Students Chosen for Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships

Posted: September 5, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sixteen undergraduates have been selected for the fall 2007 Undergraduate-Faculty Research Apprenticeships.

In this program, students chosen through a competitive application process work closely throughout the semester with faculty members on a creative or scholarly project.

Apprentices selected have at least 60 credit hours of Mason course work toward a bachelor’s degree and a GPA of 3.00 or greater. Preference is given students who are ready to give presentations of their work to a scholarly audience.

Apprentices receive a stipend of $1,000, with up to $100 in reimbursable funds for related expenses, including registration to local conferences. Apprentices and past recipients are encouraged and expected to present their work in various conferences throughout the academic year in their discipline and for general audiences.

A diverse committee oversees the selection process and includes faculty members who have a successful record of recruiting and mentoring apprentices.

This fall’s students, faculty mentors, tentative project topic titles and school or college are listed below.

  • Joshua Chastain, marketing and business management major, with Melissa Martin, assistant professor, Marketing, “Assessing College Students’ Acceptance of Emerging Mobile Technologies for Marketing,” School of Management
  • Kimberly Day, psychology major, with Adam Winsler, associate professor, Psychology, “Relations between Maternal Control Strategies, Toddler Compliance, and Private Speech,” College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Cammeral “Camy” Geide, recreation, health and tourism major, with Laurie Harmon, assistant professor, and Robert Baker, associate professor, Recreation, Health and Tourism, “Northern Virginia Wineries: Understanding Visitor Motivations for Market Segmentation,” College of Education and Human Development
  • Ahriel Harris, accounting major, with Beth Schneider, instructor, Marketing, “Writing Fellowship for SOM 301,” School of Management
  • Lisa Horne, physics and astronomy major, with Jessica Rosenberg, assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy, “Taking a Census of Baryons in the Local Universe,” College of Science
  • David Lieu, biology and chemistry major, with Gregory Foster, professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Factoring Soot Carbon into a Model that Estimates the Distribution of PAHs in Fluvial Transport,” College of Science
  • Mariane McKone-Leonard, biology major, with Andrea Weeks, assistant professor, Environmental Science and Policy, “Assessing Virginia’s Plant Biodiversity Heritage: A Case Example Using Asteraceae (Sunflower Family),” College of Science
  • Andrew Nelson, global affairs major, with Colin Dueck, professor, Public and International Affairs, “Has Warfare Advanced to a Fourth Generation?” College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Elizabeth Nohelty, biology major, with Ancha Baranova, assistant professor, Molecular and Microbiology, “Real Time-PCR Analysis of the Putative Human Tumor Suppressor Gene KCNRG,” College of Science
  • Jasmine Ohi, integrative studies major, with Tim Born, associate professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Role of D304 in Deprotonating Homoserine,” New Century College and College of Science
  • Angela Panayotopulos, English major, with Rose Cherubin, associate professor, Philosophy, “Writing Fellowship for Philosophy 301,” College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Emlyn Charles Pratt, computer science major, with Jyh-Ming Lien, assistant professor, Computer Science, “Manipulate Virtual Objects Using Hands,” Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering
  • Afra Saeed, psychology major, with Eden King, assistant professor, Psychology, “Discrimination against Muslims in Interpersonal Interactions,” College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Malkit “Mona” Singh, sociology major, with Nathalia Peixoto, assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, “Quantifying Neuronal Damage in Brain Tissue Using Histological Analysis,” College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
  • Michael Sullivan, computer science major, with Theodore Dumas, assistant professor, Molecular Neuroscience, “Low-Noise Biopotential Amplifier,” Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering
  • Mohamad Zanbrakji, chemistry major, with Keith Davies, professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Activation of Diazeniumdiolate Prodrugs in Model Membrane Systems,” College of Science

A formal call for apprenticeship applications for the spring will be made in mid-October, with the final deadline and review in late November.

For more information, e-mail Emil Thomas Chuck, interim coordinator of the Undergraduate-Faculty Apprenticeship Program, at

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