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Summer Research: Posters and Summaries

2012 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

  • Yelena Boykov (Professor Anding Shen)
    -The Role of Cell Cycle Status and Cytokine Influence in HIV Infection of Resting T-cells Co-Cultured with Endothelial Cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Ariangela Davis (Professor John Wertz)
    -Investigating Bacteriophage Maintenance of Microbial Homeostasis in Termite Guts
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Austin De Groff (Professors John Wertz, Amy Wilstermann)
    -Isolation of Novel Verrucomicrobia and other Herbivory Associated Gut Microbes of Ant Species Cephalotes varians (poster / synopsis)
  • Sylvia Fuhrman (Professor Keith Grasman)
    -Health and Reproductive Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Neil Gilbert (Professor David Warners)
    -Floral Inventory and Phenology at Flat Iron Lake Preserve (poster / synopsis)
  • Brandy Hammond (Professor John Wertz)
    -Role of Bacteria in the Premature Rupture of the Fetal Membrane
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Daniella Hartwig (Professor Randall DeJong)
    -Isolation and investigation of phages from bacterial communities of Biomphalaria glabrata snails
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Julia Hilbrands (Professor Arlene Hoogewerf)
    -The Antimicrobial Effects of the Non-toxic Microbiocide SAFI (poster / synopsis)
  • Jenna Kennedy (Professor John Ubels)
    -Efficacy of Antioxidants in the Corneal Epithelium
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jillian Konyndyk (Professors Dave Koetje, Biology and Herb Fynewever, Chemistry)
    -Let Food be thy Medicine: The Neutraceutical & Antimicrobial Properties of Cruciferous Vegetables
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Geneva Langeland (Professors David Warners and Randall Van Dragt)
  • -Sustainability@Calvin.edu : Rooted in the Past, Growing toward the Future
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Monica Langeland (Professor Keith Grasman)
    -Health and Reproductive Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Clayton Luyk (Professor David Warners)
    -Native Plant Propagation, Ecological Restoration, and Management
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Meagan McRae (Professor Keith Grasman)
    -Health and Reproductive Impairments in Colonial Waterbirds in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern
    (poster / synopsis)
  • John Morris (Professor Anding Shen)
    -Murr1 and JNK are not factors in HIV-1 Infection of Endothelial Cells co-cultured with CD4+ Resting T Cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Margot Oliver (Professor Amy Wilstermann)
    -Investigating the Role of Lactobacillus iners in Bacterial Vaginosis Lactobacillus iners
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Gwen Oster (Professor David Warners)
    -Native Plant Propagation, Ecological Restoration, and Management
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kevin Peterson (Professors Randall DeJong and Randall Van Dragt)
    -The Benthic Community of Flat Iron Lake, Oakfield Township, Michigan
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Owen Selles (Professor David Warners)
    -Our Piece of Earth: Researching Calvin's Environmental History
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Alex Stoddard (Professor John Ubels)
    -Restoration of Corneal Epithelial Barrier Function Using Artificial Tears Containing Hydroxypropyl-Guar and Hyaluronic Acid
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Abigail Streelman(Professors John Wertz, Biology and Serita Nelesen, Computer Science)
    -HTMAD: High-Throughput Microbial Analysis and Dereplication via MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jenna Tenney (Professors Dave Koetje, Biology and Herb Fynewever, Chemistry)
    -Let Food be thy Medicine: The Neutraceutical & Antimicrobial Properties of Cruciferous Vegetables
    (poster / synopsis)

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Ola-Oluwakiti Alabi (Professor Larry Louters)
    - Curcumin Inhibits the Glucose Transport Activity of GLUT1
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Andrea Bootsma (Professor Mark Muyskens)
    - The Fluorescence of Aqueous Sycamore Extract
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Brett De Vries (Professor Mark Muyskens)
    -A Computational Study of Monofluoroacetylacetone
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Golz (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -Modeling the Oligerimerization of Cationic Methylene Blue in Aqueous Solution
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Stephen Gunnink (Professor Larry Louters)
    -Detection of Conformation and Location of Activated GLuT1
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Matt Haveman (Professors Douglas Vander Griend, Chemistry and Serita Nelesen, Computer Science)
    -Modeling Complex Solutions, Towards a Web Based Tool (poster / synopsis)
  • Ben Kuiper (Professor Larry Louters)
    Acute Effects of Osthole on Glucose Transporter 1
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Paula Kuiper (Professor Herb Fynewever)
    -Overcoming the Implementation Gap of Formative Assessment
    (poster / synopsis)
  • John LaGrand (Professor Carolyn Anderson)
    -Efforts Towards the Synthesis of Amino-Substituted β-Iodo N-Alkenyl Pyridones
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Abigail Leistra (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -An Atomic Force Microscopy Study of Riboflavin Receptor Targeting Nanoparticles and Multivalent Interactions
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Shelby Lofthus (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -Solution Phase Self-Assembly of a Cubic Nanocage
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Michael Lubben (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -Spectrophotometric Study of Metal Complexes of the Tripodal Ligand Tris[3-(2-pyridyl)pyrazol-1-yl]hydroborate
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nicole Michmerhuizen (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -Characterizing the Biomolecular Interactions between Insulin and G-Quadruplex DNA
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Rhude (Professor Carolyn Anderson)
    -Efforts Towards the Synthesis of Amino-Substituted β-Iodo N-Alkenyl Pyridones
    (poster / synopsis)
  • John Strikwerda (Professor Roger DeKock)
    -Atomic Size, Ionization Energy, Polarizability, Asymptotic Behavior, and the Slater-Zener Model
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jin Sung (Professor Chad Tatko)
    -Metal Binding Catechols
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Caleb Uitvlugt (Professor Chad Tatko)
    -Electrochemistry of Catechols
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jonathon Vandezande (Professor Roger DeKock)
    -Extent of Reaction, ξ
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Simon Veldkamp (Professor Herb Fynewever)
    -Overcoming the Implementation Gap of Formative Assessment (poster / synopsis)
  • Liz Vincent (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -Mathematical artifacts in the modeling of spectrophotometric titration data
    (synopsis)
  • Nicholas Vryhof (Professor Carolyn Anderson)
    -Gold(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of N-Alkyl Pyridones

    (poster / synopsis)
  • David Wierenga (Professor Carolyn Anderson)
    -Gold(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of N-Alkyl Pyridones
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Amanda Witte (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -An Atomic Force Microscopy Study of Riboflavin Receptor Targeting Nanoparticles and Multivalent Interactions
    (poster / synopsis)

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Computer Science

  • Alex Cook (Professor Serita Nelesen)
    -Optimizing Performance and Open-Source Distribution of a Complex Economic Model
    (synopsis)
  • Grant Fahey (Professor Serita Nelesen)
    -HTMAD: High-Throughput Microbial Analysis and Dereplication via MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
    (poster / synopsis)
  • John Muyskens (Professor Harry Plantinga)
    -Smarter Searching Through Knowledge Representation (poster / synopsis)

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Engineering

  • Caleb Reese (Professor Matthew Heun)
    -Including Energy in Economic Production Functions: An Empirical Analysis of Developing and Developed Economies
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Lucas Timmer (Professor Matthew Heun)
    -Including Energy in Economic Production Functions: An Empirical Analysis of Developing and Developed Economies (poster / synopsis)

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Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies

  • Melissa Braun (Professor Ralph Stearley)
    -Investigations of Late Cretaceous Paleontology: The Hell Creek Formation Exposed Near Ekalaka, SE Montana
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Emma De Vries (Professor Jason VanHorn)
    -Christian Geography
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Bethany Van Kooten (Professor Jason VanHorn)
    -Christian Geography
    (poster / synopsis)

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Mathematics and Statistics

  • Elizabeth Hibma (Professor Todd Kapitula)
    -Unstable Eigenvalues in JS Matrices
    (poster / synopsis)
  • HwaPyeong Kim (Professor Todd Kapitula)
    -Unstable Eigenvalues in JS Matrices
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Anthony Meyer (Professor Michael Bolt)
    -The Fastest Way to Not Run a Four Minute Mile
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nick Visser (Professor Michael Bolt)
    -The Fastest Way to Not Run a Four Minute Mile
    (poster / synopsis)

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Physics and Astronomy

  • Shaun Alsum (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Interactions between Plasma Filaments in Dielectric-barrier Discharges
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kyle Bussis (Professor Paul Harper)
    -Disaccharide Inclusion and Exclusion in Lipid-Water Phases (poster / synopsis)
  • Margeaux Carter (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Dielectric-Barrier Discharges on a Hexagonal Grid
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Erica Chan (Professor Paul Harper)
    -Monosacchardie Inclusion and Exclusion in Lipid-Water Phases
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Keming Chen (Professor Stanley Haan)
    -Recollision Excitation in the Quantum Descriptions of Double Ionization
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nathan Harkema (Professor Stanley Haan)
    -Recollision Excitation in the Quantum Descriptions of Double Ionization
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Stephen Healy (Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy and Becky Haney, Economics)
    -Economic Growth, Wealth Inequality, Specialization and Trade in an Interdependent Society
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Andrew Hess (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Producing and Detecting a Beam of Metastable Krypton Atoms
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jacob Lampen (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Patterns in lattice-driven discharges with anisotropic filament interactions
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Richard McWhirter (Professors Larry Molnar and Steven Steenwyk)
    -Period Variations in Contact Binary Stars: the Cases of V859 Cygni and V0738+2950
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Hannah Pagel (Professor Larry Molnar)
    - Family Membership of Koronis Zone Asteroids
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Josiah Sinclair (Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy and Paul Moes, Psychology)
    - Electrophysiological evidence for normal proportions of inhibitory (GABA) intrahemispheric connections following abnormal development of Corpus Callosum axons
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Sam Van Kooten (Professor Larry Molnar)
    - Family Membership of Koronis Zone Asteroids
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Daniel Van Noord (Professors Larry Molnar and Steven Steenwyk)
    -Discovery of Two Record Setting Fast Binary Stars
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Peter VandeHaar (Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy and Serita Nelesen, Computer Science)
    -Pykaryote: A computer model of the evolution of complexity in digital organisms
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jonathan Wong (Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy and Paul Moes, Psychology)
    - Probst Bundle Connectivity and AMPA Receptor Kinetics
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Christian Woolley (Professor Stanley Haan)
    -Recollision Excitation in the Quantum Descriptions of Double Ionization
    (poster / synopsis)

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Psychology

  • Lauren Bender (Professor Julie Yonker)
    -Outcomes of Spirituality and Religiosity in Adolescents through Emerging Adults
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Lauren Walker (Professor Emily Helder)
    -Assessment of the validity of placement practices in adoption: the impacts of family structure and family size on adjustment in international adoption
    (poster / synopsis)

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Off-campus researchers

  • Tyler Bleeker
    - Reconstructing Historical Understory Tree Composition in an Old-Growth Douglas-Fir Forest Using Tree Core Analysis (poster)
    -Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division Office of Research and Development, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Jessica Darusz
    -Metal content of cerebral white matter in aging and dementia (poster)
    - Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Heidi Dykstra
    -Investigating Delta-Sarcoglycan N-glycosylation Site Mutants Using Adenovirus Transduced Cell Model
    (poster / synopsis)
    -University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Eric Edewaard
    -Tissue-based comparisons of RNA integrity and purity
    (poster)
    -Van Andel Research Institute, Program for Biospecimen Science, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Melanie Holtrop
    -Disruption of mechanically activated nitric oxide generation by dystrophic cardiac muscle cells
    (poster)
    -University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, Michele Lab
  • Jonathan Lin
    -Temporal Relationship Between Activation of Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 and Mitochondria Damage in the Development of Diabetic Retinopathy
    (poster)
    -Kresge Eye Institute (Detroit Medical Center), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • Njeri Muhoro
    -Targeting MET/HGF Pathway in Cancer
    (poster)
    -Van Andel Research Institute, Lab of Molecular Oncology, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Anna Plantinga
    -Myotubularins as PI(3)P Phosphatases in Autophagy and Endocytosis
    (poster)
    -Van Andel Research Institute, Systems Biology Laboratory, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Elizabeth Schleh
    -The Defense of Emiliania huxleyi
    (poster)
    -Shannon Point Marine Center, Western Washington University
  • Lean Sienkowski
    -Effectiveness of Paper Mulch as an Organic Weed Control Method in Lettuce Production
    (poster)
    -Fat Blossom Farm, Allegan, Michigan
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