SURF Award Recipients Archives

2015 Award Recipients

Student NameStudent's MajorAdvisor/DepartmentProject Title
Stephanie Bean Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Caryn Heldt / Chemical Engineering Gold Nanoparticles Detection of Protein Amyloid
Allison Branch Biomedical Engineering Mike Neuman / Biomedical Engineering Developing a Wearable Sensor for Real Time Joint Angle Measurement
Claire Eischer Exercise Science Tejin Yoon / Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Sex Differences in Neuromuscular Fatigue of the Knee Extensors During and After Eccentric Fatiguing Contractions
Craig Ekstrum (HI) Materials Science & Engineering Chito Kendrick / Electrical and Computer Engineering Development of InGaN/Si Tandem Photovoltaic Cells
Clarence Hardwick Electrical and Computer Engineering Christopher Middlebrook / Electrical and Computer Engineering Satellite Identification and Tracking by Spectral Measurements at AMJOCH Observatory
Sarah Harttung (HI) Applied Ecology and Environmental Science Evan Kane / Forest Resources & Environmental Science Changes in Peat Carbon Storage with Altered Hydrology and Plant Species Composition
Ashley Hendricks Environmental Engineering Noel Urban / Civil and Environmental Engineering The Effect of Ice Cover on Fish Exposure to Methyl Mercury
Michelle Hoard Chemical Engineering Ching-An Peng / Chemical Engineering Size-dependency on Thiolated Chitosan Gold Nanorods on Photothermal Properties and Cellular Uptake
Heath Johnson Finance/Economics Junhong Min & Dean Johnson / Business and Economics Behavioral Finance Approach for Designing Saving Promotion Programs for Low-income Households: An Application of Conjoint Analysis
Mitchell Kirby Biomedical Engineering Sean Kirkpatrick / Biomedical Engineering Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging Using a Nematic Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator
Andrew Meyer (HI) Ecology and Environmental Science Amber Roth / Forest Resources & Environmental Science Assessing and Quantifying Bird-Window Collisions on the Michigan Technological University Campus
Ross Michaels (HI) Biomedical Engineering Jingfeng Jiang / Biomedical Engineering Effects of Hyperthermic Denaturation of Collagen Fibers on Tissue's Mechanical Characteristics Resulting from Ablation
Anna Nelson Chemical Engineering Adrienne Minerick / Chemical Engineering Influence of Passages and Differentiation on Dielectrophoretic Property of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Peter Nouhan Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Thomas Werner / Biological Sciences Uncovering the Enhancers of the Pigmentation Gene Yellow
Emily Oppliger Civil Engineering Alex Mayer / Civil & Environmental Engineering Understanding Historic Use of the Huron Creek Watershed Through GIS and Archive Analysis
Robert Richard Forestry and Wildlife Ecology Management Evan Kane / Forest Resources & Environmental Science Initial Impact of Forest Derived Soil Amendments on Soil Properties and Forest Productivity
Kevin Rocheleau Mathematical Sciences & Physics Christopher Middlebrook / Electrical and Computer Engineering Michael Mullins / Chemical Engineering Determination of the Electro-Optic Effect in PDMS-TiO2 Hybrid Nano-composites
Colin Sheidler Physics Yoke Khin Yap / Physics Growth of Molybdenum Disulfide Monolayer Films by Chemical Vapor Deposition
Brandon Stimac Environmental Engineering Todd Ontl / Forest Resources & Environmental Science Understanding Vegetation Effects on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Peatland Ecosystems
Mitchell Tahtinen Biomedical Engineering & Statistics Feng Zhao / Biomedical Engineering Prevascularization of Highly Aligned Nanofibrous Extracellular Matrix Scaffold
Gina Testa Wildlife Ecology and Management David Flaspohler / Forest Resources & Environmental Science Thee Effect of Short Rotation Aspen Management on the Movement and Habitat Selection of Forest Birds
Ryan Van Goethem Biological Sciences Amy Marcarelli / Biological Sciences Impact of Stamp Sands on Aquatic Macrophyte Communities, Myriophyllum spicatum, and Myriophyllum spicatum x sibiricum Hybrids in the Portage Waterway
Virginia Van Vianen (HI) Biological Sciences Erika Hersch-Green / Biological Sciences The Effects of Increased Anthropogenic Nitrogen on Plant Characteristics and Pollinators
Randall Wilharm (HI) Chemistry Bruce Lee / Biomedical Engineering Developing Bioadhesive Polymers from Four-Armed PEG, PCL and Dopamine

2014 Award Recipients


Student NameMajor/DepartmentAdvisor/MentorProject 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


Student NameMajor/DepartmentAdvisor/MentorProposal
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
*HI = Honor's Institute

2012 Award Recipients


Student NameMajor/DepartmentAdvisor/MentorProposal
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
*HI = Honor's Institute

2011 Award Recipients 

Student NameMajor/DepartmentAdvisor/MentorProposal

Michael Adler


Peter Moran, ME-EM

:"Iodine Doping and Carrier Concentration Analysis in N-Type PbTe Semiconductors"

Jonathan Anderson

Chemical Engineering

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"

Elizabeth Cloos

Electrical Engineering

Christopher Middlebrook, Electrical & Computer Engineering

"Determination of the Acousto-Optic Effect in Polymer Waveguide Materials"

Ryan Connolly


Robert Nemiroff, Physics

"Applying the Pulse Start Conjecture to High-Energy Gamma-Ray Bursts in Order to Constrain Lorentz Invariance Violation"

Corson Cramer


Lyon King, ME-EM

"Potential Analyzer Diagnostic for Hall-Effect Plasma Thruster Plumes"

Richard Gridley

Biomedical Engineering

Seth Donahue, BRC

"A Novel Treatment for Fracture Healing in Rats"

Jordan Hagen


Claudio Mazzoleni, Physics

"Using Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectometry to Characterize Aerosol Optical Properties"

Matt Helgen

Computer Science

Nilufer Onder, Computer Science

"A Computer Simulated Approach for Modeling Evolution of Biochemical Systems"

Andrew Kennedy


Loredana Valenzano, Physics

"A Multi-Scale Computational Study of Metal-Organic Frameworks in Interaction with Water"

Lindsey Kenyon


Greg Waite, GMES

"Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala: A Study of Seismic Activity and Correlation with Gas Emissions"

Michelle King

Exercise Science

Jason Carter, Exercise Science/BRC

"Sleep Deprivation and Neurovascular Control in Humans"

Faith Lambert


Michael Gibson, Biological Science/BRC

"The Effects of Transport Inhibition of Phenylalanine on Phenylketonuria Symptoms by Use of Dietary Supplements"

Tristan McKay

Biomedical Engineering

Megan Frost, BRC

"Physical Characterization of Nitric Oxide Releasing Polymers"

Alex Mehne


Andrew Burton, SFRES

"Performance of Non-Local Tree Species Planted in Baraga County, MI"

Sarah Mets


Mi Hye Song, Biological Sciences

"The Role of ATX-2, an RNA-Binding Protein in Centrosome Duplication"

Alexander Saari

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"

Samantha Simon


Edward Cokely, CLS

"Using Cognitive Science to Improve Financial Decision Making Applications in Consumer Credit Card Debt"

Derek VanderLaan


Yoke Khin Yap, Physics

"Quantam Dot-Sensitized ZnO Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Devices"

Lucas van der Laan

Exercise Science

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"

Kaylee Walsh


Mark Gockenbach, Mathematical Sciences

"Analysis of New Regularization Method for Ill-Conditioned Linear Systems"

Katherine Waring


Rodney Chimner, SFRES

"Sleeper Lake Fen Restoration: Modeling Water Flow Patterns and Water Chemistry"

For a complete listing of SURF Awards dated back to 2002, please contact Cathy Jenich (