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Ohio State ATI Faculty serve as mentors for interns

Oct. 11, 2023

Two Ohio State ATI faculty members, Dr. Sara Mastellar and Dr. Uttara Samarakoon, were among the College of Food, Agricultura, and Environmental Sciences Wooster Campus faculty who mentored interns in the 2023 OSU Research Internship Program (ORIP) this summer.

Fourteen interns participated in the program, mentored by researchers from six different departments and centers. In addition to ATI, departments and centers included Animal Sciences, Center for Food Animal Health, Entomology, Horticulture and Crop Science, and Plant Pathology.

ORIP is a competitive internship opportunity for graduating high school seniors and current underclassmen at college or university. The goal of this program is to expand research opportunities for local students and to enhance their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). An ORIP internship will introduce participants to a variety of scientific areas of study through laboratory and field-based research experiences, weekly lunch and learn sessions, and a final symposium. The program is managed centrally through the CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education (R&GE) and coordinated by Alexis Didinger, Administrative Associate (R&GE) and Faculty Advisor, Michelle Jones, Professor (HCS).

2023 ORIP Intern Projects

Madeline Altland
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chris Ranger
Department: Entomology
Impacts of water stress on tree susceptibility to exotic ambrosia beetles


Brayden Beath Gateley
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anastasia Vlasova
Department: Center for Food Animal Health
Research: Rotavirus A Employs Unique Strain Specific Cell Attachment & Entry Mechanisms


Marion Dix
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Francis
Department: Horticulture and Crop Science
Research: DNA-based polymorphisms to select for disease resistance in plants


Maeve Florence-Smith
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mitchell Roth
Department: Plant Pathology
Research: Exploring Features of Colletotrichum fiorineae and Beech Leaf Disease


Paola M González Lamourt
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Luis Cañas
Department: Entomology
Research: DNA identification of fungus gnat species impacting gourmet mushroom farms


Emily Greenland
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Herms & Jason Veil
Department: Horticulture and Crop Science
Research: Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera Sampling at Secrest Arboretum


Jacob Hofstetter
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Kenney
Department: Center for Food Animal Health
Research: Determining the Replication and Infectivity Potential of Genetically Diverse Avi- and Roca- Hepeviruses within Placental JEG-3 Cell Line


Katherine Jones
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sara Mastellar
Department: Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute
Research: Effect of meal feeding frequency on the behavior of individually stalled horses


Juliette Maisonave
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Luis Cañas
Department: Entomology
eDNA Detecting the Green Peach Aphid


Rosetta Morgan
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michelle Jones
Department: Horticulture and Crop Science
Research: Effect of Co-Cultured Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria on Insoluble Iron Phosphate Uptake in Tomato and Marigold


Melany N. Muñiz Rosa
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ashely Leach
Department: Entomology
Research: Monitoring and Detecting Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in OH vineyards


Kiara R. Pérez Feliciano
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Luis Canas
Department: Entomology
Research: The Use of eDNA to detect the Twospotted Spider Mites


Logan Pope
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Chanhee Lee
Department: Animal Sciences
Research: Effects of supplementation of nitrate and lactate on nitrate reduction, rumen fermentation, digestibility, and methane production in a batch culture


Madeline Watson
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Uttara Samarakoon
Department: Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute
Research: Evaluation of Liquid Organic Fertilizers for Containerized Production of Leafy Greens in a Controlled Environment