Past Summer Scholars

2016 Summer Scholars

Ana Antolin
Major: International Relations, Quantitative Economics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Druscilla Brown
Mentor Department: Economics, International Relations
Project Title: The Effects of the Lifting of Trade Quotas on Apparel Factory Accidents

Grace Aro
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ayse Asatekin
Mentor Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project Title: Surface Water Filtration Using Specialized Polymer Table

Rose Banks
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Li Zeng
Mentor Department: Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology (Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences)
Project Title: Optimizing knee joint maintenance using a novel Osteoarthritis model system

Dina Bedri
Major: Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Cook
Mentor Department: Psychology
Project Title: Illusory Motion Perception in Pigeons

Matthew Bicakci
Major: Biopsychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joe DeBold
Mentor Department: Psychology
Project Title: Biological casues of alcohol-related agression

Sean Boyden
Major: Biopsychology, Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Philip Starks
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: Paper Wasps (Polistes dominulus) as Cryptic Vectors of Disease in Agriculture

Ross Bretherton
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lauren D. III Black
Mentor Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Title:Using physiologically relevant electromechanical stimulation to investigate biological mechanisms responsible for cardiomyocyte hypertrophy.

Amy Bu
Major: Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Muentener
Mentor Department: Psychology
Project Title:Examining the Interaction between Action Understanding and Causal Reasoning in Infancy.

Noah Bugbee
Major: Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Lischko
Mentor Department: Quantitative Economics
Project Title:Applying a Game Theory Solution to the Regulation of Prescription Drug Prices Under Medicare Part D.

Osvaldo Calzada
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Iryna Zenyuk,
Mentor Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Title:Alkaline Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.

Xizhao Chan
Major: Biochemistry and Greek
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Clay Bennett
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Preparation of 2,6-Dideoxy-Sugars with Gold-Catalyzed Petasis-Ferrier-Like Approach

Amber Chevannes
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gavin Schnitzler
Mentor Department: Tufts Medical Center, Molecular Cardiology
Project Title: Understanding the Role of ER alpha in Estrogen’s Vascular-Protective Effects

Mollie Chipman
Major: Biochemistry and Engineering Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Yee
Mentor Department: Developmental, Molecular, and Chemical Biology
Project Title: Molecular Underpinnings of the Efficacy of EGCG/DAC Treatment in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Tenzin Chokki
Major: Child Study & Human Development and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jayanthi Mistry
Mentor Department: Child Study & Human Development
Project Title: Capturing Tibetan American Youth Experiences through Personal Narratives

Dave Saba Kohli
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Pinto
Mentor Department: Anthropology
Project Title: The Reproduction of Social Class through Pedagogy in Upper-tier Private Schools in Delhi

Nicholas Dechiara
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charles Mace
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Open-Source Software to Enable Development of Low-Cost Diagnostic Devices

Jasper Du
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Krishna Kumar
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Targeting GLP1R and mER for the Treatment of Type II Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Justine Epiney
Major: Biology and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly McLaughlin
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: The role of the HCN4 channel during cardiogenesis in Xenopus laevis.

Stacey Fair
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Catherine Freudenreich
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: Investigating the effect of transcription on CAG repeat fragility

Anuththari Gamage
Major: Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Usman Khan
Mentor Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Title: Vision-based Control and Stabilization of an Inverted Pendulum

Sydney Giacalone
Major: Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cathy Stanton
Mentor Department: Anthropology
Project Title: Urban Chicken Keeping and Transformational Food Relationships in Somerville, Massachusetts

Camden Goetz
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amahl Bishara
Mentor Department: Anthropology
Project Title: Hovering Above: Theorizing and Contextualizing Drone Warfare

Zachary Graziano
Major: ACS Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yu-Shan Lin
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Characterization of ice nucleation mechanisms at mineral surfaces

Noah Habeeb
Major: UEP, International Relations
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Abowd
Mentor Department: GRALL (Arabic), American Studies
Project Title: “Building an Archive of an Arab American Cultural Institution: Co-Producing Knowledge for Community Building”

Lauren Jacobs
Major: Clinical Psychology (BS) and Music (BA), double major
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Race
Mentor Department: Psychology
Project Title: Musical Rhythm's Effect on Memory

Erin Kado-Fong
Major: Physics & Astronomy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Danilo Marchesini
Mentor Department: Psychology
Project Title: Rainbows in Space: the Colors of 1.4 Million Galaxies

Emily Lai
Major: ACS Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Albert Robbat
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Effects of Climate on Chemical Composition of Tea

Benjamin Lewson
Major: Philosophy and Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Denby
Mentor Department: Philosophy
Project Title: Time and Change: A Philosophical Inquiry into Ordinary Life

Hannah Marshall
Major: Religion
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peggy Hutaff
Mentor Department: Philosophy
Project Title: Re-imagining Mary: exploring the Potential of Art to Embody Theological Change

Rachel Martel
Major: English and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Tybor
Mentor Department: Public Health and Community Medicine
Project Title: Predictors of Urogenital Schistosomiasis Knowledge Among Schoolchildren in the Eastern Region of Ghana

Andrew Mascioli
Major: Physics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Timothy Atherton,
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Disrupting Order through Anisotropy: How Bidispersity Prevents Crystallization on Curved Surfaces

Arturo Munoz
Major: Educational Studies and Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sabina Vaught
Mentor Department: Education
Project Title: The Relationship Between U.S. STEM Education Policies and Student and Teacher Epistemologies: Considerations of Race and Gender

Laura Quinto
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Van Deventer
Mentor Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project Title: Designing Selective Inhibitors of Matrix Metalloproteinases in the Tumor Microenvironment

Luis Rebollar
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Panzer
Mentor Department: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project Title: Zwitterion Effect in High-Conductivity Ionogels of Varying Polymer Composition

Peter Riley
Major: Physics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cristian Staii
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Electrical Activity of Neuronal Cells Measured by Atomic Force Microscopy

Martha Rimniceanu
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barry Trimmer
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Neurophysiology of Heat Sensing in Manduca Sexta

Miller Schulman
Major: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eulogio Guzmán
Mentor Department: Visual and Critical Studies
Project Title: Woven Identities: Textiles, Nationalism, and the formation of Perú

Olivia Schultes
Major: Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Kosinski
Mentor Department: Community Health
Project Title: Willingness to Pay for Ground Water in Rural Eastern Region of Ghana

Rachel Sheldon
Major: History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Virginia Drachman
Mentor Department: History
Project Title: "Beauty and Duty": Women's Uniform Fashion in the World War II Era

Miranda Siler
Major: Religion, Art History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Lemons
Mentor Department: Religion
Project Title: In Defense of the Goddess Movement: Is Feminist Spirituality and Artistic Expression Ignored in Contemporary Academia?

Jennifer Skerker
Major: Environmental Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Durant
Mentor Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Title: Impacts of Automobile Emissions from the Central Artery Highway Tunnel on Air Quality in Boston

Avneet Soin
Major: Biopsychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shalini Tendulkar
Mentor Department: Community Health
Project Title: Using Quantitative Analysis to Understand Sikh Health Trends in the United States

David Stack
Major: Environmental Engineer
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniele Lantagne
Mentor Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Title:Residual Chlorine Effect for NaDCC and HOCl

Noah Taxis
Major: International Literary and Visual Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lee Edelman
Mentor Department: English
Project Title: The Translation of the Sixth Seminar of Jacques Lacan on Desire and Its Interpretation, and Reflection on Lacan’s Translatability

Kira Tomlinson
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Josh Kritzer
Mentor Department: English
Project Title: A Novel One-Bead-One-Compound Library for Bisalkylated Peptides

Steven Tran
Major: Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Klaus Miczek
Mentor Department: Biopsychology
Project Title: The Role of CRF R-1 in Motivating Aggression in Male Mice

Alexander Trubowitz
Major: Political Science and Classics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vickie Sullivan
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: High Treason and Despotism in Montesquieu's THE SPIRIT OF THE LAWS

Miranda Wilson
Major: Environmental Studies, Urban Policy & Development
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ninian Stein
Mentor Department: Environmental Studies
Project Title: Industrial Redevelopment: The Case of Woburn, MA

Oliver Yang
Major: Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Avner Baz
Mentor Department: Philosophy
Project Title: Mind, Body, and Life: the Phenomenology of Consciousness in the Living Body and its Implications

 

 


2015 Summer Scholars

Ina Bodinaku
Major: Biology and Women and Gender Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Wolfe
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: The Effects of Community Context on the Rapid Evolution of Microbes in Multispecies Communities

Alexandra Brumberg
Major: ACS-certified Chemistry; Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Mary Jane Shultz
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Difluoroethane-Assisted CO2 Clathrate Formation

Jackson Burzynski
Major
: Physics, Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Hugo Beauchemin
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Sensitivity to New Physics in the Ratio of W + Jets to Z + jets Events at the LHC

Peter Cavanagh
Major
: Biochemistry, Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: David Walt
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Analysis of Cell Populations via Single-Cell Genome and Expression Studies

Menglan Chen
Major
: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Amahl Bishara
Mentor Department: Anthropology
Project Title: Smart phone-Based Social Media and Transnational Imagination: A Study of Chinese Migrants in Prato, Italy

Susannah Daggett
Major
: Child Study and Human Development
Faculty Mentor: Jessica Goldberg
Mentor School: Child Study and Human Development
Project Title: Using Social Network Analysis to Understand How Public Health Providers are Situated in a Community System of Care

Jessica Dimas
Major
: Community Health and American Studies
Faculty Mentor: Penn Loh
Mentor Department: Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Project Title: Strategizing for the Future: Exploring Community-Rooted Action in Developing a Just Transition for a Healthier Richmond

Phoebe Dinh
Major
: Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: George E. Smith
Mentor Department: Philosophy
Project Title: From Planetary Motion to Pictures in the Brain: A Critique of fMRI Data in Visual Imagery

Teresa Dinter
Major
: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Sergei Mirkin/Jane Kim
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: Genetic Analyses of CAG Trinucleotide Repeat Expansions in Yeast

Jeramey Evans
Major
: History
Faculty Mentor: Rachel Applebaum and David Proctor
Mentor Department: History
Project Title: Socialist Realism and Soviet Society

Melissa Feito
Major
: English
Faculty Mentor: Sonia Hofkosh
Mentor Department: English
Project Title: Alternate Worlds, Our Reality: Gender Identity and Function in 20th Century Science Fiction

Julia Fowler
Major
: Astrophysics and Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Anna Sajina
Mentor Department: Physics and Astronomy
Project Title: Investigating the Effects of Radio Jets on their Host Galaxies

Mukesh Ghimire
Major
: Physics and Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Krzysztof Silva
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Analyzing the Putative Higgs Boson Using Support Vector Machines

Miriam Gladstone
Major
: Biology and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dany Adams
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: How Certain Ion Channel Proteins Contribute to the Development of the Nascent Face in the Xenopus Ectoderm

Caleb Helbling
Major: Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: Kathleen Fisher
Mentor Department: Computer Science
Project Title: Resequence: A Global Fine Grained Software Repository

Cassidy Heverling
Major
: Sociology and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Rosemary Taylor
Mentor Department: Community Health/Sociology
Project Title: The Politics of Knowledge: Science, Blood, and the Ebola Epidemic  

Pengxiang (Jerry) Hu
Major
: Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Sameer Sonkusale
Mentor Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Title: Study and Build Instrumentation for Saliva Diagnostics 

Ian Hunter
Major
: Physics
Faculty Mentor: Timothy Atherton
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Modeling Motor-protein Mediated Cell Shape Programming

Janna Karatas
Major
: Political Science and Spanish
Faculty Mentor: Vickie Sullivan
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: “Caesar Says, ‘Do this,’ and it is Performed”: Political Implications of Biblical Allusions in Shakespeare’s Plays

Caitlin Keenan
Major
: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Joshua Kritzer
Mentor Department: Chemistry
Project Title: Smoking-hot Inhibitors: Developing Cyclic Peptides Inspired by the “Hot Loops” Database to Block the Oncogenic Skp2-Cks1 Interaction

Grigory Khakimov
Major
: History/Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Kris Manjapra
Mentor Department: History
Project Title: Putinism as the Postmodern Governance: Between Theory and Practice

Sophie Laing
Major
: Political Science and French
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Schildkraut
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: Flip-flopping Politicians: How Voters Punish and Reward a Changing of Opinion

Drew Latimer
Major
: Greek and Latin
Faculty Mentor: Marie-Claire Beaulieu
Mentor Department: Classics
Project Title: New Approaches to Old Problems: Applying New Technologies to Classical Language Learning

Kathleen Li
Major
: English, Biology
Faculty Mentor: Ronna Johnson
Mentor Department: English Department, Women's Studies Department (past), and American Studies Program
Project Title: Feminine Equals Death: Ageism and Menopause in Second Wave U.S. Feminist Literature and Theory

Kevin Ligonde
Major
: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Robert White
Mentor Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers for Mars Anemometry 

Sylvia Lustig
Major
: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Mentor Department: Chemical Engineering
Project Title: The Selectivity and Efficiency of Various Single Atom Metal Alloys as Catalysts for the Dehydrogenation of Methanol

Liang Ma
Major
: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Giuseppina Tesco
Mentor Department: Department of Neuroscience, Tufts Medical School
Project Title: The Regulatory Role of GGA3 on Cerebral BACE1 and Aβ Level for Alzheimer's Disease

Allison McIntosh
Major
: Music
Faculty Mentor: John McDonald
Mentor Department: Music
Project Title: From the Baton to the Box Office: The Art of Film Composition 

Emily Miller
Major
: Biology and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Miguel Stadecker
Mentor Department: Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology at the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences
Project Title: Investigation of Genes, Proteins and Enzymes Involved in the Pro-inflammatory Response Associated with Schistosomiasis Disease

Victoria Moore
Major
: Political Science and History
Faculty Mentor: Dennis Rasmussen
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: Adam Smith and the One Percent: Champion of Capitalism, Critic of Capitalists

Emily Morton
Major
: Child Development and Clinical Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Jana Chaudhuri
Mentor Department: Child Development
Project Title: Maternal Mental Health and Neighborhood Systems of Support: An Analysis of Community Influence

Elim Na
Major
: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: David Kaplan
Mentor Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Title: Evaluation of Silk Fibroin Stabilization of Doxorubicin and Vincristine

Isabel O’Brien
Major
: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Philip Starks
Mentor Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Title: The Effect of Anthidium Manicatum on Native Pollinator and Plant Fitness

Katherine Okker-Edging
Major
: International Relations and Arabic
Faculty Mentor: Thomas Abowd
Mentor Department: German, Russian, Asian Languages and Literatures
Project Title: Building the Archive of an Arab American Cultural Institution: Media as a Tool for Community Building

Samuel Pearl-Schwartz
Major
: History
Faculty Mentor: Gary Leupp
Mentor Department: History
Project Title: Historiography of Tokugawa Japan after 1990

Matt Peterson
Major
: Engineering Physics
Faculty Mentor: Peggy Cebe
Mentor Department: Physics
Project Title: Understanding the Interactions between Liquid Crystals and Carbon Nanotubes

Vanessa Pinto
Major
: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Child Study and Human Development
Faculty Mentor: Sabina Vaught
Mentor Department: Educational Studies/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Project Title: Role and Impact of Teachers on Gender-Separated Play

Alex Pugnali
Major
: Child Study and Human Development/Engineering Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Marina Umaschi Bers, PhD
Mentor Department: Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development
Project Title: Technology for Young Children: An Assessment of Computational Thinking

Lauren Redosh
Major
: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Crone
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: Habitat Preference in Mice as Measured Through Foraging Behavior

Annabelle Roberts
Major
: Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Heather Urry
Mentor Department: Psychology
Project Title: Recovering from Negative Social Situations: Post-Event Processing and Reappraisal

Umar Shareef
Major
: Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Malik Mufti
Mentor Department: Political Science
Project Title: Ibn Khaldun's Political Framework

Avita Sharma
Major
: Computer Science, Mathematics, Quantitative Economics
Faculty Mentor: Soha Hassoun
Mentor Department: Computer Science
Project Title: Who is Doing What? Functional Matching between Metabolites and Genomics for Bacterial Pathways

Collins Sirmah
Major
: Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: Ben Shapiro
Mentor Department: Computer Science
Project Title: Peer-Based Learning in Distributed and Parallel Computing Among High School Students 

Gina Tomarchio
Major
: Biology
Faculty Mentor: Mitch McVey
Mentor Department: Biology
Project Title: A Study of DNA Polymerase θ Structure, Function and Implications in Double-Strand Break Repair 

Sarah Vandewalle
Major
: Drama
Faculty Mentor: Heather Nathans
Mentor Department: Drama
Project Title: Social Protest in the Federal Theatre Project

Nicholas Whitney
Major
: Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard M. Lerner
Mentor Department: Child Development
Project Title: Us vs. Them: Examining In-Group / Out-Group Mentality through Youth Sport Culture

Charles Wiebe
Major
: Community Health, Economics
Faculty Mentor: Shalini Tendulkar
Mentor Department: Community Health
Project Title: Race, Identity, and Health: How Men of Color Engage in Cardiovascular Disease Mitigation Programing

Andrew Wofford
Major
: History
Faculty Mentor: Kendra Field
Mentor Department: History
Project Title: Moving Beyond Lines of Race and Neighborhood: Family Histories of Boston's School Desegregation Struggle 

Peter Wu
Major
: Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey Hopwood
Mentor Department: Electrical Engineering
Project Title: Improving Vintage Synthesizers for Increased Temperature Based Pitch Stability

Gregory Zhang
Major
: Sociology and Community Health
Faculty Mentor: Keren Ladin
Mentor Department: Community Health/Occupational Therapy
Project Title: Understanding the Caregiver Experience: Exploring the Benefits and Burdens of a Silent Healthcare Workforce