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Summer Research: 2013 Projects

2013 science summer research projects

During the summer of 2013, 100 students worked on 58 different research projects across the science division.

Students were involved in a wide variety of research projects both on and off campus.  Some research dealt with diseases, other research with environmental concerns. Students studied how human activity affects coastal dune activity, experimented with trapped krypton atoms and participated in a community health project dealing with reproductive health. Research took place in campus labs and outdoors.  Some students traveled to other states as part of their research and some “traveled” to outer space.

Below is a sampling of 2013 projects:


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Computer science


  • Aldo Daniel and Khoi (Kevin) Vu worked with Professor Yoon Kim to develop a palm-size wireless computing device for environmental monitoring. See the poster they prepared for the Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair.

Geology, geography and environmental studies

  • Linden Brinks, James Karsten and Lucas VanderBilt, with Professor Deanna van Dijk, assisted in two projects dealing with dunes. One project investigated how human activity affects coastal dune activity. The other studied a dune area in Van Buren County that is advancing inland. See the poster Lucas and James prepared for the Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair.

Mathematics and statistics

  • Kate Ardinger, HwaPyeong Kim and Nicholas Visser worked with Professor James Turner on a project to utilize algebra to address problems in the geometry of polynomials. See the poster they prepared for the Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair.


  • Erika Bosch, Lyndsay DeGroot and Kendra Pennings participated in a community health care project dealing with reproductive knowledge promotion. They were supervised by Professor Joke Ayoola.


Physics and astronomy

Margeaux Carter, Jake Lampen, Nathan McReynolds and Jonathan Shomsky used laser light to trap a small cloud of atoms and then used various tools to study atomic collisions in the cloud. Their supervisor was Professor Matt Walhout.


Jiaming Jiang worked with Professor Loren Haarsma (Physics & Astronomy), Professor Becky Haney (Economics), and Professor Vic Norman (Computer Science) on the project "Programming and optimizing an agent-based computer simulation of a self-organized, interdependent economy." Read the summary of her work.









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Learn more

See a complete list of the 2013 summer research projects.

Read summaries students wrote about their projects

See posters presented at the 2013 Science Division & McGregor Summer Research Poster Fair