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 2011

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Byzantine Emperors and Old Testament Kings: Contextualizing the Paris Psalter as a Product of Ninth and Tenth Century Byzantine Imperial Ideology, Kelsey Eldridge

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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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A Foundation for Arithmetic, Kevin Halasz

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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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The Best Explanation: A Defense Scientific Realism, Johnston T. Hill

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(Re)constructing National Identity : The Case of Xiqu Culture in Taiwan, Joan Hua

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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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"'Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?'": Functions of the "Unspeakable" in American Gothic Literature, Elizabeth Kirsch

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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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Reclaiming Aztlán: The Visual Rhetoric of Pre-Columbian Imagery in Chicano Murals, Kelsey Mahler

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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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Back to Basics: A New Approach to the Unitary Executive Theory, Amanda Nicol

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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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Barriers to Health – A perspective from the lives of marginalized citizens in India, Daniel Parecki

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From Modality to Tonality: The Reformulation of Harmony and Structure in Seventeenth-Century Music, Lukas Perry

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

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The Power to Resist: A Study of Dissidence Movements in Eastern Europe, Melanie Reiff

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Myth Materialized: Thirteenth Century Additions to the West Façade of San Marco and their Value in Venetian History Making, Michelle Reynolds

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

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The Construction of the Curia Julia, Will Roundy

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Tunisian Push for Democracy: Successes, Failures, and Lessons, Peter Russell

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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

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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

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The Senatus Consultum Ultimum and its Relation to Late Republican History, Scott Shump

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The Problems of Treason and Tyranny: The Effect of the Gunpowder Plot On Artistic Expression, Jessica K. Spevak

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The Time Progression of Bub1 and Cdc2 activation in zebrafish (Danio rerio) during egg maturation, Julie Swinson

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Methods of Protein Characterization, Michael Tieu

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Developing a Protocol for Purifying the malA Enzyme in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, John Jared Trecker

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Beesearch: smellin’ urine and discriminatin’sex, Preston Van Buren

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The Zeeman Effect in Mercury, Casey Wall

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Effect of Shoe Design and Gender on Valgus Angle, Mandy Warner

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Tanzanian Women Literacy Learners: Balancing Autonomy and Community, Olivia L. Weitz

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Fostering Logical Thinking in Novice Student Programmers, Kyle Wenholz

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EEG Measures of Facial Expression Recognition, Madeleine Werhane

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“Honest as the Devil:” English Rhetoric and Representations of Catholicism in Ireland during the Reformation, Allie Werner

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Exploring the effects of C-amendment on the soil microbial community in a Puget lowland prairie, Jessica Wong

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The Influence and Application of Eastern Philosophy in the Western Musical Tradition, Matt B. Zavortink

Submissions from 2010

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The impact of deer on the rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) colony on Protection Island, WA, Brittany Balbag

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The Relevant Jazz Band: Advancing the Big Band for All Peoples in Our Modern World, Joseph R. Bozich

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1H-NMR and LC/MS assay development for the characterization of glycosidase and glycosyl transferase activities of MalA from Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, Jordan D. Carelli

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Comparison of Bacterial Communities on Different Substrate Types in an Intertidal Anthropogenic Sulfide Seep, Christopher J. Clark

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Bikers; Who are these people?, Julie Coleman

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Deficits in Executive Function and Academic Performance in Children and Adolecents Exposed to Methamphetamine and other Recreational Drugs, Selena M. Corbett

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Reducing Database Bitmap Index Size Using Variable Length Compression, Fabian J. Corrales

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The effect of acute exercise intensity on plasma interleukin-6 and activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, Chelsea Corser-Jensen

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The Property Rights Battle in Oregon: The Influence of Ballot Titles on Voter Opinion, Annette d'Autremont

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The Commencement Bay Superfund Legacy: Collaboration, Restoration and Redevelopment in the Local Landscape, Jenni Denekas

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BD2194 and BD2195 as Regulators of malA and Related Genes in the Predatory Bacterium, Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, Kim Dill-McFarland

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The Historiography of the Black Student Union, Ayanna Drakos

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Does Choice Matter? The Generational Impact of Work-Life Balance, Jessica Erickson

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The effects of visual and verbal feedback on peak torque in college-aged male and female athletes, Nika Evans

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Sneaky bacteria? Just maybe in Scotchbroom, Lisa Fazzino

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Validity and Reliability of the Nintendo Wii in Measuring Standing Balance, Sean D. Field-Eaton

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Quantum Conundrums: Putting quantum mechanics to the test with Bell's Inequality, Taylor E. Firman

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Quinine/Sodium Borohydride Complexes as Chiral Reductive Catalysts, James Gallagher

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Embedding Binary Trees into Grids Using Genetic Algorithms, John Granville

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Heterotropic Cooperativity in Cytochrome P450eryF, Kerry Guyer

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The Effects of High-Intensity Exercise on IL-6 Release in College Males, Jason Hagerup

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Americanizing America: Irving Berlin's Influence On His Adopted Culture, Jay Herman

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On Road Evaluation of New, Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck Emission Standards, Andrew B. Horsley

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His-Tag protein purification of the MalA enzyme in bdellovibrio, Greg Kirkpatrick

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Predictive habitat modeling for a population assessment of a globally threatened seabird, the DeFilippi’s petrel, Emily Landeck

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Synthesis of Nucleoside Analogs for Preparation of Phosphinate DNA, Jinhee Lee

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Matrotrophic transfer of fluorescent microspheres with differing amounts of nutrient resouce in poeciliid fishes: the potential role of β-catenin, Min Kuk Lee

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The Economics of Penny Auctions, Colin Blake MacDonald

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Experience vs. Age in the Bumblebee, Bombus huntii, Jacqueline E. Mathes

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Chimeric aneuploids and their role in the evolution of early generation synthesized Arabidopsis allopolyploids, Starr C. Matsushita

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Twitterers and Tyrants: Evaluating the Role of Twitter in the Authoritarian Setting, J.E. Merrill

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Plasma IL-6 responses to high-intensity cycling exercise, Carolyn Moore

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Synthesis of T4 lysozyme substrate, Jamie Nguyen

Communicating with Wings, Robert Niese

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Julio Cortazar, Narratology, and the Short Story, Kyle McCarthy Nunes

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Determining Pacific Northwest Seabird Diet Using Stable Isotopes, Susin D. Olszewski

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Acoustic Effect of Holes on a Brass Disk, Brooke R. Peaden

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Unexpected Activism: A Study of Louis Armstrong and Charles Mingus as Activists Using James Scott’s Theory of Public Versus Hidden Transcripts, Melanie Reiff

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Disorder in Rome's Asia Minor, William Roundy

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Genetic regulation of adenylate cyclase genes in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, Kat Schmidt

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Are Our Words Really Real? Rabbits, Cats* and the Inscrutability of Reference, Nicholas D. Schwarzenberger

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The Queen's Blood: A Study of Family Ties during the Wars of the Roses, Helen Shears

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Time progression of Bub1 activation in Zebrafish (Branchydanio rerio) during egg maturation, Julie P. Swinson

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Bees do not normally learn to discriminate between odor mixtures with a dominant odor but habituating the bees to the dominant odor greatly improves performance, Alexander Titus

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Synthesis of a Modified Cinchonidine Catalyst for use in the Asymmetric Michael Reaction, Craig Van Bruggen

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Honest Movement: Video as Second Consciousness in Dance Performance, Leah C. Vendl

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Bending the Gaze: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Contemporary Contortion, Jacqueline C. Ward

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Reverse-Engineering Linear Algebra, Billy Wonderly

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Zebrafish (Danio rerio) oocyte maturation and development, Amanda J. Wood

Submissions from 2009

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The Effect of Female Ornamentation on Aggressive Male-Male Interactions in the Striped Plateau Lizard (Sceloporus virgatus), Matt E. Dubin