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Student Fellows

The following students are the 2014 Chellgren Fellows.  For previous years, use the navigation menu to the left.

Shiza Arshad

Shiza Arshad is majoring in International Studies, Chinese and Gender and Women's Studies. She plans to attend Law School after completing a bachelor's degree. Her research project analyzes labor migration of Pakistani citizens to the United States. She is working with Dr. Michael Samers in the Deparment of Geography.

Arshad
Evelyn Beckert

Evie Beckert is majoring in Agricultural Biotechnology and plans to attend pharmacy school after completing her bachelor's degree. Her project involves determining the neuroprotective dose-response and optimal dosing regimen for early administration of the LP inhibitor U-83836E following traumatic brain injury. She is working with Dr. Ed Hall and Dr. Rachel Hill in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.

Beckert
Stacey Brothers

Stacey Brothers is majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Cognitive Science. She plans on completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology as she is particularly interested in the relationship between brain activity and behavior. The research project she is assisting on helps to assess the accuracy of validity scales on the CAARS-SL, a self-report measure used to document ADHD symptoms in adults. The accuracy of these validity scales is key in detecting respondents who answer inaccurately in order receive benefits, such as prescription medications. Her mentor is Dr. David Berry in the Department of Psychology.

Brothers
Elysha Calhoun

Elysha Calhoun is seeking to determine how well a certain type of polymer can fuction as an antioxidant when used to treat cells injured with severe oxidative stress. This type of treatment can be used to develop cures or treatments for many degenerative diseases as well as something as common as aging. She seeks to learn the chemistry behind and create this polymer, study and understand oxidative stress, run tests on both the polymer alone and on cells, as well as professionalize myself in a laboratory environment. Her research mentor is Dr. Thomas Dziubla.

Calhoun
David Cole

David Cole is an English major who has completely abandoned the notion that writing professionally is not a valid career choice, despite what he keeps being told. His research is focused on the life and music of legendary musician and founder of the outlaw country movement, Waylon Jennings. By the end of the project, David hopes to have the beginning draft of a collection based on Waylon. His mentor is Professor Frank X Walker of the Department of English and poet extraordinaire.

David Cole
Ashley Cutshaw

Ashley Cutshaw's research involves the study and analysis of cell mechanics and chemical and biological reactions to outside stimuli. The researcher is going to be studying the effects that things like pressure, fluid stress and other mechanical factors have on the cell. The researcher will analyze how the cells react to their environment. He or she will look at certain types of cells, for example cancerous, to see how they differ from the norm in their mechanics and reactions. This is being done in the hopes that things like cancer metastasis can be prevented or caught.

Ashley Cutshaw
Emily Daley

Emily Daley is working on synthesizing and characterizing Nuclear Localizing Signal-conjugated iron oxide nanoparticles. These nanoparticles can enhance intracellular reactive oxygen species generation. Cancer cells are more susceptible to oxidative stress compared to normal cells due to fast cell proliferation and metabolism. By targeting these nanoparticles to the nuclear envelope within lung cancer cells, it disrupts the redox homeostasis inside them and leads to selective destruction of the tumor cells. Emily will be working in Dr. Kimberly Anderson's Biomedical Lab.

Emily Daley
Thomas Daley

Tommy Daley is a double major in biology and philosophy. He plans to attend medical school upon graduation. His research deals with autopahgy, a form of cell death, in the reproductive system, and how this associates with cancers in this body system. He is doing this research under Dr. Edmund Rucker in the biology department.

Tommy Daley
Sabita Dumre

Sabita is majoring in Biology and plans to attend Medical School after completing her bachelor's degree. Due to her interest in medicine and science, she decided to participate in undergraduate research related to science and medicine.The main focus of her project is to discover novel peptides that bind to GAPDH and prevent the death of neurons, thereby showing neuroprotective abilities, which could one day lead to cure for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's Disease. She is currently working in the Bradley Laboratory, in the UK college of medicine with Dr. Bradley.

Sabita Dumre
Abraham Dutch

A geometric method of mapping music developed by Dmitri Tymoczko was applied to modern pop music, focusing especially on the relationship between a song's harmonic foundation and the notes in the melody. After mapping the music, relationships were searched for in the geometric figures created by different songs and different sections within the same song. Bram is working with Robert Schultz in the Department of Music.

Bram Dutch
Taylor Elder

Taylor Elder is a double majoring in psychology and kinesiology. Her main area of future interest is in sports psychology. The project she is working on involves subjective/objective views on cognitive processing. The hypothesis is supported through visual spatial tasks, memory tasks, and verbal tasks. Her mentor is Dr. Suzanne Segerstrom of the Psychology Department.

Taylor Elder
Janet Hall

Janet Hall is majoring in psychology and plans to go to graduate school for counseling psychology after completing her bachelor's degree. Her interest in psychology started in high school, and lately, she has been exploring different fields of psychology and currently wants to become a child psychologist. Her research project examines the children of alcoholic parents. Now that they are in college, the project looks at how the students coped with stress, their biological stress response, and their current mental health. Her mentor is Dr. Peggy Keller in the Department of Psychology.

Janet Hall
Kyle Hancock

Kyle Hancock is majoring in Public Health and is in the Certified Nonprofit Professional Program. His plans are to attend graduate school for public health to get his MPH. He was drawn to Public Health because of the wide range of disciplines covered and the increasing number of opportunities in the field. His research project is looking at emergency communication in an earthquake situation which is directly related to public health. He is focusing on the low SES and low education population in Southern California to ensure that the communication design is reaching these groups. His mentor is Dr. Deanna Sellnow, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Director of Presentation U.

Kyle Hancock
Kaylee Hicks

Kaylee Hicks is majoring in International Studies and plans on attending graduate school in public health followed by medical school. She is interested in leveraging this interdisciplinary education to facilitate community health improvement initiatives for underserved populations, specifically those in Latin America. Her current research project is an evaluation of  Kentucky hospitals' community health needs assessments (CHNAs). Kaylee's study compares the quality of documentation from hospitals with a prior history of intensive hospital-health department collaboration to those hospitals with minimal to no collaborative experience. Kaylee's mentor is the extraordinary Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield.

Kaylee Hicks
Ross Hildabrand

This research will explore the relationship between property values in Fayette County, Kentucky as a function of characteristics of the individual house, characteristics of the neighborhood a house is located in, the high school zoning of the property, the middle school zoning of the property, and crime in the area. The data will be compiled from the Property Valuation Administrator of Fayette County to provide characteristics of the homes and neighborhoods, and zoning and crime will be mapped to correspond to different properties and locations. This relationship is timely and relevant because of the school rezoning that will be taking place in the spring of 2015 in Fayette County. His mentor is Dr. William Hoyt.

Ross Hildabrand
Ameena Khan

Ameena Khan is conducting psychology and law research by examining juror decision making in victimization cases. Specifically, she is investigating the perception of child sexual assault cases in the courtroom when a male defendant testifies versus when he chooses not to testify. This research will assist the legal community in determining how best to prosecute child sexual assault cases. Her mentor will be Dr. Jonathan Golding in the Department of Psychology.

Ameena Khan
Hannah Latta

Hannah Latta is majoring in biology and plans to attend medical school. Upon earning her MD degree, she aspires to become a pediatric oncologist. She is currently investigating glycolysis rates and lipid metabolism in fibroblasts derived from PAR-4 wild-type and PAR-4 null mice. Her mentor is Dr. Vivek Rangnekar in the College of Medicine.

Hannah Latta
Kaitlin Lemaster

Kaitlin Lemaster is an animal science major from Appalachia. She's incredibly interested in the problems Appalachia is facing, a major one being the cancer rates. She is doing a literary review of studies done on APPALACHIAN arrears concerning cancer and proposing a study at the end of the semester. Her mentor is Dr.Wayne Sanderson.

Kaitlin Lemaster
Ryan McElhose

Ryan McElhose is majoring in Sociology with a Philosophy minor. He is planning on attending law school (JD/MPH) after completing a bachelor's degree. He is drawn to Sociology because he is interesting in prison reform, public policy, post-conviction justice, and public health. His research project is a literature review on how ex-offenders of the law are disenfranchised from social programs and in the political process. His mentor is Dr. Emily Beaulieu in the Department of Political Science.

Ryan McElhose
Zerina Mehic

Zerina Mehic is an Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet major who plans to attend vet school after completing her undergraduate degree. She is interested in all fields of veterinary medicine, but was drawn to the immunology aspect of it in particular after reading about some of the research projects going on in that lab. The purpose of her project is to determine the effect of a yeast supplement (called Lesaffre) on weaning-induced immune suppression in foals. Her mentor is Dr. Amanda Adams in the Department of Veterinary Science at the Gluck Equine Research Center.

Zerina Mehic
Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson is working in UK's Physical Therapy BioMotion Lab. She is studying how biomechanics and muscle function affect running injuries. Through this research she will be working to better understand the mechanics of how runners become injured as well as how treated injuries, like an ACL that has been reconstructed, can affect a person's muscles and activity. Her mentor is Dr. Brian Noehren in the Division of Physical Therapy.

Caroline Nickerson
Marie Noel
Marie Noel
Meredith O'Dell

Meredith O'Dell is a sophomore conducting her research in geological sciences. She plans to attend graduate school and later hopes to pursue a career as a petroleum geologist. Her research project employs x-ray fluorescence technology that yields information about the chemical composition of core samples from an oil drilling site in West Texas. With this information, she hopes to determine what type of environmental phenomena were present during the deposition of the rock in the Midland Basin. Her mentor is Dr. Mike McGlue in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Meredith O'Dell
Michael Parsons

Madrid published a sustainability plan in 2008 concurrently with the start of the economic crisis. Research will be done on the elements of the plan as related to different areas of the city and how those areas were affected by the economic crisis, and whether or not the sustainability plan is fit to continue to be in effect. Michael is working with Susan Larson.

Michael Parsons
Nathan Petrie

Nathan R. Petrie studies English and is pursuing an MFA in poetry. Because he is the poet Lexington deserves, but not the one it needs right now, he is writing a collection of poems focusing on Batman. He hopes his collection will demonstrate the literary potential of comic book heroes and stories. His mentor is current Kentucky Poet Laureate and UK Professor of English, Frank X Walker.

Nathan Petrie
Boone Proffitt

Boone Proffitt will analyze current structures at the University of Kentucky and then develop a plan to maximize campus (and even regional) space for the promotion of community engagement. This will be accomplished through small and large case studies, surveys, and interviews, and will culminate in site recommendations for at least one existing campus structure. The goal is to present this research to Dr. Capilouto and/or the Board of Trustees, whereby adaptive changes can be initiated at the university. This project will be accomplished in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Lucas, the Director of the School of Interiors.

Boone Proffitt
Sibi Rajendran

Sibi will use techniques in molecular biology and neuroscience to understand the three isoforms of Calpain 5 (A, B, and C) and their respective roles in the nervous system and beyond. Calpains are a family of calcium-dependent proteases, with fifteen members identified to date. “Classical” calpains (CAPN1-3,8,9,11-14) dimerize with either a small subunit or other calpains through a penta-EF hand domain. These were previously thought to be the predominant form of calpains in mammals. However, “non-classical” or “atypical” calpains (CAPN5-7,10,15,16) are also abundant in mammals. Recent data from the Geddes lab indicates that Calpain 5 is the second most abundant calpain in the brain and spinal cord. Relatively little is known regarding calpain 5, including its substrates. He is working with Dr. Hy Shin in Biomedical Engineering.

Sibi Rajendran
William Reichert

Willy Reichert is majoring in chemical engineering with aspirations to enter the medical field as either a physician or a biomedical engineer. His research focuses on a protease called cathepsin B, whose enhanced expression by breast cancer cells has been linked to their increased metastatic potential. The goal of this research is to determine whether cathepsin B enhances the ability of metastatic cancers cells to cleave adhesion bonds that would otherwise assist white blood cells in destroying the cancer cells. The question this research will address is how cathepsin B expression gives cancer cells a metastatic advantage. For these studies, Willy plans to use a cell mechanics approach in conjunction with traditional cell biological tools to test the hypothesis that cathepsin B expression by breast cancer cells enhances their metastatic potential. His mentor is Dr. Shin in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

William Reichert
Matthew Resch

Matthew is majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics and plans to work for the federal government in cyber security. His research involves the use of the SageMath mathematical software system to explore its functions in cryptography and data representation. His mentor is Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk in the Department of Computer Science.

Matt Resch
Paige Richie

Paige Richie is a double-major in International Studies and Political Science with minors in French and Gender and Women's Studies. She plans on entering a career in international service. She is incorporating her interests in childhood education and social inequities in her research project, following a study done in two parts in Indonesia. This study was designed to reduce ethnic bias in young children, however has led to a complex understanding in the ability to successfully decrease discrimination--a full evaluation of which will be conducted in this project. Her mentor is Dr. Christia Brown in the Department of Psychology.

Paige Richie
Rebecca Schladt

Becca Schladt is majoring in Civil Engineering and plans to attend graduate school for Anthropology. She is investigating the process of saltpeter production in Mammoth Cave during the War of 1812. She will be using information collected from the site to create a 3D image of the saltpeter works  and pipelines found within the caves and digitally recreate the process as it may have operated in the 1800s. Her mentor is Dr. George Crothers in the Department of Anthropology.

Rebecca Schladt
Abby Schroering

Abby Schroering is majoring in theater and English and plans to pursue a career in the arts. Her research project explores the ways in which editors have modified Shakespearean punctuation since the seventeenth century, and what those modifications may say about the culture of the time in which they were made. Her mentor is Professor Hardin in the Department of Theater.

Abby Schroering
Austin Sprinkles

Austin Sprinkles is majoring in Political Science and plans to work for the U.S. State Department in either Foreign or Domestic Service. His research project analyzes the relationship between the end of serfdom in Russia and slavery in the United States particularly the way freedom of the press or lack thereof could have influenced the larger movement. His project will also focus on the lives of two prominent abolitionists, Cassius Clay of Kentucky and Tsar Alexander II of Russia and whether or not they influenced one another philosophically in the wider scheme of the abolition movement. His mentor is Buck Ryan of the College of Journalism and Telecommunications.

Austin Sprinkles
Loretta Stafford

Loretta's research involves analyzing the lyrics of chart-topping hip-hop songs from the past decade and using that data to relate these themes to the changing face of masculinity and femininity in today's culture. She is working with Dr. Alan DeSantis.

Loretta Stafford
Angelo Stekardis

Angelo Stekardis is working in Matlab to develop a system that uses parallel line and real world angle calibrations in order to give two-dimensional images three-dimensional characteristics using the calibrated image and exiting data sets to calculate distance, height, width, and length of other objects in the image. He is working with Nathan Jacobs.

Angelo Stekardis
Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens' research project is directed towards Parkinson's disease and aging. It includes a case study that looks at how electrodes implanted into a patient's brain may help improve symptoms. Dr. Gerhardt also studies the relation between aging and inactivity of dopamine receptors that may cause Parkinson's symptoms. She is working with Dr. Gregg Gerhardt.

Danielle Stephens
Anna Townsend

Anna Townsend is a biology major with a music performance minor. She is conducting de novo assembly of transcriptomes from multiple species of salamandrid salamanders and analyzing genomic data produced from next-generation sequencing. Her mentor is Dr. David Weisrock in the Department of Biology.

Anna Townsend
Ava Vargason

Ava Vargason is majoring in Chemical Engineering and planning to enter the pharmaceutical industry after graduation. She is researching the polymerized antioxidant poly(trolox ester) and conducting internalization studies to quantify the number of poly(trolox) nanoparticles adsorbed onto and absorbed into endothelial cells. Her mentors are Dr. Thomas Dziubla, Dr. Kimberly Anderson and Dr. Zachary Hilt in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Ava Vargason
Madeline Wagner

Madeline Wagner is majoring in nursing and plans to attend CRNA school after completing her bachelor's degree here at the University of Kentucky. Her research project is looking at sexual education for children and parents. Her mentor is Dr. Kristen Mark in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

Madeline Wagner
Natalie Watkins

Natalie Watkins is majoring in English and Gender & Women's studies, and plans on attending law school after completing a bachelor's degree. She was drawn to English and the legal field because she enjoys using language to persuade, influence, and help others. Her research project utilizes primary and secondary legal sources in order to extrapolate the ways in which judicial activism-- and judicial restraint-- have shaped American history. Her mentor is Dr. Beau Steenken at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Natalie Watkins
Jared Wittrock

Jared Wittrock is obtaining a dual degree in chemical engineering and mathematics and plans to earn his MBA and masters in chemical engineering in the future. Due to his background and his love for the science of chemistry and mathematics, his research project focuses in on how thin silica films of copolymer substances, can be vertically oriented into the hexagonal closed packed (HCP) structure to transport hydrophilic proteins/nanodiscs across separate surfaces. His mentor is Dr. Stephen Rankin in the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department.

Jared Wittrock