RISE 2002 Scholars


Meet the RiSE 2002 Scholars

Rebecca Baerga
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Current Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Investigation of the molecular mechanism by which T8A-MiRP1 causes susceptibility to sulfamethoxazole

"I have learned more science in two months than I have learned in two years! I had the most wonderful intellectual experience at RISE this summer."

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Bethany Barrow
University of Texas at El Paso
Mutational analysis of a conserved residue in the cell-targeting domain of the feline leukemia virus envelope protein

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Julio Berroa
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon Campus
The reduction of ceramic wall thickness in a catalytic converter.

"I would like to have the opportunity to come back for other research. My mentor was good and my research was better than what I was expecting."

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Jose Ruiz-Bonilla
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Spontaneous Melanoma development in Transgenic Mice

"If you are planning to pursue a Ph.D. or a career in the scientific field I strongly suggest you take advantage of this opportunity."

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Kelvin Caban
Montclair State University
Myosin Step Size and Duty Ratio Estimated From Actin-activated ATPase and Motility Assays.

"The RISE program provides the perfect opportunity for individuals who are considering a career in research."

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Tamara Edwards
Brooklyn College CUNY
Determining sequences within the 3'UTR of the yeast TIF51A mRNA involved in regulating its ARE mediated decay

"My experience in the RISE at Rutgers/UMDNJ program was absolutely amazing."

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Nicolas Estevez-Montero
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Hot superplastic powder forging of nano-ceramics.

"This experience will definitely help me make the correct choice when choosing between industry and academia."

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Nailah Felix
University of the Virgin Islands
Models of predator-prey interactions and the stability of the solutions.

"I would recommend RISE to other students because it is a good place to learn about career opportunities while gaining experience as an independent researcher."

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Kristin Herring
Spelman College
Recognition by the HIV-1 neutralizing monoclonal antibody 2F5 of the terminal leucine residues in side-chain cyclized analogs of the epitope peptide LELDKWASL.

"I was able to perform meaningful research in an area that I always wanted to explore. I made valuable contacts that will inevitably help me in my future career plans."

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Crystal LaRae Jackson
Delaware State University
Relationship between 6-n propylthiouracil (PROP) taster status and food preferences with an emphasis on bitter taste sensation in children ages 11-14.

"If you are committed to science and engineering, then RISE is for you!"

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Resa Jean
University of the Virgin Islands
Computer-assisted discrimination among malignant lymphomas and leukemias.

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Lissette Jimenez
Brown University
Characterization of the depth and size distribution of planktonic alkaline phosphatase activity in the Mississippi River Plume.

"Overall, I had a great experience and learned a lot about graduate schools. I recommend this program to anyone interested in research."

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Donte Jones
Delaware State University
Characterization of iridium and rhenium surfaces

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Chris Kanik
Cornell University
Protein based nano-motors and nano-robots.

"The program advisors do an excellent job at guiding you through every step of your research"

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Sandra Fuentes Lopez
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao Campus
The Effect of Steroid Hormones on the Expression of TRAIL and Fas in the Lungs

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Mary Lucas
Virginia Union University
Chromatin structure of the FMR-1 promoter

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Miya Peay
Hood College

Liliana Perez
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus

Current Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Characterization of Microbial Populations in Slime Deposits from Different Paper Machines

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David Recinos
Long Island University
Antiproliferative effects of 2-methoxyestradiol on breast cancer cells

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Sameerah Reed
Clark Atlanta University
Study of organotropic mechanisms in prostate cancer

"The RISE program is very well rounded. It gave me the opportunity to gain excellent research experience, as well as define my career goals in life."

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Briseida Galloza-Rivera
University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus
Solubility and diffusion coefficient of the building monomers of a poly (anhydride-ester) used for delivery of chemotherapeutic agents.

"If you asked me if I would come back to do the RISE program again, my answer would be yes."

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Giomar Rivera Cancel
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus
Relationship between denitrifying bacterial diversity and aboveground plant diversity

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Anthony Burgos-Robles
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Dorsal Hippocampal Contributions To Contextual Fear Conditioning

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Edgardo Santiago Martinez
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico?

Current Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology at UMDNJ Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Functional properties of the 30 KDa C-terminal fragment of fungal specific translation elongation factor 3 (eEF3).

"RISE was a unique experience of learning and sharing and I recommend it to other students interested in scientific research."

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Nelson Cordero Torres
University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla
Effect of Estradiol-Regulated Growth Factors on Lactotropes and Folliculo-Stellate Cells Growth.

"I never imagined that I was going to have such a great time at Rutgers. Honestly, I had the best summer of my life this year."

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Eneida Villanueva
University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Campus
AUF1 dimerization domain is dispensable for interactions with A + U-rich elements

"I loved it. RISE gave me the opportunity to grow both as a better scientist and a better human being."

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Victoria Williams
Delaware State University
Mapping nutrient concentrations in the Mississippi River plume.

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