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2006-2007 Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants

 

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

 

 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
 

John Crane (Mary Beth Pinto) - $700
“Psychographic and Lifestyle Segmentation of Teen Market Mavens”
 

Alexander Kazmierczak (James Kurre) - $700
“New Data Series to Improve the Erie Index of Leading Indicators”
 

Charles Nelatury (Ashutosh Deshmukh) - $700
“The Effect of Environmental Influences on XBRL Adoption”

 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
 

Jason Cecchetti (Elisa Wu) - $700
“Design of a Graphical User Interface for a Complex Human Circulatory System Model in Matlab”
 

Logan Flaherty (William Lasher) - $700
“An Analysis of the Survivability of the U. S. Brig Niagara under Storm Conditions”
 

Joshua Green (James Sonnenmeier) - $700
“Measurements of the Aerodynamic Performance of Twisted Wings III”
 

Marc Hoffman (John Roth) - $700
“Analyzing Temperature and Electrical Current Flow Fields through a Variety of Dome Height Test Specimens”
 

David Irvin (John Roth) - $700
“The Effects that Cryogenic Treatments Have on Tool Acceleration as Related to Workpiece Surface Finish and Tool Wear”
 

Daniel Jageman (Amir Khalilollahi and John Roth) - $700
“Using Finite Element Analysis to Analyze the Effects of Temperature and Electrode Placement on Plastic Deformation”
 

Ashraf Khalifa (John Roth) - $700
“Improving Sheet Metal Manufacturing Processes for Automotive Body Parts through Electrically Enhancing Formability”
 

Thomas Kronenberger (John Roth) - $700
“Monitoring Microstructural Changes and How They Relate to Tool Life of Turning Inserts”
 

Ivan Loker (Elisa Wu) - $700
“Design and Construction of Mock Human Circulatory System for Left Ventricle Assist Device”
 

Jeffrey Painter (Robert Edwards) - $700
“Develop a Data Collection Program for a Thermal Conductivity Device Using Labview”
 

Jason Papucci (John Roth) - $700
“Using Direct Electric Current to Investigate the Effects on Glass and Ceramics”
 

David Ross and Ryan Alleman (Robert Michael) - $720
“Finite Element Analysis for Undergraduate Plastics Engineering Technology Students of Penn State Behrend”
 

Joseph Shaffer (Elisa Wu) - $700
“A Human Circulatory Model for a Pediatric Patient with Heart Defects”
 

Kevin Sunealitis (Oladipo Onipede) - $700
“Vibration Analysis of Electrostatically Driven Micro-Beams and Plates”
 

Matthew Warner (John Roth) - $700
“Using DC Electrical Current to Investigate the Enhanced Ductility of Various Aluminum Alloys”
 

Alexander Winter (Robert Weissbach) - $700
“Case Study and Parametric Analysis for a Wind Energy Protocol”

 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
 

Megan Miller, Elizabeth Sansone, Jimmie Hodge, Crystal Willis, Matt Lewis, and Michael Horning (Kathy Holliday-Darr, Jennifer Trich Kremer, and Dawn Blasko) - $4,200
“Refine Training Activities Developed Spring 2006 to Enhance Spatial Visualization”

 

 

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
 

Christopher Suprock (John Roth and Larry Downey) - $700
“Identifying the Validity and Potency of Multi-Univariate Autoregressive Models as Compared to True Multivariate Autoregressive Techniques”

 

 

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
 

Anthony Bango, Claire Barber, Kevin Belknap, Christine Giuliano, Leslie Sargent, Bethany Slomski, Brett Watson, and Ryan Watson (John Gamble) - $2,833
“Comprehensive Statistical Database of Multilateral Treaties (CSDMT)”
 

Erin Daquelente, Mara Huber, and Jessica Roman (Jennifer Trich Kremer) - $535
“Parent-Child Attachment in Divorced Families”
 

Shelby Deutsch and Chelsea Fenush (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“The Effects of Background Music on Cognitive Performance”
 

Alicia Dunbar (Clare Porac) - $700
“An Exploration of the Centroid Theory of Mueller-Lyer (ML) Illusion Formation: The Effect of Form and Color Variations on Illusion Magnitude”
 

Chris Engelhardt (Dawn Blasko) - $700
“Personality and Its Impact on Forming Leadership Impressions”
 

Sandra Grgic, Lauren Gilmore, and Melissa Shrout (Jennifer Trich Kremer and Eric Corty) - $1,021
“The Relationship between Thought Suppression and Emotional Intelligence”
 

Briana Grimes and Kerry Lope (Victoria Kazmerski) - $750
“Individual Attitudes Related to Actors in Love Scenes”
 

Bethany Hanus (Jennifer Trich Kremer) - $693
“The Effects of Background Music on Studying”
 

Elizabeth Kiefer and Megan Hoffman (Charisse Nixon) - $1,398
“Relational Aggression among Middle School Students in Ithaca, New York”
 

Carrie McNeal and Nicholas Goff (Victoria Kazmerski) - $500
“Analyzing the Relationship among Sarcasm Use, Peer Interpersonal Communication, and Situational Context”
 

Christy Miller and Lindsay Chatmon (Victoria Kazmerski) - $150
“Appropriate Study Skill Usage in College Freshmen at Penn State Behrend”
 

Sara Nielsen and Steve Buesink (Victoria Kazmerski) - $640
“Gender Stereotypes in Animated Films”
 

Andrew Rainbow (Clare Porac) - $700
“The Poggendorff Illusion: Is a Vertical Fill Pattern the Major Determinant of Illusion Magnitude?”
 

Elizabeth Sansone, Christopher Engelhardt, and Kimberly Shell (Charisse Nixon) - $1,373
“Evaluating the Effectiveness of Middle School Mentoring Programs”
 

Andrew Scheller, Matt Ogden, and Allison Palermo (Victoria Kazmerski) - $630
“Exposure to Violence and Social Information Processing among College Students”
 

Bethany Slomski and Kyle Johnston (Jennifer Trich Kremer) - $475
“Stress and Perceived Authority in the Milgram Paradigm”
 

Angela Speck, Jenay Guardiani, and Lori Szymanik (Jennifer Trich Kremer) - $360
“Looking Beyond the Stereotype: Defining Sexual Harassment in a College Setting”
 

Andrew Walker and Zack Goncz (Dawn Blasko and Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,400
“Analyzing the Influence of Directionality and Similarity on Meaningful Judgments of Metaphors Using ERP”
 

Jessie Westrick, Mandy Canzano, and Erica Zinsser (Jennifer Trich Kremer and Dawn Blasko) -$830
“The Effects of Service Learning on Awareness Development”

 

 

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
 

Dewey Black, Greg Lutz, and Zack Marrapese (Charles Burchard and Gary Walker) - $2,100
“Robotic Mapping and Path Finding”
 

Robert C. Blanner (Martin Kociolek) - $700
“Investigating the Synthesis and Reactivity of Brominated Isoxazoles”
 

Michelle Borkovec (Michael Justik) - $700
“α-Hydroxylation of Aryl Ketones with 1H-1-hydroxy-5-methyl-1,2,3-benziodoxathiole 3,3-Dioxide, a Green Alternative to Hypervalent Iodine Reagents”
 

Ryan Buzzanca, Jonathan Grier, and Aaron Thomas (Mehmet Malcok and Gary Walker) $2,100
“Behrend Optimized Scheduling System”
 

William Campbell (Michael Campbell) - $700
“The Development of Antisense NDP1 Mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana for the Determination of NDP1 Gene Function and Regulation”
 

Paul Casillo, Michael Snyder, and Tom Workman (Gary Walker) - $2,100
“The Electronic Voting System”
 

Andrew Collins-Hed (Michael Campbell and Yi-Hong Wang) - $700
“Characterization of a Putative Acetolactate Synthase Knockout Mutant in Tomato and Its Effects on Branched-Chain Amino Acid Composition”
 

Daniel Irwin (Jay Amicangelo) - $700
“Characterization of an Acetonitrile Hexafluorobenzene Complex in Nitrogen and Argon Matrices Using Matrix-Isolated Infrared Spectroscopy”
 

Andrew Law (Alan Jircitano) - $700
“Synthesis and Characterization of Potential Photochromic Platinum(II) Complexes”
 

Cyndi Lee (Jay Amicangelo) - $700
“The Characterization of Silicon Nitride Intermediates Using a Hydrogen Lamp Photolysis Source and Matrix-Isolation Infrared Spectroscopy”
 

Joshua Meyer (Michael Campbell) - $700
“Comparison of ndp-in1 Mutant to ndp-sy Mutant”
 

Dara Nielsen, Jacob Gariepy, and Paul Miller (Gary Walker and Mehmet Malcok) - $2,100
“Biometric Identification for Prescription Drug Dispensing Control”
 

Stacey Olechowicz (James Warren Jr.) - $700
“Characterization of FMR1 Gene Knockdowns in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)”
 

Sarah Orris (Boon Wee Ong) - $700
“Summing an Infinite Series Using Residue Theorem”
 

Joe Pleso (Paul Olson and Paul Becker) - $700
“Surreal Analysis of Go”
 

Casandra Sheldon (Jennifer Holt) - $700
“Investigations of the Orientations of Merocyanine Dyes in Zeolite Host Materials”
 

Jeremy Sopko (Joseph Previte) - $700
“A Coupled Oscillator Model Applied to the Spinal Cord of a Sea Lamprey”
 

Kaile Taylor, Daryl Nowacki, and Adam Rhodes (Yi-Hong Wang) - $2,100
“Identification of Genes that Cause Floral Structural Changes in Tomato Plants”
 

Kala Wolfe (Margaret Voss) - $700
“The Effect of Clutch Volume on Incubation in Black Brant (Branta Bernicula nigricans): Tradeoffs between Decreased Cooling Rates and Increased Incubation Period”

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