Assessing knowledge of breast cancer, attitude toward concussions in college students, health literacy in Type 2 Diabetes among UMass Dartmouth undergraduate research projects receiving awards

14 Nursing, Psychology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Art Education, and Medical Laboratory Science students receive grants for undergraduate research projects this semester

UMass Dartmouth's Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has announced 14 Nursing, Psychology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Art Education, and Medical Laboratory Science grants to undergraduate students, advancing the University's development as a national research university. Projects range from assessing knowledge and attitudes related to concussions in sports to measuring the impacts of pesticides on plants. 

OUR offers awards for the fall and spring semester to help support student research projects.  Undergraduate students in any department at UMass Dartmouth, who are engaged in original research under the guidance of a faculty member, are eligible. 

The grant awardees are: 

Emily Anderson, Nursing 
Supervisor: Professor Caitlin Stover 
Promoting Self-Management of T1DM in Children and Families Using a Simulation Teddy Bear. 

Laurie Bryan, Psychology 
Supervisor: Professor Thomas Boone 
Couples Watching Television: Gender, Power, and an Age-Old Battle with Modern Technology. 

Shereen Cruz, Nursing 
Supervisor: Professor Elizabeth Chin 
The Relationship Between Health Literacy and Patient Activation in Type 2 Diabetes. 

Timothy Cunningham, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Supervisor: Professor Donald Boerth 
Formation of DNA Adducts in Plants from Pesticide Exposure. 

Avis Lynn Francis, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Supervisor: Professor Yuegang Zuo 
Sunlight Induced Degradation of Bisphenol A in Natural Water. 

Brian Glazer, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Supervisor: Professor David Manke 
Avoiding Interpenetration in Lewis Base in Derivatized MOFs. 

Brianne Hamlet, Nursing 
Supervisor: Professor Maryellen Brisbois 
Assessing Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risk Factors in College Students. 

Jona Koka, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Supervisor: Professor David Manke 
Incorporating 4-aminopyridines into MOFs for Carbon Capture. 

Andrew Kuznicki, Chemistry and Biochemistry, 
Supervisor: Professor David Manke 
Mixed-metal Complexes for Carbon Dioxide Reduction. 

Cyrenns Paquin, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Supervisor: Professor Donald Boerth 
Method Development for Synthesizing Allylic Tosylates 

Taylor Penning, Art Education 
Supervisor: Professor Cathy Smilan 
Women and a Sexualized Culture; How Did We Get Here? 

Bethany Phillips, Nursing 
Supervisor: Professor Mary Beth Sosa 
Recognizing and Responding to Stroke in the Community 

Michelle Whyte, Nursing 
Supervisor: Professor Kristen Sethares 
Assessing Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Concussions in Collegiate Rugby Players. 

Crystal Yeates, Medical Laboratory Science 
Supervisor: Professor Caterina Miraglia 
Validation of Salivary alpha-Amylase using the ATAC8000 Random Access Clinical Chemistry Analyzer 

UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.


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