Recent Student Engagement Award (SEA) Recipients

The Student Engagement Award supports projects that provide students with experiential, high-impact learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. 

Dr. Kevin Aptowicz

Dr. Kevin Aptowicz
Physics and Engineering
Physics Social Justice Scholar

Dr. Liu Cui


Dr. Liu Cui
Computer Science
Programming for Everyone

Dr. Brandon Mitchell


Dr. Brandon Mitchell
Physics and Engineering
Pump-Probe Spectroscopy for Nanomaterials Workforce Development

Dr. Linda Stevenson


Dr. Linda Stevenson
Political Science
Enhancing Global Perspectives and Engagement for WCU Students

Earth & Space Sciences

Dr. T. Elliott Arnold
Earth & Space Sciences
Bridging the equity gap in the Earth Sciences through outdoor engagement


Recent Research in Mathematics and the Sciences (RIMS) Award Recipients

The Research in Mathematics and the Sciences (RIMS) Award supports and encourages the student-involved scholarly research of the College of the Sciences and Mathematics faculty.

Dr. Shannon McQueenDr. Shannon McQueen
Political Science

Let’s Talk About It: Cultivating Dialogue and Expression in the Classroom 

This grant has funded an undergraduate research assistant to collaborate on three different research projects exploring how educators can better encourage dialogue across political differences in the classroom. This student RA has practiced both qualitative and quantitative analysis and learned the research process from question to manuscript. This grant allowed us to continue our work together, developing a multi-institutional study which will be conducted in Fall 2023.

Dr. Shawn Pfeil

Dr. Shawn Pfeil
Physics & Engineering

Is NMM, an important probe of G-Quadruplex DNA, a dimer in solution? 

This internal grant has been very helpful, and allowed me tp pursue a promising new research project, investigating an interesting binding partner of novel DNA structures. It is very early days for this 2-year grant, but it lookls likely that the undergraduate student will have results to report at the next annual meeting of the Biophysical Society.

Recent Research Alternative Work Arrangement (RAWA) Recipients

Research Alternative Work Arrangements (RAWA) support and encourage the faculty scholarly research of the College of the Sciences and Mathematics faculty.

Dr. Thomas KwiatkowskiDr. Thomas Kwiatkowski

Electronic Cigarette-Derived Phthalates Impact on Male Gonadal Tissues

CSM funding has greatly supported my research lab, enabling me to acquire equipment, supplies, and student wages. With their support, I collaborated with faculty from the Biology and Psychology departments to submit an NIH R15 grant proposal. My student researchers also presented their projects at a local conference and generated new data on the health impacts of electronic cigarettes.

Dr. Shannon McQueenDr. Shannon McQueen
Political Science

Us Too: Republican Women’s Groups and the Struggle to Support Women Candidates

This RAWA supported work in transitioning my dissertation into usable manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. I was able to update two critical datasets on women's organizations throughout the United States, as well as update a data set on funding patterns of women's organizations candidate support. 

Anthropology and Sociology

CSM Faculty Publications 2016-2021


  • Baines, R., Patiballa, S. K., Booth, J., Ramirez, L., Sipple, T., Garcia, A., ... Fish, F., ... & Kramer-Bottiglio, R. (2022). Multi-environment robotic transitions through adaptive morphogenesis. Nature, 610(7931), 283-289.
  • Dolezal, M. M., Foroughirad, V., Fish, F. E., Jacoby, A. M., Collier, M. A., Murphy, C. J., ... & Mann, J. (2023). Some like it hot: Temperature and hydrodynamic factors influence Xenobalanus globicipitis attachment to cetaceans. Marine Mammal Science.
  • Fish, F. E., Gough, W. T., & Goldbogen, J. A. (2023, February). Avoiding the tyranny of wave drag in large whales. In INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY (Vol. 62, pp. S94-S95). 
  • Fish, F. E., Potvin, J., & Goldbogen, J. A. (2024). Hydrodynamics. In Physiology of Marine Mammals (pp. 1-26). CRC Press.
  • Gabler‐Smith, M. K., Coughlin, D. J., & Fish, F. E. (2023). Morphological and histochemical characterization of the pectoral fin muscle of batoids. Journal of Morphology, 284(2), e21548.
  • Gough, W. T., Cade, D. E., Czapanskiy, M. F., Potvin, J., Fish, F. E., Kahane-Rapport, S. R., ... & Goldbogen, J. A. (2022). Fast and furious: Energetic tradeoffs and scaling of high-speed foraging in rorqual whales. Integrative Organismal Biology, 4(1), obac038.
  • Irschick, D. J., Christiansen, F., Hammerschlag, N., Martin, J., Madsen, P., Wyneken, J., ... Fish, F., ... & Lauder, G. (2022). 3D visualization processes for recreating and studying organismal form. Iscience.
  • Kerr, S. J., Fish, F. E., Nicastro, A. J., Zeligs, J. A., Skrovan, S., & Leftwich, M. C. (2022). Biomechanical energetics of terrestrial locomotion in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Journal of Experimental Biology, 225(18), jeb244163.
  • Menzer, A., Gong, Y., Fish, F. E., & Dong, H. (2022). Bio-inspired propulsion: Towards understanding the role of pectoral fin kinematics in manta-like swimming. Biomimetics, 7(2), 45.
  • Pandey, A., Yuk, J., Chang, B., Fish, F. E., & Jung, S. (2022). Slamming dynamics of diving and its implications for diving-related injuries. Science advances, 8(30), eabo5888.
  • Perrotta, G., Fish, F. E., Adams, D. S., Leahy, A. M., Downs, A. M., & Leftwich, M. C. (2022). Velocity Field Measurements of the California Sea Lion Propulsive Stroke Using Bubble PIV. Fluids, 7(1), 3.
  • Schedlbauer, J. L., & Miller, J. (2022). Edge effects increase soil respiration without altering soil carbon stocks in temperate broadleaf forests. Ecosphere, 13(6), e4092.
  • Segre, P. S., Gough, W. T., Roualdes, E. A., Cade, D. E., Czapanskiy, M. F., Fahlbusch, J., ... Fish, F. E., ... & Goldbogen, J. A. (2022). Scaling of maneuvering performance in baleen whales: larger whales outperform expectations. Journal of Experimental Biology, 225(5), jeb243224.
  • Sereno, P. C., Myhrvold, N., Henderson, D. M., Fish, F. E., Vidal, D., Baumgart, S. L., ... & Conroy, L. L. (2022). Spinosaurus is not an aquatic dinosaur. Elife, 11, e80092.
  • Smith, L., Boettger, S.A., ... Yu, Z.C. (2022). Echinoderm diseases and pathologies. Invertebrate Pathology (Oxford, 2022; online edn, Oxford Academic, 24 Mar. 2022).

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)

Biomedical Engineering

  • Moon, S. Y., de Campos, P. S., Matte, B. F., Placone, J. K., Zanella, V. G., Martins, M. D., ... & Engler, A. J. (2023). Cell contractility drives mechanical memory of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Molecular Biology of the Cell, mbc-E22.
  • Vitali, R., Ramo, N., Bell, M., Treadway, E., Nightingale, A., Swenson, J., & Johnson, A. (2022, August). Work-in-progress: Incorporating open-ended modeling problems into undergraduate introductory dynamics courses. In 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. 

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)


  • Comroe, M. L., Kolasinski, K. W., & Saha, D. (2022). Direct ink 3D printing of porous carbon monoliths for gas separations. Molecules, 27(17), 5653.
  • DiPietro, J. A., & Kolasinski, K. W. (2022). Characterization of Mechanochemical Modification of Porous Silicon with Arginine. Surfaces, 5(1), 143-154.
  • Muriel, J., Lukyanenko, V., Kwiatkowski, T., Bhattacharya, S., Garman, D., Weisleder, N., Bloch, R.J. The C2 domains of dysferlin: roles in membrane localization, Ca2+ signaling and sarcolemmal repair. J Physiol. 2022 Apr;600(8):1953-1968.
  • Shuman, M., Barth, R., Balickie, C., Lee, T., Rimmer, C., & Romero, J. (2023). Simultaneous Analysis of Hop Acids and Oils by Supercritical Fluid Chromatography: A Preliminary Study. Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 1-3.
  • Yasa, J., Reed, C. E., Bournazos, A. M., Evesson, F. J., Pang, I., Graham, M. E., ... Kwiatkowski, T., ... & Lemckert, F. A. (2023). Minimal expression of dysferlin prevents development of dysferlinopathy in dysferlin exon 40a knockout mice. Acta Neuropathologica Communications, 11(1), 1-16.

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)

Computer Science

  • Zou, Y., Chen, C., Deng, T., Zhang, J., Zhu, X., Chen, S., & Yin, S. (2022). User‐level parallel file system: Case studies and performance optimizations. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 34(13), e6905.
  • Giardino, V., Linker, S., Burns, R., Bellucci, F., Boucheix, J. M., & Viana, P. (Eds.). (2022). Diagrammatic Representation and Inference: 13th International Conference, Diagrams 2022, Rome, Italy, September 14–16, 2022, Proceedings (Vol. 13462). Springer Nature. 
  • Xu, G., Qi C, Dong, W., Gong, L., Liu, S., Chen, S., Liu, J., Zheng, X. A Privacy-Preserving Medical Data Sharing Scheme Based on Blockchain. IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2023 Feb;27(2):698-709.

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)  

Earth and Space Sciences

  • Cohen, D. H., Overdorff, A. M., Leutenegger, M. A., Gagné, M., Petit, V., & David-Uraz, A. (2022). Helium-like X-ray line complexes show that the hottest plasma on the O supergiant ζ Puppis is in its wind. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 513(2), 1609-1622.
  • Cohen, D. H., Parts, W., Doskoch, G. M., Wang, J., Petit, V., Leutenegger, M. A., & Gagné, M. (2022). Erratum: Chandra grating spectroscopy of embedded wind shock X-ray emission from O stars shows low plasma temperatures and significant wind absorption. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 511(3), 3208.
  • Crowther, P. A., Broos, P. S., Townsley, L. K., Pollock, A. M., Tehrani, K. A., & Gagné, M. (2022). X-ray properties of early-type stars in the Tarantula Nebula from T-ReX. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515(3), 4130-4150.
  • Subramanian, S., Balsara, D. S., Ud-Doula, A., & Gagné, M. (2022). Modelling magnetically channeled winds in 3D–I. Isothermal simulations of a magnetic O supergiant. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 515(1), 237-255.
  • Zhekov, S. A., Gagné, M., & Skinner, S. L. (2022). Chandra revisits WR 48a: testing colliding wind models in massive binaries. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 510(1), 1278-1288.

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)


  • Borja, A. J., Ahmad, H. S., Ghenbot, Y., Na, J., McClintock, S. D., Mueller, K. B., ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Resident assistant training level is not associated with patient spinal fusion outcomes. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 221, 107388.
  • Borja, A. J., Ahmad, H. S., Tomlinson, S. B., Na, J., McClintock, S. D., Welch, W. C., ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2023). “July Effect” in Spinal Fusions: A Coarsened Exact-Matched Analysis. Neurosurgery, 92(3), 623-631.
  • Borja, A. J., Farooqi, A. S., Golubovsky, J. L., Glauser, G., Strouz, K., Burkhardt, J. K., ... McClintock, S.D., ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Simple and actionable preoperative prediction of postoperative healthcare needs of single-level lumbar fusion patients. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 1(aop), 1-6.
  • Borja, A. J., Glauser, G., Strouz, K., Ali, Z. S., McClintock, S. D., Schuster, J. M., ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Use of the LACE+ index to predict readmissions after single-level lumbar fusion. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 36(5), 722-730.
  • Bradley, C. S., Gallop, R., Sutcliffe, S., Kreder, K. J., Lai, H. H., Clemens, J. Q., ... Gallop, R. , ... & Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network. (2022). Long-Term Symptom Trajectories in Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: A MAPP Research Network Study. Urology, 169, 58-64.
  • Cantu, E., Diamond, J. M., Cevasco, M., Suzuki, Y., Crespo, M., Clausen, E., ... Gallop, R., ... & Christie, J. D. (2022). Contemporary trends in PGD incidence, outcomes, and therapies. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 41(12), 1839-1849.
  • Cantu, E., Jin, D., McCurry, M., Friskey, J., Lisowski, J., Saleh, A., ... Gallop, R., ... & Schaubel, D. (2023). Transplanting Candidates with Stacked Risks Negatively Affects Outcomes. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
  • Connolly Gibbons, M. B., Fisher, J., Gallop, R., Zoupou, E., Duong, L., & Crits-Christoph, P. (2023). Initial Development of Pragmatic Behavioral Activation Fidelity Assessments. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 50(1), 1-16.
  • Crits-Christoph, P., Gallop, R., Duong, L., Zoupou, E., & Connolly Gibbons, M. B. (2023). Repeated assessments of depressive symptoms in randomized psychosocial intervention trials: best practice for analyzing symptom change over time. Psychotherapy Research, 33(2), 158-172.
  • Dimidjian, S., Kaufman, J., Coleman, N., Levy, J., Beck, A., Gallop, R., & Segal, Z. V. (2022). Impact of online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on suicidal ideation: A secondary analysis of a randomized trial of Mindful Mood Balance. Journal of affective disorders, 301, 472-477.
  • Farooqi, A. S., Borja, A. J., Ajmera, S., Glauser, G., Strouz, K., Ozturk, A. K., ... McClintock, S. D., ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Matched Analysis of the Risk Assessment and Prediction Tool for Discharge Planning Following Single-Level Posterior Lumbar Fusion. World Neurosurgery, 163, e113-e123.
  • Farooqi, A. S., Borja, A. J., Detchou, D. K., Glauser, G., Shultz, K., McClintock, S. D., & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Postoperative outcomes and the association with overlap before or after the critical step of lumbar fusion. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 36(3), 366-375.
  • Farooqi, A. S., Borja, A. J., Detchou, D. K., Glauser, G., Strouz, K., McClintock, S. D., & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Increasing Nonconcurrent Overlapping Surgery Is Not Associated With Outcome Changes in Lumbar Fusion. International Journal of Spine Surgery, 16(4), 651-659.
  • Farooqi, A. S., Borja, A. J., Jabarkheel, R., Glauser, G., Strouz, K., McClintock, S. D., & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Impact of the 2016 American College of Surgeons Guideline Revision on Overlapping Lumbar Fusion Cases at a Large Academic Medical Center. World Neurosurgery, 168, e76-e86.
  • Gertz, A. M., Soffi, A. S. M., Mompe, A., Sickboy, O., Gaines, A. N., Ryan, R., ... Gallop, R., ... & Crits-Christoph, P. (2022). Developing an Assessment of Contraceptive Preferences in Botswana: Piloting a Novel Approach Using Best-Worst Scaling of Attributes. Frontiers in Global Women's Health, 3, 815634.
  • Hankin, B. L., Demers, C. H., Hennessey, E. M. P., Perzow, S. E., Curran, M. C., Gallop, R. J., ... & Davis, E. P. (2023). Effect of Brief Interpersonal Therapy on Depression During Pregnancy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA psychiatry, 80(6), 539-547.
  • Harned, M. S., Gallop, R. J., Schmidt, S. C., & Korslund, K. E. (2022). The temporal relationships between therapist adherence and patient outcomes in dialectical behavior therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 90(3), 272.
  • Harned, M. S., Schmidt, S. C., Korslund, K. E., & Gallop, R. J. (2023). Development and Evaluation of a Pragmatic Measure of Adherence to Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The DBT Adherence Checklist for Individual Therapy. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-16.
  • Howard, S. D., Kvint, S., Borja, A. J., Dimentberg, R., Shultz, K., Amankulor, N. M., ... McClintock, S.D.,  ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2022). Matched analysis of patient gender and meningioma resection outcomes. British Journal of Neurosurgery, 36(5), 613-619.
  • Jones, J. D., Long, E. E., Hankin, B. L., Gallop, R., Davis, M., & Young, J. F. (2023). Personalized depression prevention reduces dependent stressors among adolescents: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-14.
  • Jones, J. D., Hankin, B. L., Gallop, R., Haraden, D., Sbrilli, M. D., Garber, J., & Young, J. F. (2022). Effects of personalized depression prevention on anxiety through 18-month follow-up: A randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 156, 104156.
  • Mc Laughlin, J. (2022). m-Dissections of some infinite products and related identities. The Ramanujan Journal, 1-38.
  • Mc Laughlin, J. (2023). Some more identities of Kanade–Russell type derived using Rosengren’s method. Annals of Combinatorics, 27(2), 329-352.
  • Mc Laughlin, J. M., & Zimmer, P. (2022). Further results on Vanishing Coefficients in infinite products of the form (qb, qp− b; qp)∞ 3 (qjb, q 2 p− jb; q 2 p)∞. International Journal of Number Theory, 18(08), 1863-1885.
  • Ng, G. Y., Gallagher, R. S., Borja, A. J., Jabarkheel, R., Na, J., McClintock, S. D., ... & Malhotra, N. R. (2023). Neurosurgeons Deliver Similar Quality Care Regardless of First Assistant Type: Resident Physician versus Nonphysician Surgical Assistant. World Neurosurgery, 174, e144-e151.
  • Schrepf, A., Kaplan, C., Harris, R. E., Williams, D. A., Clauw, D. J., As-Sanie, S., ... Gallop, R., ... & See, M. A. P. P. (2022). Stimulated whole blood cytokine/chemokine responses are associated with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome phenotypes and features of nociplastic pain: a MAPP research network study. Pain, 10-1097.
  • Spadola, M., Farooqi, A. S., Borja, A. J., Dimentberg, R., Blue, R., Shultz, K., ... & McClintock, S. (2022). Socioeconomic Status Predicts Short-Term Emergency Department Utilization Following Supratentorial Meningioma Resection. Cureus, 14(4).

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)

Physics and Engineering

  • Austin, H. J., Mitchell, B., Timmerman, D., Tatebayashi, J., Ichikawa, S., Fujiwara, Y., & Dierolf, V. (2022). Modeling defect mediated color-tunability in LEDs with Eu-doped GaN-based active layers. Journal of Applied Physics, 131(4).
  • Kerr, S. J., Fish, F. E., Nicastro, A. J., Zeligs, J. A., Skrovan, S., & Leftwich, M. C. (2022). Biomechanical energetics of terrestrial locomotion in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). Journal of Experimental Biology, 225(18), jeb244163.
  • Mendoza, J. M., Chen, K., Walters, S., Shipley, E., Aptowicz, K. B., & Holler, S. (2022). Classification of Aggregates Using Multispectral Two-Dimensional Angular Light Scattering Simulations. Molecules, 27(19), 6695.

CSM Faculty Publications

Political Science

  • McQueen, S. (2021). Pipeline or Pipedream: Gender Balance Legislation’s Effect on Women’s Presence in State Government. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 21(3), 243-265.

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)


  • Brown, E. D., Blumenthal, M. A., & Allen, A. A. (2022). The sound of self-regulation: Music program relates to an advantage for children at risk. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 60, 126-136.
  • Brown, E. D., Holochwost, S. J., Palmer Wolf, D., Allen, A. A., Garnett, M. L., Velazquez‐Martin, B., ... & Malatesta, J. L. (2023). Music Education and Neurophysiological Regulation in Early Childhood: Should Teachers Guide or Get Out of the Way?. Mind, Brain, and Education.
  • Brown, E. D., Weaver, Z., Streich, M., Shivde, G., & Garnett, M. (2023). Cortisol across preschool day relates to teacher ratings of executive functioning for children facing economic hardship. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 62, 31-40.
  • Hill, E. M. (2023). An examination of health locus of control in relation to antibiotic resistance perceptions and antibiotic use behaviors among college students. Journal of American College Health, 1-9.
  • Holochwost, S. J., Mills‐Koonce, W. R., & Brown, E. D. (2023). Fulfilling the promise of applied developmental science: Is it time to reconsider our approach?. Infant and Child Development, e2401.
  • Holochwost, S. J., Winebrake, D., Brown, E. D., Happaney, K. R., Wagner, N. J., & Mills-Koonce, W. R. (2023). An ecological systems perspective on individual differences in children’s performance on measures of executive function. Journal of Cognition and Development, 24(2), 223-240.
  • Rundus, A., Chancellor, R., Nyandwi, S., & Johnston, A. (2022). Factors influencing chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) crop foraging in farmland outside of Gishwati Forest, Rwanda. International Journal of Primatology, 43(3), 494-512.
  • Scully, E. J., Liu, W., Li, Y., Ndjango, J. B. N., Peeters, M., Kamenya, S., ... Chancellor, R., Rundus, A., ... & Wrangham, R. W. (2022). The ecology and epidemiology of malaria parasitism in wild chimpanzee reservoirs. Communications Biology, 5(1), 1020.

CSM Faculty Publications (2016-2021)