USC Aiken Scholars Tapped for Magellan Program
December 14, 2017
Several University of South Carolina Aiken undergraduate students have been chosen for the Magellan Scholars program.
"This was another great year of success for our students with the Magellan Scholar program," said Dr. Chad Leverette, director of sponsored research at USC Aiken and chair of the department of chemistry and physics.
"Of all our student proposals, 88 percent were funded this round."
Students selected for the Spring 2018 cohort include:
Christian Adams, Junior, Psychology Major
Mentor: Dr. Keri Weed, Department of Psychology
The Effects of Anxiety Reappraisal and Mindfulness on Perceived Anxiety and EDA, During Arithmetic Verification
Catherine Haley Cave, Senior, Chemistry Major
Mentor: Dr. Ken Roberts, Department of Chemistry and Physics
An LC/MS Assay for the Quantification of Analytes in the DAD-Catalyzed Reaction
Michaela Day, Senior, Biology Major
Mentor: Dr. Kristina Ramstad, Department of Biology and Geology
Nest Monitoring and Behavior Analysis of American Wood Storks via Trail Cameras
Heather Nall, Senior, Psychology Major
Mentors: Dr. Derek Zelmer and Dr. Michelle Vieyra, Department of Biology and Geology
Comparison of a prototype remote rat monitoring system with conventional video observations for drinking behavior in rats.
Kristin Anna Kay Norris, Senior, English Major
Mentors: Dr. Todd Hagstette and Dr. Bill Claxon, Department of English
Female Soldiers in the American Civil War: A Novel Approach
Elizabeth Platt, Junior, Music Education Major
Mentor: Dr. Richard Maltz, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Create a Just Intonation Tuning System and Employ it in an Original Musical Composition
McHale Rich, Senior, Biology Major
Mentor: Dr. Virginia Shervette, Department of Biology and Geology
Determination of invasive lionfish species composition in the Western Atlantic waters of Florida
"The Magellan Scholar program is the highest award for undergraduate research in the USC system," said Leverette.
"USC Aiken students continue to shine as recipients of these awards."
The University of South Carolina created the Magellan Scholar program "to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines from science, technology, and medicine, to theatre, music, and art," according to its website.
"By providing access to faculty mentoring relationships and a professional research experience, USC enables students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom."
As Magellan Scholars, these students receive up to $3,000 to fund his or her research project. They will present their research during USC Aiken's Scholar Showcase and Columbia's Discovery Day. These events, held annually in the spring, give students from all disciplines the opportunity to showcase their undergraduate research efforts.
USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2018 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 20th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 13th time in first place.