Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship (DUOS) is a new program that enables undergraduates to do research or other creative activities with the guidance of a doctoral student mentor. The undergraduate and graduate student partners are expected to work collaboratively to complete the project and to present the results to the scholarly community.
The program is sponsored by the Graduate School, the office of advancement of research and scholarship and Miami's Preparing Future Faculty initiative. Funded projects receive a project/travel allowance of $400 each for the graduate and undergraduate partners and an additional project/travel allowance of $100 for each partner, contingent upon their participation in training offered by the Preparing Future Faculty program.
This year's winners, the undergraduate researcher, the graduate mentor, their department and their project title, follow.
Whitney Britton, Meghan Holdorf, chemistry, "Metabolic profiling of AtETHE1";
Rebecca Bryson, Joo-Yong Jung, microbiology, "The role of TLRs in IDO induction during Chlamydia trachomatis infection";
Caitlin Collins, Amrita Kabi, zoology, "Role of an inner arm Dyneins, DYH18 and
DYH20 in regulation of ciliary motility";
Rebecca Cooper, James Stueckel, zoology, "Quantifying the cost of switching from asexual to sexual reproduction in daphnia: does cost vary between clones?";
Kiran Faryar, Meera Seshadri, zoology, "The role of orphanin FQ/Nociceptin in the
prolactin secretory response to stress";
Hollice Wrobel, Melissa Maras, psychology, "Mind the gap: Addressing the workforce
competency gap in Expanded School-Based Mental health";
Lindsey Carlin, Maria Natalia Vergara, zoology, "Potential of human retinal progenitor cells to participate in retina repair/regeneration using the embryonic chick as a model";
R. Steven Gerhard, Sandra Connelly, zoology, "Quantification of DNA damage and repair in aquatic invertebrates: do changing environmental conditions affect DNA repair efficiency?";
Ashley Spence, Neela Kumar, botany, "Investigation of the Cellular Localization of ARG1 Protein in Arabidopsis Roots";
Nick Teets, Michael Elnitsky, zoology, "Maintenance of ion homeostasis by
rapid-cold hardening in insects";
David Wicks, Tadashi Koizumi, art, "Time-based experiments in visual art";
Mohit Gupta, Kaushik Ghosal, zoology, "Differentiation of neurons & glia from newly generated cells in the adult male cricket brain."