UVa-Wise 2014 FINS Fellows
Several students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise are tackling undergraduate research projects as part of the Fellowship in the Natural Sciences program.
The Department of Natural Sciences began the FINS program 12 years ago with the goal of providing opportunities for our students to fully engage in the scientific endeavor in the same manner as professional scientists.
FINS students choose a project in collaboration with a faculty mentor and submit an application to the program. Application is competitive, and students who are chosen receive a $3,000 stipend for the summer. Funding for the program comes from the Slemp Foundation, Dr. Paul F. Dishner Fund and the Ben and Eleanor Sturgill Endowment.
In exchange, they agree to spend 10 weeks working on their research project, and to give a public seminar describing their project. The FINS fellows are encouraged to present their results at regional scientific meetings and at undergraduate research conferences.
The following students are 2014 FINS Fellows:
Andrew Chapman of Big Stone Gap, Va. is working with Professor Lucian Undreiu on a Survey in Astrophysics: Imaging of Deep Sky Objects and Collection of a Variable Star’s Spectra.
Maddison Couch of Wise, Va. is working with Professor Wally Smith on a project to test for Goitrogens in the Appalachian Region.
Bernard Manatu of Duffield, Va. is working with Professor Robin Woodard on the Creation of a Stable Ku 80 Knockout Cell Line Using siRNA.
Mark Mullins of Big Stone Gap, Va. is working with Professor Trevor Makal on MOP to MOF Chemistry.
Dalton Robinson of Woodlawn, Va. is working with Professor Trevor Makal on the Capture of Heavy Metals Using Hard-Soft Acid Base Theory and Metal-Organic Frameworks.
Skyla Slemp of Big Stone Gap, Va. is working with Professor Wally Smith on a Green Salamander Survey.
Conner Stanley of Big Stone Gap, Va. is working with Professor Wally Smith to research the Population of Aneides.
Derrick Torres of St. Paul, Va. is working with Professor Trevor Makal on a Core-Shell MOF’s project.
Kelsey Webb of Big Stone Gap, Va. is working with Professor Floyd Beckford on Copper Complexes Containing Biological Ligands.
Channing West of Big Stone Gap, Va. is working with Professor Galen Sedo on the Stability of Gas-Phase Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.