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2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Announced

The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research is pleased to announce the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows for 2013. These fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carring out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline, extending learning beyond the academic year. This year's competition received an abundance of incredibly strong project proposals. This year's fellows are Johanna DeBari, Jordan Chase, and James Ulcickas.

Johanna DeBari, majoring in both Sociology and Holocaust and Genocide Studies has been awarded the Bruce LeVine Mellion '69 fellowship for her project “Rape during Genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Comparative Analysis”. Using a triangulation approach, includng content analysis, in-depth leterature reviews, and interviews of legal experts on the subject of rape during genocide, her project will compare and contrast both post-and pre-Akayesu case of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia relating to the crime of rape. Johanna's faculty mentor for the SURF fellowship is Therese Seibert from the Sociology Department.

Jordan Chase, majoring in Music had been awarded a Keene State College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his project “Instrumentation, Orchestration, and Large-scale Composition”. For this eight-week project, Jordan will create a new composition for chamber orchestra, focusing on several areas of research and composition. He’ll address instrumentation and orchestration, large-scale compositional form, the compositional process itself, and marketing and promoting the piece. His study of instrumentation will require him to learn to play several of the orchestral instruments to make him better able to develop idiomatic compositional ideas. To better understand orchestration, he’ll study works by various composers to enhance his understanding of formal structure. Jordan's faculty mentor for the SURF fellowship is Heather Gilligan from the Music Department.

James Ulcickas, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, has been awarded a Keene State College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his project “The Chemical Characterization of Japanese knotweed and of Micronutrients Found in Chicken Eggs”. His research this summer will focus on study of the chemical content of eggs of hens whose diet has been supplemented with the herbacious perennial Japanese Knotweed. Results from this project will contribute to a better understanding of the nutritional impact Japanese knotweed can have on chicken eggs and provide methods for future chemical profiling of chicken eggs. James' faculty mentors for the SURF fellowship are James Kraly and Denise Junge from the Chemistry Department.

For project abstracts, or more information about the SURF program, visit


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