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2013 SURE Projects

The following students and research projects were selected for the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience:


  • Daisy Bower ’16, a physics and mathematics major from Taylor Ridge, Ill.; Eli Favela ’14, a physics major from Palatine, Ill., and Eric Ireland ’15, a physics and mathematics major from Kenosha, studied space flight hardware development with Prof. Kevin Crosby. Daisy and Eli conducted an experiment on flow boiling condensation in microgravity, in conjunction with the Carthage Microgravity Team’s 2013 project in NASA’s Systems Engineering Educational Discovery program. Eric analyzed payload data from Terrier Orion sounding rockets.
  • Michael Brusich ’15, a physics and mathematics major from Mokena, Ill.; Julia Henning ’15, a physics major from Johnston, Iowa; Mitch Reecher ’15, a physics and secondary education major from Byron, Ill., and Connor O’Connell-Keleghan ’16, a physics major from Lake Forest, Ill., worked with Prof. Brant Carlson to build electric field meters to monitor global electrical activity.
  • Kevin LeCaptain ’16, a physics and mathematics major from Fairfax, Iowa; Kyle Weber ’15, a physics major from Edwardsville, Ill., and Zach Scherrer ’16, a physics and German major from Eau Claire, Wis., collaborated with Professor Brant Carlson to analyze data collected from detectors near meter-scale sparks and determine how those sparks might produce energetic radiation.

Environmental Science

  • Jennifer Dorman ’15, an environmental science and geography major from Carol Stream, Ill.; Beth Klein ’16, a biology and Chinese major from Sheboygan, Wis., and Alexandra Lemmer ’14, an environmental science major from East Troy, Wis., worked with Prof. Scott Hegrenes and Prof. Tracy Gartner to continue the research of the Invasive Species Working Group.


  • Mark Flanigan ’14, a chemistry major from St. Charles, Ill., and Victoria Northrup ’15, a chemistry and neuroscience major from Rochester, Minn., investigated the effect of pH on chiral surfactants with NMR spectroscopy in collaboration with Prof. Kevin Morris.
  • Ashley Gladis ’15, a chemistry major from Batavia, Ill., worked with Professor Kevin Morris on a project that uses molecular dynamics simulations to examine chiral polymers.


  • Sam Hoffmann ’15, a mathematics major from Maple Grove, Minn., and Steven Metallo ’14, a mathematics major from Kenosha, evaluated the relative efficiency of navigational routes on a globe with guidance from Professor Erik Tou.
  • Michael Moen ’16, a mathematics and physics major from Coon Rapids, Minn., studied harmonic nine-crossing knots with Prof. Aaron Trautwein.
  • Alexander Powers ’15, a mathematics and computer science major from La Grange, Ill., worked under the guidance of Professor Aaron Trautwein to resolve “A Question about Ellipses.”


  • Victoria Jensen ’16, a psychology and neuroscience major from Granton, Wis., researched anxiety, the physiology of stress, and the amygdala with Prof. Daniel Miller and Prof. Paul Martino.

Computer Science

  • Don Kuntz ’15, a computer science major from River Forest, Ill., and Michael Peterson ’15, a computer science major from Waukesha, Wis., worked with Prof. Mark Mahoney to continue development of Storyteller version control software.


  • Jesse Wilson ’14, a neuroscience major from Salem, Wis., worked with Professor Daniel Miller on a project titled, “Amygdalar Influence on Avoidance Acquisition and Retention in a Rodent Model for Behavioral Inhibition.”


  • Ryan Lindsay ’14, an economics and finance major from Oswego, Ill., studied the relationship between wealth and health status with guidance from Prof. Catherine Lau.
  • Allison Von Borstel ’15, an International Political Economy and economics major from Orland Park, Ill., collaborated with Prof. Joseph Wall to study how and to what extent internal locus of control, cognitive moral development, and price discrimination via ethical sensitivity influence the decision to pirate or pay for music and movies when moderated by legal decisions.


  • Sebastian Jacinto ’15, an economics major from Kenosha, worked with Prof. Ron Cronovich to measure the impact of country-specific factors as determinants for migration in both source and host country, with a particular focus on high-skilled labor. 

Division of Fine Arts


  • Benjamin Mulwana ’15, a mathematics and computer science major from Fairfax, Va., worked with Prof. Peter Dennee to research musical instruments of the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda, as well as the role of music and its impact there.


  • Alexander Johnson ’15, a theatre performance, music, and music theatre major from Cottage Grove, Minn., worked with Prof. Neil Scharnick to study the roots of Symbolism in European theatre and to develop productions re-creating the design and performance techniques.
  • Molly Mason ’14, a theatre major from Downers Grove, Ill., designed costumes for the 17th century play “The Rover” with guidance from Kim Instenes.

Asian Studies

  • Rachel Ho ’16, a neuroscience and Asian Studies major from Kenosha, collaborated with Prof. Stephen Udry on a spatio-temporal analysis of temple building and reconstruction in Sichuan Province from the 1300s to the early 1900s. She aims to understand both economic and immigration patterns, pairing them with time-dependent sociological needs or desires.


  • Mikaley Osley ’14, a theatre and English major from Centennial, Colo., worked with Prof. Alyson Kiesel to define gothic parody in Jane Austen’s novel “Northanger Abbey.”


  • Lindsey Bernhardt ’14, a history and social science major from Pleasant Prairie, Wis., researched the Parental Private School Choice program in Racine, Wis., continuing an ongoing study that’s guided by Prof. Karin Sconzert.
  • Trisha Chinski ’15, a cross-categorical special education and social science major from Lake Wales, Fla., collaborated with Prof. Prisca Moore to create a simple assistive technology tools database for general and special education teachers.

Asian Studies

  • Liza Lanum ’16, a biology major from Kenosha, studied the portrayal of the traditional Chinese medicine concept of Qi in both modern and ancient media, with guidance from Prof. Daniel Choffnes.

Great Ideas

  • Zachary Resch ’14, a neuroscience and Great Ideas major from Sheboygan, Wis., researched Plato’s “Sophist” through Heidegger’s “Sophist” with guidance from Prof. Ben DeSmidt.
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