The Brightest of CAS: Students

Meet the Honors Summer Research Fellows of CAS and their mentors

Each year the Honors College provides an opportunity for 10 undergraduate students to work with UofM faculty on research projects throughout the summer months. In addition to receiving a stipend to conduct research over the summer, the students also receive funding to travel to state and national conferences to present their research during the 2020-21 academic year. The Honors College is pleased to announce the 2020 Honors Summer Research Fellows: (listed below are from the College of Arts & Sciences)

  • Michael Chaney (Biomechanical Engineering) / Mentor: Timothy Brewster, Chemistry
  • Wesley Roberts (Psychology) / Mentor: Gina Cauci, Psychology
  • Sydney Prather (English) / Mentor: Sage Graham, English
  • Emma Micer (Biology/Chemistry) / Mentor: Jaime Sable, Biology
  • Carina Hicks (Psychology) / Mentor: Helen Sable, Psychology

Department of Biological Sciences

Oct 3 - Congratulations to Kate Parsley from the Dr Jaime Sabel's lab for her recent publication on Plant Awareness Disparity (previously referred to as plant blindness). In her paper, "Plant awareness disparity: A case for renaming plant blindness," Kate proposes a more appropriate term to replace plant blindness: plant awareness disparity (PAD) and explains why it both addresses the problems with "plant blindness" while keeping the original reasoning behind the term intact. Have a look!

Oct 4 - Another publication! Congratulations to Elyan Shor, Dr. Shawn Brown and Dr. David Freeman for their new publication entitled "A novel role for the pineal gland: Regulating seasonal shifts in the gut microbiota of Siberian hamsters". In this paper the authors identify a novel neuroendocrine pathway by which a host regulates seasonal shifts in gut community composition, and a relationship between seasonal changes in the gut microbiota and seasonal physiological adjustments. Take a look!

Exceptional Work from Chemistry Student

(Fall 2020) The UofM Department of Chemistry congratulates Graduate Student Greg Szwabowski on publication of his first manuscript entitled "Benchmarking GPCR homology model template selection in combination with de novo loop generation" in the J of Computer-Aided Mol Des https://rdcu.be/b51I9

Greg is jointly mentored by Drs. Daniel Baker and Abby Parrill and is part of a multidisciplinary team studying ligand discovery for orphan G protein-coupled receptors. 

Read the manuscript on Springer.com

Congratulations to the Fall 2020 CS Scholarship & Fellowship RecipientsComputer Science

Congratulations to the Fall 2020 CS Scholarship & Fellowship Recipients!

  • Brandon Hobson, Undergraduate Student, Diversity in CS Scholarship
  • Ethan Hawkins, Undergraduate Student, Peter I. Neathery Scholarship
  • Ramita Maharjan, Graduate Student, Peter I. Neathery Fellowship
  • Priti Oli, Graduate Student, Peter I. Neathery Fellowship

Click Here (and image to the right) for full details

Soujanya Chatterjee Awarded at Student Research Forum

Spring - PhD student Soujanya Chatterjee received first place in the Math and Computer Science category at the UofM's 32nd Annual Student Research Forum, which was held online this year.

Soujanya's project, entitled "SmokingOpp: Detecting the Smoking 'Opportunity' Context Using Mobile Sensor," has also been accepted to be presented at the ACM UbiComp 2020 conference. Congratulations!

English Department

Oct - Congratulations are in order! Novelist, poet, and MFA candidate Heather Truett has a new text on the way! KISS AND REPEAT will be released in May 2021 and is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Heather is represented by Hilary Harwell of KT Literary. 

In Heather Truett's Kiss and Repeat, a teen uses the scientific method drilled into him by his scientist father to begin a kissing experiment. Only the experiment gets messy, and Stephen will have to come clean if he wants to win one girl's heart in this heartfelt and funny YA debut.

Oct - Huge congratulations to MFA graduate student Matt Hawk! His article about Memphis poet Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin will be published in Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies this December 🎉🎉

Physics and Materials Science

Physics Student Participates in Prestigious Astronomy Summer Research Program

Savannah Woods

During summer 2020, student Savannah Woods participated in a summer research program at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, VA. Savannah--who is an undergraduate student at the UofM majoring in Physics with an Astronomy concentration--performed research at the NRAO studying Luminous InfraRed Galaxies (LIRGs). As their name suggests, these galaxies possess large luminosities in the infra-red portion of the electromagnetic spectrum due to enhanced star formation typically originating from galactic mergers. Savannah analyzed data from the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and Herschel (a space-based, infrared observatory). The experience provided the opportunity to work closely with leading astronomers from University of Virginia, UMass Amherst, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de Honduras, and Caltech among others, as well as to meet other undergraduate and graduate physics and astronomy students from other institutions. Savannah will be continuing her summer project as a student intern with the NRAO throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. Savannah's research talk is available here. For more information about Astronomy at the University of Memphis, please visit Dr. Muller Sanchez's page.

Congratulations to the 2020 MS Graduating Class

Department of Physics and Materials Science MS Graduates

It is an honor to recognize the wonderful work of the students in the Department of Physics and Materials Science who have graduated with MS degrees in August 2020. Congratulations Dipendra Singh Khatri, Netra Dhakal, Yu Zhu, Kamal Ranabhat, Deepa Guragain, Juan Chen, Negar Charchi, Subash Bhandari, and Trae Staggers. We are proud of you, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Click here or image for a larger view.

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

Nikeisha BassNikeisha Bass, Master of Social Work student, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2020 SUAPP Outstanding Student Engagement Award. Her work with Restore Corp and Project Launch impressed reviewers. Nikeisha's community engagement exemplifies SUAPP's mission and vision of actively connecting learning and practice to crucial community issues. Amaia Iratzoqui (Criminal Justice), Jae Chin (Planning), John Topinka (Public and Nonprofit Administration), and Robin Lennon-Dearing (Social Work) served on the review committee. Full details about Nikeisha's accomplishments and the impact of community engagement on her academic and professional trajectory can be found here.

World Languages and Literatures

Gina Iovinelli, William Fite and Heather Truett published translations of Dr. Vania Barraza Toledo's column 'To See You Better: Recommendations for Latin American Films' in La Prensa Latina. The translations were developed as part of the 'Introduction to Spanish Translation' course taught by Dr. Ivan Ortega-Santos in Fall 2019. Their work can be found here:


Past Accomplishments