Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Past Projects

Fall 2015
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Gwennan Plouzek Catherine Nelson Modern Languages $6,367 The Delivery of High-Quality Healthcare in a Low-Tech, High-Touch Society
Alena Kinsey Lisa Lockman Art $2,365 Textile Mimicry and Fabrication Through 3D Printed Medium
Hilary Wiltgen Adrianna Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $4,746 Obtaining a Human DNA Profile From Bone and Tissue Fragments After Dissolution in Household Chemicals
Riley Bell Susan Wortmann Sociology/Anthropology $2,600 A Case Study of Resourse Mobilization in Collective Action
Cory Poehling Tamra Llewellyn Health and Human Performance $247 Maximal Exertion in Collegiate Distance Runners and Its Effects on Heart Rate Variability
Edson deOliveira Therese McGinn Biology $1,013 Viral Metagenomics Analysis of Rodents for the Detection of Zoonoses of Hantavirus
Kelsey Chaney Marilyn Petro Psychology $1,500 Effects of Event Boundaries on Importance of Intimate Argument Goals
Adam Braegelman Nathanael Fackler Chemistry $2,006 Toward the Synthesis of Metal-epoxide Coordination Complexes
Spring 2015
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Debra Davis Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $1,502 The Elusive Leonurine, Will We Catch the Lion's Tail?
Miranda Baxter and Caitlin Welty Robert Oberst Political Science $5,923 Women in the Modern Rajasthani Electorate: A Study of Female Political Empowerment
Ty Gerner Terry McGinn Biology $1,447 Greenhouse Growing Efficiency Versus Laboratory Settings Utilizing Brassica rapa
Monica Olson Daniel Strydom Chemistry $2,509 Evaluating the Capability of Kinetex Core-Shell Columns for Use in HPLC Analysis of the Explosives Residues 2, 4, 6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), Cyclonite (RDX) and Cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine (HMX) in Soil Samples
Garrett Schwindt Melissa Donovick, Frank Ferrano, III and Kari Morfeld Psychology $1,959 Duration of Nature and Urban Digital Images on Circulating Cortisol Levels
Janelle Anderson Jeri Brandt Nursing $190 The Effects of Music on the Attention ond Anxiety Level of Licensed Practical and Associate Degree Nursing Students
Sandra Byers Molly Fitzke Nursing $250 Creating a Culture of Civility
Brenda Maldonado Sara Jane Miles Modern Languages $3,256 Exploration of Linguistic Policy Development in Swiss Education
Jebel Iniguez Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $577 Thermal Decomposition of Arson Accelerant Profile Due to Explosive Combustion
Katherine Ternent Cody Arenz and Gary Gerald Biology $5,179 Relationship Between Human Activity and the Behavior and Home Ranges of Fox Squirrels
Brandi Turner Gary Gerald Biology $2,805 An Examination of Substrates of Terrestrial Movements in Ropefish Providing a Comparison for Early Prehistoric Terrestrially
Danielle Adams and Ross Mumford Sheryl Rinkol English $3,400 Titanic Relevance: Exploring the Titanic Legend Across International Cultures
Adam Braegelman Nathanael Fackler Chemistry $3,529 A Continuation Toward the Formation of Metal-Expoxide Coordination Complexes: Epoxidation
Kaitlin Beck John Spilker Music $3,965 Music and Culture at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival
Fall 2014
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Laura Brill Nathaniel Cunningham Physics $1,233 Presentation on Independent Acoustics Research at the Meeting of Acoustical Society of America
Sean Polson Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $1,142 Comparative Analysis of Raman Spectroscopy and Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: A Presumptive Analysis for Synthetic Drugs
Lucy Sjulin Catherine Nelson Modern Languages $6,596 Quinoa Cultivation and its Implications on Food Insecurity in Bolivia
Danielle Oshlo Adrianna Prokupek-Pickett Biology $1,216 Persistence of Foreign DNA Signal in the Oral Cavity of the Domestic Dog
Jake Oshlo Adriannna Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $1,331 Quantity and Quality Comparison of DNA Extracted From Cigarette Filter and Filter Paper After Exposure to Outdoor Conditions
Wesley VanHoosen John Spilker Music $4,291 Drag Culture in New York City
Spring 2014
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Jamie Johnson Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $703 Development of a HPLC-MS Method for the Determination of Leonurine in Wild Dagga
Rachael Granville Kari Morfeld Biology $6,500 Does Increasing the Number of Feedings per Day Improve Health and Reproduction in Zoo Female African Elephants?
Meghan Nickman Cathy Nelson Modern Languages $4,365 Nicaraguan Sign Language and Deaf Culture Café de las Sonrisas
Jessika Karl Daniel Strydom and Eric Haas Chemistry $482 Effectiveness of Bactericide for Preserving Ignitable Liquid Residues Found in Soil
Abby Russell Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $581 Detection of Doxepin in Musca Domestica Sputum Using GC-MS
Hannah Gallentine Abigail Mitchell Psychology $3,462 Effect of Media Multitasking on Anxiety
Ross Mumford Sheryl Rinkol English $2,742 From Residents to Visitors: The People's Perspective on Modernized Titanic in Belfast
Carol Ready Rita Ricaurte Modern Languages $4,713 Understanding Spanish College Students' Perceptions of the Andalusian Dialect
Adam Braegelman Nathanael Fackler Chemistry $1,896 A Step Toward The Formation of Metal-Epoxide Coordination Complexes
Rachel Schmitt Kari Morfeld Biology $3,740 Assessing Thyroid Endocrine Status in Mammals: A New Approach to Diagnosing Thyroid Disease
Shauna Tietze, Kellsie Sedlak and Brittani Salvatore Gary Gerald Biology $3,018 Factors Influencing Locomotion and Behaviors in Fishes, Lizards and Snakes
Mia Keady and Brooke Nerud Kari Morfeld Biology $3,389 The Effect of Increased Exercise on Ovarian Activity and Metabolic Hormones in Female Elephants in Zoos
Adam Christie and Kody Pritschau Kari Morfeld Biology $3,389 The Relationship Between Obesity an Musth in Male Elephants in Zoos
Cassandra Ndahiro Gerise Herndon Gender Studies $4,448 Women of Integrity: Equality, Justice, and Reconciliation
Mikayla Albin Jeri Brandt UC/Nursing $1,259 The Effect of Yoga on Stress Levels and Job Empowerment in Nurses
Fall 2013
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
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
Rachel Schmitt Kari Morfeld Biology $3,740 Assessing Thyroid Endocrine Status in Mammals: A New Approach to Diagnosing Thyroid Disease
Adam Braegelman Nathanael Fackler Chemistry $1,896 A Step Toward the Formation of Metal-Epoxide Coordination Complexes
Sara Norris Jeri Brandt UC/Nursing $772 Burnout in Nursing
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
Summer 2013
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Ben Siemsen Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,019 The Effect of Naloxonazine on Ethanol-Induced Conditioned Place Preference
Ross Mumford Sheryl Rinkol English $11,496 Titanic’s Birthplace: How Modernization Affects Belfast’s Pride
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
Cierra Laughlin Cierra Laughlin UC/Forensic Science $1,798 A Comparison of Ionization Methods Testing Ignitable Liquids using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
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
Alex Langley Bob Oberst Political Science $2,900 Researching Human Trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia
Spring 2013
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Karolinn Fiscaletti James Shea English $1,217 Sigma Tau Delta 2013 International Convention: A Presentation of Creative Work
Kimberly Homsey Marilyn Petro Psychology $1,721 Effect of Musical Complexity on Spatial-Temporal Task Performance I C57BL/6J Mice
Lea Farho James Shea English $2,869 “’She Contains Multitudes:’ Exploring Female Identities in American Poetry”
Brianna Wieseler Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett Biology $7,580 Using Science to Understand Zoo Elephant Welfare: Nutritional Status and Obesity Assessment
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
Timothy Brawner David Gracie Art $2,017 This Is a Treatment
Jodi Adams Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $6,535 An Analysis of Touch DNA Success Rates in Recovered Stolen Vehicles
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
Fall 2012
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Ben Siemsen Frank Ferraro Psychology $1,981 The Interaction of Hyperforin & Naloxonazine on Ethanol-Induced Conditioned Place Preference
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
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
Rachael Granville Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett Forensic Science $6,995 Cardiovascular Disease and Insulin Resistance-Potential Risk Factors in Female African Elephant Infertility
Kellsie Sedlak Gary Gerald Biology $1,388 Limb Mechanics and Locomotor Performance During Difference Modes of Locomotion in Long-limbed and Short-limbed Lizards
Summer 2012
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
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
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
Lucas Hemmer Jerald Bricker Biology $844 The Extraction of Bioactive Compounds from Potential Endophytes
Jaclyn Lange Gary Gerald & Therese McGinn Biology $844 Evaluation of aquaporin-3 expression in salt, fresh, and brackish water-acclimated sailfin mollies (Poecillia latipinna)
Shauna Tietze Gary Gerald Biology $2,814 Trade-offs Between Salinity Preference and Anti-predator Behaviors in Euryhaline and Stenohaline Fishes
Zoya Dronova Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $4,445 Evaluation of DNA Stability in Four Common Beverage Ingredients: A Forensic Approach
Jonathan Sherman Mark Werth Chemistry $1,695 Determining Protein-Ligand Binding Affinity using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Spring 2012
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Collin Shepherd Patty Hawk Communication Studies $1,384 Crossing the Divide: Experiences of 15 Undergraduate Students as they Engage in a Semester of Dialogue
Allyson Barnes Susan Wortmann Sociology $1,642 Gender at my Fingertips: Building Collaborative Student Engagement and Learning through Technology
Brandon Schlautman Dale Benham Biology $1,267 Genotypic and Phenotypic Characterization of Ulmus Pumila (Siberian Elm) U. Rubra (Red Elm), and Their Hybrids
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
Fall 2011
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Eileen Loughman Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett UC/Forensic Science $5,514 Obtaining DNA Profiles from Sperm Isolated from Maggot Crop Contents
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
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
Brian Grummert Daniel Strydom UC/Forensic Science $1,799 Presumptive and Confirmatory Testing for Leonurine from Wild Dagga in Comparison to THC from Marijuana
Ben Wiese Garry Duncan Biology $3,378 Interaction Between CagZ and the Globular Domain of Cag5 in the Process of CagA Translocation
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
Garek Bebee & Kiersten Mavis Dean Sieglaff Physics $2,201 Experimental Projects to Support Fast Breams Research
Summer 2011
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Ashley Ermer Rachel Droogsma Communication Studies $165 Fake Testicles: An Outcry of Power
Matthew Anderson Jerald Bricker Biology $1,495 Efficiency of Recreational Water Purifiers on Cyanotoxin and Coliform Bacteria Removal from Drinking Water
Elizabeth Behrends Abigail Mitchell Psychology $415 Who Benefits from Computer-Mediated Communication? An Examination of Introverted and Extroverted Social Network Users
Megan Kautz Marilyn Petro Psychology $2,755 The Influence of Attachment and Chronic Stress on the Development of Obesity in a Mouse Mode
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)
Michelle Zhang Kelly Eaton Political Science $4,590 Mingguang Jindu: Funding, Staffing and Administering a Migrant School in China
Spring 2011
Student(s) Faculty Mentor/Collaborator Department Award Project title
Katie Paloucek Marilyn Petro Psychology $1,130 Psychological and Physiological Responses to Touch Communication

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