2009 Student Summer Scholars

James Bozung
"Where Have All the Physical Educators Gone? (Hint: Its NOT Higher Education)"
Faculty Mentors: Colleen Lewis and Mary Schutten, Biomedical Science

Rebecca Brittain
"The role of individual personality in the successful formation of new social groups with aged chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment"
Faculty Mentor: Judith Corr, Anthropology 

Lisa Burson
"Analysis of the Fusion of the Sagittal and Coronal Sutures in Humans and Apes using Computerized Tomography"
Faculty Mentor: James Reed, Biomedical Science

Sarah Clark
"Estimating Sea Surface Temperature for the Earth's Past"
Faculty Mentor: Figen Mekik, Geology 

Corey Davis
“An examination of speciation, extinction, and evolutionary relationships in plants from two continents”
Faculty Mentor: Timothy Evans, Biology 

Kaitlin Downey

  • “Modeling problem solving: Creating and evaluating student-generated screencasts”
  • Faculty Mentor: Nathan Barrows

Ryan Enck
“Efficient Synthesis of a Truncated Ergoline: Development of TAAR Regulators”
Faculty Mentor: Matthew Hart, Chemistry 

Steven Gauthier
“Sublethal exposure to two alkylphenolic compounds and their influence on development, growth and reproductive behavior of crayfish”
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Bergman, Biomedical Sciences

Adrienne Gibson
“The Behavioral Effects of Caffeine on Freshwater Angelfish”
Faculty Mentor: Alexey Nikitin, Biology 

Anel Guel
“Use of the chambira palm in rainforest communities of the Peruvian Amazon”
Faculty Mentor: Jim Penn, Geography and Planning 

Bradley Houdek
“Sex difference in the innate immune system of Tree Swallows”
Faculty Mentors: Michael Lombardo and Patrick A. Thorpe, Biology

Samantha Howard
“What Writers Need to Write: Environment and the Writing Process”
Faculty Mentor: Ellen Schendel, Writing

Embriette Hyde
“Identification of the role that the 3'UTR plays in regulation of Hdc expression in Drosophila”
Faculty Mentor: Martin Burg, Biomedical Sciences

Karen Ickes 
“Bobcat Population Size in Central Michigan”
Faculty Mentor: Paul Keenlance, Natural Resource Management 

Corey Kapolka 
“Establishing a diverse assemblage of native grasses and forbs on a knapweed-infested site in the Bass River Recreation Area,Ottawa County, Michigan”
Faculty Mentor: Neil MacDonald, Natural Resource Management 

Nicholas Krzywonos
“Rook polynomials in higher dimensions”
Faculty Mentor: Feryal Alayont, Mathematics

Elizabeth LaRue 
“Population structure of the invasive round goby in Lake Michigan”
Faculty Mentors: Carl Ruetz III and Ryan A. Thum, Annis Water Resource Institute

Patrick Louden
“Water Evaporation From Atmospheric Aerosols”
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Lawrence, Chemistry 

Todd Major
“Measurement of fundamental physical constants of molecules via laser-based vibrational spectroscopy”
Faculty Mentors: Stephanie Schaertel, Chemistry 

Shane McGrath
“Conversion of Biomass to Value-Added Chemicals”
Faculty Mentors: Dalila Kovacs and Jim Krikke, Chemistry 

David Merryman
“Civil Society and Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Central Europe”
Faculty Mentor: Heather Tafel, Political Science

Amanda Mitchell
“Meanings of Education and Educational Experience”
Faculty Mentor: Donna Henderson-King, Psychology

Ryan Nelson
“Capillary Electrophoresis Based Microbial Detection and Separation”
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Lantz, Chemistry

Nikki Powers 
“Entrepreneurship/Small Business Programming at the Muskegon Correctional Facility”
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Levenburg, Management

Juan Rango
“The combination of a selective nicotinic agonist and modulator protects against cellular damage in 2 models of glaucoma”
Faculty Mentor: David Linn, Biomedical Sciences

Kaitlyn Ratkowiak 
“Residential Foreclosures in Kent County from a Community Perspective”
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Frobish, Statistics

Sarala Sarah
“Mechanisms of neural stem cell differentiation into astrocytes through the Notch intracellular signaling pathway”
Faculty Mentor: Merritt Taylor, Biomedical Sciences

Donna St. Louis
“La Femme Patiente: A Project in Translation”
Faculty Mentor: Janel Pettes Guikema, French

Jarrett Zeman
“Resurrection Machines: An analysis of burial sites in ancient Egypt's Valley of the Kings as physical and spiritual processes of rebirth”
Faculty Mentor: Gwyn Madden, Anthropology