2017 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • Arrix Ryce photoArrix Ryce
    Biochemistry / Religion, Medicine & Society - Medical Sociology
    Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program
    “Arrix completed a mentored research experience at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Penn LDI). His two research projects aimed to identify unmet palliative care needs among hospitalized patients with COPD and to characterize attitudes toward minorities within medicine. Additionally, Arrix composed a piece called "Reestablishing a Medical Space for Hope and Healing" that has been published on the SUMR Times Blog of Penn LDI” – Arrix Ryce

  • Meghana Shownkeen photoMeghana Shownkeen
    Neuroscience - Neurology
    SEM analyis of the Ultrastructure and Composition of Cerebal Thrombi Retrieved by Mechanical Thrombectomy Devices in Ischemic Stroke Patients
    “My research uses scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine the fine structure of cerebral thrombi retrieved by mechanical thrombectomy devices in ischemic stroke patients.” - Meghana Shownkeen

  • Michael Ortega photoMichael Ortega
    Neuroscience - Law and Mental Health
    Improving Strategies for Diverting People with Mental Illness Away from the Criminal Justice System
    “With funding from Beyond the Book, I studied a population of individuals at the intersection of Miami-Dade County’s mental health and criminal justice systems. Specifically, I recorded their progress through a court-run linkage service program - the Criminal Mental Health Project - to identify and correct gaps or redundancies in our services. I also travelled to the 35th Biannual International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Prague to collaborate with teams around the world involved in similar research.” – Michael Ortega

  • Nidhi Patel photoNidhi Patel
    Neuroscience - Humanities
    “My Beyond the Book experience explored a sustainable model for donating educational materials to influence microsystem processes in rehabilitation schools in India. Through this award I was not only able to donate backpacks, uniforms, physical education activities and much more to five schools but also established a structured model for donation by maximizing funds. Data collection from previous schools I had donated to reported increases in number of students attending as well as long term student retention.” – Nidhi Patel

  • Kyla Leonard photoKyla Leonard
    Psychology - Psychology
    Effects of Infant Touch on Behavior
    “Infant touch, such as skin-to-skin contact and massage is a vital aspect of infant rearing; however, little is known about the effects of social touch on behavior. My research explored individual differences in reactions to social touch, priming effects of social touch on visual attention to faces, and the relationship between touch enjoyment/avoidance and visual attention to faces.” – Kyla Leonard

  • Sarah Price photoSarah Price
    Anthropology - Anthropology
    Burials, Food Life, and Understanding the First Floridians
    “Over the summer of 2017, thanks to the Beyond the Book Scholarship, I was able to conduct a research project examining the skeletal material of several ancient Floridian groups, with the guidance of Monica Faraldo and Dr. Linda Taylor of the University of Miami’s Department of Anthropology. I took measurements and visual assessments of the skulls, mainly the faces, of the individuals in each collection in the hopes of understanding more about their ancestry, migration to the Americas, and possible relationships to the other groups in the study. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity I was given to put my education to practical use and develop real world skills while forging connections with professionals in my field” Sarah Price

  • No Picture availableBennett Leeds
    Musical Theatre - Greek Theatre History
    Ancient Greek Theatre: A Link to the Past
    “My Beyond the Book travels brought me to the birthplace of theatre in the heart of Athens. I visited some of the largest theaters in the world and immersed myself in Greek culture by seeing contemporary productions across the Greek peninsula. With my scholarship, I gained perspective on the roots of my work that my normal undergraduate experience would not have provided me.”- Bennett Leeds

  • No Picture availableChristine Li
    Biology and Economics - Biology/Neuroscience
    Gap junctions and neural coordination of the egg-laying circuit in Caenohabditis elegans
    “Gap junctions are essential intracellular structures needed for cell communication and regulation. Our research investigates the function of the UNC-7 and UNC-9 innexin gap junctions in egg-laying behavior and circuit.” – Christine Li

  • No Picture availableFaraah Bekheet
    Chemistry - Adolescent HIV Education and Awareness
    Promote 2 Prevent
    “The Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Miami is Miami’s sole clinic that provides free STD, HIV, and pregnancy testing and treatment exclusively for adolescents. Unfortunately, Miami has the highest rate of HIV infection in the country, emphasizing the importance of the clinic’s mission. In the past, the clinic has primarily partnered with local schools to conduct testing, which limits access to young adults that dropped out of high school or did not continue their education after graduation, a population that is more prone to endangering behaviors. Therefore, research over the summer was devoted to testing ways of expanding the clinic’s reach through social media marketing and partnering with local business that employ young adults, such as restaurants and retail stores.” – Faraah Bekheet

  • Robert Eddy photoRobert Eddy
    Musical Theatre BFA Acting - Shakespeare
    Exploring Shakespeare's London in a Modern World - Change to " The Crusade of Connor Stephens"
    “The Beyond the Book scholarship permitted me to obtain a deeper understanding of the American theatrical world through my work as Associate Director on the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway production of The Crusade of Connor Stephens. Coupled with my exploration of the other current running Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, my research provided insight into the ways in which we can make progressive theatre accessible for American audiences. I now return to my studies at the University of Miami with the motivation to cultivate an environment of conscious theatre makers." - Robert Eddy

  • No Picture availableJack Adcock
    Biology and Psychology - Ecology and Behavior
    Effects of Biogenic Amines on Aggression and Recognition in the Weaver Ant

2016 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • Elizabeth Bocanegra  (Psychology & Sociology)
  • Zoe Cosner (Biochemistry & Mathematics)
  • Kurt Daum (Geography)
  • Iren Gasparyan (Religious Studies)
  • Eva Maria Mann  (Geological Sciences & Anthropology)
  • Robert McMahon  (Biology)
  • Annika Patel  (Biology)
  • Keisha Patel  (Biology)
  • Stefanie Rodriguez (Political Science)
  • Alex Sidelev (Mathematics & Marine Science)
  • Ian Thompson (Marine Science & Geology)
  • Jaclyn Verity (Geography & Health)
  • Yujia Zhou  (Neuroscience)

2015 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • Daniel Amat (Chemistry)
  • Amelia Bahamonde (Microbiology & Immunology, Biology)
  • Tara Brown (Musical Theatre)
  • Phillip Davidson (Biology)
  • Ariane Karine Goncalves (Chemistry)
  • Benjamin Langer (Biochemistry)
  • Josh Marzano (Spanish and Women and Gender Studies)
  • Joseph Miller (Political Science)
  • Erin Smith (Anthropology)
  • Andres Taledro (Geological Science)
  • Jeanette Tho (Biochemistry)
  • Laura Vander Meiden (Ecosystem Science and Policy, Biology, Marine Science)
  • Jacob Yomtoob (Biochemistry and Neuroscience)
  • Jorge Zambrano (Psychology)

2014 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • Blake Fortes (Chemistry)
  • Dan Li (Applied Math and Applied Physics)
  • Tyler Lindberg (Geography)
  • Catherine Rose Tillman (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Shreyans Patel (Neuroscience)
  • Rachel Frisch (Biochemistry)
  • Anna Ivanoua (Neuroscience)
  • Adam Kaufman (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • Scott "Skip" Mcclinton (Marine Affairs, Economics, International Studies)
  • Haley Weinig (English)
  • Hunter Wright (Creative Writing)
  • Rhyssa Beckford (BFA/Acting)
  • Haley Edwards (Psychology, Sociology and Human Social Development Minors)
  • Grace Slwaski (Fellowship in Latin American Studies)
  • Enkhjarcgal Batbold (Economics and CIS)
  • Micah Nellesseh (Anthropology, Psychology)

2013 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • William Babinchak (Chemistry)
  • Kayla Costello (Human & Social Development, Geography)
  • Jessica  Dell (Biology & Ecosystem Science and Policy)
  • Rachelle Mariano (Biochemistryl Computer Science)
  • Cory Marx (Geological Sciences)
  • Taaha Mendha (Microbiology and Immunology)
  • Megan  Motley (English Lit, Psychology, and Philosophy)
  • Ryan Nolan (Biology & Eco.)
  • Jennifer North (Fellow in Latin American Studies/Spanish)
  • Amith Ravindar (Computer Science, Economics, International Studies)
  • Stuart Sacks (Chemisttry)
  • Ashwath Sampath (Chemistry and Computer Science)
  • Wang Zhaomengqi (International Studies, Finance)


2012 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • Steven Basart (Neuroscience)
  • Anup Dadlani (Chemistry)
  • Jessica Figueroa (Anthropology)
  • Ikenna Okoro (Biology)
  • Shane Owens (International Studies)
  • Erin Lynn Purdy (History)
  • Ann Siassipour (Biology)
  • Ari Stein (Chemistry)
  • Maximillian Tenaglia (Geological Sciences)
  • Michael Venincasa (Neuroscience)
  • Aaron Wiegmann (Microbiology)
  • Ali Zaman (Neuroscience)


2011 "Beyond the Book" Award Recipients

  • Liliam Albizu-Campos
  • Nicholas Bill
  • Spencer Carran
  • Joseph Cavanaugh
  • Daniela Gayel
  • Stephanie Horna
  • John Maudlin
  • Erin Nutsugah
  • Ryan Pekarek
  • Richardo Reboredo
  • Kathryn Rosin


Student Proposals (2011)

  • Expression of Klf-4 and Zfp-161 during Mouse Gonadal Differentiation (View)
         Daniela Gayol
  • Cultural Exchange and its Effect on Ghanaian Perceptions of African-Americans (View)
         Erin Nutsugah
  • Can Cheap Copper Save the Planet? (View)
         Ryan Pekarek
  • Spatialities of Survival: Zimbabwean Livelihood Strategies in Inner-City Johannesburg (View)
         Ricardo Reboredo


Student Proposals (2010)

  • What Does the Community 'Think' When the NGO and the International Students Leave for Home?
    A Study of Township Locals in Cape Town, Africa (View)
         Andrew Dawson
  • Influence of Cancer on Emotional and Physical Health of Caregivers (View)
         Janice León
  • The Role of Ankyrin-B in the Cornea (View)
         Ananth Sastry


Student Proposals (2009)

  • Isotopic Fractionation of Free Living Corals of the Dominican Republic (View)
         Sean Murray
  • Characterization of N-Cadherin and E-Cadherin expression during
    human endocrine development (View)
         Enrique Garcia
  • Religious Conflict and Reconciliation in South Sudan (View)
         Daniel Thompson
  • In Situ analyses of skeletal remains from Isla San Lucas, Costa Rica Penal Colony Cemetary (View)
         Kristina Astone