Office of Undergraduate Research awards grants to undergraduate student researchers

Student researchers from across campus to conduct unique research during the summer

Student in a lab writing

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) recently announced the Summer 2022 grant award recipients. The grant awards are given to student researchers to fund their proposals for research projects alongside a faculty supervisor. The Office of Undergraduate Research works with students begin and fund research projects that aim to solve problem, make new discoveries, interact with research faculty outside of the classroom, and demonstrate a student’s intellectual dedication and academic skills.


The Summer 2022 recipients are:


Ashleigh Anderson – Chemistry

Supervisor: Professor Sivappa Rasapalli 

Title: Development of Oroidin based Antibacterial Efflux Pump and Biofilm Inhibitors via Synthesis of Linker Modified Analogues 


Jillian Andruk - Chemistry

Supervisor: Professor Sivappa Rasapalli 

Title: Synthesis of Ecliptamines and its analogues for Antibacterial and Anti-Hyperglycemia Purposes 


Viktoriya A Balabanova - Mechanical Engineering/Physics

Supervisor: Professor Caiwei Shen 

Title: Characterizing the Friction Induced Triboelectric Effect of Polymers 


Vanessa Barreto - Nursing

Supervisor: Professor Emily Gesner  

Title: The Effect of Stress on the Cardiovascular System in Nurses  


Haleigh Nogueira - Biology

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sheriff 

Title: The Influence of Lethality on the Magnitude of Prey Response to Predation Risk 


Payton Parker - Mechanical Engineering

Supervisor: Professor Caiwei Shen 

Title: Development of a Thermoplastic Polymer Electrolyte-based Structural Supercapacitor


Zachary Pereira - Bioengineering

Supervisor: Professor Milana Vasudev  

Title: Development of Genetic Engineering Tools for the Iricent Bacteria Cellulophaga lytica 


Abdul Raffae - Mechanical Engineering

Supervisor: Professor Banafsheh Seyed-Agha Zadeh 

Title: Owl-Inspired Experimental Study on Flow-Induced Vibration Suppression with Aerospace Applications


Christian Ray - Bioengineering

Supervisor: Professor Lamya Karim 

Title: Determining the Effects of Vitamin B6 on Type 2 Diabetic Bone


Carmen Zhan - Accounting

Main Supervisor: Associate Dean Chan Du; Secondary Supervisor: Judith Farrar, archivist at the Barney Frank archives at UMassD.  

Title: Congressman Barney Frank and his Contributions to the South Coast Immigrant Communities

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