2008 Student Summer Scholars

Andrew Belliner
"Graphics Processor-Based Implementation of Bioinformatics Codes"
Faculty Mentors: Greg Wolfe and Christian Trefftz, Computer Science

Brittany Benson
"Defining specific protein interactions in Diaphanous-related Formins: an essential step in the development of a potential anti-cancer drug"
Faculty Mentor: Brad Waller, Computer Science

Rebecca Bolen
"The Marriage of Rosine: Discourses on Women in the Plays of Beaumarchais"
Faculty Mentor: David Eick, French Studies

Laura Dahmer
"Determination of Energy Expenditure at Rest and during Exercise in Pregnant Women"
Faculty Mentors: Dawn Coe and Brian Hatzel, Movement Science

Michelle Frasco
"Overcoming barriers in geoscience education at the elementary level"
Faculty Mentor: Pablo Llerandi-Roman, Geology

Emily Henk
"Identifying lactic acid bacteria in Michigan cherry wines"
Faculty Mentor: Margaret Dietrich, Biology

Derek Janssens
"Discovering New Signaling Pathways that Regulate Neural Stem Cell Differentiation Into Glia"
Mentor: Merritt Taylor, Biomedical Sciences

Kevin Maupin
"Novel Indane Derivatives as Regulators of TAAR Activity"
Faculty Mentor: Matthew Hart, Chemistry

Elise Miller
"Determination of epitope-labeled Hdc gene expression in transgenic flies of Drosophila"
Mentor: Martin Burg, Biomedical Sciences

Brandon Moblo
"Hysteria, Trauma and the Concept of Masculinity in France, 1914-1930"
Faculty Mentor: Jason Crouthamel, History

Dennis Nagelkirk
"Mural, Painting, and Art Education Project with African Refugees and the African Center of Grand Rapids"
Faculty Mentor: Ed Wong-Ligda, Art and Design

Connie Pan
"Kinana hale: An investigation into tropical and desert environments that shape our notion of home and self"
Faculty Mentor: Nicole Walker

April Russell
"The Puzzling Mathematics of Sudoku"
Faculty Mentor: Shelly Smith, Mathematics

Kyle Schneider
"Structure/function studies of an enzyme involved in bacterial resistance to penicillin-class antibiotics"
Faculty Mentor: David Leonard, Chemistry 

Carrie Schoenborn
"Mural, Painting, and Art Education Project with African Refugees and the African Center of Grand Rapids"
Faculty Mentor: Jill Eggers, Art and Design

Andrew Sisson
"Spring Flow, Bacterial Contamination, and Fresh Water Resources in the vicinity of Verrettes, Haiti"
Faculty Mentor: Peter Wampler, Geology 

M. Ben Stacey
"Dispersal and Gene Flow of an Invasive Fish in Lake Michigan"
Faculty Mentors: Carl Ruetz III, Annis Water Resources Institute and Ryan Thum

Norrissa Thomas
"Examination of crayfish biodiversity and distribution within the Grand River, Michigan"
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Bergman, Biomedical Sciences

Leonard Van Gelder
"The Affect of Acute Static, Dynamic or No Stretching on Agility Performance"
Faculty Mentor: Shari Bartz, Movement Science

Kirk Wyatt
"Synthesis of Potential Protein Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors"
Faculty Mentors: Lauri Witucki, Chemistry and Felix Ngassa, Chemistry 

Sandi Xhumari|
"Equal Circle Packing In A Torus"
Faculty Mentor: William Dickinson, Mathematics