2020-2021 Bass Connections Awards

Bass Connections Leadership Award


Deborah Koltai and Jason Somarelli.
Deborah Koltai and Jason Somarelli

Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship


Jin Zhou and Bridget Eklund.
Jin Zhou and Bridget Eklund

Bass Connections Student Research Awards

Collaborative Projects

  • Analyzing Access to Modern Contraception and Understanding Reproductive Rights Among Women with Intellectual Disabilities in North Carolina (Lauren Mitchell, Linda Tang, Bhamini Vellanki)
  • Breaking the Delivery Barrier: Fulfilling Gene Therapy’s Promises with Split Intein Systems (Mohanapriya Cumaran, Sahil Malhotra)
  • Education for Conservation: Systematic Review of Ecological, Social and Conservation Outcomes of Education Programs in Tropical Coastal Communities (Claire Huang, Maddie Paris)
  • Ensuring Equity in Early Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders Services in North Carolina (Ainsley Buck, Sophie Hurewitz)
  • Examining Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene during COVID-19 in Egypt and Sudan (Sama Elmahdy, Hadeel Hamoud)
  • Implementation of a Virtual Family Strengthening Intervention in Kenya (Cameron Cucuzzella, Savannah Johnson, Mahgul Mansoor, Justin Rasmussen)
  • Utilization of Free Volunteer Pop-up Clinics in Medically Underserved Communities in the United States (Athanasios Burlotos, Emily Campbell, Rishi Dasgupta, Kelly Goo, Rishabh Jain, Jonathan Nunez)

Individual Projects

  • Assessing the Impact of a Cervical Cancer Screening Intervention on Women’s Empowerment in Rural Kenya (Kelly Hunter)
  • Elucidating the Role of Genetic and Epigenetic Factors in the Development of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients (Suraj Upadhya)
  • Reducing Psychological Barriers to Men’s Healthy Engagement on College Campuses (Adam Stanaland)
Student research award winners.
Recipients of 2021 Student Research Awards