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For Immediate Release: December 7, 2011


Ten Students Awarded Undergraduate Research Grants at Providence College  

Providence, R.I. – Ten students from seven academic disciplines are the recipients of the first round of the 2011-12 Undergraduate Research Grants at Providence College.

Totaling more than $5,000, the grants are provided by the Office of Academic Affairs and administered by the College’s Undergraduate Research Committee (PC-URC). They are awarded to support undergraduate scholarly research and creative and artistic work during the 2011-12 academic year.

To be eligible for the award, students must be juniors or seniors and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. They also must have a full-time faculty member serving as a project mentor. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Although most awards are up to $500, funding may be granted up to $1,000 in exceptional circumstances. Among the items funded are supplies and travel to locations related to the projects.

The primary goals of the undergraduate research program are for students to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member; acquire a deeper knowledge of an academic discipline; and enhance academic credentials to support applications for scholarships, awards, employment, and entry into graduate school.

The students, faculty mentors, project titles, and award amounts are:

Grace Cullen ’13 (Maplewood, N.J.) and Nicole Sassu ’13 (Bristol, Conn.), Dr. Jay D. Pike, assistant professor of chemistry, “Small-molecule Regulation of Base Excision Repair Mechanism,” $817.90 and $445.80, respectively.

Christina D’Angelo ’12 (North Kingstown, R.I.), Dr. Kevin J. O’Connor, assistant professor of education, “Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Middle School Students,” $250.04.

Matthew Keaveney ’12 (Westwood, Mass.), Dr. Darra D. Mulderry, assistant professor of history, “Dissecting Vivisections: Understanding the Persons and Motives behind a Divisive Issue,” $400.

Eliza Mandzik ’13 (Burlington, Conn.), Dr. T.J. Harper, assistant professor of music, “Fostering Choral and Solo Singing: A Comparative and Cooperative Approach,” $190.

Michael Murphy ’12 (Barrington, R.I.), Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., associate professor of biology, “The Role of Sulforaphane in the Program Cell Death in Yeast Cells,” $550.

Ashwin Paudel ’13 (Providence, R.I.), Dr. Stephen J. Mecca, professor of physics, “Modeling the Process of Aerobic Digestion that Utilizes Multiple Organisms in a Closed System,” $858.

Melanie Pavao ’12 (Fall River, Mass.), Dr. Bruce E. Graver, professor of English, “An Examination of Stoic Emotion in Tennyson’s In Memoriam,” $375.09.

Taylor Remillard ’12 (Syracuse, N.Y.), Dr. Kathleen A. Cornely, professor of chemistry, “Isolation and Purification of the Anti-apoptotic Bax-Inhibitor 1 Protein from Yeast,” $667.

Alison Trainor ’12 (Beverly, Mass.), Dr. Kenneth R. Overly, associate professor of chemistry, “Asymmetric Epoxidation of Alkenes Using Organic Catalysts,” $507.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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