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2012 SURE Projects

The following students and research projects were selected for the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience:


  • Samantha Beard ’14, a biology major from Valparaiso, Ind.; and Alex Nelson ’13, a biology and music major from Red Wing, Minn., worked with biology professor Deanna Byrnes on her project, “Recording Bat Populations Using the Bat Detector.”
  • Heidi Fenske ’14, a biology major from Milwaukee, worked with biology and chemistry professor Kristopher Koudelka on the project “Chemical Modification of Bacteriophage Lambda Procapsids for Mammalian Interactions Testing.”
  • Maxwell Machurick ’15, a biology major from Kaukauna, Wis., worked with biology and chemistry professor Kristopher Koudelka on a study of bacteriophage Lambda as a novel nanoparticle.


  • Eli Favela ’14, a mathematics and physics major from Palatine, Ill., worked with astronomy professor Jean Quashnock to study the clustering of luminous red galaxies (LRGs) and quasar absorbers in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
  • Steven Mathe ’13, a chemistry and physics major from Wauconda, Ill., worked with physics professor Kevin Crosby on designing a rocket payload to test a method of gauging zero-g propellant.
  • Seth Schofield ’14, a physics and mathematics major from Kenosha, worked with physics and astronomy professor Julie Dahlstrom to use the WISE All Sky Infrared Survey to catalogue warm dust in diffuse interstellar band sight lines.
  • Cory Schrandt ’15, a physics major from Kenosha, worked with physics and astronomy professor Julie Dahlstrom to study angular variation in diffuse band absorption.


  • Morgan Gianola ’14, a neuroscience major from Broomfield, Colo., worked with neuroscience professor Dan Miller on a project studying avoidance learning and retention in behaviorally inhibited rodent modules.
  • Rachel Hammer ’13, a neuroscience major from Schaumburg, Ill.; and Molly Haywood ’13, a neuroscience major from Batavia, Ill., worked with neuroscience professor Penny Seymoure studying the effects of acute stress on recognition memory for neutral and social information.
  • Kelsey Miller ’12, a neuroscience major from Sauk Rapids, Minn.; and Kelly Moench ’14, a neuroscience/psychology/religion major from Janesville, Wis., worked with neuroscience professor Dan Miller on studying the role of the cerebellum in the acquisition and retention of avoidance learning in anxiety vulnerable rats.


  • Eric Ireland ’15, a physics and mathematics major from Kenosha, Wis., and Emma Sorrell ’13, a mathematics major from Kenosha, worked with mathematics professor Michael Nicholas to study boundary integral model for peristaltic pumping.
  • Steve Metallo ’14, a mathematics and physics major from Kenosha, worked with mathematics professor Mark Snavely.

Environmental Science

  • Kenna Krone ’14, an environmental science and classical studies major from Pleasant Prairie, Wis., worked with environmental science professor Sarah Rubinfeld on a study of the environmental fate of personal care products.
  • Akinyi Ooko-Ombaka ’14, an environmental science and geography major, worked with environmental science professor Tracy Gartner in an Invasive Species Working Group.
  • Charlotte Sullivan ’14, an environmental science major from Grayslake, Ill., worked with biology professor Scott Hegrenes in the Invasive Species Working Group.

Computer Science

  • Kevin Lubick ’13, a computer science major from DeForest, Wis.; and Wojciech Snarski ’13, a computer science and business administration major from Glenview, Ill., worked with computer science professor Mark Mahoney on his project “Software Evolution and the Moving Picture Metaphor.”


  • Jesse Wilson ’14, a neuroscience major from Salem, Wis., worked with chemistry professor Walter Smith to study nuclear-spin isotope effects in organotin compounds.


  • Kelsey Lindquist ’13, of Waunakee, Wis., worked with education professors Prisca Moore and Kathy Ryan on a project titled “Investigating Effective Use of iPad Apps in Elementary Classrooms.”
  • Stephanie Zimmerman ’14, a social science major from Grayslake, Ill., worked with education professor Karin Sconzert to examine the “Implications of the Parent School Choice Program in Racine.”

Political Science

  • Kate Marie Haapala ’12, a political science major from Bristol, Wis., worked with political science professor Jeffrey Roberg on a project titled “The Case Study of Ecuador and Texaco: Can Economic Development Coincide with the Protection of Human, Indigenous and Environmental Rights?”


  • Andrew Ademe ’12, an economics and political science major from Algonquin, Ill., worked with economics professor Ron Cronovich to study the propensity to migrate in sub-demographics of the 18-30 age group in regards to U.S. internal migration flows.
  • Jillian Burnickas ’12, of Worth, Ill., studied the effect student loans have on the economy with guidance from Arthur Cyr, director of the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, and Ron Cronovich, chair of the Economics Department.


  • Sarah Bedore ’13, an accounting/management major from Tinley Park, Ill., worked with business professor J.J. Shields on a project for The Prairie School.


  • Emily Oleson ’12, from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., worked with religion professor Romwald Maczka and English professor Jean Preston, on a project titled “Symbolic Landscapes of Kahlil Gibran.”


  • Timothy Knoepke ’14, of Jim Falls, Wis., worked with Brendan Cook on an intensive study, conducted in the original Latin, of selected passages from Roman historian Livy’s Ab urbe condita.

Great Ideas

  • Joshua Grimm ’13, of Okauchee, Wis., worked with Jennifer McBride, adjunct professor of classics, on a project titled “Pain in Pleasure in Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound.”
  • Rachel Kimmerling ’13, of Bloomington, Ill., worked with Great Ideas and political science professor Paul Kirkland on a project titled “The Development of Nietzsche’s Plato.”
  • Hunter McKenzie ’13, of Lindenhurst, Ill., worked with Paul Ulrich, professor of philosophy, political science and Great Ideas, on a project titled “Education, Politics and Virtue in Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus.”
  • Nick Tackes ’13, of Rockford, Ill., worked with Great Ideas and classics professor Joseph McAlhany on a project titled “Ambiguous Ecstasies: Dionysus in the Bacchae, Shiva in the Shiva Purana.”


  • Samantha Whalen ’13, a music education and clarinet performance major from Kenosha, worked with James Ripley, professor of music on a project titled “Film and Musical Analysis for the Silent Movie Modern Times.”


  • Mikaley Osley ’14, a theatre and English major from Centennial, Colo., conducted research with Herschel Kruger, chair of the Theatre Department, to adapt the novel Day After Night into a full-length play and to hold private readings with student actors.
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