Current SURF Projects

With the guidance of their Faculty Mentors, students will work on research projects in a wide range of areas, including the social sciences, the natural sciences, and arts and humanities.

Once their research is complete, students will participate in Research Poster Presentation Day where they will present their findings to other students, faculty, staff and guests of the University of New Haven.

Seminars will be held in the beginning and end of the program (June - August) to provide students with even more opportunities to learn and grow through networking, sharing their experiences, and learning about their colleagues' areas of interest. Guest speakers will also attend the seminars to discuss their own research and professional accomplishments. These activities will offer students a unique, educational and professional experience that will help them attain their academic and professional goals in the future.

Current Projects

Collaborators Project
Student: Benjamin Atwater
Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Forecasting Film Box Office Performance Using Naïve Bayes Analysis in R Studios
Student: Danielle Belskis
Mentor: Chong Qui
Collection of Micrometeorite at the University of New Haven
Student: Shaina Bernard
Mentor: Patricia Miranda
The Politics and Processes of Patronage in the Renaissance
Student: David Berube
Mentor: Can Aktas
Innovative Applications of Piezoelectric generators: Analyzing efficacy and feasibility
Student: Kelsey Bettex
Mentor: Claire Glynn
Investigating the potential negative impact of antioxidants on the chemiluminescent detection of blood stains at crime scenes
Student: Kellie Bundschuh
Mentor: Kento Yasuhara
Protocol Assessment of Community Solutions Inc. Alternative in the Community Programs
Student: Stephanie Coffey
Mentor: Yelizaveta Masalimova
Chemistry of Glazes at Different Temperatures
Student: Julianna DeGenova
Mentor: Tarsila Seara
Bridging the Gap between Local Fishery Culture and Management Strategies in Puerto Rico
Student: Valeriay Dion
Mentor: John Kelly
Detection of Alanine by Salt Marsh Species of New Haven Harbor Estuary, CT
Student: Charles Dow
Mentor: Dequan Xiao
Converting Cellulosic Biomass to Liquid Fuels using Sulfur Doped Titanium Dioxide Photocatalyst in Aqueous Solutions
Student: Amber Fearnley
Mentor: Eva Sapi
Effect of Dapsone and its Antimicrobial Combinations on Borrelia burgdorferi Biofilms
Student: Lina Guindy
Mentor: Alyssa Marsico
The analysis of semen stains using Raman spectroscopy and the investigation into the spectral differences based on protein degradation over time
Student: Brianna Hill
Mentor: Christopher R. O'Brien
Microscopic Analysis of dissolved keratinized and calcified tissues in nitric acid
Student: Asia Hutchins
Mentor: Kendell Coker & Melissa Whitson
Barriers to Barriers: Interviews with Local Agencies on Experiences Working with Asian Survivors of Domestic Violence
Student: Adam Jakubowski
Mentor: Byungik Chang
Structural Response of Truss Bridges Under Fire Loading
Student: Ethan Johnson
Mentor: Gail Hartnett
Immunological response of the ribbed mussel (Geukensia demissa) to ocean acidification
Student: Evgenia Kvitko
Mentor: Melanie Eldridge
Effect of toxic heavy metals on the marine amphipod Parhyale hawaiensis: Are its glutathione-S transferase genes regulated by heavy metals?
Student: Dory Lieblein
Mentor: Brooke Kammrath & Peter Massey
A comparison of portable infrared spectrometers and the Nik Field Test for the on-scene Analysis of Cocaine
Student: Patrick McAuliffe
Mentor: Jing Li
Fire Investigation of Residential Electrical Cables Flammability
Student: Syria McCullough
Mentor: Ali Senejani
Evaluating cell survival and DNA damage of cells that are deficient in a DNA repair gene exposed to disinfectant chlorine dioxide
Student: Marissa Mehlrose
Mentor: Amy Carlile
Taxonomic update of historic nori specimens using molecular methods
Student: Brandon Miller
Mentor: Pier F. Cirillo
Total Synthesis of Spiromastixone J
Student: Gabrielle Montlouis
Mentor: Melanie Eldridge
Detection and Tracking Estrogenic and Toxic Substances in the Quinnipiac River
Student: Kayla Moquin
Mentor: Brooke Kammrath
An evaluation of sorbent pens for the extraction and analysis of ignitable liquid residues
Student: Yo Ng
Mentor: Chong Qiu
Monitor Ozone Concentrations at University of New Haven
Student: Justin Ortiz
Mentor: Shira Avidor
Old Masters, New Light
Student: Tina Padavano
Mentor: Jonathan A. Kringen
Analysis of the Spatial Relationship Between Crime and Non-Owner-Occupied Housing in the Newhallville Neighborhood of New Haven
Student: Igor Panchenko
Mentor: Kagya Amoako
Catheter Fabrication and Nitric Oxide Release
Student: Justin Pantano
Mentor: Pier F. Cirillo
Templated Synthesis of Usnic Acid
Student: Jonathan Ramirez
Mentor: Amir Esmailpour
Software Defined Networks
Student: Andrea Silva
Mentor: Christina Zito
Molecular mechanisms by which HPV negative cervical cancer cells cycle and cause an increased cell growth
Student: Rebekah Stafford
Mentor: Melissa Whitson
Parental and Peer Attachment, Adjustment, and Mental Health in First-Year College Students
Student: Raeghan Steelberg
Mentor: David San Pietro
A Comparison of Quantitative Efficiencies of the ABI 7500 SDS (Real-Time PCR) versus Nanodrop Instrumentation
Student: Mark Verrilli
Mentor: David San Pietro
DNA Transfer Assessment
Student: Alicia Wagner
Mentor: Virginia Maxwell
Sequencing Strokes in a Crossed-Line Intersection Using UV-Vis MSP
Student: Mackenzie Whiting
Mentor: Claire Glynn
Qualitative and Quantitative analysis of minute levels of saliva in expirated blood