2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a competitive program of the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences STEM departments – Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Technology, and Physics. SURP allows undergraduate students to develop their research and problem solving skills over a 10-week period. Each student works closely with a faculty mentor and is compensated for their research work. The annual SURP Symposium provides a venue for the student/faculty teams to present their projects in poster form.

The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Symposium was held on August 2, 2019.

To view the 2019 SURP Symposium program, click here. To view the collection of past SURP Symposium programs, click here.

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2019
Friday, August 2nd
11:30 AM

Acquisition of Knowledge Using Parallax BOE Online Manual

Tyler Brown, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Aligning PRISMS Plus with NGSS and Physics Education Research

Juliana Huegerich, University of Northern Iowa
Lawrence Escalada, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Analysis of Insulative Properties of Cellulose Aerogels by Solid Volume Fraction

Dexter Cox, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Analyzing Understanding of Electromagnetism in Workshop Physics

Ernest Toutant III, University of Northern Iowa
Jeff Morgan, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Assessing CP - 42 Habitat Value for Bees using the Floral Resource Index

Allison Eagan, University of Northern Iowa
Gabrielle Brown, University of Northern Iowa
Ai Wen, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Bacillus bacteriophage Q11 may have a 5' covalently attached protein.

Emily Cornelius, University of Northern Iowa
Michael Walter, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Computational study of low-dimensional materials

Ryan Carlile, University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Stollenwerk, University of Northern Iowa
Pavel Lukashev, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Derivatization of Core molecule for therapeutic purposes

Andrea Reutzel, University of Northern Iowa
Jeffrey Elbert, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Determining the Source of Materials Used in Artifacts Found Within Seebergers Cave in Jackson County, Iowa

Faith Luce, University of Northern Iowa
Chad Heinzel, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Developing Effective Air Quality Simulations Using AERMOD Model

Jens Petersen, University of Northern Iowa
Xinhua Shen, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Development and Evaluation of a Hybrid ADI/SWH Model Pre-Laboratory Curriculum

Tabitha Alitz, University of Northern Iowa
Dawn Del Carlo, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Does Preparation Method Affect Size-Type Distribution in Bacteriophage Population Images?

Annissa Ferero, University of Northern Iowa
Michael Walter, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Editing Fusarium graminearum genome with CRISPR/Cas9

Grace Sack, University of Northern Iowa
Tilahun Abebe, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Effects of seed mix and surrounding land cover on Asclepias syriaca density in the Conservation Reserve Program's Pollinator Habitat plantings

Kate Sinnott, University of Northern Iowa
Emma Simpson, University of Northern Iowa
Kathleen Madsen, University of Northern Iowa
Laura Jackson, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Exploring the Antimicrobial Activity of Endophytes Isolated From Native North American Prairie Plants

Bridget Shoemaker, University of Northern Iowa
Kirk Manfredi, University of Northern Iowa
Michael Walter, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Factors Impacting Students' Mathematical Performance and Beliefs

Lauren Falck, University of Northern Iowa
Alexis Steinlage, University of Northern Iowa
Elizabeth Hughes, University of Northern Iowa
Olof Steinthorsdottir, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

How Blue was My Crystal: Synthesis of Copper(II) Oxalate Coordination Polymers

Paul White, University of Northern Iowa
Arkady Ellern, Iowa State University
Colin Weeks, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Identifying Elemental Composition of Sand Grain with EDX

Gaoyong Wu, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd, University of Northern Iowa
Patrick Pease, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Infrared Analysis of Anaerobic Photochemical Aerosols

Mildrède Debello, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree, University of Northern Iowa
Kailey Casper, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Investigating Fourier Coefficient Relationships of Cepheid Variable Stars

Forrest Cronin, University of Northern Iowa
Siobahn Morgan, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lego Mindstorms as Alternative Scientific Instrumentation

Emma Yarrow, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Local and Landscape Effects on Butterfly Abundance in CP-42 Plantings

Emma Simpson, University of Northern Iowa
Kate Sinnott, University of Northern Iowa
Mark Myers, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Mobility determination of polyanions using Capillary Electrophoresis

Jill Miller, University of Northern Iowa
Justin Peters, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Cytoskeletal Actin Networks

Nathan Schmidt, University of Northern Iowa
Ali Tabei, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Revisited: Calculating the Polarity of an Extremely Polar Organic compound

Alyssa Bauer, University of Northern Iowa
Lane Ver Mulm, University of Northern Iowa
John Bumpus, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Silylation Using a Zinc Catalyst

Rodney Wallace, Waterloo East High School
Victoria Williams, Waterloo East High School
Robert Martin Chin, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Sown and Unsown Floral Resources Both Support Bee Abundance

Pryce Johnson, University of Northern Iowa
Kenneth Elgersma, University of Northern Iowa
Ai Wen, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Stochastic Lattice Simulation of the RAD51 Nucleoprotein Filament Formation on Single-Stranded DNA

Mary Sutton, University of Northern Iowa
Ali Tabei, University of Northern Iowa
Colleen Caldwell, University of Northern Iowa
Maria Spies, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Supercoiled DNA Looping by Lac Repressor Protein Using Atomic Force Microscopy

Hannah Peterson, University of Northern Iowa
Taylor Harris, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd, University of Northern Iowa
Justin Peters, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Technique Development of Finite Layer Dichalcogenides by Mechanical Exfoliation on Gold Substrate

Taylor Harris, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Impact of Soil Water Storage Capacity on Species-specific Forb Establishment in CP42 Fields

Ervina Tabakovic, University of Northern Iowa
Mark Sherrard, University of Northern Iowa
Kathleen Madsen, University of Northern Iowa
Allison Eagan, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Manhattan Project and the Globalization of Nuclear Weapons

Cole Schreiber, University of Northern Iowa
Paul Shand, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The math behind the Lotka-Volterra model

Patrice Ness Essombey, University of Northern Iowa
Douglas Mupasiri, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Silylation of Carbon-Hydrogen Bonds Using Zn(OTf)2 Catalyst

Alexandra Warren, University of Northern Iowa
Robert Martin Chin, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Spectroscopy of Coffee Roasting

Kailey Casper, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM