Previous Projects

Below is a summary of previous research projects conducted by the College of Arts & Sciences faculty and students in a number of diverse fields. Through a gift from the Seidler family, the College is given the ability to encourage faculty from all disciplines to participate in this incredible opportunity. 

Summer 2022 - Spring 2023

Faculty Student department project
Anaya, Christina Karla Mendoza
Mackenzie Beck-Gibson
Biological Sciences Freshwater gastropods as parasite biodiversity indicators in Southwest Florida
Cimarusti, Tom  Victoria Paulino de Souza Bower School of Music & The Arts/Music Reimagining Spanish Opera: Astor Piazzolla's "Maria de Buenos Aires" and Daniel Roble's "El condor pasa"
Demers, Nora Jorge Garcia Acosta
Rachael Rerrie
Biological Sciences Endocrine disruptors in our waters; evaluating contamination using mosquitofish as a model organism
Dhumal, Nilesh Mary Richardson Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Influence of cation symmetry on normal vibrational frequency in mid and far IR of imidazolium-based ionic liquids: Simulation studies 
Feng, Peng Dennis Whitener Mathematics A Mathematical Model to Understand Tuberculosis Granulomas Formation and Its Impact on Disease Progression 
Fortin, Andrea Melissa Williams Integrated Studies Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion: A Study of The Impact and Challenges of Student Course-Based Service Learning 
Griffin, Conan Shu Ting Wang Language & Literature/English Understanding & Learning How to Improve DWF Rates for Online Classes
Hutchinson, Jeff Devin Arena Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Searching for Quark Interacting Dark Matter at the Future Circular Collider
Insko, Erik Calvin Finley Mathematics Applying graph theory to sports data analytics
Loscuito, John Sarah Baker Bower School of Music & The Arts/Art FGCU Art Galleries Permanent Collection Oral Histories and Exhibition
McManus, Greg Damian Hernandez Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Removing toxic lead from Southwest Florida water sources  via porous Metal-Organic Frameworks
Price, Sarah Cierra Barron Communication & Philosophy/Communication Pronouns and Support for Gender Diverse Students
Reilly, John Anthony Valenzano
Justin Hogue
Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Expansion of FGCU Micro-Brewery and the development of a Food Science and Fermentation Minor
Von Cannon, Michael Keyshawn Frazier Language & Literature/English Eagle Podcast Challenge: An Exploration of New Media and the Public Humanities
Wagle, Durgesh David Hardy Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Bio-Based Deep Eutectic Solvents: A Non-Aqueous Media for Preservation of Nucleic Acid-Based Vaccines
Watanabe, Ken Max Smuda Chemistry & Physics/Physics Multiwavelength Observations of Blazars

Summer 2021-Spring 2022

Faculty Student department project
Bacalzo, Dan Makayla Davis Bower School of Music & The Arts/Theatre Preparing Moliere's The Misanthrope for Stage Production
Boyce, Greg Marisa Luz Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Employing Biocatalytic Desymmetrization in the Synthesis of Complex 
Brown, Trent Brooklyn Webb Bower School of Music & The Arts/Music Study of the Impact of the Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement Activities in Music Conducting Students and Choral Ensemble Participants

Bugarin, Alejandro

Bryan Ortega Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Sustainable Synthesis of New Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Condori, Alberto

Sierra Edelstein Mathematics Exponentially isometric matrices in low dimensions
Emer, Sherri Ashlee Brentlinger
William Staeb
Biological Sciences The force is strong with… mechanosensitive receptors: The distribution of force-detecting TRP proteins and associated bone remodling cells in spaceflight specimens
May, Melissa Stephanie Browning Marine & Earth Sciences Genetic identification and quantification of larval bivalves in Southwest Florida
McManus, Greg Arleth Ortiz Villa Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Water Harvesting from Air to Deliver Fresh Water via Novel Hybrid Materials
Rotz, Rachel Lane Davis
Jasmine Morejon
Marine & Earth Sciences Investigating the Effects of Storm Tide Inundation on Barrier Island Groundwater and Vegetation Vulnerability
Urakawa, Toshi Victoria Lowers Biological Sciences Genetic Engineering of Soybean Plants for Manufacture of An Edible Drug to Treat Insulin Response Disorders
Wagle, Durgesh Vinod Elizabeth Recker Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Bio-Based Deep Eutectic Solvents: A Non-Aqueous Media for Preservation of Nucleic Acid-Based Vaccines

Summer 2020-Spring 2021

Faculty Student department project
Adhikari, Puspa L. Zachary Tabaac Marine & Earth Science/Marine Science The Distribution of Emerging Contaminants in Surface Sediments in Southwest Florida
Baron, Michael Melissa Sanchez
Sandra Escribano
Bower School of Music & the Arts/Music A comparison of Piano Pedagogical Methods in Cuba and the United States, and an investigation into unknown classical Cuban music.
Bugarin, Alejandro

Abby Lewis

Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Elimination of Trace Metallic Impurities in Drug Syntheses
Hoetzlein, Rama Angela Humphrey
Joseph Adams
Bower School of Music & the Arts An Open Library for Animation & Motion Studies in Undergraduate Digital Media Education
Hutchinson, Jeffrey Noah Boyar Social Sciences/History Searching for Lepton Interacting Dark Matter Signals in the Future Circular Collider
Inkso, Erik Viktoriya Bardenova
Vincent Ciarcia
Mathematics/Math Modeling Partially Random Walks on Graphs
Lambrecht, Daniel Grace Anderson
Ieda Andrade
Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Medicinal Drug Synthesis Using Green Chemistry ("MediGreen")
Meij, Jan Martijn Nathen Garcia Social Sciences/Sociology Sex and Drugs at FGCU: An Exploration of Gen Z at a Florida Southwestern University
Miller, Amy Frances Elmore Social Sciences/Sociology What Constitutes Consent and Who Reports?: Understanding FGCU Students' Perceptions of Nonconsensual Sexual Contact
Mujtaba, Mustafa Danielle Fletcher-Williams Biological Sciences/Biology The antifungal properties of short cytokine mimetic and cationic peptides
Paull, Daniel Jennii Burrell Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Protected yet highly active palladium catalysts: Design, and providing collaborative cancer research in the undergraduate lab curriculum
Reilly, John T. Zach Hutcherson
Ben Siegel
Drew Brady
Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Scaling up of a bench-top, microbrewery to a 1/2 barrel professional system
Urakawa, Toshi Julia Davis
Elizabeth Dahedl
Ecology & Environmental Sudies/Environmental Mitigating toxic cyanobacterial blooms using amino acids
Wagle, Durgesh Vinod Mary Richardson Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Ionic Liquids: A Key to Minimize Sulfar Oxides (Sox) Emissions and Creating Sustainable Environment
Watanabe, Ken Martin Marks Chemistry & Physics/Physics Search for coincident events between NASA's ASIM mission and GRT-WF/JAEA Gamma-Detector

Summer 2019-Spring 2020

faculty student department project
Kevin Allen Lexi Velte Language & Literature/English The Man Who Invented Florida, a screenplay about the life of Carl Fisher
Michael Baron Fernando Lopez Flores Bower School of Music & the Arts/Music Bolivian Classical Piano Music, and a Comparison of Piano Pedagogical Methods in Bolivia and the United States
Greg Boyce Daniel Quiroz Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry The concise total synthesis of khusiol: a neurite growth promoting natural product with a unique structure
Ju Chou Anakaria Gomez-Hernandez Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Characterization of Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) Fabricated from Green Synthesis and Developing Optical Probes to Investigate
Marilyn Cruz-Alvarez Rodrigo Tomas, Grace Dorton Biological Sciences/Biology Molecular analysis of flowering in Melaleuca quinquenervia
Don Duke Abigail Kruger Marine & Ecological Sciences/Marine Science Ready for the Next Hurricane Irma?  Predicting Flood Conditions by Linking Precipitation to Surface and Groundwater Flows On, and from the FGCU Campus by Monitoring Campus Ponds
Serri Emer Fane Antione, Sabrina Soto Biological Sciences/Biology May the force be with… The distribution of mechanosensitive protein receptors and bone remodeling cells in spaceflight specimens
Jay Horn James D’Amico, Allison Boza, Alex Amador Biological Sciences/Biology Testing species boundaries and inferring the biogeographic history of Stillingia (Euphorbiaceae) in the North American Coastal Plane, with a focus on south Florida
Sharon Isern Alicia Belony Biological Sciences/Biology Lysogenic Phage Defense Against Superinfection in Host Microcycstis aeruginosa
Felix Jose Kelly Murphy Marine & Ecological Sciences/Marine Science Long-term Geomorphological Evolution of St. Joseph Peninsula and Cape San Blas and the Impact of Hurricane Michael on Florida Panhandle
John Losciuto Farah Alkhadra Bower School of Music & the Arts/Art Student Success using Permanent Collection of Art Migration
Myra Mendible Kiera Eckardt Language & Literature/English American Identity in an age of Transnationalism
Mustafa Mujtaba Joseph Wislet Biological Sciences/Biology Development of Peptides Having Interferon and Antiviral Properties Tour Abroad
Lyndsay Rhodes Olivia Romas, Christy Doan Biological Sciences/Biology Evaluation of essential oils as potential anti-cancer therapeutics in triple-negative breast cancer
Michael Scott Kelsey White, Sara Feith Biological Sciences/Biotechnology The isolation and bioinformatics analysis of broad-host range cyanophage to combat local blue-green algae blooms
John Straussberger Morgan Kirk Social Sciences/History Oral Histories of Hurricane Irma
Toshi Urakawa Gabrianna Andrews Marine & Ecological Sciences/Marine Science Prediction and prevention of harmful algal blooms using hydrogen peroxide

Summer 2018

Greg Boyce Brittany Klootwyk Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Harnessing the Potential of Cyclopropenones in Organic Synthesis
Tom Cimarusti Madeline Peterson Bower School of Music & the Arts/Music A Reconstruction and Performance of Koreshan Hymns
Alberto Condori Nicholas Seguin Mathematics/Mathematics Norm behavior of matrices in low dimensions
Lori Cornelius Harold Schau Language & Literature/English The Intersection of Folklore & Legal Studies
Nora Demers Christopher Hormuth
Sabrina Suarez
Biological Sciences/Biology The Ins & Outs of Gopher Tortoises: what do they eat and what parasites are they harboring?
Chris DiMattina Chance Hamilton
Charly Garsia-Valero
Psychology/Psychology Investigating neural mechanisms of visual boundary detection using deep neural networks
Jeff Kleeger Adolph Brink Justice Studies/Legal Studies Immigration Showdown: California Versus United States Government
Kara Lefevre Katelyn Rawlings Marine & Ecological Sciences/Marine Sciences Assessing Hurricane Irma's impact on threatened Burrowing Owls in North Cape Coral
Arsalan Mirjafari
Gregory McManus
Allison Hawkins
Luke Lamos
Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Development of Innovative Hybrid Materials to Mine Lithium from Seawater: A New Resource fo Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Batteries
Molly Nation Matthew Hale Marine & Ecological Sciences/Environmental Studies Impacts of Sustainable Attitudes on Personal Action
Lindsay Rhodes Rachel Ranschau Biological Sciences/Biology Identifying stillbenes to inhibit triple-negative breast cancer migration
Gerritt VanderMeer Joseph Herrera Bower School of Music & the Arts/Theatre Greek Play Adaptation
Jordon Von Cannon Alyssa Prosper Language & Literature/English Transatlantic Departures: Mapping Catharine Sedgwick's 1839-1840 Tour Abroad

 Summer 2017

Dan Bacalzo  Laura Moch Bower School of Music & the Arts/Theatre Dramaturgy for world premiere play, Your Florida Fantasy
Grege Boyce Kellie Martinez Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Efficient Synthesis of Bioactive  Natural Product
John Braddy Gunnar Gibson Communication & Philosophy/Communication Liberation - Research trip to South  Africa
Ann Carncross Emma Paige Cook Bower School of Music & the Arts/Theatre Scene Shop Training and Resource Manual
Anna Goebel Marisa Sauer Biological Sciences/Biology Evolutionary Adaptations in the Silver Apalm and American  Beautyberry
Jeff Hutchinson Anthony Grippo Chemistry & Physics/Physics Analyzing Dark Matter Producation at Colliders
Erik Insko Chance Hamilton Mathematics/ Mathematics Learnin' a Machine to Find Waldo!
 William Locascio Kelly Jones Social Sciences/Anthropology Late Archaic Ceramic Production in the Okeechobee Basin of South Florida
 Megan McShane Marchall Nathanson Bower School of Music & the Arts/Art Apiary Interactions in Art & Ecology
 Jan Martin Meij Hannah Seitz Social Sciences/Sociology Racial Justice in a Changing Political Opportunity Climate
 Daniel Paull

Nichalas Lauta
Ryan Williams

Chemistry & Physics/Chemistry Preliminary Studies & Methodology for New Rapid Funchionalization Methods towards Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules from Disubstituted Ketene Precursors
Joelle Richard Savannah Myers Marine &  Ecological Sciences/Marine Science Evaluating the use of the of the Florida Bay scallop to reconstruct past environment in Southwest Florida 
Joseph Ross  Grant Tindall Political Science & Public Administration/Poli Sci Decision-making in Elected and Appointed State Supreme Courts
Tak Ueda  Dominic Enyart Biological Sciences/Biotechnology Production of Plant-Based Drugs for the Treatment of Insulin Response Disorders

Summer 2016

Faculty Student(s) Department proposal
Jason Bahr E. Porter Gulseth Bower School of Music & the Arts/Music Construction & completion of a new orchestral piece: Music Calligraphy: Concertino for Flute & Orchestra
James Brock Hanny Zuniga Language & Literature/English Production of new theatrical piece: Tableaux Vivants.
Kathryne Byrne-Bailey John Dean Biological Sciences/ Biology Microbial processes and movement of genetic material between microbial populations of local soils, mammals and insect populations.
Marilyn Cruz-Alvarez Brand Califar Biological Sciences/ Biology Determining if a retrotransposon (jumping gene) controls expression of genes and affects flowering and production of the edible parts in broccoli and cauliflower.
Patricia Fay Jordan Blankenship
Felipe Maldonado
Bower School of Music & the Arts/ Art Create gas/wood/soda hybrid fast-fire kiln out of a decommissioned commercial electric kiln.
John Herman Damian Baker Biological Sciences/ Biology Developing an automated telemetry system to understand the fine-scale movement ecology of wildlife.
Erik Insko Lucas Everham
Vincent Marcantonio
Mathematics/ Mathematics Peak polynomials - The research group is studying peak polynomials which are a family of polynomials counting the number of permutations with a given peak set.  These newly discovered polynomials have applications in probability theory and the analysis of random data sets. 
Kara Lefevre Jayne Johnston
Keith Moore
Marine & Ecological Studies/ Environmental Studies  Avian breeding activity in human-dominated environments - how changes in landscapes and plant communities effect breeding success.
Gregory McManus Arianna Soares Chemistry & Physics/ Chemistry Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon dioxide capture in metal-organic nanotubes
Arsalan Mirjafari Stephen T. Nestor Chemistry & Physics/ Chemistry "Click" synthesis of a novel class of functionalized ionic liquids for use as superdydrophobic coating agents
Morgan Paine Caitlin Rosolen Bower School of Music & the Arts/ Art Creation of a centralized and compliant collection management procedure for Florida's Art in State Buildings Program at FGCU.
Daniel Paull Stephen George Chemistry & Physics/ Chemistry Development of new methods for organic synthesis towards biological interests including treatment of osteoporosis and proprietary catalysts.