IIT College of Science and Letters Announces 2011 Summer Research Stipend Recipients
The IIT College of Science and Letters announced the recipients of this year's CSL Undergraduate Summer Research Stipends, which provide students with invaluable experience and $5,000 for research with a faculty member during the summer.
This year's projects are as diverse as the college, spanning game theory to a novel approach to multi-drug resistant bacteria, studies of a key political party in the history of Puerto Rico to analysis of the Internet Movie Database.
The following are the recipients and their projects:
- Chris Kalnmals (CHEM) will work with Aditya Unni, assistant professor of chemistry, in collaboration with Jeff Terry, assistant professor of physics, on "Synthesis of Doped Graphene via Self-Assembly."
- Christopher King (CS) will work with Libby Hemphill, assistant professor of technical communication, to analyze the Internet Movie Database dataset in a project that fits into a stream of research on film and social networks.
- Daniel Kipp (CS and AMAT) and Sanjiv Kapoor, professor of computer science, will do research in game theory and apply "Stackelberg Game Models" to further results of an NSF-funded research by IIT professors last semester on "Adversary Games in Secure/Reliable Network Routing."
- Michael Machen (AMAT) and Xiaofan Li, associate professor of applied mathematics, will explore "Numerical Methods for Poisson-Nerst-Plank Equations with Applications in Ion Channels" with Shuwang Li, assistant professor of applied mathematics, and two professors at Rush University and Penn State University.
- Elnaz Moshfeghian (CS) will continue earlier research with History Professor Margaret Power on the Puerto Rican National Party, the pro-independence party from the 1920s to the 1950s, for a book and articles, using materials in Chicago, in Washington, DC, and in Puerto Rico.
- Mansi Patel (MBB) will work with David Gidalevitz, assistant professor of biophysics, to create mimics of antimicrobial peptides that do not have any side effects when reacted with the lipid membranes in cells and that can be used to react with a larger range of targets a novel approach for fighting multi-drug resistant bacteria.
- Amy Rice (MBB) will collaborate with Biology Assistant Professor Mitchell Dushay on a project that will involve documenting for the first time the in vivo appearance of the Drosophila larval clot and its role in preventing infection.
Pictured: Amy Rice works with Biology Assistant Professor Mitchell Dushay