The University of Puget Sound summer research programs are designed to encourage and support research projects conducted by University of Puget Sound students and their faculty mentors. The program seeks to foster imagination, creativity, and accomplishment.

For additional information, visit Summer Research Grants in Science and Mathematics, and Summer Research Grants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Submissions from 2017

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

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Face, Identity, and Normalcy: Systems of support for individuals with clefts of lip and palate, Ariane Farris

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

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Can Poetry Save the Earth: A Study in Romantic Ecology, Carlisle Huntington

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

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Fighting an Invisible Enemy: The Polish Media Campaign Against Radio Free Europe, 1950-1972, Nicholas Kulawiak

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Becoming Augustine: A Network Graph of Texts from Plato to Augustine, Annie K. Lamar

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

Tacoma’s Lincoln District: Assessing and Improving Collaboration between City Government and the Vietnamese Business Community, Julia Lin

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Role of Religion in Recovery, Kayla Lovett

The Effect of Beaver Dams on Macroinvertebrate Communities, Anna Shampain

EEG Study of the Featural and Configural Components of Face Perception, Heather Rose Stegman

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Ladder to Heaven: An Evaluation of Twelfth Century Latin Catholic Non-Dichotomous Spiritual Gender Identity, Helen W. Tschurr

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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Seen Through Steam: Narratives of Victorian Steam Technology, Rachel D. Anderson

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The Acoustics of Harmon Mutes, Zachary T. Armstrong

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(Trans)cribing History: The Oral Histories of Transgender Clergy in America, Jae Bates

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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

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Who Supports Donald J. Trump?: A narrative-based analysis of his supporters and of the candidate himself, Mitchell A. Carlson 7886304

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Neo-Realism: Post-Postmodern Ethics and Metaphysics, Cody Chun

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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What Do We Mean by Logical Consequence?, Jesse Endo Jenks

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

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Short-Term English Instruction as a Mechanism for Economic Growth, Neha P. Ketkar

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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Soundscape Composition as Environmental Activism and Awareness: An Ecomusicological Approach, Megan A. Reich

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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

Diary of a White Ally in the Pacific Northwest, Sloan Cidney Strader

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"To the Devil we Sprang and to The Devil we Shall go": Memory and History in the Narrative of British Medieval Constitutionality, Helen W. Tschurr

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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.

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Cultural Authenticity and the Impacts of Cultural Tourism in Malaysian Borneo, Elena Becker

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Landscape Painting: A comprehensive study of en plein air and studio painting, Carly Brock

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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Altruism Online: An Ethnographic Exploration into League of Legends, Rodger Caudill

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Integral Generalized Binomial Coefficients of Multiplicative Functions, Imanuel Chen

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Meaning Out of Nothing: A Penta-Dimensional Framework to Understand the Feminicides of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 as Evidence for the (Non-)Existence of God, Cody Chun

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Towards a Truer Representation: Transphobic Casting Politics and the Cis­-Gaze in Film, Aryeh Conrad

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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Mormon Feminism: Not an Oxymormon, Alexa Himonas

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Entraining Brain Oscillations to Influence Facial Perception, Rosie Irwin

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Assata Shakur: The Battle for Memory in the Imagined Borderlands, Joe Kaplan

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And the (Fourth) Wall Came Tumbling Down: The Impact of Renegotiating Fan-Creator Relationships on Supernatural, Alena Karkanias

Penitence and Prowess, Maggie Langford

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Mussels as Samplers of Regional Microplastic Contamination Trends, Nick Lyon

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Predicting Attitude Toward Organizational Change, Antonio Manibusan and Sarah Moore

How Museums Colonize the World's Art, Sarah McDonald

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

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Environmental Degradation in Urban and Rural China: A Local Perspective, Taili Ni

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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

Landscape Painting and Ideas of Wilderness, Maia Raeder

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EEG Investigation of Mirror-Neuron Activity Before and After Conscious Perception of Emotion in Faces, Katie Singsank

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The Prophets and Profits of Neoliberal Feminism in America, Molly Stambaugh

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Stimulus Dependence in Mirror Neuron Systems, Rachel Traut

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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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I Know I Shouldn’t Eat That But I’m Going to Anyway: The Role of Mood and Cognitive Depletion in Food Consumption, Stephen Baum

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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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Rome, Women and Religion: Asserting Agency through Decoration, Chloe Ginnegar

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Exploring Distortion and Clarity in the Modern Printed Portrait, Karina M. Harper

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Copperplate Etching, Traditional and Modern Techniques and Exploring Philosophical Concepts, Bianca Jarvis

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The Intra- and Inter-Sub-Community Dynamics of Fandom, Alena Karkanias

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Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I of England: Representations of Gender, Influence, and Power, Nichole Lindquist-Kleissler

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The Potential and Limitations of Alternative Trade Practices on Improving Coffee Producer Livelihoods in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Melanie Mazza

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People, Plants, and Fungi: Examining the Ecological and Social Landscapes of the Swan Creek Park Food Forest, Renee Meschi

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

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EEG study of perceptual bias in facial expressions, mood, and the mirror-neuron system, Laurel Olfson

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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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The Western Façade of Santiago de Compostela: Christian Dominion and Ecclesiastical Rivalry from the Medieval to the Baroque Period, Louisa M. Raitt

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Assessing Empathy in Rats: The Role of Shared Experience, Dylan Richmond

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El Duende's Struggle with Words: Embodied and Intellectual Investigation of Spiritual Experience within Flamenco Dance, Chloe Rockas

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The Myth of the Immigrant Entrepreneur, Daniel Thorson

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Scattering of a Point-Like Anapole, Kyle Whitcomb

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Joseph Haydn (?): Attribution and Reception, Robert B. Wrigley

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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The crossroads at midnight: Hegemony in the music and culture of Delta blues, Taylor Applegate

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Printmaking and Textiles, Abbie Baldwin

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The Publicity of Monticello: A Private Home as Emblem and Means, Benjamin Block

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

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College Students’ Perceptions of the Rates of Various Types of Sexual Violence and the Barriers to Reporting, Sadie Boyers

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

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Media Interpretations of Wounded Knee II: Narratives of Violence versus Sympathetic Coverage, Jana Cary-Alvarez

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Development of New Arsenic Based Amidation Catalysts, Cameron Chrisman

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Forty Years Later: Remembering the Pinochet Years in 2013, Miriam Cook