2008 | REACH | SIU

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Research-Enriched Academic Challenge - REACH

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

2008 REACH Award Winners

Joseph Batir 
Geology 
"Verification of Grave Sites Using Geophysical Methods at the Holliday Cemetery" 
Faculty mentor: Harvey Henson, Geology 
$1,500

Andrew Dennhardt 
Zoology 
"Ultraviolet Radiation Perception as a Foraging Technique for Two Nocturnal Avian Species: The Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl" 
Faculty mentor: Michael Eichholz, Zoology 
$1,221

Heather Foslund 
Zoology 
"Sediment Toxicity of Pyrethroids in Urban Creeks" 
Faculty mentor: Michael Lydy, Zoology 
$1,450

Lisa Furby 
Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes 
"Novel Sensor for the Extraction of Potassium and Sodium in Biomedical Applications" 
Faculty mentor: Ajay Mahajan, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes 
$1,450

Alicia Guebert 
Art History 
"The Creole House: Research, Preservation, and Interpretation" 
Faculty mentor: Stacey Sloboda, Art and Design 
$1,497

Robert Ham 
Physiology 
"Production of Taxol Precursors in the Moss Physcomitrella patens
Faculty mentor: Aldwin Anterola, Plant Biology 
$1,500

Sarah Heck 
Psychology 
"McTBI: Does a Fast Food Diet Worsen Behavioral Outcome Following a Traumatic Brain Injury?" 
Faculty mentor: Michael Hoane, Psychology 
$1,500

Jennie Irwin 
Rehabilitation Institute 
"Enhancing Treatment Outcomes for Methamphetamine Abusers Utilizing Contingency Management Techniques" 
Faculty mentor: D. Shane Koch, Rehabilitation Institute 
$1,500

Lauren Kacz 
Chemistry 
"Use of Volume Sensitive Organosilica Sol-Gels in Dynamic Modulation of Protein Folding-Unfolding Pathways" 
Faculty mentor: Bakul Dave, Chemistry 
$1,500

Merry Lanker 
Art Education 
"Art and Literature" 
Faculty mentor: Sally Gradle, Art and Design 
$1,497

Chasity Love 
Chemistry 
"Study of the Adsorption of Small Copper Clusters on the Surface of Zinc Oxide" 
Faculty mentor: Lichang Wang, Chemistry 
$1,475

Kevin Loyd 
Psychology 
"The Effect of Self-Generated Versus Externally Imposed Rules on Human Learning" 
Faculty mentor: Eric Jacobs, Psychology 
$1,500

Gareth McGee 
Microbiology 
"Molecular Investigation of Perchlorate-Reducing Bacteria Associated with Native Illinois Plants" 
Faculty mentor: Laurie Achenbach, Microbiology 
$1,250

Elizabeth Patterson 
Biological Sciences 
"Discovering the Role of Forkhead Transcription Factor Foxj1 and Its Role in Pituitary Development and Maintenance" 
Faculty mentor: Buffy Ellsworth, Physiology 
$1,449

Mame Redwood 
Plant Biology 
"Biological and Artistic Illustration of Plant Life Cycles" 
Faculty mentor: Jane Geisler-Lee, Plant Biology/Erin Palmer, Art and Design 
$1,400

Shanna Strieker 
Physiology 
"Cell Models of Embryogenesis and Tumorigenesis" 
Faculty mentor: Jodi Huggenvik, Physiology 
$1,500

Gary Vancil Jr. 
Geology 
"Antarctic Foraminiferal Taphonomy and Its Effect on Paleoenvironmental Proxies" 
Faculty mentor: Scott Ishman, Geology 
$737

Stacie Wallace 
Psychology 
"'We Were Only Playing': An Exploration of Playful Aggression and Gender and Its Impact on the Initiation of Aggression" 
Faculty mentor: Rebecca Weston, Psychology 
$1,500

Sara Beth Wells 
Physiology 
"CPEB Zinc Finger Domain Structure and Interactions with mRNA, Symplekin, and CPSF" 
Faculty mentor: Brian Lee, Chemistry 
$1,500

Ann Womack 
Microbiology 
"Synergistic Tumor Suppressor Activity of DEAF-1 and p53 in a Conditional Mouse Model for Prostate Cancer" 
Faculty mentor: Michael Collard, Physiology 
$1,425