Graduate Student Research Grants Awarded

  • Recent Graduate Student Research Grant Award recipients and their projects:

    Spring Semester 2015
    Dept/Program Project Title
    Leigh Campetti
    Applied Archaeology, MA 
    A Predictive Model for the Archaic/Woodland Transition in Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
    Thomas Firneno
    Biology, MS 
    Species Delimitation in Sympatric and Parapatric Distributions of Mesoamerican Toads Utilizing nDNA and Electrophoretic Protein Profiling
    Jennifer Follett
    English, PhD, Composition and TESOL
    How Writing Center Tutors Respond Cognitively, Emotionally and Behaviorally to Student Writers' Expressions of Negative Emotions Associated with Academic Writing
    Kevin Gubbels
    Applied Archaeology, MA 
    Investigating Fire-Cracked Rock at Monongahela Sites: An Experimental Approach
    Timothy Hummel
    Biology, MS 
    Molecular Detection of the Eastern Hellbender in Pennsylvania Streams
    Adam Matz
    Criminology, PhD 
    Enhancing Community Supervision: A Unified Voice for Community
    Amanda Rasmussen
    Applied Archaeology, MA
    An Analysis of the Archaeological Remains at Fort Halifax Park
    Adam Wassel
    English, PhD, Literature and Criticism
    More than Murderers: Confronting Perpetrators in Holocaust Fiction
    Fall Semester 2014
    Dept/Program Project Title
    Kayla Bennett
    Art, MFA 
    Relationship Series
    Laura Ellis Applied Archaeology, MA 
    Investigating the Orchard Site: A Protohistoric Fort Ancient Site in West Virginia
    Laura Gilman
    Psychology, PsyD 
    Common Profiles and Clinical Utility of the MMPI-2RF in Competency to Stand Trial Evaluation
    Michael Itgen
    Biology, MS 
    Integrative Taxonomic Reassessment of Salamanders of the Lenca Highlands of Honduras
    Vishal Keshari
    Biology, MS 
    Molecular Function of the lhx 1 a Transcription Factor
    Catherine Krygeris
    Biology, MS 
    Conservation and Management for Two Critically Endangered Anurans from the Cordillera de Celaque, Honduras
    Janelle Newman
    English, PhD, Composition and TESOL
    Discourse Analysis of the Recontextualization of Educational Discourse Affecting the Parent Involvement of Families of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
    Daniel Peles
    Biology, MS 
    Determining Mycobacterium avium Host Immune Response Evasion: Serovar 8 and its Significance in Phagosome-Lysosome Fusion
    Jessica Showalter
    English, PhD, Literature and Criticism
    Archival Research for the Lowell Biglow Papers Digital Edition
    Spring Semester 2014
    Dept/Program Project Title
    Thomas Firneno
    Biology, MS 
    Species Delimitation in Mesoamerican Toads: Phylogenetic Systematics and Electrophoretic Protein Profiling of Paratoid Venom
    Jennifer Rinkevich
    Curriculum and Instruction, EdD 
    The Relationship Among Student Creativity, Curiosity, and Academic Intrinsic Motivation: A Mixed Methods Phenomenological Study of Sixth Grade Students
    Galen Smith
    Applied Archaeology, MA 
    An Experimental Approach to Identifying Prehistoric Netting Technologies in the Delaware River Valley
    Katie Turner
    Applied Archaeology, MA 
    An Examination of Late 18th Century Forts: A Pennsylvania Typology
    Alexander Wiredu
    Biology, MS 
    Biomarkers in the Chemotaxonomy of Rhizoctonia solani species complex performing LC/MS metabolite profiling
    Fall Semester 2013
    Dept/Program Project Title
    Hopeton Bailey
    Biology, MS A Multigenerational Study of the Effect of Stressors on the Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) $1,000
    Tyler Kulp
    Music, MA 
    Six-Mallet Marimba $780
    Ashlee Long
    Biology, MS 
    Development of Nucleic-acid Probe to Detect Novel Viral Sequences from select Isolate of Rhizoctonia solani
    Darin McNeil
    Biology, MS 
    A Comparison of Golden-winged Warbler Use and Nesting Success in Forested Wetlands and Upland Timber Harvests
    Danna Rzecznik
    Art, MFA Glaze Development with Mason Stains and Gold Lustre $982
    Erika Stearly
    Art, MFA 
    Take A Painting $891
    Chiao-thong Yong
    Psychology, PsyD The Psychological Screening of Chinese-Speaking International Students $324
    Spring Semester 2013
    Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
    Jessica Showalter

    English PhD
    Literature and Criticism

    American Minstrelsies: Passing and Performance $1,000
    Tobechukwa Ukah Biology MS Generation of a Transgenic Zebrafish Line to Characterise Kidney Injury and Regeneration $982
    Justin Gross Biology MS Monitoring the Response of Allegheny Woodrat (neotoma magister) Population to Habitat Management in Pennsylvania $585
    Lydia DeHaven Archaeology MA The Squirrel Hill Site: A Geophysical Investigation and Reevaluation of a Monongahela Site $1,000
    Courney Nicks Biology MS The Use of Landscape Genetics to Determine Factors Facilitating Fisher Recolonization $1,000
    Linda Herrera Criminology MA When Men Leave Al Otro Lado (to the Other Side) of the Border: Voices of Mexican Women $800
    Emily Sciulli Art MFA The One Good Thing Project: Socially Engaged Art as Community Outreach $338
    Erika Farester Administrative and
    Leadership Studies
    Assessing Stress and Coping among Federal Probation Officers $1,000
    Paul Kelly Biology MS 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)
    Erika Stearly Art MFA Properties of Encaustic Paint and Strategies for Integration with Other Materials $546
    Victoria Westin
    Archaeology MA A Spatial Analysis of the Ripley Archaeological Site $1,000
    Iman Abubaker Criminology MA Adapting to Stress in Alexandria, Egypt: Case Studies of Women during the Islamic Spring $500
    Matthew Dovey Biology MS Photoperiod Regulation of Mammalian Circadian Rhythms through Social Interactions and Aggression $500
    Nicolette Bell Administrative and
    Leadership Studies
    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 MFA Traditional Jewelry Fabrication Techniques: Non-Traditional Materials $993
    Travis Ferry Biology MS The Effects of Parasitism by Larval Arrenurus danbyensis Water Mites on Adult Couillettidia perturbans Mosquito parity and Dispersal $995
    Tomoko Oda English PhD 
    Comp and TESOL
    Imagined Communities, Participation and Identities in Study Abroad Experiences of College Students $1,000
    Sarah Ryan Psychology PsyD Accuracy and Confidence in Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations: A Comparison of Clinical and Legal Decision Making $873
    Emily Sciulli Art MFA The One Good Thing Project $43
    Garick Tai-Lee Art MFA Crystalline Glazes $844
    Lisa Weddell English MA
    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 MS Nutrient composition of Lepidoptera larvae in relation to host-plant: implications for insectivorous forest songbirds $900
    Carly Dunn English PhD
    Literature and Crit
    Deirdre Madden and the Expanding Traditions in Irish Women's Literature $1,000
    Travis Ferry Biology MS The Effects of parasitism by Larval Arrenurus danbyensis Water Mites on Adult Coquillettidia perturbans Mosquito Parity and Dispersal $995
    Brian Farester Sociology PhD
    Admin and Leadrshp
    Growing Up Working Class in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania: How Class Impacts Career and Educational Decisions $1,000
    Erin Knisley Art MFA Traditional Jewelry Fabrication Techniques: Non-Traditional Materials $993
    Callista Holmes Anthropology
    Archaeology MS
    Modeling Magnetic Signatures of Sunken Ships: 1750-1900 $940
    Rebecca McDougall Biology MS Assessing the influence of habitat management on forest composition and population demographics of the Allegheny woodrat (neotoma magister) in Pennsylvania $815
    Amber Nolder Biology MS Effects of Logging Practices on Bats in a Managed Hardwood Forest $889
    Zachary Rhone English PhD
    Literature and Crit
    Mythopoeic Worldviews: The Writings of George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, and the Inklings $1,000
    Lindsay Sabatino English PhD
    Comp and TESOL
    Interactions of the Online Writing Center: A Student's Perspective $225
    Cheryl Sheridan English PhD
    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 MA 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 MS
    A Faunal Analysis of the Eleventh Horizon of the Koster Site $640
    Laura Kaufman Anthropology
    Archaeology MS
    What Difference Does 50 Years Make? An Examination of Faunal Remains from the Monongahela Johnston Village Site $969
    Laura King Criminology PhD The Simplicity and Complexity of Public Attitudes toward Sex Crimes $1,000
    David Kroskie Anthropology
    Archaeology MS
    The Role of Small Habitation Sites in Monongahela Subsistence Settlement Patterns $1,000
    James McNabb Art MFA Exploring Creative Applications of Digital Manufacturing Technology $1,000
    Dana Poole English PhD 
    Comp and TESOL
    Assessing the Impact of an Increased Knowledge of Student Writing Anxiety on Professors' Pedagogical Practices $328
    Emily Sciulli Art MFA The Craft of Handmade Paper in Contemporary Sculpture $895
    Spring Semester 2011
    Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
    Abdullah Al-Dagamseh English PhD
    Lit and Crit
    Geopolitical Fractures: Representation and Resistance in the Literary Narratives of World Bank Literature $1,000
    Laura D'Acunto Biology MS Bat Activity and Species Composition of Pennsylvania Landscapes Infected with White-Nose Syndrome $1,000
    Mack Frantz Biology MS Breeding Habitat Use of Golden-winged Warblers in Pennsylvania $1,000
    Rebekah Keating Biology MS Lepidoptera Host Preference in a Temperate Forest Ecosystem $1,000
    Constance Kramer Counseling MA Cyberbullying: A Pilot Study $535
    Michael Muder Geography MS 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 MS Isolation of Fusobacterium necrophorum: Associate Etiological Agent of Equine Hoof Abscess $1,000
    Kyle Nuske, Hiromi Kobata and Tomoko Oda English PhD,
    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 MS The Effects of Cyclic AMP on the Regulation of Biological Rhythms in Paramecium tetraurelia $887
    Kiel Shaley Chemistry, MS Structural Characterization of the SRS2 Protein $1,000
    Phillip Sharrow Chemistry, MS Preparation of Carbocycles by Intramolecular Cyclizations of Acyllithium Equivalents $981
    Chin Hong Siew Biology MS Strategic Approaches to cDNA Synthesis and Comparative Proteomics of Double-Stranded (ds) RNA infecting Rhizoctonia solani isolates $1,000
    Amy Swingle Psychology,
    Undergraduate Student Parents: Stress, Role Conflict, and Coping $250
    Fall Semester 2010
    Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
    Ibrahim Ashour English PhD 
    Comp and TESOL
    The EFL Enterprise in Syria: An Examination of Teachers' and Inspectors' Interactive Relationships, Beliefs, and Attitudes $1,000
    Jennifer Huck Criminology PhD Blue Ribbon Sentencing: Judicial Decision-Making and Situated Identities $1,000
    Angela Jalliet Anthropology MA Understanding Panenarium in the Present: Proposal for Research at Site 35ME235 and the Subsequent Presentation to the Public $1,000
    David Kroskie Anthropology MA The Role of Small Habitation Sites in Monongahela Subsistence-Settlement Patterns $1,000
    Seth Mitchell Anthropology MA Chronology of the Late Woodland Monongahela Tradition Johnston Village Site $1,000
    Kristin Swanton Anthropology MA Sacred Landscapes of the Pequot War: How Social Memory ahs Influenced Archaeological Research at the Battle of Mystic Fort $1,000
    Shannon Tanghe English PhD 
    Comp and TESOL
    Transnational Teaching Development Collaboration $1,000
    Benjamin Tost Biology MS 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 MS The Relationship between Regular Breakfast Consumption and Academic Performance, Attendance and Alertness among College Students $425
    Bifei Cao Art MFA Experimental Painting Methods in the Enamel Field $951
    Rebecca Chamberlin, Kathryn Jenney
    and Leah Zeman
    Food and Nutrition MS The Power of Nutrition Information $215
    Joseph Grata Biology MS A Comparison of Golden-Winged Warbler Breeding Habitats in Northcentral Pennsylvania $210
    Melissa Jakubcak Biology MS The Feeding Habits of Red-Eyed Vireos as Discerned through CNB Barcoding $400
    Jonathan Libbon Anthropology MA Roosevelt's Forest Army: A Study of Consumer Behavior at a Civilian Conservation Corp $1,000
    Melissa Lingle-Martin English PhD
    Lit and Crit
    Disfiguring Lady Justice: 19th Century American Women Writers' Visions of Justice $1,000
    Julie Mibroda Biology MS Understanding Factors that Influence the Distribution of the Endemic Shorthead Garter Snake in Northwestern Pennsylvania $1,000
    Tina Madison Peschock English PhD
    Lit and Crit
    A Well-Hidden Secret: Harper Lee's Contribution to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood $976
    Katy Ringbloom Biology MS The Physical and Chemical Effects of Wolf Spiders on Pest Insects $342
    Heather Rininger Biology MS The Effects of Guanylate Cyclase (GC) on the Biological Rhythms of Paramecium tetrurelia $923
    Michael Romagano Art MFA Emergence $498
    Tina Rose Psychology PsyD Clinical Utility of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practitioner's Perspective $163
    Fall Semester 2009
    Name Dept/Program Project Title Award
    Elizabeth Campbell English PhD
    Comp. and TESOL
    Being and Writing with Others: On the Possibilities of an Ethnographic Composition Pedagogy $500
    Carly Dunn English PhD
    Lit and Crit
    The Irish Language: An Intensive Study $1,000
    Rachel Hagar Music MA
    An Overview of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Operatic Works, with Emphasis on Monna Vanna $500
    Yuan Hu Chemistry MS Na2(Zn,Co)Si04, A Promising Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor $1,000
    Jennifer James Criminology PhD Attitudes and Reality: The Impact of Perceptions of Police on Students' Victimization Reporting Behaviors $248
    Erica Kempler Art MFA Crystalline Glazes $881
    Emmanuelle Maryse Wambach Art MFA A Dreamlike Installation $500
    Erica Meyers Biology MS Identification of the Floal Scent Compounds Emitted bySymplocarpus foetidus $373
    Mickey Moffe Biology MS Influence of Metal Concentrations, Percent Salinity, and Length of Exposure on the Metabolic Rate of Golden Shiners $992
    James Nestor Art MFA Environmental Phenomenology $480
    Mike Stofiel Art MFA Sustainability in Furniture Design: Materials and Finishing $1,000
    Lauren Wheatall Biology MS The Effects of White-Tailed Deer Browing on Insect Diversity in the Allegheny Hardwood Forests $1,000
    Chad Whitaker Art MFA The New Pittsburgh Daguerreotypes $1,000