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2014 Undergraduate Student Spring Semester Research Grants

 

Each grant list individual student researcher(s) with respective cooperating faculty member(s) in parentheses.

 

 

SAM AND IRENE BLACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
 

Sean Allen and Brittany Martinelli (James Kurre) - $1,400
“iPhones vs. Eye doctors: What Attributes of Metropolitan Areas Entice People 25-29, and 65 and Over to Move There?”
 

Geoffrey Morgan (Kathleen Noce) - $700
“Big Data in Behrend Curriculum”
 

Amanda Myers and Natasha Terensky (John Fizel) - $1,400
“Work Smarter, Not Harder”


Miranda Pytlarz (Kathleen Noce) - $700
“Partnership Erie Community Outreach Business Intelligence Solution”
 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
 

Andrew Arnold (Adam Hollinger) - $700
“Injection Molding of Microscale Fuel Cells”
 

Christopher Conklin (David Loker and John Roth) - $700
“Acoustic Noise Emission Data Collection and Analysis”
 

Kurt Crytzer (Adam Hollinger) - $700
“3D Printing of Microscale Fuel Cells”
 

Luke Elliott (David Loker and John Roth) - $700
“Embedded Wireless Sensors for Biometric Force Measurement”
 

Tyler Ewing (Xiaocong Fan) - $700
“An Experimental Approach to Optimizing an Optical Character Recognition System”
 

Patrick Haney, Nathan Greene, and Matthew McGee (Alicyn Rhoades and Bradley Johnson) - $2,100
“Coconut Shell and Oil Additives for Tough Olefin Composites”
 

Joseph Humphrey (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“Effect of Pre-Strain on Electric Flow through the AA 5083 Material”
 

Matthew Ihrig (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“Square Cup Forming through Innovative Process”


Stephen Lester (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“Investigation of Hole Expansion on AA 5083 Aluminum Alloy”
 

Megan Lobdell (John Roth) - $700
“Friction Stir Welding Setup and Implementation”
 

Matthew McCormick (John Roth) - $700
“Wear-Monitoring Tool Holder”
 

Nathan Myers (Robert Edwards) - $700
“Development of a Convective Heat Transfer Exercise”
 

Christopher Scriva (John Roth) - $700
“Stir Friction Spot Welding”
 

Nathan Siebert (Russell Warley) - $700
“Design of Experiment for Effectiveness of a Thermal Protective Coating for Automotive Components”
 

William Trozzo (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“A Study on E-Value Change at Different Strain during 5083 Aluminum Alloy Tensile Test”
 

Eric Vunovic (Russell Warley) - $700
“Explosive Decompression Design Principles”
 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

Matthew Campbell (Matthew White and Heather Lum) - $700
“Human Factors and Implementation Analysis of a High-Precision Game Controller”

 

 

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
 

Christina Ayers, Erica Edwards, and Sarah Craig (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“Deception Detection: Examining Individual Differences”
 

Nicole Bell, Natalie Corso, Rachel Hido, and Breanna Foster (Carol Wilson) - $980
“Romantic Relationships and Monetary Discussions”
 

Sean Bogart and Natalie Corso (Margaret Burke and Melanie Hetzel-Riggin) - $700
“STEM = STIM: Are STEM Majors at Greater Risk for Stimulant Abuse?”
 

Kayla Cochran, Chelsea Chase, and Kara Steele (Charisse Nixon) - $200
“What Are the Mediating Factors on Either Positive or Negative Adjustment on Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders?”
 

Kayla Cochran and Chelsea Chase (Charisse Nixon, Nicole Shoenberger, and Dharma Jairam) - $1,400
“Pennsylvania Aggression Reduction Center”
 

Mauricio Cortes, Lillian Gabreski, Matthew Lesnett, Taylor Pokrant, Michael Rebman, and Katelyn Stojanovic (John Gamble) - $2,400
“Comprehensive Statistical Database of Multilateral Treaties Project”
 

Margaret Eimers, Vidhya Venkataraman, and Anthony Gahagen (Charisse Nixon) - $180
“Finding the Sweet Spot in College Student Involvement”
 

Robert Fogle, Alicia McAllister, Christie Leslie, and Erica Edwards (Dawn Blasko, Victoria Kazmerski, and Shariffah Sheik Dawood) - $2,800
“Pouncing on Perception: Understanding Metaphor and Sarcasm”
 

Maurina Grandinetti, Emily Galeza, Brianna Zaffino, and Catherine Bertges (Heather Lum) - $2,500
“A Collaborative Project Examining Aspects of Human-Animal Interactions between Live and Virtual Training Scenario”
 

Jacqueline Husted, Alison DeFurio, and Alyssa Craig (Victoria Kazmerski) - $300
“Stress Levels and Demands of Athletics”
 

Stephanie Johnson, Megan White, and Christine Winkelbauer (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“Attentional Focus and Background Music in Gaming: An Empirical Study”
 

Callie Keating and Natalie Corso (Shariffah Sheik Dawood) - $1,200
“Women in Leadership: No Longer a Man’s World”
 

Kayla Kedzior, Jillian Robertson, and Danial Zonna (Charisse Nixon) - $243
“The Effects of Environmental and Individual Factors on Peer and Romantic Relationship”
 

Kaitlyn Matty and Mary Havers (Carol Wilson) - $1,400
“Attachment, Social Support, and Pain”
 

John Moore and Katelyn Marsh (Melanie Hetzel-Riggin) - $1,400
“Betrayal Trauma: Effects on Conflict Management Style with Authority Figures”
 

Natalie Polana and Erica Robertson (Victoria Kazmerski) - $150
“Relations between Student Stress and Cell Phone Use”
 

Michael Rebman, William Shelstad, and Jordan Lyon (Charisse Nixon) - $297
“Effect of Media on Thoughts and Behaviors”
 

Michael Rebman (John Gamble) - $700
“Survey of Academic International Law”
 

Michael Squeglia, Alicia Carroll, and Douglas Kelly (Charisse Nixon) - $175
“Effects of Critical Hype on Consumer Expectations”
 

Megan White, Callie Keating, and Christine Winkelbauer (Dawn Blasko and Heather Lum) - $1,400
“VIZ Collaborative Project: Using Spatial Skills in the Real World”

 

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
 

Bradley Abramson and Rodney Wells (Papiya Bhattacharjee) - $1,400
“Various Prime Numbers”
 

Mohammed Al Shibar (Michael Campbell) - $700
“Effects of 1,4-Dimethylnapthalene on Yeast’s (Saccharamyces cerevisae) Amino Acid Metabolism and Gene Expression”
 

Chris Alverson (Jason Bennett) - $700
“Investigating the Effect of the Electrode Support Material on the Electrodeposition of Ferriprotoporphyrin”
 

Allexyss Brown (James Warren) - $700
“Perturbing Folate Metabolism through the Morpholino Knockdown of BHMT in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryos”
 

Nicholas Burton (Michael Justik) - $700
“Exploration of the Reaction of Novel Alkynyl Iodonium Salts with Phenoxides”
 

Alex Campbell and Andrew Lawrence (Matthew Gruwell) - $1,296
“Genome Annotation of Brownia rhizoecola
 

William Emmel and Kevin Nelen (Papiya Bhattacharjee) - $1,400
“Functions and Higher Dimensional Geometry”
 

Jon Fifer (Martin Kociolek) - $700
“Novel Benzisoxazole 2-Oxides as Metal Coordinating Ligands”
 

Nicholas Friedl (G. William Baxter) - $700
“Jamming of Low-Aspect Ratio Granular Materials in Size Varying Vertical Channels”
 

Nicole Gardner (Jason Bennett) - $700
“Investigating the Effects of Electrochemical Analysis of Electrodeposited Dicyano-Ferriprotoporphyrin”
 

Dan Hoang, Kaitlin Pander, Sean Weaver, and Aimee Day (Beth Potter) - $2,800
“Determining the Bacterial Diversity on the Surface of Purple Martin Eggs”
 

Michael Jaskolka (Michael Campbell) - $700
“Determining the Presence of 2-Amino-5-Phenylpentanoic Acid in Unroasted Kentucky Coffee Tree Seeds Using HPLC”
 

Rachel Mercaldo, Katelyn Melvin, Hasan Khan, Brenton Maloney, and Paul Ruiz (Beth Potter) - $3,450
“Determining the Antimicrobial Effectiveness of Agion Silver Technology on Door Handles within the Penn State Erie Campus”
 

Matthew Moesta (Jason Bennett) - $700
“Developing a Method to Coat Pt with Carbonaceous Materials to Act as a Support for Needle-type Amperometric Sensors”
 

Amanda Pawlowski (Mary Grace Galinato) - $700
“Conformational Preferences of Diphenylurea Samples in Different Solvent Environments”
 

Alexis Rowley (Michael Justik) - $700
“Synthesis of the First Examples of Chirality at Iodine: Diaryliodosyl Salts”
 

Kathryn Sauka (Michael Justik) - $700
“Application of BF3-CH3OH towards the Direct Alkylation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons with Hypervalent Iodine”
 

Ethan Smith (William Baxter and Christopher Gee) - $700
“Effect of Electric Fields on Fungi Growth”
 

Amanda Stetz (Mary Grace Galinato) - $700
“Monitoring the Effect of Heme Electron Density on Mb Nitrite Reductase Activity”
 

Samantha Storti (James Warren) - $700
“Genetic Perturbation of Folate Metabolism through Knockdown of Methionine Synthase in Zebrafish”
 

Benjamin Tilley and Jacob Clancy (Papiya Bhattacharjee) - $1,400
“Fourth Dimensional Spheres and Their Physical Properties”
 

Robert Volkin (Antonio Mastroberardino) - $700
“Optimal Control Dynamics of Radiotherapy in Tumor Growth Models”
 

Seth Weible (Bruce Wittmershaus) - $700
“Varying of White Background Distances behind Luminescent Solar Concentrators”

 

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