2013 Undergraduate Student Spring Semester Research Grants


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




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




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”




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”




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”




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”