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Summer Research: Posters and Summaries

2013 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
Nursing
Physics and Astronomy
Off-campus researchers

Biology

  • Anne Barron (Professor Anding Shen)
    -Viral kinetics: Exploring HIV-1 infection in endothelial co-cultured CD4+ resting T cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Melissa Braun (Professor Ryan Bebej)
    -A Whale of a Tail: Origins of Tail-Powered Swimming in Early Cetaceans
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Sara Conrad (Professor Amy Wilstermann)
    -Cancer Curriculum Initiative: Developing Materials to Improve Children's Understanding of Cancer
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Andrew DeVries (Professors David Dornbos and John Wertz)
    -Exploring the Symbiosis of Frankia Bacteria in Root Nodules of Autumn Olive
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Fuller (Professor Randy Van Dragt)
    -
    Water Quality Assessment of Bear Creek, Kent Co. MI
    (poster)
  • Sylvia Fuhrman (Professor Keith Grasman)
    -Great lakes Restoration Initiative: Reassessment of Wildlife Reproduction and Health  Impairments in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Stacy Hooker (Professor Keith Grasman)
    -Great lakes Restoration Initiative: Reassessment of Wildlife Reproduction and Health  Impairments in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jenna Kennedy (Professor Darren Proppe)
    -Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Avian Behavior
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jonathan Knott (Professors David Koetje, Biology and Herbert Fynewever, Chemistry & Biochemistry)
    -Teaching Ecology and Evolution Through the Lens of Vision and Change
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Monica Langeland (Professor Keith Grasman)
    -Great lakes Restoration Initiative: Reassessment of Wildlife Reproduction and Health  Impairments in the Saginaw Bay and River Raisin Areas of Concern
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Dorthea Leisman (Professor Dave Warners)
    -Flat Iron Lake Preserve Phenology and Floral Inventory
    (poster / synopsis)
  • John Morris (Professor Anding Shen)
    -Characterization of HIV Infection in Resting CD4+ T cells Co-cultured with Endothelial Cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Ian Noyes (Professor Dave Warners)
    -Restoring Native Habitats to Urban Landscapes
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Margot Oliver (Professor Amy Wilstermann)
    Growth Characteristics of Lactobacillus iners that Promote Persistence in Bacterial Vaginosis
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Dean Pettinga (Professors Darren Proppe and Dave Warners)
    -Plaster Creek Water Monitoring
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Karyssa Schrouder (Professor Amy Wilstermann)
    -Cancer Curriculum Initiative: Developing Materials to Improve Children's Understanding of Cancer
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Paige Stephens (Professors David Koetje, Biology and Herbert Fynewever, Chemistry & Biochemistry)
    -Teaching Ecology and Evolution Through the Lens of Vision and Change
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Abigail Streelman (Professors John Wertz, Biology and Serita Nelesen, Computer Science))
    -HTMAD: Software Design for MALDI-TOF-Based Microbial Community Analysis
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kelsey Veldkamp (Professor Randall DeJong)
    -In-Depth Analysis of Bacteriophage Esperanza
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Lauren Verstraete (Professor Randall Van Dragt)
    -The Effect of Prairie Burns on Insect Populations at Flat Iron Lake, Kent Co., MI
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Wei Wang (Professor Anding Shen)
    -CD38 & pd1 Expression In HIV-1 Infected resting CD4+ T Cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kathryn Westergren (Professor Dave Warners)
    -Restoring Native Habitats to Urban Landscapes
    (poster / synopsis)

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Chemistry and Biochemistry


  • Ola-Oluwakiti Alabi (Professors Larry Louters and Eric Arnoys)
    -The Effect of Quercetin on GluT1 Activity
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Laura Blohm (Professor Larry Louters)
    - Activity of Tea Extracts & (-)-Catechin on GluT1 Transport
    (poster)
  • Andrea Bootsma (Professor Mark Muyskens)
    -Fluorescence of Aqueous Sycamore Extracts
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Brett De Vries (Professor David Benson)
    -Detection and Quantification of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks -Quantified Correlation of Activity and Tyr-Cys Crosslink in Cysteine Dioxygenase by NMR
  • John Elenbaas (Professor Michael Barbachyn)
    -Preparation of Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentyl Stannanes and Their Applications in Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling Reactions
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Niecia Flikweert (Professor Michael Barbachyn)
    -Substitution of the Benzylic Position of Quinoline Pyrimidinetrion (QPT) Antibacterial Agents
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Golz (Professor David Benson)
    -Detection and Quantification of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks -Quantified Correlation of Activity and Tyr-Cys Crosslink in Cysteine Dioxygenase by NMR
  • Jong Hyun Han (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -A Dynamic Force Spectroscopy Study of Riboflavin Receptor Targeting Nano Particles
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Matt Haveman (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -Examination of Protein Folding with Sivvu™
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Taylor Hegg (Professor David Benson)
    -Detection and Quantification of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks -Quantified Correlation of Activity and Tyr-Cys Crosslink in Cysteine Dioxygenase by NMR
  • Alexandria Hoerr (Professor Mark Muyskens)
    -Fluorescence of Aqueous Sycamore Extracts
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Matt Hollowell (Professor David Benson)
    --Detection and Quantification of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks -Quantified Correlation of Activity and Tyr-Cys Crosslink in Cysteine Dioxygenase by NMR
  • Christine Ikponmwonba (Professor Eric Arnoys)
    -Cloning and Sequencing of Point Mutants of GluT1
    (poster)
  • Sam Kerk (Professors Larry Louters, Eric Arnoys and Brendan Looyenga)
    -Characterization of glucose uptake in human kidney cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • SeongEun Kim (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -The self-assembly of a supramolecular cube
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Paula Kuiper (Professor Herb Fynewever)
    -What kind of professor are you?
    (poster / synopsis)
  • John LaGrand (Professor Carolyn Anderson)
    -Efforts Towards the Synthesis of Amino-Substituted β-Iodo N-Alkenyl Pyridones
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Abby Leistra (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -A Dynamic Force Spectroscopy Study of Riboflavin Receptor Targeting Nano Particles
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nicole Michmerhuizen (Professor Chad Tatko)
    -A Microcalorimetry Study of the Interaction between Insulin and G-Quadruplex DNA
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Adamove Osho (Professor Larry Louters)
    -Activity of Tea Extracts & (-)-Catechin on GluT1 Transport
    (poster)
  • Riemer Praamsma (Professor Eric Arnoys)
    -Mechanistic Study of Glucose Transporter 1
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Emily Rhude (Professor Douglas Vander Griend)
    -Metal-Ligand Solution Structures
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Andrew Roth (Professor David Benson)
    -Quantified Correlation of Activity and Tyr-Cys Crosslink in Cysteine Dioxygenase by NMR
    --Detection and Quantification of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks
  • John Strikwerda (Professor Roger DeKock)
    -Successive Ionization Energies of Atoms: Theoretical Interpretation

    (poster / synopsis)
  • Caleb Uitvlugt (Professor Chad Tatko)
    -Electrochemistry of Catechols
    (synopsis)
  • Margaret Van Winkle (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -A Microcalorimetry Study of the Interaction between Insulin and G-Quadruplex DNA
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Rachel VanOeffelen (Professor Herb Fynewever)
    -What kind of professor are you?
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jared Weidman (Professor Roger DeKock)
    -Core Electron Ionization and the Periodic Table
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Amanda Witte (Professor Kumar Sinniah)
    -A Dynamic Force Spectroscopy Study of Riboflavin Receptor Targeting Nano Particles
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kathryn Wrobel (Professors Eric Arnoys, Larry Louters and Brendan Looyenga)
    -The Effect of pH on GluT1 Activity
    (poster / synopsis)

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Computer Science

  • Thomas Wodarek (Professors Serita Nelesen, Computer Science and John Wertz, Biology)
    -HTMAD: Software Design for MALDI-TOF-Based Microbial Community Analysis
    (poster / synopsis)

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Engineering

  • Aldo Daniel (Professor Yoon Kim)
    --Development of portable battery-operated wireless devices for environmental monitoring
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Rachel Gaide (Professor Xiuhua Si)
    -Electrophoretic Focusing and navigation for Intranasal Target Drug Delivery
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Okkar Moe Myint (Professor Yoon Kim)
    -Development of Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Controller for Photovoltaic (PV) Cells
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jerome Navarro (Professor David Wunder)
    -From Field to Filter: Fluoride Sorption by Bagasse Charcoal
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jeremiah Rocha (Professor David Wunder)
    -Impact of Antibiotics on Denitrifying Biofilm
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Julie Swierenga (Professor David Wunder)
    -Impact of Antibiotics on Denitrifying Biofilm
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Khoi (Kevin) Vu (Professor Yoon Kim)
    -Development of portable battery-operated wireless devices for environmental monitoring
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Lukas Woltjer (Professor Rich De Jong)
    -Thermal Testing of Fenestration Systems
    (poster / synopsis)

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Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies

  • Merideth Beukelman (Professor Deanna van Dijk)
    -Evaluating the FYRES Project
    (synopsis)
  • Linden Brinks (Professor Deanna van Dijk)
    -How does human activity affect coastal dune activity?
    (synopsis)
  • James Karsten (Professor Deanna van Dijk)
    -Investigation of the Syndicate Park Subdivision Dune Area
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Chengbi Liu (Professor Jason VanHorn)
    -Creating a Web Application for Plaster Creek Watershed
    (poster / synopsis)
  • William SooHoo (Professor Jason VanHorn)
    -Creating a Web Application for Plaster Creek Watershed
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Lucas VanderBilt (Professor Deanna van Dijk)
    -Investigation of the Syndicate Park Subdivision Dune Area
    (poster / synopsis)

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Mathematics and Statistics

  • Kate Ardinger (Professor James Turner)
    -An Algebraic Approach to Laman's Theorem
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Shamuel Auyeung (Professor Todd Kapitula)
    -The Krein Matrix and an Interlacing Theorem
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Conrad Blom (Professor Michael Bolt)
    -Analytic Functions in the Generalized Complex Planes
    (synopsis)
  • Timothy DeVries (Professor Michael Bolt)
    -Analytic Functions in the Generalized Complex Planes
    (synopsis)
  • Andrew Hayes (Professor Michael Bolt)
    -Analytic Functions in the Generalized Complex Planes
    (synopsis)
  • HwaPyeong Kim (Professor James Turner)
    -An Algebraic Approach to Laman's Theorem
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nick Visser (Professor James Turner)
    -An Algebraic Approach to Laman's Theorem
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Eric Yu (Professor Todd Kapitula)
    -The Krein Matrix and an Interlacing Theorem
    (poster / synopsis)
  • David Zhang (Professor Michael Bolt)
    Analytic Functions in the Generalized Complex Planes
    (synopsis)
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Nursing

  • Erika Bosch (Professor Adejoke Ayoola)
    -A review of women’s reproductive knowledge
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Lyndsay DeGroot (Professor Adejoke Ayoola)
    -A review of women’s reproductive knowledge
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Kendra Pennings (Professor Adejoke Ayoola)
    -A review of women’s reproductive knowledge
    (poster / synopsis)

Physics and Astronomy

  • Margeaux Carter (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Laser Frequency Stabilization Using an Acousto-Optic Modulator
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jiaming Jiang (Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy; Becky Haney, Economics; and Victor Norman, Computer Science)
    -Economic Wealth & Inequality: What can agent-based model simulations tell us?
    (poster / synopsis)
  • James Lamine (Professors Loren Haarsma, Physics & Astronomy and Serita Nelesen, Computer Science)
    -Modeling the Evolution of Complexity with Digital Organisms
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jacob Lampen (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Laser Frequency Stabilization Using an Acousto-Optic Modulator
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Nathan McReynolds (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Data Acquisition and Analysis with LabVIEW
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Jonathan Shomsky (Professor Matthew Walhout)
    -Using laser light to decelerate argon and krypton atoms
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Zachariah Strango (Professor Paul Harper)
    -The Lipid Monoolein’s Cubic to Inverted Hexagonal Phase Transition and Phase Transition Kinetics in Excess Water and Sucrose
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Samuel Van Kooten (Professor Larry Molnar)
    -Refining Asteroid Collision Timescales
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Daniel Van Noord (Professors Steven Steenwyk and Larry Molnar)
    -Studies of Fast Binary Stars
    (poster / synopsis)
  • Christopher Ver Hoef (Professor Paul Harper)
    -The Mathematics of the Lipid Monoolein and its Cubic Phases
    (poster / synopsis)

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Off-campus researchers

  • Kendra Antonides
    - What is the relationship between sculpin abundance and water quality in northwestern Michigan?
    -Au Sable Institute, Mancelona, Michigan
    (poster)
  • Esther Hui
    -Production of Purified Chondroitinase ABC II in use for Studies of Spinal Cord Nerve Regeneration
    - University of Hong Kong
    (poster)
  • Marie Mustert
    -The use of induced pluripotent stem cells for a genetic model of Muscular Dystrophy
    -University of Michigan, Physiology Department

    (poster)
  • Auguste Niyibizi
    -Using Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to Obtain Quantitative and Qualitative Data on Polystyrene and Polycarbonate Films
    -Ames Lab Department of Energy, Ames, Iowa
    (poster)
  • Rachel Polet
    -Investigating the synthesis of xylan for the development of biofuel crops
    -Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Michigan State University
    (poster)
  • Peter VandeHaar
    -Exploration and Exploitation of Linkage Disequilibrium
    -Michigan State University
    (poster)
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