The Summer Fellows program at Ursinus College allows sophomores or juniors to pursue an independent scholarly project under the close tutelage of a faculty mentor during an eight week period. Projects can be undertaken as independent research or a creative or artistic endeavor. All Fellows present their research during the last week of the program.

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Submissions from 2019

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Considering Consent: A Philosophy of One Word's Impact, Kiley Addis

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Towards the Rational Design of Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET)-Based Fluorescent Probes, Matthew Balestriere

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Increased Attentional Deficits in Males Post-Concussion, Dominique Ballinger and Shannon Kiss

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To Be Dee-Termined, Dee Barlee

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The Effects of Neuroinflammation on the Phagocytic Activity of Microglial Cells, Nyrobi Barnes

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Interpreting the Ursinus Food Forest: Visualizing, Designing, and Realizing Signage at the Whittaker Environmental Research Station (WERS), Sarah Becker

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Differences in Glucose Uptake by [psi-] and [PSI+] Cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Samantha Beck

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The Connection Between Cytoskeletal Proteins and pam-1 Mutants, AJ Belville

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Stabilizing Micelles via Nucleic Acid Conjugation, Emily Bender

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Manipulating Atoms, Real and Simulated, With Software, Sean Bennett

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Exploring the Effects of Neuroinflammation on Microglial Cytoskeletal Proteins, Kelsey Blake

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Becoming a Superpower: China’s Rise and the Belt and Road Initiative in Latin America, Garrett Bullock

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Nuclease Activity of Zinc DFsc Proteins, Brendan Cherrey

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Effects of Social Media on Self-Image of Emerging Adults, Floyd M. Curry Jr.

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Decision-making, Beliefs, and Personality, Nicole Dalasio

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Increasing Agricultural Soil Health Through Crop Diversity, Sabrina Doherty

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Simulating Interactions of Rydberg Atoms, Evan Dryfoos

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Does Using wee-1.3 as a Secondary Suppressor Restore Wildtype Timing of Meiosis and Oocyte Maturation in pam-1 C. elegans Mutants?, Caprice Eisele

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Micelle Stabilization for Controlled Drug Release via Modification of Lipid Tail Length and Nucleic Acid Conjugation, Emily Franz

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Revisiting Gregg v. Georgia: Racial Bias and the Legality of the Death Penalty, Joseph Heasley

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Radial Glia’s Changes in GFAP Expression in Axolotl Spinal Cord Regeneration, Karen Herrera

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Identity and Memory, Ryley Hinton

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How Pennsylvanians Define Environmental Justice, Kayla Hofmann

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The Effects of Short-Term Fasting on Endurance Exercise Capacity in Mice, Lola Holcomb

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Merge Trees in Discrete Morse Theory, Benjamin Johnson

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Using Cysteine to Reversibly Attach Clarithromycin to Carbon Nanotubes, Broderick Johnson

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Getting to the ROOT of Climate Change: The Effects of Crop Diversity on Belowground Productivity, Matthew Kenwood

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Improving Simulations of the GRETINA Gamma-Ray Tracking Array, Esther Lawson-John

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When Nudge Becomes Shove: The Ethical Issue of Libertarian Paternalism, Sean Lewis

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Games: Glass and Materials Science to Engage Students, M. A. Liggett and Kateryna Swan

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Effects of the Amide Linker on the Smiles Rearrangement of Coumarin Fluorophores, Daniel Lippe

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UC Math Remediation, Joseph Lyons

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Morphology of Radial Glial in Ependymal Layer With Ambystoma mexicanum, Justin Martinez

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Differences in Endothelial Permeability Following Injection of 25 Microliters of Barium Chloride vs. 10 Milligrams per Gram of Body Weight at the Tibialis Anterior Muscle of 4 and 12 Week-Old Mice, James McDaid

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Sex Comparison of Hsp70 Expression Post Skeletal Muscle Injury in Mice Following Thermotherapy, Emily Megill

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The Effects of High Fat Western Diet on Cardiac Functioning and Exacerbation of Pregnancy, Jacob Menzer

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Single-Neutron States in Titanium Isotopes, Jessica Nebel-Crosson

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The Characterization of Zn Hydrolase Using De Novo Due Ferri Single Chain (DFsc) Proteins, Joseph Pantel

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Small Lunar Crater Ray Geometry and Target Topography, Janice Partee

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Peace, Love, and Politics: How Woodstock of 1969 Epitomized the Relationship Between Social Movements and Music, Jacklynn Ramsey

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The Effects of a High Fat Western Diet Along With Pregnancy on the Morphology and Contractile Function of the Heart, Vikki Rueda-Juarez

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An In Situ Hybridization Protocol to Determine Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Corridor Cell Distribution, Avery Sicher

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Fill the Gap: Assessing Moral Permissibility of Rejections in Dental Practices, and Promoting Pro Bono Dental Work Through a Non-Profit Organization, Min Son

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Corridor Cell Count in Medial Ganglionic Eminence Unaltered by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Paige Springmann

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Density Dependence of Energy Exchanges Between Rydberg Atoms, Briana Strickland

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Dynamics and Localization of Cytoskeletal Genes in pam-1 Mutant C. elegans During Cytokinesis, Zoe Tesone

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Schizophrenia in Film: The Missing Narrative, Art Thomas

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The Effect of Antibiotic-Conjugated Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes on Enterococcus Resistant to Erythromycin and Clarithromycin, Miriam Thomas

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Bitter Bitches: Feminism, Theater, and Dark Comedy, Lauren Olivia Toscano

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Comparison of Endothelial Permeability at 48 Hours Post Skeletal Muscle Injury in Male and Female Mice at Various Ages, Sabrina Tusavitz

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Black Women’s Wellbeing: The Intersections of Race, Immigrant Status, and Mental Health Among African Diasporan Women in Houston, Texas, Sianneh Vesslee

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Power Structures Reimagined: Women's Roles in the Iroquois Confederacy in the 17th Century, Briana Voyton

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Queering the Bildungsroman in Yukio Mishima's "Confessions of a Mask" and Jean Genet's "The Thief's Journal", Daniel Walker

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Investigating the Cellular Control and Biological Consequences of Prion Formation in Yeast, Richard Wike

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Matriarchs and Martyrs: Women in Early Christian Apocrypha, Robert Wilf

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The Shape of You: Music's Impact on Identity, Codi Yhap

Submissions from 2018

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Effect of Plant Diversity on Potato Leafhopper and Thrips in a Forage Agroecosystem, Gabriella R. Altmire

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High Education: A Film Narrative About the Role of Education Today, Tommy Armstrong

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Intersectional India: Caste, Feminism and Development in the 21st Century, Anika Backelin-Harrison

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How Exercise and Diet Affect Superoxide Dismutase, Clara Baker

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Has Academic Freedom Failed? Can Liberalism Defend Academic Freedom?, Daniel Becker

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The Effects of Abuse for African Americans Using Critical Autobiographical Analysis, Shelby Carmichael

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The Interaction of Escherichia coli With Tetracycline-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes, Jordan Carver

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Oral Argument Tactics From the Supreme Court Bench: An Analysis of Neil Gorsuch’s First Term, Corinne Cichowicz

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Machine Counting of Impact Cratering, Micah Cloward

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The Design and Characterization of de novo Coupled Binuclear Copper Model Proteins, Kailyn Cohen

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Putting Me Back Together by Getting Back Together: Relationship Rekindling Resolves Post-Dissolution Self-Concept Confusion in Anxiously Attached Individuals, Morgan A. Cope

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Long Term Effects of Concussions on the Executive Function Network and Brain Waves in the Frontal Lobe, Maria G. Daly and Aliyah J. Clark

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Using Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring to Track Alarm Activated Blood Pressure Surges in Control vs Firefighter Populations, Rachel Dickinson

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Toward the Rational Design of Photo-induced Electron Transfer (PET)-Based Fluorescent Probes, Julia Dorsheimer

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A Brand New Ballgame: An Alternative View to MLB Rookie Exploitation, David P. Drea

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Disease Risk Profiles of High Unsaturated and Saturated Fat Diets in Mice, Ian Dysinger

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The Journey of an Emotional Black Boy, Alonzo Elias

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Belowground Biomass as an Indicator of Soil Carbon Sequestration, Samantha Garritano

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Understanding the American Subaltern: An Exploration of Complex Literary Characters Through Socio-Cultural Lenses, Sophie Gioffre

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Characterization of De Novo Di-Iron Metalloproteins, Stephanie Hawkins

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Identifying Suppressor Mutations of the pam-1 Gene in C. elegans, Angela Hong

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Female Comedy: History and Practice, Claire Hughes

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The Montessori Method: Redefining the Child, Indira Joell

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Rate of Sterility Inducement by lz5 RNAi in Wildtype and pam-1 Mutant C. elegans, Ethan Kabel

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Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson: Archives in a Digital World, Megan Koeller

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Isolation and Analysis of Mitochondria Function in Mouse Skeletal Muscle, Zachary Larmer

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Must it Be Either Or: How Middle-Easterners Navigate Their Dual Identity, Jasmine Lavasani

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Urban Farming in Philadelphia, Kaitlyn Lawrence

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Inverse-Kinematics Proton Scattering on 44S, Max A. Liggett

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Persistence Equivalence of Discrete Morse Functions on Trees, Yuqing Liu

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Yeast: The Gateway to Redefining and Improving Biology Labs, Connor Loomis

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Seasoned Antisemitism: Cannibalism in The Destruction of Jerusalem, Bailey Ludwig

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Investigation of Chemical Sensors for Triazine Detection Operating via Photo-induced Electron Transfer, William Luksic

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Complete Bosoms, Incomplete Men: Reading Abstinence in Measure for Measure, Joseph Makuc

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Application of Carbon Nanomaterial-Attached Erythromycin to Circumvent Mechanisms of Resistance in Enterococcus faecalis, Noel McCampbell

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Effects of Antibiotic-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Antibiotic Resistant Enterococcus, Lilly McQueen

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The Origins and Manifestations of the Modern Queer Look, Ace Melendez

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Effect of Forest Fragment Size on Bird Species Diversity in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Isabella Morris

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Assessing the Nitrogen Conundrum at the Ursinus College Organic Farm, Madison Moses

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Palaeoclimatological Analysis of Oceanic Sediment From Ocean Drilling Program Site 1234 off the Coast of Chile to Determine Past Climate Conditions and Events, Ashley C. Nunez

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A Novel Survival Analysis Method for an Outcome of Time to Consecutive Events, Faraha Rathod

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Patient Safety in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Bridget Rauh

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Diet and Exercise Intervention: A Comparison of Analysis Methods, Emily Reeve

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Can Foreign Aid Reduce the Amount of Terrorist Attacks?, Charlotte Rohrer