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2013 Undergraduate Student Spring Semester Research Grants

 

Each grant lists student researcher(s) with respective cooperating faculty member(s) in parenthesis.

 

 

SAM AND IRENE BLACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
 

Steven Plumer (Peerasit Patankul) - $700
“Measurement of Project Portfolio Management Effectiveness”

 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
 

Joel King (Robert Weissbach) - $700
“Development and Testing of Deterministic Model for a Stochastic Wind Simulator”
 

Stephen Lester (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“Earing Elimination during 5083 Aluminum Alloy Cup Forming through Electric-Assisted Manufacturing”
 

Megan Lobdell (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“Spring-back Analysis on 5083 Aluminum Alloy Channel”
 

Nathan Myers (Robert Edwards) - $700
“Thermoelectric Cooler Activity for K-12 Outreach”
 

Abram Pleta (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“An Investigation of Anisotropic Behavior on 5083 Aluminum Alloy”
 

Pat Scullion and Pat Mannalla (Jonathan Meckley) - $700
“Altered Draft Angle Analysis for Injection Molding”

 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
 

Bilge Erdem, Megan Harris, Peter Huizar, Callie Keating, and Miri Ohashi (Dawn Blasko, Heather Lum, and Nancy Study) - $3,500
“VIZ: Developing Assessment Tools for Spatial Skills”


 

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

Erica Anderson and Yun Park (Victoria Kazmerski) - $300
“Bullying and Exercise”
 

Marc Bethune, Jamal Sharif, and Adam Ryzinski (Dawn Blasko) - $550
“Market Bias Cause and the Perception of Food Risk”
 

Lynzie Black, Megan Morrow, and Sean Bogart (Dawn Blasko) - $570
“The Effects of Music within Video Games on Levels of Aggression”

Peter Brower, Samantha Vasy, and Rachel Mueller (Dawn Blasko) - $400
“Stereotypes of Gender Differences in Regards to Dissolutions of Relationships”
 

Alicia Carroll (Carol Wilson) - $700
“Attachment, Social Support, and Pain”
 

Kimberly Cook, Jennifer Slane, and Alyson Eagle (Charisse Nixon) - $2,100
“Your High School Experience”
 

Susan Dombrowski, Alex Kindle, and Heather Custard (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“Which is the Best Predictor of Aggressive Behavior: Gender, Self-Esteem, or Narcissism?”
 

William Dorsch and Sherrie Vinion (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“Does Spirituality Lessen the Negative Effects of Anxiety on Cognitive Performance?”
 

Margaret Eimers and Katelyn Marsh (Dawn Blasko, Victoria Kazmerski, and Shariffah Dawood) - $1,400
“Cross Cultural Figurative Language”
 

Bryan Fleeson and Ashley Turner (Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,400
“Music, Memory, and Driving”
 

Robert Fogle, Bryan Fleeson, Kayleigh Adamson, Alicia McAllister, Christie Edwards, and Erica Edwards (Dawn Blasko and Victoria Kazmerski) - $3,150
“Research is a Mountain Climb: Comprehending Perceptual Metaphors”
 

Katherine Hoffman and Abigail Dudzic (Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,400
“Middle School Students’ Attitudes about Science, Connectedness, and Learning Environment: A Follow Up”
 

Emily Loker and Natalie Corso (Carol Wilson) - $1,100
“The Effect of Media on the Perception of College Students towards the Use of Cognitive Stimulants”
 

Nicole Nau and Maurina Grandinetti (Heather Lum) - $1,400
“An Examination of Perceptual and Interactive Differences between a Live and Virtual Pet Training Scenario”
 

Nicole Nau and Kymberly McClellan (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“Impressions of Relinquished Pets”
 

Meghan Nee, Natalie Corso, and Christina Anthony (Dawn Blasko) - $600
“The Effect of Media on the Perception of College Students towards the Use of Cognitive Stimulants”
 

Katherine Pope, Holli LeVan, and Sheila Ziems (Victoria Kazmerski) - $350
“Personality and Prejudice”
 

Paige Robertson, Racquel Wright, and Abigail Dudzic (Victoria Kazmerski) - $300
“Predicting College Adjustment: Narcissism and Religion”
 

Racheal Sporcic, Geran Lorraine, and Amanda Becker (Dawn Blasko) - $500
“The Influence of Personal Motivation and Rewards in Volunteer Behavior”
 

Julie Williams, Lindsey Fuller, and Maurina Grandinetti (Dawn Blasko) - $380
“Anthropomorphic Attitudes towards Animals”

 

 

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
 

Brandon Blanchard (Michael Justik) - $700
“Oxidation of Secondary Alcohols Using Benziodathiazoles”
 

Alex Campbell and Joshua Wodskow (Matthew Gruwell) - $1,400
"Coevolution of Acropyga Ants, Xenococcine Mealybugs, and Their Associated Endosymbionts”
 

Brianne Campbell, Heather Jenkins, and Leora Cantolina (Anthony Foyle, Michael Justik, and Ann Quinn) - $2,100
“Water Quality Monitoring of Fourmile Creek and Eightmile Creek, Erie, Pennsylvania”
 

Stephanie Chestnut (Christopher Gee) - $700
“Development of a PCR-RFLP Method to Determine Strobilurin Resistance in Grapevine Powdery Mildew”
 

Collin Deering (Ann Quinn) - $700
“Rain Garden Design”
 

Zachary Duda (Matthew Gruwell) - $700
“Multigene Phylogenetic Analysis to Test the Origin of Endosymbiosis in Putoidae
 

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

Robert Fogle (Grace Galinato) - $350
“Elucidating the Nitrite Reductase Role of Myoglobin with Modified Porphyrin Side Chains”
 

Matthew Friedl and Seth Weible (G. William Baxter) - $1,400
“Jamming of Low-Aspect Ratio Granular Materials in Size Varying Vertical Channels”
 

Stephen Galdo, Paul Lukasik, and Lydia Maharg (Ann Quinn) - $700
“Energy Management Overview: Reassessment and Conservation of Energy Use Using Energy Star Portfolio”
 

Dan Hoang and Mary Sperry (Beth Potter and Margaret Voss) - $1,400
“Tracking the Bacterial Diversity on Individual House Wren Eggs”
 

Bruce Huffman (Jay Amicangelo) - $700
“The Characterization of Silicon and Germanium Hydride Intermediates Using Matrix Isolation Infrared Spectroscopy”
 

Emily Hyde and Holly Pier (Beth Potter and Margaret Voss) - $800
“Effects of Uropygial Gland Secretions on the Bacterial Diversity of House Wren Eggs”
 

Rebecca Hyde and Leah Wolfe (Michael Campbell) - $1,400
“Sequencing of Chloroplast DNA to Determine Phylogenetic Relationships of Lycopodiales”
 

Nicole Joseph (Matthew Gruwell) - $700
“Genome Annotation of Tremblaya phenacola and Moranella endobia
 

MoonSik Kong (Boon Wee Ong) - $700
“Partial Fraction and Spectral Decomposition”
 

Phillip Kristufek (Paul Becker and Jennifer Ulrich) - $700
“Investigation of Blocked Constructions for Binary Error Correcting Codes”
 

Swati Kulkarni and Christine Roberts (John Steffen) - $1,400
“The Efficacy of Tooth Whitening Chewing Gum “
 

Marcelo Lob, Rachel Mercaldo, and Emily Schmitt (Beth Potter) - $1,900
“How Does Agion Silver Technology Change the Culturable Bacteria Found on Door Handles?”
 

Joshua MacCready, Timothy Gaw, and Lacy Smiesko (Michael Campbell and Beth Potter) - $2,100
“Sequencing of the Apios Americana Chloroplast Genome and the 16s rRNA Region of Associated Soil/Nodule Microflora”
 

Wayne Peterson (Bruce Wittmershaus) - $700
“Silica-Coating of Oleylamine-Capped Gold Nanoparticles Applying a Reverse Micro-Emulsion Procedure”
 

Ibraheem Radhi (Ann Quinn) - $700
“Advancing the Ethic and Science of Sustainability at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College”
 

Tanya Riston (Antonio Mastroberardino) - $700
“Neuronal Dynamics: The Fitzhugh-Naguma Model under Periodic Forcing”
 

Jarrett Ruchka, Jennifer Putman, and Matthew Locke (Michael Campbell and Beth Potter) - $2,100
“Metagenomics of Silver-Treated Surfaces”
 

Brandt Ruszkiewicz (Antonio Mastroberardino) - $700
“Homotopy Analysis Method Applied to Stagnation Flow towards a Stretching Cylinder”
 

Adam Ryzinski, Megan Kelly, and Michelle Saavedra (Davison Sangweme) - $700
“Harmful Microbial Detection on Fomites: Fruits and Vegetables from Local Summer Farmers’ Markets vs. Two Grocery Store Chains”
 

Peter Schuster (Pamela Silver) - $700
“The Effects of Chloride on Presque Isle Bay”
 

Todd Thorniley, Garrett Fiscus, Derek Pensy, and Michael Jaskolka (Christopher Gee) - $2,800
“Characterizatin of Δmlo Grapevine Following Treatment with Methyl Jasmonate and Salicylic Acid”
 

Stan Tuznik (Bruce Wittmershaus) - $700

“Increasing Fluorescence from Nile Blue Dye through MEF Caused by Gold Nanoparticles”

 

Josiah Tyte (G. William Baxter) - $700
“Drifter Buoy Arduino Microcontroller Sensor Package”

 

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