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Graduate Student Research Grants Awarded

Recent Graduate Student Research Grant Award recipients and their projects:

Spring Semester 2014

Name
 Dept/ProgramProject Title
 Award
Thomas Firneno
 Biology, M.S.
 Species Delimitation in Mesoamerican Toads: Phylogenetic Systematics and Electrophoretic Protein Profiling of Paratoid Venom
$1000
Jennifer Rinkevich
 Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.
The Relationship Among Student Creativity, Curiosity, and Academic Intrinsic Motivation: A Mixed Methods Phenomenological Study of Sixth Grade Students
 $808
Galen Smith
 Applied Archaeology, M.A.
 An Experimental Approach to Identifying Prehistoric Netting Technologies in the Delaware River Valley
 $886
Katie Turner
 Applied Archaeology, M.A.
 An Examination of Late 18th Century Forts: A Pennsylvania Typology
$767
Alexander Wiredu
 Biology, M.S.
 Biomarkers in the Chemotaxonomy of Rhizoctonia solani species complex performing LC/MS metabolite profiling
 $1000


Fall Semester 2013

Name
 Dept/Program Project Title
 Award
Hopeton Bailey
Biology, M.S.A Multigenerational Study of the Effect of Stressors on the Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas)$1,000
Tyler Kulp
 Music, M.A.
Six-Mallet Marimba$780
Ashlee Long
 Biology, M.S.
Development of Nucleic-acid Probe to Detect Novel Viral Sequenes from select Isolate of Rhizoctonia solani
$1,000
Darin McNeil
 Biology, M.S.
A Comparison of Golden-winged Warbler Use and Nesting Success in Forested Wetlands and Upland Timber Harvests
$1,000
Danna Rzecznik
 Art, M.F.A.Glaze Development with Mason Stains and Gold Lustre$982
Erika Stearly
 Art, M.F.A.
Take A Painting$891
Chiao-thong Yong
Psychology, Psy.D.The Psychological Screening of Chinese-Speaking International Students$324


Spring Semester 2013
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Jessica Showalter

English Ph.D.
Literature and Criticism

American Minstrelsies: Passing and Performance $1,000
Tobechukwa Ukah Biology M.S. Generation of a Transgenic Zebrafish Line to Characterise Kidney Injury and Regeneration $982
Justin Gross Biology M.S. Monitoring the Response of Allegheny Woodrat (neotoma magister) Population to Habitat Management in Pennsylvania $585
Lydia DeHaven Archaeology M.A. The Squirrel Hill Site: A Geophysical Investigation and Reevaluation of a Monongahela Site $1,000
Courney Nicks Biology M.S. The Use of Landscape Genetics to Determine Factors Facilitating Fisher Recolonization $1,000
Linda Herrera Criminology M.A. When Men Leave Al Otro Lado (to the Other Side) of the Border: Voices of Mexican Women $800
Emily Sciulli Art M.F.A. The One Good Thing Project: Socially Engaged Art as Community Outreach $338
Erika Farester Administrative and
Leadership Studies
Ph.D.
Assessing Stress and Coping among Federal Probation Officers $1,000
Paul Kelly Biology M.S. Generation of a Zebrafish Transgenic Line that can be used as a Genetic Tool to Fate Map Kidney Stem Cells in the
Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
$839
Erika Stearly Art M.F.A. Properties of Encaustic Paint and Strategies for Integration with Other Materials $546
Victoria Westin
Harding
Archaeology M.A. A Spatial Analysis of the Ripley Archaeological Site $1,000
Iman Abubaker Criminology M.A. Adapting to Stress in Alexandria, Egypt: Case Studies of Women during the Islamic Spring $500
Matthew Dovey Biology M.S. Photoperiod Regulation of Mammalian Circadian Rhythms through Social Interactions and Aggression $500
Nicolette Bell Administrative and
Leadership Studies
Ph.D.
Motivation to Run: Using Fishbein and Aizen's Theory of Reasoned Action to Predict Participation in 5K Races $1,000


Fall Semester 2012

Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Erin Knisely Art M.F.A. Traditional Jewelry Fabrication Techniques: Non-Traditional Materials $993
Travis Ferry Biology M.S. The Effects of Parasitism by Larval Arrenurus danbyensis Water Mites on Adult Couillettidia perturbans Mosquito parity and Dispersal $995
Tomoko Oda English Ph.D.
Comp and TESOL
Imagined Communities, Participation and Identities in Study Abroad Experiences of College Students $1,000
Sarah Ryan Psychology Psy.D. Accuracy and Confidence in Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations: A Comparison of Clinical and Legal Decision Making $873
Emily Sciulli Art M.F.A. The One Good Thing Project $43
Garick Tai-Lee Art M.F.A. Crystalline Glazes $844
Lisa Weddell English M.A.
Literature
A Sailor's Life is (not) for Me: Literature from the Seas and the Rise of National Identity $850
Spring Semester 2012
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Ethan Cullen Biology M.S. Nutrient composition of Lepidoptera larvae in relation to host-plant: implications for insectivorous forest songbirds $900
Carly Dunn English Ph.D.
Literature and Crit
Deirdre Madden and the Expanding Traditions in Irish Women's Literature $1,000
Travis Ferry Biology M.S. The Effects of parasitism by Larval Arrenurus danbyensis Water Mites on Adult Coquillettidia perturbans Mosquito Parity and Dispersal $995
Brian Farester Sociology Ph.D.
Admin and Leadrshp
Growing Up Working Class in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania: How Class Impacts Career and Educational Decisions $1,000
Erin Knisley Art M.F.A. Traditional Jewelry Fabrication Techniques: Non-Traditional Materials $993
Callista Holmes Anthropology
Archaeology M.S.
Modeling Magnetic Signatures of Sunken Ships: 1750-1900 $940
Rebecca McDougall Biology M.S. Assessing the influence of habitat management on forest composition and population demographics of the Allegheny woodrat (neotoma magister) in Pennsylvania $815
Amber Nolder Biology M.S. Effects of Logging Practices on Bats in a Managed Hardwood Forest $889
Zachary Rhone English Ph.D.
Literature and Crit
Mythopoeic Worldviews: The Writings of George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, and the Inklings $1,000
Lindsay Sabatino English Ph.D.
Comp and TESOL
Interactions of the Online Writing Center: A Student's Perspective $225
Cheryl Sheridan English Ph.D.
Comp and TESOL
The Development of a Local Journal and its Role in a Discourse Community on the Periphery $618
Christopher Weiss Student Affairs in
Higher Ed M.A.
Correlation Between Undergraduate College Students' Facebook Use and Co-Curriculum Involvement $105
Fall Semester 2011
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Andrea Boon Anthropology
Archaeology M.S.
A Faunal Analysis of the Eleventh Horizon of the Koster Site $640
Laura Kaufman Anthropology
Archaeology M.S.
What Difference Does 50 Years Make? An Examination of Faunal Remains from the Monongahela Johnston Village Site $969
Laura King Criminology Ph.D. The Simplicity and Complexity of Public Attitudes toward Sex Crimes $1,000
David Kroskie Anthropology
Archaeology M.S.
The Role of Small Habitation Sites in Monongahela Subsistence Settlement Patterns $1,000
James McNabb Art M.F.A. Exploring Creative Applications of Digital Manufacturing Technology $1,000
Dana Poole English Ph.D.
Comp and TESOL
Assessing the Impact of an Increased Knowledge of Student Writing Anxiety on Professors' Pedagogical Practices $328
Emily Sciulli Art M.F.A. The Craft of Handmade Paper in Contemporary Sculpture $895
Spring Semester 2011
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Abdullah Al-Dagamseh English Ph.D.
Lit and Crit
Geopolitical Fractures: Representation and Resistance in the Literary Narratives of World Bank Literature $1,000
Laura D'Acunto Biology M.S. Bat Activity and Species Composition of Pennsylvania Landscapes Infected with White-Nose Syndrome $1,000
Mack Frantz Biology M.S. Breeding Habitat Use of Golden-winged Warblers in Pennsylvania $1,000
Rebekah Keating Biology M.S. Lepidoptera Host Preference in a Temperate Forest Ecosystem $1,000
Constance Kramer Counseling M.A. Cyberbullying: A Pilot Study $535
Michael Muder Geography M.S. Spatial and Temporal Variations of Bacterial Densities in the Receiving Waters of Combined Sewer Overflows: The Allegheny River in Downtown Pittsburgh $1,000
Michelle Myers-Claypole Biology M.S. Isolation of Fusobacterium necrophorum: Associate Etiological Agent of Equine Hoof Abscess $1,000
Kyle Nuske, Hiromi Kobata and Tomoko Oda English Ph.D.,
Comp and TESOL
An Examination of Japanese and English Written Language Proficiency in Japanese Native-Speaking Adolescents in Japan and the U.S. $1,000
Rebecca Rosemeier Biology M.S. The Effects of Cyclic AMP on the Regulation of Biological Rhythms in Paramecium tetraurelia $887
Kiel Shaley Chemistry, M.S. Structural Characterization of the SRS2 Protein $1,000
Phillip Sharrow Chemistry, M.S. Preparation of Carbocycles by Intramolecular Cyclizations of Acyllithium Equivalents $981
Chin Hong Siew Biology M.S. Strategic Approaches to cDNA Synthesis and Comparative Proteomics of Double-Stranded (ds) RNA infecting Rhizoctonia solani isolates $1,000
Amy Swingle Psychology,
Psy.D.
Undergraduate Student Parents: Stress, Role Conflict, and Coping $250
Fall Semester 2010
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Ibrahim Ashour English Ph.D.
Comp and TESOL
The EFL Enterprise in Syria: An Examination of Teachers' and Inspectors' Interactive Relationships, Beliefs, and Attitudes $1,000
Jennifer Huck Criminology Ph.D. Blue Ribbon Sentencing: Judicial Decision-Making and Situated Identities $1,000
Angela Jalliet Anthropology M.A. Understanding Panenarium in the Present: Proposal for Research at Site 35ME235 and the Subsequent Presentation to the Public $1,000
David Kroskie Anthropology M.A. The Role of Small Habitation Sites in Monongahela Subsistence-Settlement Patterns $1,000
Seth Mitchell Anthropology M.A. Chronology of the Late Woodland Monongahela Tradition Johnston Village Site $1,000
Kristin Swanton Anthropology M.A. Sacred Landscapes of the Pequot War: How Social Memory ahs Influenced Archaeological Research at the Battle of Mystic Fort $1,000
Shannon Tanghe English Ph.D.
Comp and TESOL
Transnational Teaching Development Collaboration $1,000
Benjamin Tost Biology M.S. Kin recognition at the spiderling level in the common house spider Achaeraranea tepidariorum $334
Spring Semester 2010
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Faith Bellinger and Stephanie Marczuk Food and Nutrition M.S. The Relationship between Regular Breakfast Consumption and Academic Performance, Attendance and Alertness among College Students $425
Bifei Cao Art M.F.A. Experimental Painting Methods in the Enamel Field $951
Rebecca Chamberlin, Kathryn Jenney
and Leah Zeman
Food and Nutrition M.S. The Power of Nutrition Information $215
Joseph Grata Biology M.S. A Comparison of Golden-Winged Warbler Breeding Habitats in Northcentral Pennsylvania $210
Melissa Jakubcak Biology M.S. The Feeding Habits of Red-Eyed Vireos as Discerned through CNB Barcoding $400
Jonathan Libbon Anthropology M.A. Roosevelt's Forest Army: A Study of Consumer Behavior at a Civilian Conservation Corp $1,000
Melissa Lingle-Martin English Ph.D.
Lit and Crit
Disfiguring Lady Justice: 19th Century American Women Writers' Visions of Justice $1,000
Julie Mibroda Biology M.S. Understanding Factors that Influence the Distribution of the Endemic Shorthead Garter Snake in Northwestern Pennsylvania $1,000
Tina Madison Peschock English Ph.D.
Lit and Crit
A Well-Hidden Secret: Harper Lee's Contribution to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood $976
Katy Ringbloom Biology M.S. The Physical and Chemical Effects of Wolf Spiders on Pest Insects $342
Heather Rininger Biology M.S. The Effects of Guanylate Cyclase (GC) on the Biological Rhythms of Paramecium tetrurelia $923
Michael Romagano Art M.F.A. Emergence $498
Tina Rose Psychology Psy.D. Clinical Utility of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practitioner's Perspective $163
Fall Semester 2009
Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
Elizabeth Campbell English Ph.D.
Comp. and TESOL
Being and Writing with Others: On the Possibilities of an Ethnographic Composition Pedagogy $500
Carly Dunn English Ph.D.
Lit and Crit
The Irish Language: An Intensive Study $1,000
Rachel Hagar Music M.A.
History/Lit
An Overview of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Operatic Works, with Emphasis on Monna Vanna $500
Yuan Hu Chemistry M.S. Na2(Zn,Co)Si04, A Promising Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor $1,000
Jennifer James Criminology Ph.D. Attitudes and Reality: The Impact of Perceptions of Police on Students' Victimization Reporting Behaviors $248
Erica Kempler Art M.F.A. Crystalline Glazes $881
Emmanuelle Maryse Wambach Art M.F.A. A Dreamlike Installation $500
Erica Meyers Biology M.S. Identification of the Floal Scent Compounds Emitted bySymplocarpus foetidus $373
Mickey Moffe Biology M.S. Influence of Metal Concentrations, Percent Salinity, and Length of Exposure on the Metabolic Rate of Golden Shiners $992
James Nestor Art M.F.A. Environmental Phenomenology $480
Mike Stofiel Art M.F.A. Sustainability in Furniture Design: Materials and Finishing $1,000
Lauren Wheatall Biology M.S. The Effects of White-Tailed Deer Browing on Insect Diversity in the Allegheny Hardwood Forests $1,000
Chad Whitaker Art M.F.A. The New Pittsburgh Daguerreotypes $1,000
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