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Summer Research All-Stars

Summer research in full swing

Illustration by Jeffrey Chase

Hundreds of undergrads gain traction in labs and field work

It's the summertime, that kick-back, chill-out, sandal-powered stretch when many a hard worker and high-level thinker takes a breather.

Hundreds of University of Delaware students, though, are using the time to press on with research projects, build foundational understanding in their fields of interest and tap into the savvy of faculty mentors.

As Major League Baseball pauses for its annual All-Star Game, UDaily offers you a baseball-card-type glimpse into UD's labs and work spaces, featuring a full roster of students and mentors from around the University.

They are featured starting today on UD's Tumblr page.

You'll meet:

•  Eva Allison of Storrs, Connecticut, studying the baskets of the Nanticoke Tribe.

•  Caitlin Blades of Bridgeville, Delaware, working on new ways to fight inflammatory breast cancer.

•  EJ Carron of Green Brook, New Jersey, looking for ways to harness the clean energy produced by "aeroelastic galloping."

•  Cory Cutsail of Laurel, Delaware, exploring algorithms and methods to optimize predictions for such things as economics and tax policy.

•  Nadisha Downs of Wilmington, Delaware, who is studying young African-American men's perceptions of fatherhood.

•  Varsha Kripalu of Wilmington, Delaware, who is studying tobacco use among clients of mobile food pantries.

•  Kayla Neiderfer of Woodbury, New York, looking at ways to address metabolic troubles in Holstein dairy cows.

•  Lucas Pensinger of Milton, Delaware, who is studying the impact of sea-level rise and increased ocean acidification on development of horseshoe crabs.

•  Cedric Whitney of Washington, D.C., working on ways to provide prosthetic hands using 3-D printing in La Paz, Bolivia.


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