Pictured from left to right are Monica
Krummen, Kristi Martinez, Carla Hernandez, Richard Southgate,
Marlene Cano, Ondine Quinn, Will Heilbut, Michael Campesino,
and Juan Sanchez.
Will Heilbut has a goal: to develop biotechnology innovations
that can benefit humanity. Taking a big step toward his goal,
he joined the quest for a cancer cure this summer. Will, a
biochemistry major and honors student, spent his summer conducting
experiments on various compounds that could suppress tumors
in laboratory mice. Meanwhile, Carla Hernandez studied the
learning behavior of eight chimpanzees housed at the OSU Chimpanzee
Center. These were part of a study designed to test whether
they could learn to use a hook tool and understand the physical
connection of its usage. With five years of experience working
in zoos, Carla, a senior in EEOB (Zoology), is committed to
protecting endangered animal species.
These are but two of the exciting research projects completed
by Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) fellows this
past summer. Eight Latin@ students, some from OSU and others
from as far away as Texas and California, spent their summer
conducting research projects under the supervision of a faculty
mentor. To support their research, SROP fellows received a
living stipend, a research allowance and a housing allowance.
In addition, they attended a research conference with peers
doing research at other major research universities. SROP
supports all areas of research, although the program gives
priority to students who are interested in pursuing graduate
school rather than professional school (business, law, medicine).
If you will be a sophomore or junior in summer 2004, and
you would like to participate in the Summer Research Opportunities
Program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications should be available by mid-November and will
be due mid-January. If you have questions about the program
or the application process, contact Yolanda Zepeda (email@example.com).
Participants this summer also included:
Ondine Quinn (Political Science)
Ondine examined the politics and history of Turkey to understand
why Muslim- majority countries are not democracies. She developed
a more complex understanding of the state of democracy in
this westernized, Muslim-majority country by analyzing structures
of gender, class and ethnicity.
Michael Campesino (Computer Science
Michael developed a research video game training tool that
will teach computer programmers new object oriented
techniques. This training incorporates principles of preconscious
learning and positive attitude to help the learner acquire
object oriented concepts.
Kristi Martinez (Medical Technology)
Kristi examined the herpes simplex 1 virus, how it establishes
latency and then causes infection. Her findings can help the
development of gene therapy technologies for treating diseases
such as herpes and multiple sclerosis.
Monica Krummen (Psychology, Sociology
Monicas project explored the relationship between adolescents
and lying, examining kinds of lies and motivations for lying.
Her research found that boys generally lied more about money,
while girls lied more about relationships.
Juan Sanchez (Genetics)
A native of Mexico City, Juan came to OSU from Baja California
to conduct genetic research on plants to learn how they defend
themselves from fungus and bacteria. His research helps to
further develop technologies for genetically modifying metabolic
pathways. Applications include treating diseases and pest
Marlene Cano (Chemistry and Biology)
Marlene visited OSU from San Antonio, Texas, to test two drugs
used in the treatment of attention processing. Her research
contributes to the understanding of brain mechanisms and the
development of treatments for diseases such as Alzheimers
Richard Southgate (Chemistry/Biology)
Richard studied cardiac proteins in rats that had diabetes
and found evidence that diabetes affects two proteins which
may be responsible for problems in the blood system and obesity
of diabetic patients, helping refine the understanding about
diabetes and improving the diagnosis and treatment of the