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 2021

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

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The Influence of Dog-Directed Speech on Quantity Discrimination in Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris), Devin Cordell Anderson

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Contemporary Feminism as Portrayed in Popular Media, Ainsley G. Austin

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The Role of Black South African Women in the Construction of Memory with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Olivia Babcock

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Healing Justice Spaces: Virtual Intersections of Religion, Environmentalism, and Social Justice, Addison M. Baker

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Language and Legislation: How Radical Feminists of the 1970’s Have Impacted the Sociopolitical Climate of the 21st Century, Beck Barr

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

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Hungarian Historical Hysteria, Kris R. Bohnenstiehl

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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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Exploring the Olmsted Legacy in Washington, Amelia E. Burkhart

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Public Access Screenings: An Ontological Inquiry into Cinematic Street Art, Logan B. Canada-Johnson

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Conceptualizing Thought-Forms Through Dynamic Artworks, Kendyl Aurora Chasco

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The Selectivity Gap in United States Responses to Human Rights Violations: Personal Integrity Violations between 1991 and 2001, Jessica Jo Cooper

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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

Engineering an IEC Fusion Device, Ouyang Du

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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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Ain't Nothin but a G(raffiti) Thang, Ciara Edwards-Mendez

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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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Making the exotic familiar: Representing Chinese Culture in Chicago's Chinatown, Aya R. Hamlish

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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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COVID-19 and Xenophobia: Reckoning with East Asian Identities in the United States, Allie R. Highsmith

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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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ἤρχετο μῦθων: Performance and Beginnings in Homer’s Odyssey, Charlotte E. Lowell

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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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ARE STUDENT-MANAGED FUNDS CLOSET INDEXERS?, Shirley Mazaltov and Lynda Livingston

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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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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and The Myth of Japanese Homogeneity, Hana Y. Morita

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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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Myth and Guilt in the Other Europe: David Binder's Dissident Reporting on the Collapse of Yugoslavia, Matt Roge

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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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The Relationship Between Short-Term International Volunteer Work and Long-Term Community Involvement, Sophie Ivana Semenjuk

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Complicating Courtly Love: Queering Sex and Gender in High Medieval Literature (1000-1250), Chloe L. Shankland

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Evaluating the Role of Thought in Sensorimotor Enactivism, Hannah Stockton

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The Take on College Summer Fellowship Program: Impacts of College Mentorship on First-Generation and Low-Income High School Students, Hong L. Ta

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Mitigating Spillover Effects of a General Warning on Accuracy Judgements of True News Headlines, Delaney R. Todd

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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

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The Foundation of an Uprising: Spatial Socialization and National Identity Formation in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Protests, Hannah Williams

Submissions from 2020

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Beyond a Call to Action, Quinn A. E. Bohner

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The Action-Perception of Musical Rhythm: A Review of EEG Findings, Jordan Anderson

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The Bonus March and the Cold War, Aidan Crosby

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Interstitial Space: An Exploration of the Urban Landscape and Marginal Communities of Tacoma, Washington, Oscar Edwards-Hughes

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Against Colonial Imaginaries: Rewriting Latin America in Juan José Saer’s El entenado & Bernardo Carvalho’s Nove Noites [REPORT], Juliano Estrada Donatelli

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Against Colonial Imaginaries: Rewriting Latin America in Juan José Saer’s El entenado & Bernardo Carvalho’s Nove Noites [REPORT], Juliano Estrada Donatelli

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All Things Intentional, Maya Gilliam

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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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Illustrating Neuroaesthetics, Madeleine Golitz

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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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Body Politics and 21st Century Taboo, Zachary Herrmann

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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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A Historiography of Nationalism: And the Case for Scandinavia, Alexander L. Jacobson

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

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‘Playing Hapsburg:’ The Hapsburg Monarchy and The post-Yugoslav Croatian Society, Fran Leskovar

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Understanding Burning Man through Fundamental Religious Studies Theories, Tio Lloyd

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Replacement Policies in Semantic Database Caching, Colin Monaghan

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Choice Sets for Andean Mothers' Discounting, Alessandra Vidal Meza

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Some Papal Bull: 16th Century Alum trade and English Royal Autonomy, Kyra Zapf

Submissions from 2019

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Washington’s Affordable Housing Property-Tax Levies: Lessons from the Campaigns, Anna Barcus

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"Hail Hydra": Marvel's Captain America and White Nationalism in the United States, Erin Budrow

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The Multidimensionality of Wellness Tourism in Thailand and Costa Rica: Mind, Body, and Soul, Cheyenne Clarke

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

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The Philosophies of Love and Despair in Kierkegaard’s Early Aesthetic Works, James Conley

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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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Is it Hot in Here or Is It the Climate? Predicting Individual and Systemic Pro-Environmental Engagement, Alaina Geibig

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

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Mindful of a Profit: A Critical Analysis of Meditation Apps in the Context of Neoliberalism and Western Constructions of Religion., Kylie Gurewitz

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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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The Setauket Gang: The American Revolutionary Spy Ring you've never heard about, Fran Leskovar

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Timing is Everything: Temporal Dynamics of Brain Activity Using the Human Connectome Project, Francesca LoFaro

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Tattoos in East Asia: Conforming to Individualism, Morgan MacFarlane

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

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Exploring the Urban Infrastructure of Transnational Labor Migration in Nepal, Alena McIntosh

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A Patchwork of Detention: Understanding Variation in Community Resistance to ICE Contracts with Local Jails, Manya Mutschler-Aldine

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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

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Weaving Sustainability, Carving Identity: An Exploration of Artisan Livelihood in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mariana Sanchez Castillo

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Acting the Author: observations on authority in collective performance, Max Tapogna

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Womxn of Color in Print Subculture: 1970-2018, Lenora Yee

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Queen Catherine's Material Body, Kyra Zapf

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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Sharing my practice, Elayna Caron