2002 Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships


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



●        Sarah L. Campbell (Margaret Thoms and Jana Goodrich) - $1,180
          “Analysis of Recruiting Websites of Fortune 100 Companies to Determine Best Practices”

●        Timothy Gigliotti (James Kurre) - $2,200
          “Penn State Erie’s Role in Brain Drain or Brain Gain in Erie County”

●        Travis Gonser (James Kurre) - $1,200
          “Productivity and Wages in Erie’s Industries”

●        Michael Hammill (James Kurre) - $1,200
          “Productivity Growth in Erie Manufacturing through Time”

●        Katharine J. Newcombe (James Kurre) - $1,200
          “Does a Focus on Arts and Entertainment Help a City Grow?”



●        Brent A. Craven (John Roth) - $1,200
          “Analysis and Diagnostic of Metal Removal Processes using Accelerometers and Force Dynamometers”

●        Chan Min (Chris Coulston) - $1,200
          “A Steiner Minimal Tree Problem in a Non-Uniform Metric”

●        Kenton White (William Lasher) - $1,200
          “Experimental Testing of Force Coefficients for Spinnakers”


●        Amy Johnson, Jill Johnson, Kathleen Scarpino, Nicole Harlan, Craig Berlehner, Holly Blasko, Jacob Cornwell, Amanda Neely, Brooke Springer, Michael Harter, Evan Fecko,and
          Stephanie Ames (Kathy Holiday-Darr, Dawn Blasko, Michael Lobaugh, and John Kerwin) - $15,600
          “An Interdisciplinary Project for the Development of Educational Modules for the Use of Teaching Spatial Skills”


●        David Beichner, Aimee Peterson, and Guy Reschenthaler (John Gamble) - $3,600
          “Comprehensive Database of Multilateral Treaties (CDMT) – Phase II”

●        Jacob Cornwell (Carla Torgerson, Dawn Blasko, and Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,200
          “Instructional Development of an Observational Research Tutorial”

●        Banchiamlack Dessalegn (Dawn Blasko and Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,200
          “The Bilingual Brain: Processing Code-Switched Metaphors”

●        Nicole Dirling (John Gamble) - $1,200
          “The Mass Media and International Law: (Benign) Neglect, Distortion, or Equity”

●        Nicole J. Johns (Chet Wolford) - $1,200
          “Field Study: 30 Days of Exploring America”

●        Alejandra Marroquin (Dawn Blasko and Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,000         
          “Emotionality and Language in Spanish-English Bilinguals”

●        Kathleen E. Perry and Kathryn Przepyszny (Derek Mace) - $2,400
          “Computer Based Investigation of the Role of Gender in Spatial Abilities”

●        Jeff Phillips (Sean Dougherty) - $650
          “Unearthing the Language along the Lake: Contemporary Poetry from Erie, PA”     

●        Heather A. Slomski (Sean Dougherty) - $1,200
          “Research in Sweden”

●        Brooke Springer (Dawn Blasko and Victoria Kazmerski) - $1,200
          “Creative Language Processing”



●        Jennifer Adams (Pamela Silver) - $1,200
          “The Effects of Different Leaf Pack Composition on Chironomid Midges”

●        Catherine Brown (Pamela Silver) - $1,180
          “Chironomus riparius Habitat Patch Preference”

●        Jestin Carlson (James Warren, Jr.) - $1,200
          “Investigating the Role of Folate Metabolism in Zebrafish Heart Development”

●        Justin Crepp (Darren Williams) - $1,200
          “Lyapounov Timescales”

●        Andrea Drayer (Pamela Silver) - $1,200
          “Assessment of Breeding Amphibians and Species Diversity in Natural Temporary Wetlands versus Recently Constructed Wetland Mitigation Sites”

●        Ian D. Eccles (Meng Su) - $780
          “An Investigation of the C# Programming Language and the Visual Studio.NET”

●        Melissa Feile (Michael Campbell) - $1,200
          “The Effect Heavy Metals Have on Arabidopsis thaliana Gene Statement”

●        Michelle Fisher (Pamela Silver) - $1,200
          “Assessment of Growth of Poa pratensis due to Fertilizer Application and Subsequent Environmental Impacts”

●        Stacey Gorniak (Blair Tuttle) - $1,200
          “Active Learning Curriculum for the Physics of Music”

●        Melinda Hanes (Michael Campbell) - $200
          “Investigating Branched Chain Amino Acid Metabolism by Analyzing Arabidopsis bcat Mutants”

●        Matthew L. Hillwig (Michael Campbell) - $1,200
          “Comparison of Parnassia glauca to Known Plant Genomes”

●        Chayanant Hongfa (Martin Kociolek) - $1,200
          “Development of Methods for the Synthesis of Verbalactone”

●        Kyle Kalbarczyk (Martin Kociolek) - $1,200
          “Development of Methods for the Synthesis of Verbalactone and Analogs of Verbalactone”

●        Jennifer M. Kuntz (Thomas Spudich) - $1,200
          “The Characterization and Construction of an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer Using a Digital Micro-Mirror Array”

●        Gretchen Lokey (Bruce Wittmershaus) - $1,200
          “Dye-Doping of Clear Polymer Plates Through the Use of Solvents in the Creation of Single Dye and Two-Dye Combination Solutions Used in the Creation of Luminescent Solar

●        Molly E. Means (James Warren, Jr.) - $1,200
          “Analysis of the Role of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Necdin Gene in Embryogenesis”

●        Nita Mulyawan (Thomas Spudich) - $1,200
          “The Characterization and Use of an Acoustic-Optic Background Correction System for Atomic Emission Spectrometry”

●        Norsez Orankijanan (Carla Torgerson, Boon Ong, and Richard Stankewitz) - $1,170
          “Algebra Tutorial for Calculus Students”

●        Sean Rafferty (Pamela Silver) - $1,140
          “Selective Feeding of Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra Mussel) on Phytoplankton Assemblages”

●        Michelle Rizzo (Tracy Halmi) - $1,200
          “Research Project Incorporated into Organic Chemistry Lab”

●        Dana Sailer (Lisa Mangel) - $1,000
          “Avian Population/Habitat:  Assessment for the Lake Pleasant Wetlands”

●        John Shearer (Bruce Wittmershaus) - $1,200
          “Dye Doping Thin Polymer Films for Use as Luminescent Solar Concentrators”

●        Christopher C. Smith (David Hunnicutt) - $1,200
          “Identification of Genes Involved in Gliding-motility in Flavobacerium johnsonae Using Transposon Mutagenesis”

●        Joshua A. Smith (David Hunnicutt) - $1,200
          “Generation of Gliding Motility-Deficient Mutants in Flavobacterium johnsoniae

●        Patrick Stephenson (Joseph Previte) - $1,200
          “Three-Species Population Models”

●        Amanda M. Svitek (James Warren, Jr.) - $1,200
          “Analysis of Folate Metabolism and its Effects on Neural Tube Development in the Early Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryo”

●        Charles Utz (Thomas Spudich) - $1,200
          “The Characterization and Construction of an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer Using a Digital Micro-Mirror Array”