CAS Students Win Summer Research Fellowships

April 18, 2017

Ten College of Arts and Sciences students have been named 2017 Summer Student Research Fellows.

The Student Research Fellowship (SRF) program supports collaborative research projects between faculty and students at Ferris State University. It is intended to enrich the student experience by engaging in a summer research project. At the same time, contributing to the professional development of faculty and providing Ferris students with valuable research experience.

Student fellows will work full time on a research project with a faculty mentor for a 10-week period over the summer. Results of their work will be shared with the University community at the SRF Symposium Wednesday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. in SCI 126.

The SRF program would not be successful without the financial support of faculty mentors by their respective College Deans, which for the 2017 awardees include CAS Dean Kristi Haik as well as Matthew Adeyanju, Stephen Durst and Larry Schult.

The CAS student SRF recipients for 2017:

Student Research Fellow: Brandon Mihelich, Chemistry
Faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel Adsmond, Physical Sciences
Project: An Investigation of Ditopic Donor-Monotopic Acceptor Pairs in the Design of Ternary Crystals

Student Research Fellow: Ian Steinke, Chemistry
Faculty mentor: Dr. Daniel Adsmond, Physical Sciences
Project: An Investigation of the Hydrogen Bond Connectivity between Sulfa Drugs and Nitrogen-containing Coformers in Cocrystals

Student Research Fellow: Kylee Jones, Biotechnology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Felix Amissah, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Project: Effect of cyclooxygenase inhibition on the polyunsaturated fatty acid induced apoptosis in lung cancer cells

Student Research Fellow: Anzhane’ Lance, Actuarial Science
Faculty mentor: Dr. David M. McClendon, Mathematics
Project: Complex dynamics of a family of quadratic rational maps

Student Research Fellow: Catherine Mirto, Biotechnology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Anne Spain, Biological Sciences
Project: Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria from Perfluorinated-Contaminated vs. Uncontaminated Environments

Student Research Fellow: Austin Vanwyk, Biology/Pre-Medicine
Faculty mentor: Dr. Anne Spain, Biological Sciences
Project: Chlorhexidine Selecting for Multidrug Resistant Bacteria

Student Research Fellow: Jordan Lee, Biotechnology
Faculty mentor: Dr. Mark Thomson, Physical Sciences
Project: Geometry Optimization and Energy Calculations for hydrogen bonded 1:1 co-crystals of carboxylic acids with sulfisomidine and sulfamethazine

Student Research Fellow: Benjamin Doyle, Applied Mathematics
Faculty mentor: Dr. Anil Venkatesh, Mathematics
Project: The Luckiest Abelian Group: Investigating the Error Term of Cohen-Lenstra Heuristics

Student Research Fellow: Alex Eastwood, Applied Mathematics Computer Science
Faculty mentor: Dr. Anil Venkatesh, Mathematics
Project: The Luckiest Abelian Group: Investigating the Error Term of Cohen-Lenstra Heuristics

Student Research Fellow: Hunter Pope, Biology/Pre-Medicine
Faculty mentor: Dr. M. Beth Zimmer, Biological Sciences
Project: Effect of upper cervical spinal cord injury on the hippocampus: structure and function