SURF Award Recipients Archives
2014 Award Recipients
|Student Name||Major/Department||Advisor/Mentor||Project Title|
|Andrew Baldwin||Biomedical Engineering||Tejin Yoon||Can Upper Limb Exercise with Simple Free Weight Train Back Muscles?|
|Luke Doskey||Chemistry / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Tarun Dam||A New Purification Method to Isolate a Cancer Detecting Protein|
|Vincent Druschke (HI)||Computer Engineering / Computer Science||Leo Ureel II and Charles Wallace||Developing Simple Integrated Development Environments for Teaching Basic Computer Science Curricula and Concepts|
|Joel Duncan||Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics||Jeremy Worm||The Benefits of Lean-Burn Combustion on Mechanical Component Cooling and Emission Levels in an IC Engine|
|Shannon Ennis||Chemical Engineering||S. Komar Kawatra||pH Neutral Iron Ore Processing: A Breakthrough in Environmentally Friendly Mineral Processing|
|Kristin Flickinger (HI)||Biomedical Engineering||Jingfeng Jiang||Investigation of Non-Linear Elastic Parameters of Collagen Hydrogels: A Feasibility study for Noninvasive Breast Cancer Differentiation|
|Peter Gardner||Chemical Engineering||Caryn Heldt||Infectivity of Hepatitis A Virus and Porcine Parvovirus in the Presence of Cochlospermum Planchonii Extracts|
|Sarah Harttung||Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences||Andrew Burton and Oliver Gailing||Do Genetic Differences in Drought Tolerance & Phenology Contribute to Species Divergence in Oaks?|
|Robert Innis||Applied Physics||Yoke Khin Yap||CVD growth of Molybdenum DiSulfide|
|Jessica Karwosk||Medical Laboratory Sciences||Rupali Datta||Pentachlorophenol contamination in an abandoned lumber yard in Upper Peninsula, MI|
|Mark Keranen||Biomedical Engineering||Thomas Werner||How Toolkit Genes and their Molecular Pathways Control the Development of Pigmentation Patterns in Animals|
|Paul Kirby||Audio Production||Christopher Plummer||Capturing the Soundscapes of Point Abbaye|
|Leslie LaLonde||Biomedical Engineering||Jeremy Goldman||Improving and Controlling Biodegradation of Zinc-based Stent Materials Through the Formation of Surface Oxide Layers|
|Adam Laxo||Physics||Raymond Shaw||An Investigation of Aerosols as Catalysts for Contact Nucleation|
|Joshua Manela||Computer Engineering / Electrical Engineering||Timothy Havens||Investigating cloud-based simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for a UAV system by implementing an orientation estimation algorithm and communicating the data with the cloud|
|Zachary Morgan||Materials Science and Engineering / Mechanical Engineering||Yongmei Jin||Optimizing damping capabilities of metal matrix composites with ferroelectric barium titanate inclusions through modeling and computer simulation|
|Meridith Murley||Biomedical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering||Bruce Lee||Effects of Cyclodextrin Molecules on the Mechanical Properties of Hydrogels|
|Jade Ortiz||Biological Sciences||Amy M. Marcarelli||Impacts of Myriophyllum spicatum and phosphorus loading on phytoplankton community dynamics in the Portage Waterway|
|Nina Pacella||Biomedical Engineering||Keat G. Ong||Magnetoelastic Resonance Sensor for Monitoring Forces Applied to Cardiac Leads|
|Alex Reichanadter||Chemical Engineering||Julie King||Mechanical Properties of Continuous Carbon Fiber/Graphene Nanoplatelet/Epoxy Composites|
|David Rosen||Exercise Science / Biomedical Engineering||Jingfeng Jiang||Effects of collagenase treatment on the ultrasound measured passive elastic response of ex vivo muscle|
|Anna Waller (HI)||Biomedical Engineering||Jeremy Goldman||The Use of Drug-releasing Biodegradable Microparticles to Increase Lymphatic Regeneration in Wound Sites|
|Faryn Yovich||Psychology||Shane Mueller||Relationship between Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Creativity in Children|
|Eponine Zenker||Chemistry||Ashutosh Tiwari||The Role of Disulfide Bonds in Protein Stability and Aggregation|
*HI = Honor's Institute
2013 Award Recipients
|Joseph Charnawskas||Physics||Raymond Shaw||The Effects of the Gravitational Force on Water Particles in a Turbulent Flow|
|Erin Collins||Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences||Amy Schrank||Impacts of moose foraging on phosphorus availability to Utricularia vulgaris|
|Natasha Fetzer||Wildlife Ecology and Management||Amber Roth||Golden-winged Warbler Response to Alder Management|
|Anna Buckardt||Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences||David Flaspohler||The Effect of Rats on the Foraging Location of Birds in Hawaiian Forest Fragmented by Lava Flows|
|Audra Winter||Pharmaceutical Chemistry||Bruce Lee||Development of PEG-based Hydrogel Functionalized with SNAP or Release NO as a Novel Antibacterial Material|
|Christa Meingast||Environmental Engineering||Eric Seagren||Effects of Biosolids Moisture Content on Indicator Organism Reduction via Freezing and Thawing|
|Danielle Ahrens||Biomedical Engineering||Megan Frost||Characterizing the effects of protein deposition on SNAP-PDMS polymer|
|Eliot Nagler||Chemical Engineering||Adrienne Minerick||Particle-Particle Chain Formation in Dielectrophoretic Microsystems with Red Blood Cells and Polystyrene Microbeads|
|Emily Collins||Applied Ecology and Environmental Science||Oliver Gailing||Does selection against hybrids maintain species identity in interfertile oak species with different adaptations to drought|
|John Trochta||Environmental Engineering||Colleen Mouw||Remote Sensing Approach in Observing Environmental Interannual Variability in Lake Superior|
|Katrina Swanson||Chemical Engineering||S. Komar Kawatra||Biomass as a Renewable Alternative to Coal Fuel Sources in Iron Oxide Reduction|
|Madeline Topitzes||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||Mi Hye Song||RNA-Binding Roles in the Assembly of Microtubule Organizing Center|
|Marie Rene Mets||Exercise Science||John J. Durocher||The Influence of Aerobic and Anaerobic Fitness on Cross-Country Mountain Biking Performance|
|Matthew Tianen||Materials Science and Engineering||Jaroslaw Drelich||Development of Zn-based Alloys for Bioabsorbable Stents|
|Melissa DePra||Mechanical Engineering||Jeff Naber & Jaclyn Johnson||Development of a green diesel-biodiesel blend to achieve lower nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions than B20|
|Michael Johnson III||Mathematics||Rebecca Schmitz||The Perceptions and Productivity of Calculus Students Taught Through Jigsaw Methodology|
|Mick Small||Physics||Yoke Khin Yap||Photovoltaic Responses of Quantum Dot Sensitized ZnO Nanowires|
|Nicole Westphal (HI)||Biomedical Engineering||Rupak Rajachar||Injectable PEG-fibrinogen hydrogel cell delivery system for tendon repair|
|Samantha Wright||Biomedical Engineering||Keat Ghee Ong||FeGa Biodegradable Coronary Stent|
|Warren Clohisy||Forestry||Robert Froese||Changes in Nitrous Oxide Gas Emissions under Alternative Establishment Regimes in Hybrid Poplar (Populus spp.) Biomass Plantations|
|Angela Small (HI)||Physics||Jacek Borysow||Analysis of Artificial Breath Samples Using Raman Spectroscopy for Medical Diagnosis|
|Avery Bailey (HI)||Biomedical Engineering||Feng Zhao||Engineering Neural Tissue Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Natural Protein Scaffold|
|Brian Page (HI)||Mechanical Engineering||Nina Mahmoudian||Control Development for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Swarm|
|Kevin Rocheleau (HI)||Physics||Petra Huentemeyer||Analysis and Modeling of Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission from the Cygnus Region using FERMI and HAWC Data|
|Kimberly Stanke (HI)||Computational and Applied Mathematics||Zhengfu Xu||De-noising MR Velocity Measurements in Cerebral Aneurysms: a scientific computing approach|
|Adam Cary||Biological Sciences||Jennifer Becker||Effect of Growth Conditions on Ice Nucleation Activity of Pseudomonas syringae|
2012 Award Recipients
|Jacob Bjorn||Biomedical Engineering||Megan Frost||Developing a nitric oxide releasing polymer system for in vivo testing of retinal epithelial cell degeneration|
|Michael Bobian||Biological Sciences||Mi Hye Song||Centrosome assembly is regulated by proteasomal degradation|
|Michael Bostwick||Biomedical Engineering||Bruce Lee||Determining the effects of biomimetic, physical cross-links on the mechanical properties of hydrogels|
|Margaret Brunette||Biomedical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering, *HI||Rupak Rajachar||Mechanical vibrations and their effect on cell expression of myofibroblastic phenotype behavior|
|Daniel Cerminaro||Civil Engineering||Thomas Oommen||Object-based earthquake-induced damage assessment using remote sensing|
|Megan Dalbec||Environmental Engineering||Lynn Mazzoleni||Secondary formation of organosulfate compounds during α-pinene ozonolysis|
|Zachary Johnson||Biological Sciences, *HI||Thomas Werner||The role of proto-oncogenes in the evolution of animal color patterns, using drosophilia guttifera as a model|
|Taylor Kaurala||Exercise Science||Jason Carter||Gluten-free diet and autonomic activity in humans|
|Michael Lancina||Biomedical Engineering, *HI||Rupak Rajachar||Primary amine derivatized natural polymer electrospun fivers for the controlled release of nitric oxide|
|Emily Makoutz||Physics||Yoke Khin Yap||Quantum dot sensitized photovoltaic devices with novel core-shell nanowires|
|Lauren Mancewicz||Environmental Engineering||John Gierke||Achievability of groundwater remediation of fruit processing waste contamination using air sparging technology|
|Lauren Manninen||Forestry||Catherine Tarasoff and Evan Kane||A comparison of the carbon sequestration potential of C3 vs C4 grasses in Michigan's Upper Peninsula|
|Christa Meingast||Environmental Engineering||Eric Seagren and Jennifer Becker||Development of a sustainable process for class A biosolids production in a small northern community|
|Jarrod Nelson||Forestry||Thomas Pypker||A comparison of stemflow precipitation volume and nutrient content between red maple (acer rubrum) and black ash (fraxinus nigra)|
|Felicia Nip||Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, *HI||Thomas Werner||The evolution of a α-amanitin resistance in drosophila|
|Justina Silva||Applied Ecology and Environmental Science||Wrik Lilleskov||Enzyme activity in changing peatland plant communities and their effect on carbon cycling|
|Stephen Stassen||Physics||Claudio Mazzoleni||Research on atmospheric North American aerosols: using an integrated photoacoustic/nephelometer spectrometer and the Pico mountain observatory|
|Caleb Vogt||Biomedical Engineering, *HI||Feng Zhao||Optimization of nitric oxide releasing dose for human mesenchymal stem cell growth in a biodegradable nanofibrous scaffold|
|Eric Wilkening||MEchanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering||Nina Mahmoudian||Development of a cost competitive underwater glider for the advancement of marine research|
|Bo Yu||Computer Science||Ali Ebnenasir||Towards designing a fault-tolerant scheduler for the OkL4 microkernel|
Peter Moran, ME-EM
:"Iodine Doping and Carrier Concentration Analysis in N-Type PbTe Semiconductors"
Julia King, Chemical Engineering
"Tensile Modulus Modeling of Carbonanotube/Polycarbonate and Carbon Black/Polycarbonate Composites"
Hasti Asayesh Ardakani
Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, BRC
"Self-powered Piezoelectric Nanostructures"
Christopher Middlebrook, Electrical & Computer Engineering
"Determination of the Acousto-Optic Effect in Polymer Waveguide Materials"
Robert Nemiroff, Physics
"Applying the Pulse Start Conjecture to High-Energy Gamma-Ray Bursts in Order to Constrain Lorentz Invariance Violation"
Lyon King, ME-EM
"Potential Analyzer Diagnostic for Hall-Effect Plasma Thruster Plumes"
Seth Donahue, BRC
"A Novel Treatment for Fracture Healing in Rats"
Claudio Mazzoleni, Physics
"Using Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectometry to Characterize Aerosol Optical Properties"
Nilufer Onder, Computer Science
"A Computer Simulated Approach for Modeling Evolution of Biochemical Systems"
Loredana Valenzano, Physics
"A Multi-Scale Computational Study of Metal-Organic Frameworks in Interaction with Water"
Greg Waite, GMES
"Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala: A Study of Seismic Activity and Correlation with Gas Emissions"
Jason Carter, Exercise Science/BRC
"Sleep Deprivation and Neurovascular Control in Humans"
Michael Gibson, Biological Science/BRC
"The Effects of Transport Inhibition of Phenylalanine on Phenylketonuria Symptoms by Use of Dietary Supplements"
Megan Frost, BRC
"Physical Characterization of Nitric Oxide Releasing Polymers"
Andrew Burton, SFRES
"Performance of Non-Local Tree Species Planted in Baraga County, MI"
Mi Hye Song, Biological Sciences
"The Role of ATX-2, an RNA-Binding Protein in Centrosome Duplication"
Management Information Systems
Mari Buche, SBE
"The Cyclical Benefits of the Systems Development Life Cycle and Other Growth/Development Initiatives in the Information Systems/Information Technology Industry"
Edward Cokely, CLS
"Using Cognitive Science to Improve Financial Decision Making Applications in Consumer Credit Card Debt"
Yoke Khin Yap, Physics
"Quantam Dot-Sensitized ZnO Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Devices"
Lucas van der Laan
Karen Roemer, BRC
"Determining How Different Cutting Maneuvers Affect the Forces Applied on the ACL"
Auriel Van Der Laar
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Joseph Bump, SFRES
"Developing Morphometrics Models to Predict the Sex of King and Virginia Rails"
Mark Gockenbach, Mathematical Sciences
"Analysis of New Regularization Method for Ill-Conditioned Linear Systems"
Rodney Chimner, SFRES
"Sleeper Lake Fen Restoration: Modeling Water Flow Patterns and Water Chemistry"