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Join us for 2021 Hauber Research Presentations 

Join this year’s Hauber Research Fellows from natural and applied sciences as they present their work followed by questions and answers. Projects from a variety of disciplines range from immunology, to quantum computing, sustainability, statistical modeling, and more.

Presentations will take place on Wednesday, July 28, Wednesday, August 4, and Wednesday August 11 from 1 - 3 PM. 

Register here to attend Zoom webinar presentations.

Register here if you will attend in person and join for lunch at 12 PM (Fourth Floor Program Room, Evergreen Campus). *A variety of boxed lunches will be provided with vegetarian option available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required for lunch so that we have enough for everyone! Please register by the Friday before the presentation session/lunch you plan to attend.

Presentation Schedule

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Genetic alteration of yeast cells in stressed environments 
Fellow: John Mirarchi
Mentor: Lisa Scheifele, biology
Project supported by NSF grant for Lisa Scheifele

The use of Deep Neural Networks to find security vulnerabilities in Source Code
Fellows: Erik Henson & Jack Still  
Mentors: David Binkley & Sibren Isaacman, computer science
Project supported in part by CPaMS program

Effects of Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Neutrophil Microbicidal Activity and NETosis
Fellow: Madeline Valentine
Mentor: Christopher Thompson, biology

Measuring and Modeling Temperature-Dependent Optical Absorption in Thulium-doped Crystals
Fellows: Ashley Dwyer & Skylar Higgs
Mentor: Joseph Ganem, physics

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Applying Machine Learning to Predict Agent-based Modeling Results 
Fellow: Naylah Perodin
Mentor: Megan Olsen, computer science

Atomic Force Microscopy Measurements of a Protein-DNA Complex 
Fellows: Benjamin Glezer & Brendan Toulan  
Mentors: Mary Lowe, physics

Modeling Winning Percentages in the Four Major American sports using R
Fellow: Jonathan Brooks
Mentor: Richard Auer, mathematics and statistics

Sustainable Methods for the Permanent Invasive Plant Removal
Fellow: Kyle Brown
Mentor: Maren Blohm, biology

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Efficiency of Matcha to Strengthen the Body’s Immune Response
Fellow: Paige Sim
Mentor: Christopher Thompson, biology
Project supported by Grace

Analyzing the Role of the HELLS Gene in Melanoma 
Fellow: Kristen Battista  
Mentor: Theresa Geiman, biology

Sound Profiles of Historic Cast Bronzes
Fellow: Benjamin Doddy
Mentors: Robert Pond, Yanko Kranov, and Suzanne Keilson, engineering,
along with Chelsea Kaufman, Johns Hopkins Egyptology program
Project supported by Whiting Turner

Development of a Python-based Quantum Computer Simulator
Fellows: Kyle Geary & Michael Murphy
Mentors: David Binkley, computer science, David Hoe, engineering, and Mary Lowe, physics 
Project supported in part by Whiting Turner


Important Dates

  • Program start date: Monday, May 31, 2021
  • Program end date:  Friday, August 13, 2021

Questions? Contact Jen Sullivan at jlsullivan4@loyola.edu or 410-617-5572. 

Student Research Resources

Hauber fellows and research students, visit the student research resources page for workshop recordings, guidelines, templates and more.  Resources will be added on a continual basis.

Program Summary

Each summer, a select group of highly motivated, talented Loyola undergraduates work side-by-side with faculty mentors from the six natural and applied science departments at Loyola to conduct research in the students' area of interest. A committee, comprised of department chairs and the associate dean, chooses students for the Hauber Research Fellowship program based on their application and strong academic performance. For many students, a Hauber Research Fellowship has been a stepping stone to campus and national awards (e.g., Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium, Goldwater Scholarship, Apker Award,) co-authors on presentations and/or manuscripts, and entry into professional or graduate school. Hauber Research Fellows are also recognized for excellence in research accomplishment from the University and are involved in a poster session during the Grand Seminar event in the fall.

The program runs for 10 weeks in the summer. Students gain valuable experience while engaged in research in their discipline while faculty obtain assistance with their work and the pleasure of working directly with students. All Hauber Research Fellows gather together weekly for informative seminars regarding using library resources, research opportunities and writing successful presentations. The students then offer an overview of their research in a formal presentation which is open to students, faculty, staff and the greater Loyola community. At the end of the program, each Hauber Research Fellow is required to submit a written report and participate in a poster symposium in the fall semester which provides the Loyola community with an opportunity to learn of their summer research. Depending on the outcome of their research, students are encouraged to submit their work for publication and a number of students have successfully published their work.

The research fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000. (Summer housing available on campus). Hauber Fellows are also eligible to be Loyola Student Ambassadors for the Cosmos & Creation conference. This seminar series on science and religion is held annually during the second week of June.

Hauber 30th Anniversary Celebration

Loyola's Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) division congratulates the 2018 Hauber fellows and mentors on a productive summer of research. Fellows presented their work throughout the summer to the university community and at a poster symposium prior to the fall 2018 Grand Seminar. Recordings are available on YouTube.

Prior to the Grand Seminar on Oct. 30, 2018, NAS hosted a reception to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Hauber Research Fellowship Program. More than 100 faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the university attended. It is with sincere gratitude that we thank all who have shared their time, talent and treasure with contributions to the Hauber program as faculty mentors, students and donors.

Those who have donated funding for at least one Hauber fellowship ($5,000) were recognized with awards including the following individuals and families: Mr. and Mrs. John J. Bagliani, Jr., Ms. Margaret Daley, Mr. & Mrs. Gino J. Gemignani, Jr., Haig Family, Kane Family, Lowe Family, Dr. Francis J. McGuire, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Pond, Jr., Dr. & Mrs. David F. Roswell; and the following corporations: Booz Allen Hamilton, Grace, Northrop Grumman, and Whiting Turner Contracting Company (some of whom are pictured below).

Hauber donors 30th anniversary reception 10.30.18

From left to right: William Olsen, MasterPeace Ltd., Director of Launchpad Operations; Matthew Rausch, Technology Lead and Solutions Architect at Booz Allen Hamilton; Bahram Roughani, Associate Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences, Loyola University, Brian Linnane, S.J., President of Loyola University, Frank Haig, S.J., Professor of Physics, Loyola University; Stephen Fowl, Dean of Loyola College of Arts and Sciences; Amanda Thomas, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Loyola University; Steve Lambertson, Senior Vice President, Whiting Turner; Angela and Rob Pond, Professor of Engineering;  Margaret and Gino Gemignani, retired Senior Vice President, Whiting Turner.

History of the Program

In the summer of 1988, Loyola began supporting the first group of Hauber Fellows to participate in faculty sponsored research in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematical sciences and engineering science. These fellowships were established in honor of Father Edward S. Hauber, S.J., who taught chemistry at Loyola from 1942-1966. While chairman of the chemistry department, Fr. Hauber obtained funds to support summer research for chemistry majors. After Fr. Hauber's death in 1985, it was decided that additional funds be solicited to support summer research in the other sciences as well. Through the contributions of graduates, faculty, students and friends, sufficient funds were obtained to support six students each summer. Additional students have been supported with funds from grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Past Hauber Research Fellowship Programs

Watch 2020 Presentations on YouTube
Watch 2019 Presentations on YouTube
Watch 2018 Presentations on YouTube 
Watch 2017 Presentations on YouTube

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2002 (pdf)  1997 (pdf) 1992 (pdf)
2016 (pdf)  2011 (pdf)  2006 (pdf) 
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Join this year’s Hauber Research Fellows from natural and applied sciences as they present their work followed by questions and answers. Projects from a variety of disciplines range from immunology, to quantum computing, sustainability, statistical modeling, and more. Learn more at www.loyola.edu/hauber.