USC Aiken Students Selected for Magellan Program Receive Funding for Research

Staff Report From Aiken CEO

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

The University of South Carolina Aiken announced its Magellan Scholars for the spring semester.

"USC Aiken has a long history of Magellan Scholars. We are very proud of these students and their faculty advisors," said Dr. Chad Leverette who coordinates sponsored research at USC Aiken.

"We look forward to hearing more about their relevant and interesting research and findings."

As part of the USC System Magellan program, these students receive up to $3,000 to fund research they are conducting with their faculty mentors. These Pacers will present their research to the public during Scholar Showcase, which takes place April 12 on campus.

The Magellan Scholars from USC Aiken include:

Morgan Bookstaver, senior, exercise and sports science major

Mentor: Dr. Brian Parr, Department of Exercise and Sports Science

The Effect of Indoor Versus Outdoor Exercise on Mood

Thomas Burgess, junior, chemistry major

Mentor: Dr. Doug White, Department of Chemistry and Physics

Laboratory analogs of planetary and interstellar ice mixtures

Gabrielle Connor, junior, chemistry major

Mentor: Dr. Ken Roberts, Department of Chemistry and Physics

O2-dependent kinetics of the 2,4'-dihydroxyacetophenone dioxygenase (DAD) reaction

Austin Herbert, senior, biology major

Mentor: Dr. Kristina Ramstad, Department of Biology and Geology

Genomic population structure of American wood storks - comparison among nesting colonies in Georgia USA and the Brazilian Amazon

Melanie Howe, junior, chemistry and engineering

Mentor: Dr. Titan Paul, Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Effect of Water Content on Thermophysical Properties of Ionic Liquids for Solar Thermal Applications

Lauren Smiley, senior, biology major

Mentor: Dr. Kristina Ramstad, Department of Biology and Geology

Do parental attendance and nest site selection affect fledging success in American wood storks?

Madeline Smith, junior, English major

Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Smith, Department of English

The Power of Women's Speech in Shakespearean Literature

Mina Surprenant, junior, biology major

Mentor: Dr. Kelly Gibson, Department of Biology and Geology

Paleoproductivity Changes in the Indo Pacific Across the Mid-Pleistocene Transition: Understanding CO2, Sensitivity, and Orbital Forcing in the Tropics

Allison Swiecki, senior, biology major

Mentor: Dr. Nathan Hancock, Department of Biology and Geology

Inducing Tol2 transposition in zebrafish

Brooke Turk, sophomore, psychology major

Mentor: Dr. Laura Swain, Department of Psychology

The Effect of Acetaminophen on the Late Positive Potential and Levels of Personal Distress to Images of Painful Situations

Carol Ann Webb, senior, biology major

Mentor: Dr. Michele Harmon, Department of Biology and Geology

Comparing dissolved organic matter from wetland vegetation to decrease the bioavailability of copper to Ceriodaphnia dubia

Kali Wiggins, senior, biology major

Mentor: Dr. April DeLaurier, Department of Biology and Geology

Determining the role of ldlrap1a in cholesterol metabolism in zebrafish