$64,928 Awarded to Undergraduate Student Researchers

November 28, 2011 - Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has awarded sixty-seven undergraduate research grants totaling $64,928 for the spring 2012 semester. The grants will support the research of 103 students who are overseen by forty-six faculty members. The spring award list is:

$64,928 Awarded to Undergraduate Student Researchers

Senior Christopher Wheeler received a $700 grant to support his electrochemical research, much of which is conducted in the chemistry instrumentation lab.


Kassandra Barrett (Dr. Mary Beth Pinto) - $700- “Hybrid Learning Initiative for Black School of Business and Penn State Behrend”


Joshua Arner (Dr. E. George Walters) - $700 - “Personal Computer to FPGA Data Interface”

Thomas Bonaquist, Jared Castaldi, and Christopher Pfaff (Kathryn Holliday-Darr and Edward Evans) - $2,100 “Senior Design Project: Mechanism at Work”

Michael DiLuzio and Ryan Repko (Shannon Sweeney) - $1,400 - “Monitoring Tool Wear, Beamforming System Set-Up”

Sefan Gracik (Dr. William Lasher) - $700 - “Analysis of a Sailboat Rudder with OpenFOAM”

Anthony Hendrickson (Dr. Yongfang Zhong) - $700 - “Design of an Adsorption Module for Engine Waste-Heat Driven Cooling Systems”

Ali Ismail and Jeremy Hall (Agasthya Ayachit and Dr. Dakshina Murthy Bellur) - $1,400 - “Closed-Loop Buck-Boost DC-DC Converter for LED Driver Circuit Operating in Continuous Conduction Mode”

Tim Kaminske (Dr. William Lasher) - $700 - "Modeling Wind Turbines Using CFD Software”

Walter Kerin and Andrew Bauer (Dr. Dakshina Murthy Bellur) - $1,400 - “Design and Experimentation of Loosely Coupled Planar Inductors for Wireless Power Transmission Systems”

Chris Leasure and Daniel Gorajewski (Robert Edwards) - $1,400 - “Effects of a Sudden Expansion in a Circular Duct with Air Flow”

David Marogi (Michael Willis) - $700 - “Pressure Drops in Single Phase Flow Through Curved Pipes”

Andrew Opalewski (Dr. William Lasher) - $700 - “Nanofluidics”

David Pocratsky (Dr. Xiaocong Fan) - $700 - “A Macro-View Controller for a Multilayer Geographical Information System”

Noah Rojahn (Dr. E. George Walters) - $700 - “FPGA Test Bed for Digital Signal Processing Algorithms”

Everett Sargent (Dr. Oladipo Onipede) - $700 - “Modeling and Analysis of Vibrations Caused by Small, Roof-Mounted Wind Turbines”

Jacob Shaffer (Dr. E. George Walters) - $700 - “Extending the Precision of Embedded Multipliers in FPGAs”

Robert Stokes Jr. (Melanie Ford and Stephen Strom) - $561 - “Whack-A-Light: An Interactive Demo of an Embedded System”

Terrance Watterson (Dr. Jun Zhou) - $700 - “Application of Electric Current in Friction Stir Welding”


Renee Fanning, Bryan Fleeson, Carissa Stanko, Miri Ohashi, and Bilge Erdem (Dr. Dawn Blasko and Kathryn Holliday-Darr) - $3,150 - “Determining How Individual Differences Impact the Acquisition of Spatial Skills via Educational Software”


Erik Snowden (Ralph Sprang and Ann Quinn) - $700 - “Solar Irrigation System as Centerpiece for Community Garden”


Kimberly Cook, Aly Eagle, and Jen Slane (Dr. Charisse Nixon) - $300 - “Cyber Punch vs. Physical Fist: Which is Worse?”

Kimberly Cook and Ashley Turner (Dr. Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,400 - “Environmental Conditions and Their Relationship to Academic Achievement and Attitudes: Analysis and Presentation”

Lauren DeIntinis, Faith Govan, and Brian McElveney (Dr. Dawn Blasko) - $2,100 - “The Influence of Emoticons on Receiver Perception”

Lindsey Fuller (Dr. Carol Wilson) - $700 - “Attachment, Social Support, and Pain Perceptions”

Carl Kallgren, Denise Hillen, Emily Sherry, and Paige Robertson (Dr. Charisse Nixon) - $2,800 - “Empathy in 3D: Creating New Perspectives on Bullying”

Ashley Kerr, Rob Fogle, and Bryan Fleeson (Dr. Victoria Kazmerski and Dr. Dawn Blasko) - $1,750 - "Electrophysiological Research of Non-Literal Language”

Lauren Kolb, Nicholas Loukides, Bethany Burlingame, Nick Decker, Zoe Gujral, Sean Jordan, John Madura, Garrett Morgan, and Katherine O’Neill (Dr. John Gamble) - $1,900 - “Comprehensive Statistical Database of Multilateral Treaties (CSDMT) Project:

Jamie Manson (Dr. Victoria Kazmerski) - $700 - “Intervention Programs’ Effectiveness on Appearance-Based Tanning Beliefs: Step 3”

Kyle Thiel (Dr. Victoria Kazmerski) - $700 - “The Influence of Family and Peer Connectedness and Spirituality on Undergraduate Adjustment (An Extension of Role of Fathers in the Family)”

Danielle Williams and Joslyn Mesing (Dr. Dawn Blasko) - $1,392 - “Personality Traits as a Mediator for Sarcastic Interpretation”

Amir Wirr, Jamie Songer, and Renee Fanning (Dr. Charisse Nixon) - $350 - “Sexual Harassment: The Bystander’s View”


Ara Agato and Dixie Courtney (Dr. Beth Potter and Dr. Margaret Voss) - $1,400 - “Tracking the Bacterial Diversity on Individual House Wren Eggs”

Elizabeth Bialosky (Dr. Michael Naber and Ann Quinn) - $700 - “Arboretum Web Site Enhancement with Digital Photographs and GPS Technology”

Brendan Burbules (Dr. Michael Naber and Ann Quinn) - $700 - “Behrend Arboretum Web Site Upgrade”

Zachary Bush (Dr. Meng Su) - $700 - “Tweet Categorization with Pattern Diffusion”

Brianne Campbell and Emily Hyde (Dr. Anthony Foyle and Dr. Beth Potter) - $1,400 - “Seasonal Water Quality Research Monitoring of Fourmile Creek”

Brian Carlson (Dr. Beth Potter and Dr. Margaret Voss) - $700 - “Influence of Intermittent Incubation on the Invasion of Pseudomonas fluorescens into Quail Eggs”

Rachael Carmichael (Dr. Michael Justik) - $700 - “Continued Exploration of the Reaction of Novel Alkynyl Iodonium Salts with Phenoxides: A ‘Green’ Synthesis of Benzofurans”

Jerry Casbohm (Dr. Martin Kociolek) - $700 - “Investigation of the Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Properties of Benzisoxazole 2-Oxides”

Stephanie Chestnut (Dr. Christopher Gee) - $700 - “Screening Plasmopara viticola Populations in Vineyards of the Lake Erie Region for Resistance to QoI Fungicides Using the CAPS-PCR Method”

Scott Dombrosky (Dr. Joseph Previte) - $700 - “Statistical Arbitrage Investing”

Corey Dominick (Dr. Darren Williams) - $700 - “Orbital Stability of Massive Satellite Systems around Planets”

Bradley Drumheller and Rajeev Varkey (Dr. Michael Campbell) - $1,328 - “The Effect of DMN on Osmotic Response Regulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”

Jenna Ebert (Dr. James Warren Jr.) - $700 - “Using Zebrafish as a Model System to Study Fetal Alcohol Syndrome”

Nathan Elbert (Dr. Beth Potter and Ann Quinn) - $700 - “Identifying Bacteria in Early Compost Piles”

Kaysie Foust (Dr. Matthew Gruwell) - $700 - “Molecular Identification of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Genetic Predisposition for Diabetes”

Krystal Gage (Dr. James Warren Jr.) - $700 - “Elucidating the Mechanisms of Neural Tube Defects in Homocysteine-Treated Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryos”

Stephen Galdo (Ann Quinn) - $700 - “Energy Management Overview: Reassessment and Energy Conservation and Management”

Kristi Gdanetz (Dr. Matthew Gruwell) - $700 - “Investigating the Effects of Cryptic Diversity and Speciation in the Armored-Scale Insect Chionaspis pinifoliae and the Primary Endosymbiont Uzinura diaspidicola”

Andrew Halmi (Dr. James Warren Jr.) - $700 - “A More Effective Method of Raising Young Zebrafish (Danio rerio)”

Brittany Hoard (Dr. Blair Tuttle) - $700 - “Study of Candidate Intrinsic Defects in Amorphous Silicon”

Madelyn Hoover (Dr. Jay Amicangelo) - $700 - “The Characterization of Germanium Nitride Intermediates Using Vacuum-UV Photolysis and Matrix-Isolation Infrared Spectroscopy”

Torin Karsonovich (Dr. Martin Kociolek) - $700 - “Synthesis and Evaluation of the Antioxidant Activity of Benzisoxazole 2-Oxide Containing Flavanones”

Gabriel Kramer (Dr. Joseph Previte and Dr. Michelle Previte) - $700 - “The Growth Exponent of Vertex Replacement Rules with Exponential Growth”

Chachi Lethaby (Dr. Michael Naber and Dr. Anthony Foyle) - $700 - “Geoscience Rock Display and Collection Research and Identification”

Joshua MacCready and Timothy Gaw (Dr. Matthew Gruwell) - $1,000 - “Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg: Investigating Genomics and Host Invasion in the Endosymbiotic bacteria Tremblaya princeps and Moranella endobia within the Citrus Mealybug Host Planococcus citri”

James Pander (Dr. Jason Bennett) - $700 - “Assessing the Viability of Rhodium Protoporphyrin for Use as an Electrocatalyst for the Selective Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide”

Alicia Quick (Dr. Christopher Gee) - $700 - “The Assessment of Fruit Chemistry of Two Candidates to Replace Vitis labrusca ‘Niagara’ for White Grape Juice Production”

Tanya Riston (Dr. Papiya Bhattacharjee) - $700 - “Lattices and Frames”

Brianne Sawders (Dr. Michael Justik) - $700 - “Continued Exploration of Metal Catalyzed Arylation Reactions of 2-[(Aryl)iodonio]benzenesulfonates”

Eric Schultz (Dr. Christopher Gee) - $700 - “Population Assessment of Agrobacterium vitis Isolated from Asymptomatic Concord Grapevine in North East, Pennsylvania”

Clayton Schuman (Dr. Antonio Mastroberardino) - $700 - “Analysis of Multidimensional Predator-Prey Systems”

Gregory Speir and Nicholas Barr (Dr. G. William Baxter) - $1,400 - “Jamming of Low-Aspect Ratio Granular Media in Vertical Channels”

Fiona Steel (Dr. Blair Tuttle) - $700 - “Modeling Candidate Solid State Systems for Quantum Computers”

Gwendolyn Thompson (Dr. Pamela Silver) - $697 - “Salinity Preference of Anostraca Adults is Independent of Rearing Salinities”

Jared Thompson, Alex Wardi, Brad Mason, and Domenic Palmieri (Charles Burchard and Gary Walker) - $2,800 - “’Student’s Friend’ Task Organizer and Study Assistance Application”

Christopher Wheeler (Dr. Jason Bennett) - $700 - “Electrochemical Studies of Electrodeposited Dicyano-Coordinated Ferriprotoporphyrin”