RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)
RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)

2012-2013 Fellow Profiles

RISE Cohort Seven

 

 

Jessica BrownJESSICA BROWN

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: William Brandon, Ph.D.

 

Research Interests:

 

Pharmaceutical research on drugs prescribed to patients with HIV/AIDS and Diabetes.  My interest stems from knowing people with these diseases, my fascination with treatment methods, and concern about the effect of current treatments on the body.
Awards:

2012-2013 Angela Sharon Smith Award, Hawk assistant scholarship (CAE advising center), RISE Fellow

 

2011-2012 McCrimmon Scholarship

 

2010-2011 UNCP Merit Scholarship

Armando CoronaARMANDO CORONA
Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Ben Bahr, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

My interests are mainly on chemistry research, but I am always interested in trying new fields of research. Previously I have done research with the synthesis of peptides and determining their specific structures using specific instrumentation.

Science-related Conferences Attended:

UIC Summer Research Symposium 2012 - University of Illinois at Chicago
Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS 2012) - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center (PURC 2012) - UNC Pembroke
Symposium for Young Neuroscientists And Professors of the South East (SYNAPSE 2012) - University of South Carolina at Columbia
North Carolina Academy of Sciences (NCAS 2012) - Campbell University
The State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium (SNCURCS 2011) - East Carolina University
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS 2011) - Saint Louis, MO
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS 2010) - Charlotte, NC

Research Presentations:

Poster: Biodiesel production from vegetable oils by using TMAH as a catalyst – North Carolina Academy of Sciences (NCAS 2012) in Campbell University and Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center (PURC 2012) in UNCP

Oral: Solid-phase peptide synthesis and solid state NMR analysis of GRF (1-29) - UIC Summer Research Symposium 2012 at The University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS 2012) at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research/Career Internships:

University of Illinois at Chicago - Chemistry - Yoshitaka Ishii (Summer 2012)

Clubs and Professional Organizations:

Chemistry Club President
Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry Honor Society) Member

Awards/Honors:

UNCP Dean's List (Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011)
UNCP RISE Fellowship Cohorts 5, 6, 7

Sarah Hafner

SARAH HAFNER

Major: Biology & Chemistry

Mentor: Ben Bahr, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

Neurobiology, Immunology

Biology, specifically biochemistry, is fascinating. I love discovering not only how life systems interact, but why they interact, why there are breakdowns, and how the scientific community can prevent or reverse them.

Research Goal:

Conduct research in Multiple Sclerosis, either recreating nerve sheathings or slowing the immune attack on nerve fibers.

 

Mack

LLOYD MACK

Major: Environmental Science

Mentor: Deborah Hanmer, Ph.D., and Patricia Sellers, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

I am interested in doing research that can be used to protect the environment through the application of the natural sciences. I believe many problems can be solved through protecting the quality of the air, water, and soil. It is equally important to stop the disappearance of the biodiversity within our ecosystems and continue to find sustainable methods to support the needs of the human population.

Research Experience:

This is my first semester as a fellow with the RISE program. I am currently studying UNCP’s ongoing Aquaponics project.   With the guidance of my mentors, we will conduct research that analyzes the growth rates of agricultural plants using nutrient-rich water and aquatic organisms as a sustainable method for food production.

About Me:

I am a former member of the United States Army. In the military, I served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist (CBRN). I have training in many areas to include; Biological Integrated Detection Systems (BIDS), Toxic Industrial Chemical Protection and Detection Equipment (TICPDE), and Hazardous Material Transport (HAZMAT). I have been assigned to serve at several locations within the United States as well as living in both Germany and Korea. During my time in the military, I was deployed five times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I enjoy identifying problems and trying to find viable solutions to solve them. I look forward to learning as much as possible through the RISE program and trying to take advantage of every opportunity it provides me as I prepare for my second career.

Clubs and Professional Organizations:

Biology Club

 

Mycah Sewell

MYCAH SEWELL
Major: Biology

Mentor: Jeremy Sellers, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

I have always been interested in learning how life is affected by genetics and microscopic organisms like bacteria as well as other disease-causing agents like viruses.

Academic experience:

Maintained a GPA of 3.5 since elementary school

National Honors Society in high school

Science National Honors Society in high school

Jordan Smink

JORDAN SMINK
Major: Biology

Mentor: John Roe, Ph.D., and Ben Bahr, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

I have diverse research interests that include field biology and conservation as well as bacteriology as it pertains to medicine.  

Research Experience

RISE Fellow 2011-2012: “The Effect of Parks’ Management Techniques on Terrapene carolina”

Eastern Virginia Medical: “Outer Membrane Vesicles Cause Sepsis in vivo”

Research Presentations

Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium April 2012

RISE End-of-Summer Research & Creativity Presentation August 2012

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students November 2012: Abstract Submitted

Conferences Attended

Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Surgery Residency Research Day June 2012

Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium April 2012

North Carolina Academy of Sciences March 2012

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students November 2011

Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium April 2011

Marsalis Smith

MARSALIS SMITH

Major: Biology

Mentor: Ben Bahr, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

I plan to seek a Ph. D. in the field of biomedical engineering.  I have always found the field of neurobiology very interesting since taking Anatomy and Physiology in high school. After I obtain my degree, I plan on continuing to perform research and helping to advance the field of neurobiology that improves the quality of life.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering – 2010, NC State University

Research Experience:  

Although I have worked in research laboratories as an employee at DuPont, and have learned many valuable lessons during my time there, I have little academic research experience.  In the upcoming year, I hope to greatly append to my research experience with the help of RISE mentors and staff.

Conferences Attended:

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

  • Regional Leadership Development Conference (Tampa, FL – 2008)
  • National Technical Career Conference (Denver, CO - 2007)

About Me:

I am a second degree seeking student majoring in Biology.  I hope to obtain a degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), and use the opportunities presented through the RISE program and other programs here at UNCP to make myself a competitive applicant for various prestigious graduate programs.  I hope to enter the field of biomedical engineering after my time spent at Pembroke using every resource and opportunity presented to me from available faculty and staff.

 

Wild

KRISTOFFER WILD

Major: Environmental Science

Mentor: Ben Bahr, Ph.D.

Research Interests:

Herpetology, Conservation Biology

I have a strong interest in conservation biology and population ecology of reptiles and amphibians. 

Research Experience:

Currently I am conducting research on the effects of prescribed fire on Eastern Box Turtles in North Carolina State Parks. We are working with park professionals to improve conservation and management practices for this species.

  • Summer-Only RISE Participant, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Summer 2012
  • Undergraduate Student Assistantship (USA), University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2013

Research Presentations:

  • Risk and Response of Box Turtles to Prescribed Fire. Kristoffer Wild, Lucas Baxley, and Dr. John Roe. End-of-Summer Student Research & Creativity Presentation August 20, 2012 at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. (poster)
  • On the Road Again: Impact of Roads on Reptile Communities. Kristoffer Wild, Lucas Baxley, and Dr. John Roe. End-of-Summer Student Research & Creativity Presentation August 20, 2012 at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. (poster)

Conferences Attended:

  • 33rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, February 2-4, 2013, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013 Box Turtle Conservation Workshop, North Carolina Zoological Park, March 22-23, 2013, Asheboro, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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