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Summer Science Seminar Series Award 2013

Summer Science Seminar Series 2013 Factoids

The Summer Science Seminars are held for students to present the results of their summer research, or share their research topic ideas and their plans to advance further in their findings. The seminars also give students the opportunity to practice talking about their academic findings, answer questions, and receive feedback, as well as learn about the up-and-coming research projects from their peers.

There were 17 student presentations and one faculty presentation at the Summer Science Seminar Series in 2013. The Outstanding Student Seminar Award winner was Molly Gugel, pictured above with her research mentor, Jim Mountjoy, associate professor of biology and organizer and convener of the seminars.

Sigma Xi is the scientific honor society at Knox.  Members must have a Ph.D. in a scientific discipline for a full membership. Associate members in the midst of their education may be nominated, yet they need to have completed a significant research project, present the results of their research at an off-campus forum, and show promise for the future. Two full-fledged members of Sigma Xi must nominate a student for associate membership. The executive board must approve of the nomination before a student can become a member.

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 at Cornell University, and has over 60,000 members worldwide. More than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize, most recently the 2006 Physics prize, which went to members John C. Mather and George F. Smoot.

New members for 2013-14

Cheng Cheng

  • Research Project: "The Importance of Intersectin 1 (Itsn1) on Xenopus laevis Development"
  • Mentor: Judy Thorn, Biology Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2013 Illinois State Academy of Sciences Conference/2012 Midstates Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference

Amelia Goranson

  • Research Project: "Does Self-Monitoring Predict Interest in Gossip"
  • Mentor: Frank McAndrew, Psychology Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2013 ILLOWA Undergraduate Psychology Conference

James Lichtenstein

  • Research Project: "Tree and Shrub Species Composition and Physiognomics of Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) and Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa) Territories"
  • Mentor: Jim Mountjoy, Biology Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2013 Illinois State Academy of Sciences Conference

Rachel LymanSigma Xi Crest

  • Research Project: "A Study of Sleep Traits in Mutation Accumulation Lines of Drosophilia melanogaster"
  • Mentor: Matthew Jones-Rhoades, Biology Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2012 Illinois State Academy of Sciences Conference

Hatim Mustaly

  • Research Project: "Introvert Regeneration in Themiste lageniformis (phylum Sipuncula): a Fluorescent and Scanning Electron Microscopy Study"
  • Mentor: Linda Dybas, Biology Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2013 Illinois State Academy of Sciences Conference

Andrei Papancea

  • Research Project: "CloudCoder: Building a Community for Creating, Assigning, Evaluating, and Sharing Programming Exercises"
  • Mentor: Jaime Spacco, Computer Science Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2012 SIGCSE (Special Interest Group, Computer Science Education)

Kasandara Sullivan

  • Research Project: "Pretransitional Optical Rotation in Liquid Crystals"
  • Mentor: Tom Moses, Physics Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2013 Illinois Section Meeting, American Association of Physics Teachers

Marika Takemura

  • Research Project: "Synthesis and Characterization of an Anhydrous Iron (II) Dibromide Complex Supported by a Donor-Modified Tridentate α-diimine ligand"
  • Mentor: Helen Hoyt, Chemistry Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2012 Midstates Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference

Haining Wei

  • Research Project: "Risk Management in Banking"
  • Mentor: Kevin Hastings, Math Department
  • Research Presentation Venue: 2013 Midwest Undergraduate Math Symposium


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