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2014 Projects

The following research projects and students were selected for the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience:

Asian Studies/History

  • Religious Spatial and Temporal Development Patterns across Core and Periphery Counties in Qing-period Sichuan: A Preliminary Analysis; Part 2 — Rachel Ho ’16 (Asian studies major from Kenosha, Wis.) with Prof. Steve Udry, doing a spatial analysis of temple building and reconstruction across a few core and periphery counties within Sichuan Province from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) up to the early 20th Century.


  • Bat Behavior and Ecology — Caleb Jenks ’16 ( biology major from Sullivan, Wis.) and Joshua Brandt ’16 (environmental science major from Fox Lake, Ill.) with Prof. Deanna Byrnes
  • Researching the synergy of two different nanodrugs and their effects on the apoptosis and intracellular proteins of three different types of cancer cells (Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, and Breast cancer) — Richard Stauffer ’17 (biology/neuroscience double-major from Round Lake, Ill.) and Manar Mohammad ’16 (English major from Kenosha, Wis.) with Prof. Amareshwar Singh

Chemistry/Environmental Science

  • The Environmental Fate of Organic Fragrance Chemicals in Personal Care Products — Macy Anderson ’16 (biology/chemistry double-major from Brainerd, Minn.) and Helaina Rosenmayer ’16 (biology major from Plainfield, Ill.) with Prof. Sarah Rubinfeld


  • The Development of a Bio-sensor to Detect Lead on Solid Surfaces (like children’s and pet toys) — Tiffany Burton ’16 (biology major from Huntley, Ill.) and Daniel Setzke ’17 (biology major from Glen Ellyn, Ill.) with Prof. Janice Pellino
  • Synthesize 1-phenyl-3-(trimethylstannyl)-1-propanonel Through a 7-step Organic Reaction Based on Nuclear Spin Isotope Effect of Tin — Mary Grant ’16 (biology major from Johnsburg, Ill.) with Prof. Walter Smith
  • An Investigation of Chiral Surfactant Aggregation with NMR Spectroscopy — Charlene Hoffman ’15 (chemistry major from Palatine, Ill.), AlyssaWall ’16 (Japanese/chemistry double-major from Kenosha, Wis.), and Stephanie Zack ’17 (chemistry major from Darien, Ill.) with Prof. Kevin Morris, studying the effect of pH on chiral micelles.


  • An Investigation of the Roles of Sex and Gender in Film — Haley Meents ’15 (Screen Media Studies major from Bourbonnais, Ill.) with Prof. Paul Chilsen, analyzing Hollywood and independent films to find the correlation between roles on screen and in society.

Economics/Business Administration

  • Analysis of Healthcare and the Workforce in Kenya — Magdalene Odhiambo ’16 (economics major from Kisumu, Kenya) with Prof. Catherine Lau


  • Researching economic determinants of immigration through a recent database — Sebastian Jacinto ’15 (economics major from Kenosha, Wis.) with Prof. Ronald Cronovich

English/Great Ideas

Music Theatre


  • Lightning M with the Carthage Atmospheric Electricity Research and Education Network (CAERENet) — Justin Barhite ’17 (physics/mathematics double-major from Green Bay, Wis.), Aaron Scheets ’16 (physics major from Marshfield, Wis.), and Michael Brusich ’16 (physics major from Mokena, Ill.) with Prof. Brant Carlson
  • NASA Microgravity Team USIP: EMA Fuel Gauging Project — Daisy Bower ’16 (physics major from Taylor Ridge, Ill.) with Prof. Kevin Crosby
  • NASA RockSat Project — Amelia Gear ’15 (physics/studio art double-major from South Milwaukee, Wis.), Kevin LeCaptain ’16 (physics/mathematics double-major from Fairfax, Iowa), Tessa Rundle ’16 (physics major from Dodgeville, Wis.), and Brendan Krull ’17 (physics major from Manhattan Beach, Calif.) with Prof. Kevin Crosby
  • Microgravity Propellant Gauging using Experimental Modal Analysis — Eric Ireland ’15 (physics major from Kenosha, Wis.) with Prof. Kevin Crosby
  • Calculating, Through the Use of Solar Spectra, the Angular Rotation Rates of Multiple Distant Stars — Tod Schulter ’16 (mathematics/physics double-major from Sterling, Ill.) with Prof. Julie Dahlstrom


Sociology/Criminal Justice

  • Why members of the clergy and congregations have left the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America or the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2006 — Brittany Frederick ’17 (French/political science major from Plainfield, Ill.) with Prof. Wayne Thompson
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