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Summer Research Projects 2001-2010

These projects were done in the summer following students' first year in the SRF program

2010

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. H. Brooks Balloon Assisted Stratoshperic Experiments (B.A.S.E.)
  • Mark Tolley
  • Ruizhe Ma
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. J. Caraher Production of Biphotons Sum Frequency-Locked to an Atomic Transition
  • Jonathan Cripe
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. M. Kertzman Analysis of VERITAS Observations of High Energy Gamma Ray Sources
  • Akanksha Chawla
Dept. of Biology Prof. L.Bedard and Prof. D. Leech Is Everything Everywhere? Using Molecular Biology and Ecology to Determine the Microbial Diversity of the DePauw Nature Park Ponds
  • Megan May
  • Alessandra Pistoia
  • Rachel Rominger
Dept. of Biology Prof. W. Hazel Climate Change and the Evolution of the Timing of Diapause in Swallowtail Butterflies
  • Sara Drury
  • Amanda Feller
  • Maria Haag
  • Katherine Hill
Dept. of Biology Prof. B. Serlin Addition of Asian Soybean Fungicides to our Water: What are Possible Consequences?
  • Elias Oziolor
Dept. of Biology & Dept. of Chemistry/Biochem

Profs. D. Dudle & B. Hanson

Stress in the Weedy Medicinal Plant: Portulaca oleracea; A Metobolomic and Ecological Study
  • Matt Keinsley
  • Elizabeth Botts
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. J. Hansen Stereoselective Synthesis of Epoxides for Preparation of Drug-like Molecules;
  • Kelly Hoerst
  • Rachel Gearinger
  • Ifoema Nwaedozie
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Ionic Liquids and other Non-Traditinal Reaction methods for Synthesizing New Metallo-Organic Materials
  • Sarah Kortebein
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. D. Gurnon Characterization of HTLV-1 Tax;
  • Amy Richmond
  • Liz Weingartner
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. K. Stewart Cyber-Security
  • Jianling Fang,
  • Yi Wang,
  • Catie Baker
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. F. Soster The Role of Mud Dwelling Insects in Lake Erie Hypoxia
  • Christina Wildt
Dept. of Kinesiology Prof. P. Babington Can Exercise Make you Thin?
  • Schuyler Cook
  • Da Huo
Dept. of Psychology Prof. P. Propsom Alcohol Social Norming;
  • Kelly Harms

2009

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. A. Komives  
  • Mark Tolley
  • Ruizhe Ma
Dept. of Biology Prof. K. Kinney Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions in Ectrothermic Vertebrates
  • Becca Maddrell
  • Ann Collier
  • Diane Fernandez
Dept. of Biology Prof. W. Hazel Climate Change and the Evolution of the Timing of Diapause in Swallowtail Butterflies
  • Katie Summers
  • Kelsey Gagesch
  • Kreigh Kamman
  • Liz Anichini
Dept. of Biology Prof. J. Benedix How YOU doin'?: Studies of Mating Communication in Frogs and Crickets
  • Sunny Wang
  • Katherine Janowski
  • Max Hudson
Dept. of Biology & Dept. of Chemistry/Biochem

Profs. D. Dudle & B. Hanson

Stress in the Weedy Medicinal Plant, Portulaca oleracea: a Metabolomic and Ecological Study
  • Tanner Miller
  • Kelly Summers
  • Courtney Brimmer
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. R. Martoglio Using Surface-enhances Raman Spectroscopy and Modified Glass Substrates to Investigate reactions at Surfaces
  • Ginny Bruce
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Combining Non-traditional Synthesis Techniques to Prepare Metal Organic Frameworks and Aggregates
  • Lala Tanmoy Das
  • Siobhan Deis
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof.R. Martoglio Studying the Interactions of Ionic Liquids with Metal Surfaces
  • Bryan Groendyke
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. B. Howard Educational Support for Functional Media Computation;
  • Zimu Yang
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. K. Stewart Cyber-Security
  • Paul Elliott
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. T. Cope Geology beneath the Great Wall of China: What Happened, When did it Happen and How Old is the Yanshan Fold-thrust Belt, anyway?
  • Paul Mooney
Dept. of Kinesiology Prof. P. Babington The Hoffmann Reflex, Leg Dominance and Balance
  • Bryan Edwards
  • Lindsey Bauman
Dept. of Psychology Prof.M. Roberts Social Learning and Infomation Flow within a Group;
  • Sam Cheesman

2008

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. H. Brooks Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments
  • Hao Li
  • Gretchen Kasting
Dept. of Biology Prof. J. Vaglia Secrets of the Salamander Tail: A comparative study of posterior body axis development
  • Neil Fitzharris
  • Noe Flores
Dept. of Biology Prof. H. Schneider Knockdown of Serotonin Receptor Gene Expression in Zebrafish
  • Eric Hawley
  • Vanessa Mock
  • Kevin Pereira
Dept. of Biology Prof. P. LaFontant Apoptosis and Remodeling in Zebrafish Model of Heart Disease
  • Jamie Grivas
Dept. of Biology

Profs. D. Dudle

Nature, Red in Stem and Leaf: Plant Ecology, Physiology and Evolution in an Abandoned Limestone Quarry
  • Matthew Howes
  • Ryan Edelen
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. S. Crary Determination of the Minimal Portion of ebolavirus nucleoprotein necessary for RNA binding activity
  • Christopher Neal
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Combining Non-traditional Synthesis Techniques to Prepare Metal-Organic Frameworks and Aggregates
  • Abel Yehdego
  • Elizabeth Medlock
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. B. Gourley Soap Bubbles Turned Inside out: What can we Learn about Water in Confined Environments?
  • Steven Benner
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. S. Profeta How Does a Protein Recognize the Correct Segment of DNA to Bind to When Trying to Initiate a Cellular Process?
  • David Everson
  • Berhanemesekel Nida
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. D. Gurnon  Investigating Protein-Protein Interactions in Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type I
  • Graham Williams
  • Julia Beck
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. K. Stewart Estimating the Location of EAEDs
  • Kasey Aderhold
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. D. Berque Investigating Synergies between Extensible Software and DyKnow Tools
  • Wesley Cleveland
Dept. of Geosciences Prof F. Soster The Role of Mud-Dwelling Insects in Lake Erie Hypoxia
  • Brian Allman
  • Nicki Hewell
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. J. Mills Development of a Web-based, Searchable GIS database: Geology of the St.Francois Mountains, Missouri
  • Maggie Baber
Dept. of Kinesiology

Prof. P. Babington &

Prof. M. Pickerill

The H-reflex Relationship to Training Method and Postural Stability
  • David Hanger
Dept. of Mathematics Prof. R. Smock Paradoxical Games
  • Yavor Kovachev
Dept. of Mathematics Prof. R. Elghanmi Bioinformatics
  • Daniel Bampoh
Dept. of Psychology Prof.M. Roberts Social Learning and Infomation Flow within a Group;
  • Sam Cheesman

2007

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. A. Komives Measuring the Electron-Antineutrino Correlation Coefficient of Neutron Decay
  • Elizabeth Newell
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. J. Caraher Two Photon Absorption in alkali Metals
  • Kyle Foster
  • Brian Spector
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. H. Brooks Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments
  • Jessica Kendziorski
  • Allyson McLoed
Dept. of Biology Prof. J. Vaglia The Longer the Better? Axial Elongation and Tail Development in the Two-lined Salamder
  • Alison Case
Dept. of Biology

Prof. J. Vaglia &

Prof. C. Fornari

Endless Forms Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful: the Role of Hox Genes in Rotifer and Salamander Development and Evolution
  • Tia Malcom
  • Amanda Meyer
Dept. of Biology Prof. H. Schneider Identification of 5-HT2C Receptor Expressing Neurons in Zebrafish
  • Kate Mittendorf
  • Michael Forde
Dept. of Biology

Prof. J. Benedix

Songs of Love: Field Research on Frogs and Crickets
  • Amy Coleman
  • Steven Cudney
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. J. Hansen Stereoselective Aldol/Epoxidation
  • Ian Boyd
  • Brad Riley
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. R. Martoglio Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Study the Reactions of Surface-Bound Succinimide Esters
  • Elizabeth Heiser
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. D.Harvey Evaluation of the BCR Sequential Extraction Procedure for Calcareious Sediments
  • Megan Carmony
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. D. Gurnon   Investigating Protein-protein Interactions in Human T-cell Leukemia Virus Type I
  • Cody Roldan
  • Michael Lutz

Dept. of Computer Science &

Dept. of Biology

Prof. G. Townsend

Prof. W. Hazel

Computer Simulations of the Effects of Status Dependent Selection
  • Jyotishman Nag
  • Andrew Porter
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. D.Hamrs Enhancing a Virtual Reality Simulator of the ENIAC
  • Cody Glover
Dept. of Geosciences Prof T. Cope Geology Beneath the Great Wall of China: What happened? When did it happen? and How old is the Yanshan fold-thrust belt anyway?
  • Ben Golden
Dept. of Psychology Prof.C. Van Brunt Strain Differences in the Development of Polydipsia
  • Darrin Hinkel
  • Christopher Mahnken

2006

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. J. Caraher Quantum-entangled Photon Pairs
  • Eric Wudtke
  • Dan Bennett
Dept. of Biology Prof.D.Dudle Life on the Rocks: Plant Ecology and Biochemistry in an Abandoned Limestone Quarry
  • Allison Barnes
  • Nikki Stone
  • Erica Ross
Dept. of Biology

Prof. L. Bedard

Genetic analysis of Histone H4 Temperature Sensitive Mutation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Haley Grace
  • Inna Kulheyko
Dept. of Biology Prof. H. Schneider Expression and Characterization of a Zebrafish Serotonin Receptor
  • David Moore
  • Jac Cooper
Dept. of Biology Prof. V. Artman (Fox) Ecology of Forest communities of the DePauw Nature Park
  • Chad Byers
  • Summer Drake
Dept. of Biology Prof. W. Hazel Life History Strategies in Swallowtail Butterflies
  • Lyndsay Schroeder
Dept. of Biology

Prof.B. Serlin

Addition of Asian Soybean Rust Fungicides to our Water: What are the consequences?
  • Megan Morgeson
  • Linnea Zielinski
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. J. Hansen Stereoselective Sulfur Ylid Epoxidations: Developing New Techniques for Making Drugs
  • Andy Kehr
  • Emily Rigsbee
  • Sarah Tomasic
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. B.Gourley Spectroscopic Studies of Reverse Micelles: Model systems for the behavior of small amounts of water in confined spaces
  • Caragh Cooper
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Synthesis of Mixed-Metal Polymers in Ionic Liquids and Hydrotermal-Ionic Liquid Systems and 2. Development of a remote Facility for X-ray Cystallography
  • Staci Hollar
  • Kate Ziegelgruber
  • Michael Gentry
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. D. Gurnon  Design of a Model System to evaluate Determinants of Protein Structure
  • Tram Nguyen
  • Zac Keller
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. B. Howard Educational Support for Functional Media Computation
  • Sean Teska
Dept. of Geosciences Prof T. Cope Uplift History of the Southeastern Tibtan Plateau
  • Alex Breitinger
Dept. of Psychology Prof.Sharmin Spencer Emotional Labor in Academia
  • Meg Bowker

2005

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. H. Brooks Investigating the Range of Flight of a Kicked Football
  • Jeremy Alland
  • Evan Dickerson
  • Nich Vetz
  • Jeff Tienes
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. A. Komives Measuring the Electron-Antineutrino Correlation Coefficient of Neutron Decay
  • Andrew Bever
  • Kyle Kimberlin
  • Sara Carlson
  • Josh Wyant
Dept. of Biology Prof.D.Dudle Life on the Rocks: Evolutionary Ecology of an Abandoned Limestone Quarry
  • Lauren Guggina
  • Betsy Feighner
  • Beth Drewes
Dept. of Biology

Prof. K. Kinney

Effects of Two Different Types of Denervation on Primary and Secondary Antigen-specific Antibody Response in Mice
  • Marissa Yochum
Dept. of Biology Prof. H. Schneider Expression and Characterization of a Zebrafish Serotonin Receptor
  • Taron Davis
  • Lizzy Garland
  • Erin Andrade
  • Jesse Williams
Dept. of Biology Prof. V. Artman (Fox) Songbirds and Forest Communities of the DePauw Nature Park
  • Libby Allard
  • Karl Koehler
Dept. of Biology

Prof.B. Serlin

Growth Rate and Apoptosis in Human Fibroblasts as Affected by Fungicides
  • Suzanne Donoval
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. J. Hansen Stereoselective Epoxidation Reactions
  • Erin Swisshelm
  • Jesse Bright
  • Femi Akeredolu
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Inorganic Reactions in Ionic Liquids: A Route to new Polymers and Large Metal Complexes
  • Gregg Wagner
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. B. Hanson  Plant Secondary Metabolites as Predictors of Phenotypic Plasticity in Swallowtails
  • Jessica Boyer
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. B. Howard Development Environment for Teaching a Functional Programming Language
  • David Cheesman
Dept. of Mathematics Prof. A. Ellett Mathematics of Finance: Price Fluctuations, Drift and Volatility
  • Benjamin Jones
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. J. Mills Petrogenesis of Pegmatitic Calcite Veins, Ontario, Canada
  • Sam Rund
Dept. of Psychology Prof.M. Hertenstein Infant Emotional Regulation via Adult Emotional Signal on Television
  • Lauren Auld

 2004

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. A. Komives Measuring the Electron-Antineutrino Correlation Coefficient of Neutron Decay
  • Travis Clark
Dept. of Mathematics Prof. R. Smock Mathematically Deconstructing a Gambling Scheme
  • Alexander Iliev
Dept. of Biology Prof.D.Dudle & V. Artman (Fox) Life in the Woods: Biodiversity and Ecology of the DePauw Nature Park
  • David Pope
  • Aaron Randolph
  • Bryan Helm
Dept. of Biology

Prof.W. Hazel

Hormonal Control of Pupal Color in Swallowtail Butterflies
  • Lauren Rakes
Dept. of Biology Prof. H. Schneider Mapping of the Expression of a Serotonin (5-HT) Receptor in the Zebrafish Central Nervous System
  • Christine Heumann
Dept. of Biology Prof. S. Markov Study of H2 production by green alga, Chlamydomanas reinhardtii, on a level of gene expression
  • Brittany Durr
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. R. Martoglio Modified Metal Colloids and Metal Surfaces for the Selective Detection of Analytes using SERS
  • Nathan O'Neill
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Inorganic Reactions in Ionic Liquids: A Route to new polymers and Large metal Complexes
  • Nick Bruick
  • Bryce Lynn
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. S. Thede PARE: A Pruner and Redundancy Eliminator for Mulit-Document Text Summarization
  • Morgan Bates
  • Sandy Mtwanda
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. B. Howard Development Environment for Teaching a Functional Programming Language
  • Ryan Smith
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. F. Soster Historical Trends of Heavy Metals in lake Erie Sediments
  • Erin Yoder
  • Philip Mooney
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. J. Jerz (Pope) Environmental Impact of Acid Mine Drainage
  • Laura Stevens
  • Kelly Fransted
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. S. Wilkerson 3-D Analysis of Fault-Related Folds: Application to the Grass Creek Anticline,WY
  • Sara Smaltz
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. J. Mills Hydrogeology of the Big Walnut Creek Aquifer, Greencastle, Indiana
  • Steven Brett McArthur

2003

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. A. Komives A y-ray Polarimeter for Determining the p Isoscalar Weak Meson Coupling Constant
  • Matt Bowers
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. M. Kertzman Follow-up Observations of Suspected Variable Stars Using a Celestron Telescope and CCD Camera at McKim Observatory
  • Leslie Moore
Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. Fumika Kiriyama Potential Energy Function of Silicon Monoxide
  • Alaska Subedi
Dept. of Biology Prof. K. Kinney Stress, Amphibian Immunity and Metamorphosis
  • Alicia Dudley
  • Jeremy Powlen
Dept. of Biology

Prof.W. Hazel

Theoretical and Empirical Studies of a Conditional Strategy: Environmentally Cued Pupal Color in Swallowtail Butterflies
  • Qiming Deng
Dept. of Biology Prof. J. Vaglia From Head to Tail: Axial Development in Salamanders
  • Emily Thornton
  • Ashley Maire
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. R. Martoglio Investigating the Methods used for Synthesizing Silver and Gold...
  • Sudeep Prajapati

Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

& Dept. of Geology

Prof. B. Gourley & Prof. J. Jerz (Pope) Environmental Impact of Acid Mine Drainage
  • Christina Houston
  • Andrew Turner
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. J. Hansen Stereoselective Epoxidation of Ketones
  • Steven Shepherd
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Inorganic Reactions in Ionic Liquids: A Route to New Polymers and Large Metal Complexes
  • Dave Burgan
  • Aliese Sarkissian
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. S. Thede PARE: A Pruner and Redundancy Eliminator for Multi-Document Text Summarization
  • Atanas Vlahov
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. D. Harms A Virtual Reality Simulator of the ENIAC
  • Kristin Briney
  • Paul Raskin
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. D. Berque Design and Evaluation of Multi-Machine Interfaces
  • Tod Karpinski
Dept. of Psychology Prof. S. Ross Examining Primary and Secondary Psychopathy in an Offender Sample
  • Zach Adams
Dept. of Psychology Prof. M. Hertenstein Emotional Communication in Infancy
  • Julie Verkamp
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. J. Mills Petrogenesis of Pegmatitic Calcite Veins, Ontario, Canada
  • Chris Myrvold

2002

Dept of Physics & Astronomy Prof. M. Kertzman CCD Photometry of Variable Stars
  • Sara Baughman
Dept. of Biology Prof. J. Benedix Cline, Schmine! Local Mosaicism in a Cricket Hybrid Zone
  • Sonia Miller
Dept. of Biology

Prof.C. Fornari

Cloning and Sequencing Ribosomal RNA Genes from Caenorhabditis Elegans and Brachionus Plicatilis
  • Hilary Enyart
  • Patrick Murphy
Dept. of Biology Prof. J. Gammon Assessment of the Fish Communities of Walnut Fork and Little Sugar Creeks
  • Ben Steffen
Dept. of Biology Prof. B. Serlin Effects of Environmental Conditions on In Vitro Propagation of Phalaenopsis
  • Allison Collet
  • Alexandra Wyatt
Dept. of Biology Prof. R. Gonser Nest Site Story: Nest Attributes of the Polymorphic White-throated Sparrow
  • Katy Adank
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. B. Gourley Impact of Pulse Width on HCN Molecules Coupled to a Picosecond Pulse Laser
  • Erin Goss

Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Prof. B. Gourley Theoretical Modeling of HCN Vibrations Coupled to a Pulsed IR Laser: A Study of Laser Frequency Optimization and Post-Excitation Energy Distribution
  • Olivia Hatton
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry Prof. H. Eppley Inorganic Reactions in Ionic Liquids: A Route to New Polymers and Large Metal Complexes
  • Andrea Dawson
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. G. Townsend A Computer Simulation of the Evolution of a Predator-induced Trait in the Acorn Barnacle (Chthalamus Anisopoma)
  • Matt Kappel
Dept. of Computer Science Prof. D. Berque The Design and Evaluation of Software that uses Auditory Cues to help Low Vision Students View Electronic Blackboard Notes
  • Seth Kinnett
  • Nate Nichols
Dept. of Mathematics Prof. M. Kannowski Organized Chaos: Studies in optimization of algorithms for fractal musical synthesis
  • Chris Colvard
Dept. of Psychology Prof. S. Ross Utility of the MMPI-2 in the Assessment of Pain and Sleep Disturbance in Head Injury
  • Brittany Bulleit
Dept. of Psychology Prof. S. Ross The PAI in the Assessment of Pain and Sleep Disturbance in Head Injury
  • Jill Mecklenborg
Dept. of Psychology Prof. S. Ross Sleep Disturbance and Pain as Potential Interference Factors in Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Jonathan Hart
Dept. of Geosciences Prof. S. Wilkerson 2-D & 3-D Modeling of Detachment Fold Terminations
  • Josh Wilson

 

Projects w/ non-srf students:

  • Biology Dept.: Cline, Schmine! Local Mosaicism in a Cricket Hybrid Zone
    • Faculty Sponsor: Jim Benedix
    • Student: Sonia Miller (SRF) and Amanda Tolle (non-SRF)
    Computer Science: : Reliable Distributed Database Transactions that Require Time Sensitive Synchronization
    • Faculty Sponsor: Carl Singer
    • Students: Jeremy Engle, Tiffany Graves, and Jing Tun (All non-SRF students)
  • Compter Science: The Design and Evaluation of Software that uses Auditory Cues to help Low Vision Students View Electronic Blackboard Notes
    • Faculty Sponsor: Dave Berque
    • Students: Seth Kinnett (SRF) Nathan Nichols (SRF), and Adam Peters(non-SRF)
  • Title:
    • Faculty Sponsor: Gloria Townsend
    • Students: David James (non-SRF) and Matt Kappel (SRF)
  • Physics/Astronomy:: Astronomical Observations with a Manual Camera at McKim Observatory
    • Faculty Sponsor: Mary Kertzman
    • Student: Abigail Huffer (non-SRF)