College’s Alumni Network Announces 2018 Summer Undergraduate Award Winners
The awards will enable two students to study abroad and three students to continue their research on campus this summer
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) Alumni Network has announced its 2018 Undergraduate Summer Research, Travel and Educational Enrichment Award winners.
The five recipients will receive awards of $500 or $2,000 to help defray costs related to conducting research or traveling to field courses, conferences or other summer activities that enhance or expand the student’s educational and professional development.
The 2018 award winners and their summer activities are:
Ilan Goldstein, a biological sciences major, will work in the laboratory of Patrick Kanold, a professor in the Department of Biology. Goldstein will continue his current research into how the brains of mice process sound.
Jessica Jiang, a biochemistry and public policy dual-degree student, will conduct research in the laboratory of David Fushman, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Jiang will study ubiquitin, a cellular protein with many roles including regulating gene expression and resisting viral infection.
Lydia Mazze, a biological sciences major and a member of the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) program in the Honors College, plans to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Mazze currently researches memory and learning in UMD’s Neural Systems Laboratory with Jonathan Fritz, an affiliate associate research scientist in the Department of Biology and a research scientist in the Institute for Systems Research. In Spain, Mazze will take a neural sound processing course and a Spanish course geared toward medical practitioners.
Alyssa Mills, who is pursuing dual degrees in astronomy and geology, will spend the summer taking a five-week geology field course in Scotland hosted by the University of St Andrews. Mills, who plans to study the structural geology and geophysics of planetary bodies in graduate school, will take samples and measurements of rock formations and visit the remnants of an ancient volcano.
Nicholas Often, a biological sciences major, will spend the summer conducting research in the laboratory of Zhongchi Liu, a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. Often will study biofuel generation using algae, a topic he plans to continue studying in graduate school. The ultimate goal: worldwide carbon-neutral transport and large-scale carbon sequestration.
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