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2018 Projects

More than 40 Carthage students participated in the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. They spent June, July, and August tackling projects ranging from creating a 3D map of diffuse interstellar band strengths, to creating a new mural on campus; from measuring electric fields during thunderstorms to designing costumes for a Milwaukee theatre production.

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.

Selected students spend 10 weeks on campus doing research full time with a faculty mentor. Students receive a stipend, on-campus housing, a meal plan, and a research budget.

The following students and projects were selected for the 2018 SURE program:

Art

Jawaune Johnson ’19
Project: Creation of a Carthage Diversity Mural
Mentor: Prof. Ryan Miller

Biochemistry

Danielle Borchart ’19
Project: Determination of Novel Binding Partners for StarD6
Mentor: Prof. Gabriella Kartz

Biology

Carlee Dawson ’19
Stefanie Huttelmaier ’18
Project: Development of Fluorescent Uveal Melanoma Cell Lines for Tumor Transplantation Assays in Zebrafish
Mentor: Prof. Andrea Henle
* This project is funded by an external grant from Ancell Corporation.

Chemistry

Yana Astter ’21
Grace Kozisek ’20
Project: Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis and Thin-Film Spin Coating
Mentor: Prof. John Kirk

Grant Mahant ’20
Elizabeth Pieroni ’19
Project: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Biobased Surfactants
Mentor: Prof. Kevin Morris

Riley Geoghegan ’21
Project: Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Protein-Ligand Complexes
Mentor: Prof. Kevin Morris

Computer Science

Michael Bisciglia ’19
Travis Dillard ’19
Project: AudiOS
Mentor: Prof. Perry Kivolowitz

Economics

John Maddock ’19
Project: Measuring the Effects of Alcohol Taxes on Levels of Consumption and Public Health Outcomes
Mentor: Prof. Ronald Cronovich

Riley Peterson ’21
Emily Reinhard ’19
Project: Financial Impact of Making Carthage Greener
Mentor: Prof. Catherine Lau

English

Joseph Hansen ’20
Project: The Evolution of the Early 19th Century Short Story
Mentor: Prof. Shannon Brennan

Elizabeth Norton ’19
Project: The Allegorical Significances of Art and Artifice in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene
Mentor: Prof. Maria Carrig

Environmental Science

Emily Turk ’19
Patrick Zaker ’20
Project: The Fate of Consumer Product Chemicals in Agricultural Systems
Mentor: Prof. Sarah Rubinfeld

Exercise and Sport Science

Sidney Burke ’19
Project: Understanding Etiologies of Burnout in Medical Residents
Mentor: Prof. Cynthia Allen

Great Ideas

Madeline Owca ’19
Project: Machiavelli on War
Mentor: Prof. Christopher Lynch

Marketing and Management

Maria Salerno ’19
Project: The Role of “Anchor Vendors” in Farmers’ Market Technology Usage
Mentor: Prof. Thomas Groleau

Mathematics

Gladys Montoya ’19 (Noyce)
Project: Researching, Developing, Evaluating, and Testing Differentiated Teaching Practices on Learning Techniques for General Education in an Inclusive Mathematics Classroom
Mentor: Prof. Aaron Trautwein

Mary Phillips ’20
Project: Sums of Absolutely Convergent Series With Negative Terms
Mentor: Prof. Mark Snavely

Neuroscience/Physiology

Robin Peterson ’21
Project: Determining the Neural Correlates of Avoidance Learning in Behavioral Inhibition: Implications for Anxiety Disorders
Mentor: Prof. Denise Cook-Snyder

Hannah Skendziel ’19
Erin Walz ’19

Project: The Effects of Behavioral Inhibition and Elevated CO2 on Human Respiratory Physiology and the Neuroendocrine Stress Response
Mentor: Prof. Denise Cook-Snyder

Physics

Chance Beaty ’20
Emmet Katzer ’19
Project: A 3D Map of Diffuse Interstellar Band Strengths
Mentor: Prof. Julie Dahlstrom

Max Becher ’19
Project: Instrument Development for Measurement of Thunderstorm Electric Fields
Mentor: Prof. Brant Carlson

Eric Schmitt ’20 (Noyce)
Project: Development of Ground- and Cloud-based Electric Field Instruments
Mentor: Prof. Julie Dahlstrom

Alessandro Tocci ’20
Project: Ground-based Electric Field Measurements for Sprite Studies
Mentor: Prof. Brant Carlson
* This project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Psychological Science

Noah Griser ’21
Holly Pelnar ’21
Project: Tracking Human Eye Movements
Mentors: Prof. Tony Barnhart, Prof. Leslie Cameron

Eunice Mwonya ’19
Project: Measures of Olfaction During Pregnancy
Mentor: Prof. Leslie Cameron

Sociology

Alayna Arrington ’19
Stephen Siddall ’19
Project: Finding (Her)Story: Re-Imagining the Historical Role of Women at Carthage College
Mentor: Prof. Bradley Zopf

Space/Physics

Celestine Ananda ’20
Nicholas Bartel ’20
Sheila Franklin ’19
Megan Janiak ’20
Taylor Peterson ’21
Project: Blue Origin New Shepard Payload
Mentor: Prof. Kevin Crosby
* This project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Celestine Ananda ’20
Nicholas Bartel ’20
Zachary Erickson ’19
Charles Gallagher ’19
Austin Weber ’20
Ethan Woller ’21 (Purdue University student)
Project: Canopy Near-infrared Observing Project (CaNOP) CubeSat
Mentor: Prof. Kevin Crosby
* This project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Theatre

Veronica Vickas ’19
Project: Costume Design for the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Jersey Lilly
Mentor: Prof. Kim Instenes

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