SURF Alumni

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To view the SURF papers submitted by these alumni, please visit the Past Projects page.

Vincent Madar, SURF 2016


Natural History Documentation of the island of San Salvador, Bahamas



Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship.



A radio documentary based on his research about music's influence on mood.

Other SURF Alumni

Anna Mercaldi, SURF 2016

Presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Oct. 2016.

Cameron Brouillard, SURF 2016

Presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Oct. 2016.

Teresa Navarro, SURF 2015

Presented SURF Project at a conference in Nebraska with mentor, Mary Isbell.

Cytisus Eurydice, SURF 2015

Published a chapbook based on research done during SURF period.

Presented research and chapbook at the Annual Sigma Tau Delta Literature Conference at Shepherds University in Oct. 2016.

Rebecca Andreucci, SURF 2014

Environmental Protection Agency’s Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship.

Katie Seggerman & Andy Perez, SURF 2014

Published: Dr. Christopher J Martinez, Katherine Seggerman, and Andy Perez. Observing Hand Placement and Measurement on a Tabletop Using a Depth Camera, Proceeding of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, p 569-574, 2015. Katie Seggerman also placed 3rd at the SWE Northeast Research Poster Competition, 2016.

Timothy Stankye, SURF 2014

Worked with Dr. Carmel Cuomo, the University of New Haven College of Arts &' Sciences, on a study about the morphometrics of horseshoe crabs, and presented this research at the annual conference of Geological Society of America in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Anthony Mastromarino, SURF 2014

Received support from the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, funded by NASA to study how the shape of deceleration devices help put the "air brakes" on space mission devices, slowing them as they land. Working with Dr. Maria-Isabel Carnasciali and collaborating with people across the county on this project. Conference in San Francisco – Dr. Carnasciali presented their findings at the American Physical society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics.

Lauren Kircher, SURF 2013

National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU), University of Southern California and Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. Presented SURF research at 2014 Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium. University of New Haven Honors Program.

Jessica Norstog, SURF 2013

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. Program , Howard Laboratory, Sandy Hook, NJ. Preparing to present SURF at the 2015 winter meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Southern New England Chapter. University of New Haven Honors Program.

Danielle Perry, SURF 2013

National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU), California State University Monterey Bay. University of New Haven Honors Program.

William Putnam, SURF 2013

William H Putnam, Dr. Christopher J. Martinez and Professor Alice E. Fischer, Expanding the Overall Efficiency of Tomorrow's Data Centers Through Processor Optimization, ASEE 2014 North East Conference.

Matthew Ciarletto & Christian Ruiz, SURF 2013

Matthew Ciarletto, Christian Ruiz and Dr. Christopher J. Martinez, The Feeling of Sound, Consortium for Computer Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Region (CCSCNE) 2014. Matthew Ciarletto - University of New Haven Honors Program.

Kevin Boettger, SURF 2012

Currently Employed at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. Presented SURF research at the 2013 International Audio Engineer Society Convention in New York City.

Christina Kling, SURF 2012 & 2013

Currently a Ph.D. student at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Was a recipient of the 2014 Herbert F. Wright Outstanding Biology Student Award. Presented research of Lyme Disease (SURF/Honor's thesis 2013-2014) at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in April 2014. Was a Hatfield Scholar in 2013-2014 - "Research and lab involvement was a big part of my application." Mentored students from the Sound School as a continuation of SURF 2012 project on mycobacteriophage.

Monica Mierzejewski, SURF 2013

Mt. Sinai DNA Sequencing Lab. Internship with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Amy Havens, SURF 2011

National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU), University of Hawaii (Summer 2013). Did research working for the New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY. Upon graduating from the University of New Haven, received Undergraduate Research Award from College of Arts and Sciences and Herbert F. Wright Biology & Environmental Science Award from Department of Biology & Environmental Science.

Michael Smircich, SURF 2011

Presented his research at the Summer 2013 meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Southern New England Chapter. Co-recipient of the 2014 Herbert F. Wright Outstanding Biology Student Award. Has been published in; Smircich, M.G. and J.T.Kelly (2014). Extending the two percent rule: the effects of heavy internal tags on stress physiology, swimming performance, and growth in brook trout. Animal Biotelemetry 2:16. Currently pursuing an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut.

Patrick Vogt, SURF 2011

Resource Assistant, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Research Assistant, Kelly Marine Ecophysiology Laboratory. Adjunct Professor, University of New Haven. Received Best Student Presentation Award at 2014 summer meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Southern New England Chapter. Presented research at three conferences.

Danielle E. Gorka, SURF 2010

Ph.D. candidate, Duke University, Department of Chemistry National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF), Summer 2011 and 2012. CT Space Grant Consortium Fellow, 2011

Mackenzie Bear, SURF 2007

Following graduation from University of New Haven in 2009, Mackenzie went on to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. After graduation she completed a clinical pharmacy practice residency with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Bear is currently a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist pharmacist practicing at Cedars-Sinai hospital.