AAS 2021 Award Winners

 

Undergraduate Awards 

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology 

Sydney Du, Cladie B. White, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 

Faculty Mentors: Archana Mishra, Mohammad A. Halim, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith  

Designing Antimicrobial Peptides Against the Main Protease of SARS-CoV-2: A Molecular Modelling Approach 

 

Vertebrate Biology/Zoology 

Willow Newman, Chance Garrett, Matthew Gifford, University of Central Arkansas  

Faculty Mentors: Ginny Adams, Reid Adams, University of Central Arkansas 

Turning Up the Heat: Thermal Tolerances of Fishes in the Kings River, Arkansas 

 

Plant Biology/Biomedical Studies 

Ashlyn Estes, University of Central Arkansas  

Faculty Mentor: Erin Wiley, University of Central Arkansas 

Effects of Late Winter/Early Spring Flooding on Pin Oak Saplings 

 

Museum Science/Biodiversity 

Grace Capooth, Hendrix College  

Faculty Mentor: Adam C. Schneider, Hendrix College 

Curating and Digitizing the Bryophyte Collections of the Hendrix College Herbarium 

 

Chemistry I 

Paul Gambill, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith  

Faculty Mentor: Mohammad A. Halim, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 

Menthol: Acetic Acid Based Low Viscosity Deep Eutectic Solvents 

 

Chemistry II 

Evan Wittig, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith,  

Faculty Mentor: Charuksha Walgama, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 

Electrochemical Biofilms for Drug Metabolite Synthesis 

 

Engineering 

Grace Zimmerman, University of Central Arkansas,  

Faculty Mentors: Jessica S. Friz, Nathan T. Perreau, NASA Langley Research Center 

Generic Robotic Guidance, Navigation, and Control Classes for the OSAM Architecture Simulation System (OASiS) 

 

Geosciences 

Matthew Neal, Emily Blitz, Andrew Edmonds, Ian Hattabaugh, Preston Liles, Julia Mathews, Jake Thompson, Jonathan Turco, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith  

Faculty Mentors: Maurice Testa, Jordan Mader, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 

Development of a Standardized Methodology for the Collection and Quantification of Microplastics in Fort Smith Regional Waterway 

 

Medicine & Parasitology 

Samantha Jones, Southern Arkansas University  

Faculty Mentor: James Hyde, Southern Arkansas University 

Testing the Long Term Viability of Organotypic Cultures of the Anterior Mouse Pituitary 

 

Physics 

Joe Coker, Hendrix College  

Faculty Mentor: Julie Gunderson 

The Fluorino: A Low-Cost, Arduino-Controlled Fluorometer 

 


Graduate Awards 

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology/Vertebrate Zoology/Medicine 

Billy Huggins, University of Central Arkansas  

Faculty Mentor: Mindy Farris, University of Central Arkansas 

Vitamin D: A Longevity Vitamin? 

 

Computer Science/Engineering 

Etee Kawna Roy, Arkansas State University  

Faculty Mentor: Brandon Kemp, Arkansas State University 

Dynamic Modeling of Multiparticle Electrostatic Self-assembly Toward Tunable Surfaces in Inverted Dielectric System