Research In Science and Engineering at Rutgers
Meet the RiSE 2001 Scholars

Oscar Abelleira Martinez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Project: "Benthic macroinvertebrate community characterization in upland forest and forested wetland stream channels in the Whippany River headwaters."

"RISE got me involved with several different fields of my interest; ecology, biology, entomology and environmental sciences included."

Anthea Aikins
Delaware State University

Project: "Analysis of Enzyme Activity and Nutrient Limitation in the Mississippi River Plume in the Gulf of Mexico and its Possible Relationship to Hypoxia."

"My lab members and I took a two week trip to the Gulf of Mexico to get samples."

Daniel Domínguez Hernández
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Project: "Development of an Aqueous Rinsing Technique for Nitrifying Biofilters."

Jonathan Goins
Southern University

Project: "An investigation of holding temperatures for foods in Rutgers University dining facilities."

"I feel like I will be at a better advantage than any of the other students at my school."

Frances Gratacós
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Current Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology at UMDNJ
Fellow in the Rutgers NSF IGERT on Biointerfaces

Project: "Molecular cloning of the MOG encephalitogenic determinant for gene therapy"

"Of course you want to apply to Rutgers, it is an exciting experience and you will never regret it."

Sabrice Guerrier
Long Island University

Project: "Transcriptional Regulation of Genes Controlling Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Proliferation and Differentiation."

"I think this university [Rutgers] definitely meets the needs of minority students."

Haydee Huertas Danner
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Project: "Identifying nitrifying bacteria in Chondrilla nucula sponges from Lajas, Puerto Rico."

Mahlet Mesfin
University of Michigan

Project: "Thermally Responsive Hydrogel Materials for Engineering Protein Uptake and Release."

"I think attending RISE was one of the best decisions that I made in my academic career."

Angela Ramirez Mercado
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Project: "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Biodegradable Polyanhydrides."

"I just want to say 'Thank You.' because this has been the best thing that has happened to me."

Noel Rodriguez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Project: "Engineering of a Common Cold Virus for the Development of an AIDS Vaccine."

Annette Seda
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Project: "Mutations on the gene SSU72 in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

"It's great. If I had the opportunity to come [to RISE] again, I would."

Adlar Simmons
Morehouse College

Project: "Enhancement of transition metal oxide catalysts for oxygen electrodes in fuel cells"

"From the first day I just realized that I was paired up with the perfect mentor."

David Vasquez
American River College and UCLA

Project: "Conceptual Analysis of Solar Sails and Integration of Piezoelectric Ceramics as Sensors and Actuators."

"RISE gives you all the tools you need."