2008 JDRD Awards

First-year Projects

Jeffrey Becker, Department of Microbiology

Survey of fungal component of the gut microbiome (Host genetic diversity as a variable selection environment for the gut microbiome, Elissa J. Chesler)

Qiang He, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Linkage between soil microbial activities in the rhizosphere and functional characteristics of dissolved organic matter (Carbon drivers of the microbe-switchgrass rhizosphere interface, Christopher Warren Schadt)

Bin Hu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Development of highly efficient organic white electroluminescence for solid-state lighting (Revolutionary method for increasing efficiency of white-light quantum-dot LEDs, Chad E. Duty)

Michael Langston, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

High-performance computational tools for systems genetic analysis (Host genetic diversity as a variable selection environment for the gut microbiome, Elissa J. Chesler)

Norman Mannella, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Doping control of epitaxial TiOx and TiO2 thin film hetero-structures for photo-electrochemical solar energy conservation (Bandgap narrowing of oxide semiconductors using non-compensated n-p co-doping for enhanced solar energy utilization, Zhenyu Zhang)

Janice Musfeldt, Department of Chemistry

Investigating the physical properties of magnetic nanoparticles (Neutron scattering study of magnetic and spin dynamic behavior in amine-stabilized transition metal and transition metal oxide nanoparticles, Andrew C. Christianson)

Jennifer Schweitzer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Plant-soil feedbacks impact carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling: impacts of biofuel crops? (Carbon drivers of the microbe-switchgrass rhizosphere interface, Christopher Warren Schadt)

Jon Camden, Department of Chemistry

Rationally designed nanofabricated SERS substrates for ultra-sensitive detection: probing surface chemistry in mesoporous carbon electrodes (Understanding interfacial electrochemical phenomena in advanced energy storage capacitors using spectroscopy and modeling, Kevin Shuford)