Summer@Rice Scholars Program underway

June 25, 2024

The scholarship program allows students to continue their research in-between traditional semesters.

Students and faculty gather in front of the Rice Rivers Center Education Building
Rice Rivers Center Director Dr. Greg Garman (right, standing in blue shirt) speaks to faculty and student Summer@Rice participants.

The annual Summer@Rice Scholars Program held its kick-off meeting on May 18, 2024. Students came together to discuss their summer research plans, and hear remarks from Rice Rivers Center Director Dr. Greg Garman.

Participants in this eight-week session are mentored by VCU's Rice Rivers Center, Center for Environmental Studies, and Department of Biology faculty.

Student researchers include:

Brandi Baker
Research: Avian Monitoring and Research Team
Mentors: Cathy Viverette, Ph.D. (Rice Rivers Center), Lesley Bulluck Ph.D. /Dan Albrecht-Mallinger (Center for Environmental Studies)

Joey Caro
Research: Rice Rivers Center Fish Lab and Shenandoah Harmful Algae Blooms Project
Mentors: David Hopler/ Paul Zimba, Ph.D. (both from Rice Rivers Center)

Nicholas Hanna
Research: Spatial Analysis and Visualization 
Mentors: Cathy Viverette Ph.D. (Rice Rivers Center), Jennifer Ciminelli (Center for Environmental Studies)

Ren Hollins
Research: Spatial Analysis and Visualization 
Mentor: Nina Brundle (Rice Rivers Center)

Sage Lockett
Research: Lycosidae Phenology, Abundance, Diversity and Behavior/Research Station Stewardship 
Mentor: Nina Brundle (Rice Rivers Center)

Juniper Peterson
Research: Avian Monitoring and Research Team
Mentors: Cathy Viverette, Ph.D. (Rice Rivers Center), Lesley Bulluck, Ph.D./Dan Albrecht-Mallinger (Center for Environmental Studies)

AJ Shur
Research: Shenandoah Harmful Algae Blooms Project
Mentors: Paul Zimba Ph.D./Ron Lopez (Rice Rivers Center)

Emily Sharp
Research: Avian Monitoring and Research Team
Mentors: Cathy Viverette, Ph.D. (Rice Rivers Center), Lesley Bulluck Ph.D./Dan Albrecht-Mallinger (Center for Environmental Studies)

Sara Spence
Research: Gough Lab Research/Flux Tower
Mentors: Chris Gough, Ph.D./Lisa Haber (did she hood yet?) (Department of Biology)

Dylan Stephens
Research: Forest and Wetlands Monitoring and Mapping/Research Station Stewardship
Mentor: Ed Crawford, Ph.D. (Rice Rivers Center)