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DUOS pairs undergraduate/graduate researchers

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.

“The committee was very impressed by the quality of the applications we received,” said Cecilia Shore (psychology). “We are proud of the mutually beneficial partnerships that graduate and undergraduates have formed for conducting research and scholarship. Unfortunately, there were twice as many applications as we could fund.”

This year's winners, the undergraduate researcher, the graduate mentor and their project title, follow.

Nancy Benight, Todd Levine, “Genetic diversity and the implications of a host fish relationship in reproduction of the genus Quadrula”;

Christopher Good, Margaret Davis, “Feminism in Haruki Murakami's literature”;

Constance Gong, Aaron Roberts, “The effect of ultraviolet acclimation on the phototoxicity of fluoranthene to zooplankton”;

Rachel Hall, Sarita Hebbar, “The Drosophila abdominal neuromuscular junction: A model for synapse formation”;

Alexander Jerome, Maria Vergara, “Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in retina regeneration through the process of transdifferentiation”;

Jennifer Kelbley, Kelly Zullig, “The role of orphanin FQ (OFQ/N) in mediating adaptation to chronic stress”;

Nathan Lamkin, Melissa Lea, “The role of names in the processing of faces”;

Megan Matthews, Tara Sigdel, “Kinetic studies on VanX, the D-D-dipeptidase required for high-level vancomycin resistance”;

Amy Morsch, Caitlin Bean, “Determining the importance of beta diversity in species-area relationships using additive partitioning of diversity”;

Scott Naples, Kaushik Ghosal, “Identification of brain neurons that trigger fighting in crickets”;

Jasmine Pagan, Eric Rhodes, “Iron acquisition in the dental pathogen Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans”;

Jimisha Patel, Kari Shirey, “TLR-ligand enhancement of interferon-induced indoleamine dioxygenase activity in epithelial cells”;

Anna Rorick, Mayur Madhavan, “The role of MEK in chicken retinal regeneration”;

Douglas Voris, Shawn Wilder, “Factors associated with mating and sexual cannibalism in a wolf spider.”

Date Published: 12/09/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 18


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