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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 2021 SURP Symposium was held on July 30, 2021. To view the collection of past SURP Symposium programs, click here.

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2021
Friday, July 30th
11:00 AM

Welcome & Keynote

Marcy M. Seavey, University of Northern Iowa
Selena Losee, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Riley (Mullins) Plagge, GHD, Des Moines
Nicole (Bishop) North, Ohio State University

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Analog Studies of Organic Pathways in Wind Cave through Cave Water and Crystals

Wilson McNaughton, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Characterization of the Intestinal Mucin Role in Colonization of the Spodoptera frugiperda Midgut

Noah Bond, University of Northern Iowa
Jerreme Jackson Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Chemical substitution induced half-metallicity in CrMnSb0.5Si0.5

Lukas Stuelke, University of Northern Iowa
Pavel Lukashev Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Comparison of Chalk Types and Their Ghosting Effects

Felicienne Alexandre, University of Northern Iowa
Shoshanna Coon, University of Northern Iowa
Kirk Manfredi, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Comparison of expiring CP-25 and 3-year old CP-42 plantings for monarch habitat quality

Schuyler Hop, University of Northern Iowa
Laura L. Jackson Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Correlation between forb frequency and grass frequency in expiring CP-25 plantings

Gretchen Steffensmeier, University of Northern Iowa
Laura L. Jackson Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Curating a Global Collection of Fiddler Crabs for the American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Dee Dee Pitzen, University of Northern Iowa
Samantha Heyer, University of Northern Iowa
Amber Finke, University of Northern Iowa
Frank H. Barnwell Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Carl L. Thurman Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Curating a Global Collection of Fiddler Crabs for the American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Samantha Heyer, University of Northern Iowa
Dee Dee Pitzen, University of Northern Iowa
Amber Finke, University of Northern Iowa
Frank H. Barnwell, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Carl L. Thurman Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Developing New Yeast Strains to Investigate Gene Looping

Caitlyn Nuehring, University of Northern Iowa
Justin P. Peters Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Diffusion of Gold on WSe2

Colin Gorgin, University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Stollenwerk Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Electrical Transport Measurements on Ni Films Deposited on MoS₂

Young Moua, University of Northern Iowa
Paul Shand Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Colin Gorgen, University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Stollenwerk Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Electronic, Magnetic, and Structural Properties of CoMnVSb

Adam Ramker, University of Northern Iowa
Pavel Lukashev Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Enterococcus faecalis Colonization of the Helicoverpa zea Midgut Epithelium

Sierra Hill, University of Northern Iowa
Jerreme Jackson, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Evaluation of Pre-lysis Rinses To Improve DNA Yield and Purity

Joseph Correa, University of Northern Iowa
Marek K. Sliwinski Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Emma Pellegrino, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Exploring Mesh Networks for Smart Buildings

Brandon Purvis, University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Haroon Rashid, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Geometric morphometric analysis of fiddler crabs from the shore of the western Atlantic Ocean

Claire Kipp, University of Northern Iowa
Carl L. Thurman Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Identification of Fungi and Their Secondary Metabolites from Wind Cave

Kyle J. Biscoglia, University of Northern Iowa
Kirk Manfredi Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Implementation of a Nanocellulose 3D Printer

Nathan P. Schmidt, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Investigating Fractal Properties of Stochastic Financial Data

Dhruv Patel, University of Northern Iowa
Ali Tabei Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Investigating the Unknown Purple Substance from Newsprint Paper

Briyana Carter, University of Northern Iowa
Shoshanna Coon, University of Northern Iowa
Kirk Manfredi, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Limit of Detection in Escherichia Coli DNA using PCR (working title)

Emma Pellegrino, University of Northern Iowa
Marek K. Sliwinski Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

On the Vulnerability of OpenThread to Agile Denial of Service Attacks

Casey Cronin, University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Raman Spectroscopy: Investigation of Acidic Azure B on Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

Cobey Heinen, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Selecting for Durability in Bacillus cereus/anthracis Bacteriophages

Alexis J. Moore, University of Northern Iowa
Michael H. Walter Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

SocioApp: Detecting Your Sociability Status with Your Smartphone

Aaron Walker, University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Soil Analyses Supporting Meskwaki Settlement Food Sovereignty, Tama County Iowa

Gerardo Daniel Jacobo, University of Northern Iowa
Chad Heinzel Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Luke Kapayou

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Soil Organic Carbon Accumulation in Restored Native Prairies Over Time

Samrin Shahnaz, University of Northern Iowa
Kenneth J. Elgersma Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Stochastic Monte Carlo Simulations of Competing Nucleoproteins on Single-Stranded DNA

Aaron Kirchman, University of Northern Iowa
Ali Tabei Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Structure of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer During PM2.5 NAAQS Exceedances in Iowa

Madison Mckenna, University of Northern Iowa
Alan Czarnetzki Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Sustainable and Biodegradable Nanocellulose Composite Materials

Jacob Scheel, University of Northern Iowa
Tim Kidd Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

The Mitochondrial Genome of the Spiny-Wristed Fiddler Crab, Leptuca Spinicarpa Rathbun 1900

Amber Finke, University of Northern Iowa
James Demastes Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Antonio Baeza, Clemson University
Carl Thurman Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

The Phosphorescence of Wind Cave Cavern, and the Level of Organics Associated with it

Steven Gomez, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree, University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

The Solar Eclipse of 1869 as seen in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky

Trishyan Anthony, University of Northern Iowa
Thomas A. Hockey Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Virtual vs. In-Person Instruction: The Impact of Teachers' Understanding of Physics

Madelyn Johnson, University of Northern Iowa
Jeff Morgan Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Lawrence Escalada Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Visibility of Lattice Points

Sydney Hauser, University of Northern Iowa
Adrienne Stanley Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Visualizing Human RAD51 Protein Binding to Single-Stranded DNA Using Atomic Force Microscopy

Timothy Perksen, University of Northern Iowa
Justin P. Peters Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Ballroom, Maucker Student Union, University of Northern Iowa

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM