URS Partner Programs

The Aggie Creative Collective, supported by the University Writing Center, Department of English, and LAUNCH, is a summer program that links creative arts, undergraduate scholarly research, and performance. Learn more on the University Writing Center's website.

2021 - 2022
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Olivia Mae Alexander Under the Attic and Above the Basement (Publication Pending) Dr. Jason M. Harris
Alexandria Babineaux Controversial Saints: A Study in How Pop Culture Can Radicalize Religious Icons Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Emily Curtis The Blood Threshold: Hereditary Magic, Eugenics, and Genetic Discrimination in the Fantasy Genre (Publication Pending) Dr. Lowell M. White
Rain Etheridge The Weird Years: Reactive Weirding and the Post-Pandemic Age (Publication Pending) Dr. Jason M. Harris
Katherine Karolczak Manifest: Concept Art, World Building, and Realism in Fictional Settings Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Amira Mazzawy Two Worlds: A Study of the History, Mythology and Culture of Celtic Origins (Publication Pending) Dr. Lowell M. White
Amelia McCarthy Cinders Fall: A Creative Artifact and Study in Female Protagonists of Fantasy Web-Based Graphic Novels Mr. Samuel Woodfin
BreAnn M. McClanahan The Art of Saving What is Left: A Historical Novel Analyzing the Effects of Post WWII Rapid Development in Fort Worth, Texas (Publication Pending) Dr. Lowell M. White
Amanda J. Roberts Of Monsters and Men: The Role of Folklore in the Development of Horror and the Perpetuation of Generational Trauma (Publication Pending) Dr. Jason M. Harris
Morgan Sumner Biscuits and Gravey: A Pilot Cartoon (Publication Pending) Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Sarah Tonniges Queen of Dawn: An Exploration of Psychology and Mythology in a Fantasy Setting (Publication Pending) Dr. Lowell M. White
2020 - 2021
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Cheryl Cruz The Egg and Avocado Show Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Abbigail Forrest These Uncertain Times Dr. Lowell M. White
Jordyn Goodman Look Beyond the Veil: Coping with Anxiety and Trauma Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Lebukse (LJ) Mokanse Angel Down Dr. Jason M. Harris
Aarushi Mudavangatil Song of the Night Dr. Lowell M. White
Kyle Rively Jokers and Thieves: A Graphic Novel Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Jordan Stawski Greatest Hits: A Visual Exploration of Strained Creativity Mr. Samuel Woodfin
Ryan Steel That Tall, Skinny, Green Hill Dr. Jason M. Harris
Sebastian Andres Torruella Alvarado Troubled Pilgrimage to the Grotto: Exploring the Deconversion Narrative in Fantasy Dr. Jason M. Harris
Meredith White And the Cat Looked Dr. Lowell M. White
Gabriel Zolton Mindwrack: Radicalization, Class Warfare, and Technologically-Catalyzed Upheaval from a Fantasy Perspective (Publication Pending) Dr. Lowell M. White


2019 - 2020
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Kyrie Theresa Garlic The Infinitely Unknowable—A Contemporary Crossover Novel Examining Loss and Growth Along the Axes of Immanence and Transcendence  (Publication Pending) Dr. Lowell M. White
Amy Lee Guzman Las historias son para ti: An Anthology of Roma, Texas Dr. Jason M. Harris
John Heselton The King Conch Hotel Dr. Lowell M. White
Grace Neaksai Hough Khmourg Nakry: A Ghost’s Story Dr. Lowell M. White
Hannah Marie McNease Thief of Flesh Dr. Jason M. Harris
Kathryn Dorothy Pattison daydreaMeD: A Creative Representation of Maladaptive Daydreaming Dr. Jason M. Harris
Anna Seguin A Catalogue of Wings​ Dr. Sara DiCaglio and
Dr. Jason M. Harris
Zoe Allison Sherman Leaving Wisdom Dr. Lowell M. White


2018 - 2019
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Ashley Arabia Michelle or Michael or Whatever Dr. Lowell M. White
Reagan Ashley Candles and Thorns Dr. Lowell M. White
Allyson Nichole Bains Sanchez The Vill Chronicles: Prophecy (Publication Pending) Dr. Jason M. Harris
Adalynn L. Brock Peas, Bees, and Birds Dr. Lowell M. White
Lewis William Edwards A Thousand Golden Yesterdays Dr. Jason M. Harris
Eliza Thomas Queen of a Sun-Drenched Land Dr. Lowell M. White
Riley C. Womack "Memory's Folly: Narrative Trauma in the Aftermath of the Vietnam War" Dr. Jason M. Harris

Caruth School of Dental Hygiene students collaborate with multiple advisors at the School of Dentistry through a structured course.

2021 - 2022
Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Allison J. Rodriguez Mechanical Ventilation: The Benefits of Incorporating Dental Personnel and Oral Hygiene Protocols Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS; Maureen Brown, RDH, MS; and Kayla Reed, BSDH, MS-EDHP
Bria Piel, Lexie Potts, Kaylee Elsbury, and Claudia Herrera Artificial Intelligence Aiding in the Periodontal Assessment Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS and Eric Fox, RDH, MS
Nhu Lai, Stephanie Mai, and Van Nguyen Future Oral Health Care Therapy: Tooth Regeneration by Targeting Molecular Therapy Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS; Lisa F. Mallonee, MPH, RHD, RD, LD; and Chealsea Moorman, RDH, BSDH

Michaela M Minter and Ivan Ismael Veloz Lopez

The Implications of Substance Abuse Among Dental Professionals Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS and Eric Fox, RDH, MS
2020 - 2021
Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Sereniti Gary Peptide-Based Biogenic Products: A Conservative Approach to Treat Dental Caries (Publication Pending) Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Jane Cotter, RDH, MS, CTTS; and Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS
Joyce Atkens and Vianec Olvera Pancreatic Cancer and the Oral Microbiome Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Jane Cotter, RDH, MS, CTTS; and Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS
Keely Ehlers, Kali White, and Allyson Howerton An Alternative Approach to Conventional Regenerative Therapies: Cultivating Stem Cells from Deciduous Teeth Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Maureen Brown, RDH, BSDH; and Lisa Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD
Madison Busch, Nancy Medina-Zamora, and Jordynn Palmer Bromelain: A Natural Approach to Whitening Teeth Effectively Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Kathleen Muzzin, RDH, MS; and Kayla Reed, RDH, MS
Eyra Salazar, Candace Earp, and Andrea Rader Mental Health and Well-being: An Occupational Hazard in Oral Health Care Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Lisa Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD; and Mary Vu, BSDH, MS


2019 - 2020
Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Danielle Nicole Allen, Courtney Marie Fine, and Malorie Newton Resin Infiltration Therapy: A Micro-invasive Approach to Treat White Spot Lesions in Dentistry Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Kathleen Muzzin, RDH, MS; and Kayla Reed, RDH, MS
Taylor Lynn Cornuaud, Allie Brown, and Regan Gopffarth The 2017 AAP Periodontal Classification Guidelines: What Every Dental Office Should Be Implementing  Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D. and Jane Cotter, RDH, MS, CTTS
Karla Paola Lugo, Giavonni Lexus ​ Gonzales, and Isabella Trinh Contraceptive Therapy: An Increased Risk for Periodontitis  Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Lisa Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD; and Maureen Brown, RDH, BSDH
Anh Vu Tram Nguyen, Maria G. Mirakhmedov, and Sarah Laredo Miswak: An Alternative Approach to Traditional Oral Hygiene Care  Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Lisa Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD; and Maureen Brown, RDH, BSDH
Melanie Elizabeth Patterson, Kimberlynn N. Patzold, and Abbigale Danielle ​ White Infectious Disease Disclosure by Dental Health Care Providers: A Patient's Right to Know  Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Leigh Ann Wyatt, BSDH, MA, MS; and Tracy King, RDH, MS
Alexandra Renee Politz, Lauren M. Scott, and Hannah Nicole Montz  Ammonium Hexafluorosilicate: A Prospective Alternative to Silver Diamine Fluoride  Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.; Kathleen Muzzin, RDH, MS; and Kayla Reed, RDH, MS
Madai Ruiz, Daniela Sarai Duarte, and Nikita Thapa Effects of Dental Media Hype On Patients' Perception of Treatment Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D. and Jane Cotter, RDH, MS, CTTS
Katie Shea Smith, Sadie Nguyen, and Jennifer Lee Copeland Chlorhexidine: An Investigation of the Gold Standard on Wound Healing Healing Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D. and Eric Fox, RDH, MS
Alexandra Janice Williams, Leann Renae Wilson, and Rahil Mirmohammadi The Evolution of Dental Composites: A Preventative Approach to Restoration Failure  Faizan Kabani, BSDH, MHA, MBA, Ph.D.and Eric Fox, RDH, MS


The Glasscock Summer Scholars, supported by the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the University Writing Center, and LAUNCH, is a summer program that expands undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students are introduced to important research questions, trained in methods of research and analysis, and guided in the development of critical thinking, independent learning, and communications skills. Learn more on the Glasscock Center's website.
2021 - 2022
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Maria Benavides Faculty World-Traveling in the University Dr. Omar Rivera
Myranda Campanella La Mission Liberatrice: Reframing Algerian Media Censorship in the 21st Century Dr. Dinah Hannaford and Dr. Jocelyn Frelier
Valeri Cangelosi The Coloniality of Cosmetics: Resistances to Colonial Determinations of Gender Dr. Omar Rivera
Tanvi Deshpande Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Dr. Chaitanya Lakkimsetti
Kate Ann Girvin Decolonizing the American Family Unit (Publication Pending) Dr. Omar Rivera
Marla Lauren Guerra The Anti-Feminicide Movement in Ciudad Juarez: Women’s Activism and Its New Articulations of Justice Dr. Chaitanya Lakkimsetti
Abigail R. Jablon “Eliminating All Rapists From the Streets of Texas”: A Case Study on Permitless Carry and Domestic Violence Education Policies During the 87th Texas Legislative Session (Publication Pending) Dr. Chaitanya Lakkimsetti
Sarah Kelly An Analysis of Non-Dichotomous Laws Dr. Omar Rivera
2020 - 2021
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Lauren Curtis Wind and Film: Representations of Wind Energy in the On-Screen Anthropocene Dr. Carmela Garritano and Dr. Maddalena Cerrato
Gabrielle Doucet Climate Inspired Fictions and Present Obligations to Future Generations Dr. Carmela Garritano
Nydia Gomez Asylum and Femicide: An Analysis of Gendered Concepts of Humanity and its Role in the Northern Triangle in Central America Dr. Vanita Reddy and Dr. Dinah Hannaford
Ariadne Pacheco A Multimodal Semiotic Analysis of Cartoons on the US and Russian Relations under the Barack Obama and Donald Trump Administrations Dr. Gabriela Zapata
Zoe Simmons Filipina Marriage Migration, Human Capital, and the "Mail-Order-Bride" Industry Dr. Vanita Reddy
Megha Viswanath The Language of the Law: Incarcerated Trans Women, Healthcare, and Human Rights Dr. Vanita Reddy and Dr. Dinah Hannaford


2019 - 2020
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Jordan P. Dunlap Public Law 280, Tribal Sovereignty, and the Value of Sovereignty​ Dr. Linda Radzik
Lincoln-Abdullah Hasan El-Amin Coping with Racial Discrimination: A New Way of Social Media to be of Influence​ Dr. Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell
Chloe Harrison Home Sweet Home? Neighborhood Cohesion Offers a Coping Mechanism for Gender Discrimination Linked With Psychological Distress Dr. Adrienne R. Carter-Sowell
Grace Ann Lu Community Planning in Urban Gardens: Integrating Children as Participants in the Local Food System Dr. Sarah Gatson

Tory Ann Martin
Forgiveness and Punishment Dr. Linda Radzik
Eric William Nash The Philosophical and Legal Implications of Granting Ecosystems Legal Personhood Dr. Linda Radzik and
Dr. Clare Palmer
Ava Ryan Parent-Child Disagreement in Pediatric Medical Decision-Making Dr. Linda Radzik


2018 - 2019
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Lauren Gonzalez The Evolution of Ideas about Sport through Medieval Literature Dr. Britt Mize
Morgan Knobloch Framing Feminism: How Catholic Women Use Blogging to Navigate a “Secular” Discourse on Feminism Through a Religious Lens Dr. Heidi A. Campbell
Ryan Randle Songs of the Dying Swan Dr. Britt Mize
Sarah Trcka “Quia Similia Similibus Applaudant”: Visual Variations of Genesis 3 in the Medieval Mind Dr. Britt Mize


2017 - 2018
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Sarah Kilpatrick The Guilt of the Symbol: Who Learns What in a Didactic Trial? Dr. Richard J. Golsan
James Dietz Choosing Forgiveness After Genocide Dr. Richard J. Golsan
Matthew Kiihne The People v. Simpson: A Made for Court TV Drama Dr. Richard J. Golsan
Megan Collier Recreating Values: Morality in Adaptations of Beowulf for Children Dr. Britt Mize
Cody Ellis Fact from Fiction: The Evolution of the Cleopatra Legend  Dr. Britt Mize


2016 - 2017
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Patrick Dolan There Will Come A Time When The People Expect War Dr. Britt Mize
Claire Nowka “What Kinship Should Mean:” An Examination of the Ethnic and Nationalist Themes Within Beowulf Adaptations  Dr. Britt Mize
Clella Evans Ruth's Pedagogy: Intersections of Sexuality and Class in Somatic Metaphor and Imagery Dr. Jessica Howell
Kimberly Fayard The Picture of Social Power: A Study of the Infectious Influence of Ideology in The Picture of Dorian Gray Dr. Jessica Howell
Nicole Green Lemonade: A Gateway Drug  Dr. Kirsten Pullen


2015 - 2016
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Holly Hayden Foreign Women on the Ancient Mediterranean Sea Dr. Deborah Carlson
Victoria Hodges A Journey in Chains: A Study of the Ancient Roman Slave Trade Dr. Deborah Carlson
Brooke Kaiser Gender Roles of the Deities at Sea in Antiquity Dr. Deborah Carlson
Jonathan Ramos Mare Fortunatum: Literary Connections Between the Sea and Fortuna in Ancient Roman Literature Dr. Deborah Carlson
Steven Ramos Sea Monsters in Ancient Greece: An Etiological and Iconographic Analysis Dr. Deborah Carlson
Heidi Jauregui Food Insecurity Among Minority College Students: A Real Problem? Dr. Sarah N. Gatson
Hannah Klein Everybody Eats: An Analysis of Citizenship, Minority Food Insecurity, and Community Gardens Dr. Sarah N. Gatson
Christina Owens Shapeshifter and Chameleon: Grendel as an Indicator of Cultural Fears and Anxieties Dr. Britt Mize
Erin Simoni The Role of Violence and Death in Children’s Adaptations of Beowulf from 1910-1968 Dr. Britt Mize
Kelsey Morgan Sacred and Profane: A Not-So-Southern Controversy Dr. Nandra Perry
Mary Caroline Sonnier Conversion and Conflict: Raising the Stakes Dr. Nandra Perry


2014 - 2015
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Humberto Gonzalez Nunez What To Do After The 'Death of God'?: An Analysis of Resentment and Social/Political Exclusion Dr. Daniel Conway
Steven Haug Tracing the Development of a Theory of Language through Heidegger’s Works Dr. Daniel Conway and Dr. Apostolos Vasilakis
Laura Reid Aggie by Choice; Campus Innovator by Necessity Dr. Daniel Conway
Zachary Kalmbach The Effect of Ridesharing Services on Drunk Driving Dr. Amy Glass
Amy Arndt Songs of Discord: Ballads of Revolution and Revolt Dr. Jennifer Wollock
Grace Kelly Ballad Tradition in the 21st Century: The Outlaw Ballad Dr. Jennifer Goodman Wollock
Matthew Greeson The Paradigmatic American Occupation of Germany In Comparative Perspective Dr. Adam Seipp
Patrick Robertson Sir Walter Scott Dr. Jennifer Goodman Wollock


2013 - 2014
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Christopher Black The Disenchanted: A Modern Consideration of the Transformative Force of Technicity Dr. Claire Katz
Stephanie Courtright Defining Oblivion Dr. Nathan Bracher
Desirae Embree Speaking Absence: Considering the Voice in Auschwitz Dr. Claire Katz
Michael Gonzalez The Educational Potential of the Comic Hero Dr. Claire Katz
Jessi Green The Conjunction of American Politics and Social Contract Theory Dr. Claire Katz
Mikayla Hall European Migrations and Their Governments in the Context of WWII Dr. Nathan Bracher
Mason Morgan Monsters in the East Dr. Nathan Bracher
Henry Sekula Nothing Works: The Enlightenment, Discourse, and the Failure of Reason Dr. Claire Katz


2012 - 2013
Student Author Thesis TItle Faculty Advisor
Marissa Madsen Dead Babies, Bowel Disturbances, and Other Combat Humor in Afghanistan and Iraq Dr. Marian Eide
Stephen O'Shea From the Land of Genesis Dr. Marian Eide
Initiated in 2012, Texas A&M University undergraduate students who enrolled in any discipline at the main campus in College Station or at Galveston, who applied to participate in the LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, and submitted a proposal to conduct research related to the marine environment, were eligible to apply to the Texas Sea Grant Scholars Program. Proposals were invited from all disciplines including natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering. The Texas Sea Grant Scholars Program ended in 2022. Learn more about Texas Sea Grant at TexasSeaGrant.org.
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Hunter Adams Nitrous Oxide Biogeochemistry in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Publication Pending) Dr. Shari Yvon-Lewis
Jake Ballard Describing the Impacts of Wastewater Effluent on the Phytoplankton Community Composition in Galveston Bay (Publication Pending) Dr. Antonietta Quigg
Anna N. DeMotte Spatiotemporal Patterns of Gar Habitat Use in a Subtropical Estuary (Publication Pending) Dr. Robert D. Wells
Emily Edge Phytoplankton Behavior Analyzed Through a Stable Isotope Record of Deep-Sea Proteinaceous Coral in The Pacific (Publication Pending) Dr. Brendan Roark
Nathan Hagen Klobusnik Characterization of The Subsurface Microbial Communities Inhabiting a Sinkhole (Publication Pending) Dr. Jessica M. Labonté
Shaley Klumker Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Natural Phytoplankton Communities: Pollutant Insight From the Base of Aquatic Food Webs (Publication Pending) Dr. Antonietta Quigg
Jose Alejandro Martinez Effects of Interannual Trends on Seawater Carbonate Chemistry Across the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Publication Pending) Dr. Kathryn Shamberger
Bailey R. Skinner A Multiple Linear Regression Model of Aragonite Saturation State in the Remote North Pacific (Publication Pending) Dr. Brendan Roark
Bret Marek, Jake Ballard, and J. Kainalu Martin Documenting of Sterols, PAHs, and PCBs on Galveston Island Beaches (Publication Pending) Dr. David Hala and Dr. Karl Kaiser
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Leah Bogan Analysis of Fin Whale Lunge-Feeding in Southern California Using Multisensory Biotags Dr. Ana Širovič
Santiago Canel Soria Screening for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Sea Turtles Blood and Tissue Samples (Publication Pending) Dr. Yina Liu
Edsel Santoni Delgado Melanophore Response and Behavior of the Marine Isopod Sphaeroma quadridentatum in the Presence of A Common Estuarine Predator Species (Publication Pending) Dr. Anja Schulze
James Scolley Zooxanthellae Counts of Bleached Coral Dr. Maria Miglietta and Dr. Katie Clair
Madeleine Thompson Viral Activity and its Role on Prokaryotic Communities within Coastal Anoxic Sediments (Publication Pending) Dr. Jessica Labonté
Brianne Wharton Analysis and Quantification of Microplastics in Galveston Bay Dr. Karl Kaiser


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Mikeelee Brink The Role of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Metabolism in Influencing Physiological Fitness Under Metabolic Stress    Dr. David Hala
Kelci LeNae Chambers Study on the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistant Gene Following Hurricane Harvey Dr. Jessica M. Labonté
Madlyn Crist Synthesis of Hydrogenase Mimics for Use as Catalysts in the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Dr. Olbelina A. Ulloa
Margaret Guy Illuminating the Impacts of Tourists with Hand-Held Lights on Sea Turtles  Dr. Lee Fitzgerald
Kristina Isabella Simons Effects of Emerging Marine Chemical Pollutant Oxybenzone on the Metabolic Physiology of Embryo-Larval Zebrafish Dr. David Hala
Marcus Brian Wharton Chemical Characterization of Sargassum Fluitans Dr. Karl Kaiser and
Dr. Olbelina Ulloa


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Taylor Cubbage The Effects of Salinity and Pharmaceuticals on the Physiology of the Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus) Dr. Lene Petersen
Zakary Derouen and Miranda Peterson The Recent Expansion of Invasive Tubastraea Coccinea Throughout the Northern Gulf of Mexico Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan Wang
Ashley Nicole Guentzel Differences in Resource Allocation Between Post-Mating Male and Female Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) (Publication Pending) Dr. Duncan MacKenzie
Sarah Hamrock Maritime Cyber Security: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. and International Regulation on AIS Data Receptors Dr. Joan Mileski
Irene Martinez Transcriptome Assembly and Characterization of the Benthic Annelid Paramphinome jeffreysii Dr. Jessica Labonté
Jordan Walker Microbial Communities and Ecosystem Recovery of Galveston Bay Post-Hurricane Harvey (Publication Pending) Dr. Jessica Labonté


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Taylor Strope The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Biodiversity and Abundance of Hydromedusae in Galveston Bay (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
William Michael Bordelon Prouse Removing the Vegetation Signature from Digital Elevation Models of Coastal Areas Surveyed by Unmanned Aerial System Photogrammetry Dr. Jens Figlus
Faith Kramer Deep Sea Corrallium Sp. in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Basal Diameter-colony Height Curve and Colony Height-age Curve  Dr. Brendan Roark 


2016 - 2017
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Katherine Adams Reproductive Histology of Blacktip Sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (Publication Pending) Dr. David Wells
Jahna Brooks Investigation of Changing Seawater Carbonate Chemistry near Deep-Sea Coral Beds Dr. Katie Shamberger
Rachel Hamrock Population Distribution and Conservation Efforts of Common Dolphins Dr. Bernd Würsig
Catherine Risley and Tess Heywood Hydromedusae Blooms and Seasonal Biodiversity Changes in the Galveston Bay (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
Kathryn Kunz Evaluation of the Co-Evolution and Genetic Diversity of the Stag Horned Hydrocoral and its Hermit Crab Host from the Pacific and Gulf of California (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
Jesus Duran Ramirez Using Optical Properties of Dissolved Organic Matter to Discriminate Sewage Treatment Effluents from Runoff in Santa Monica Bay, California Dr. Karl Kaiser
Randall Teague Common Bottlenose Dolphin Calves Utilize Trawlers in the Galveston Ship Channel Dr. Meri Davlasheridze
Katie Westmoreland Genetic Investigations of Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes Spp.) Populations along the Gulf of Mexico Coast Dr. Jaime Alvarado-Bremer
Aubree Jones Do Innervation Patterns of Mystacial Vibrissae in Harbor Seals, Phoca Vitulina, Explain Specialization in Trail Following Behavior? Dr. Christopher Marshall
Monika McGuinness Productivity of Spartina alterniflora in Proximity to Mangroves Dr. Anna Armitage


2015 - 2016
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Aminta Arevilca Effects of Gillnet Entanglement on Mortality of Dusky Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)​ Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan Wang
Laura Hinson Water Quality and Health of Coral Reefs Dr. Meri Davlasheridze
Bryan Myres An Instrumentation System to Measure In-Situ Hydrodynamics during Barrier Island Overwash and Inundation Dr. Jens Figlus 
Lauren Replogle What Factors Explain Harmful Algal Blooms of Dinophysis along the Texas Coast? Dr. Lisa Campbell 
Fred Shopnitz Alternative Larval Diets and Generational Time for Gulf of Mexico Blenny Species​ Dr. Ron I Eytan 


2014 - 2015
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Iris Cato and Katherine Gillis Genetic Diversity in the Hydroid Janaria mirabilis: Possible Presence of Cryptic Species (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
Daniela Perrigo and Ren Shirai Cryptic Species Analysis of Austrobilharzia variglandis and Mesostephanus appendiculatus in the Salt Marsh Gastropod, Cerithidea pliculosa, in Galveston Bay Dr. Anja Schulze 
Kelci Miller Aragonite Saturation State and Deep-sea Coral Distribution in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Dr. Brendan Roark 
Jeffrey Plumlee Feeding Ecology of Coastal Sharks in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico Dr. R.J. David Wells
Andrea Martinez-Aguirre Identifying the Differences in Survivorship and Growth in Offspring of Large and Small Females in the Pipefish Species Syngnathus scovelli Dr. Adam G. Jones 
Emily Pewitt Determining the Dietary Tryptophan Requirement of Juvenile Red Drum Dr. Delbert M. Gatlin III 


2013 - 2014
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Joclyn Bosquez Acoustic Vocalizations of Dolphins and Effects of Anthropogenic Noise Dr. Bernd Würsig 
Peter Bruns Effect of Exopolymers on the Consumption of Synechococcus by Oxyrrhis marina Dr. Daniel Thornton 
Brandon Hill An Analysis of the Factors that Influence the Sargassum Migratory Loop Thomas Linton, Wesley Highfield, Melanie Moser, and Kyeong Park
Kelsey Johnson Association Patterns of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Galveston Ship Channel, Texas Dr. Bernd Würsig 
Rachel McMahon Application of Carbohydrates and Phenols and Biomarkers to Study Dissolved Organic Matter Reservoirs in Artic Rivers Dr. Karl Kaiser 
Marissa Oldiges Trematode Prevelance as an Indicator for Galveston Marsh Health Dr. Anja Schulze 
2012 - 2013
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Joshua Carter and Raven Walker ‘Our Tables Have Suffered’: Quantifying consumer market activity of commercially valuable living resources in Chesapeake Bay, 1850-1950 Dr. Glenn Jones 
Cyrenea Millberry Association Between Shrimp Catch per Unit Effort and Environmental Variables in the Gulf of Mexico Dr. Masami Fujiwara 
Marcella Nunez The Changes in Growth and Composition af Marine Microalgae in Response to Sodium Bicarbonate and Nitrogen Dr. Antonietta Quigg 

Each year, one undergraduate Jordan Fellow is selected to work in partnership with LAUNCH in a two-year research program called L.T. Jordan Undergraduate Research Fellows. The first year of the program consists of the completion of the L.T. Jordan Fellows program, including the international research and post-trip reflection, and the second year working with a faculty mentor to write an undergraduate thesis through the Undergraduate Research Scholars thesis program. Learn more on the LT Jordan Institute's website.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Manuel Romeo Flores Plant Physiology in the Tropics: Two Studies Assessing the Effects of Environmental Factors on Plant Function, Adaptation, and Development Dr. Georgianne W. Moore

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Taylor Nutt Peace Within the Traumatic Narrative: The Cyclic Process to the Silence of Shell Shock Dr. Shawna Ross
Student Author Thesis Advisor(s)
Caleb Bertram Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher Series: Fantasy’s Appropriation of Modern Political Landscapes Dr. Elizabeth Robinson and Dr. Randy Gordon


2018 - 2019
Student Author Thesis Advisor(s)
Harrison Richter Cameras in the United States Supreme Court: Judicial Transparency & the Obligation Thereof Dr. Linda Radzik and Prof. Meg Penrose
Sarah Claye Epperson Litigating Women: The Path to Intermediate Scrutiny in American Law  Dr. Katherine Unterman and Dr. Randy Gordon

This 10-week summer undergraduate research experience sponsored by LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research in partnership with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study and the Department of Visualization provides a research-intensive, interdisciplinary summer experience that serves as a gateway into the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program for high-achieving undergraduate students. Students have the opportunity to work closely with a Hagler Faculty Fellow in a mentored research environment. Learn more on the Hagler Institute's website.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Jasmine Derry, Lauren Hammond, Marisa Harris, Yuan-Chi Lee, and Kiara Stewart Re-Creating the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald Dr. Jerry Tessendorf

P4CTexas is a group of dedicated educators–some more intimately connected to philosophy than others–who wish to provide an engaged relationship between the Texas universities and the Texas K-12 schools by introducing philosophy into the pre-college classroom. Students selected for the joint program with P4CTexas and LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research are provided research funds to complete a research project on the Philosophy for Children program. Learn more on the P4CTexas website.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Cora Drozd Pre-College Philosophy: Its Implications for American Democracy in the 21st Century  Dr. Claire Katz


The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University serves an on-campus population of approximately 11,000 students in a variety of residence halls and apartment living spaces. The department also supports a student Research Team who specifically work on a variety of active research project(s) with the Academic Support Initiatives area of the department. Duties of Student Interns within Academic Support Initiatives are beyond those of typical student employee positions. The objective of student interns is to work with the Research Team within the department and for the student to gain valuable experience directly tied to their field of interest. Learn more on the Residence Life website.
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Corie Depue Predictive Analytics to Explain Resident Grade Point Average  Dr. Lori Moore


Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Ghalya Abdulla and Noora Al-Subaiei Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation from Seawater using High-Performance Polymeric Materials Dr. Mohammed Al-Hashimi and Dr. Konstantinos E. Kakosimos
Abd-Allah El-Attar, Abdelwahid Eltayeb, and Ahmad Al-Khateeb Computer Vision and Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Vehicles Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri
Maria Khan and Swati Singh I-V Curve Tracer Communication Protocol Dr. Robert S. Balog
Aysha Melhim An Assessment of Developed Thermochromic Solar Films for Energy Conservation Dr. Mohammed Al-Hashimi and Dr. Sarbajit Banerjee
Ahmed Al-Shemmery, Muhammad Ghasef Paracha, and Gibin George An Assessment of Developed Thermochromic Solar Films for Energy Conservation Dr. Joseph J. Boutros
Muhammad Nafees Formation of Quasi-Static Bandgap in a Novel One-Dimensional Metamaterial: Simulation and Experiments (Publication Pending) Dr. Sami El-Borgi
Insha Shaikh and Fatma Ahmed Phosphine Incorporated Metal-Organic-Framework for Pd Catalyzed Heck Reaction in Flow (Publication Pending) Dr. Sherzod Madrahimov and Dr. Ma’moun Al-Rawashdeh
Fatin Abbasher, Seham Al-Baker, Mohamed Fattouh, and Ryan Mansour Dry Gas Seal Dynamic Test Bench Dr. Bilal Mansoor
Haseeb Bajwa and Hayyam Iqbal Friction Stir Processing of WE43 with In-Situ Cooling (Publication Pending) Dr. Bilal Mansoor
Hamza Ghauri and Ahmed Mahfouz 3D Additive Metal Extrusion Manufacturing of 316L Stainless Steel (Publication Pending) Dr. Bilal Mansoor
Shabeeb Hayajneh, Lukman Kazeem, Abdallah ElZamli, Ward AlBashtawi, and Omar Aly The Coupled Effect of the Pore Angularity and Wettability on the Dynamics of Immiscible Displacement (Publication Pending) Dr. Albertus Retnanto
Rand Alagha and Afsha Shaikh Study on The Enhancement of Completion Fluids Corrosion Properties in Petroleum Production System (Publication Pending) Dr. Albertus Retnanto
Layan Al-Huneidi, Salma Aboelmagd, Sara Mohamed, and Khalid AlEmadi Personalized Quantification of Facial Normality using Artificial Intelligence Dr. Erchin Serpedin
Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Bandar Al-Abdulla, Lolwa Al-Kubaisi, and Aysha Melhim Systematic Design of Natural Gas and CO2 Utilization Networks in Industrial Clusters (Publication Pending) Dr. Dhabia Al-Mohannadi
Jude AlOudeh and Mohamed Zeid Study of Tissue Heterogeneity and Classification using AI Techniques (Publication Pending) Dr. Othmane Bouhali
Leen Al Homoud, Safin Bayes, and Rinith Reghunath Cyber-Physical Defense in Smart Distribution Networks Dr. Robert Balog
Fatma Ahmed, Hania ElSayed, Ahmed Mohamed, Rana Mohsen, and Ebtihal Youssef Adapting Early Transition Metal and Non-Metallic Dopants on Cobalt-Based Oxyhydroxides for Enhanced Alkaline and Neutral Saline Water Oxidation (Publication Pending) Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab
Isha Abbasi, Rawan Abdulgadir, Weam Mazen, and Nadin Mohamed Towards Enhanced Diagnosis of Diseases using Statistical Analysis of Genomic Copy Number Data Dr. Mohamed Nounou
Ayesha Afsar Mohammed Azimuddin and Insha Ayaz Shaikh Modeling of a Radiation Therapy System for Breast and Lung Cancer Therapy Dr. Othmane Bouhali
Marwan Badreldin, Zeina Barghouti, Almotazbelah Eledrisi, Reem Elhadi, and Hourig Ohanian Using Engineering to Create an Adaptive Self-Feeding System for Patients with Upper Body Disabilities Dr. Michael Schuller and Dr. Talia Collier
Ali El Assadi Multistep Electricity Price Forecasting for Deregulated Energy Markets: GAN-Based Reinforcement Learning Dr. Haitham Abu El Rub


Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Elizabeth Jijy Abraham, Farah Ramadan, and Taha Kubbar Towards Carbon Neutral Industrial Parks (Publication Pending) Dr. Dhabia Al-Mohannadi and Dr. Patrick Linke
Syeda Manahil Akhter, Hadear Hassan, and Anurag Srivastava Effects of Salinity on Solid Particle Settling Velocity in Non-Newtonian Herschel-Bulkley Fluids Dr. Ibrahim G. Hassan and  Dr. Aziz Rahman
Maryam Rashid Al-Buainain and Hassan Haider  Determination of Electrostatic Charge Density and Adhesion Force of Particles on a Glass Surface Using an Electrostatic Detachment Method Dr. Bing Guo
Fatima Ali Al-Janahi and Rahul Balamurugan  Characterizing Photovoltaic System Arc-Faults Dr. Robert S. Balog
Dana AlYafei, Fatima Al-Khuzaei, and Leen Taha Al Homoud Recognition of the Upper Limb’s Motion Intention Using Electroencephalogram and Machine Learning Techniques Dr. Reza Tafreshi and Dr. MD Ferdous Wahid
Jerahmeel Bautista Analyzing Multi-phase Flow in 3D Printed Micro-models  Dr. Nayef Alyafei
Muhammed Zahid Kamil Implementing Transfer Learning for Mitotic Cell Detection  Dr. Jim Ji


Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
AlReem Al-Dosari Influence of Aluminum Oxide Nanofuel Additive on the Spray Performance of Conventional and Alternative Jet Fuels at High Ambient Conditions Dr. Reza Sadr
Alaa Abdalla Engineers in Qatar and Language Diversity: Applications for Transnational Engineering Education Dr. Amy Hodges
Arshad Mohamed Ali, Mohammed Hassan, and Safeer Hafeez Novel Semi-Automatic Method to Optimize Multi-Lamp High Flux Solar Simulators Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos
Sofian Ghazali, Muhammad Kamil, and Aisha Hussain Implementing VR/AR Systems for Insight into Water Desalination Plant (Publication Pending) Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos


Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Shaikha Al-Qahtani and Taif Mohamed GEM Single/Double Mask and Sensitivity Studies Dr. Othmane Bouhali


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Omar Ashour Maximal Intensity Higher-Order Breathers of the Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation on Different Backgrounds Dr. Siu Chin and Dr. Milivoj R. Belic


Department of Architecture- LAUNCH Undergraduate Scholars is a summer program that links creative works, undergraduate scholarly research, and architecture.
Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Alanna Burnett, Nallely Chavarria, Virgilio Duarte, and Madison Lesmeister Survey and Design of Alternate Care Sites for Disaster and Pandemic Relief Dr. George Mann, RA, AIA
Maggie Martin The Whole as the Part: An Analysis on the Arrangement of Permanent Supportive Housing Neighborhoods James Michael Tate, M.Arch.
Robert Williams The Decorated Shed in the Texas Triangle James Michael Tate, M.Arch.
2019 - 2020
Student Author(s) Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Francisco Anaya

The Problem of Entourage

James Michael Tate, M.Arch
Marie Antoinette Chapa Architectural Modernism at the Texas A&M University Campus Priya Jain, AIA, LEED
Ryan R Garza and Shannon Sumner Pre-Design Activites for Public Interest Design James Michael Tate, M.Arch
Jared Thome Depth of the Cube: Insight into the Analysis of a Shared Form James Michael Tate, M.Arch and Weiling He, Ph.D.



The LAUNCH First Year Eats Living-Learning Program centers on food and community. First Year Eats emphasizes helping college students develop skills related to eating well in the new environment of residence hall living on a college campus: selecting, buying, preparing, storing, and even growing the items needed or wanted for nutritious meals while living in a residence hall. The Hunger Consortium connects faculty, staff, students, and local community members involved in research, food preparation, management, and education with each other and others who want to make a difference by addressing hunger and food insecurity. A partnership was formed between First Year Eats, The Hunger Consortium, and the Department of Statistics to research food insecurity on campus.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Jasmine N. Tran

Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the First Year Eats Program (Publication Pending)

Dr. Alan Dabney and Dr. Suma Datta
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Michael Lee

Investigating How the First Year Eats Program Affects Students Mentally and Academically (Publication Pending)

Dr. Alan Dabney and Dr. Suma Datta


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Alexander Scott Peters

First Year Eats: A First Attempt at Combating Food Insecurity on College Campuses

Dr. Alan Dabney and Dr. Suma Datta


2020 - 2021
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor(s)
Rylie Evans Modern Marriage Landscape in Urban China Dr. Maddalena Cerrato and Dr. Jun Lei
Cheryl Thomas Israel's Influence on the Palestinian Protection Gap Dr. Maddalena Cerrato and Dr. C. Silva Hamie
Meredith Dickson The Physical and Symbolic Functions of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Dr. Maddalena Cerrato and Dr. Robert Shandley
Isabella Nowland Birth Outcomes as a Lens to Understanding the Hispanic Health Paradox Dr. Maddalena Cerrato
Kristin Morton The Relational Shift Between Global Governance and State Sovereignty in the Catalan Independence Movement Between 2017 and 2018 Dr. Maddalena Cerrato and Dr. Rob Carley
Jake Shatzer Before and After Terrorism: Economic and Political Development in the Basque Country Dr. Maddalena Cerrato
Lucas Mendoza Patriarchal Origins of Japanese Marriage Tax Credit Structure and Consequences on Married Japanese Women Dr. Maddalena Cerrato and Dr. Arthur Sakamoto
Kathryn Morris Border Externalization on a New Shore: A Comparative Analysis of American and European Migration Policies’ Effects on the Legitimacy of the Right to Asylum Dr. Maddalena Cerrato and Dr. Dinah Hannaford