2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Symposium

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 2022 SURP Symposium was held on July 29, 2022. To view the collection of past SURP Symposium programs, click here.

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2022
Friday, July 29th
11:00 AM

A Lite DAQ System for Precision Resistance Measurements

Nathan Schmidt, University of Northern Iowa
Timothy E. Kidd Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Analysis of Temperature Dependence of Surface Roughness of Gold Film on MoS2

Joshua Wolff, University of Northern Iowa
Jeff Carlson, University of Northern Iowa
Timothy E. Kidd Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Assessing Methods for Enhancing Monarch Habitat in Re-Enrolling CRP Sites

Eva van de Mortel, University of Northern Iowa
Tristan Murphy, University of Northern Iowa
Laura L. Jackson Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Attitudes Toward the Chemistry Laboratory Learning Environment Using Different Pedagogies and Assessment Protocols

Lydia Richardson, University of Northern Iowa
Dawn Del Carlo Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Bioactive Secondary Metabolites from Cave Dwelling Fungi

Jade Nuehring, University of Northern Iowa
Kirk P. Manfredi Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (Electronic Copy Not Available)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Can Tef (Eragrostis tef Zucc.), an East African Crop, Adapt to Iowa?

Kyle Trunnell, University of Northern Iowa
Tilahun Abebe Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Characterizing Selected, Durable Bacillus Cereus/Anthracis Bacteriophages

Walderlande Nicolas, University of Northern Iowa
Michael H. Walter Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy Analysis of Native American Pottery for Maple Syrup Residue

Alexis Wirtz, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Donald Gaff Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Comparison of Plant Richness and Density in CRP-42 Fields Between 2018 and 2022

Liz Wilgenbusch, University of Northern Iowa
Ai Wen Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

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

Taylor Pruisman, University of Northern Iowa
Amber Finke, University of Northern Iowa
Carl Thurman Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Developing Methods to Assess the Role of Lumbricus Terrestris on Seed Predation In Prairie Restoration

Jacey Meier, University of Northern Iowa
Laura L. Jackson Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Development of a Water Quality Index Calculation Tool using Excel

Rowan McCarthy, University of Northern Iowa
Mohammad Iqbal Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Evaluation of Methods to Extract Genetic Material from Wild Bees

Brody Jack, University of Northern Iowa
Mila Haynes, University of Northern Iowa
Ai Wen Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Exploring Microbes at Wind Cave as an Analog for Exobiological Environments off Earth

Abby K. Sliwiniski, University of Northern Iowa
Emma W. Pellegrino, University of Northern Iowa
Nicole Geerdes, University of Northern Iowa
Marek K. Sliwinski, University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Extracting Lithium Using the Steric Bulk of an Aminimide Functional Group

Jacob Parker, University of Northern Iowa
Martin Chin Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Geoarchaeology of the 1926 Seeberger Excavation - Jackson County, Iowa

Nicolas Duffy, University of Northern Iowa
Chad Heinzel Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Faith Luce, Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District
William Green, Beloit College Logan Anthropology Museum

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Geoenvironmental Implications on Food Sovereignty - Meskwaki Settlement, Tama County, Iowa

Lindsey Hubbell, University of Northern Iowa
Chad Heinzel Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Christina Blackcloud, Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Coordinator
Luke Kapayou, Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Coordinator
Avis Bear-Bass, Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Coordinator

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Identification of Microorganisms from the Depths of Wind Cave

Abbie Bangs, University of Northern Iowa
Justin Peters Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Infrared Spectroscopy of Nanocellulose

Ashley Harrington, University of Northern Iowa
Jeff Carlson, University of Northern Iowa
Tim E. Kidd Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Left-Separation of ω1

Lukas Stuelke, University of Northern Iowa
Adrienne Stanley Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Leveraging ML to Detect Interference Patterns of Co-Existing IoT and Non-IoT Networks

Vesa Xerxa, University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Berns Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Magnetic Properties of FeCrVAl-Based Materials

Zach Pottebaum, University of Northern Iowa
Young Moua, University of Northern Iowa
Paul Shand Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Parashu Kharel, University of Northern Iowa
Pavel Lukashev Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Nucleoprotein Competition on ssDNA: Stochastic Monte Carlo Model

Sabryn Labenz, University of Northern Iowa
Ali Tabei Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Pilot Study: Geoenvironmental Controls of Residential Radon Cedar Falls, Iowa

Maya Mallavarapu, University of Northern Iowa
Chad Heinzel Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Quantifying the Impact of IoT Networks when Co-Existing with Production Wi-Fi Networks

Samuel Owens, University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Berns Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Rendezvous Numbers of Compact and Connected Spaces

Kevin Demler, University of Northern Iowa
Bill Wood Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SocioApp: Neural Networks to Detect How Social Are You?

Winfred Afeaneku, University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Berns Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Spectroscopic Characterization of Crystals and Waters at Wind Cave

Jenna Heinen, University of Northern Iowa
Joshua Sebree Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The State of Safety Training, Facilities, and Resources for Chemistry Teachers: A National Survey

Lydia Richardson, University of Northern Iowa
Dawn Del Carlo Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The Total Solar Eclipse of 1869 in Iowa: What Remains Today

Jacob P. Baskin, University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Towards Understanding the Robustness of Flying Mesh Network

Tanzeel Ur Rehman, University of Northern Iowa
Dheryta Jaisinghani Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Sarah Diesburg Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Andrew Berns Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Poster Presentation (UNI Access Only)

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Ultra-flat Au Surfaces on Finite Layer MoS2

Jeff Carlson, University of Northern Iowa
Timothy E. Kidd Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Andrew J. Stollenwerk Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Using an Aminimide Polymer to Extract Lithium from a Brine Solution

Austin Heidbreder, University of Northern Iowa
Martin Chin Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Using Atomic Force Microscopy to Study DNA and RAD51 Protein Interaction

Samrin Shahnaz, University of Northern Iowa
Justin Peters Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) to Assess Pollinator Communities in Cedar Valley

Mila Haynes, University of Northern Iowa
Brody Jack, University of Northern Iowa
Ai Wen Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Why do Effective Science Teachers Persist?: A Mixed Methods Approach Exploring Post-Induction Effective Science Teachers' Experiences

Molly Ramker, University of Northern Iowa
Billy Lange, University of Northern Iowa
Jesse Wilcox Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa
Dori Clausen, University of Northern Iowa

Open Access Poster Presentation

ScholarSpace, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM