The Summer Research Program in the Sciences and Mathematics is designed to encourage and support research projects conducted by Puget Sound students and their faculty mentors in the natural sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, or exercise science. The grant program seeks to foster imagination, creativity, and accomplishment.

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Submissions from 2016

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Effect of Redox Environment on Number of Stem Cells in Drosophila Gut, Bridget Alexander

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The Acoustics of Harmon Mutes, Zachary T. Armstrong

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Vibrational Patterns in Curved Metal Plates, Samuel D. Berling

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A Simplification of Inclusion-Exclusion via Minimal Complexes, Andrew J. Brandt

Controls on the Distribution of ASARCO Heavy Metals in Tacoma-Area Lakes, Angelica J. Calderon

Effect of Humus and Structural Environmental Factors on Epiphytes in Acer macrophyllum in the Hoh Rainforest, Emma J. Didier

Skin Lipids of the Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus): Oleic and Stearic Acids as Potential Indicators of Mate Quality, Tiare Elaine Gill and Stacey Weiss

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Geochemistry and Origins of Thermal Springs Waters of the Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Range, Washington, Jon Kenneth K. Golla

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Characterization of the MalA Enzyme from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus through the Synthesis and Analysis of Maltose Derivatives, Joey R. Jepson

Moss Composition Affects Seedling Density of Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce, Katy E. Maleta Ms.

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Reintroduced beavers rapidly influence sediment storage and biogeochemistry in headwater streams of the Methow River, WA, Rita McCreesh

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Comparison of the Chemical and Isotopic Composition of Groundwater and Surface Water in the South Sound Region, Andrew H. Oberhelman

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The Influence of Nurse Logs on Seedlings and Trees in Temperate Rainforests, Kimmy E. Ortmann

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Filling the gaps: A comprehensive understanding of diets and ecosystem interactions within the modern and fossil small mammal communities of Meade Basin, Kansas, Hannah Richardson, Kena Fox-Dobbs, and Andrew Haveles

Using stable isotopes to determine resource partitioning and the role of anthropogenic food sources on urban populations of Seattle and North Tacoma raccoons (Procyon lotor) and opossums (Didelphis virginiana), Mairan Smith

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Microclimate Variation and Epiphyte Distribution in Acer Macrophylum, Jeremy Wood

Synthesis of a Lysozyme Substrate: Exploring the use of the (2,6-dichloro-4-methoxyphenyl)(2,4-dichlorophenyl)) methyl (MDPM) protecting group in glycoside coupling, Vladimir Yelkhimov

Submissions from 2015

Examining egg surface morphology and microbial content of Sceloporus virgatus eggshells, Linnaea Arnett, Stacey Weiss Dr., and Mark Martin Dr.

Developing Catalysts for Improving Direct Amide Formation, Courtney Carley

Regulation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway by steroid hormones in Danio rerio ovarian tissue, Macaulie Casey

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Integral Generalized Binomial Coefficients of Multiplicative Functions, Imanuel Chen

Oncogene Characterization and Mapping, John Evans

The role of MMP-2, 9, and 13, in the regulation of skeltal muscle hypertrophy following functional overload, Reilly Fitzpatrick

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Building an Algebraic Representation of the AES in Sage, Thomas Gagne

Pruning the Garden of the Nervous System: Neurodegeneration in Drosophila, Brianna L. Greenwood

Synthesis of Pyridone Ligands and Iron Precursors for the Development of Iron-based Hydrogenation Catalysts, Becky Hanscam

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Mussels as Samplers of Regional Microplastic Contamination Trends, Nick Lyon

Effect of high water temperature on apoptosis in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) ovarian tissue, Sarah Mueller

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The Role of MMP9 in Satellite Cell Activation After Increased Activity, Mike H.M.H. Pang, Jung A. Kim, Gary E. McCall, Ryan S. Mehan, and J-P Hyatt

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Effect of Altered Cellular Redox Environment on Oncogenic Activity of the Drosophila PRL Protein, Frances Welsh

Submissions from 2014

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Using paleomagnetism to unravel the mysteries of the Summit Creek Basalts, Glynis Bawden

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VP-SEM Investigation of 3-D Surface Morphology in Cirrus-like Ice Crystals, Nick Butterfield

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5α-dihydrotestosterone and the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in Danio rerio ovarian tissue following 2 and 4 hour incubations, Macaulie Casey

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Molecular Dynamics Determination of Edge-Sticking Parameters of Vicinal Ice Crystals, Sam Naatz

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24 hour incubation of ovary tissue in 17α20β-Dihyroxy-4-pregnon-3-one causes Bcl-2 and Pi3K-III expression to vary in Danio rerio, Beth Onaga

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Location and Classification of the Olympia Structure, Olympic Peninsula, WA, Jackie Perkins

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Scattering of a Point-Like Anapole, Kyle Whitcomb

Submissions from 2013

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The relationship between ocean-climate indices and diet of Rhinoceros Auklets (Cerorhinca monocerata) , Christine Anderson

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Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Coupling Between Musical Drumheads, Ben Boe

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The Construction of a Viscinal Ice Slab for Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Alicia Burns

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Development of New Arsenic Based Amidation Catalysts, Cameron Chrisman

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Observations of Quantized Conductance over Nanowires, Nick Davenport

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Stochastic Optimal Harvesting Applied to Fisheries, Spencer Dechenne

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Using Computational Molecular Docking methods to further understand the structure and function of the MalA protein through binding of different sugars, Dinah Draluk

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Synthesis of Bipyridine-Derived Iron Catalysts for Hydrogenation, Jack Elder

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A Structural and Paleomagnetic Analysis of the Basalts of Summit Creek, Anne Fetrow

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Effect of Oxytocin Administration on Mirror Neuron Activation, Mackenzie Hepker

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The Propagation of Light through Dark Matter, Audrey Kvam

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Using Fruit Flies to Investigate a Cancer Metastasis Biomarker: A Study of Mammalian PRL-3 Function, Chris Large

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Optimal Control for a Class of Age Structured Dynamic Models, Ameneh McCullough

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Mapping of the Spinal Circuitry Associated with Paw Withdrawal Learning in Spinal Mice, Sophia Raefsky

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A Novel Framework for Model Checking UDP Network Interactions, Billy Rathje

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A petrologic study of the Teanaway Basalt: Eocene slab window volcanism in Central WA, Liz Roepke

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Finitely Presented Groups for the Undergraduate Algebra Student, Davis Shurbert

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Examining the functional role of dPRL-1 in Drosophila Melanogaster, John Valenzuela

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Striped plateau lizards (Sceloporus virgatus) do not exhibit behavioral syndromes in exploratory and anti-predator contexts, Alisa Wallace

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Synthesis of Ligands for Studies on Iron-Based Hydrogenation Catalysts, Shelby Willis

Submissions from 2012

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Anisotropic diffusivity of the prismatic surface of ice is model independent, Natalie D. Bowens

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In-Use Measurement of Locomotive Emissions, Matt Breuer

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PRL-1’s Inhibition of Drosophila melanogaster Cell Growth is Dependent on the CAAX Membrane Localization Domain, Bryce Bunn

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Northern Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) as bio-indicators of endocrine disrupting plasticizers in the marine surface environment., Olivia Feinstein

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Behavioral and Chemical Analysis of Deposited Chemical Cues in Striped Plateau Lizards, Jay Goldberg

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Effect of Out-Group Exposure on the Mirror Neuron System, Mackenzie Hepker

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Paleomagnetism of Cascade Range Pleistocene Lava flows near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, Chelsea Jaeger

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Energy Cost of Locomotion During Partial Bodyweight Support, Aleksandar Jeremikj

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Foot Characteristics of Shod and Unshod Populations, Paul Nakamoto, Heidi Orloff, Bryson Nakamura, Abby Goss, and Justin Higa

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Determining the Role of Wnt Signaling in Zebrafish Oocyte Maturation Through Examination of β-catenin and Dishevelled mRNA Concentrations, Nathan Pincus

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Single cell wound healing in Drosophila melanogaster embryos, John Rosasco

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Using the Widely Distributed Seabird, the Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), as an Indicator of Marine Plastic Pollution, Alicia Terepocki

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Paleomagnetism of a sequence of lava flows near McKenzie Bridge, OR, Blake Titcomb

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Effects of sugar-amendment on bacterial & fungal abundance in native vs. nonnative-dominated soils of a Puget lowland prairie, Jessica Wong

Submissions from 2011

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Anticipatory Testosterone Response to Competition in Female Collegiate Endurance Athletes, Becca Adams

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Investigating the Bacterial Predator Bdellovibrio’s Ability to Degrade Aspartate, Scott Anderson

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Paleomagnetic Applications in Archaeology: Analysis of Fire-Cracked Rocks at Camano Island Site, Tracy Anunsen

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AVRF: A Framework to Enable Distributed Computing Using Volunteered Mobile Resources, Evan Arnold

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Observation and Characterization of Cirrus-Like Ice Crystals Using ESEM, Mitch Benning

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On-Road Measurments of Transit Bus Emissions, Matt Breuer

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Partitioned Compression of Bitmap Indices, Kyle Brooks

Identification of Flock House Virus Cell Surface Receptor Protein(s) Using Affinity Chromatography and Chemical Cross-linking, Kristen Delwiche

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The effects of low intensity burn on population size, predation rates, and prey abundance in the striped plateau lizard (Sceloporus virgatus), sabrina e. duncan

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Regularization Schemes for the Real Time Spatial Management of Pelagic Longline Fisheries, Kyle Egerdal

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The relationship between dynamic balance and isokinetic ankle strength in female college athletes, Nika Evans

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Investigating the Minimal 4-Regular Matchstick Graph, matt farley

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What (or Who) lives inside Scotch broom roots?, Lisa Fazzino

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Symmetry Methods and Self-Similar Solutions to Curve Shortening, Peter Geertz-Larson

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Interactive Data Visualization Tool to Analyze Word Count Frequencies Over Time, Aryn Grause

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Enantioselectivity in Modified Quinine Derivatives, Daniel Guilak

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Visualizing the Correlation between Human Brain Structure and Function, Douglas Hamilton

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Geochemistry of the Mt. Persis Volcanics and Evidence for Thickening of Cascade Crust Over Time, Monica Hanson

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Exploration of the active site specificity of MalA, a glucosidase from the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, Christine Isabella

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Expression of Bik, a Pro-Apoptotic Protein, in Developing Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Oocytes, Maggie Klee

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Modeling and Tuning of Musical Percussive Beams, Eric Laukkanen

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Paleomagnetic and geochemical analysis of the Summit Creek volcanics, South-Central Cascades, WA, Elli McKinley

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Force Characteristics in Different Shoe Designs, Bryson Nakamura

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Relative Dependence of Neural Plasticity on Age and Activity in the Bumblebee (Bombus huntii), Geoffrey Nielsen

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Dietary Ecology of the Endangered Grevy's Zebra, Equus grevyi, in Historic and Modern Laikipia, Susan Olszewski

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Determining the Origin of Changing β-catenin Concentrations in Zebrafish Oocytes During Maturation, Nathan Pincus

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The Acute Effect of Pre-Exercise Static and Dynamic Stretching of the Leg Flexors, Jocelyn Riordan

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Searching for crp: Investigating Candidate Genes for the cAMP Receptor Protein in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, Kat Schmidt

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The influence of reduced tumor suppressor protein 53 (p53) on the activity of Phosphatase of Regenerating Liver-1 (Prl-1) in Drosophila melanogaster, Ned Sherry