Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

REU students studying the effects of pharmaceuticals at Cary's artificial stream facility.

Join the Cary Institute for our 27th Annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium, where eleven students will present the results of their summer research projects. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Cary Institute's REU program attracts students from all over the country.

Working with a mentor, participants craft a project, carry out research, analyze data, and present their findings. This summer, projects have included the explorations of urbanization and vectors of human disease, microbial processes in urban ecosystems, effects of pharmaceutical and personal care products on aquatic ecosystems, the Hudson River and climate change, songbird behavioral ecology, and climate change effects on different mosquito species and natural controls.

The following is a list of students, their college affiliation, their project title, and their mentor:

Solomon Ajasin: Vassar College, Decomposition and Denitrification in Natural vs Artificial Ponds and Riparian Areas, Peter Groffman

Laura Block: Bowdoin College, Songbird Communication: Structure and Function of Veery Calls, Kara Belinsky

Lara Chodelski: Oregon State University, The Language of Veeries, Ken Schmidt

Hannah Talton: North Carolina A & T State University, A Natural Control for a Natural Nuisance, Shannon LaDeau

Catherine Kagemann: Indiana University, The Effects of Amphibian Presence and Predation on Mosquitoes, Barbara Han and Shannon LaDeau

Michelle Victoria: St. Edward's University, Can Chytrid Spores be Filtered Out by Invertebrates? Barbara Han

Dillon McQuade: Central Connecticut State University, Investigating the Effects of Drugs and Urban Chemical Stressors on Aquatic Macro invertebrates in Artificial Streams, Emma Rosi-Marshall and Sylvia Lee

Amanda Herzog: Wheaton College, Effects of Urban Chemical Stressors on Stream Biofilm Growth and Function, Emma Rosi-Marshall and Sylvia Lee

Cheyene Keniston: California State University of Sacramento, A Rise in Sea Level and Heavy Metal Bioavailability, Stuart Findlay

Erik Arndt: A Nitrogen Budget for the Mara River Basin, East Africa, Emma Rosi-Marshall and Amanda Subalusky

Kayla Smith: Predicted Effect of Climate Change on Mosquito Species Culex pipiens and Aedes albopictus, Shannon LaDeau

For more information, call (845) 677-7600 x326 or e-mail smithp@ caryinstitute.org.


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