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Summer Research: 2014 Project Proposals

Application submission deadline: February 17, 2014

  • 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
Interpretation of tail function in fossil cetaceans through multivariate analyses of caudal vertebrae in modern mammals
2
DeJong, Randall and Wertz, John (Biology)
1
Exploring Bacteriophages in Microbe-Host Symbiotic Systems
3
DeJong, Randall (Biology)
2
*Microbial monitoring of the Lower Grand River watershed in Kent County, MI
4
Grasman, Keith (Biology)
3
*Fish-Eating Birds as Sentinels for Pollution in Aquatic Ecosystems
5
Koetje, David (Biology); Fynewever, Herb (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Assessing the Effectiveness of Investigative Labs in Biology 224 and 225
6
Proppe, Darren (Biology)
2
Conspecific attraction: Are birds attracted to their own species songs?
NOTE: Professor Proppe is off campus. Please contact him about this project by email.
7
Shen, Anding (Biology)
2
*The roles of endothelial cells on HIV infection and latency formation in resting T helper cells
8
Ubels, John (Biology)
2
*UVB-induced apoptosis in the corneal epithelium
9
Van Dragt, Randy (Biology)
2
Forty years of forest development on the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve.
10
Van Dragt, Randy (Biology)
1
Impact of fire on insect communities at the Flat Iron Lake prairie.
11
Van Dragt, Randy (Biology)
3
Land Stewardship in the Ecosystem Preserve
12
Warners, Dave (Biology)
2
Restoring Native Habitats in Urban Landscapes
13
Warners, Dave (Biology)
1
Plant Responses to Climate Change at Flat Iron Lake Preserve
14
Warners, Dave (Biology)
1
Assessment and Restoration of Plaster Creek
15
Wertz, John (Biology)
1
Physiological Characterization and Naming of Novel Bacteria from the Guts of Cephalotes Ants
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Chemistry & Biochemistry projects

16
Anderson, Carolyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*Exploration into Rotationally Restricted N-Alkyl Quinolines
17
Anderson, Carolyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
*Microwave Assisted Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypyridines
18
Anderson, Carolyn (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Synthesis of β- and γ-Amino Acids Containing N-Alkyl Pyridones
19
Arnoys, Eric (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Watching Proteins in Real Time
20
Barbachyn, Michael (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1-2
Synthesis of functionalized 3-aryl and 3-heteroaryl-5-iodomethyl-2-oxazolidinones via an iodocyclocarbamation reaction
21
Benson, David (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Proteins as antioxidants
22
DeKock, Roger (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Trends in the Electronic Structure of Atoms
  Fynewever, Herb (Chemistry & Biochemistry)   See #5 Koetje, Dave (Biology)
23
Looyenga, Brendan (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Cell Signaling and Endocytosis in Kidney Cancer
24
Louters, Larry (Chemistry & Biochemistry
1
Effects of selected nutrichemicals on glucose uptake
25
Louters, Larry (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Relationship of the activity of GLUT1 to its tethering to the cytoskeleton
26
Muyskens, Mark (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
1
Photochemistry: Photoelimination in Acetylacetone
27
Sinniah, Kumar (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
*Characterizing Riboflavin Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery in Chemotherapeutics
28
Sinniah, Kumar (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
2
Investigating the Binding Interaction of Insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA
29
Vander Griend, Douglas (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
3
*Nanomolecular Building Projects
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Computer Science Projects

30
Joel Adams (Computer Science)
2
*Computing in Parallel
31
Norman, Victor (Computer Science)
1
Developing a Scratch interface for the Greenfoot programming environment
32
Plantinga, Harry (Computer Science)
1
Research on the Semantic Web
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Engineering Projects

33
Si, Xiuhua (Engineering)
2
Electric and Magnetic Focusing and Navigation for Intranasal Target Drug Delivery
34
Wunder, David (Engineering)
1
Bagasse Charcoal: A Novel Water Treatment Approach for Developing Global Regions
35
Wunder, David (Engineering)
1
*Fate and Impact of Antibiotics in Denitrifying Biofilters
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Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies Projects

36
Bascom, Jonathan
2

Publishing an Online Ethiopian Geography Using Intelligent Web Maps and Storytelling Templates

37
Bjelland, Mark (Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies)
1
Geographies of Deindustrialization and Environmental Contamination in Michigan
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Mathematics & Statistics Projects

38
Ferdinands, John (Mathematics & Statistics)
2
Selective Sums of Infinite Series
39
Turner, James (Mathematics & Statistics)
2
*Algebraic characterization of manifolds in higher dimensions
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Nursing Projects

40
Ayoola, Adejoke (Nursing)
6
Preconception reproductive knowledge promotion (PREKNOP)
41
Moes, Jesse (Nursing)
1
Heartside Healthy Feet
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Physics & Astronomy Projects

42
Haarsma, Loren (Physics & Astronomy)
1
Investigating how UV exposure activates K+ channels in corneal epithelial cells using electrophysiology
43
Haarsma, Loren (Physics & Astronomy)
1
Programming and optimizing an agent-based computer simulation of a self-organized, interdependent economy
44
Harper, Paul (Physics & Astronomy)
2
Phase Behavior Studies of Minimal Surface Based Structures in Sugar-Lipid Mixtures
45
Molnar, Larry (Physics & Astronomy)
1
Asteroid Collisions
46
Molnar, Larry (Physics & Astronomy)
1
Modeling Fast and Unusual Binary Stars
47
Walhout, Matthew (Physics & Astronomy)
3
Trapping krypton and argon atoms with laser beams
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