Sigma Xi Research Awards


Shannon McFarland (Biology)

Title of Project: Expression and Regulation of the Na-Cl Cotransporter (NCC) in Ion Regulatory Tissues of Threespine Stickleback

Research Mentor: Dr. Michelle Monette

Daniel Monahan (Biology)

Title of Project: Thirty Minutes per Day Keeps the Calories Away: The Benefits of Wheel Running on Food Intake and Body Weight in Mice 

Research Mentor: Dr. Joshua Cordeira

Brittany Schappach and Sandra Zapata-Ramirez (Biology)

Title of Project: A Comparison of Household Dryer-Induced Mortality on Laboratory Reared and Field-Collected Ixodes Scapularis Ticks 

Research Mentor: Drs. Neeta Connally and Rayda Krell



Volha (Olga) Alizarchyk (Mathematics)

Title of Project: Shock Wave Calculations in Diverse Applications: NEW Trigonometric Essentially Non-Oscillatory (ENO) Interpolation for Solving Non-linear Hyperbolic PDEs, Theory and Computations

Research Mentor: Dr. Stavros Christofi

Alexander Bieber (Chemistry)

Title of Project: Exploring Solid Phase Analytical Derivatization (SPAD) as a Sample Preparation Method for Quantitative Analysis by GC-MS

Research Mentor: Dr. Yuan Mei-Ratliff

Brittney Romagna (Psychology)

Title of Project: The Effects of Psychological and Physiological Stress on Spatial Reasoning Skills

Research Mentor: Dr. Bernard Gee



Kaitlyn McNally (Biochemistry)

Title of Project: Characterization of M. tuberculosis HAD Phosphatase Rv3376

Research Mentor: Dr. Anne Roberts

Alex Potocki and Adebowale Shoroye (Mathematics)

Title of Project: Shock Wave Calculations? No Problem! Essentially Non Oscillatory (ENO) Stencil Selection Procedures: Using Excel VBA to Study & Compare ENO, Built With Various Basis Functions

Research Mentor: Dr. Stavros Christofi

Tyler Ryan (Chemistry)

Title of Project: Method Development of 1,3-Oxathiolane & 1,4-Oxathiane Synthesis

Research Mentor: Dr. Forest Robertson