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Undergraduate Research Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all students who have been awarded up to $500 for work on their undergraduate research project!

2016 - 2017 Recipients

Student

Major

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Nathan Aist

Biology Michael Ketterer Secondary Lead Smelting and the Antimony Hypothesis: Soil Contamination in Readking, Pennsylvania

Alija Vlonjat

Biology

Hsiu-Ping Liu

Mitochondrial Gene Order in Bruneau Hot Springsnail (Pyrgulopsis Bruneauensis)

Caitlin Babbitt

Biology

Hsiu-Ping Liu

A New Efficient Method of Polymerase Chain Reaction for Snails

Tristen Bryce

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Devi Kalla

Portable Mechanically Driven Bicycle Charger

Chase Buerck

Art

Sandra Lane

Blurring the Lines of Ceramic and Metal

Daniel Clark

Geospatial Sciences

Sarah Schliemann

The Effect of Wastewater Effluent on Soil and Water Chemistry Along the South Platte River

Kathryn Davis

Psychology

Lisa Badanes

Synchrony and Mindfulness and Study

Deva DeAngelis-Lowe

Ecological Restoration

Helene Ver Eecke

Mircobial Comparison in Wetlands of Varying Health

Lisa Fetter

Biology

Andrew Bonham

Aptamer-based Electrochemcial Biosensor for the Detection of the Cancer-Related Protein, ENOX2

Edgar Flores

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Devi Kalla

Strength, Stiffness, and Linear Roughness of As-Printed ASTM E8 Test Specimen from Three Orientations to Evaluate the Efficacy of Additive Manufacturing Technique

Cesar Garcia

Chemistry 

Megan Filbin-Wong

Effect of Bleach and Bleach Neutralization on the Detection of Blood in Forensic Analysis

Jena Jacobs

Biology

Andrew Bonham

Sensitive Serologic Detection of Pathogenic Mycoplasma via Diagnostic Electrochemical Biosensor

Alexander Leith

Physics

Richard Krantz

The Use of Fluid Dynamic Principles in Plasma Creation and their Proposed Use in Nanoparticle Separation

Traci Lundstrom

Psychology

Courtney Rocheleau

Psychological and Physiological Benefits of Short Term Yoga Intervention with Incarcerated Women

Patrick Marsden

Biochemistry

Andrew Bonham

Metobolic Analysis and Biochemcial Pathway Modeling of the Nitrification Cycle of Nitrosomonas Europaea, Using Metabolomics and Metabolic Flux Analysis

Todd Matuszewicz

Chemistry

April Hill

The Methodological Development of Lipid Residue Analysis in Archaeological Pottery Samples

Thomas McLaughlin

Art

Sandra Lane

The Shape of Light-Holography in Art

Ashley Raykovitz

Biochemistry

Vida Melvin

Quantitating the Expression of Transcription Factor AP-2a Splice Variants During Zebrafish Development

Danielle Russell

Mechanical Engineering

Devi Kalla

Cube Sat Axes Rotation Simulator

Andrea Speer

Biology

Sheryl Zajdowicz

The Evaluation of the Efficacy of Silver in the Inhibition of Genetic Transfer in Bacteria

Christian Sroka

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Devi Kalla

Breeze Battery

Steven Stier

Mathematics

Elizabeth Ribble

Applied Analysis of Watersheds of the Bear Creek Watershed

Ginger Stout

Biology

Helene Ver Eecke

Protocol Optimization of Recovering and Culturing Yeast from Bottled Beer

 

 

2015 - 2016 Recipients

Student

Major

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Alija Vlonjat

Biology

Hsiu-Ping Liu

Mitochondrial Gene Order in Pyrgulopsis Bruneauensis

Matthew Coughlin

Environmental Science

Garry Farmer

Investigation of Dissolved Heavy Metals Accumulated in Trout Species Collected from Georgetown Reservior

Stephen Cowperthwait

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Devi Kalla

Design, Construction, and Testing of a Small Homopolar Spot Welder

Jessica Daniel

 Biology

Andrew Bonham

 Optimization of Electrochemical Biosensors for Medical Applications

Tim Erickson

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Devi Kalla 

 Autonomous Surface Vehicle with Deployable Remote Operated Vehicle (ASV/ROV)

Lisa Fetter

 Biology

Andrew Bonham

Aptamer-based Electrochemical Biosensor for the Detection of the Cancer-Related Protein, ENOX2 

Cynthia Forsythe

Biology 

Hsiu-Ping Liu 

Genetic Variation of Pyrgulopsis Kolobensis, a Springsnail Found in Utah and Nevada 

David Harper

Psychology 

Courtney Rocheleau 

To Donate or not to Donate; Making Decisions About Organ Donation 

Jena Jacobs

Biology 

Andrew Bonham 

Sensitive Serologic Detection of Pathogenic Mycoplasma via Diagnostic Electrochemical Biosensor 

Susan Jett

Biochemistry

Andrew Bonham 

Design of Uranyl Ion Biosensors for Water Quality and Safety 

Nicholas Kuehl

Chemistry 

Ethan Tsai 

Synthesis of Novel Bent-Core Liquid Crystalline Materials 

Katherine Ludeman

Mechanical Engineering Technology 

Devi Kalla 

Optimization of Process Parameters in Direct Metal Laser Sintering to Develop Ti02 Reinforced Ti6AI4V Metal Matrix Composites 

Ricky Martinez

Biology 

Christy Carello 

The Affect of Habitat Restoration on Avian Populations on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast 

Evan Morrison

Chemistry 

Megan Filbin-Wong 

Determination of Secondary and Tertiary Structures in Blackcurrant Reversion Virus RNA 2 Domains Involved in Translation 

Mallory O'Connell

Integrative Health Care 

Carol Jensen 

Evaluating the Impact of Service Learning Projects on Student Retention within the Integrative Health Care Degree Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver 

Faye Olsgard

Art

Ted Shin

Recognizing Costa Rica's National Treasures: The Ancient People of Nicoya 

Alicia Payne

Biology 

Hsiu-Ping Liu 

Identifying Physa Natricina in the Snake River 

Joshua Pedrick 

Biology 

Hsiu-Ping Liu 

Testing "Frest" Fluminicola Species Concepts with Mitochondrial DNA 

James Richardson

Biology 

Helene Ver Eecke 

Assessment of the Microbial Population and the Enrichment of Sulfate-reducing and Iron-reducing Bacteria from Sites Recently Contaminated with Acid Mine Drainage 

Elizabeth Shield

Biology 

Megan Filbin-Wong 

Determining the Secondary Structure of Viral Non-coding RNAs that Direct Protein Synthesis 

Travis Sullivan

Hydrogeology - IDP

Uwe Kackstartter

An Analytical Physical and Laboratory Investigation of the Formation of Chlorargyrite (AgCI) in the Springdale Sandstone of Silver Reef Mining District Outside of Leeds, Utah

Marlene Ventura

Psychology

Cynthia Erickson

Effects of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (JB1) Probiotic on Human Cognition

David Watson

Biology 

Rebecca Ferrell 

Identifying the Human Component in Storm Sewer Outfall of Denver, Colorado 

 

2014 - 2015 Recipients

Student

Major

Faculty Mentor

Project Title

Stephen Aderholdt

Biology

Rebecca Ferrell

Water Quality in Lower Bear Creek

Kinda Alquatli

Biology

Garry Farmer & Helene Ver Eecke

Investigation of Anaerobic Microbial Populations in a Metal Impacted High Altitude Marsh

Anastasia Bacca

Psychology

Lisa Badanes

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Conformity

Chase Buerck

Ceramics

Robin Johnson

Pushing the Boundaries of Ceramics

William Carver

MET

Devi Kalla

Design, Construction & Testing of an Automated Micro-CHP Platform

Mary Culkin

Biology

Rebecca Ferrell

Nitrogen-cycling on an Urban Green Roof

Alec Curtis

Biology

Rebecca Ferrell

Nitrogen Cycling Associated with a Green Roof

Lisa Fetter

Biology

Andrew Bonham

Aptamer-Based Electrochemical Biosensor Design for Ricin Toxin Chain A (RTA)

Jillian Foss

Human Nutrition - Dietetics

Ann Diker

Food Attitudes and Behaviors Before and After an Introductory Nutrition Course

Jesse Freelong

MET

Devi Kalla

Designing and Building 3-D Printer / CNC router Using Stepper motors

Eric Klein

Biology & Psychology

Mark Mazurek

Transfer of Learned Bias in Motion Discrimination.

Alexandria Martini

Biology

Jennifer Gagliardi-Seeley

Male mate choice and pair bond success in the monogamous, bi-parental convict cichlid fish (Amatitlania nigrofasciatus)

Faye Olsgard

Art & Anthropology

David Hill

“To Find Oneself is to Find Our Humanity.” J. Deredia y Dr. M. Amoretti

Victoria Ratcliffe

Biology

Hsiu-Ping Liu

Utilizing Mitochondrial DNA to Delineate Maternal Heritage in Desert-Dwelling Elephants of Namibia

Kimberly Richard

Biology

Robert Hancock

Hymenopteran Richness and Abundance as a Possible Indicator of Ecosystem Recovery after Change

Jonathan Richards

Biochemistry & Psychology

Andrew Bonham

Electrochemical Biosensor Development for Botulinum Toxin A (BoNT/A) Detection

Holly Roberts

Psychology

Cynthia Erickson

The Effects of Expertise on Visual Memory

Francisco Sanchez

MET

Devi Kalla

Variable condition wind generation system

Morgan Spedale

Chemistry

Garry Farmer

Determination of Toxic Trace Metal Compounds in Trout Species in Colorado Mountain Streams

Tamara Tabb

English

Elizabeth Kleinfeld

Anxiety Alternatives

David Watson

Biology

Rebecca Ferrell

Can E. coli reproduce in an urban outfall

2013 - 2014 Recipients

StudentMajorFaculty MentorProject Title
Richard Anderson MET Lynne Zhao-Bowden Small Scale Three Stage Cascade Refrigeration System to Liquify Natural Gas
Tessa Arends Biology Joanne Odden Analysis of Bacterial 16S Ribosomal Gene Shifts in Alpine Soil during Induced Freeze-Thaw Cycles
Tami Bishop Environmental Science Jason Janke Storm Water Mitigation Best Management Practices: A Study On The Design and Function
Michael Clark Biology Dr. Robert Hancock Evaluating the Potential of Methoprene Resistance in Culex Mosquitoes
Frank Erickson Accounting Kyle Matese The Integration of International Accounting within Collegiate Accounting Curricula in the United States
Megan Fowler IDP - Queer Studies Carol Quinn Trans* Experiences with Dating
Alyssa Herrin Biology Dr. Jennifer Gagliardi-Seeley Male Mate Choice in Convict Cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciatus)
David Lauten CIS Dr. Biswadip Ghosh Tangibles vs. Intangibles: What is Important in Selecting an Outsourcing Vendor?
Brian Lenherr Environmental Science Dr. Eric Ball Evaluation of Digestion Techniques for Metals Analysis in Tissue Samples
Peter Leon History Ellen Slatkin From Wagner to Taft-Hartley: The Colorado Labor Peace Act of 1943 and Its Impact on National Labor Legislation
Nickolas Nelson Chemistry, Biology Dr. Andrew Bonham
Dr. Douglas Petcoff
A Model to Foster Myelination, In Vitro, of Neural Cells Differentiated from Neural Precursor Stem Cells
Jeremy O'Brien Chemistry, Biology Dr. Andrew Bonham Development of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Myc-Max: DNA Interactions
Erica Prather Biology Dr. Rebecca Ferrell Nitrogen Cycling in Green Roof Soil
Laura Roon Chemistry, Biology Dr. Andrew Bonham
Dr. Douglas Petcoff
Development of a Model for the Maintenance, Differentiation, and Characterization of Neural Precursor Stem Cells
Sherice Shiner Biology Dr. Joanne Odden Kombucha Characterization and SEM Evaluation
Alan Smith Meteorology Dr. Richard Wagner Synoptic Climatology of Heavy Snow Events in Colorado's Mountain Ranges and the Resulting Effects on Avalanche Potential
Joshua Sowick Chemistry Dr. Andrew Bonham Electrochemical Biosensors - Detection of Cell Growth Transcription Factor c-myc
Morgan Spedale Chemistry Garry Farmer Correlation of Dissolved Trace Metals and Black Fly Larvae Toxicity in a Colorado Mountain Stream
Wesley Underwood Land Use Dr. Stella Todd Cenote and Cave Passage Detection Using Vegetation Analysis of High Resolution Multispectral Satellite Imagery
Lukas Vaznonis MET Lynne Zhao-Bowden Heat Transfer Manipulation of Friction Based Vehicle Braking Systems
David Watson Biology Dr. Rebecca Ferrell Longitudinal Water Quality Sampling of Bear Creek During Winter 2013-2014
Anastasia Zavilla Psychology Dr. Cynthia Erickson Experience in Performance of Winter Sports Alters Perception of Mountain Terrain

 

2012 - 2013 Recipients

StudentMajorFaculty MentorProject Title
Tessa Arends Biology Joanne Odden Shifts in the Diversity of Soil Bacteria during Freeze-Thaw
Cycles in Tundra Soils at Rocky Mountain National Park
Ryan Balke Psychology Lesley Hathorn Religious Belief and Scientific Belief
Corbin Bradford Biology Hsiu-Ping Liu Taxonomic clarification of upper Klamath basin pebblesnails
Aviva Bulow Biology Douglas Petcoff Effects of Oxidative Stress on Xenopus laevis Oocytes
Jennifer Burdess Art Sandy Lane In a Trice
Arijana Jaksic Psychology Lesley Hathorn Language Learning and Television
Vanessa Langness Biology Douglas Petcoff The Role of Sphingomyelinase in Maturation and Apoptosis in
Xenopus Oocytes
Gregory Mastin Psychology Lesley Hathorn The effects of urban noise on prairie dog language
Mark Nelson Biology Mark Mazurek On Oxygen Therapy Heat Transfer in Extreme Cold at
Moderately High Altitude to Hypothermia
Nickolas Nelson Biology Douglas Petcoff Investigation of Extracellular Microenvironments and Small
Molecule Chemistry for the Maintenance and Differentiation
of Pluripotent Embryonic Stem Cells to Foster Neural Specification
Jacob Paschall Biology Mark Mazurek Investigating the Effects of Spatial References in the Timing of
the Flash-Lag Illusion
Jonathon Pries IDP Biswadip Ghosh Exploratory Study of Effects of Training System Acceptance on
User Training Program Outcomes
Jennifer Raby Sociology Jeff London Adolescent Truancy and Juvenile Delinquency: Testing Differential
Oppression Theory
Morgan Spedale Chemistry Garry Farmer A Comparison of Aqueous Metals Sampling and Preparation
Techniques
David Watson Biology Robert Hancock Dry Season Prevalence and Serovar Diversity of Leptospira in
Kerala, India
Nate Wilson MET Devi Kalla A Study on Mechanical Properties of Green Composites
Julia Woodward Anthropology David Hill The Philippi Mummy Project

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