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Summer Research: 2013 Project Proposals

Application submission deadline: February 18, 2013

  • Click on a department to scroll down to that department's proposed projects.
  • Click on a project title to see more information about that project.
  • Contact the sponsoring faculty member(s) to discuss the project(s) you are interested in before applying. This is required.
  • Fill out the online student research application.

Biology projects
Chemistry & Biochemistry projects
Computer Science projects
Engineering projects
Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies projects
Mathematics & Statistics projects
Nursing projects
Physics & Astronomy projects

*If a project is externally funded, that means the professor has won financial support from outside of the college to pay students this summer for the specific research proposed. Because the research is critically reviewed in the competition for funding, students on externally funded projects are more likely to author papers and attend conferences, especially after a second summer of research. Projects below that are externally funded are marked with an asterisk.
Project # Supervisor Name, Department # of students Project Title
 
   

Biology projects

1
Bebej, Ryan (Biology)
1
A Whale of a Tale: The Origin of Tail-Powered Swimming in Early Cetaceans
2
DeJong, Randall (Biology)
1
Genomic and niche characterization of bacteriophages in the microbial communities of the aquatic snails Biomphalaria and Helisoma
2a
Dornbos, David and Wertz, John (Biology)
1
Specificity of Frankia Bacteria in Symbiosis with Native Speckled Alder and Non-Native Autumn Olive
3
Grasman, Keith (Biology)
2
*Effects of Pollutants on the Health of Colonial Waterbirds in Great Lakes Areas of Concern
4
Grasman, Keith (Biology)
1
Impact of Mercury on Immune Function in Common Loons of New York's Adirondack Park
5
Koetje, David (Biology); Fynewever, Herb (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Enhancing Learning Through Research in Biology 225
6
Proppe, Darren and Warners, Dave (Biology)
2
Avian and Water Quality Assessments along Plaster Creek
7
Shen, Anding (Biology)
2
*The roles of endothelial cells on HIV infection and latency formation in resting T helper cells
8
Van Dragt, Randy (Biology)
1
Impacts of Fire on Insect Populations in Created Prairie
9
Van Dragt, Randy (Biology) and Henderson, Jeanette (Ecosystem Preserve)
3
Stewardship of the Calvin College Nature Preserves
10
Warners, Dave and Ryskamp, Michael (Biology)
2
Restoring Native Habitats In Urban Landscapes
11
Warners, Dave (Biology)
1
Plant Responses to Climate Change at Flat Iron Lake Preserve
12
Wertz, John (Biology); Nelesen, Serita (Computer Science)
1
HTMAD: Software Design for MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry-Based Microbial Community Analysis
13
Wilstermann, Amy (Biology)
1
Investigating the Dynamics of Bacterial Communities in the Female Reproductive Tract
     

Chemistry & Biochemistry projects

14
Anderson, Carolyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Organic Chemistry: Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypyridines
15
Anderson, Carolyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of N-Alkyl Pyridone Containing β- and γ-Amino Acids
16
Arnoys, Eric, Louters, Larry and Looyenga, Brendan (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
Watching Membrane Proteins in Real Time
17
Barbachyn, Michael (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Preparation of Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentyl Stannanes, Silanes and Trifluoroborates and Applications in Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling Reactions
18
Barbachyn, Michael (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Synthesis of Novel QPT Antibacterial Agents Bearing Substitution at the Benzylic Position
19
Benson, David (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*Anti-Oxidant Nature of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in BF4112
20
Benson, David (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*Anti-Oxidant Nature of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in Cysteine Dioxygenase
21
Benson, David (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*Analysis of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks Concentrations in Proteins
22
Benson, David (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*Computational Analysis of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in Proteins
23
Benson, David and Tatko, Chad (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*NMR Analysis of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in Proteins
24
DeKock, Roger (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Cooperativity in Hydrogen Bonding
25
DeKock, Roger (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Sequential Ionization Energies of Atoms
26
Fynewever, Herb (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
Faculty approaches to student interaction in teaching science, math, and engineering
27
Looyenga, Brendan (Chemistry & Biochemistry)    
28
Louters, Larry (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Detection of oligomers of GLUT1 and its relationship to the activity of the transporter
29
Louters, Larry and Looyenga, Brendan (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Relationship of GLUT1 tethering to the cytoskeleton and its influence on its activity
30
Muyskens, Mark (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
Photochemistry: Research in Fluorescence in Sycamore Wood and Photoelimination in Acetylacetone
31
Sinniah, Kumar (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Investigating the Binding of Insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA
32
Sinniah, Kumar (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
Characterizing Riboflavin Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy
33
Tatko, Chad (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Perturbation of Acidity via Noncovalent Interactions
34
Vander Griend, Douglas (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Nanomolecular Building Projects (Note: Professor Vander Griend is out of the country. Contact him about this project by e-mail.)
     

Computer Science Projects

35
Nelesen, Serita (Computer Science)
1
HTMAD: Software for Analyzing MALDI-TOF Data
     

Engineering Projects

36
Kim, Yoon (Engineering)
3
Development of portable battery-operated wireless devices for environmental monitoring
37
Wunder, David (Engineering)
1
Removal of Fluoride in Bagasse Charcoal
38
Wunder, David (Engineering)
1
Fate and Impact of Antibiotics in Denitrifying Biofilters
     

Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies Projects

39
van Dijk, Deanna
2
How does human activity affect coastal dune activity?
40
VanHorn, Jason (Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies)
1
GIS and Remote Sensing of Plaster Creek Watershed
     

Mathematics & Statistics Projects

41
Bolt, Michael (Mathematics & Statistics)
3
*Analytic functions of a generalized complex variable
42
Bolt, Michael (Mathematics & Statistics)
3
*Numerical Schwarz-Christoffel mapping
43
Kapitula, Todd (Mathematics & Statistics)
2
*The Krein function - a new characteristic polynomial
44
Turner, James (Mathematics & Statistics)
2
*Utilizing algebra to address problems in the geometry of polynomials
     

Nursing Projects

45
Ayoola, Adejoke (Nursing)
3
Preconception reproductive knowledge promotion (PREKNOP)
     

Physics & Astronomy Projects

46
Haarsma, Loren (Physics & Astronomy); Nelesen, Serita (Computer Science)
1
Developing a computer model of evolution of interlocking complexity in biology
47
Haarsma, Loren (Physics & Astronomy); Haney, Becky (Economics); Norman, Vic (Computer Science)
1
Programming and optimizing an agent-based computer simulation of a self-organized, interdependent economy
48
Harper, Paul (Physics & Astronomy)
2
DSC and Temperature Jump Studies of Lipid Phase Transitions
49
Molnar, Larry (Physics & Astronomy)
1
Asteroid Collisions
50
Steenwyk, Steven and Molnar, Larry (Physics & Astronomy)
1
Modeling Fast and Unusual Binary Stars
51
Walhout, Matthew (Physics & Astronomy)
3
*Experiments with trapped krypton atoms

 

 

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