NURDS Awards


NURDS 2014 was a huge success! 170 students from 39 different colleges and universities from all over New England and Nova Scotia presented 60 talks and 76 posters.

Students participated in workshops about atomic force microscopy, shark biology, how to get into graduate school, or saw 2 harp seals released back into the wild.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Brian Beal from the University of Machias. Dr. Beal’s comments on how his graduate school application to U. Maine was rejected, only to be later invited to join the graduate faculty of U. Maine, showed the NURDS attendees that their research might take them on an interesting, exciting and somewhat unpredictable career path.

Several posters and talks received awards:


1st place
Liese Carleton

University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Hormonal and Morphological Changes in the Shell Gland During Maturation and Egg Case Development of an Oviparous Elasmobranch, Leucoraja erinacea

2nd place
Jessica Barbagallo

Framingham State University, MA
Conservation genetics of the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

3rd place
Craig Detheridge

University of Maine at Farmington, ME
Inducing Relaxation via Virtual Reality/Binaural Beats 

Honorable mention
Aidan Bharath

Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
FVCOM Tidal Flow in the Bay of Fundy

Top 10 posters (not ranked)

  • Dakota Cowell; Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, Evaluating the Effect of a Conservation Easement as a Fall Migratory Bird Stopover Site
  • Sarah Cowles; University of New England, Biddeford, ME, A study of the invasive species Phragmites australis in tidal marshes of the Saco River estuary and its relationship to various abiotic factors
  • Adam Eichenwald; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, Changes in chiropteran community structure associated with the white nose syndrome epidemic: evidence for competitive release?
  • Haley Moniz; University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, Bright Lights, Big City: Short-term behavioral and performance effects of artificial night lighting on Anolis lizards
  • Alicia Siravo; University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI, Comparing methods of coral restoration: do corals benefit from a nursery period prior to transplanting on the reef?
  • Kirston Barrett; Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, Modeling the Effects of Rising Sea Levels on Marine Invertebrate Communities in Newport, RI
  • Shaul Kushinsky; University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, Structural study of an alternative lysosomal transport receptor
  • Katherine Rafuse; University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, The Effects of Diet on the Growth and Survival of Juvenile Channeled Whelk (Busycotypus canaliculatus)
  • Raymond Borg; University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, A Green Catalyst for Green Chemistry: Preparation of a Recyclable Sulfonic Acid Functioned Carbon Catalyst Derived from Glycerol and Starch for the Synthesis of Biodiesel
  • Seungtae On; MCPHS University, Boston, MA, ERG enhances prostate cancer growth by up-regulating neurotransmitter receptors