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Doctoral Exam Schedule

Spencer Daugherty, Mathematics, “Schur-like Bases and Their Colored Generalizations,” February 28, 2024, 10:30 a.m., SAS 4201. Major Professors: Dr. Laura Colmenarejo and Dr. Sarah Mason.

Michaela Abbott, Public Administration, “Three Essays Exploring Trust in Law Enforcement,” February 28, 2024, 12:00 p.m., Coe Conference Room. Major Professor: Dr. Bruce McDonald.

Uyen Vo Nguyen, Chemistry, “Studies Surrounding Tetrapyrrole Pigments – Chlorophylls, Tolyporphins, and Terpenoid Tails,” February 28, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Dabney Hall Rm 210. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Lindsey.

Zainab Alnoamani, Nuclear Engineering, “Multicycle Optimization for Transition Fuel Cycles Utilizing Non-Equilibrium Fuel Cycle Cost as an Objective Function,” February 28, 2024, 2:00 p.m., BU1121/Burlington. Major Professors: Dr. Scott Palmtag/Dr. Dave Kropaczek.

Thaddeus Paulsel, Chemistry, “Precursor Guided Chemoenzymatic Diversification of Polyketide Compounds,” February 29, 2024, 11:00 a.m., Cox Hall, Rm 306. Major Professor: Dr. Gavin Williams.

Boyang Chen, Chemistry, “Synthesis of Bioinspired Hemes for Incorporation in Metal-Organic Frameworks,” March 1, 2024, 9:30 a.m., COX 306. Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Lindsey.

Julia Brasileiro, Psychology, “Identifying Barriers and Facilitators of Implementing a Sexual Health Intervention Within the Child Welfare System: A Mixed Methods Study,” March 1, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Laura Widman.

Matthew Champagne, Public History, “Things Not Allowed in the House: Interpreting the Queer Past at Museums and Historic Sites,” March 1, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Withers 358. Major Professor: Dr. Tammy Gordon.

Yang Shi, Computer Science, “Interpretable Code-Informed Student Modeling for CS Education,” March 4, 2024, 11:00 a.m., Venture IV-Room 420. Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Price.

Vaibhav Garg, Computer Science, “Unveiling Harassment through Natural Language Processing,” March 4, 2024, 3:00 p.m., Remote. Major Professor: Dr. Munindar P. Singh.

Jonathan Williams, Design, “Learning Design Through Designerly Knotting,” March 4, 2024, 3:00 p.m., via Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Derek Ham.

Meghan Lord, Fiber and Polymer Science – TECS Dept, “Synthesis and Applications of Polymeric Materials to Reduce Environmental Burden from Textile Dyes Exhaust and Finishes,” March 4, 2024, 3:00 p.m., WCOT-rm 4404. Major Professor: Dr. Januka Budhathoki-Uprety.

Margaret Baker, Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, “Seeing the South: Racism, Reclamation, and Memory-Making in the Upstate,” March 5, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library. Major Professor: Dr. Jessica Jameson.

Magnus Pauly, Chemistry, “Investigation and Modification of Poly(triazine-imide), A Novel Form of Carbon Nitride,” March 5, 2024, 11:00 a.m., COX 400. Major Professor: Dr. Paul Maggard.

Javian Evans, Textile Technology & Management, “Evaluating the Relevance of Fashion Shows as an Educational Tool,” March 5, 2024, 2 p.m., Zoom. Major Professors: Dr. Helmut Hergeth and Dr. Emily Law.

Dominique Foster, Psychology, “Leading Under Pressure: A Test of Mediating and Moderating Mechanisms that Link Performance Pressure with Lead Bottom-Line Mentality,” March 5, 2024, 2:30 p.m. Talley Student Union, Rm 3220. Major Professor: Dr. S. Bart Craig.

Sylvia Bailey, Public History, “Narrating Jewish History in Berlin – From Cultural Heritage to Nationalized History,” March 6, 2024, 9:00 a.m., Withers 358. Major Professors: Dr. Verena Kasper-Marienberg and Dr. David Zonderman.

Machi Shimmei, Computer Science, “Harnessing Al for Online Courseware Learning Engineering: Learning Objective Aware Question Generation for Pedagogically Effective,” March 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Hybrid:Room 420 Venture. Major Professor: Dr. Noboru Matsuda.

Kyle Nguyen, Biomathematics, “Data-driven Mathematical Models and Inverse Problem Methods with Applications in Spatially Heterogeneous Populations,” March 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m., COX 306. Major Professor: Dr. Kevin B. Flores.

Loren Avery Roberts, Functional Genomics, “Functional Characterization and Application of Diverse CRISPR-Cas Systems for Bacterial Genome Editing,” March 6, 2024, 11:00a.m., Plant Sciences Building Boardroom. Major Professor: Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou.

Chathuri De Alwis, Chemistry, “Electroanalytical Tools and Strategies for Quantitative Monitoring of Individual Exocytosis Events at Single Cells,” March 6, 2024, 1:00 p.m., DAB 210. Major Professor: Dr. Leslie A. Sombers.

Elise A. Richardson, Entomology and Plant Pathology, “Acarine Control and Bacterial Microbiota,” March 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Gardner Hall Room 2321. Major Professors: Dr. R. Michael Roe and Dr. Loganathan Ponnusamy.

Jessica Parzygnat, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, “Molecular epidemiology of Gram-negative pathogens isolated from distinct broiler production systems,” March 6, 2024, 2:00 p.m., B112 South Theatre. Major Professors: Dr. Sid Thakur and Dr. Matt Koci.

Lee Ivy, Agricultural and Extension Education, “Case-Study on the Department of Horticultural Sciences Academic Program’s Impact on Recent Undergraduates and Development of Skills and Aptitudes for Subsequent Career Success,” March 7, 2024, 9 a.m., 220 Ricks Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Joy Fleming.

Jessica Stevens, Mathematics, “Chemical Absorption in the Layers of Human Skin: Mathematical Modeling and Machine Learning Approaches,” March 7, 2024, 9:00 a.m., via Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Hien Tran.

Tiffany Grovenstein, Psychology, “The Socialization of Narrative Coherence: Linkages Between Maternal Reminiscing and Children’s Later Independent Narratives,” March 7, 2024, 11:00a.m., Talley Student Union Rm 3220. Major Professor: Dr. Lynne Baker-Ward.

Sourish Sankar Sinha, Electrical Engineering, “Investigation of High-Frequency Electromagnetic and Electrostatic Shielding for WBG Power Module,” March 7, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Energy Board Room. Major Professor: Dr. Douglas Hopkins.

Safa Janajra, Applied Mathematics, “Uncertainty Quantification for Hyperbolic Nonlinear PDEs,” March 7, 2024, 2:00 p.m., SAS 3282. Major Professor: Dr. Alina Chertock.

Jackie Cerda-Smith, Psychology, “Supporting Critical Consciousness, Equitable Climates, and Belonging in Antiracist and STEM Contexts in Schools,” March 7, 2024, 3:00 p.m., Brooks Hall 318. Major Professor: Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey.

Thomas Deaton, Materials Sciences & Engineering, “Self-Assembly: Understanding Morphology through Computational Modeling,” March 7, 2024, 3:00 p.m., EBI-Room 3018. Major Professor: Dr. Yaroslava Yingling.

Devon Martin, Electrical Engineering, “Mult-Sensor Data Fusion for Canine Monitoring,” March 8, 2024, 10:00 a.m., MRC 454. Major Professor: Dr. Alper Bozkurt.

Ryan Kilgore, Chemical Engineering, “Bespoke Peptide Affinity Resins: Enhancing the Purification of Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Editing Products,” March 8, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Odell Room EBI-2018. Major Professor: Dr. Stefano Menegatti.

Esther Kim, Psychology, “Acculturation and Executive Function: More than the Bilingual Advantage?,” March 8, 2024, 10:00 a.m. Gardner Hall, Rm. 2213. Major Professor: Dr. Lynne Baker-Ward.

Emily McGovern, Mathematics, “Combinatorial Techniques for Module Categories Over Web Categories,” March 8, 2024, 10:00 a.m., SAS 1216. Major Professor: Dr. Corey Jones.

Varun Madathil, Computer Science, “Enhancing Client’s Anonymity and Efficiency in Cryptocurrencies,” March 8, 2024, 11:00 a.m., EB II. Major Professor: Dr. Alessandra Scafuro.

Heather Finster, Psychology, “Implementation of the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and young Children in Early Intervention,” March 8, 2024, 1:00 p.m., via Zoom. Major Professor: Dr. Mary Haskett.

Katherine Johnson, Sociology, “Multiracial Families and the Myth of the Post-racial U.S.: An Intersectional Examination of Racial Socialization Practices, Family Dynamics, and Interactions,” March 8, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Building #129, 1911. Major Professor: Dr. Kim Ebert.

Anna Dye, Plant Biology, “Mixed Viral Infections and their Effect on the Diversity of Begomoviruses from the Population to Sequence Level,” March 11, 2024, 1:00 p.m., PSB-4-4152-Board Room. Major Professors: Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Dr. George Kennedy.

Vaishnavi Venkat, Bioinformatics, “Risk Characterization Using Genomic and Epigenomic Information,” March 11, 2024, 2:30 p.m., Ricks 336. Major Professors: Dr. Jung-Ying Tzeng and Dr. Cathrine Hoyo.

Yueming Hao, Computer Science, “Let GPUs Work Harder: Performance Analysis and Optimization for GPGPU Applications,” March 14, 2024, 12:00 p.m., EBII-3265. Major Professor: Dr. Xu Liu.

Edgar Garcia Torres, Textile Technology Management, “Assessing the Effect of Environment and Material Construction on Insulation in Various Testing Systems,” March 14, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Textile Complex/3436. Major Professor: Dr. Emiel DenHartog.

Andrew Waaswa, Agricultural and Extension Education, “Exploring the Influence of an Agricultural Leadership Development Program on Commodity Organization Leaders,” March 14, 2024, 1 p.m., 220 Ricks Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Joy Fleming.

Eric Land, Plant Biology, “Elucidating the Role of Inositol Pyrophosphate Signaling in Plant Adaptations to Low Phosphate,” March 14, 2024 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 3503 Thomas Hall. Major Professor: Dr. Imara Perera.

Khaldoon Al-Dawood, Nuclear Engineering, “Advanced LMFR Core Design,” March 15, 2024, 10:00 a.m., Burlington Engineering Lab. Major Professor: Dr. Scott Palmtag.

Isabella Gransbury White, Computer Science, “Investigating A New Pair Programming Collaboration Method For Block-Based Programming Environments,” March 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m., EBII-2216. Major Professor: Dr. Veronica Catete.

Karuna Nambi Gowri, Fiber and Polymer Science, “Laser Fabricated Barbed Sutures for Wound Closures in Plastic Reconstructive Surgeries,” March 18, 2024 11:00 a.m., Textiles Complex Room #4404. Major Professor: Dr. Martin W. King.

Kahdija Mahbuba, Nuclear Engineering, “Molecular Dynamics Based Investigation of Interfacial and Point Defect Properties in alpha-U,” March 18, 2024, 1:30 p.m., LMP 228/401. Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin Beeler.

Marissa Cohen, Animal and Poultry Science, “Application of Emerging Technologies in Poultry Research and Education,” March 19, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Scott 216. Major Professors: Dr. Peter Ferket and Dr. Sung Woo Kim.

Caleb Mitchell, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, “Resilience of Stormwater Control Measures to Floods, Bioterrorism, and Industrial Runoff,” March 19, 2024, 1:00 p.m., Weaver 101. Major Professor: William Hunt.

Philip Alexander Bridges, Materials Science & Engineering, “Microstructural Evaluation and High Temperature Behavior of an Additively Manufactured Novel Nickel-base Superalloy,” March 19, 2024, 3:30 p.m., EBI-3018, Hybrid. Major Professor: Dr. Rajeev Gupta.

Evyn Routh, Materials Science & Engineering, “Development of device-quality InGaN templates for use in long wavelength LED’s and solar cells,” March 28, 2024, 3:30 p.m., EBI-3018. Major Professor: Dr. Salah Bedair.

Mai Ibrahim, CRDM, “Affective Encounters in Social Virtual Reality,” May 2, 2024, 4:00 p.m., Zoom. Major Professors: Dr. Helen Burgess and Dr. Grant Bollmer.

Hannah Peel, Soil Science, “Understanding redox controls on As, VR, and V mobility in groundwater in the North Carolina Piedmont,” May 6, 2024, 2:00 p.m., WMS 2223. Major Professor: Dr. Owen Duckworth.