2014 Summer Science Research

Student Science

University of Redlands students will once again spend the next few months working closely with professors as part of the Summer Science Research program.

“I always tell the students that, since research is a significant part of what scientists do, it deserves being a significant part of a science education,” Dr. Eric Hill, professor of physics, said. “While our classes can train and prepare students for research, to really practice research there’s nothing like immersing yourself for a whole summer pursuing an original project – without the distraction of taking other classes and with real unanswered questions, not just about what you’ll discover but about how best to go about discovering it.”

According to Dr. Barbara Murray, director of the Stauffer Science Center, more than 40 students applied for the program this summer, and 26 were selected. She works with the faculty to decide which students to choose, and believes that the number of undergraduates who apply keeps rising every year due to word of mouth.

“Science students are very close knit, and you can’t do anything in this area of campus without everyone knowing what it is,” she said. “Students definitely see the benefits of participating, and they come to the poster session to see what their fellow students are doing. It’s also a really good thing to have on your resume, both in terms of getting scholarships and getting into graduate school. Students who do summer research have a big advantage when they go into grad school, as a lot of kids don’t have anywhere near this kind of experience.”

As the students conduct their research with faculty members, they will also present their findings along the way. Presentations will take place Wednesdays at noon in Appleton 116, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.

“In the weekly presentations, it’s really impressive to see what the students are doing with the skills they’ve developed in our classes; particularly since we don’t have graduate programs and graduate students in the sciences, our undergraduate students get wonderful opportunities and they impress,” Hill said. “Since the weekly presentations are reports on works in progress, you get a sense of how science really works; most scientific communication in journals, conferences, and the news, coms after the results are in, and naturally focuses on those results, but with these presentations, when the research is still underway and full of open questions, you hear how scientists actually go about identifying and tackling those questions and obtain results – how scientific progress is really made.”

Presentation schedule:

June 11:

“Distribution and behavioral analysis of marine mammals off the southern California coast in Dana Point,” Taylor Dee and Haley Thiltgen, working with Dr. Lei Lani Stelle

“Solid phase Micro-extraction with polystyrene-poly (dimethylsiloxane) block co-polymers,” Andrew Schlaus, working with Dr. Rebecca Lyons

June 18:

“Software Development,” Michael Pounds, working with Dr. Pani Chakrapani

“Synthesis and characterization of copper complexes and their reactivity with DNA,” Sean Monroe, working with Dr. Henry Acquaye

June 25:

Jack Hurula, working with Dr. James Malcolm

July 9:

“IOS Development,” Alan Kassis working with Dr. Pani Chakrapani

“Computationally Modeling Heat Conduction in Micro-combustor Channel Walls and the Effects on Flame Position and Stability,” Freeman Levine, working with Dr. Joanna Bieri

“Scavenging potential of snow and its role in environmental transport,” Sean Morgan-Jones, working with Dr. Rebecca Lyons

July 16:

“Examination of different buffers on the efficacy of the compliment system,” Brendan Cooney and Clinton Timmerman, working with Dr. Ben Aronson

“Preschoolers’ articulatory speech rate changes during spontaneous and imitation tasks,” Jacklyn Starks, working with Dr. Lisa LaSalle

July 23:

“Autism studies on C58-J mice,” Jocelyn Foley and Keenan Onodera, working with Dr. Bryce Ryan

“Effects of meditation on psycho-physiological stress levels,” Emily Dalrymple and Sarah Grimley, working with Dr. Lisa Olson

“Physiological stress reactivity and cognitive interference of trigger cues,” Gilbert Chavez, working with Dr. Lisa Olson

“Phosphorus Supply to High Sierra Lakes: Contribution from Atmospheric Deposition Development and fish excretion,” Arielle Shingles, working with Dr. Wendy McIntyre

July 30:

“A comparison of the early development of Xenopus tropicalis and Xenopus laevis,” Dominic Lopez and Alex Capuchino, working with Dr. Caryl Forristall

“Developing and Testing Scanning Tunneling Microscopes,” Jonathan Paez and Spencer Fuller, working with Dr. Eric Hill

“Correlates of horn shape, positioning and fighting behavior in the family bovidae,” Lindsey Hauff, working with Dr. James Malcolm

August 6:

“The synthesis characterization of reactivity of ruthenium and vanadium complexes,” David Espinoza and Clare O’Leary, working with Dr. Henry Acquaye

“Combinatorics and Triangulations,” Victoria Ludford and Shirley Ly, working with Dr. Steve Morics

August 13:

“Epidemiology of late-onset disorders,” Haider Rustem, working with Dr. James Malcolm

Posted: June 11, 2014
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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