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SNU Summer Research Students

Summer Research 2014 - Mickey DeMarzo and Rachel Rindom

Mickey DeMarzo and Rachel Rindom participated in the SNU Summer Research Experience. Under the guidance of professors Dr. Lisa Crow, Dr. Shawna York, and Dr. Carrie Bentley, Mickey and Rachel worked towards synthesizing nanoparticles and testing their antimicrobial properties.


Miranda Garlett & Gentry Smith – Johns Hopkins Summer Institute in Anatomy 
Summer Research program 2014 - Miranda and GentryMiranda and Gentry were accepted into the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute in Anatomy. This summer experience is a four week program that is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to all aspects of human anatomy including human cadavers. This program is taught by faculty who teach anatomy to first year medical students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Out of 17 accepted into this summer program, two were SNU Students.

CJ HornbeckCJ Hornback – Oklahoma Summer Healthcare Internship
CJ was involved in the Oklahoma Summer Healthcare Internship. This 6 week internship provided an opportunity to work with faith-based clinics in Oklahoma City that service at-risk residents. The purpose behind this internship is to encourage graduating health care providers to serve the growing number of Oklahoman's who cannot access health care through traditional means.

Nick Peoples - Vanderbilt University Research ExperienceNick Peoples
Nick participated in the Vanderbilt University 2014 Physics REU. There were 458 applicants for 11 available positions. It’s a 10 week program that lets each accepted undergraduate work on their own personal research project at the university laboratory under supervision from a Vanderbilt research professor, in their choice of three different areas: nuclear physics, astrophysics, or biophysics. Nick’s project was using an experimental procedure called laser microsurgery to understand the physics of certain developmental processes in fruit flies.

All students in program had to present their research at the Vanderbilt University Physics Research Symposium at the end of the summer. Nick’s presentation was called “Laser Microsurgery: Investigating the Biomechanics of Germ Band Retraction in Heat-Shocked Tissue” and won best Physics Research Presentation, furthermore, an all-expenses paid travel scholarship is provided for Nick to attend the SACNAS National Research Conference in Los Angeles this October.

Mary Jo Galbraith (pictured right) – Texas Tech University Computer Science Mary Jo GalbraithDepartment Research Experience
Mary had the opportunity to studywith faculty mentors at Texas Tech University where she was able to learn how to apply the state of the art computing technologies to challenging problems in Cybersecurity, Energy, Healthcare and Space Exploration. Mary’s time involved in this research was focused on cyber security.

Bethany Calvert (right)Bethany Calvert (pictured right) – University of Nebraska’s Summer Medical Education Program
Bethany participated in a six week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.

Ray Niazi – Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute REU ProgramRay Niazi
Ray was accepted into University of Texas A&M’s Cyclotron Institute for Research Experience as an Undergraduate. This program focuses on nuclear physics and nuclear chemistry where A&M faculty provide oversight to research experience to undergraduates at the Cyclotron.

Jared GalbraithJared Galbraith participated in the SNU Summer Research Experience 
Under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Zoller, Jared worked towards determining an optimal division structure for the Great American Conference.

Byron Crouch participated in the SNU Summer Research Experience  Byron Crouch
Under the guidance of Dr. Brent Eskridge, Byron worked on understanding and exploring the effects of personality traits on the leadership ability of simulated robots.