The PAS Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants Program has awarded grants to nineteen students from thirteen different Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Grants were awarded to:

Beverly Andre, John Hranitz, and Cynthia Surmacz, Bloomsburg University  “The Effects of Pesticides on Sub-lethal Stress in Honeybees”

Kristen Felt and Leocadia Paliulis, Bucknell University  “X1X2Y sex trivalent location as a mechanism for understanding chromosome positioning in spermatocytes of the cellar spider Pholcus phalangioides

Olivia Townsend,  Lauren Markowitz, and Sheryl Fuller-Espie, Cabrini College  “Earthworms as Sentinel Species for the Measurement of Macroautophagic Biomarkers in Response to Cadmium and Copper”

Sarah Grant and Sheryl Fuller-Espie, Cabrini College  “Using Flow Cytometry for the Analysis of Macroautophagy in the Earthworm in Response to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons”

Robert Schmidt and David Dunbar, Cabrini College  “Identification of Gene Promoters in Mycobacteriophage Cabrinians and Catdawg Genomes”

Jasmine Smith and André Walther, Cedar Crest College  “Replication Protein A and Phosphorylation Dependent Protein-Protein Interactions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Katherine Pecko and André Walther, Cedar Crest College  “Using qPCR to Quantify Homologous Recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

James Kelleher and Darl Swartz, Delaware Valley University  “qPCR Assay Development for Sexing of Avian Species from Fecal Samples”

Kacie Chern and Jane Huffman, East Stroudsburg University  “Comparison of Tissue Types and PCR Primers for Determining Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Peromyscus leucopus and Ixodes scapularis

Morgan Chambers and Jodi Yorty, Elizabethtown College  “Investigation of the Connection between Apoptosis and the Corticosterone-Induced Loss of Splenic Dendritic Cells in C57BL/6 Mice”

Gabbrielle Acosta and Quyen Aoh, Gannon University  “The role of Ent3 in Put4 trafficking from the trans-Golgi Network and Endosome to the Plasma Membrane”

Daniel Cooney and Quyen Aoh, Gannon University  “The Role of SCAMP3 in Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) Processing”

Kara McClain and Vida Irani, Indiana University of Pennsylvania  “Spatial Variation in the Prevalence of Zoonotic Pathogens in Blacklegged Ticks from Northeastern and Midwestern United States”

Basma Adeeb and Cuong Diep, Indiana University of Pennsylvania  “Genetic screen for peptides that interact with the lhx1a transcription factor”

Ethan Habbershon and Douglas Glazier, Juniata College “Testing the Temperature-Size Rule in Two Sexually Dimorphic Aquatic Crustaceans”

Tammy Weidman and Wendy Ryan, Kutztown University  “Effect of Changing Salinity on Metabolism in Larval Forms of the Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)”

Catherine Kruszynski and Amy Danowitz, Mercyhurst University  “Synthesis of a focused triazole library for the inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing”

Aimee Wilson and Meda Higa, York College of Pennsylvania “Infection Level Differences Between the Mutated and Wild-type Hantaan Virus on the Putative Glycosylation Site N235”

Megan Oberer and David Singleton, York College of Pennsylvania  “A Comparative Toxicological and Carcinogenic Assay of E-vapor in Comparison to Traditional Cigarette Smoke”


Additionally, the grants committee of the PAS awarded a High School Grant to:

Sophia Swartz and Darl Swartz “Molecular-Based Genotyping of Lactuca sativa for Accelerated Genotypic Selection”, Central Bucks South High School, Warrington, PA

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