Awards and Distinctions

Students

Lyman Briggs College students, or "Briggsies," have the well earned reputation of being among the hardest-working and most talented students at Michigan State University.

Among our distinctions...

2

2019 Grand Prize winners in the University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum

20/92

MSU Board of Trustees Award Winners for 4.0 g.p.a. throughout college (Class of 2019)

40%

Class of 2019 members graduated with honors

  • Outstanding Learning Assistants

    The following students were awarded Outstanding Learning Assistant Awards. Nominations came from faculty, graduation assistants, and other LBC students.

    These students contributed significantly to improving the quality of science education by showing active leadership skills and excellence in teaching while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

    Academic Year 2018-19

    • Sierra Alvarado
    • Rozzie Bloch
    • Kate Hammond
    • Brandon Llewellyn
    • Hannah Lufkin
    • Brianna Martinez
    • David Posawatz
    • Kalee Rumfelt

     

    Spring 2018

    • Biology: Rachel Labby
    • Chemistry: Jordan Richardson
    • Chemistry: Anna Thomas
    • Math: David Butts
    • Physics: Abigail Shotwell

     

    Fall 2017

    • Chemistry: Isabella Frownfelter & Alec Shrode
    • Physics: Polo Kostecki
    • Biology: Marla Nazee
    • INQUIRE: Ben Luttinen
    • Mathematics: Ryan Atherton
    • Writing Studio Mentor: Maddie Shellgren

     

    Spring 2017

    • Biology: Mellissa Ungkuldee
    • Physics: Benjamin Tacia
    • Chemistry: Miah Turke
    • Mathematics: Anika Sasinski

     

    Fall 2016

    • Chemistry: Miah Turke
    • INQUIRE: Emma Pawlowski
    • Physics: Lekha Bapu
    • Mathematics: Huei Sears

     

    Spring 2016

    • Chemistry: Alex Wu
    • Biology: Mackenzie Clark
    • Mathematics: Cassidy Hines
    • Physics: Lekha Bapu

     

    Fall 2015

    • Chemistry: Rhiannon Pavlinac
    • Biology: Robert Rotundo
    • Mathematics: Thomas Bolden
    • Physics: Melissa Bucheli

     

    Spring 2015

    • Chemistry: Kelsee Jurewicz
    • Biology: Kathryn Kasler
    • Mathematics: Hannah Fromm
    • Physics: Melissa Bucheli

     

    Fall 2014

    • Chemistry: Jessica Mizzi
    • Biology: David Salvatori
    • Mathematics: Kevin Adams
    • Physics: Stephanie Schmidt

     

    Spring 2014

    • Chemistry: Patrick Kato
    • Biology: Joseph Conley
    • Mathematics: Kevin Adams
    • Physics: Karen Davidge

     

    Fall 2013

    • Chemistry: Angela Amaniampong
    • Biology: Eric Kontowicz
    • Mathematics: Sarah Garcia
    • Physics: Alan Sulpizio

    Spring 2013

    • Chemistry: Amy Pochodylo
    • Biology: Anthony Watkins
    • Physics: Dana Koeppe
    • Mathematics: Nick Vaive

     

    Fall 2012

    • Chemistry: Josh Coretville
    • Biology: David Harsini
    • Physics: Karen Davidge
    • Mathematics: Manish Munasinghe

     

    Spring 2012

    • Chemistry: James Makinen
    • Biology: Meghan Vanderbeker
    • Physics: Alyssa Schafer
    • Mathematics: Niraj Wagh

     

    Fall 2011

    • Chemistry: Kathleen Jeffrey
    • Biology: Kathryn Glinter
    • Physics: Alyssa Schafer
    • Mathematics: Niraj Wagh

     

    Spring 2011

    • Chemistry: Jennifer Hittle
    • Biology: Zachary Gaudette
    • Physics: Megan Climans
    • Mathematics: Monisha Narayan

     

    Fall 2010

    • Chemistry: Charlie Najt
    • Biology: Justin Millar
    • Physics: Megan Climans
    • Mathematics: Jon Massie

     

    Spring 2010

    • Chemistry: Ashley Dapra
    • Biology: Ashley Coulter
    • Physics: Monica Derris
    • Mathematics: Alexander Orman

     

    Fall 2009

    • Chemistry: Maria Simcina
    • Biology: Elena Hadjicharalambous
    • Physics: Brendon Mikula
    • Mathematics: Kristen Meyers

     

    Spring 2009

    • Chemistry: Rebecca L. Sattler-Leja
    • Biology: Megan E. Fidler
    • Physics: Amanda E. Harris
    • Mathematics: Thomas C. McCollum

     

    Fall 2008

    • Chemistry: Ashley DaPra
    • Biology: Lindsay Hatter
    • Physics: Zack DeLand
    • Mathematics: D. Luke Fischer
  • LBC Research Symposium Winners

    2019

    Grand Prize Winner:

    Lauren Jernstadt: "Strategies for Targeting Pancreatic Cancer"

    Honorable Mentions: 

    • Malcolm Davis: "A Voice to Be Heard: Understanding the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ People in STEM"
    • Brooke Devries: "Comparison and Validation of Two Gonadatropin-Releasing Hormone-Promoter Driven Cre Expressing Mice"
    • Andrew Becker and Parker Cuthbert: "Stimulation to Attentional Brain Networks Selectively Modifies Visual Task Performance

     

    2018

    Grand Prize Winners: 

    Kelly Geith, Nick Zonca, Wanda Sankey, Krista Dunger: "Investigating the Use of Next Generation Sequencing of Mitochondrial Genomes for Species Diagnostics for R. pomonella and R. zephyria." 

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Riley Eubanks, Natalie Bobowski, Matt Horvath, Caleb Wendt: "How many photons does it take for an Indiana Brown Bat to survive hibernation?"
    • Hayden Stoub, Kathleen Gallo: "Deciphering the role of MLK3: An in vivo model of metastatic breast cancer"

     

    2017

    Grand Prize Winner: 

    Emily Juzwiak: "Isolating Mycobacterium smegmatis mutants resistant to a novel Tuberculosis antimicrobial"

    Honorable Mentions: 

    • Sarah Walsh: "Expression analysis of candidate risk genes for type 2 diabetes in liver tissue of a mouse backcross population" 
    • Hayden Stoub, Samantha Leacher: "Double blinded study on the effects of elevated blood glucose on the physiological stress response"
    • Jalpa Patel, Madison Kraus, Shais Raza: "Understanding Students' Perception of Biologists"

     

    2016

    Grand Prize Winner:

    Olivia Goethe, presentation: “Chemical Route Optimization of Indole Compound”

    Honorable Mentions:

    • Abigail Miller: "Variation of Acylsugar Acyltransferase Function in the Synthesis of an Insect Defense Compound: Acylsugars"
    • Daniel Schoenherr: "Altered intestinal mucus production in estrogen deficiency is associated with bone loss"
    • Kelly Jones and Nicole Macker: "Differentiating Between Stuttering and Normal Disfluency in Children"  

     

    2015

    Grand Prize Winners:

    • Clare Laut: "Antibiotic and Immune System Persistence in Group B Streptococcus"
    • Olivia Goethe: Repurposing an Aminomutase from Taxus Plants

    Honorable Mentions: 

    • Dylan Miller: To Sting Or Not To Sting? Analysis Of Cross-Species And Cross-Sex Stinging Defensive Behavior In Scorpions
    • Tyler Miksanek: Developing a Quantitative Western Blot Procedure for Chromatin-Associated Proteins 
    • Lana Grasser: The Neuroscience of Reading: an fMRI Study of Natural Reading
    • Elena Michel: Functional characterization of a lipid translocator in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    • Abigail Miller: Comparing Acylsucrose Acyltransferase-2 (ASAT2) Activity in Wild Tomato Species

     

    2014

    Grand Prize Winners:

    • Kelly VanDenBerg, Cheryl Rockwell: "Inhibition of Early T Cell Cytokine Production by Arsenic Occurs Independently of Nrf2" 
    • Katy Kesler, Caleigh Griffin, Greg Ribble, Ahmad Tahawi: "Analysis of Canine Cells to Reveal R1456W and R812W Missense Mutations on CFTR"

    Honorable Mentions: 

    • Jessica Mizzi: "Structural Chemistry and Magnetic Properties of Copper 
    • Clare Laut: "Acidic Exposure and Enhanced Colonization in Group B Streptococcus"
    • Megan Kechner, Sophia Kaska, Michelle Mazei-Robison: "Investigating the Effect of Chronic Social Stress on Morphine Reward and the Role of the Ventral Tegmental Area"
    • Char Panek: "Microbial Communities in the Phyllosphere and their Interaction with the Innate Immune System of Arabidopsis Thaliana"
  • LBC Undergraduate Research Funding Winners
    Winners of the Lyman Briggs College Undergraduate Research Support Fund, which is supported by the Provost’s undergraduate research funds 

    Summer 2019

    • Jacob Namovich, Junior, is working with Dr. Isaac Record on a project entitled: Life-cycle Analysis and Systematic Evaluation of MSU Laboratory Waste for Ameliorative Interventions

    • Catrina Stephan, Sophomore, is working with Dr. Rachel Barnard on a project entitled: Assessment of self-reported student preparation and reflection practices for chemistry exams

    Spring 2019

    • Brielle Komosinksi, Senior, worked with mentor Dr. Abe Edwards on a project entitled: Primary Sources, Primary Places: A Phenomonological Study of Student Learning in a Study Abroad Program
    • Caleb Rispler, Junior, worked with mentor Dr. Katie Hinko on a project entitled: Intense Outreach: Experiences Shifting University Students’ Identitie
    • Pedro Brabosa-Machado, Sophomore, worked with mentor Dr. Marisa Brandt on a project entitled: Is the news media biased towards digital therapy? A comparative case study.
    • McKain Williams, Senior, worked with mentor Dr. Isaac Record on a project entitled: The Role of Familiar Music on College Students' Informal Learning
    • Malcolm Davis, Senior, worked with mentor Dr. Georgina Montgomery on a project entitled: A Voice to be Heard: Understanding the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ People in STEM

     

    Fall 2018 

    • Brendyn Allison, Junior. Brendyn will be working with Dr. Shahnaz Masani from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: AIDing antibody production: Modulating AID expression to study immune development and create better antibodies.

     

    Summer 2018 

    • Anna Bowling, Sophomore. Anna will be working with Dr. Robert Pennock from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Assessing Student Learning of Evolution and the Nature of Science from use of Avida-Ed Digital Evolution Software.
    • Jordan Fournier, Junior, HPS & Anthropology Major. Jordan will be working with Dr. Kevin Elliott from Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife on a project entitled: Impacts of Team Diversity on Productivity and Research Practices.
    • Sarah Klein, Junior, Environmental Science & Management Major. Sarah will be working with Dr. Cassie Dresser-Briggs from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Nest predation risk assessment of a bog turtle translocation program.

     

    Spring 2018

    • Ellie Phillips, Senior, Zoology Major. Ellie will be working with Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil from Lyman Briggs College/Department of Fisheries & Wildlife on a project entitled: How representative are sample lakes as compared to all lakes?
    • Viktor Ilyasov, Sophomore, Human Biology Major. Viktor will be working with Dr. Marisa Brandt from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Virtual reality environments facilitating clinical care.
    • Abigail Meyers, Senior, Physiology Major. Abigail will be working with Dr. Rob LaDuca from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Chemistry Research in LaDuca lab.
    • Briaunna Murray, Senior, Neuroscience Major.cBriaunna will be working with Dr. Susanne Hoffman-Benning from Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology on a project entitled: Role of lipid signaling in plant development.
    • Sydney Seese, Junior, Neuroscience Major. Sydney will be working with Dr. Megan Halpern from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: The effect of medical media messages on public perception of the health care system.

     

    Fall 2017

    • Devin Lake, Senior, Physics Major. Devin will be working with Dr. Vashti Sawtelle from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: A case study investigating students' sense of relevance of physics.
    • Gregory Gudziak, Senior, Physiology Major. Gregory will be working with Dr. Robert Wiseman from the Physiology department on a project entitled: Skeletal muscle regeneration using stem cells following injury induced with bupivacaine in mice.
    • Haley Fulco, Senior, Zoology Major. Haley will be working with Dr. Madonna Benjamin from the Large Animal Clinical Sciences department on a project entitled: Timely euthanasia and sow quality of life as it pertains to the roll of the stockpersons.
    • Kalee Rumfelt, Junior, Genomics & Molecular Genetics Major. Kalee will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs College and the Entomology department on a project entitled: Turning fish fraud into a research learning project for introductory biology students.
    • Kelly Geith, Junior, Genomics & Molecular Genetics Major. Kelly will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Using next generation sequencing of mitochondrial genomes to develop species diagnostics of Rhagoletis pomonella and Rhagoletis zephhria.

     

    Summer 2017

    • David Lawlor, junior, Human Biology Major. David will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Patient Experiences in the Porous Hospital: Personal Projections and Recovery Process..
    • Nicholas Zonca, junior, Genomics and Molecular Genetics Major. Nicholas will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College and Entomology on a project entitled: Using Next Generation Sequencing of Mitochondrial Genomes to Develop Species Diagnostics of Rhagoletis pomonella and Rhagoletis zephyria.
    • Karee Lesko, sophomore, Zoology Major. Karee will be working with Dr. Kay Holekamp from Integrative Biology on a project entitled: The Effects of Maternal Care on the Survivorship of Spotted Hyena Cubs..
    • Andrew Sagante, junior, Neuroscience Major. Andrew will be working with Dr. Gina Leinninger from Physiology on a project entitled: Revealing the Neural Mechanisms by which Neurotensin Neurons Regulate Body Weight.
    • Rei Doko, sophomore, Computational Mathematics Major. Rei will be working with Dr. Aklilu Zeleke from Lyman Briggs College and Statistics on a project entitled: Generalized Diophantine Triples.

     

    Spring 2017

    • Charmonique Maye, sophomore, History, Philosophy, and Sociology Major. Charmonique will be working with Dr. Logan Williams from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Aravind Girls Civilize the South: Tacit Knowledge, Technicians, and Techno-Migration.
    • Gregory Gudziak, junior, Physiology Major. Gregory will be working with Dr. Robert Wiseman from the Physiology department on a project entitled: Assessment of Non-Invasive Muscle Remodeling.
    • Hope Healey, sophomore, Zoology Major. Hope will be working with Dr. Scott Peacor from the Fisheries and Wildlife department on a project entitled: The Impact of Varying Turbidity on Bluegill Selectivity.
    • Jennifer Semaan, sophomore, Genomics and Molecular Biology Genetics Major. Jennifer will be working with Dr. Peter White from the Entomology department on a project entitled: Investing the genetic variance of different color morphs of large yellow underwing moths.
    • Zoe Wilton, sophomore, Environmental Biology/Microbiology Major. Zoe will be working with Dr. Rebecca Lahr from Lyman Briggs College and Civil and Environmental Engineering on a project entitled: The Coffee Ring Effect for Detection of Bacterial Contamination in Drinking Water.

     

    Fall 2016

    • Sophia Potter, sophomore, Neuroscience Microbiology Major. Sophia will be working with Dr. Rebecca Lahr from Lyman Briggs College/College of Engineering on a project entitled: Harnessing protein deposition of drying blood plasma for cancer diagnosis.
    • Alysha Machuta, junior, Human Biology Major. Alysha will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder from the Chemistry Department. Alysha and Ryan are working on the Impact of cohort on SSTEM Scholars.
    • Evan Wiewiora, senior, Environmental Geoscience Major. Evan will be working with Dr. Jay Zarnetske from the Earth Sciences department on a project entitled: Landscape Predictor Variables of DOC in Augusta Creek Watershed, MI.
    • Meg Kargul, senior, Plant Biology Major. Meg will be working with Dr. Lars Brudvig from the Plant Biology Department on a project entitled: The effects of corridors and predation/herbivory on seedling establishment.
    • Sabrina Fowler, junior, Genomics and Molecular Genetics Major. Sabrina will be working with Dr. Gina Leinninger from the Physiology Department on a project entitled: Neural mechanisms by which neurotensin neurons sense thirst and regulate water intake.

     

    Summer 2016 

    • David Lawlor, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. David will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Sparrow Hospital Adherence and Readmission Project.
    • Robin Miller, Junior, LB Computer Science major. Robin will be working with Dr. Robert T. Pennock from Lyman Briggs College. Her research project title is Virtual and Physical Evolving MOSS Block Robots for Research and Education.
    • Lydia Ross, sophomore, LB Human Biology. Larissa will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Learning Science by Doing Scienc: Helping 6th Graders Explore Urban Biodiversity.

     

    Spring 2016

    • Keegan Calnan, sophomore, LB Wildlife Biology major. Keegan will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Characterization of 28s gene in Lepidoptera.
    • Ryan Hook, senior, LB Human Biology major. Ryan will be working with Dr. Richard Schwartz from the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dept. His research project title is How Does Estrogen Plus Progesin Hormonal Therapy Increase Breast Cancer Risk.
    • Larissa Kennerley, freshman, LB Astrophysics major. Larissa will be working with Dr. Brian O'Shea from the Astrophysics Department on a project entitled: Exploring the Evolution of Supernova Ejecta in Milky Way Like Galaxies.
    • Brittany Ladson, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. Brittany will be working with Dr. Michaela TerAvest from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department on a project entitled: In Vivo Analysis of Aerobic Terminal Reductases in Shewanella oneidensis.
    • Alysha Machuta, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. Alysha will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: SSTEM Learning Lab.
    • Charmaine White, senior, LB Human Biology major. Charmaine will be working with Dr. Robert LaDuca from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: Coordination Polymer Structure and Explosives Detection Behavior.
    • Megan Wudkewych, sophomore, LB Human Biology major. Megan will be working with Dr. Logan Williams from Lyman Briggs College on a project entitled: World Health Organization's Changing Agenda as it Relates to Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases that Cause Blindness, 1960-2014.

    Fall 2015


    • Sydney Barosko, Junior, LB Microbiology major. Sydney will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College/Entomolopgy on a project entitled: Engaging the Public in Rhagoletis Research: Establishment of a Citizens Science Program.
    • Katharine Glover, Senior, LB Human Biology major. Katharine will be working with Dr. Peter White from Lyman Briggs/College of Natural Science. Her research project title is The Technical and Performance Characteristics of a Low-Cost Simply-constructed Black Light Insect Trap.
    • Lana Grasser, sophomore, LB Neuroscience major. Lana will be working with Dr. Natalie Phillips from the Neuroscience Department on a project entitled: The Neuroscience of Reading: An FMRI Study of Reading and a Behavioral Study of Aesthetics in Poetry.
    • Diana Jasser, Senior, LB Neuroscience major. Diana will be working with Dr. Kimberly Fenn from the Psychology Department on a project entitled: The Role of Technology in STEM Learning.
    • Meg Kargul, Junior, LB Plant Biology and Environmental Biology major. Meg will be working with Dr. Lars Burvig from the Plant Biology Department on a project entitled: Effects of corridors on seedling herbivory, gowth, and survival of Carphenhorus bellidifolius.
    • John Shinners, Senior, LB Human Biology and Physiology majors. John will be working with Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja from the B.A.E. Department on a project entitled: Improving Tuberculosis Diagnosis Using Functionalized Nano Particles.
    • Anna Turnbull, Junior, LB Physics major. Anna will be working with Dr Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Cabarello from Lyman Briggs/Physics and Astronomy Department on a project entitled: Investigating students' use of mathematical tools across physics contexts and levels.

     

    Summer 2015 

    • Brian Gutermuth, Junior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Brian will be working with Dr. George Mias from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Dept. The title of his research project is Characterizations of Drug Response and Associated Inter-cellular Communication.
    • Megan Penzkofer, Junior, LB Genomics and Molecular Genetics and LB Human Biology major. Megan will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College. The title of her research is Sterotaxis.
    • Alexander Sample, Sophomore, LB Chemistry major. Alexander will be working with Dr. Rob LaDuca from the Department of Chemistry and Lyman Briggs College. His research is titled: Metal Organic Framework Synthesis.
    • Lee Wang, Sophomore, LB Computer Science major. Lee will be working with Dr. Jubin Cheruvelil from Lyman Briggs on a project titled: Minimally
      Sufficient Conditions for the Evolution of Altruism in the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma: A Computer Simulation Study.

     

    Spring 2015 

    • Mackenzie Feringa, Junior, LB Zoology major. Mackenzie will be working with Dr. Kim Scribner from Fisheries and Wildlife on a project entitled: Does Intentional Hybridization Incur Cost to Parental Species.
    • Lana Ruvolo Grasser, Sophomore, LB Neuroscience major. Lana will be working with Dr. Natalie Phillips from the English (CAL) Department. Her research project title is Literary Neuroscience of Jane Austen: How Concreteness and Affect of Text May Lead to Heightened Attention.
    • Frances Ruth Greathouse, Sophomore, LB Physiology major. Frances will be working with Dr. Mark Aupperlee from the Physiology Department on a project entitled: Progersterone signaling in the postmenopausal human breast.
    • Abigail Miller, Junior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Abigail will be working with Dr. Robert Last from the Biochemistry and Plant Biology Departments on a project entitled: Structure and Function Studies of a Plant Acyltransferase.
    • Dylan Miller, senior, LB Neuroscience major. Dylan will be working with Dr. Ashlee Rowe from the Zoology Department on a project entitled: To sting or not to sting: That is the adaptation.

    Fall 2014 

    • Ciara Johnson, Junior, LB Astrophysics major. Ciara will be working with Dr. Dr. Brian O’Shea from Lyman Briggs College/Physics and Astronomy on a project entitled: Exploring the Thermodynamics of the Intergalactic medium.
    • Lindsey McQuade, Senior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology major. Lindsey will be working with Dr. Gina Leinninger and Dr. AJ Robison from the Physiology Department. Her research project title is Role of Neurotensin-Regulated Neurons in the Hippocampus.
    • Dylan Miller, senior, LB Neuroscience major. Dylan will be working with Dr. Ashlee Rowe from the Neuroscience Department on a project entitled: Shocks and Stings-Microstimulation of Scorpion Defensive Behavior.
    • Kyle Redilla, Senior, LB Statistics and Entomology major. Kyle will be working with Dr. Deborah McCullough from the Entomology Department on a project entitled: Buprestid beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) community composition and attraction to different lures in forested sites in Michigan.
    • Kali Rush, Junior, LB Fisheries and Wildlife major. Kali will be working with Dr. David Williams from the Fisheries and Wildlife Department on a project entitled: Assessing habitat-specific detection probabilities for white-taliled deer.
    • Adam Thelen, Senior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Adam will be working with Dr. Eric Hegg from the Biochemistry Department on a project entitled: Expression of an [FeFe]-hydrogenase and associated maturation factors in saccharomyces cerevisiae.
    • Carolyn Wendeln, Junior, LB Astrophysics major. Carolyn will be working with Dr. Laura Chomiuk of the Physics and Astronomy Department on a project entitled: A radio emission analysis of Novo Puppis 1991 (V351 Pup).

    Summer 2014 

    • Claire Kopenhafer, Sophomore, LB Physics major. Claire will be working with Dr. Brian O’Shea from Lyman Briggs College. The title of her research project is Spatially Resolved Spectroscopy of Distant Galaxies.
    • Megan Penzkofer, Sophomore, LB Biochemistry major. Megan will be working with Dr. Daniel Menchik from Lyman Briggs College. The title of her research is Relationships Between Cardiac Electrophysiologists and Private Companies—the risk of “a conflict of interest”.
    • Morgan Potter, Sophomore, LB Nutritional Science major. Morgan will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College. Her research is titled: Updating the Rhagoletis Phylogeny.
      Maria Torres Salgado, Sophomore, LB Biochemistry major. Maria will be working with Dr. Robert LaDuca from Lyman Briggs & the Dept. of Chemistry on a project entitled Synthesis and Characterization of Metal-Organic Crystalline Solids.
    • Jacob Young, Freshman, LB Human Biology major. Jacob will be working with Dr. Cheryl Murphy from Lyman Briggs & the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife on a project entitled Investigating the Causes of Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) Recruitment Failure in Lake Michigan.

     

    Spring 2014

    • Morgan Burnette, Junior, LB Human Biology major. Morgan will be working with Dr. Dilshani Sarathchandra from Lyman Briggs College. The title of her research project is Risks of Prescription Drug Use and Increased Medicalization of Society.
    • Madison Fitzgerald, Junior, LB Astrophysics & Women’s and Gender Studies major. Madison will be working with Dr. Edward Brown in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The title of her research is X-Ray Superburst Cooling Models for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA).
    • Tyler Messenger, Junior, LB Computer Science & Biochemistry major. Tyler will be working with Dr. Eva Farre from the Plant Biology Department. His research is titled: Identification of Regulates of PRR7 in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    • Mark Schonfeld, Senior, LB Biochemistry major. Mark will be working with Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja from the Dept. of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering on a project entitled A Simple Biosensor Strip for E. coli 0157:H7.

    Fall 2013

    • Megan Kechner, Sophomore, LB Neuroscience & Psychology major. Megan will be working with Dr. Michelle Mazei-Robison from the Dept. of Physiology & Neuroscience Program on a project entitled: How do specific signaling changes in the Ventral Tegmental Area contribute to co-morbidity of mood and addiction disorders?
    • Clare Laut, Sophomore, LB Genomics & Molecular Genetics & Microbiology major. Clare will be working with Dr. Shannon Manning from the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department. Her research project title is Effects of pH and antibiotic stress on the self-aggregation of Group B Streptococus cells.
    • Jessica Mizzi, Junior, LB Biochemistry major. Jessica will be working with Dr. Robert LaDuca from Lyman Briggs and the Dept. of Chemistry on a project entitled: Structural Chemistry and Magnetic Properties of Copper Pyromellitate Coordination Polymers containing Pyridylnicotinamide Ligands and other Compounds
    • Mitchell Rozman, Junior, LB Physiology major. Mitchell will be working with Dr. Jill Slade from the Department of Radiology on a project entitled: Vascular Adaptations with Age.
    • Lara Stephens-Brown, Junior, LB Biochemistry and Animal Science major. Lara will be working with Dr. Patty Weber from Large Animal Clinical Sciences/Pathobiology & Diagnostic Investigation CVM on a project entitled: Development and implementation of an equine DPP-IV enzyme detection assay to be used in studying the role of incretin biology in equine metabolic syndrome.
    • Brandon Stone, Junior, LB Human Biology major. Brandon will be working with Dr. Rob LaDuca, LBC and Dept. of Chemistry professor, on a project entitled: Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Polymers.
    • Rebecca Tauscher, Junior, LB Chemistry major. Rebecca will be working with Prof. Ryan Sweeder, LBC Chemistry professor, on a project entitled: Comparing the Longitudinal impacts of two Lyman Briggs General Chemistry courses.
    • Carolyn Wendeln, Sophomore, LB Astrophysics major. Carolyn will be working with Dr. Laura Chomiuk of the Physics and Astronomy Department on a project involving research to produce and analyze light curves of the white dwarf novae, Nova Puppis 1991 (V351 Pup), in the radio spectrum.

    Summer 2013

    • Brian Batayeh, first year Sophomore, LBC Biomedical Laboratory Science major. Brian will be working with Professor Cheryl Murphy, Lyman Briggs College and Fisheries and Wildlife Department, on a project entitled The effects of ethinylestradiol-sulfate on male fathead minnow vitellogenin production.
    • Alexander Ethridge, Sophomore, LBC Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Alex will be working with Microbiology professor Linda Mansfield on a project entitled Identification of targets of autoantibodies in the autoimmune nerve disease Guillain Barre’ Syndrome.
    • Janaan Meyers, Freshman, LBC Biomedical Laboratory Science major. Janaan will be working with Professor Gina Leinninger from the Department of Physiology, on a project entitled The Functional Role of Neurotensin Neuron Projections from the Lateral Hypthalamic Area to the Locus Coeruleus.
    • Sultan Qiblawi, Sophomore, LBC Biomedical Chemistry major. Sultan will be working with Professor Robert LaDuca from the Department of Chemistry and Lyman Briggs College, on a project entitled Syntheisis, Structural Characterization & Physical Property Studies of Novel Coordination Polymers.

    Spring 2013

    • Jared Elenbaas, a junior studying biochemistry and molecular biology, working with Dr. David Arnosti in the biochemistry and molecular biology department on a project titled Effects of Retinoblastoma Protein Mutations in Developing Tissues.
    • Caitlin Kirby, a senior studying environmental biology and microbiology, working with Dr. Wei Zhang in the plant, soil, and microbial sciences department on a project titled Phytophthora Zoospore Transport in Media-packed Columns.
    • Dana Koeppe, a junior studying astrophysics, working with Dr. Remco Zegers from the NSCL/physics and astronomy department on a project performing the electron-capture rates calculations on scandium-45 and titanium-46 (based on shell-model theory).
    • Kayle Noble, a senior studying physiology, working with Dr. Jill Slade from the radiology department on a project titled Noninvasive Investigation of Microvascular Function in Aging.
    • Monica Pomaville, a senior studying physiology, working with Dr. R. William Henry from the biochemistry and molecular biology department on a project titled Implications of Novel Lung Cancer Associated Mutations in Human Retinblastoma Family Protein pl30.
    • Rebecca Tauscher, a sophomore studying chemistry, working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder from Lyman Briggs College on a project titled Comparing the Longitudinal Impacts of Three Formats of MSU General Chemistry Courses.

    Fall 2012 

    • Phillip Gross, Senior, LB Biochemistry major. Phillip will be working with Dr. Claire Vieille from Microbiology and Molecular Genetics on a program entitled: Mechanism of T.meritima glycerol dehydrogenase inactivation by dihydroxyacetone.
    • Santosh Gunturu, Senior, LB Biochemistry and Computer Science major. Santosh will be working with Dr. Leslie Kuhn from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. His research project title is Development of 3kPZS Antagonists for Sea-Lamprey Control.
    • Kevin Kelly, Senior, LB Physiology major. Kevin will be working with Dr. Kathleen Gallo from the Physiology Department on a project entitled: Hypertension and Cardiac Hypertrophy in MLK3 Knockout Mice.
    • Caitlin Kirby, Senior, LB Environmental Biology/Microbiology major. Caitlin will be working with Dr. Wei Shan from Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences on a project entitled: Transport of Environmental Phytophthora Zoospores in Soils.
    • Garrett Kohler, Sophomore, History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science major. Garrett will be working with Lyman Briggs History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science professor Dr. Sean Valles on a project entitled: Performance Enhancing Drugs in Athletics as a Model for Understanding the Ethics and Policy Challenges of Artificial Cognitive Enhancers.
    • Bo Parsons, Junior, LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Bo will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder, LBC Chemistry professor, on a project using descriptive statistics to better understand the relationship between several academic factors in a student's academic learning experience and their MCAT scores.
    • Rebecca Tauscher, Sophomore, LB Chemistry major. Rebecca will be working with Prof. Ryan Sweeder, LBC Chemistry professor, on a project entitled: Comparing the Longitudinal Impacts of Three formats of MSU General Chemistry Courses.

    Summer 2012 

    • Tsungai Chibanga, Sophomore, LBC Mathematics major. Tsungai will be working with Professor Aklilu Zeleke, Lyman Briggs College and the Statistics Department, on a project entitled Diophantine Triples and Some Generalizations.
    • Jacob Uebler, Senior, LBC Chemistry major. Jacob will be working with Lyman Briggs professor Robert LaDuca on a continuing project researching 4-pyridylisonicotinamide ligand (4-pina) and its ability to coordinate with transition metals to form polymers.
    • Kevin Werner, Senior, LBC Physics major. Kevin will be working with Professor Norman Birge from the Department of Physics, on a project entitled Tunneling Observation of the Long Range Triplet Corrections in a Supercondoctor/ferromagnet system.

    Spring 2012 

    • Julie Chamness, Junior, LB Zoology. Julie will be working with Dr. Heather Eisthen in the Zoology Department. The title of her research project is Detection of Tetrodo.
    • Leah Creech, Sophomore, LB Animal Science. Leah will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder, Lyman Briggs Chemistry. The title of her research is BRAID part I: Bridging the Disciplines with Authentic Inquiry and Discourse.
    • Saavia Girgla, Junior, LB Physiology major. Saavia will be working with Dr. Anne Dorrance from the Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology. Her research project is entitled Effect of Etanercept, a tumor necrosis factor contra lateral middle cerebral artery after cerebral ischemia in hypertensive rats.
    • Humphrey Petersen-Jones, Sophomore, Lyman Briggs College major. Humphrey will be working with Dr. Stephanie Watts from Pharmacology and Toxicology on a project entitled Tranglutaminase Activity in a Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat Model.
    • Stephanie Saloka, Senior, LB Clinical Laboratory Science major. Stephanie will be working with Dr. Weiming Li from Fisheries and Wildlife on a project entitled Determination of genes affecting salinity dependent growth in sea lamprey transcript profiles.

    Fall 2011 

    • William Armstrong, Junior, LB Biology major. William will be working with Dr. Jim Smith from LBC Biology on a project entitled Microsatellite Genotyping of Rhagoletis cingulata populations.
    • Julie Chamness, Junior, LB Zoology major. Julie will be working with Professor Heather Eisthen from the Zoology Department. Her research project is entitled Behavioral Responses of Rough-Skinned Newts to the Odorant Tetrodotoxin.
    • Leah Creech, Sophomore LB Animal Science Major. Leah will be working with Dr. Ryan Sweeder from LBC Chemistry. The title of her research project is The BRAID part I: "Bridging the Disciplines with Authentic Inquiry & Discourse".
    • Amy Pochodylo, Senior, LB Chemistry major. Amy will be working with Dr. Robert LaDuca from LBC Chemistry on a project entitled Continued Work with metal-Organic Frameworks.
    • Travis Saari, Junior, LB Biochemistry/Biotechnology major. Travis will be working with Dr. Eric Hegg from the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dept. His project focuses on the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

    Summer 2011 

    • William Armstrong, Junior, LB Biology. Wiliam will be working with Dr. Jim Smith, Lyman Briggs College. The title of his research project is Microsatellite Genotyping of Rhagoletis juniperina populations.
    • Tim Muhich, Junior, LB Zoology & Biological Science. Tim will be working with Dr. Gerald Urquhart, Lyman Briggs College. The title of his research is Frogs and Road Relations: An Intracommunity Approach.

    Spring 2011 

    • Monica Derris, Junior, LB Physics major. Monica will be working with Dr Brian O'Shea in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Lyman Briggs College. The title of her research project is Characterizing the Milky Way Stellar Halo.
    • Nathan Johns, Senior, LB Environmental Biology/Microbiology major. Nathan will be working with Dr. Richard Lenski, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics dept. The title of his research is An Analysis of Epistatic Constraints on Evolution Using Multiplex Genome Engineering.
    • Kenneth Less, Senior, LB Physiology major. Kenneth will be working with Dr. Robert Wiseman, Physiology & Radiology. His research project is entitled High Field Micro Imaging Studies of Tensile Strain on Biological Tissues.
    • Jessica Wummel, Senior, LB Human Biology major. Jessica will be working with Dr. Robert Wiseman, Physiology & Radiology, on a project entitled Relaxometry Analysis of Skeletal Muscle Damage by Magnetic Resonance with Histological Comparisons.

    Spring 2011

    • Ashleigh Campbell, Junior, LB Diagnostic and Molecular Science major. Ashleigh will be working with Dr. Lee Kroos from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department on a project entitled Transcription Factor Binding to a Signal-dependent Myxococcus Xanthus Promoter Region.
    • Nathan Johns, Senior, LB Environmental Biology and Microbiology major. Nathan will be working with Professor Richard Lenski from the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department. His research project is entitled Phylogenomic analysis of DNA repair enzymes and their influence on mutation bias and genomic composition.
    • Joseph Meleca, Senior LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Computer Science and Engineering minor. Joseph will be working with Dr. Martin Chilvers from the Plant Pathology Department. The title of his research project is Epidemiology and definition of mating type genes of various Asochyta sister species.
    • Alyse Waldhorn, Junior, LB Environmental Biology and Microbiology major. Alyse will be working with Dr. Dawn Reinhold from the Biosystems Engineering Dept. on a project entitled A Quantitative Assessment of the Microbial Risk Associated with Stormwater treatment Technologies.

    Fall 2010 

    • Ashleigh Campbell, Junior, LB Diagnostic and Molecular Science major. Ashleigh will be working with Dr. Lee Kroos from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department on a project entitled Transcription Factor Binding to a Signal-dependent Myxococcus Xanthus Promoter Region.
    • Nathan Johns, Senior, LB Environmental Biology and Microbiology major. Nathan will be working with Professor Richard Lenski from the Microbiology and Molecular Genetic Department. His research project is entitled Phylogenomic analysis of DNA repair enzymes and their influence on mutation bias and genomic composition.
    • Joseph Meleca, Senior LB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Computer Science and Engineering minor. Joseph will be working with Dr. Martin Chilvers from the Plant Pathology Department. The title of his research project is Epidemiology and definition of mating type genes of various Asochyta sister species.
    • Alyse Waldhorn, Junior, LB Environmental Biology and Microbiology major. Alyse will be working with Dr. Dawn Reinhold from the Biosystems Engineering Dept. on a project entitled A Quantitative Assessment of the Microbial Risk Associated with Stormwater treatment Technologies.

    Summer 2010 

    • Chaun M. Gandolfo, Sophomore, LB Physiology/Microbiology. Chaun will be working with Dr. Robert LaDuca, Lyman Briggs College. The title of his research project is Exploring 4-bpfp Coordination Polymers.
    • Xuemei Ye, Junior, LB Biochemistry. Xuemei will be working with Dr. Kendra Cheruvelil, Lyman Briggs College & Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. The title of her research is Assessing the Impact of Diverse Base Groups on Student Learning and Attitudes in Introductory Organismal Biology.

    Spring 2010

    • Anita Gopalakrishnan, Junior, LB Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics. Anita will be working with Dr. Jenifer Fenton in the Dept. of Science & Human Nutrition. The title of her research project is Prevention of Colitis and Colon Cancer Uing the Commercial Prebiotic Galactooligosaccharide.
    • David Ottarson, Senior, LB Microbiology. David will be working with Dr. George Sundin, Genetics. The title of his research is Characterization of the hrpL regulon in the regulation of virulence genes involved in the type III secretion system of Erwinia amylovora 1189.
    • Jessica Rogner, Senior, LB Human Biology major. Jessica will be working with Lissy Goralnik, Fisheries and Wildlife & Lyman Briggs College. Her research project is entitled Sustainable Eating: An Everyday Environmental Ethic.
    • Andrew Thompson, Senior, LB Nutritional Sciences major. Andrew will be working with Dr. Kate Claycombe from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Dept. on a project entitled Integrated Research on the Mechanism of Iron Absorption and the Adverse Effects of Obesity Related Inflammation.

    Fall 2009

    • Melissa Clark, Senior, LB Zoology major. Melissa will be working with Dr. Michael Nelson from Lyman Briggs College, Fisheries & Wildlife, & Philosophy Departments on a research project entitled Gray Wolf Bone Deformity Content Analysis of Moral Themes, Attributions of Responsibility, Risk, and Solutions.
    • David Hufnagel, Sophomore, LB Biochemistry & Biotechnology major. David will be working with Dr. Cornelius Barry from the Horticulture Department. His research project is entitled Molecular Mapping of the Easy-Peel Locus of Tomato.
    • Binafza Kapadia, Sophomore, LB Medical Technology major. Binafza will be working with Dr. Daniel P. Dougherty from Lyman Briggs College and the Statistics and Probability Department. The title of her research project is Relating Buffer Chemistry to the Antibacterial Performance of Organic Acids in Brain-Heart Infusion Media.
    • Victoria Minton, Senior, LB Human Biology major. Victoria will be working with Dr. James J. Pestka from the from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition on a project entitled 1) The Production and Purification of Deoxynivalenol (DON); 2) Investigating the Patterns and Mechanisms of Weight Loss in Mice Given a DON Diet.

     

    Summer 2009 

    • Jayme L. Olsen, LBC Microbiology major. Jayme will be working with Professor Douglas B. Luckie, Lyman Briggs College and the Dept. of Physiology, on a project entitled Multi-plex PCR Assay to Detect for Cycstic Fibrosis Mutations.
    • Alexandra G. Collins-Webb, LBC Biology major. Alexandra will be working with Lyman Briggs professor Ryan Sweeder on a project entitled Qualitative Analysis of (General Chemistry) Factors Impacting Performance in Organic Chemistry.

    Spring 2009 

    • Thomas Davis, Junior, LB Chemistry/Environmental Science. Thomas will be working with Dr. Daniel Daugherty, Lyman Briggs Mathematics. The title of his research project is Characterizing and Optimizing a Predictive Framework for Wine Production Using a Collaborative Internet Database of Complex Buffers.
    • Anthony Kraus, Sophomore, LB No Preference. Anthony will be working with Dr. James Harrison, CNS Chemistry. The title of his research is Solving the Radial Schrodinger Equation for Vibrational Motion of a Diatomic Molecule.
    • Kristen Hummel, Sophomore, LB Medical Technology major. Kristen will be working with Dr. Alison Bauer from the Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation Dept. on a project entitled The Role of Hsp70 in Lung Inflammation.
    • Robert McClowry, Junior, LB Physiology major. Robert will be working with Professor Jim Smith from Lyman Briggs College, Entomology, and Zoology Depts. His research project is entitled Population Structure of Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis Cingulafa) in Managed, Unmanaged and Natural Habitats.
  • Jane Elliott Research Award Winners
    Established in 2018-19, the Jane Elliott Research Fund provides $2,500 a year to help fund a faculty-led undergraduate research opportunity for a student each year. Preference is given to chemistry students and the purpose of the award is to maximize LBC's ability to promote the importance of the work of women in STEM.

    Spring 2019

    Abigail Green, Junior, is working with Dr. Becky Matz on a project entitled: Connecting ideas across courses: Relating energy, bonds, and how ATP hydrolysis can power a molecular motor

Faculty, Advisors, and Administrators

Our faculty, advisors, and administrators have won a variety of prestigious university and national awards.

  • All-University Teaching Awards

    ASMSU Senior Class Outstanding Faculty Award

    • 2019—Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery
    • 2016—Dr. Sean Valles
    • 2015—Dr. Jim Smith

    Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award

    • 2018—Dr. Vashti Sawtelle
    • 2017—Dr. Daniel Menchik
    • 2016—Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery
    • 2016—Dr. Sean Valles
    • 2015—Dr. Brian W. O’Shea
    • 2012—Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil
    • 2010—Dr. John Waller
    • 2009—Dr. Aaron M. McCright
    • 2008—Dr. Gerd Kortemeyer
    • 2002—Dr. James R. Scarce III
    • 2001—Dr. Douglas Luckie

    MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award

    • 2015—Dr. Douglas Luckie
    • 2014—Dr. Ryan Sweeder
    • 2013—Dr. Aklilu Zeleke
    • 2010—Dr. Robert LaDuca
    • 2007—Dr. Robert Shelton

    MSU AT&T Faculty Award for Instructional Technology—Best Blended Course

    2018—Dr. Peter White

    Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year

    2018—Dr. Daniel Menchik

  • All-University Engagement Awards

    Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award

    • 2017—Dr. Sara Fingal
    • 2017—Dr. Rebecca Lahr
    • 2012—Dr. Ryan Sweeder & Dr. Philip Strong   
    • 2011—Dr. Douglas Luckie   
    • 2010—Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil & Dr. Cori Fata-Hartley
    • 2009—Dr. Aaron M. McCright
    • 2008—Kent D. Workman

    Excellence in Diversity Awards

    Emerging Progress

    • 2019—Dr. Arthur Ward
    • 2014—Dr. Maxine Sewell Davis
    • 2014—Dr. Samantha M. F. Cass
    • 2014—Dr. Gerald R. Urquhart

    Excellent Progress toward Advancing Diversity within Community

    2012—Lyman Briggs College

    Lifetime Achievement

    2018—Kent D. Workman

    Sustained Effort towards Excellence in Diversity

    • 2015—Dr. Naoko Wake 
    • 2013—Dr. Cori Fata-Hartley
  • General MSU Awards

    Distinguished Academic Staff Award

    2012—Hanni Nichols

    Distinguished Faculty Award

    2011—Dr. Robert T. Pennock

    Faculty Emeriti Association Outstanding Contributions by an Individual

    2011—Dr. Walter Benenson

    Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership

    2013—Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons

    University Distinguished Professorship

    2019—Dr. Robert T. Pennock

  • Program-Level MSU Awards

    Award for Outstanding Service to Study Abroad

    • 2012—Dr. Richard Bellon
    • 2005—Dr. Gerald Urquhart

    John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs

      2012—Dr. Naoko Wake

    Honors College Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students

    2011—Dr. M. Teresa Tavormina

  • University Fellowships

    Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program

    • 2018-19—Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil
    • 2015-16—Dr. Robert LaDuca
    • 2004-05—Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons

    Lilly Teaching Fellows

    • 2015-16—Dr. Mark Waddell
    • 2013-14—Dr. Sean Valles
    • 2012-13—Dr. Georgina Montgomery
    • 2011-12—Dr. Brian O’Shea
    • 2009-10—Dr. Kendra Spence Cheruvelil
    • 2008-09—Dr. Aaron M. McCright
    • 2006-07—Dr. Cori Fata-Hartley
    • 1999-2000—Dr. Douglas Luckie

    Walter & Pauline Adams Academy of Instructional Excellence and Innovation

    • 2019-20—Dr. Marisa Brandt
    • 2016-17—Dr. Arthur Ward
    • 2015-16—Dr. Samantha Cass
    • 2012-13—Dr. Maxine Sewell Davis
    • 2009-10—Karen Mills
  • National Fellowships

    American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    • 2016—Dr. Jim Smith
    • 2011—Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons
    • 2006—Dr. Robert T. Pennock