Earning a Coveted Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

Students who conduct research make better candidates for fellowships, graduate and professional school admissions and career placement.  Harrison Undergraduate Research Award recipients receive up to $4,000 funding for their faculty-mentored research proposals.  Faculty mentors receive $1,000.

Biomedical Engineering

Lisa Chen of Springfield, a third-year biomedical engineering major, will research coronary artery disease risk associated with non-coding genetic variants at the PHACTR1 gene locus.
Tuan Nguyen of Poquoson, a third-year biomedical engineering major, will research the construction of a DNA bacterial plasmid that tracks the Tbx5, a gene that is responsible for inducing heart development from stem cells.
Dylan Schaff of Barboursville, a third-year biomedical engineering major, will attempt to identify the heterogeneous transcriptional states of small-cell lung carcinoma, using a genetically engineered mouse model, and will investigate how members of a family of genes play a role in defining these states.

Chemical Engineering

Anne Katherine Brooks of Charlottesville, a third-year chemical engineering major concentrating on biotechnology, will research ways of developing hydrogels for neural tissue engineering in subjects suffering from central nervous system injury and disease.

Computer Science

Andrew Jefferson Ton of McLean, a third-year computer science major with a Buddhism minor, will research the designs of real-time, flight-planning algorithms for autonomous quadrotors and will explore how machine learning can teach these autonomous vehicles to safely respond in adversarial and dynamic environments.

Aerospace Engineering

Karl Westendorff of Pfafftown, North Carolina, a first-year student intending to major in aerospace engineering and chemistry, will experiment with changing how to build crystals to modify their structure and shapes for different applications. Multipurpose materials provide unparalleled functionality and will become a necessity in the future.

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