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Undergraduate Research

 
 

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!

Alice and Karl Sheffield Scholarship Recipients

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

Blair Foundation Environmental Sciences Scholarship Recipients

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.

 

 

Undergraduate STEM Research Symposium and Chili Cook-off

The 2015 event is planned for Friday, December 4, 2015.
 

Undergraduate Research Mentors

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.


Phillip Allman

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Reptile and amphibian ecology and conservation, primarily turtles and tortoises
Phone: (239) 590-7974
E-Mail: pallman@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 121


Zanna Beharry

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: (239) 590-7802
E-Mail: zbeharry@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 429


Derek Buzasi

Whitaker Eminent Scholar
Phone: (239) 590-1285
E-Mail: dbuzasi@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 224


Sulekha (Sue) Rao Coticone

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: (239) 590-7528
E-Mail: scoticon@fgcu.edu
Office: LIB - 461C


Edwin M. Everham

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7169
E-Mail: eeverham@fgcu.edu
Office: WH 220


Peng Feng

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Phone: (239) 590-7377
E-Mail: pfeng@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 205


Chris Geiger

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Software Engineering
Phone: (239) 590-7355
E-Mail: cgeiger@fgcu.edu
Office: Holmes Hall 309


Jamie MacDonald

Associate Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7429
E-Mail: jmacdona@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 208


Scott Michael

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests:Development of anti-virals and vaccines against dengue virus.
Phone: (239) 590-7439
E-Mail: smichael@fgcu.edu
Office: WH 260


http://www.fgcu.edu/CAS/ChemistryBA/11590.asp Arsalan Mirjafari

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Research Interests: synthesis and applications of organic biomaterials specifically ionic liquids and green chemistry.
Phone: (239) 590-1270
E-Mail: amirjafari@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 442


Darren Rumbold

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7527
E-Mail: drumbold@fcgu.edu
Office: AB7 - 432


Michael Savarese

Professor, Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7165
E-Mail: msavares@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7 - 211


Yinghong Sheng

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Phone: (239) 590-7636
E-Mail: ysheng@fgcu.edu
Office: AB7-302


Ken Watanabe

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Research Interests: Gamma-ray Astrophysics using NASA scientific satellites. We also have all-sky monitor cameras on campus to study SPRITEs.
Phone: (239) 590-7565
E-Mail: kwatanab@fgcu.edu
Office: WH - 261


Janusz Zalewski Janusz Zalewski

Professor, Software Engineering Program
Research Interests: Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems, Software Safety and Security
Phone: (239) 590-7317
E-Mail: zalewski@fgcu.edu
Office: Holmes Hall 411