Past Cohorts

NSF Award #1249283 Northeast LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (Cohort 1). PI: John Cunningham, UMass Amherst; co-PI: Dr. Mun Y. Choi, UConn; 9/1/2012–8/31/2015

Jaime Angueira

Jaime Angueira

School of Engineering – Civil Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Karthik Konduri

Research Project: Developing transportation system models based on human behavior.

Hector Contreras

Hector Contreras

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Roslyn Holly Fitch

Research Project: Studying effects of medication on effort-related symptoms of depression in rats.

Deborah Dorcemus

Deborah Dorcemus

School of Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Syam P. Nukavarapu

Research Project: Researching osteochondral (bone/cartilage) repair.

Yomery Espinal

Yomery Espinal

School of Engineering – Material Science and Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Pamir Alapy

Research Project: Thin films and functional materials

Alexavier Estrada

Alexavier Estrada

School of Pharmacy – Pharmaceutical Sciences

Advisors: Dr. Amy Anderson and Dr. Dennis Wright

Research Project: Synthesis of dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors

Sage Hardesty

Sage Hardesty

School of Engineering- Environmental Engineering

Advisor: Emmanouil N. Anagnostou

Research Project: Flood frequency analysis

Patrice Hubert

Patrice Hubert

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources – Nutrition

Advisor: Dr. Ock Chun

Research Project: Investigating the chokeberry polyphenol antioxidant and its impact on bone loss.

Adreana Panzo

Andreana Panzo

School of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Pinar Zorlutuna

Research Project: Creating biomimetic tissue substitutes as an alternative to using animals to study myocardial infarction

Dustin Ray

Dustin Ray

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Jones

Research Project: Exploring how the anatomy of the Pelargonium stem allows it to move water throughout the plant.

Manuel Rivas

Manuel Rivas

School of Engineering – Material Science and Engineering

Advisors: Dr. Bryan Huey

Research Projects: Attempting to measure the force of individual medicinal radiation particles using Atomic Force Microscopy/Measuring microelectromechanical systems using AFM

Nathan Sanford

Nathan Sanford

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Molecular and Cell Biology

Advisor: Dr. Victoria Robinson

Research Project: Determining atomic models of various components of the endoplasmic recticulum mitochondria encounter structure (ERMES) complex using protein X-ray crystallography

Neila Seda

Neila Seda

School of Engineering – Environmental Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Vadas

Research Project: Working on sediment biouptake of silver nanoparticles to address toxicity and bioaccumulation in worms.

Tanisha Williams

Tanisha Williams

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advisors: Dr. Kent Holsinger and Dr. Carl Schlichting

Research Project: Studying the effects of climate change on diverse plant genera in South Africa

NSF Award #1400328, Northeast LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (Cohort 2). PI: John Cunningham, UMass Amherst; co-PI: Dr. Mun Y. Choi, UConn. 6/1/2014–5/31/2016

Karla Arias

Karla Arias

Department of Chemistry – Polymer Chemistry

Advisor: Professor Fotis Papadimitrakopoulos

Research Poject: Self assembly of surfactants and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) in aqueous solutions under variable conditions such as pH and ionic strength for selective enrichment of chiral SWNT

Guleid Awale

Guleid Awale

Department: School of Engineering – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Cato Laurencin

Research Project: Harnessing Cyclic AMP Signaling for Bone Regenerative Engineering

Shaniel Bowen

School of Engineering- Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Krystyna Gielo-Perczak

Research Project: Musculoskeletal modeling, simulations, and computational biomechanics, which involve using the AnyBody Modeling System.

Sonia Chavez

Polymer Program

Advisor: Dr. Luyi Sun

Research Project: Developing multifunctional coatings using various nano materials.

Brian Cruz

Brian Cruz

School of Engineering – Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Leslie Shor

Research Project: How soil microstructure influences microbially-mediated moisture retention

Svetlana Dominguez

College of liberal Arts and Sciences- Chemistry

Advisor: Dr. Jose A. Gascón

Research Project: Computational study of gold monoprotected layer clusters.

Amani Ebrahim

Amani Ebrahim

College of liberal Arts and Sciences- Polymers Program

Advisor: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh

Research Project: Synthesis and functionalization of biocompatible polymer for bio-sensing applications.

Keila Garrido

Keila Garrido

College of Agriculture- Plant Science

Advisor: Dr. Gerald Berkowitz

Research Project: Calcium signaling in Arabidopsis plants.

Randy Hamchand

Randy Hamchand

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Christian Brückner

Research Project: Analysis of the Pigment Composition of Keratinized Tissues of Vertebrates

Lukas McNaboe

Lukas McNaboe

College of Agriculture, Natural Resources &
Environment

Advisors: Drs. Michael Dietz, Gary Robbins, Timothy Vadas

Research Project: Quantifying the possible effects of road salting on groundwater quality.

Randi Mendes

Randi Mendes

School of Engineering- Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Vadas

Research Project: Researching the fate of Cu in ecosystems.

Kiefer Rodriguez

Kiefer Rodriguez

College of liberal Arts and Sciences- Molecular &
Cell Biology, Microbial System Analysis

Advisor: Dr. Gerald Berkowitz

Research Project: Calcium signaling in Arabidopsis plants.

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

School of Engineering- Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Dr. Eric Donkor

Research Project: Wavelength-Modulated Surface Plasmon Resonance Gas Sensors.

NSF Award #1702132, Northeast LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (Cohort 3). PI: John Elliott, UConn. 5/1/2017-4/30/2020

Randy Hamchand

Randy Hamchand

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Christian Brückner

Research Project: Analysis of the Pigment Composition of Keratinized Tissues of Vertebrates

Jessica Maita

School of Engineering - Materials Science and Engineering

Cristian Martin

Chemistry

Kevin Rivera

Kevin Rivera

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences- Chemistry

Advisor:

Research Project: Developing Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles for potential drug and/or gene delivery