2012-2013 | REACH | SIU

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James Bender

James Bender 
Junior, Lombard, IL

James is examining the covariations and differences in EEG and fMRI neural activation patterns during emotional cue reactivity.


William Blankenship

William Blankenship 
Sophomore, Springfield, IL

William’s project focuses on reducing the energy consumption of distributed computing systems through an efficient job scheduling algorithm. This research will attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of large computer clusters.


Sarah Buto

Sarah Buto 
Junior, Lake Zurich, IL

Sarah’s interdisciplinary project between Cinema and Theater involves developing new ideas and elements to produce a new form of entertainment.


Blake Cain

Blake Cain 
Junior, Pittsburg, IL

Blake is researching the deleterious effects of alcohol on early embryonic development, specifically sensory modulation and motility for changes in overall movement and force production.


Oliver Drofenu

Oliver Drofenu 
Senior, Springfield, IL

Oliver is researching the thunder god vine to make a cDNA library and isolate the first gene in the triptolide pathway from this cDNA library for potential anticancer capabilities.


Benjamin Elliott Sam Martin

Benjamin Elliott/Samuel Martin 
Senior, Murphysboro, IL/Junior, Carterville, IL

Benjamin and Samuel are studying fossil foraminifera (single-celled protists) from the eastern margin of the Antarctic Peninsula to reconstruct the glacial history of the area around James Ross Island. Relative abundances of calcareous and agglutinated species are used as a proxy for ocean temperature, salinity, and acidity.


Eric French

Eric French 
Junior, Oblong, IL

Eric is investigating the effects of traumatic brain injury on behavioral inhibition in the rat.


Kyle Goetzelmann Ivan Perez

Kyle Goetzelmann/Ivan Perez
Senior, Wheeling, IL/Senior, Glen Ellyn, IL

Kyle and Ivan seek to determine biodiesel potential from sugars released by corn fiber pre-treatment and hydrolysis.


Zachary Guilford

Zachary Guilford 
Junior, Swansea, IL

Zach is researching the effects of heavy metal contaminants on aquatic organisms at a range of temperatures.


Jason Gumbel

Jason Gumbel 
Junior, Champaign, IL

Jason is studying the transcription factor FOXD1 and its role in pituitary gland development by testing mice that lack the Foxd1 gene.


Cody Jordan

Cody Jordan 
Junior, Franklin, TN

Cody is analyzing stable isotope ratios within hair samples to determine whether or not a difference in diet exists between two rabbit species of Southern Illinois, Sylvilagus aquaticus (the swamp rabbit) and Sylvilagus floridanus (the eastern cottontail), which could have implications for the conservation of both.


Bryan Kah Ming

Bryan Kah Ming 
Senior, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bryan is studying how the physicochemical properties of engineered metallic nanoparticles affect their phytotoxic effect on agricultural crops (soybean).


Andrew Lambert

Andrew Lambert 
Senior, St. Louis, MO

Andrew is investigating the chronological age estimation of Native American remains in an archaeological context by re-examining the right fourth sternal rib.


Michelle Lanteigne

Michelle Lanteigne 
Junior, Naperville, IL

Michelle is evaluating imidacloprid and cyfluthrin individually and in a mixture to determine if there are detrimental effects on non-target organisms such as Hyalella Azteca and Pimephales promelas.


Lonnie Mann

Lonnie Mann 
Junior, Carbondale, IL

Lonnie is creating a sculpture that visually represents the complex interplay between trauma and memory.


Travis Neal

Travis Neal 
Senior, Yorkville, IL

Travis is examining a new non-native invasive, Japanese Chaff flower (Achyranthes japonica) to further understand the modes of dispersal of this invasive species for implementation of better management practices.


Justin Ostrowski

Justin Ostrowski 
Junior, Prairie du Rocher, IL

Justin is investigating the effects of shame on psychomotor performance and learning.


Joshua Pogue

Joshua Pogue 
Senior, Oneida, IL

Joshua is synthesizing and characterizing responsive anionic/cationic polymer brushes, and use them to explore more efficient methods for protein separation.


Lauren Pruemer

Lauren Pruemer 
Senior, Teutopolis, IL

Lauren is exploring educational possibilities of television and producing a children’s program highlighting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to eradicate poverty.


Ethan Snively

Ethan Snively 
Junior, Macon, IL

Ethan is researching innovative techniques to help reduce soil erosion in southern Illinois agricultural fields.


Alexander-Jacques Sougiannis

Alexander-Jacques Sougiannis 
Junior, Champaign, IL

Alex is measuring and comparing practice vs. competition salivary cortisol and testosterone in female volleyball players. Findings of this project will allow for coaches to properly manipulate practices to mimic competitions.


Frank Soveg

Frank Soveg 
Senior, Cicero, IL

Frank’s project is elucidating the evolutionary relationships among trematodes of the genus Rhopalias using genetic analysis.


Kelley Waldschmidt

Kelley Waldschmidt 
Senior, Normal, IL

Kelley is observing contact rates and regrouping habits of female white-tailed deer to obtain insight on chronic wasting disease transmission between related individuals.


Austin Wood/Matthew Wozniak

Austin Wood/Matthew Wozniak
Junior, Springfield, IL/Junior, Downers Grove, IL

Austin and Matthew are creating “Valhella,” a science fiction short film portraying Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ stages of grief and isolation.


Calvin Zimmerman

Calvin Zimmerman 
Junior, Chicago, IL

Calvin is examining the role of Progressive Masculinities Mentors to deconstruct harmful perceptions of masculinity that college age men may have been socially predisposed to, such as sexism and heterosexism.