New Graduate Fellows Chosen by the Vice President of the Office of Research

Thirteen students have been selected as new Office of the Vice President Research Scholars. They represent a wide range of scholarship among CSU colleges and demonstrate exceptional skills in communicating difficult topics.

A researcher will study lying during a recent election. Another fellow will study fisheries in Colorado. Another student will explore first-hand experiences between pet therapy and people with autism. They come from six of CSU’s eight colleges.

Train new researchers

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a distinguished cohort of VPR Fellows joining us for the 2022-23 academic year,” said Sam Halabi, Senior Associate Vice President for Health Policy and Ethics. “The VPR Fellows program is one of CSU’s unique contributions to the development of new scholars, as it not only supports their work and that of their mentors, but also provides a year-long professional development enrichment program. , diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and team science.The program demonstrates CSU’s commitment to its students and the wider scientific community.

Andrew Hagen has been selected as RVP Fellow. He studies health and exercise sciences and is part of the College of Health Sciences and Humanities. He says the program will help him attend a conference in Europe.

“I’m honestly honored to be part of this group,” he said. “It’s a very good group of people. It’s always very competitive to become a finalist in the graduate student showcase, then the three-minute essays and pass.

Selection process

The VPR Fellows were chosen from 27 applicants who participated in the 3-Minute Challenge last month. They prepared their study proposals for presentation to a jury, to be completed in three minutes. Judges scored contestants based on presentation content and effective communication skills.

Becoming a VPR Scholar grants graduate students access to up to $4,000 towards travel and research expenses for the 2022-23 academic year. In the past, VPR Fellows have used the funds to attend professional conferences or expand their research. Fellows will also receive mentoring services and participate in workshops to develop leadership skills, enable career development, and help fellows network with professionals in their fields.

Last year’s VPR fellows and incoming cohort will be joined by Anschutz fellows, another program, for a reception on May 10 at the Institute for Translational Medicine. This reception honors the work of Graduate Student Scholars. Among the CSU officials who must be present to recognize the fellows are Vice President for Research Alan Rudolph and President Joyce McConnell.

Learn more about the new Fellows and watch their winning presentations at the links below.

RVP Fellows 2022-23

  • Jordan Acosta, Health and Exercise Sciences. “The ipsilateral silent period as a neural biomarker of gait asymmetries in people with multiple sclerosis”
  • Tiffany Banks, School of Social Work. “Animals and Autism: A Critical Review of the Evidence”
  • Kimi Conro, journalism and media communication. “Who cares if they lie? Modeling the roles of perceived honesty and efficacy in the 2016 presidential election”
  • Christopher Gale, Chemistry. “How to characterize an amorphous form: the story of an inverted micelle”
  • Andrew Hagen, Health and Exercise Sciences. “Split the difference: split-belt treadmill training improves gait symmetry in people with multiple sclerosis”
  • Noah Horesh, Mechanical Engineering. “Equity of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Multi-Unit Dwellings”
  • Darcy Hunstiger, cell and molecular biology. “Producing Renewable Petrochemical Alternatives in Artificial Cyanobacteria”
  • Heidi Kreckel, Chemistry. “Shoot Tip Cryopreservation: A Solution to the Global Plant Conservation Crisis”
  • Sylvia Lee, Food Science and Human Nutrition. “Interactions between blueberry polyphenols, gut microbiome and intestinal permeability”
  • Valérie Seitz, cellular and molecular biology. “Understanding the soil microbiome: how variation in root exudate composition influences soil microbiome membership and function”
  • Derek Newberger, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. “Cover crops and rootstocks can save Colorado peaches from Colorado soil”
  • Julianne Scamardo, geosciences. “Quantifying the role of tall timber in the formation of arid land streams in the American Southwest”
  • Annika Weber, Food Science and Human Nutrition. “Improving Health Outcomes with Prebiotics”

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