Salisbury University's Undergraduate Research Fellows
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 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 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 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 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
“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
My office hours are Monday, 11:30-12:30 a.m. and Thursday 11:00-12:00 a.m
Hope to see you there! “
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 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,
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 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.