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Summer Research: Posters and Summaries

2011 Summer research posters and summaries

Student summer research fellows at Calvin participate in the annual summer research poster fair, held in October. Students who did research off campus in other universities or programs are also invited to participate.

They also prepare a synopsis (a one page summary) of their research experience, providing relevant background as well as a statement of the problem, describing the research methods, giving any results to date and indicating how the research benefitted them personally.

To see students' posters and synopses (pdfs), click on the links below.

Biology
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computer Science
Engineering
Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics and Astronomy
Psychology
Off-campus researchers

Biology

  • Kara Bielema
    -A Botanical Exploration of Calvin's Flat Iron Lake Preserve (poster / synopsis)
  • Chris Bouma
    -Comparing Biodiversity in Different Campus Habitats
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Ari Davis
    -The Role of Bacteriophage in Microbial-Animal Symbioses: Trojan Horse or Bodyguard? (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Diekema
    -Role of Bacteria in the Premature Rupture of the Fetal Membrane (poster / synopsis)
  • Sylvia Fuhrman
    -Assessment of Population, Reproduction, and Health Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds Breeding in Michigan's Areas of Concern (poster / synopsis)
  • Katelyn Geleynse
    -Population Dynamics of Small Mammals on a Pacific Coastal Prairie (poster / synopsis)
  • Daniella Hartwig
    -Phage Hunting in Symbiotic Bacterial Communities of Invertebrates (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Huizenga
    -Comparing Biodiversity in Different Campus Habitats
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Alyssa Moore
    -Assessment of Population, Reproduction, and Health Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds Breeding in Michigan's Areas of Concern (poster / synopsis)
  • Kelly Peterson
    -Small Mammal Inventory at Flat Iron Lake Preserve
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Owen Selles
    -Calvin College Tree Inventory and Restoration of Native Trees (poster / synopsis)
  • Alex Stoddard
    -Evaluation of Antioxidants in Artificial Tear Formulations
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Abigail Streelman
    -Python-based Software Generation for Automated MALDI-TOF-based Phylogenetics (poster / synopsis)
  • William VanDenHeuvel
    -Assessment of Population, Reproduction, and Health Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds Breeding in Michigan's Areas of Concern (poster / synopsis)
  • Rachel Van Dyken
    -Genetic Analysis and protein Expression in Accessory Lacrimal Gland of Wolfring (synopsis)
  • Kristin Van Kampen
    -Potential Value of Autumn Olive as a Tool to Restore Degraded Soils (poster / synopsis)

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Jacob Artz
    - Acute Activation of Glucose Transporter1 (poster / synopsis)
  • Isaac Bokma
    - Formative Assessment and Barriers to Communication In science, technology, engineering, and math
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Luke Breems
    -Formative Assessment and Barriers to Communication In science, technology, engineering, and math
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Brandon Burkhart
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (1)
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (2) (poster 1 / poster 2 / synopsis)
  • Alexandra Burns
    -Identifying the Role of Aromatic Networks in Amyloid Fibril Formation and Anti-Alzheimer's Therapeutic Action
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Stephen Carnegis
    (synopsis)
  • Anna Casto
    -Mycobacterium chlorophenolicum: Cloning PCP-monooxygenase (poster / synopsis)
  • Anand Divakaran
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (1)
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (2) (poster 1 / poster 2 / synopsis)
  • Emily Golz
    -Solution Dynamics of Methylene Blue
    (synopsis)
  • Mitchell Groenenboom
    -Efforts towards the Synthesis of Unnatural Amino Acids containing N-Alkyl Pyridones (poster / synopsis)
  • Kevin Harris
    -The Export of Galectin 3 from the Nucleus by Exportin 1 (poster / synopsis)
  • David Kuipers
    -Acute Activation of GluT1 in Corneal Epithelial Cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Shelby Lofthus
    (synopsis)
  • Rachael Machiele
    (synopsis)
  • Benjamin Markosky
    -Lasers and Fluorescence (poster / synopsis)
  • Ryan Martinie
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (1)
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (2)
    -Computational Investigations of Ligand Fluxionality in Tris(cyclooctatetraene) tri-iron
    (poster 1 / poster 2 / poster 3 / synopsis)
  • Gillian Morris
    -Modeling Biological Aromatic Interactions with Short-Chain L-Dopa Containing Peptides (poster / synopsis)
  • Daniel Oram
    -Mechanistic Insights into the Acute Activation of GLUT1 (poster / synopsis)
  • Elizabeth Porter
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (1)
    -A Protein-Derived Cofactor Discovered by Chemical Bioinformatics (2) (poster 1 / poster 2 / synopsis)
  • Eric Prins
    -Characterization of Galectins from Zebrafish
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Ian Robertson
    -Identifying the Role of Aromatic Networks in Amyloid Fibril Formation and Anti-Alzheimer's Therapeutic Action
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nathan Romero
    -Gold-Catalyzed Synthesis of Ketone-Containing N-Alkyl Pyridones (poster / synopsis)
  • Jared Scripture
    -Acute Effects of Angeli's Salt on GluT1 (poster / synopsis)
  • John Strikwerda
    -Theoretical study of formation of ion pairs in ammonia hydrogen halide water cubes (poster / synopsis 1 / synopsis 2)
  • Christine Timmer
    -Characterizing a Riboflavin-Dendrimer Platform for Targeted Drug Delivery (poster / synopsis)
  • Liz Vincent
    -Thermochromic Solutions for use in Self-tinting Windows (poster / synopsis)
  • Nick Vryhof
    -Gold(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of N-Alkyl Pyridones
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Amanda Witte
    -Characterizing a Riboflavin-Dendrimer Platform for Targeted Drug Delivery (poster / synopsis)
  • Eric Yu
    -The Ideal Electronic Atom (poster / synopsis)

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Computer Science

  • Michael Koster
    -Optimizing Performance and Open-Source Distribution of a Complex Economic Model (poster / synopsis)
  • Nekody Lenkner
    (synopsis)
  • Andrew Webster
    -The Stories They Tell: A Quantitative Study of Computer Generated Games and Movies (poster / synopsis)

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Engineering

  • Eyosias Ashenafi
    -Membrane Softening Residuals and Activated Sludge Process
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Willem Both
    -Small Scale Amaranth Popper (poster / synopsis)
  • Tyler Helmus
    -Development of a Super-fast Numerical Equation Solver in Java (poster / synopsis)
  • Caleb Reese
    -Development of a Super-fast Numerical Equation Solver in Java (poster / synopsis)

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Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies

  • Merideth Beukelman
    -First-Year Research in Earth Sciences: Dunes
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kyle Whalley
    -The Human Modifications of Ottawa County, Michigan Dunes (poster / synopsis)
  • Vashan Wright
    -FYRES: Dunes Research Mentor Program (synopsis)

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Mathematics and Statistics

  • Shaun Alsum
    -Data Reduction in Shape Recognition (poster / synopsis)
  • Jake Christiansen
    (synopsis)
  • Rebekah Coggin
    -The Mathematics Behind Spot it! (poster / synopsis)
  • Kyle Den Hartigh
    -Liouville Theorems on the Dual and Double Planes
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Rachel Flim
    -Liouville Theorems on the Dual and Double Planes
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Anthony Meyer
    - The Mathematics Behind Spot it! (poster / synopsis)
  • Mark Zylstra
    -Data Reduction in Shape Recognition (poster / synopsis)

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Physics and Astronomy

  • Kyle Bussis
    -Sugar Inclusion and Exclusion in Lipid-Water Phases
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Tony Ditta
    -Agent-based, Economic Model of Self-Organized Complexity (poster / synopsis)
  • Nathan Harkema
    -The Largest Structures in the Universe: Finding the Center (poster / synopsis)
  • Evan Jensen
    -Upgrading a Microscopy Apparatus for Phase Transition Measurements (poster / synopsis)
  • Josiah Sinclair
    -Dielectric-barrier discharges in two-dimensional lattice potentials (poster / synopsis)
  • David Sebald
    -The Largest Structures ini the Universe: Central Galaxies and Cluster Gas (poster / synopsis)
  • Sam Van Kooten
    -Asteroid Collisions (poster / synopsis)
  • Dan Van Noord
    -Contact Binary Stars--New Finds and Characterization (synopsis)
  • Christian Woolley
    -Comparison of Classical and Quantum Effects in Double Ionization (poster / synopsis)

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Psychology

  • Lauren Walker
    -Health Hazard Mitigation (poster / synopsis)
  • Jonathan Wong
    -V Pyramidal Neurons via Corpus Callosum and Probst Bundle Pathways (poster / synopsis)

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Off-campus researchers

  • Kendra Antonides
    - Walk with the Lions (poster)
    -African Lion Environmental Research Trust, Livingstone, Zambia
  • Tyler Bleeker Fordham University
    -Selection and Adaptation of Brassica rapa (Field Mustard) in a Novel Environment (poster)
    - Fordham University, Armonk, NY
  • Alex Cohen
    -Breeding Success of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) on Martha's Vineyard, Summer 2011 (poster)
    -Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Adam Driscoll
    -Assessing the Expression, Purity and Methyltransferase Activity of Mixed Lineage Leukemia (MLL) in an E. Coli Host Using Sinefungin Binding as a Novel Characterization Assay
    (poster)
    -Cayman Chemical Company, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Melanie Holtrop
    -The Role of Dystroglycan in Muscular Dystrophy and its Associated Cardiomyopathies (poster / synopsis)
    -University of Michigan
  • Chris Hoogstra
    -Alerting Physicians to Follow Protocol Before CT Scans for Suspected Pulmonary Embolism (poster)
    -Mercy General Health Partners Hackley Campus, Muskegon, MI
  • Amanda Links
    -Sequence Finishing and Genome Annotation of Two Newly Discovered Mycobacteriophages (poster)
    -Western Kentucky University
  • Lauren Manck
    -The Persistency of Polyunsaturated Aldehydes in Seawater at Multiple Temperatures (poster)
    -University of Cádiz, Spain
  • Jennifer Rose
    -Monarch Butterflies do not Demonstrate Preference Among Milkweed, Asclepias, Species for Oviposition, Although Egg and Hatchling Survival Rates Vary Among Asclepias Species (poster)
    -Michigan Butterlies, Jenison, MI
  • Tyler Spiering
    -Characterization of spatial and temporal Cre recombination in murine prostate tissue (poster)
    -Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Keith VanDusen
    -Using Injury to Improve Engineered Skeletal Muscle Construct Quality (poster)
    -University of Michigan
  • Jake Zwart
    -Quantifying Terrestrial Carbon Sources of a Small Northern Seepage Lake (poster)
    -University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center
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