Salisbury University's Undergraduate Research Fellows

Austin Dabbs

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Austin is a chemistry major! His office hours are Monday’s and Wednesday’s 11-12 a.m.

“When I was first hired, I had worked in the Perdue School as a Student Business Leader and competed in the MAXI marketing competition and the Entrepreneurship competitions. I later found myself studying my true interest, chemistry, in the Henson School. I now do research on green chemistry involving the synthesis of quantum dots for use in solar cells. I wanted to be a URF because I was about as lost as a student could be, and these opportunities have taught me where I want to go in life. These activities were among the most educational experiences of my life, and I wanted to tell students who felt unsure of their path that there are resources and opportunities here on campus that can help guide you to your future career.”

Amanda Rocker

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Amanda is a senior biology major, psychology minor, and a second-year URF!

Amanda's Office hours are from 10-12 p.m. on Friday's! Stop by and see her for any of your research questions!

"I started conducting research as a freshman at Salisbury University, working in Dr. Jessica Clark's lab in the biology department. This is a neuroscience-based lab that studies the effects of hyperglycemia (diabetes) on the nervous system using Zebrafish. After 3 years in the lab, I completed my first research paper which has been accepted for publication through the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology. I am currently in Dr. Eric Liebgold’s herpetology lab studying populations of endangered species of salamanders and turtles to help protect and better establish ways to aid these organisms. I became a URF because, with my own experiences in research, I know the importance of this opportunity for students, regardless of what field or year they are in. It is necessary to foster more interest and growth in students pursuing research and creative projects, and being a URF allows me to reach out to and support these future professionals and leaders."

Eleanor Brown

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Eleanor is a senior pursuing a dual degree in social work and political science with a psychology minor.

Her office hours are: 2:00-4: 00 pm (Tuesdays)

I am currently completing my undergraduate Honors thesis examining the employment experiences of returning citizens, individuals with felony convictions, who have returned to their communities on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. I have been mentored by Dr. Jennifer Jewell, Program Chair of the Social Work Graduate Program, since my sophomore year. The inspiration for this project stems from the weekly educational book discussions I co-lead at Eastern Correctional Institution, a male medium-security prison. Additionally, during the 2018 summer session, I served as a Governor’s Summer Internship Fellow where I co-authored a policy paper focused on increasing interagency communication regarding current vacant property policy, establishing stronger nonprofit-private partnerships, and recommending the future trajectory of the Hogan Administration’s Project C.O.R.E. initiative within Maryland.

Melissa Marsh

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"Melissa is an English --Creative Writing major! Her office hours are on Monday’s from 4:45-6:45 p.m.!

“I became a URF to help bridge the gap between undergrads and faculty researchers, and also to help bring awareness that research is in no way limited to history or the sciences.”

“My current research is for a poetry project. I am doing research in both psychology and science and bringing them together through an exploratory poetry series that questions who we are in the moments “between.” Not, who are we when we’re home alone in our PJs watching Netflix, but who are we after a loss, or driving down a backroad with the music up and the windows down, when we revisit a place familiar from childhood --those moments of quiet introspection, the moments where we feel “like ourselves” or where we feel “alive.” Woven through this series are both images of space --stars, planets, moons, nebulae --and an understanding of their place in the universe, and how they function.”

Julia Miller

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Julia is a Senior Chemistry major, pre-pharmacy!

Her office hours are Monday’s 9-11 a.m

“I became a URF because undergraduate research has played a strong role in my success here at SU. Research has allowed me to apply what I learn in class to real life. The past two years I have studied a more efficient, cost-effective synthesis of an anti-migraine drug. This research was very successful, and I was able to publish this work as an undergraduate in an academic research journal. I have also been apart of a NSF-REU program at UMBC studying ferrous iron transport. I was accepted to The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. I was awarded at Salisbury University for the Glenn award. Currently, I am researching syntheses to create DHQ products, which are important in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Research has taught me what I am passionate about and has set me up for future success. As a URF, I hope to help others find ways to get connected with research that interests them!”

Kacie Cassar

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“Hi, all! My name is Kacie Cassar, I am a senior and triple major in History, Psychology, and International Relations, with a minor in Political Science. I am excited to have been selected as an Undergraduate Research Fellow, I wanted to become a URF to help emphasize that research can be extended further than just stem majors. Liberal Arts is filled with opportunities to explore and pursue one's ideas and passions. Throughout my time here I have done extensive History research, many times using the Nabb Center Archives to provide primary sources for my topics of interest, my research in History has lead me to gain an Archival Internship in the Nabb Center which has been an amazing experience. Currently, I am working on a psychology research project that happens to also be my Honors Thesis. For this project, I am looking at how Social Media is affecting the dating culture of college students!

My office hours are Monday, 11:30-12:30 a.m. and Thursday 11:00-12:00 a.m
Hope to see you there! “

Kerry Lynch

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My name is Kerry Lynch, I am a junior exercise science allied health major with a chemistry minor. I do research with Dr. Scott Mazzetti in the Laboratory for Human Performance and am working on my honors thesis. Currently, I am working on the preliminary stages (pilot and project design) of a study to examine the influence of short-term, very-intense anaerobic and resistance training on energy expenditure, power output, and conditioning. Specifically, this two-part study will examine whether 4 intense exercise sessions (over two weeks) can elicit changes in exercise energy expenditure, as well as energy expenditure during activities of daily living (vacuuming, wiping, and stair climbing). Within the same study, but as a secondary set of objectives, we will also examine whether 4 intense exercise sessions can significantly increase peak power and improve intermittent anaerobic exercise conditioning. Our pilot efforts will be five weeks long this semester, including pre-and post-maximal strength, aerobic, and power testing, familiarization sessions, four explosive training sessions, and pre and post energy expenditure testing.

I became a URF because I want everyone to know that research can be applied to any subject matter and benefit you in any field. Even though I am not planning on pursuing a career in research immediately after I finish my undergraduate career, I have gained an incredible amount of practical skills to apply in whatever my next steps will be. Research has made me a better student, a more engaged learner, and a more confident leader. Undergraduate research is something that has had a strong influence on molding who I am during my undergraduate career, and I would encourage all other students to also engage in research on campus. It is something that is seen as intimidating, or even unnecessary for people who are not interested in research as a career in the long term, however, there are many applicable skills gained through research.

I have office hours Thursdays 9:30-11: 00 am

Lauren DeLong

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Lauren is a senior biology major! 

Her office hours are Tuesday 9:30-11:30 a.m.!

 "Research has made my undergraduate career an adventure involving worldwide travel, pursuit of intriguing questions, and a network of diverse colleagues! I became a URF to share my stories with my peers and to encourage them to pursue their own fields to the fullest through research and creative activities. Engaging in a variety of enriching undergraduate projects afforded me powerful skills. While working with Dr. Les Erickson for two years, I isolated and genetically identified wild yeast strains from local sources, stirring my interest for molecular biology and genetics. The following summer, I worked at the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health, verifying a desensitization mechanism in cardiac cells overexpressing Adenylate Cyclase 8. My current work, an Honors thesis with Dr. Jennifer Nyland, explores the immunotoxic and epigenetic effects of environmental arsenite on macrophage inflammatory responses. I am learning not only how to analyze differential gene expression, but also how to design a project while keeping the local community in mind: two skills used last summer in the stem cell research lab in Germany! There, we genetically characterized stem cells that were potentially ideal for clinical use, thereby keeping the patient in mind as the motivation of the work. I hope you'll stop by OURCA to see me so I can help you get your research adventure started!"

Kateria Rodriguez

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Hello! My name is Kateria Rodriguez, and I am a history major and English minor.

As a senior, my research primarily focuses on race, gender, and identity in the modern World. I have done research with race relations between African Americans and American Indians and Islam in China and the policies of religion, which has been featured at NCUR and PCAS in 2018. I am currently working on an Honors Thesis focused on imperialism, sexology, and homosexuality in Meiji Japan.

My offices hours are Wednesday’s 12:00-2:00

Cameron Kane

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Cameron has been working on research to develop an audio recognition and localization algorithm that utilizes deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence. He hopes to make this the backbone of an innovative Closed-Captioning system to bring into the videogame industry to make competitive games more accessible.

His office hours are Monday’s 1-3 p.m.