Mount Saint Mary College's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
(SURE) program will cap off an intensive summer of research with a
symposium at the College.
The SURE Symposium 2011 will be held on Wednesday, September 21,
from 5 - 7 pm. Students will set up their posters in the Kaplan
Family Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Atrium at
4:45 pm, and will attend their posters until 6 pm (refreshments
will be available).
At 6 pm, keynote speaker Dr. George L. Wimberly,
director of social justice and professional development at
the American Educational Research Association
(AERA), will address attendees in Aquinas Room 163. This will
be a 45-minute talk, followed by 15 minutes for questions.
The topic of Dr. Wimberly's address is How do we
know what we know? Using research to inform policy and
Dr. Wimberly manages the AERA dissertation and post-doctoral
fellowship programs, provides national exposure to these fellowship
opportunities, and works directly with grantees and their
institutions. He is the co-principal investigator on the National
Science Foundation funded project, Advancing Knowledge and
Building the Research Infrastructure in Education and STEM
Much of his research focuses on educational transitions and
educational attainment among African-American students. He has
previously worked in policy research at ACT, Inc., where he
developed policy reports on college planning. Dr. Wimberly earned
his PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Mount Student Research Projects
Read more about the research projects that students and faculty
collaborated on in the SURE 2011 sessions:
Gigianna Santiago and Margaret
Using aquatic plants to produce substrate for electricity
generating microbial fuel cells
Mary McEwan and Tom Sarro
Replication of a vegetation study last performed in 1971.
The intent is to document forest change over this forty year
periodsacross ten distinct habitats on the Mohonk Preserve.
Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg and Carl Hoegler
Protease Inhibitors and the Integrity of Muscle Proteins:
This project will test the efficacy of incorporation of protease
inhibitors in tissue lysates on their protein integrity.
Alana DeTone and Lynn Maelia
Analysis of nicotine in hookah smoke by gas
Andre Santa and William Lahar
The mechanism of oxidation of 2-butanol
in the presence of gold nanooparticles using FT-IR and FT-NMR
Rebecca Seepersad and Janet Petroski
Investigating the oxidation of 2-butanol catalyzed by Au and Pd
nanoparticles using ATR-FTIR.
Kaeley Miller and James
The Protective Effects of
Butein Against Cytotoxicity and the Anti-Proliferative Effects of
Cinnamaldehyde on Cancer Cells.
Kelsey Hart, David
Gallagher and Matt Hollibush
pedagogical approach for preparing teacher candidates for teaching
disciplinary literacy in secondary schools is with project-based
learning (PBL). This research project has examined how
teacher candidates in a graduate content literacy course designed
and implemented a project, and integrated disciplinary literacy
throughout the PBL process.
DiRusso andSuparna Bhalla
Investigating the anti-proliferative properties of commercial
licorice root extract on human epithelial cervical carcinoma
Cocco and Rebecca Norman
relationship between third graders’ understanding of the
visuals/text features in informational text (e.g., diagrams,
captions) and their comprehension of informational text in
Camacho and Sarah Uzelac
Impact of Common Obstetrical Intervention in the Perinatal Period
on Prevalence of Childhood Developmental Disorders. DESCRIPTION:
The current research project focuses on the relationship between
common obstetrical interventions and the incidence of Autism
Laura Lamica and Daniel Shea
A compilation of the first anthology of the Irish Literary Revival
comprised entirely of primary source materials.
Kristin Phillips, Virginia Davidson and Sister Catherine
Reviewing, organizing and evaluating the personal records (diaries
and scrap books) of the Newburgh artist, Hazel Brill Jackson, with
the ultimate goal of publishing a book about her life and her
James Liporace and Douglas Robinson
Identifying the types of bacteria found in nestling American and
Fish Crows and determining whether they are resistant to common
human antibiotics. Our research will provide insights into whether
survival is correlated with bacterial assemblage and whether crows
serve as reservoirs for bacteria that are harmful to humans.
Lauryn Kilker and Paul Schwartz
The present study is a research grant provided by DSS, whose
primary goal is to understand the correlates of homelessness in
Orange County, and examine the variables that could improve
services and reduce recidivism of the identified homeless
Elizabeth Leist and Frances
The potential effects of arts presentations on adolescent
aggressive behaviors like bullying.