St. Mary’s College Undergraduate Research Fellows Present Final Projects, Wednesday, July 3

Submitted by Michael Bruckler on June 27, 2019 - 3:07 pm
June 27, 2019
By Michael Bruckler

For eight weeks this summer, eight students and their faculty mentors participated in the annual St. Mary’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. SURF provides students opportunities to engage deeply in independent research, laboratory, and creative work across disciplines, including this year in psychology/neuroscience, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, mathematics, anthropology, and English. Under the guidance and with the expertise of faculty mentors, SURF fellows sharpen their research, analytic, and creative skills to produce work that many will continue into the following year.


On Wednesday, July 3, in Glendening Annex on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus, SURF fellows will present their projects to the College community. The public is invited to attend as well.


The program opens at 9:15 a.m. with remarks from SURF co-director Troy Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry. Student presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and proceed every half-hour until 12:15 p.m., at which time a complimentary lunch will be served. The program concludes with two final presentations beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by closing remarks at 2:45 p.m.

from SURF co-director Mark A. Rhoda, visiting associate professor of theater, film, and media studies.


SURF is a selective eight-week annual summer program at St. Mary’s College, where students from intentionally varied disciplines engage in directed research or creative work. While working full-time on their projects, students also participate in workshops and group meetings to sharpen their professional skills.


SURF is made possible by generous support from the Office of the Provost at St. Mary’s College, in addition to other internal funding sources. A portion of the funds go toward a stipend for the students, as well as room and board for the eight weeks.


Following is the schedule of SURF presentations:


9:15 a.m.:        Opening Remarks


9:30 a.m.:        Kyler B. Crank ’19

                        Majors: Mathematics, English

                        Tracing Chaos: A Study in Number Theory and Dynamical Systems

                        Mentor: Susan Goldstine, professor of mathematics


10:00 a.m.:      Bradley Moore ’20

                        Major: Chemistry, Minor: Biology

                        The Future of Solar Technology: Printing Nanomaterials

                        Mentor: Troy Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry


10:30 a.m.:      Katie Gill '20

                        Major: Anthropology, Minors: Art History, Museum Studies 

                        Colonoware: Native and African Made Ceramics in Colonial America

                        Mentor: Julia A. King, professor of anthropology


11:00 a.m.:      Poster Presentations (students present concurrently)


                        Vera Armstead ’20

                        Major: Psychology, Minor: English

                        Nicotine’s Impact on Anxiety and Drug-Seeking Behaviors in Adolescence 

                        Mentor: Gina M. Fernandez, assistant professor of psychology


                        Nhu Chau ’20

                        Majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Minor: Neuroscience

                        Encapsulating L-dopa with Nanoparticles 

                        Mentor: Torry Scott Dennis, assistant professor of psychology & neuroscience


                        Danielle Spaulding ’20
                        Majors: Chemistry, Biology

                        Methodology Development: Detection of Protein Formation Disruption Caused by Roundup

                        Mentor: Shanen M. Sherrer, assistant professor of biochemistry


12:15 p.m.:      Lunch Break


1:30 p.m.:        Giulia Pierpaoli ’21

                        Majors: English, Biology

                        A Sacred Right of Self-Government: Religion in the Rhetoric of the Civil War

                        Mentor: Brian O’Sullivan, associate professor of English


2:00 p.m.:        Colleen McGuire ’20

                        Major: Environmental Studies

                        Evaluating the Effects of Oyster Restoration on Aquatic Plant Habitat

                        Mentor: Cassie Gurbisz, assistant professor of environmental studies


2:45 p.m.:        Closing Remarks



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