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Featured Undergraduate Researcher- Mariah Dozé

This month's URP featured researcher is Mariah Dozé, an undergraduate student whose research in the discipline of rhetorical studies was published in a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, Young Scholars in Writing.

Mariah Dozé is a Missouri native and a third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University. She is double majoring in sociology and African American studies. Her plans after graduation include attending law school. Upon graduating from law school, Dozé plans to pursue her passion for social justice by practicing human and civil rights law. On campus, Dozé is involved in many activities. She works with Dean Elliot as a dean's racial and social justice intern, is a member of the Emory Scholars Program, is the vice president of VOIS gospel choir, is a writing tutor in the Emory Writing Center, is the managing print editor (VP) of Black Star Magazine, is a member of the University Senate, is a member of the Center for Ethics Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) forum, is a member of the Social Justice Education advisory committee, and is a member of the EmoryUP student advisory committee.

Primate Research: The Unexpected Core of my Emory Experience

Maggie Kyle is a [year] majoring in Psychology. She was awarded a Fall 2018 Conference Grant which she used to attend the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Since the beginning of my sophomore year, I have spent much of my free time researching rhesus monkeys at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Like many Emory undergraduates, I came to college planning on studying medicine. I wanted to study Neuroscience and follow the pre-medical track. But when I took an introductory NBB course my freshman year, Foundations of Behavior, I was surprised to find myself just as fascinated to learn about primate behavior and the origins of human evolution as I was to learn about the workings of the brain. I realized how fortunate I was to be at Emory, with one of the seven national primate research centerson our campus, and I began reading about Yerkes scientists as I resolved to get involved with the plethora of research going on there. Soon after, I came upon Dr. Mar Sanchez’s work. Dr. Sanchez researches, among other things, the impact of early exposure to high fat diets and social stress on infant monkey brain development, as a model for early human development. She has also done a large body of work on maternal care behaviors in rhesus monkeys, and the capacity for positive maternal care to buffer high stress situations for infants. I was fascinated as I read some of her papers, and I contacted her immediately. After meeting to discuss my interests, Mar allowed me to join her “Stress, Obesity, and Development” project—research that has since become a passion for me. 

Our Perception Through the Lens of Our Past, Present, & Future

Jacob Kasel is a senior who is a double  major in Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese. He was awarded a Summer 2018 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector's depiction of time and images and the political implications of such perception of time and images under Dr. Elissa Marder.

In my research, I aim to develop a mode of considering our perception of time and how images are key to our perception of it. To do so, I examine the work of two writers, Clarice Lispector and Marcel Proust, and one filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky. Doing so not only allows me to work with three languages I have studied (Portuguese, French and Russian), but also to consider how, across various cultures, artists have questioned our relation to time and to the images we use to define and conceive of it—that it is, to make time something conceivable and visible, to give it a body so to speak.  

Drug Metabolism and Communication

Eungjae (NJ) Kim is a senior who majoring in Biology. He was awarded a Summer 2018 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on human metabolic pathways under Dr. Brent Morgan

Dear future researcher:

My research investigates the pharmacokinetic mechanism of a drug metabolite in human metabolic pathways. I am examining the cross-reactivity between lidocaine and cocaine metabolites filtered through the excretory system. My interest in the research experience stemmed from the classes and labs I took at the college. In laboratory courses, I was given directions to follow. After sufficient practice and experience, I had more ambition to create my own study and protocol to see if I could execute the action items in a larger group setting.

A Summer to Remember

Jesse Steinman is a Sophomore with an undeclared major in the college. He was awarded a Summer 2018 Independent Grant which he used to conduct research on the history and memory of the Holocaust underthe Director of Centropa, Edward Serotta.

One of the things I have had to get used to in Europe is that AC and ice aren’t standard during the summer. This makes for steaming hot work days, where I am cramped in a stuffy archive for the day. Regardless, my research keeps calling me back for more, and I am always eager to return to work.