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DUOS pairs undergrads with doctoral student mentors

Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunities for Scholarship (DUOS) is a new program aimed at heightening the synergy between graduate and undergraduate programs at Miami.

The program, sponsored by the Graduate School, the office of advancement of research and scholarship and Miami’s Preparing Future Faculty initiative, enables undergraduates to do research or other creative activities with the guidance of a doctoral student mentor. They are expected to work collaboratively to complete the project and to present the results to the scholarly community.

“The committee was very impressed by the quality of the applications we received,” said Cecilia Shore (psychology), “and we’re proud of the mutually beneficial partnerships that graduate and undergraduates have formed.”

The program received twice as many applications as it could fund, Shore said.

Undergraduates, project titles, graduate student mentors and departments are:

Sarah Emerman, “Biases against women in positions of authority: Consequences for female college professors,” Amy Brown, psychology;

Hillary Folz, “Vertical effects of different predator cues on prey behavior,” Shawn Wilder, zoology;

Priya Gursahaney and Renee Cilliers, “Identification of Zn(II) metallochaperones in E.coli using dynamic time course analysis,” Tara Sigdel, chemistry;

Philip Hale, “Characterization of the effects of NF-kB inhibition and stimulation upon treatment with IRF-1,” Cory Robinson, microbiology;

Jessica Hoisington, “Genetic diversity of fluted-shell mussels (L. costata)(Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Midwest and lower Mississippi regions ,” Emy Monroe, zoology;

Rikki Hrenko, “Experimental manipulation of leaf litter and its effects on the germination and growth of L. maackii and A. petiolata,” Anne Bartuszevige, botany;

Barbara Jack, “Personality characteristics and their ability to determine good raters,” Katerine Osatuke, psychology;

Jacob Knight, “Geochemical and petrographic characterization of ash flow volcanism: The Cold Springs tuff and its significance to the evolution of the Santa Rosa-Calico volcanic field,” Nevada Matthew Brueseke, geology;

Meredith Magsig, “Building a bridge: The construction of one community literacy project that strives to connect adult learners to their literacy goals,” Melissa Toomey, English;

Jasmine Pagan, “Investigation into the mechanisms of virulence of the H. influenzae biogroup aegyptus purpuric fever clone F3031,” Glen McGillivary, microbiology.

Date Published: 12/11/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 18


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