surfs up 2017: rhode island undergrads in research
Think Big Tank
The URI Think Big Tank, is a fast-paced competition among student researchers for a chance to win a $2,000 grant. Each student will have ten minutes to deliver a presentation based on their current research, after which the members of the audience will choose a winner.
Shown below are this year’s presenters.
Brian Bishop is a double major in pharmacy and computer science. He will present results from his summer research position at Notre Dame University, where he used Next-Gen Sequencing data to identify copy number variations in the fast-mutating parasite that causes drug-resistant malaria.
Jared Rondeau majors in computer science. He recently interned on the data science team for Hotwire.com, where his work was centered on improving the website’s hotel sorting algorithm by using machine learning to predict customer satisfaction.
Anne Reisch is a junior in the International Engineering Program, where she is a dual major in chemical engineering and German. She will present her research findings on using stimuli-responsive biomaterials to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs that more effectively target cancer cells, reducing the body’s exposure to toxins during treatment.
Alaina Dawson is a senior majoring in marine affairs and minoring in philosophy and aquaculture and fisheries technology. Nate Lukas is a senior majoring in environmental science and management. Together, the two will present the findings of their Block Island Wind Farm Attitudes research project, conducted with David Bidwell, URI assistant professor of marine affairs, for which they traveled to Block Island twice a week over the course of five months, engaging with the public and gathering data.
Morgan Anthony is a junior majoring in environmental science and management, minoring in marine biology. She will present her research on mesopredator release and changing refuge quality as possible explanations to coral reef fish decline. Analyses were done with the data collected this past summer by her peer, Christine Gardiner, their mentor, Dr. Graham Forrester, and herself.
NEWRNET UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2016
NEWRnet leadership and scientists from Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont, back row, gather with students from the three states for the annual undergraduate research symposium, held this year at University of Rhode Island. The event offered students an opportunity to present their research posters and give two-minute talks on the work they conducted during their summer internships.