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CBL Scholar Spotlight

All the scholars are posing with Sugnhee Lee to the left and Dr. Nyre to the right.

The CBL research scholars are a prestigious group of women undergraduates. The awards recognize the students' academic accomplishments and provide them with the opportunity to deepen their education by working on an advanced research project in computer science, mathematical sciences, or physical science.

2020 CBL Scholars

Kirsta Foote

Kirsta Foote

Major: Chemistry
Research Project:Investigation of the antibody Trastuzumab as a macromolecule platform to control the location of conjugation and ratio of imaging agents on a biomacromolecule for pharmaceutical implications.
Mentor: Casey Dougherty, Ph.D., Chemistry
 
Kirsta Foote

Azka Ghaffar

Major: Computer Science
Research Project:Investigation on the topic of cryptography, specifically analyzing a variation of The Birthday Paradox as applied to non-uniform random variables to characterize underlying patterns and enhance cryptographic breaks.
Mentor: Christopher Briscoe, Ph.D., Mathematics and Physics
 
Rachel Griffith

Rachel Griffith

Major: Computer Science
Research Project: Application of mathematical modeling for the investigation of the transport of small molecules through cellular membranes, and development of custom software for post analysis via conversion of experimental data in digital format to relevant small molecule transport parameters.
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Chemistry
 
Frances Hoey

Frances Hoey

Major: Mathematics and Physics
Research Project: Investigating the topic of Arithmetical Structures on graphs of n vertices where n = {3; 4; 5; 6} to gain an insight into the relationships between the graphs and their vectors.
Mentor: Abigail Bishop, Ph.D., Mathematics and Physics
 
Keidy Matos

Keidy Matos

Major: Chemistry
Research Project: Synthesis of biomacromolecules and polymers which are known to be conjugated to multiple copies of drugs and/or fluorescent dyes in order to detect and target a variety of diseases in biomedical applications.
Mentor: Casey Dougherty, Ph.D., Chemistry
 
Kathy Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen

Major: Computer Science
Research Project: Application of open-source software for machine learning to train a classification algorithm that can distinguish a phishing webpage from the legitimate one.
Mentor: Smiljana Petrovic, Ph.D., Computer Science
 
Escarlin Perez

Escarlin Perez

Major: Biochemistry
Research Project: Investigation of nonspecific interactions between model cell membranes and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for better understanding in how it differs between the human cells to bacterial cells.
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Chemistry
 

2019 CBL Scholars

Althea Chokwe

Althea Chokwe

Major: Computer Science
Research Project:Applying feature-awareness for all re-factorings in Java Integrated Development Environments and checking whether each subprogram of Software Product Line (SPL) codebases meet every precondition and display selected features only in the SPL subprograms.
Mentor: Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science
 
Frances Hoey

Frances Hoey

Major: Mathematics and Physics
Research Project: Investigating the topic of Arithmetical Structures on graphs of n vertices where n = {3; 4; 5; 6} to gain an insight into the relationships between the graphs and their vectors.
Mentor: Abigail Bishop, Ph.D., Mathematics and Physics
 
Kathryn Kenny

Kathryn Kenny

Major: Computer Science
Research Project: Implementation of a novel rename-method-refactoring tool that fixes all known flaws in precondition checks, and directly transforms program source code without pretty-printing Abstract Syntax Trees to enhance software reliability and increase speed.
Mentor:Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science
 
Summer Pabon

Summer Pabon

Major: Chemistry
Research Project: One step synthesis of halogenated ynamides (1-amido-2-haloalkynes) for potential use in pharmaceuticals.
Mentor:Marius Draeger, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry
 
Dennise Romero

Dennise Romero

Major: Chemistry
Research Project: Investigation on the reaction of a new water-soluble N-heterocyclic carbene rhodium complex with nitrogen oxides, which play important roles in biological and environmental chemistry, via kinetics of intermediate decay, and acid dependence.
Mentor: Kathleen Kristian, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry
 
Marnie Skinner

Marnie Skinner

Major: Chemistry
Research Project: Investigation of nonspecific interactions between model membranes and nanomaterials, such as graphene oxide and other graphene-based 2D nanomaterials for safe use in environmental sensing.
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
 
Samantha Zurbriggen

Samantha Zurbriggen

Major: Chemistry/Biochemistry
Research Project: Investigation of polyamidoamine dendrimers with lipid bilayers to understand how these dendrimer-based nanomaterials interact with membranes for the successful development of pharmaceutical agents and wider biomedical engineering application based on these materials.
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
 

2018 CBL Scholars

Amanda Aebig

Amanda Aebig

Major: Computer Science
Research Project: Machine learning to aid in authorship attribution of 18th Century political writing Mentor: Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., Computer Science
 

Naomy De Los Santos

Naomy De Los Santos

Major: Chemistry
Research Project: Developing and characterizing antibody-polymer conjugates
Mentor: Casey Dougherty, Ph.D., Biochemistry
 

Maria DiBella

Maria DiBella

Major: Chemistry
Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of new water-soluble N-heterocyclic carbene ligands
Mentor: Kathleen Kristian, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry
 

Alyssa-Marie Gayapa

Alyssa-Marie Gayapa

Major: ACS Chemistry
Research Project: Biophysical studies of model cellular membranes and
interaction with small molecules
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
 

Willow Held-Pistone

Willow Held-Pistone

Major: Physics
Research Project: Analysis of spectral and spatial images of the atmosphere of Mars
Mentor: Br. Robert Novak, Ph.D., Physics
 

Kathryn Kenny

Kathryn Kenny

Major: Computer Science
Research Project: Advancing refactoring technologies in the area of software engineering
Mentor: Jongwook Kim, Ph.D., Computer Science
 

Brona O'Sullivan

Brona O'Sullivan

Major: ACS Chemistry
Research Project: Investigation of thermotropic and structural properties of liposomes
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
 

Ileana Palesi

Ileana Palesi

Major: Computer Science
Research Project: Simulation of Cisplatin and its analogues using Molecular Dynamics
Mentor: Mychel Varner, Ph.D., Computational Chemistry
 

Marnie Skinner

Marnie Skinner

Major: Biochemistry
Research Project: Interactions of graphene-based 2D nanomaterials with model cell membranes
Mentor: Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Biophysical Chemistry
 

Kara Wilson

Kara Wilson

Major: Mathematics
Research Project: Statistical prediction of likely outcomes using probabilistic and linear algebra techniques.
Mentor: Benjamin Gaines, Ph.D., Mathematics