Summer 2021 Wharton Student Research Projects

Program Overview

The Wharton Summer Student Research Program is a paid, 10-week opportunity for rising junior and senior undergraduate students in nutrition to participate in research projects under the direction of faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and other nutrition researchers in the greater Cleveland area.  Projects for summer 2022 will be announced and applications will open toward the end of fall 2021.

Summer 2021 Projects

In summer 2021, 6 students were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants to participate in variety research projects.  Students presented their work at Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors' (SOURCE) Virtual Intersections: Symposium on August 6, 2021.  Videos of their presentations are available below.

Assessment of Metabolic Integrity of the Perfused Pig Limb before Implantation, using the Mass Isotopomer Distribution of Citric Acid Cycle Intermediates (CAC) labeled from [13C6]glucose

Student: Peter Chmiel

Faculty Mentor: Henri Brunengraber, PhD

Targeting the TIAM1 oncogene product with small molecule inhibitors

Student: Carlos Garcia Colon

Faculty Mentor: Danny Manor, PhD

Using a Single Cell Transcriptomic Approach to Identify Potential Neutrophil-Mediated Mechanisms in Psoriatic Arthritis

Student: Rebecca Martin

Faculty Mentor: Cheryl Cameron, PhD

Patient Recall of Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

Student: Karthikeyan Murari

Faculty Mentor: Cheryl Thompson, PhD

Spectrum of Culinary Education in Collegiate and Dietetic Preparatory Curricula

Student: Sarvani Nori

Faculty Mentor: Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

Comparing research involvement and evidence-based practice confidence of clinical dietitians and dietitians of other practice areas

Student: Catherine Phillips

Faculty Mentors: Rosa K. Hand, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND and Rosanna Watowicz, PhD, RDN, LD