Sciences

CUSE works with outstanding students of all years, colleges, disciplines, and majors.

Below are examples of Science students who have participated in Conference, Research, and Research Apprenticeship opportunities funded by CUSE!

Browse student spotlights by the following majors: 

  1. Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Biological Sciences
  4. Chemistry
  5. Environmental Sciences
  6. Mathematics
  7. Neuroscience and Behavior
  8. Physics
  9. Science-Business
  10. Science PreProfessional

Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics


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Nicolle Ho, Class of 2018, Applied and Computational Mathematics & Statistics

Research: Decoupling of Soil and Air Temperatures in Arctic Tundra: Implications for Ecosystem Function

Location: Toolik Field Station, North Slope Alaska

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Adrian Rocha

Nicolle Ho Research (PDF)


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Biochemistry


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Margaret Berta, Class of 2019, Biochemistry and Political Science

Research: Distributed Pharmaceutical Analysis Lab (DPAL) Operation Improvement

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Marya Liberman

Margaret Berta Research(PDF)


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Harisa Spahic, Class of 2018, Biochemistry

Eagan Fellowship: Continuation of a pilot investigation of the relationship between neurocognitive function, inflammatory biomarkers, and CYP2D6 in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and endocrine therapy.

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Pascal Jean-Pierre

 Harisa Spahic Eagan Fellowship (PDF)


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Harisa Spahic, Class of 2018, Biochemistry

Eagan Fellowship: Pilot investigation of the relationship between neurocognitive functioning, inflammatory biomarkers, and BRCA1/2 in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and endocrine therapy.

Location: Cancer Neurocognitive Translational Research Lab (CNTRL), Notre Dame

Faculty Mentor: Pascal Jean-Pierre

Harisa Spahic Research Assistantship (PDF)


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William Hallas, Class of 2015, Biochemistry

Presentation Topic: EGFR regulates the expression and activity of ARID3B through phosphoinositide 3-kinase

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Faculty Mentor: Karen Cowden Dahl

William Hallas Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Biological Sciences


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Nicole Handa, Class of 2017, Biology and Psychology

Conference Presentation: Poster Presentation Interrogating
the role that tbx2a/b play in mitigating the
function of mecom in zebrafish pronephric development

Location: University of Michigan

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Rebecca Wingert

Nicole Handa Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Xioyu Yu, Class of 2019, Biological Sciences and Mathematics

Service Learning: Amazon Indigenous & Community Health in Ecuador

Location: Ecuador

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Kraig Beyerlein

Xioyu Yu Service-Learning (PDF)


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Norbert Kuc, Class of 2017, Biological Sciences

Grogan Fellowship: Asbestos related pleural disease in insulator workers

Location:  Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Radiology Department, Chicago, IL

Norbert Kuc Grogan Fellowship (PDF)


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Maddison Staff, Class of 2018, Biological Sciences and Film, Television, and Theater

Research: Generation of Visual Mutants in Aedes aegypti

Location: Notre Dame, IN, O'Tousa Lab

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michelle Whaley

Maddison Staff Research (PDF)


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Eduardo Miranda Mora, Class of 2019, Biological Sciences

Research: AIM: Ancestry informative, transferable, and affordable DNA markers for Chestnut

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Romero-Severson

 Eduardo Miranda Mora Research (PDF)


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Kiley Adams, Class of 2017, Biology

Research: Finding India's Missing Disabled Population

Location: India

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Peter Walshe

Kiley Adams Research (PDF)


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Megan McGarel, Class of 2016, Biological Sciences

Conference Presentation: American Association for Cancer Research

Location: New Orleans, LA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Laurie Littlepage

Megan McGarel Research  (PDF)


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David Weber, Class of 2016, Biological Sciences

Research: Ecological Effects of Non-native Pacific Salmon and Brown Trout on Native Brook Trout in Great Lakes Tributaries

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dominic Chaloner

David Weber Research (PDF)


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Philip Allen, Class of 2016, Biology & Classics

Conference Presentation: StARD9 is a Novel Kinesin Required for Motility and Tubulation of Late Endosomes/Lysosomes Containing NPC1

Location: San Diego, CA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Kevin Vaughn 

Philip Allen Conference Presentation (PDF)

 



 

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Jewel Malonza, Class of 2018, Biology

Research: Correlation of X-ray Maximum Body Width Measurements and  QMR Fat Mass Measurements

Location: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame,Leevy Lab

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Matthew Leevy

Jewel Malonza Research (PDF)


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Matthew McGoldrick, Class of 2018, Biological Sciences & English

Research: 3D Printing Model Brain Tumors

Location: Lab of Dr. W.M. Leevy, University of Notre Dame

Faculty Mentor: Matthew Leevy

Matthew McGoldrick Research (PDF)


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Michelle Mueller, Class of 2018, Biological Sciences

Research Apprenticeship: Studying Wild Animals in Belize

Location: San Ignacio, Cayo Belize

Faculty Mentor: Vania Smith-Oka

Michelle Mueller Research Apprenticeship (PDF)


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Bradley Bowles, Class of 2017, Biological Sciences

Research Assistantship: Cardiofibroblast Growth within Methacrylated Gelma Substrates

Location: Zorlutuna Lab, Notre Dame

Faculty Mentor: Pinar Zorlutuna

Bradley Bowles Research Assistantship (PDF)


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Chemistry


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Andrew Baublis, Class of 2019, Chemistry and Math

Research: Cesium Lead Halide nanocrystal synthesis

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Masaru Kuno

Andrew Baublish Research (PDF)


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Environmental Sciences


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Sophia Chau, Class of 2017, Environmental Science

Conference Presentation:Images of War: Urbanization of lakeshores: are we decreasing the supply of food to top predators in inland fisheries?

Location: Miami University, Ohio

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Dominic Chaloner

Sophia Chau Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Sawyer Williams, Class of 2018, Political Science & Environmental Science

Research: Genomic Expression and Its Impacts on Chemotherapy

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Faculty Mentor: Amy Stark

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Luke Hamel, Class of 2017, Environmental Sciences & Psychology

Research: Benthic Marine Organism Project

Location: Smithsonian Marine Research Station, Fort Pierce, Florida

Luke Hamel Research (PDF)


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Lauren Eckert, Class of 2014, Environmental Sciences

Conference Presentation: The 20th Annual Wildlife Society Conference

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Faculty Mentor: Michael Cramer

Lauren Eckert Conference Presentation (PDF)



 

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Charles Xu, Class of 2014, Environmental Sciences

Conference Presentation: "Genetic Differentiation among Populations of Echinolittorina radiata across East Asia" at the Evolution 2013 Conference

Location: Snowbird, UT

Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey Feder

Charles Xu Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Mathematics


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Justin Skycak, Class of 2018, Mathmatics

Research Assistantship: Computational Neuroscience at LANL

Location: New Mexico Consortium in Los Alamos, NM

Faculty Mentor: Dervis Can Vural

Justin Skycak Research Assistantship (PDF)


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Jonathan Vandenburgh, Class of 2016, Mathematics

Conference Attendance: Young Topologists' Meeting

Location: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Faculty Mentor: Mark Behrens

Jonathan Vandenburgh Conference Attendance (PDF)


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Neuroscience and Behavior


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Megan Luft, Class of 2018, Neuroscience & Behavior

Internship: St. Thomas Moore Language College

Location: London, England

Megan Luft Internship  (PDF)


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Ashley Kyalwazi, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Conference Attendance: USA Clubhouse National Conference

Location: Washington, D.C.

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Lisa Anderson

Ashley Kyalwazi Conference Attendance (PDF)


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Yoo Jin Jung, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Research: UCLA Summer Research

Location:  UCLA, Glanzman Lab

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michelle Whaley

 Yoo Jin Research(PDF)


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Sarah Glover, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Internship: Projects Abroad Medical Internship in Nepal

Location:  Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Vivirito

Sarah Glover Internship (PDF)


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Dominic Acri, Class of 2018, Neuroscience and Behavior

Research: Diel Flight Activity of Wild Caught Anopheles Farauti s.s. and Anopheles hinesorum malaria mosquitoes from northern Queensland, Australia

Location: University of Notre Dame

Faculty Mentor: Giles Duffield

Dominic Acri Research Assistantship (PDF)


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Angela Patel, Class of 2018, Neuroscience & Behavior

Immersion:Global Health Immersion in Ethiopia

Location: Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Cecilia Lucero

Angela Patel Immersion (PDF)


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Shaley Albaugh, Class of 2017, Neuroscience & Behavior

Gerspach Fellowship: Research in Palliative Care

Location: Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, University of Notre Dame

Faculty Mentor: Dominic Vachon

Shaley Albaugh Research Assistantship (PDF)


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Physics


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Daniel Currie, Class of 2018, Physics

Research: National Low Dose CT Scan Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program

Location: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Daniel Currie Grogan (PDF)


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Christopher Brady, Class of 2019, Physics

Research: Modelling and predicting cataclysmic events via a TWINSOL spectrometer.

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Daniel Bardayan

Christopher Brady Research  (PDF)


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Michael Foley, Class of 2018, Physics & Honors Math

Research Assistantship: iLocater Software Development

Location: University of Notre Dame, Crepp Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Justin Crepp

Michael Foley Research Assistantship (PDF)


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Science-Business


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Alina Nguyen, Class of 2017, Neuroscience & Behavior

Conference Presentation: 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

Location: Tampa, FL

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor:  Michael Pfrender

 Alina Nguyen Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Aislinn Betts, Class of 2018, Science-Business

Conference Presentation: World Molecular Imaging Conference

Location: New York, NY

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: W. Matthew Leevy

Aislinn Betts Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Michael DiGaetano, Class of 2017, Science-Business

Research: Examining Neuropathic Pain Pathways

Location:  Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Patrick Sheets

Michael DiGaetano Research (PDF)


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Christine Mayuga, Class of 2019, Science-Business

Research: Characterizing growth phenotypes among recently labadapted isolates of malarial parasites arising from an area of emerging drug resistance

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Michael Ferdig

Christine Mayuga Research (PDF)


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Graham Englert, Class of 2015, Science-Business and Peace Studies

Conference Presentation: Global Health & Innovation Conference

Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT

Graham Englert Conference Presentation (PDF)


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Science PreProfessional


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Robert Wozniak, Class of 2018, Preprofessional Studies and Spanish

Research: Evaluation of Methodology in Monitoring, Controlling, and Treating Chagas Disease in Belize

Location:  Belize

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: John Grieco and Nicole Achee

Robert Wozniak Research (PDF)


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Christy Lucas, Class of 2016, Science PreProfessional & Psychology

Research: Role of Rab8A and Med16 in Chemotherapy Response

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Amy Stark

Christy Lucas Research (PDF)


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Carolyn Ahlers, Class of 2017, Science PreProfessional

Conference Presentation: Activation of Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) in Epithelial Morphogenesis

Location: San Diego, CA

Notre Dame Faculty Mentor: Jeni Prosperi

Carolyn Ahlers Conference Presentation (PDF)


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