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2020 Projects

More than 30 Carthage students were selected to conduct research with faculty as part of the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Due to COVID-19, these students spent June, July, and August tackling projects virtually, from examining how the pandemic affected Kenosha restaurants to studying mass incarceration and policing.

SURE has been a hallmark of the Carthage experience since the mid-1990s. The undergraduate research initiative first began in the natural sciences, but has now grown to include all academic disciplines at Carthage. Each summer between 25 and 50 students are chosen to participate.

The following students and projects were selected for the 2020 SURE program:

Accounting and Finance

WESAM AL SARORI ’21

Project: How COVID-19 Decimated the Restaurant/Bar Industry and Broader Business Community in Kenosha Overnight
Mentor: Prof. Cassie Lau

Art

GEOVANNI VIRELLA-TORRES ’22

Project: 404: Movement Based Video Project
Mentor: Prof. Jojin Van Winkle

Biology

ASHLEY BRICKL ’21 

Project: Using a metagenome-like assembly strategy to assess genome structure and genetic diversity in whole populations of Beta vulgaris
Mentor: Prof. Andrew Funk 

CALEB COLLAR ’20 

Project: Assessing resistance gene variation in whole populations of Beta vulgaris using a metagenome-like assembly strategy and nucleotide-based resistance gene modeling
Mentor: Prof. Andrew Funk

KEVIN DUNN ’20, MEGAN MAYER ’21

Project: What does CO2 helps us understand about the respiratory and cardiovascular systems of BI females?
Mentor: Prof. Paul Martino

MELANIE GUCWA ’20 

Projects: A computational and bioinformatics approach to understanding the role of melanophore migration in zebrafish pigmentation and in melanoma and Use of the TOAST bioinformatics database to identify genes in Arabidopsis thaliana that may be important in the gravitropic response during spaceflight
Mentor: Prof. Andrea Henle

Chemistry

AMY SORGE ’20

Project: Micellar-Catalyzed Peptide Coupling reactions in Continuous Flow Conditions
Mentor: Prof. David Brownholland

Communication and Digital Media

BROOKE HALVORSEN ’21

Project: Interactive Narrative Technology and Production
Mentor: Prof. Nick Pilarski

Computer Science

OMAR CATALDO ’20, SCOTLAND WHITE ’21

Project: Storyteller: Version Control and Optimization
Mentor: Prof. Mark Mahoney

Economics

SAMUEL CROAK ’21 

Project: The Interstate Commerce Clause, Racial Discrimination, and Their Economic Effects
Mentor: Prof. Brent McClintock

GEORGIA FOX ’20 

Project: Local Environmental Quality and Income Inequality: An Empirical Examination in the United States
Mentor: Prof. Erik Johnson

English

THOMAS CARGILLE ’21 

Project: Heroes of the Collective: An Exploration of Jung’s Theory of the Collective Unconscious in Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”
Mentor: Prof. Maria Carrig

BRADLEY MORELLI ’20

Project: Venus in Fear: Thomas Hardy’s “New Woman” and the End of the Victorian Age
Mentor: Prof. Maria Carrig
This Abraham Lincoln Forum research project is sponsored in part by the Jack Miller Center.

Great Ideas

HEIDI FISCHER ’21 

Project: Boccaccio’s “Decameron” and the human psyche during a plague
Mentor: Prof. Seemee Ali
This Abraham Lincoln Forum research project is sponsored in part by the Jack Miller Center.

Mathematics

CALVIN RAYMOND ’20, VICTORIA WHEELER ’23

Project: A Study of Coincidence Isometries in the Plane
Mentor: Prof. Diana Thomson

TIMOTHY DUNNIGAN ’20

Project: An Exploration of Truth and its Methods of Proof
Mentor: Prof. Erlan Wheeler 
This Abraham Lincoln Forum research project is sponsored in part by the Jack Miller Center.

Modern Languages

ALEX ROGERS ’20

Project: A discourse-pragmatic study of politeness and intersubjectivity in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish conversations
Mentor: Prof. Yan Wang

Music

MORGAN TAYLOR ’20

Project: Songs of the Meru: Creating Teaching and Learning Sources
Mentor: Prof. Peter Dennee

Neuroscience

SAMANTHA ARDERY ’20, ASHER BOUCHER ’22, SARAH MCLAUGHLIN ’21, ALLISON TIEMAN ’20

Project: Visual System Development and Regeneration in Zebrafish
Mentor: Prof. Steven Henle

Nursing

DANIEL DALTON ’20 

Project: Vocation
Mentor: Prof. Cheryl Petersen

Physics

JORDAN BALL ’23, FELICITY DANIELS ’20

Project: RockSat Payload Development: Microgravity Capillary Flow Experiment
Mentor: Prof. Kevin Crosby

LIAM CARLS ’23 

Project: Assembly, Test, and Integration of the MPG-PROTO Experiment
Mentor: Prof. Kevin Crosby 

MADELINE ELLIE ’20, CAMERON FISCHER ’23, HENRY MEYER ’23, ZACHARY SCHEUNEMANN ’21, GARRETT SHULDES ’22

Project: Multi-point observations of the thunderstorm electric environment
Mentor: Prof. Brant Carlson

CASSANDRA BOSSONG ’20

Project: Team lead for the Magneto-active Slosh Control Experiment (MaSC) and Project Manager for Gateway Gauging Experiment
Mentor:  Prof. Kevin Crosby

Psychological Science

ASHLEY LUNDELL ’23

Project: Understanding the Feelings of Being a Burden: A Mixed Methodological Study of Young Adults with Chronic Illness 
Mentor: Prof. Kateryna Sylaska

DEVAN NELSON ’21

Project: Evaluative stress and social interactions within academic and digital contexts
Mentor: Prof. Nora Nickels 

Social Work

SOPHIE HYDE ’21

Project: Assessment on Carthage Students’ Spiritual Self-care and Need
Mentor: Prof. Tian Tian

Sociology

TYRANI WHITE ’21

Project: The Milwaukee Moment: Oppression, Policing, and Resistance in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Mentor: Prof. Katherine Hilson

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