College of Arts and Sciences

John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math

Meet Our Faculty Mentors
Dr. Paul J. Angiolillo, Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department, served as the faculty mentor for alumna scholar Maura Southwell '13, who is now pursuing her master's degree in biology at SJU.  Dr. Angiolillo is currently studying both charged ground and excited states in conjugated organic conducting and semi-conducting materials using electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. angiolillo
Dr. Arango Dr. Catalina Arango, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholar Lianette Pappaterra '15, biology major and the research mentor for fellow Christina Mirarchi '16, biology major. Dr. Arango is a microbiologist who studies gene regulation as it relates to catabolite repression and biofilm formation in S. meliloti. She is also interested in environmental microbiology.


Dr. Shantanu Bhatt, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the research mentor for associate Elizabeth Storm '17, chemical biology major.  Dr. Bhatt's lab is focused on identifying the bacterial factors that contribute to the virulence of enteropathogenic E. coli, which is a major public health concern in developing countries where it causes signifcant morbidity and mortality in infants. bhatt


facmentorfillebrown Dr. Sandra Fillebrown, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the McNulty Scholars Program, is the faculty mentor for Shelley Donaldson '18, math and computer science double major and Marisa Egan '18, math major. In addition to spearheading the McNulty Program, Dr. Fillebrown is the director of graduate math education and principal investigator of a research project to explore the factors that influence secondary STEM teacher commitment to the profession.


Dr. Jonathan Fingerut, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies, is the research mentor for fellow Merissa Misiura '15, biology major. His recent research has focused on effects of ontogeny and hydrodynamics on the growth rates of the black fly Simulium tribulatum. fingerut


Dr. Grogan Dr. Eileen Grogan, Professor of Biology, is the mentor for Maria Galassi '15, biology major. Dr. Grogan studies the origin and relationships of chondrichthyan fishes, and early vertebrates in general. 


Dr. Christina King Smith, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department, is the faculty mentor for fellow Megan O'Donnell '15., biology major. Dr. King Smith studies the cytoskeleton and cell motility, especially actin-dependent organelle transport and actin/myosin dynamics in lamellipodia. Dr. King Smith


Dr. Lee-Soety Dr. Julia Lee-Soety, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholars Marissa Tremoglie '17 and Abigail Sweetman '18, both biology majors. Dr. Lee-Soety studies the maintenance of chromosome ends using baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which uses very similar mechanisms as that in human cells.


Dr. Edwin Li, Assistant Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholar Valerie Jenkins '17, chemical biology major, and a research mentor for scholar Christina Freeman '16, biology major. Dr. Li’s research focus is understanding the physical and chemical principles governing the interaction of membrane proteins. Dr. Edwin Li


Dr. Lurie Dr. Deborah Lurie, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Actuarial Science Program, is the faculty mentor for scholars Alexa Garrison '15 and Jane Bukovec '17, both actuarial science majors. Dr. Lurie's research interests lie in the application of statistics in medical research and in statistics education.


Dr. Scott McRobert, Professor of Biology, Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies, is the research mentor for fellows Elizabeth Krohn '15, biology and environmental science double major, and Stephanie Tittaferrante '15, biology major. He is also working with scholar Maria Galassi '15 on her senior capstone project.  Dr. McRobert researches the biology of threatened and endangered species.  Recent work has focused on local turtle populations and the shoaling behavior of zebrafish. mcrobert


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Dr. Philip Schatz, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience minor, is the research mentor for scholar Kathleen Logan '16. His research interests lie in the areas of outcome following traumatic brain injury, assessing and monitoring the effects of concussions on youth and collegiate athletes, and computer-based assessment.


Dr. Jean Smolen, Associate Professor of Chemistry is the faculty mentor for scholars Heidi Kurn '16, chemistry major, and Karen Medina '17, environmental science major.  Dr. Smolen is an environmental chemist who studies the fate of organic pollutants in aqueous environments.  She is also interested in issues of water quality and sustainability. smolen


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Dr. Karen Snetselaar, Professor of Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholar Christina Freeman '16, biology major.  Dr. Snetselaar's research area is the study of fungi, and most projects in her lab involve a fungus that causes tumor-like growths on corn plants.


Dr. Clint Springer, Assistant Professor Biology, is the faculty mentor for scholar Kathleen Logan '16, biology major.  Dr. Springer’s research focus is plant physiological ecology with a focus on plant responses to global changes in climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide. springer