Five Undergraduate Students Awarded UROP Fellowships

Students in the lab of Professor William Cooper will present at the UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Symposium

Five undergraduate students in the laboratory of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor William Cooper, Ph.D., have been appointed Fellows by the UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Faculty Advisory Board for the 2009-10 academic year.

Grant Gontarski will receive $600 in support of his proposed research project, "Fate of Endorcrine System Disrupting Chemicals in the Environment."

Tova Handelman was awarded $500 in support of his proposed research project, "The Plastic Ocean: A survey of Marine Debris Found at Crystal Cove State Park and How Land-Based Plastics are Polluting the World's Oceans."

Christy A. Loo was awarded $600 in support of her proposed research project, "Method Development for the Investigation of Photochemial Reactivity of Dissolved Organic Matter and its Dependency on Oxygen," which will be supervised by both Cooper and Michael Gonsior, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Brian D. Nguyen and Francis Rodriguez will receive $750 in support of their proposed research project, "Free Radical Degradation of Anti-Depressant Pharmaceuticals."

All UROP Fellows will present their research results and findings at the UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010. Additionally, they are invited to submit a research paper for possible publication in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. Papers will be accepted during the spring quarter 2010.

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