Awards in the Natural and Computational Sciences

Visiting Recipients

2016
Award for Excellence
  • Nicholas George, Applied Science
    VCU, Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Dupree
    Axon Initial Segment Loss in Chronic Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis is Reversible
Honorable Mention
  • Michael A. Carlo, Biology
    Clemson, Advisor: Dr. Michael Sears
    Can lizard embryos survive climate warming? Thermal constraints on thephysiology of developing astern fence lizards
2015
Award for Excellence
  • Miranda Klees, Biology
    Clemson University, Advisor: Dr. Min Cao
    The Effect of Probiotics Supplementation on Health Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model System
Honorable Mention
  • Elizabeth Falwell, Biology
    Clemson University, Advisor: Dr. Andrew Mount
    The Potential Role of Cv1MMP in Wound Healing and Shell Repair in the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica
2014
Award for Excellence
  • Stevara Clinton, Chemistry
    VCU, Advisor: Dr. B. Frank Gupton
    Continuous Synthesis of Quinolone Analog
Honorable Mention
  • Rawan Al-Nsour, Medical and Nuclear Engineering
    VCU, Advisor: Dr. Mohamed Gad-el-Hak
    Parameterization of New Force Fields for Polytetrafluoroethylene
2013
Award for Excellence
  • Erin Heller, Biological Sciences
    Old Dominion University, Advisor: Dr. Eric Walters
    The effects of urbanization on the relationship among birds, ticks, and tick-borne diseases
Honorable Mention
  • Sandra Addo, Statistics
    University of Georgia, Advisor: Dr. Jeongyoun Ahn
    Multi-class Sparse LDA via Linear Programming
  • Anusha Liyange, Physics
    Hampton University, Advisor: Dr. Michael Kohl
    Measurement of the Proton Electric to Magnetic Form Factor Ratio with Polarized Beam and Target

2012
Award for Excellence
  • Samiur Arif, Computer Science
    Old Dominion University, Advisor: Dr. Stephan Olariu
    A Versatile Model for Stem Cell Growth
Honorable Mention
  • Heather M. Stowe, Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Clemson University, Advisor: Dr. Scott Pratt
    Characterization of Porcine Argonaute-2
2011
Award for Excellence
  • Eva Kwong, Biology
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Dupree
    The clustering of voltage-gated sodium channel 1.6 at the peripheral node of Ranvier is altered in the absence of sulfatide
Honorable Mention
  • Rabia Hussain, Applied Science
    Norfolk State University, Advisor: Dr. Natalia Noginova
    Proton NMR and spin relaxation in viscous and multi-component systems with magnetic nanoparticles
  • Senthilraja Singaravelu, Physics
    Old Dominion University, Advisor: Dr. Michael Kelley
    Laser Melt Smoothing of Niobium Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavity Surfaces 
2010
Award for Excellence
  • Samuel Shimp III, Biomedical Engineering
    Virginia Tech.  Advisors: Dr. Marissa Rylander & Dr. Christopher Reilly
    Computational modeling of Hsp90 as a therapeutic target to inhibit immune-mediated inflammation in systemic lupus erythematosus
Honorable Mention
  • Senthilraja Singaravelu, Physics
    Old Dominion University.  Advisors: Dr. Michael Kelley & Dr. Geoffrey Krafft
    Laser Processing on bulk Niobium to produce Niobium nitride
2008
Award for Excellence
  • Richard S. Groover, Environment Science & Policy
    George Mason University.  Advisor: Dr. R. Christian Jones
    Temporal and Spatial Aspects of the Colonization and Re-colonization in Lentic Habitats
Honorable Mention
  • Mark Shepherd, Anatomy & Neurobiology
    Virginia Commonwealth University.  Advisor: Dr. Jeffery Dupree
    Nodes of Ranvier Undergo Molecular Reorganization with Age
2007
Award for Excellence
  • Kristen Webb, Biology
    George Washington University.  Advisor: Dr. Marc Allard
    A Study of the Evolution of the Domestic Dog, Canis Familiaris, Using Mitochondrial DNA
Honorable Mention
  • Jorge Vasconcelos, Computer Science
    Johns Hopkins University.  Advisors: Dr. Susan Blunck & Dr. Scott Smith
    Development Adaptive-Questioning Techniques to Screen Problem Solving Abilities Related to Computer Programming Instruction