Past Projects

Fall 2013
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Rachel Schmitt Kari Morfeld Biology $3,740 Assessing Thyroid Endocrine Status in Mammals: A New Approach to Diagnosing Thyroid Disease
Samantha Parker Kari Morfeld Biology $1,333 Developing a Body Condition Scoring Index for Rhinoceroses: Are Zoo Rhinoceroses Fat?
Shauna Tietze, Kellsie Sedlak, and Brittani Salvatore Gary Gerald Biology $3,018 Factors Influencing Locomotion and Behaviors in Fishes, Lizards, and Snakes
Adam Braegelman Nathanael Fackler Chemistry $1,896 A Step Toward the Formation of Metal-Epoxide Coordination Complexes
Carol Ready Rita Ricaurte Modern Languages $4,713 Understanding Spanish College Students’ Perceptions of the Andalusian Dialect
Kelsey Arends & Miranda Baxter Robert Oberst Political Science $3,969 Public Health and Psychological Services Related to Maternal Health in Nicaragua
Sara Norris Jeri Brandt UC/Nursing $772 Burnout in Nursing
Summer 2013
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Trevor Reimers Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett Biology $2,846 Establishing Reference Intervals for Obesity-Related Metabolic Biomarkers in Elephants: Disease Screening to Promote Sustainable Zoo Elephant Populations
Brittani Salvatore Gary Gerald Biology $2,088 Temperature Effects on Locomotion in Boa Constrictors
Ross Mumford Sheryl Rinkol English $11,496 Titanic’s Birthplace: How Modernization Affects Belfast’s Pride
Alex Langley Bob Oberst Political Science $2,900 Researching Human Trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia
Ben Siemsen Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,019 The Effect of Naloxonazine on Ethanol-Induced Conditioned Place Preference
Cierra Laughlin Cierra Laughlin UC/Forensic Science $1,798 A Comparison of Ionization Methods Testing Ignitable Liquids using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Ashley Paggen Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $4,832 Evaluation of the Application of the M-Vac Collection Method for Use in Collecting Touch DNA from Handled and Fired Ammunition in Comparison to the Traditional Swab Collection Method
Spring 2013
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Timothy Brawner David Gracie Art $2,017 This Is a Treatment
Brianna Wieseler Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett Biology $7,580 Using Science to Understand Zoo Elephant Welfare: Nutritional Status and Obesity Assessment
Karolinn Fiscaletti James Shea English $1,217 Sigma Tau Delta 2013 International Convention: A Presentation of Creative Work
Lea Farho James Shea English $2,869 “’She Contains Multitudes:’ Exploring Female Identities in American Poetry”
Ryan Dostal Sandra Mathews-Benham History $3,055 Sprouting Attitudes: Pueblos, Corn, and Capitalism
Chelsea Petersen Abigail Mitchell Psychology $2,085 Connections Between Optimism and Implicit Theories of Romantic Relationships
Kimberly Homsey Marilyn Petro Psychology $1,721 Effect of Musical Complexity on Spatial-Temporal Task Performance I C57BL/6J Mice
Jodi Adams Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $6,535 An Analysis of Touch DNA Success Rates in Recovered Stolen Vehicles
Megan Brown Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $2,250 Identification of Leonurine using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Techniques
Fall 2012
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Lane Blobaum Jerry Bricker Biology $2,500 Assessment of the Translocation of the Non-protein Amino Acid b-N-methylamino-L-alanin (BMAA) in Corn (Zea mays L.) Tissue
Kellsie Sedlak Gary Gerald Biology $1,388 Limb Mechanics and Locomotor Performance During Difference Modes of Locomotion in Long-limbed and Short-limbed Lizards
Rachael Granville Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett Forensic Science $6,995 Cardiovascular Disease and Insulin Resistance-Potential Risk Factors in Female African Elephant Infertility
John Kummer Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,189 The Effects of Naltrexone on Spatial Memory after Restraint Stress in C57BL/6J Mice: A Mechanism for Opiate Receptors and Stress
Ben Siemsen Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,981 The Interaction of Hyperforin & Naloxonazine on Ethanol-Induced Conditioned Place Preference
Summer 2012
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Jaclyn Lange Gary Gerald & Therese McGinn Biology $844 Evaluation of aquaporin-3 expression in salt, fresh, and brackish water-acclimated sailfin mollies (Poecillia latipinna)
Lucas Hemmer Jerald Bricker Biology $844 The Extraction of Bioactive Compounds from Potential Endophytes
Shauna Tietze Gary Gerald Biology $2,814 Trade-offs Between Salinity Preference and Anti-predator Behaviors in Euryhaline and Stenohaline Fishes
Jonathan Sherman Mark Werth Chemistry $1,695 Determining Protein-Ligand Binding Affinity using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Ross Rastede Crystal Southall Health & Human Performance $1,967 Identification and Loyalty? A Sport Consumer Behavior Analysis of Division III Team Identification and Division I Fan Loyalty
Elizabeth Canning Crystal Southall Health & Human Performance $1,125 Sources of Stress and Perfectionism in College Athletes
Elizabeth Behrends, Brittany Ebelin, Ana Cathcart, Kayla Millspaugh, and Kesley Wise Abigail Mitchell Psychology $3,800 Who Benefits from Computer-Mediated Communication? An Examination of Introverted and Extroverted Social Network Users
Zoya Dronova Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $4,445 Evaluation of DNA Stability in Four Common Beverage Ingredients: A Forensic Approach
Spring 2012
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Brandon Schlautman Dale Benham Biology $1,267 Genotypic and Phenotypic Characterization of Ulmus Pumila (Siberian Elm) U. Rubra (Red Elm), and Their Hybrids
Collin Shepherd Patty Hawk Communication Studies $1,384 Crossing the Divide: Experiences of 15 Undergraduate Students as they Engage in a Semester of Dialogue
Taylor Lutz James Shea English $2,432 The Evolution of Imagery in 20th and 21st Century American Poetry: A Creative Research Project
Madison Farmer Marilyn Petro Psychology $985 Tolerability of a Wireless Dry Sensor to Measure Sleep Patterns in a Neurologically Impaired Population
Allyson Barnes Susan Wortmann Sociology $1,642 Gender at my Fingertips: Building Collaborative Student Engagement and Learning through Technology
Fall 2011
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Ben Wiese Garry Duncan Biology $3,378 Interaction Between CagZ and the Globular Domain of Cag5 in the Process of CagA Translocation
Mandalyn Kautz Gary Gerald Biology $3,145 Limbs in Tight Spaces: Do limbs actually impede locomotion through narrow tunnels in lizards?
Nolan Andrews, Brittney Dinkel & Maria Markus David Treichel Chemistry $4,076 Determination of Metal Ion Concentrations in Nebraska Ground Water
Allison Rabel Patrick Hayden-Roy History $2,465 "Bringing Home a Little Cake", Beyond the Plastic Mold: Tupperware, Gender and Power in 1950's America
Garek Bebee & Kiersten Mavis Dean Sieglaff Physics $2,201 Experimental Projects to Support Fast Breams Research
Kyle Rohrich & Alexandra Cowsky Kelly Eaton & Catherine Nelson Political Science/Modern Languages $9,101 Understanding the Dynamics of the Modern Basque Conflict
Sandra Leighton Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $4,797 A Qualitative Assessment of the Rate of Nuclear Versus Mitochondrial DNA Degradation when Exposed to Precipitation
Eileen Loughman Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $5,514 Obtaining DNA Profiles from Sperm Isolated from Maggot Crop Contents
Brian Grummert Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $1,799 Presumptive and Confirmatory Testing for Leonurine from Wild Dagga in Comparison to THC from Marijuana
Summer 2011
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Matthew Anderson Jerald Bricker Biology $1,495 Efficiency of Recreational Water Purifiers on Cyanotoxin and Coliform Bacteria Removal from Drinking Water
Jaclyn Lange Gary Gerald & Terry McGinn Biology $3,402 Evaluation of Aquaporin-3 Expression in Salt, Fresh, and Brackish Water-acclimated Sailfin Mollies (Poecilia latipinna)
Ashley Ermer Rachel Droogsma Communication Studies $165 Fake Testicles: An Outcry of Power
Michelle Zhang Kelly Eaton Political Science $4,590 Mingguang Jindu: Funding, Staffing and Administering a Migrant School in China
Megan Kautz Marilyn Petro Psychology $2,755 The Influence of Attachment and Chronic Stress on the Development of Obesity in a Mouse Mode
Elizabeth Behrends Abigail Mitchell Psychology $415 Who Benefits from Computer-Mediated Communication? An Examination of Introverted and Extroverted Social Network Users
Spring 2011
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Brandon Hollister Marilyn Petro Psychology $2,240 Family Structure and Attachment's Influence on Coping Flexibility and the College Transition
Katie Paloucek Marilyn Petro Psychology $1,130 Psychological and Physiological Responses to Touch Communication
Jessie Light Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,630 The Effect of Naltrexone on Ethanol Sensitization in Female Adolescent C57BL/6J Mice
Jared Northup Melissa Connor UC/Forensic Science $1,030 A Validation Study Investigating Ethical Behavior in the Law Enforcement Selection Process
Jillian Christensen Dan Strydom UC/Forensic Science $1,615 Determining the Analytical Sensitivity and Specificy of Over-the-Counter, At-Home Urine Drug Testing Kits
Fall 2010
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Carolyn Collier Patrick Hayden-Roy History $2,435 The Scapegoat Wilderness
Brent McKain Kristin Pfabe Mathematics $455 Fractional Nabla-Difference Calculus
Ana Burgers Cathy Nelson Modern Languages $4,415 Translating the Pilgrim Subculture along the Way of St. James
Teresa Ulrich Marilyn Petro Psychology $1,091 An Investigation of the Effects of Anxiety Odors on Empathy
Katie Paloucek Marilyn Petro Psychology $951 Psychological and Physiological Responses to Touch
Annastasia Farlow Dan Strydom UC/Forensic Science $3,889 Forensic Identification Using Bacterial DNA
Summer 2010
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Rebecca Nelson Jerald Bricker Biology $2,008 A Study of Illicit Drug Contamination from Sites Upstream and Downstream of Waste Water Treatment Plants of Lincoln, Ashland and Seward, Nebraska
Haeley Hansen Gary Gerald Biology $1,679 Assessing the effect of shell ornamentation on burrowing performance in different substrates in a freshwater mussel (Plectomerus dombeyanus)
Andrew Cannon Jeff Isaacson Biology $1,600 Evaluation of Western Immunoblotting as a Method of Screening Antiviral Drugs for Inhibition of Bovine
Madison Pfeil Jerald Bricker Biology $2,211 How Small Mammals as Seed Predators and Dispersers Effect the Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Tree Recruitment in a Neotropical Forest
Eric Noel Jerald Bricker Biology $1,000 Indirect Tree Recruitment by Small Mammals as Significant Dispersers of Swartzia Cubensis and Dialium
Aleisha Menning Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,246 Ethanol-induced Behavioral Sensitization in Female C57BL/6J Mice
Spring 2010
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Katherine Thiesen Gary Gerald Biology $1,410 Evaluating the Locomotor Costs of a Sexually-Selected Trait in the Fiddler Crab (Uca pugilator)
Jaclyn Smith Meghan Winchell History $1,060 The Arthurdale Resettlement Project: The Goals and Outcomes of Eleanor Roosevelt's Progressive Experiment
Kayla Houck Marilyn Petro Psychology $937 A Comparison of Enrichment Effects on Spatial Memory in C57BL6/J Mice
Darin Weiland & Roy O'Neil Frank Ferraro Psychology $2,260 Adolescent Ethanol Exposure in Laboratory Mice: Role of Mouse Strain and Opioid Receptors
Jeff Rathman Melissa Connor UC/Forensic Science $570 Inference of Tool Type on Butchered Faunal Remains from Abila of the Decapolis in Northern Jordan
Fall 2009
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Heather Bearnes & Amy Gerdes Jerald Bricker Biology $3,227 Collection, Isolation, and Identification of Ecuadorian Bromeliad Endophytes
Matthew Anderson Jerald Bricker Biology $1,733 Efficiency of recreational water purifiers on arsenic, cyanotoxin, and coliform bacteria removal from drinking water
Jenna Palensky Maxine Fawcett-Yeske Music $3,410 The Sanctuary Project and the Presentation Primary School World Song Project: An Examination of Cultural Initiative Models Utilizing Music and Musical Practices as Counter-narratives in Immigrant and Refugee Communities
Danelle Bemis Melissa Connor UC/Forensic Science $1,804 The Persistence of Individual Characteristics on Footwear
Meghan Freeze Jeri Brandt UC/Master of Nursing Admin $1,184 An Examination of Nurses' and Physicians' Perceptions of Collaboration in the Acute Care Setting
Summer 2009
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Douglas Bauer Jerry Bricker Biology $3,000 THC Concentration of Hemp
Lexie Zoucha and Kayce Rupp Cathy Nelson Modern Languages $3,950 Attractiveness in the U.S. and in Costa Rica
Kristin Krejci Mary Beth Ahlum Psychology $2,111 Attractiveness in the U.S. and in Costa Rica
Alyssa Irions Mary Beth Ahlum Psychology $3,582 Let’s Pretend: The Correlation Between Pretend Play and Creativity in Costa Rica
Spring 2009
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Erica Wright Gary Plank Forensic Science $1,750 Paraphilic Depictions in Best-Selling Pornographic Magazines
Bruce Johnson Justin Skirry Philosophy $750 Nietzsche's Man of the Future
Nate Patee Jan Vermeer Political Science $929 Home-Court Advantage: Do Candidates in State-Wide Elections Fare Better in Their Home Counties?
Pamela Shelbourn Abigail Mitchell Psychology $861 Infidelity: The Relationship Between Gender and Opinions of Unfaithful Acts
Julie Shallenberger Abigail Mitchell Psychology $487 Self-Disclosure on College Students' Facebook Pages: Influences of Social Desirability and Gender
Fall 2008
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Eric Noel Jerry Bricker Biology $2,505 Maintenance of Seed Dispersal, Small Mammal Foraging Behavior, and Predation Risk within a Tropical Rain Forest Environment
Megan Larsen Jerry Bricker Biology $1,522 Molecular evaluation of mcyB and PC-IGS genes in wintering cyanobacterial populations in Pawnee and Branched Oak Lakes of Nebraska
Steavie Hergenrader Dave Whitt Communication Studies $3,400 The Utilization of Film in the Classroom: Understanding American Sports Culture
Raychelle Burks Daniel Strydom Forensic Science $600 DETECHIP ™: A lab and field ready sensor for drugs of abuse
K. Meera Bhardwaj Gerise Herndon Gender Studies/English $7,000 Rwanda's Governmental Transformation: Why the Gods Still Sleep in Rwanda
Owen Schmidt Patrick Hayden-Roy History $2,185 Washington Irving: The Moors and the Shaping of Spaish Identity
Pamela Shelbourn Jeri Brandt Nursing $806 Nurses' Preferences for Policies and Work Environment Factors
Summer 2008
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Jeff Rathman Melissa Connor Forensic Science $1,750 Establishing types of cut–marks on faunal remains from the ancient site of Abila in northern Jordan
Jodi Nicolai & Ashley Grygor Dan Strydom Forensic Science $3,250 Viability of Mitochondrial and STR Typing of Human DNA from Maggot Crop Contents
Jaclyn Smith Megan Winchell History $1,470 Eleanor Roosevelt: Business, Progressivism, and the New Deal
Evan Knight Patrick Hayden–Roy Catherine Nelson Sara Jane Dietzman History/Modern Language $2,877 Resistance in Roussillon: World War II and the Shaping of Catalan Identity
Michelle Johnson Jeri Brandt Nursing $657 Satisfaction with Life and Adherence to a Prescribed Medical Regimen in the End Stage Renal Disease
Spring 2008
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Vanessa Martinez Cathy Nelson Modern Language $2,412 Introducing the New Narrators of Costa Rica: A Project in Literary Translation
Kate Williams Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,755 An Investigation of the Relationship of the Endogenous Opioid System and Ethanol Using Opioid Receptor Antagonist, Naloxonazine
Vicki Koke Marilyn Petro Psychology $701 Complex environmental enrichment on spatial reference memory of aged mice
Kiley Cordes Marilyn Petro Psychology $294 The Attraction, Selection and Attrition Model as it Appears in the Sorting of Psychology and Business Students at Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nicole Francavilla Rita Lester Religion $1,502 Fieldwork as Pedagogy
Fall 2007
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Alyssa Ranney Marilyn Petro Psychology $804 Resveratrol and cognitive declines in healthy C57BL mice
Summer 2007
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Brenda Rohren & Lori Scott Melissa Conner Forensic Science $1,027 Correlation of Substance Abuse, Domestic Abuse and Criminal History: Implications in Forensic Science
Justin T. Lana Elaine Kruse History $2,640 Who Owns the Land? The Transmission of Land and Adjudication of Land in Rural Ghana
Deseree Johnston Robert Oberst Political Science $400 Electoral Support of Communist/Marxist Parties Within India
Kathrynn Taylor Frank Ferraro Psychology $2,145 Ethanol Conditioned Place Preference in Neuropeptide Y (NPY) Knockout Mice
Spring 2007
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project Title
Morgan Beach Lisa Lockman Art $1,000 A Budding Enameling Work Space at Wesleyan
Megan Larsen Jodi Ryter Biology $1,155 Biosynthesis of Anatoxin–a(s): preparation of a standard for LC/MS algal toxin analysis
Tyson Corbin, Casey Holmes, Amanda Holmgreen, Tiffany Murray Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,280 Ethanol Sensitization in Adult C57BL/6J Mice Following Ethanol Treatment During Adolescence
Krystle Jacobsen Mary Beth Ahlum Psychology $651 The Pro–Anorexia Movement: A Qualitative Analysis of Pro–Ana Websites
Joan Zeleski Jeri Brandt University College – Nursing $1,670 Effects of Proactive Nurse Rounds on Patient and Nurse Staff Outcomes
Lyndie Christensen Gerise Herndon Women’s Studies $1,000 Social Services, Safety Nets and Governmental Indifference: Non–governmental Organizations and Support for the Poor in Mexico