical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Wayne Smith, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Topic: Oar Bend

 

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA

Odin Achorn, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Erik Berda, Chemistry

Topic: Reversible Folding of Synthetic Polymer Chains Using Radically Exchangeable Alkoxyamines

Daniel Bolan, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. R. Daniel Bergeron,

Computer Science

Topic: Rendering Adaptive Resolution Data Models

Scott Cypher, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Phil Hatcher,

Computer Science

Topic: Evaluating a Tool for Detecting Concurrency Errors in Java at Runtime

Rose Hadley, Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy Planalp, Chemistry

Topic: Development of a Method to Quantitate Divalent Metal ion Dependence of Retinal Phosphodiesterase Enzyme

Chris Hebert, Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Wheeler Ruml,

Computer Science

Topic: Using Real-Time Algorithms to Improve Cooperative Pathfinding Techniques

Amber Lagasse, Mathematics Education: Secondary

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, Mathematics & Statistics

Topic: Student's Arithmetic and Algebraic Misconceptions in Algebra: How Misconceptions Cluster Together

Kelsey Price, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Energy Efficient Microalgae Oil Recovery by Nanofiltration

Samantha Sinclair, Geology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Joel Johnson, Earth Sciences

Topic: Assessing the Potential for Heavy Metal Remobilization After Dam Removal: A Case Study from the Bellamy River, Dover NH

Victoria Ward, Environmental Science - Hydrology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ruth Varner, Earth Systems Research Center

Topic: Cycling of Molecular Hydrogen in Subarctic Sweden

 

2012 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Drummond Biles, Mechanical Engineering

Research Site: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marc Lessard, Physics

Foreign Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Fred Sigernes, University Centre in Svalbard

Topic: Development of Optical Calibration Facility at an Auroral Research Station

 

2012 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Tristan Amaral, Geology

Faculty Mentor: Prof. William Clyde, Earth Sciences

Topic: Analyzing Sediment Cores and Fossils from Bighorn Basin of Wyoming to Better Understand the Causes and Effects of Hyperthermal Events

Alexandra Dannehl, Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Yannis Korkolis, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: The Applications and Processes of Tube Hydroforming

Sachi Nagada, Chemical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Russell Carr, Chemical Engineering

Topic: Modeling Equations of the Sleeping Patterns Between Mother and Child and Try to Correlate the equations of Sudden Infant Death

Herbie Smith, Physics

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Per Berglund, Physics

Topic: Moduli Stabilization and the Embedding of Branes in String Compactifications

 

2012 Research Presentation Grant

Madelyn Ball, Environmental Engineering: Industrial Process

Project Title: Immunofluorescence to locate α, - and β2- Adrenergic Receptors in Small Arterioles

Conference: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting

Kyle Charmanski, Mechanical Engineering

Project Title: Biodiesel: Utilization of Waste Water to Cultivate Microalgae Oil Feedstock with CO2 Sequestration and Nitrate Deprivation

Conference: Energy & Environment Conference/Expo

Amanda Lade, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Toxic Gold? Bioavailability of Olive Oil Waste Phenols to Plant Matter

Conference: 243rd ACS National Meeting

Brian McConnell, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Floating Photobioreactors for Microalgae Growth in Wastewater

Conference: Energy & Environment Conference/Expo

Rebecca Wilson, Environmental Engineering: Industrial Process Project Title: Biodiesel: Salt-Water Microalgae Growth for Biodiesel Production in a Hot Sunny Climate Using an Open Pond System

Conference: Energy & Environment Conference/Expo

Augustin Wimsatt, Chemical Engineering

Project Title: Entry in the AICHE Chem-E-Car National Competition

Conference: American Institute for Chemical Engineers National Student Conference

 

2012 Honors Thesis Grant

Rebecca Wilson, Environmental Engineering: Industrial Process Project

Faculty Mentor: Prof. Dale Barkey, Chemical Engineering

Thesis: Metal Nanoparticles for Solar Panel Applications

 

2011 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

John Donaghy, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karl J. Slifer, Physics
Topic: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Polarimeter for DNP Targets

Michele Forrestall, Geology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Margaret Boettcher, Geology
Topic: Determining the Presence of a Predictable Earthquake Pattern along Slow Moving Oceanic Transform Faults

Alex Pape, Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Robert Henry, Civil Engineering
Topic: Investigation of Relationship between Extent of Prestressing and Out-of-Plane Stiffness of a Straw Bale Wall

Jordan Reddel, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy P. Planalp, Chemistry
Topic: Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Novel Bifunctional Ligands for Incorporation into a Fluorescent Polymer Sensor

Brian Zukas, Chemical Engineering
Phylicia Cicilio, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Chem-E Car

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) USA

William Matern, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Gregory Chini, Mechanical Engineering
Topic: An Investigation of Mathematical Modeling Techniques as Applied to Thin Films in an Alveolar Network

Brian McConnell, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Design of a Submersible Photobioreactor for Microalgae Growth in the Ocean

Rebecca Rubinstein, Environmental Engineering: Municipal Processes
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Nancy Kinner, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Topic: Impact of Electrokinetic Methods on Microbial Populations in the Bioremediation of the Cleaning Solvent Trichloroethene

2011 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Rebecca Wilson, Environmental Engineering: Industrial Processes
Research Site: Doha, Qatar 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ghada Salama, Texas A&M, Qatar   
Topic: Microalgae Biodiesel Production

2011 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Rebecca Cole, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof.Qing Song, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Developing a Real-Time Quantitative and Multiplexed Live Single-Cell Microarray

Amanda Lade, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Chemical Engineering
Topic: Toxic Gold? Bioavailability of Olive Oil Waste Phenols to Plant Matter

Amber Lagasse, Secondary Math Ed.
Faculty Mentor: Prof.Tim Fukawa-Connelly, Mathematics and Statistics
Topic: Transforming the Engagement of Students Learning Algebra

Nicholas Landry, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Todd Gross, Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Characterization of the Mechanical Behavior of Pyrolytic Carbon

2011 Research Presentation Grant

Kyle Charmanski, Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Utilization of Waste Water for Microalgae Oil Feedstock
Conference: Energy, Utility & Environment

Xiameng Liu, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Surfactant Effects on Drop Formation in Co-Flowing Fluids
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting

Brian McConnell, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Comparative Study of Lipids Produced from Microalgae Grown in Freshwater vs. Wastewater
Conference: Energy, Utility & Environment

Jordan Reddel, Chemistry
Project Title: Characterization of Stability and Protonation Constants of Novel Bifunctional Ligands for Use in a Copper Sensor
Conference: American Chemical Society National Meeting

Rebecca Wilson, Environmental Engineering: Industrial Processes
Project Title: Parametric Study of Biodiesel Quality and Yield Using a Bench-Top Processor
Conference: American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting

2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

(SURF) USA

Benjamin Decato, Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Philip Hatcher, Computer Science
Project: Using Conserved Gene Order to Improve Ortholog Data Set Accuracy

Daniel Foley, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Karsten Pohl, Physics
Project: Novel Method for Producing Platinum Iridium Tips for Use in Atomic Resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopes

Joshua French, Physics
Faculty Mentor: Eberhard Moebius, Physics
Project: RENU Star Sensor Recalibration for Low-Cost Payloads

Katherine Gray, Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Daniel, Civil Engineering
Project: Can Recycled Asphalt Shingles Be Used in Asphalt Concrete Paving?

Sarah Kissell, Environmental Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Kevin Gardner, Civil Engineering
Project: Use of Novel Passive Samplers to Measure Bioavailability of PAH Compounds in Estuarine Sediments

Carlo LaScala, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Xiaowei Teng, Chemical Engineering
Project: Design of Palladium-Rhodium Nanocatalyst for Ethanol Oxidation Fuel Cell Reactions

Georgian Tutuianu, Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Thomas Ballestero, Civil Engineering
Project: Shower-Head Infiltration Testing on Porous Pavements: Apparatus and Methods Design

Rebecca Wilson, Environmental Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Project: Parametric Study of Biodiesel Quality and Yield Using a Bench-Top Processor

2010 International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

Megan Donohue, Mathematics Education & Spanish
Research Site: Resistencia, Argentina 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, Mathematics
& Prof. Lori Hopkins, Spanish
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Laura Zalazar, Gen. Jose Maria Paz High School
Project: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Argentina

Kyle Kalutkiewicz, Physics & Mathematics
Research Site: Trieste, Italy 
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Per Berglund, Physics
Foreign Faculty Mentor: Prof. Fernando Quevedo, Abdus Salam ICTP
Project: Calabi-Yau Manifold Construction for Axionic String-Inflation

2010 Undergraduate Research Award (URA)

Nicholas E. Bencivenga, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy Planalp, Chemistry
Topic: Synthesis of Novel Polymerizable Ligands Providing -1 to 0 and +1 to +2 Charge Transitions and Titration Studies of Their Transition Metal Complexes

Nathan Brouwer, Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Richard Messner, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project: Image Filtering and Enhancement of Scanning Electron Microscope

Madison L. Myers, Geology
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sarah Miller, Earth Sciences
Project: Clinopyroxene Trace Element Chemistry as a Proxy for Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in a Continental Volcano: A Case Study from Mount Etna, Sicily

Jordan Reddel, Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Roy Planalp, Chemistry
Project: Method Development for the Determination of Stability Constants for Novel Chelating Ligands with Various Metal Cations

Thaddaeus Webster, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab H. Farag, Chemical Engineering
Project: Temperature Stressing of Salt Water Algae for Enhanced Lipid Production

2010 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

Alexandra Eicher, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Qing Song, Chemical Engineering
Project: Exploring the Inflammation Process of Atherosclerosis Progression Using Live Single-Cell Arrays

Brian McConnell, Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ihab Farag, Chemical Engineering
Project: Biodiesel Production from Algae in the Laboratory Environment

2010 Research Presentation Grant

Nicholas E. Bencivenga, Chemistry
Project Title: Preparation of Novel Bifunctional Ligands for Cooper (II)
Conference: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC

Meaghan Maher, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Oscillation in Microvessel Networks with RBC Suspension: Preliminary in vitro Experimental Results in a 3 Node Network
Conference: Experimental Biology, Anaheim, CA

Thaddaeus Webster, Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Enhancing Algae Lipid and Biodiesel Production by Temperature Stressing
Conference: American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA