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 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

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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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Manifesting Stories: The Progression of Comics from Print to Web to Print, Hannah Fattor

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

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The Politics of Transgenic Food: An Ethnographically Informed Analysis of the Ban on Genetically Modified Crops in Bolivia, Kristin Gjelsteen

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Effect of Oxytocin Administration on Mirror Neuron Activation, Mackenzie Hepker

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Not Just Sex That Sells: Religious Rhetoric and References in Contemporary Beer Branding, Julie Kappelman

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The Effect of Physical Attractiveness on Mirror Neuron Activity, Jason Kelley

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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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Ordered Chaos: the Negotiation of Space in Deconstructivist Museum Buildings, Sam Mandry

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

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Who's Behind the Lens? Exploring Artistic Voice and Identity in Portrait Photography, Emily Menk

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United States' Military Interventions into Civil Wars, Sean Moffitt

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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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No Whiners Allowed: Breast Cancer’s Contradiction in Visibility and the Delegitimization of Women’s Illness Experiences, Annie Ryan

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Passing on democracy: A look at discourse in post-911 animated film, Anna Sable

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Faithful Non-Believers: Examining Ritual and Belief in a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Clara M. Sciortino

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Psychologically Effective Art, Kris Shuford

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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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Citizenship Education in Egypt, Madeline Waddell

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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

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Indexing and Researching National Event Coverage in The Puget Sound Trail, 1963-1965, Jillian Zeidner

Submissions from 2012

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Questions of Authorship in Josquin, Monteverdi, and Mozart: Documentary versus Stylistic Evidence, Jillian Andersen

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

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Electric Horizons: Advancing the Wind Band in Art Music, Joe Bozich

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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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Rain Inside the Elevator: Dualities in the Plays of Sarah Ruhl As Seen Through the Lens of Ancient Greek Theatre, Hannah Fattor

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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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Corporations are not People: An Analysis of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Melissa Gaughan

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

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Selfhood and the Unity of Consciousness, Kate Hanniball

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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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Uncharted Progress: A Musical Analysis of the Elements and Evolution of Rap, Mark Janzer

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Energy Cost of Locomotion During Partial Bodyweight Support, Aleksandar Jeremikj

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Growth / Decay, Yuri Kahan

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War Tourism: Shaping Memory and Perception in Post-War Vietnam, Max Keyes

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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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The Evolution of the Modern Book: Understanding the Future of the Printed Word in the Context of Fine Printing Presses and Artist’s Books, Elisabeth Schyberg

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The Methodology of Resistance in Contemporary NeoPaganism, Rebecca Short

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Migrant Remittances in Rural Nepal: A Mixed Methods Household-level Analysis, Evan Skamarock

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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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Emotion Recognition and Personality Traits: a pilot study, Hilary Tighe

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

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The Possible Connection of Gamma Oscillation and 3-D Object Representation, Thien N. Vu

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The relationship between two dimensional and three dimensional art, Erin Wheary

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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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Fashion and Self-Fashioning: Clothing Regulation in Renaissance Europe, Kayla Arnold

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

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The DJ and the Orchestra: Fusing Art Music and Popular Music, Joe Bozich

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On-Road Measurments of Transit Bus Emissions, Matt Breuer

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Partitioned Compression of Bitmap Indices, Kyle Brooks

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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