PC Summer Fellows 2012

Drew Brandel of Anderson, SC, continued research about “Global Self-Worth and Academic Performance in CHAMPS Students.”.

“I’m continuing my research from last summer to study the relationships among global self-worth, the academic self-concept, and academic achievement for the students involved with the CHAMPS program,” Brandel said.

After eight weeks of research, the psychology, history, and Spanish triple major hoped to be able to compare data from the previous summer to his findings from this summer and hopefully find correlation.

“This research fits in really well with my academic interests because it allows me to gain experience working with adolescents while learning more about the research process from my peers and professors,” Brandel said.

Upon graduating, Brandel plans to pursue graduate studies in either school psychology or school counseling.

Det Cullum of Greenville, SC, researched the “Effects of Defeat on Behavior.” .

“I chose to do the Summer Fellows Program to explore the experimental side of psychology,” said Cullum. “I feel it is very important to know about all of the aspects in my field of study. Helping Dr. Askew continue her research on this subject will give me a greater understanding of some parts of the field of psychology that I have not been exposed to before,” said Cullum.

Upon graduating, Cullum plans to enter into a counseling program in graduate school.

Sarah Bumgarner of Durham, NC, continued research on the “Attachment Style and Self-Perceived Peer Social Competence in Adolescence.”.

“I have always had a very strong interest in child and adolescent psychology and hope to further develop my knowledge throughout the summer,” said Bumgarner.

After eight weeks of research, the psychology and English double major planned to compare results from the previous summer to those found this summer.

“The topic that I will be researching this summer was chosen in order to be a continuation of the Summer Fellows research of 2011. It will be most interesting to see if the correlations between attachment style and SPPSC found last summer will also be present in the students in the camp this summer,” Bumgarner said.

Upon graduating, Bumgarner plans to attend graduate school in order to become a child psychologist.

Hannah Carson of Burleson, TX, researched “Tin Whiskers.” .

“Tin whiskers are an intriguing thing because we don’t know why they grow yet they present a relevant problem to technology,” Carson said.

The Physics and Chemistry double major said she is “excited to have the opportunity to participate in this research and hopes it will jumpstart [her] future career in research.”

Julia Goeckel of Clinton, SC, researched the “Microscopic Characterization of Maize Leaves Using Founders of the NAM Population.” ..

“After taking many courses for my major, I’ve realized how much I’ve enjoyed learning about plants, and I chose my topic to further educate myself about the anatomy of maize. What I find most interesting about my research is being able to use the Scanning Electron Microscope to be able to calculate the density of stomata and trichomes of the NAM population” said Goeckel.

Upon graduating, Goeckel plans to attend graduate school en route to earning a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.

Allison Karabinos of Spartanburg, SC, studied the “Association between Phyllosphere Microbial Functional Genes and Drought-Tolerant Maize Genotypes Using Metagenomics” as a 2012 PC Summer Fellow.

“This bioinformatics research involves examining the microbial community on the maize leaf surface and identifying functional genes that may play a positive role in the drought tolerance of the maize plant,” said Karabinos.

After eight weeks of research, the biology major had examined the factors in a maize plant that play a role in its drought tolerance. These interactions “may be applied in future breeding efforts that support the growth of beneficial microbes,” said Karabinos.

Upon graduating, Karabinos plans to attend Pharmacy School.

Jasmine Herndon of Atlanta, GA, researched the “Development of Topical Formulations of Pantothenamide Antimicrobials for the Treatment of Bacterial Wound Infections.”.

The chemistry major worked on synthesizing a drug beneficial for fighting wound infection.

“I became interested in this particular summer fellows research topic because I plan to pursue a career in medicine. The fact that I will be working with a medicinal chemist and using my skills in organic chemistry to help synthesize a drug will be the interesting part of the research for me this summer,” said Herndon.

Herndon plans to become a medicinal chemist.

Mitchell Isaac, from Columbia, SC, research the “Mathematical Analysis of Braided Rope” as a 2012 PC Summer Fellow.

“This project idea came from Dr. Rodekohr and one of his colleagues at Auburn University. We will work in conjunction with Auburn University Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering to analyze data collected, to incorporate the empirical equations known, and to determine analytical equations that may apply to all braided ropes, thus making the world of rope making a science fully describable with mathematics. If rope braiding were analytically known, then currently impossible ideas (such as space elevators) may become possible. My academic and research interests really stem from the questions ‘why?’ and ‘how can I use what I know to solve real problems?’” Isaac explained.

Upon graduating, Isaac plans to attend medical school to become a physician.

Julianne Lenti, Columbia, SC, investigated the “Synthesis of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles in a Choline Chloride-Urea Deep Eutectic Solvent.”.

“I am very interested in pharmacogenomics after listening to Dr. Farrell from the PC pharmacy school talk to our biochemistry class. Efficiently developing metallic nanoparticles interests me because they have structure-functionality properties that normal nanoparticles do not. Metallic nanoparticles have a site-specific targeting ability that greatly improves imaging and drug delivery for treatment such as chemotherapy. I am hoping this summer research will also lead to further honors research in metallic nanoparticles this coming year,” said Lenti.

Upon graduating, Lenti plans to enter Pharmacy School.

Will Lewis, from Kingsport, TN, investigated “Anglo-American Relations with the Creek Indians.”.

“This project will be an in-depth look into Creek Indian and Anglo-American relations, namely between the British and the United States. I will be looking into how each nation dealt with the Indians. I chose my topic because of prior research I have done (capstone project)” said Sanders.

Upon graduating, Lewis plans to pursue graduate school, teaching, or possibly entering the business world.

Lindsay Rutledge, from Irmo, SC, studied “Bacterial Resistance in Maize.”

“I’ve always been interested in research that has real world applications. And with corn being such an indispensable crop, further insight to its genetic makeup can be instrumental to its development,” said Rutledge.

Chad Sanders of St. Simons Island, GA, conducted research on the energy efficiency of a building on the college campus, “The True Green Project.”

“I felt this project would be an excellent way to usefully apply mathematics to help our society” Sanders said. “My true love is math, but I felt I would be doing a disservice to society and myself if I did not apply the wonderful discoveries in numbers to our world in hopes for advancing and helping the society in which we live.”

Jeanette Traver of Aiken, SC, researched “The Effects of Toxoplasma on Driving Performance” ” as a 2012 PC Summer Fellow.

“I’m really excited to get more research experience this summer,” said Traver.

Traver hopes to attend medical school upon graduation.

Katie Wilson, from Lexington, SC, studied the “Characterization of Microbial Community on Maize.”

“I became interested in this research topic this semester while taking Genetics with Dr. Gordon. There are other professors and students at other colleges collaborating on the same project. The end goal would be to figure out exactly what these microbes do, if they help the corn plant in anyway, and if so, how can we then manipulate them to increase corn plant survival in areas of need? This is really what excited me about this project; there is a real world application that could be very beneficial, and I can contribute to the process of creating it.”

Wilson plans to pursue a Masters degree in biomedical research after graduating.

Ethan Woodard, from Columbia, SC, participated in “The True Green Project.”

“The goal of The True Green Project is to determine the financial and environmental costs of various green alternatives and give home and business owners the tools they need to determine the financial and environmental effectiveness of these technologies, in order to ultimately choose the best options for their lifestyles and the environment,” said Woodard.