2014 Undergraduate Student Fall Semester Research Grants


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



Andrew Arnold (Adam Hollinger) - $700
“Polymer-Based Manufacturing of Microscale Fuel Cells”

Amanda Balos, Andrea Bogert, Erin Stroup, and Kimberly Tarosky (Melanie Ford) - $2,800
“Water Exhibit for Erie ExpERIEnce Museum”

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

Johnathan Conklin (John Roth) - $700
“Microstructural Analysis of Heat-Treated Metal and Its Effects on Springback”

Sean Dodds (John Roth) - $700
“Effect of Heat Treatment on Springback Reduction in 2024-T3 Aluminum after Single Point Incremental”

Daniel Doleiden (Adam Hollinger) - $700
“Manufacturing of Methhanol Fuel Cells with Heated Lamination Pressing”

William Geiger (Zhifeng Xiao) - $700
“Building an Online Training Platform for Capture-the-Flag (CTF) Cybersecurity Competition”

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

Jesse Jarrett (Chetan Nikhare and John Roth) - $700
“An Investigation on Relationship between Current Density, Pulse Period, and Pulse Duration”

Stephen Lester (Chetan Nikhare) - $700
“Investigation of Microstructure for AA 5083 in 0, 45, and 90 degree Orientations during EAM and Thermal Heating”

Luke Mariotti (John Roth) - $700
“Friction-Stir Welding Increasing Welding Depth and Speed”

Matthew McCormick (John Roth, David Loker, and Stephen Strom) - $700
“Product Development of a Wear-Monitoring Tool Holder”

Joseph Neu (Matthew White and Jason Williams) - $700
“Biometric Game Controller for Physiologically Based Procedural-Content Generation in Games”

Dylan Poljak  (Matthew White) - $700
“Simulation Sickness as Affected by Legs and Latency: the Oculus Rift”

Travis Roney and Saw Xue Zheng (David Loker and Stephen Strom) - $1,400
“Embedded Wireless Sensors for Biometric Force Measurement”

Derek Steiner (John Roth) - $700
“Cryogenic Treatment of Alumina-Based Cutting Tools”

Fayez Syed (David Loker and Elisa Wu) - $700
“Fixture Design and Dynamic Testing of Embedded Wireless Sensors for Force Analysis of the Bottom of a Foot during Human Gait”

William Trozzo (Chetan Nikhare) - $700
“Experimental Study on Mechanical Properties of AA 5083 Annealed Samples”




Melinda Aley (Huan Chen) - $700
“Danica Patrick: A Real Life Katniss Everdeen  - A Case Study on the Power of Media Influence in the Creation of Celebrity”

Christina Ayers and Erica Edwards (Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,400
“Deception Detection: Investigating Individual Differences Part II”

Nicole Bell, Breanna Foster, and Megan Thompson (Dawn Blasko) - $360
“Person vs. Process Praise: The Effects of Praise on Creativity”

Cassandra Bramblett, Alicia McAllister, and Christie Leslie (Victoria Kazmerski) - $700
“Comparison of the Effectiveness of Coping Strategies in College Students”

Erica Edwards, Christie Leslie, Alicia McAllister, Cherylann Carter, and Desmond Kane (Victoria Kazmerski, Dawn Blasko, and Shariffah Dawood) - $2,800
“Continued Explorations in Non-Literal Language: Diving into the Depths of Meaning”

Wesley Dorrenbacher and Jessica Dylewski (Dawn Blasko and Heather Lum) - $325
“Dog vs. Human Appearance: Does the Appearance of a Person’s Physical Attributes Make Them More Inclined to Adopt a Dog Who Looks Like Them?”

Emily Galeza, Wes Dorrenbacher, Jessica Dylewski, Brianna Zaffino, and Katelyn Marsh (Heather Lum, Dawn Blasko, and Victoria Kazmerski) - $2,885
“The Impact of Therapy Dogs on Children with Physical, Behavioral, and Emotional Disabilities and in an Educational Setting”

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

John Moore and Katelyn Marsh (Melanie Hetzel-Riggin) - $990
“Roles of Event History and Personality on Coping Responses to Stressful Situations”

Taylor Morris, Danielle Carioto, and Kasey Jerioski (Melanie Hetzel-Riggin) - $1,800
“Bystander Risk Recognition Study”

David Ohmer and Steven Savoy (Dawn Blasko) - $688
“Priming Empathy in Undergraduate College Students”

Jennifer Rockwell and Rayan Abdalla (Dawn Blasko) - $325
“Learned Optimism – Can You Learn Not To Be a Failure?”

Danielle Ropp (John Rossi) - $700
“Has America Learned its Lesson? Treatment of Modern Veterans Compared to Vietnam Veterans”

Jason Shultz, Jeff Roberto, and Franki DiSalvo (Dawn Blasko) - $390
“Employee Perspectives: Is Authentic Leadership Effective?”

Jessica Stoker and Richard Greatbatch (Melanie Hetzel-Riggin) - $1,400
“Resilience to Interpersonal Violence”

Megan Harris White, Grace Waldfogle, Qiyang Li, and William Shelstad (Dawn Blasko and Heather Lum) - $2,420
“VIZ: Visual-Spatial Skills and Navigation”



Mohammed Al Shibar (Michael Campbell) - $700
“Identification of an Unknown Compound Induced by Application of 1,4-dimethylnapthalene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectroscopy”

Dominick Ali (Grace Galinato) - $700
“Spectroscopic and Theoretical Studies on the Conformational Preferences of Oligourea Monomers”

Jeanette Girosky (Pamela Silver) - $700
“Relationships among Cyanobacteria and Sediment and Nutrient Load in Presque Isle Bay”

Jaclyn Gowen (Grace Galinato) - $700
“Elucidating the Role of the Second-Sphere Hydrogen-Bonding Network on Myoglobin Nitrite Reductase Activity: Do More H-bonds Generate Nitric Oxide Faster?”

Hasan Khan, Brenton Maloy, Paul Ruiz, Nicole Kingston, Michelle Hornedo Tosado, Nesve Ozsoy, Katherine Gilmore, and Laura Wheeler (Beth Potter) - $5,000
“Determining Bacterial Populations on Silver-Coated and Non-Coated Door Handles”

Emily Mitchell (James Warren) - $700
“Genetic Knockdown of Cystathionine β synthase (CBS) in Zebrafish to Observe the Effects on Embryo Development”

Ciara Nowak and Ryan Tarto (Matthew Gruwell) - $1,400
“Assessing the Insect Biodiversity of  Penn State Behrend Campus Using DNA Barcoding AKA BOB or Barcode of Behrend Project”

Katelyn Reisenauer (Jim Warren) - $700
“Genetic Knockdown of Methylenetetrahyrdofolate Reductase (MTHFR) in Zebrafish”

Ethan Smith (G. William Baxter) - $700
“Effect of Electric Fields on Fungi Growth”

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

Nicholas Swanson (Bruce Wittmershaus) - $700
“Using Silver Nanoparticles to Improve Luminescent Solar Concentrators”

Paola Londono Torres (James Warren) - $700
“Analysis of S-adenosylhomocysteine (Ahcy) Knockdowns in Zebrafish”

Stanley Tuznik (Antonio Mastroberardino) - $700
“The Neurodynamics of Bursting Oscillations”

Sean Weaver, Aimee Day, Michael Knoll, Kelly Hedderick, and Emily Bert (Beth Potter) - $3,100
“Determining the Role of the Environment in Shaping the Eggshell Microflora Found on Purple Martin Eggs”