The Whitaker Center facilitates student research by providing assistance through summer research scholarships, research proposal development, selection of faculty supervisors, and the IRB approval process. In addition, the Center assists students and their supervisors in the publication and dissemination of the research results. We provide leadership in the development of undergraduate research protocols that can be duplicated within the university and other post secondary institutions.
Congratulations to this summer's FGCU STEM Summer Scholarship Awardees and their faculty mentors!
Carolyn Barcellona, B.S. Biotechnology, Dr. Scott Michael
Project Title: Characterization of the locally transmitted 2013 Martin County, Florida strain of dengue virus
Daniel Bordner, B.S. Bioengineering, Dr. Chris Geiger
Project Title: The modulation of intracellular trafficking of macromolecules due to exogenous mechanical forces
Shelby Ellis, B.A. Chemistry, Dr. Joanne Muller
Project Title: Reconstructing the Last 150 years of Southwest Florida Hurricane Activity using Lagoonal Sediments
Manuel Sanchez-Zayas, B.A. Chemistry, Dr. Arsalan Mirjafari
Project Title: Click chemistry-mediated synthesis of novel functionalized ionic liquids containing TMS moiety
Emma Fain, B.S. Marine Science, Dr. Toshi Urakawa
Project Title: Aquatic ecosystem analysis and management in Six Mile Cypress slough preserve
Tara Ingalsbe, M.S. Environmental Science, Dr. Joanne Muller
Project Title: Utilizing Paleoceanographic Proxies in the High Latitude North Atlantic to Better Understand Meridional Overturning Circulation Dynamics During the Last Deglaciation
Alexander Leynse, M.S. Environmental Science, Dr. Mike Parsons
Project Title: Light harvesting and photo-protective strategies of the ciguatera causing dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus
Daniel Franco, B. S. Environmental Engineering, Dr. Jon-Yeop Kim
Project Title: Phosphate removal of contaminated water through electrocoagulation
Matthew Metcalf, M.S. Environmental Science, Dr. John Herman
Project Title: Ecology and Conservation of the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) in the presence of a sympatric invasive species, the Burmese Python (Python bivittatus)
Alexandrea Walters, B.S. Marine Science, Dr. Joanne Muller
Project Title: Surface water warming as a potential climate trigger for Heinrich Events
Interested students should check the website in January 2016 for information on 2016 STEM summer research scholarships.
Description of Scholarships:
Alice and Karl Sheffield Scholarship for STEM Undergraduate Research- $5,000 summer scholarship to conduct research with a faculty research advisor and $5,000 research support (includes travel for student and faculty advisor and supplies).
Requirements: Student must provide a letter of support from their faculty research advisor, complete the online application, be a STEM major, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Blair Foundation Environmental Sciences Scholarship- $5,000 summer scholarship to conduct research with an FGCU faculty advisor.
Requirements: Student must provide a letter of support from their faculty research advisor, demonstrate a serious commitment to protecting the environment, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be an upperclassmen pursuing one of the following majors: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Marine Science, or a graduate student in Environmental Science.
Many faculty members from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Education, and the School of Engineering, as affiliates of the Whitaker Center, encourage the involvement of undergraduate students in their research activities. The list below contains those faculty members that are interested in serving as research mentors, along with their respective interests. Click on the faculty member’s name to learn more about their research interests. Consider contacting them if you are interested in their research area.