Imagine What You Can Achieve – Archive

Wake Forest Professor of Mathematics Stephen Robinson discusses students’ progress with Summer Research Fellows Quinn Robinson and Scott Rabidoux.

Senior psychology major Schell Hufstetler (’10) designs an experiment to measure play interaction among pre-schoolers in a Greene Hall laboratory.

Senior health and exercise science major Nikki Garcia (in black), senior psychology major Genavee Brown (in green) and psychiatrist Gretchen Brenes collaborate with Professor of Psychology Terry Blumenthal to design an experiment that measures startle reactions.

Summer Research Fellow Annalaissa Johnson (’12) and mathematics professor Jason Parsley modeled voting patterns and power in weighted systems such as corporate elections.

Wake Forest senior Rebecca Napoliello (’10) examines the behavior of fruit flies, with the fragile-X chromosome, during her Summer Research Fellowship with Professor of Biology William Conner.

Junior Rachel Black (’11) works on modeling algorithms as a Summer Research Fellow with Professor of Computer Science David John.

Chemistry major Joseph Keene (’10) assesses metal detection in water samples using an acetylene torch and a spectrometer in the laboratory of Professor of Chemistry Brad Jones. The goal is to develop a portable environmental monitor.

Lucas Boyd (’11), a Wake Forest biology major and Summer Research Fellow, prepares a gel for protein analysis during an experiment in the laboratory of Professor of Biology Raymond Kuhn.

Junior Thomas Kelsey (’11) studies the feeding behavior and movements of tarantulas during his Summer Research Fellowship, partnering with Professor of Biology Miriam Ashley-Ross.

Anna Walker (’10) collaborates with Professor of Music Stewart Carter during her Summer Research Fellowship. Her project involved transcribing 18th century Moravian music into digital format.

Antonia Whaples (’10) Winston-Salem, NC (Studio art and Philosophy double major) Presidential Scholar in Art, Antonia Whaples’ professional goal is to become a master printmaker and is strongly considering a graduate degree upon her graduation from Wake Forest in 2010.

Sophomore physics and philosophy major Adam Edwards builds an electronic “wheel of fortune” device in a physics lab.

Seniors Nitya Anand and Leigh McDonald, both double-majoring in chemistry and English, work with chemistry professor Rebecca Alexander.

Senior classical studies major Tyler Humphries discusses her upcoming Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship with her adviser, Professor Robert Ulery. Tyler, who also has academic minors in biology and chemistry, will teach English in Indonesia where she hopes to learn more about its culture and people, and in the process, become a more self-aware candidate for medical school when she returns to the US.

Wake Forest senior Yan Zhao conducts research on neurotransmitters and their receptors in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Erik Johnson. Originally from China, Zhao, a Nancy Susan Reynolds Scholar and biology major from Nashville, TN, was recently named to the third team of USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team. He will attend Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the fall.

Wake Forest senior, Patrick Nelli, works in the lab with Associate Professor of Physics Martin Guthold, and has developed a novel process aimed at discovering short segments of DNA to be used as drug-delivery molecules. Patrick was recently selected as one of 20 students named to the first team of USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team.

Students in Associate Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Alexander’s First Year Seminar, Well-behaved Women Rarely Make (Scientific) History, work with students from Northwest Middle School in Winston-Salem. During the spring semester, Alexander and her first year students have prepared experiments to share with approximately 60 eighth grade students, building their confidence and showing them that fun activities reinforce science concepts.

Senior Sam Smartt of Lookout Mountain, TN drew upon his liberal arts education, his history major, and a film studies minor to create a new promotional film for the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.

Wake Forest Chemistry Professor Dilip Kondepudi leads his First Year Seminar, Seeking Sustainable Energy Resources, in a discussion of forms of energy during class in Salem Hall. Dr. Kondepudi’s first year seminar class focuses on energy and energy policy.

Wake Forest Psychology Professor Michael Furr talks with junior psychology major Emilia Brown outside his office in Greene Hall.

Wake Forest Political Science Professor David Coates, the Worrell Professor of Anglo American Studies, teaches his seminar class in Tribble Hall.

Wake Forest English Professor Barry Maine teaches his First Year Seminar, American Art in its Many Contexts, in Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Freshmen Joel Ang and Leigh Anne White talk with Professor Maine about their final projects.

Dr. Edwin Wilson, Wake Forest Emeritus Professor of English and Provost Emeritus, talks about the poetry of World War I in Art Professor David Lubin’s class in Scales Fine Arts Center.

Wake Forest hosts its second Undergraduate Research Day where students can present their research to the campus community in the Benson Center. Biology Professor Gloria Muday talks with physics major Matt Gottbrecht about his work.

Wake Forest Health and Exercise Science Professor Paul Ribisl teaches his First Year Seminar, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Health and Society, in Reynolds Gym.

Wake Forest Anthropology Professor Ellen Miller works with recent graduate Kathryn Nesbit (’08) and junior Crystal Williams (’10) in her campus laboratory. They are examining skulls from various non-human primates.

In library archives in London and New York, junior Katherine Morgan spent her summer uncovering original editions, some never before published, of Arthur Sullivan’s lesser known compositions.

Though Sir Arthur Percy Sullivan (1842-1900) is a household name when paired with W.S. Gilbert and “The Pirates of Penzance,” few know that Sullivan composed over 100 art songs (also called parlor music), originally written to be performed in the sitting rooms of middle-class homes by amateur singers and pianists.

Professor of Music Stewart Carter encouraged Morgan, an English and music double major, to focus her Richter-scholarship funded study abroad on Sullivan’s works.

“The University gave me an opportunity to become a scholar and world traveler, and I came back a totally different person,” says Morgan, who is from Flowery Branch, Ga. “Not only did I come back with extensive knowledge on my research topic, I also came back knowing more about my self and my ability to be self-reliant. It was empowering.”

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Dan Applegate (’09) Asheboro, NC (Computer Science and Theatre double major) Presidential Scholar in Theatre, Dan is acting this summer in the North Carolina production, The Lost Colony. Dan plans to pursue internships and acting jobs for the next few years. He is still “constantly struck by the elegance of an algorithm used to solve a tough [computer science] problem.”

John Clayton (’09) Raleigh, NC (Economics and Chinese double major) John’s love of foreign languages, including Chinese, Italian, and French, combines with his passion for investments and property development landed him a position in a boutique management consultancy in Washington, DC. Eventually, John hopes to live and work in Shanghai for a real estate investment fund or development group.

Wake Forest Computer Science Professor David John, left, talks with graduate student Matt Holt after class.

Tom Phillips, the director of the Wake Forest Scholars Program, talks with senior physics major Patrick Nelli about his scholarship applications in the atrium of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Wake Forest Physics Professors Jed Macasko, Martin Guthold, and Keith Bonin work in Guthold’s lab in Olin Hall. The research is part of the new Lab-on-Bead processing being developed by researchers at Wake Forest to speed the discovery of new drugs.

Wake Forest senior Catherine Denkler ’09 works with Chemistry Professor Christa Colyer on a research project. Catherine is exploring how small DNA sequences known as aptamers can be used to identify and select specific target molecules.

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