2006 Student Summer Scholars

Lauren Bader
Protection of Adult Pig Retinal Ganglion Cells from Glutamate-Induced Excitotoxicity
Faculty Mentor: David Linn, Biomedical Sciences

Kevin Betts
Attributions About Ostracism During the Completion of a Cognitive Task
Faculty Mentor: Christine M. Smith, Psychology 

Christine Cleary
Studying Creativity: Pinning the Butterfly or Preserving the Habitat
Faculty Mentor: Gilda Povolo

Megan Cookingham
Evaluating Tagging Methods and Movement Patterns of Round Gobies
Faculty Mentor: Carl Ruetz, Annis Water Resources Institute

Benjamin Eovaldi
The Androgen Signal Transduction Pathway in Coronary & Pulmonary Arteries
Faculty Mentor: Frank Sylvester, Biomedical Sciences

Brad Fowler
The Creative Class and its Effects on Economic Development, Land Values, and Social Inequality in Midwestern Cities
Faculty Mentor: Joel Stillerman, Sociolgy

Karen Grant
Creativity Testing: Alive and Well in the 21st Century?
Faculty Mentor: Susan Odgers

Rachael Hamilton
An Investigation of the Elements Required for a Successful Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign Designed to Meet the Needs of Women in Rural Nicaragua
Faculty Mentor: Julia Mason, Women and Gender Studies

Nicole Henriksen
Using Imitative Play and Free Play to Facilitate the Development of Social and Play Skills in Young Children with Autism
Faculty Mentor: Amy Matthews, Psychology

Anica Jankowski
Globalization in Late Ottoman Jordan: Material Culture in Village Society
Faculty Mentor: Bethany Walker

Loretta Lanning
Beethovens Continental Folksong Settings: Research and Musical Preparation
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Feurzeig, Music and Dance

Kait LaPorte
Preparing a Performing Version of L'Amor Marinaro, an Opera by Joseph Weigl
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Feurzeig, Music and Dance

Kim Marshick
Processing Information from Narrative and Expository Text
Faculty Mentor: Michael Wolfe, Psychology 

Amanda Massau
Golf Course Management & Amphibians: Impacts of wetland habitat management on the occurrence of green and leopard frog populations
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Burton

Dustin Mier
Investigation of Ailanthus altissima Extracts on Microbial Species
Faculty Mentor: Roderick Morgan, Biology

Adam Miller
Design of Engineering Analysis Software
Faculty Mentor: John Oliva

Jesse Ondersma
Progress Towards the Synthesis of Apomorphine
Faculty Mentor: Matthew E. Hart, Chemistry

Jonathan Rawson
Probing important protein interactions in the mammalian diaphanous-related formins: How single amino acid residue can affect the entire skeletal network of the cell
Faculty Mentor: Brad Wallar, Chemistry 

Rachel Salata
Public Discourse in a Democracy
Faculty Mentor: Judy Whipps, Liberal Studies

Brian Smith
Generation of Mutant Class D Lactamases Conferring Resistance to Third-Generation Cephalosporins
Faculty Mentor: Dave Leonard, Chemistry 

Sara Smolinski
Determination of Hdc Transcription Initiation in the Drosophila Genome Using 5 -RACE
Faculty Mentor: Martin Burg, Biomedical Sciences

Susan Soli
Walking the Ravines: An Educational Journey through Writing and Photography
Faculty Mentor: Stan Krohmer, Liberal Studies

Matthew Stamps
Circle Packings
Faculty Mentor: David Austin, Mathematics

Tina Struyk
The Impact of English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education on Spanish Language Proficiency of Elementary Students
Faculty Mentor: Zulema Moret, Modern Language and Literatures

Ilea Swinehart
Identification of a Gene Involved in Hormone-Induced Moss Development
Faculty Mentor: Margaret Dietrich, Biology

Anita Van Til
Willard Wichers and Dutch Immigration Under the Refugee Relief Act
Faculty Mentor: David Snyder

Crystal VanOss-Daining
Women and the Reformation: A Comparative Study of Marriage Laws and Gender Roles in Catholic and Protestant Europe
Faculty Mentor: Grace Coolidge, History

Jesse Veenstra
Identification of development-specific mRNA splice variants from the rosA gene of Drosophila melanogaster
Faculty Mentor: Martin Burg, Biomedical Sciences

Jamie Wasilchenko
The Divine Mother, Community Outreach, and Interfaith in West Michigan
Faculty Mentor: Russell Rhoads, Anthropology 

Andrew Wilson
Access to Prenatal Care in Kent County: Understanding the Issues that influence Provider Participation in the Medicaid Program
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Borders, Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration 

Patrick Womble
Urbanization induced changes to a ravine system and evaluation of land use and infrastructure sustainability at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
Faculty Mentor: Peter Wampler, Geology