Institute Report, May 2005
By Wendy Lovell, Special Correspondent
The 35 cadets who will be conducting research in the coming months with the VMI Summer Undergraduate Research Institute are members of “a very select and honored group,” Col. Jim Turner, director of undergraduate research told the cadets at a reception in early May.
“There were three times as many applications as in past years,” Turner said. “The competition is becoming tougher and tougher.”
The summer program will take place May 20-June 18 and June 21-July 23. The awards are supported by the Jackson-Hope Fund, VMI Research Laboratories, and several departments across Post. The cadets represent nearly all majors.
The following cadet-mentor pairs will pursue research in biology: Maj. Leah Stands and Cadet Vanessa Berrios ’07; Col. Jim Turner and Cadet Bryan Nelson ’07; Lt. Col. Wade Bell and Cadet Eri Kamura ’07; and Maj. Robert Humston and Cadet Brant Priest ’07.
In civil engineering, Maj. Charles Bott and cadets Christopher Brandriff ’06, John Fox ’06, and Cadet Ian Camper ’06; Col. Dale Buckner and Cadet Ahmed Safy El-Din ’07; and Col. Peter Hoadley and Cadet Komgrit Kotcharaksa ’07.
In chemistry, Maj. Daren Timmons and Cadet Carolyn Lanier ’07; Maj. Judith Cain and Cadet Hershel Lackey ’07; Col. Henry Schreiber and Cadet Scott Donald ’06; and Col. Tappey Jones and Cadet Robert Weatherford ’07.
In economics and business, Lt. Col. Atin Basu and Cadet Geoffrey Parker ’06; and Col. Francis Bush and Cadet Michael Canning ’07.
In English, Col. Alan Baragona and Cadet Benjamin McClure ’07.
In history, David Coffey and Cadet Lucas Gordon ’07; Capt. Blair Turner and Cadet Marc Castillo ’06; and Col. Malcolm Muir and Cadet Robert Payne ’07.
In international studies, Col. Jim Hentz and Cadet David Santoro ’06; Maj. Benjamin Kleinerman and Cadet Eric Kupper ’07; and Dr. Douglas Ayer and Cadet Genya Skvortsov ’06.
In math and computer science, Lt. Col. Mac Baker and Cadet Bryan Winter ’06; Col. Myke Gluck and Cadet Isaac Ostlund ’07; and Col. Vonda Walsh and Cadet Trevor Mitchell ’07.
In mechanical engineering, Cmdr. Robert McMasters and cadets Christopher Petree ’06 and Darren Wellner ’06; Col. Wayne Neel and cadets Kevin Simpson ’06 and Daniel Rogers ‘06; Capt. Michael Sexton and Cadet Michael Dongieux ’06; and Lt. Col. Michael Hardin and Cadet Eric Bliss ’06.
In modern languages and cultures, Lt. Col. Mary Ann Delinger and Cadet John Terminato ’07.
In psychology and philosophy, Lt. Col. Lenna Ojure and Cadet Joshua Van Cleef ’07; and Lt. Col. Duncan Richter and Cadet Sean Dixon ’05.
In Mathematics and Library Science, Col. Vonda Walsh and Lt. Col. Janet Holly with Cadet Catrina Helsel ’07.
SURI supports the goals of the VMI Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI), which aims to more fully integrate student scholarly inquiry into the VMI experience by promoting educational development through the close association of faculty mentors and their students.