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 2021

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Varied Behavior of Dinucleotides on Ice, Cas Almond and Nick Wolff-Gee

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RNA’s Thermodynamically Favored Position on Ice, Maximilian Bloom and Steven Neshyba

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The effects of Sceloporus virgatus cloacal microbiota on the growth of pathogenic fungi, McKenna L. Boulet, Stacey Weiss, and Mark Martin

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Synthesizing Bismuth Nanoparticles, Courtney L. Cox

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The Role of an Invasive Snail in the Aquatic Food Web at Spirit Lake, Mount St. Helens, Wyatt C. Cranston

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Black Carbon on Mount Rainier, Isabella Rose Dunn Dias Ferreira and Charlie H. Henning

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Engineering an IEC Fusion Device, Ouyang Du

Engineering an IEC Fusion Device, Ouyang Du

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Diets of coastal and inland Western Fence Lizard populations in Washington State, Alexi J. Ebersole, Stacey Weiss, and Kena Fox-Dobbs

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Population Dynamics and Trends of an Endangered Seabird: Tufted Puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) in Washington, Olivia M. Fross

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Comparing 40-year sediment records of aquatic ecosystem evolution in two large lakes in the blast zone of Mount St. Helens, Maeve Gallagher, Kena Fox-Dobbs, Avery Shinneman, and Angelica Lucchetto

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After the Alum: The Fate of Sulfur in Waughop Lake, Pierce County, Washington, Colin K. Glaze

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Elevated Levels of Black Carbon on Mount Rainier in Correlation to Wildfires, Charlie H. Henning and Bella Dunn Dias Ferreira

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Tacoma’s Luxury Effect and the Ecological Influence of the Green Schoolyards Initiative, Karen M. Hunt

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Physiological and morphological differences between novel protist pathogens of the seagrasses Zostera marina and Zostera japonica, Kate L. Kelly and Megan Mooney

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Quantification of Skeletal Muscle Synthesis Pathway Proteins in Wild Type and MMP-2 Knockout Mice After Functional Overload of the Plantaris Muscle, Naia N. Kenney and Jung Kim

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mRNA Expression of Muscle Differentiation Markers in Wild Type and MMP-2 Knockout Mice After Functional Overload of the Plantaris Muscle, Natalie MacIlwaine, Gary McCall, and Jung Kim

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Decreasing precipitation due to climate change, and its effects on native fern species, Hannah Marx

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Morphological and genetic differences between novel protist pathogens of the seagrasses Zostera marina and Zostera japonica, Megan Elizabeth Mooney and Kate Kelly

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Determining Dynamic Population Trends with Biomarkers in Wastewater, Joelle Moroso and Daniel Burgard

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Petrology and Tectonic Setting of the Silver Pass Volcanics, Central Cascades, WA: Early Evidence of Farallon Slab Breakoff, Pauline Peterson and Jeff Tepper

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Using Geomagnetics to Identify a Previously unrecognized Fault within the Olympic Penninsula, Lincoln L. Pickering

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Marine habitat use patterns of the Endangered Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus), Bryce F. Poplawsky

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Investigating the Feasability of a Sum Frequency/Second Harmonic Generation Experiment to Examine the Behavior of RNA on Ice, Miranda Emily Roland

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The Role of MMP-2 on Satellite Cells and Hypertrophy of the Mouse Plantaris Muscle After Functional Overload, Layla Santos

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Analyzing Opioid Use and Disposal in Washington State Through Wastewater-Based-Epidemology, Diana Tran and Dan Burgard

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Geochemistry of Eocene to Miocene Rocks in a Rear-Arc Setting, Central Cascades, Washington, Audrey V. White and Jeffrey Tepper

Submissions from 2020

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Identifying the Effects of Alum Treatment on Water and Sediment Chemistry of Two Lakes in Pierce County, Washington, Colin Glaze

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Using dendrochronology to create a timescale of succession on nurse logs in the Olympic temperate rainforest, Sean Grealish

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Testing Mitigation Strategies for HABs at Spanaway Lake, Nancy Hollis

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Physarum Polycephalum Network Construction, Rei Ishii

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Polarization of Majorana Fermions in a Background Current, Lukas Karoly and David C. Latimer

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Replacement Policies in Semantic Database Caching, Colin Monaghan

Submissions from 2019

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Developing Techniques to Observe The Effects of Bisphenol AF on Guppy Embryo Development, Lauren Clarke

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Petrology of the Earliest Cascade Volcanic Units in Washington: the Northcraft, Tukwila, and Rattlesnake Mountain Formations and Implications for the Evolution of the Cascade Arc, Louisa Cryan and Jeffrey H. Tepper

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The effects of temperature on maternal investment of ovary tissue in the fish species Danio rerio, Noah R. Dillon and Alyce DeMarais

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Effects of Bisphenol-S and Estrogen on p53 Expression in Ovarian Tissue of Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Jess Fairbanks

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The influence of reintroduced beavers on sediment processes in post-wildfire headwater streams, Methow River, WA, Amanda Foster

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Magnetic Exploration of the Crescent Formation, Washington: The search for a hidden fault near Dusk Point, Samuel G. Furmanski

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Finding Predictors of Success in Novice Programmers' Editing and Testing Behaviors, SaraJane Griffiths

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The Role of the IGF-1/Akt/mTOR Pathway on Tibialis Anterior Muscle Hypertrophy During Regeneration in Cardiotoxin-induced Injury in Adult Mice, Cambria Kasten and Jung A. Kim PhD

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Efficient Query Execution over Large Databases through Semantic Caching of Bitmap Indices, Sarah McClain

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Investigating Cascade Magmatism Through Dating and Chemical Analysis of the Hatchet Mountain and Pe Ell Formations, SW WA, Robyn Organ, Jeffery Tepper, Wesely Von Dassow, and Tabor Reedy

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Petrology of the Eocene Goble Volcanics, Southwest Washington: an Early Phase of the Cascade Arc, Clara Phipps and Jeffrey H. Tepper

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Undescribed oomycete pathogens on Zostera marina and Z. japonica in the Puget Sound, Theresa Proctor

Submissions from 2018

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Impact of ROS Presence on Oncogenic Ras Activity, Chris Andersen

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The Role of Song in Reproductive Isolation in a New Secondary Contact Zone of White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys), William Brooks

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Quantitative Three-Dimensional Basal Ice Roughness from Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Katie Gray and Shreeti Patel

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Development of Bifunctional Thiourea Catalysts for Effective Direct Amidation Reactions, Alex Guzman

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Epiphyte Distributions Vary with Structural Heterogeneity in Acer Macrophyllum, Kaela Hamilton and Carrie L. Woods

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Quantifying Passive Joint Stiffness at the Elbow Following EIMD of the Elbow Flexors, Angus Lamont

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Hylocomium splendens: Microhabitat Selection and Potential Role in Forest Succession, Anna Marchand and Carrie Woods

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Polarizing Majorana Fermions, William Miyahira

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The Effects of depth on microplastics distribution and ingestion by a biological indicator species: Mytilus galloprovincialis, Marlowe Moser and Peter Hodum

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Using Age to Assess Retention Time of Ingested Plastic in Seabirds, Tessa G. Nania, Gary Shugart, and Peter Hodum

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Progress Towards the Synthesis of Iron-Based Hydrogenation Catalysts Using Hydroxypyridine Bidentate and Tetradentate Ligands, Sara Rockow

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Gravitational Radiation from a Toroidal Source, Aidan Schumann

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Modulating the Cancerous Effects of the Oncogene Src, Katherine Segar

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The Role of logmat Biofilm in the Spirit Lake Ecosystem after the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens, Emma Sevier

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Using CRISPR to Induce a Knock-out of dPRL-1 in Drosophila melanogaster, Alicia Walker

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EEG Experiment Scripting Tool for Novice Programmers, Sarah Walling-Bell

Submissions from 2017

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Bowing Behavior of Strings With Non-Uniform Mass Density, Andrew J. Brandt

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Investigating the Behavior of Novice Programmers in a Large Dataset, Ayse Hunt

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Radiation Reaction: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love E&M, Alexander R. Kaufman

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Investigating the Essential Roles of dPRL-1 in Drosophila melanogaster, Alex Lee

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The Effect of Beaver Dams on Macroinvertebrate Communities, Anna Shampain

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Developing Catalysts for Improving Direct Amide Formation, Courtney Carley

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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

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Oncogene Characterization and Mapping, John Evans

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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

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

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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

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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