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Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipients

2019-2020

  • Julian Duarte, Physics & Astronomy
    Development and Characterization of a Lightweight Polymer Nanoparticle Matrix
    Advisor: Dr. William Rice, University of Wyoming
  • Theresa Higgins, Zoology & Physiology
    Establishing a Protocol for Automated Individual Recognition Using Zebra Finch Images and Deep Neural Networks
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Caleb Hoopes, Chemistry
    A Chemical Strategy for Understanding How Magnetic Fields Affect Human Cells
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Taylor, University of Wyoming
  • Isaac Hughes, Mathematics & Statistics
    The Sum of Divisors and Primality Test Efficiency
    Advisor: Dr. Eric Quade, University of Wyoming
  • Callie Klinghagen, Veterinary Science
    Increasing Accurate Detection of Brucella abortus,a Zoonotic Foodborne Pathogen
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Anthony Lew, Mechanical Engineering
    Guided Wave Non-Destructive Examination with Active Focusing and Flexural Wave Sweeping
    Advisor: Dr. Yang Liu, University of Wyoming
  • MJ Lindman, Physics & Astronomy
    Measuring Massive Binary Star Systems that Produce Supernova Explosions
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • Adrienne Mackenzie, Veterinary Science
    Hemoparasites: Determining prevalence in Rocky Mountain Broad-tailed Hummingbirds
    Advisor:  Dr. Holly Ernest, University of Wyoming
  • Pryce Millikin, Zoology & Physiology
    The Effects of Climate and Nectarivore Interactions on Pollination of an Endangered Hawaiian Plant
    Advisor:  Dr. Corey Tarwater, University of Wyoming
  • Wyatt Schiermeyer, Ecosystem Science Management
    SUAV-based Remote Sensing to Assess the Effects of Beaver Activity on Sediment Transport in the Laramie Range
    Advisor:  Dr. Fabian Nippgen, University of Wyoming
  • Meagan Soehn, Veterinary Science
    Enhancing Detection of a Zoonotic Foodborne Pathogen, Brucella suis
    Advisor:  Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Jana Zaatreh, Architectural Engineering
    Application of Biomimicry in Climate Change Adaptation Solution: A Case Study of Building Envelope Design Inspired by Leaves
    Advisor:  Dr. Liping Wang, University of Wyoming

2018-2019

  • Carissa Cooley, Zoology & Physiology
    Cognition and Problem Solving of Raccoons (Procyon lotor) and Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Madison Crawford, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
    Investigating Potential Effects of Bloom Density on Attracting Rare Pollinating Insects
    Advisor: Dr. Lusha Tronstad, WY Natural Diversity Database, University of Wyoming
  • Alexandra Higley, Physics & Astronomy
    Quasar Spectra
    Advisor: Dr. Adam Meyers, University of Wyoming
  • Rosemary Hopson, Zoology & Physiology
    Impacts of Climate and Invasive Species on Frugivory in a Novel Ecosystem
    Advisor: Dr. Corey Tarwater, University of Wyoming
  • Ryleigh Kobbe, Civil and Architectural Engineering
    Determining the Feasibility of Using Nanocomposite Membranes for the Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Mixed Brines
    Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Brant, University of Wyoming
  • Alex Schultz, Physics & Astronomy
    Precursor Systems to Red Novae
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • Frederick Slane, Physics & Astronomy
    Inside-out Galaxy Foundation
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Megan Soehn, Veterinary Science
    Validation of Novel Molecular Assay for Swine Brucellosis
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • David Tobin, Mechanical Engineering
    Determining the Model Coefficients of a New Turbulence Model
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Stoellinger, University of Wyoming
  • Russell Todd, Kinesiology & Health
    Grasping a Ball with Static and Dynamic Ebbinghaus Illusion in a 3D Virtual Reality Environment
    Advisor: Dr. Qin “Arthur” Zhu, University of Wyoming
  • Kaitlyn Vap, Chemical Engineering
    Laser Patterning of Graphene Oxide
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua Walmsley, Chemistry
    Using Measurements at Individual Nanoparticles to Screen Electrocatalysts for Hydrazine Oxidation
    Advisor: Dr. Caleb Hill, University of Wyoming
  • Tessa Wittman, Ecosystem and Science Management
    Development of Improved Detection Methods for Wyoming Toads
    Advisor: Dr. Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming
  • Jason Young, Mechanical Engineering
    Liquid Crystal Elastomers as Mechanical Dampers
    Advisor: Dr. Carl Frick, University of Wyoming

2017-2018

  • Sierra Amundson, Veterinary Sciences
    Validation of Diagnostic Assay for Long-Term Space Expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Samuel Berg, Geology & Geophysics
    Predictability in Delta Systems
    Advisor: Dr. Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming
  • Carissa Cooley, Zoology & Physiology
    University of Wyoming Raccoon Project
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Madison Crawford, WYNDD
    Investigating Potential Effects of Wind Turbine Color on Attracting Pollinating Insects
    Advisor: Dr. Lusha Tronstadd, WYNDD University of Wyoming
  • Andrew Flaim, Geology & Geophysics
    Controls on Abrupt Forest Changes in the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Schuman, University of Wyoming
  • Bailey Hamann, Molecular Biology
    Rebuilding the Barrier to Inflammation: A potential therapeutic target for the prevention of Hirschsprung’s-Associated Enterocolitis
    Advisor: Dr. Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    Copper Oxide NWs for use in Removing As from Ground Water through Adsorption
    Advisor: Dr. Teyu Chien, University of Wyoming
  • Alexis Lester, WYNDD
    Are Local Pollinators and Plants Affected by Laramie’s Mosquito Control Program?
    Advisor: Dr. Lusha Tronstadd, WYNDD University of Wyoming
  • Connor Leyshon, Mechanical Engineering
    Microgravity Research and Testing Solutions for Cube Satellites
    Advisor: Dr. Kevin Kilty, University of Wyoming
  • Ian McGlynn, Geology & Geophysics
    How Has a Changing Climate Affected Permanent Snowfields in Wyoming’s Snowy Range?
    Advisor: Dr. Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming
  • Gabriel Miller, Physics & Astronomy
    New Algorithms for the Characterization of the Time Evolution of the Sun’s Inner Corona
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Pierce, University of Wyoming
  • Cody Perkins, Mechanical Engineering
    Development of High-Temperature High-Resilience Silicon Carbide Microstructures via 3D Printing
    Advisor: Dr. Carl Frick, University of Wyoming
  • Brian Potter, Mechanical Engineering
    CubeSat Functionality and Microgravity Testing Platform
    Advisor: Dr. Kevin Kilty, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Provart, Education
    Development of Virtual Reality Software for Wyoming High Schools
    Advisor: Dr. Andrea Burrows, University of Wyoming
  • Jahshua Sanchez, Zoology & Physiology
    Locating Raccoon Hotspots in Laramie, Wyoming, using Trail Cameras and VHF Radio-Telemetry
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Danielle Schurhammer, Physics & Astronomy
    Finding Quasars Behind Local Galaxies
    Advisor: Dr. Adam Myers, University of Wyoming
  • Logan Stowe, Mechanical Engineering
    Metallic Thin Films For Use in Next Generation Flexible Electronics
    Advisor: Dr. Carl Frick, University of Wyoming
  • John Westenhoff, Geology & Geophysics
    Hydrogeology of Ice Within Dunes in the Red Desert
    Advisor: Dr. Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming
  • Kara Wise, Zoology & Physiology
    Coupled biogeochemical cycles in the Laramie River
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Hall, University of Wyoming

2016-2017

  • Sierra Amundson, Veterinary Science
    Ensuring a Safe and Secure Food Supply for Long-Term Space Expedition
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Christopher Brammerlin, Chemistry
    Rare Earth Perovskite Oxides for Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming
  • Emily Davis, Zoology & Physiology
    The Effect of Sex and Seasonal Variation on Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Home Ranges in Laramie, Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Bailey Hamann, Molecular Biology
    Mining the Mouse Microbiome
    Advisor: Dr. Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    Copper Oxide Nanowire for Solar Cell Applications
    Advisor: Dr. TeYu Chen, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Lehmitz, Botany,
    Botanical Close Range Sensing Via UAV System
    Advisor: Dr. Gregory Brown , University of Wyoming
  • Katie Nelson, Chemical Engineering
    Inertial Focusing Used to Separate Xenopus Embryo Nuclei for Droplet Encapsulation
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Ryan Parziale, Physics & Astronomy
    Characterizing Star Clusters in Nearby Galaxies
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua Walker, Physics & Astronomy
    Development of Aerogel Thin Films for Optical Studies of Carbon Nanotubes
    Advisor: Dr. William Rice, University of Wyoming
  • Alixandra Wimberley, Zoology & Physiology
    The Effects of Urbanization on Raccoon Cognitive Abilities
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming
  • Samual Wiswell, Geology & Geophysics
    From Source to the Photosynthetic Fringe: The Downstream Geochemistry of Yellowstone National Park’s Hydrothermal System
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Sims, University of Wyoming
  • Richard Yang, Computer Science
    Visualizing Fully-Connected Neural Networks
    Advisor: Dr. Jeff Clune, University of Wyoming

2015-2016

  • Delina Dority, Zoology & Physiology
    Investigating Ecological Effects of Wind Turbines to Improve Design and Management of Wind Farms
    Advisor: Dr. Lusha Tronstad, University of Wyoming
  • Christopher Edwards, Ecosystem Science & Management
    High Resolution terrain analysis using Lidar data
    Advisor: Dr. Scott Miller, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    A comprehensive study on the effects of oxidization fabrication on the efficiency of copper oxide as a p-type active layer in a solar cell.
    Advisor: Dr. TeYu Chien, University of Wyoming
  • Annie Krueger, Zoology & Physiology
    Determining the realistic toxicity of Imidacloprid for a native bee species Bombus impatiens
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Dillon, University of Wyoming
  • Gabriel Miller, Physics & Astronomy
    Construction of a Differential Image Motion Monitor at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • Jonathan Miller, Veterinary Science
    Food Security and Safety for Long-Term Space Expedition
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Aaron Strom, Chemistry
    Photolysis in Solar System Ices: Formation of Vitamin B3
    Advisor: Dr. David Anderson, University of Wyoming
  • Adrienne Sulser, Ecosystem Science & Management
    Factors Affecting Probability of Amphibian Occurrence on Pole Mountain: Evaluating Water Quality, Disease and Predation
    Advisor: Dr. Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming

2014-2015

  • Thomas Bilodeau, Mechanical Engineering
    Stochastic Modeling of Composite Strength Structures to Link Microstructure to Failure
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Fertig, University of Wyoming
  • Brent Forbis, Chemical Engineering
    Methane Hydrate Studies
    Advisor: Dr. Hertanto Adidhama, University of Wyoming
  • Alan Hatlestadt, Physics & Astronomy
    Measuring the Ages of Galaxies and Extended Stellar Populations
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Joann Hilman, Physics & Astronomy
    A Study in the Fabrication and Chemical Properties of Graphene
    Advisor: Dr. TeYu Chen, University of Wyoming
  • Tyler Hughes, Computer Science
    Creating Physical Worlds to Recreate Evolutionary Arms Races
    Advisor: Dr. Jeff Clune, University of Wyoming
  • David Leonhardt, Mechanical Engineering
    Development of Robust Image Processing Software for Analysis of CFRP Microstructure
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Fertig, University of Wyoming
  • Matthew Love, Mechanical Engineering
    Investigation of how Geometric Weave Parameters affect Composite Performance
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Fertig, University of Wyoming
  • Jonathan Miller, Veterinary Sciences
    Food Security and Safety for Long-Term Space Exploration
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker, University of Wyoming
  • Jareth Roberts, Physics & Astronomy
    Determine the Primary Method of Galaxy Formation Based on Relative Star Ages
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Tess Ward, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Droplet Diffusion and Stretching in the Study of the Mechanisms Responsible for Mitotic Spindle Scaling
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Devon Webster, Chemcial & Petroleum Engineering
    Microfluidics in Determining Optimum Flow Rates in Spindle Size Experiments
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming

2013-2014

  • Eric Cameron, Physics & Astronomy
    Lightening Strike Model with 2D Multiple Branched Leader Simulations
    Advisor: Dr. David Thayer, University of Wyoming
  • Annette Hein, Geology
    Tracing the Erosional History of the North Platte River
    Advisor: Dr. Kent Sundell, Casper College
  • Abigail Huyler, Mechanical Engineering
    The Influence of Cross Sectional Inhomogeneity of Carbon-Epoxy Composite Strength
    Adivsor: Dr. David Walrath, University of Wyoming
  • Charles Johnson, Mechanical Engineering
    Wind Belt
    Advisor: Dr. J. Sitaraman, University of Wyoming
  • Lacie McIntire, Geology & Geophysics
    Generating Oxygen through Photocatalytic Reactions by Minerals
    Advisor: Dr. Carrick Eggleston, University of Wyoming
  • Evan Martin, Geology & Geophysics
    Evaluating the Alteration of Environmental Signals in the Stratigraphic Record: A Tool for better understanding environmental change
    Advisor: Dr. Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua McConnell, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Quantification of Lateral Forces on Inertially-Focused Particles in Microfluidic Channels
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Amy Reece, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Passive Size-Selective Separation of Hydrogel-Encapsulated and Bare Cells for Whole Blood Diagnostics
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Rachel Smullen, Physics & Astronomy
    Heartbeat Stars
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • John Stacy, Chemistry
    Bimetallic Carbide Nanomaterials as Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming
  • Talysa Stockert, Mechanical Engineering
    An Experimental Study of Heat Transfer in a Twin-Screw Extruder for On-Board Hydrogen Storage
    Advisor: Dr. Yuan Zheng, University of Wyoming

2012-2013

  • Jacob Berg, Veterinary Sciences
    The Effects of Brucella against T-Lymphocyte Populations
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Adamovicz, University of Wyoming
  • Mary Centrella, Zoology & Physiology
    Development of a Pollen Library
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Dillon, University of Wyoming
  • Annette Hein, Geology
    Tracing the Erosional History of the North Platte River
    Advisor: Dr. Kent Sundell, Casper College
  • Tricia Jensen, Molecular Biology
    Engineering a Light Activated Caspase-3 for Cancer Treatment and Cell Biology Research
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Sean McCrackin, Botany
    Plant Responses to Light Independent of Photosynthesis: Qualification and Quantification of Photoreceptors and Light Dependent Morphological Traits Throughout Development Stages in a Nonphotosynthetic Plant
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Miller, University of Wyoming
  • Laura Morse, Botany
    Elevated CO2 and Warming Effects on Soil pH and Microbial Physiology
    Advisor: Dr. Elise Pendall, University of Wyoming
  • Samual Nissim, Physics & Astronomy
    Reverberation Mapping of Quasars at Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton, University of Wyoming
  • Dusty Parker, Geology & Geophysics
    The Role of Climate and Vegetation in Controlling Forest Fires in the Park Range, Colorado
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shuman, University of Wyoming
  • Amy Reece, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Size-selective Sorting of Rare Cells for Whole Blood Diagnostics
    Advisor: Dr. John Oakey, University of Wyoming
  • Erik Schmidt, Mathematics
    Analysis of Solutions of the 2nd Order stochastic parabolic equations
    Advisor: Dr. Peter Polyakov, University of Wyoming
  • Rachel Smullen, Physics & Astronomy
    A Search for Home: Kepler Follow-Up Spectroscopy
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • John Stacy, Chemistry
    Bimetallic Carbide Nanotubes as Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming

2011-2012

  • Kelsie Delaney, Microbiology
    Do Tourists Bug Bacteria? The Effects of Human Presence and Pollution on Bacterial diversity and Distribution in the Streams of Galcier National Park
    Advisors: Dr. Gerard Andrews, University of Wyoming; Dr. Melanie Murphy, University of Wyoming; Dr. Shannon Albeke, University of Wyoming
  • Noah Hull, Molecular Biology
    Photosynthetic bacterium for long-term space expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Veronica Malone, Mathematics & Science/CWC
    Synthesis of Data Collected on the Big Spring, Thermopolis, WY, Exploration of Biogeochemical Equilibrium of Mineral Deposition and Draft of Professional Publication Concerning Results
    Advisor: Suzanne Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
  • Amy Miller, Physics & Astronomy
    Obtaining Precise Dust Temperatures in Nearby Galaxies
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Jason Price, Geology & Geophysics
    Seismic Characterization of Promising Geological Formations for CO2 Storage in Rock Springs, WY
    Advisor: Dr. Po Chen, University of Wyoming
  • Rachel Smullen, Physics & Astronomy
    Radial Velocity Measurements of Stars in the Cygnus OB2 Association
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky, University of Wyoming
  • Travis Wells, Chemical Engineering
    Electrospun Synthetic Spider Silk Fibers
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson, University of Wyoming

2010-2011

  • Jordan Collingwood, Botany
    Establishment site preference of western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterphylla) in Glacier National Park
    Advisor: Dr. Dan Tinker, University of Wyoming
  • Noah Hull, Molecular Biology
    Photosynthetic bacterium for long-term space expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Eben Johnson, Zoology & Physiology
    Rapid Morphological Control of Kidney Function and the Implications for Long-distance Space Travel
    Advisor: Dr. Hank Harlow, University of Wyoming
  • Ernest Lawson, Botany
    Influence of a drier climate on vegetation at the lower forest boundary
    Advisor: Dr. William Lauenroth, University of Wyoming
  • Christopher MacLellan, Physics & Astronomy
    Computer Control and Acquisition for Fountain Flow Cytometry of Rare Cells
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Andrea Noakes, Zoology & Physiology
    Climate-Induced Vegetation Changes and their Effects on Small Mammals in Southeast Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben-David, University of Wyoming
  • Abbie Patik, Zoology & Physiology
    Mechanisms of Behavioral Sequencing in Bengalese Finches
    Advisor: Dr. Jon Prather, Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
  • Jacob Peters, Zoology & Physiology
    Is the carbon in dietary lipids routed to tissue protein? A physiology experiment with ecological implications
    Advisor: Dr. Carlos Martinez del Rio, Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Reed, Molecular Biology
    Safe Food for Space Travel: New Means to Fight Listeria monocytogenes
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming
  • Robert Shriver, Zoology & Physiology
    Mediation of Bark Beetle Impacts on Forest Carbon Budgets by Growth and Survival Responses of Epiphytic Lichens Advisor: Dr. Dan Doak, University of Wyoming
  • Tracy Wilcox, Math & Science
    Genetic Characterization of Thermophilic Bacteria and their Growth Patterns: Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, WY
    Advisor: Suzanne Smaglik, Central Wyoming College

2009-2010

  • John Barksdale and Zachary Zahller, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Bicycle Brake Lights
    Advisor: Dr. David Whitman, University of Wyoming
  • Brandon Chui and Russell Martin, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Power Controller and Regulatio System to integrate Solar Photo-Voltaic and Wind Power Utilization in Commercial Applications
    Advisor: Dr. Sadrul Ula, University of Wyoming
  • Noah Hull, Molecular Biology
    Photosynthetic bacteriumk for long-term space expeditions
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Rebecca Johnson, Civil & Architectural Engineering
    Study of the Effects of Wind Power to Establish Fatigue Design Criteria for High-Mast Poles
    Advisor: Dr. Jay Puckett, University of Wyoming
  • Joshua McConnell, Chemical Engineering
    SERS Detection of Viral DNA using Morpholino Oligos Tethered to Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Paul Pribyl, Geology & Geophysics
    Long Term Perspectives on the Effects of Climate change on Southern Wyoming’s and Northern Colorado’s Water Resources
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shumans, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Reed, Molecular Biology
    Function of c-di-GMP in the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Robert Shriver, Botany
    Analysis of fire history of an isolated limber pine forest, Pine Forest Range, NV
    Advisor: Dr. Thomas Minckley, University of Wyoming
  • Heather Talbott, Zoology & Physiology
    An Independent, Localized GnRH System in the Heart
    Advisor: Dr. Donal Skinner, University of Wyoming
  • Ryan McDonald, Zoology & Physiology
    The use of dendrochemistry and DNA analyses to evaluate the impact of nonnative species on river otters and aquatic-terrestrial linkages in Yellowstone Lake
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben-David
  • Christine Bell, Zoology & Physiology
    Do Mayflies and their Parasites Behave Differently in the Absence of Predaceous Trout?
    Advisors: Dr. Robert Hall & Benjamin J. Koch, University of Wyoming

2008-2009

  • Emily Byra, Health Science & Nutrition
    Influence of gender and estrogen on cardiac deconditioning in microgravity
    Advisor: Dr. Jun Ren, University of Wyoming
  • David Dixon, Pharmacy
    Effects of propranolol in rats when applied following subsequent stress reminders in post-traumatic stress disorder
    Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Clark, University of Wyoming
  • Kyle Fox, Environmental Science
    Analysis of SPIN FET characteristics with variations in material properties and thickness of Ferromagnetic Materials
    Electrical/Electronic (Physics), University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jinke Tang
  • Joseph Griffith
    Nitrogen Deposition in the Snowy Range of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Williams, University of Wyoming
  • Kyla Jones, Life Sciences
    Influence of gender and estrogen on cardiac deconditioning in microgravity
    Advisor: Dr. Jun Ren, University of Wyoming
  • Trent Mankowski, Physics & Astronomy
    Investigating energy transfer in Ce3+ and Cr3+ co-doped phosphors and their applications in white light emitting diodes (LED’s)
    Advisor: Dr. Jinke Tang, University of Wyoming
  • Daniel Peterson, Mathematics
    Extremal Graph Theory and the Optimization of Communications Networks
    Advisor: Dr. G. Eric Moorhouse, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Reed, Molecular & Cellular Biology
    The Role of Light in Virulence and Biofilms in Klebsiella Pneumoniae
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Gomelsky, University of Wyoming
  • Timothy Reed, Earth System Science
    An Investigation of the Landscape Development and Climatic History of Table Mountain, Fremont Co., Wyoming
    Advisors: Suzanne Smaglik and Carol Frost, Central Wyoming College

2007-2008

  • Alyssa Cooper, Electrical Engineering and Molecular Biology
    Synthetic Spider Silk: an Emerging Biomaterial
    Advisor: Dr. Randolph Lewis, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Griffith, Renewable Resources
    Organic Matter and Soil Characteristics of High-Elevation Alpine Zones above 3,200 meters in the Mountains of North-central Colorado and Southeast Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Williams, University of Wyoming
  • Karl Heimbuck, Mathematics
    Factoring Integers with Elliptic Curves and Applications
    Advisor: Dr. Andreas Stein, University of Wyoming
  • Geoffrey Luke Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Autonomous Navigation through Binocular Computer Vision
    Advisor: Dr. Cameron Wright, University of Wyoming
  • Sage McCann, Chemistry and Geology
    Identification of Thermophilic Bacteria and Characterization of their Habitat: Big Horn Spring at Hot Spring State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Advisor: Suki Smaglik, Central Wyoming College
  • Jeremy Pepin Chemistry
    Synthesis of a Simple Predecessor of RNA and DNA
    Advisor: Dr. John Hoberg, University of Wyoming
  • Micah Schuster, Physics & Astronomy
    Constraining Galaxy Evolution via Hydrogen Line Emission Luminosity Functions
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Dane Taylor, Physics & Astronomy
    Micro-fluidic Droplet Oscillation and Transport Analysis with Matlab Simulation
    Advisor: Dr. David Thayer, University of Wyoming
  • Sean Ukele, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
    Use of Nanoparticle Structures to Promote Stability and Activity of Extracellular Enzymes for Application in Biofuel Cells
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Teal Wyckoff, Geography                                                                                                Sagebrush Community Structure Characterization for Improved Remotely Sensed Imagery Utilization in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Driese and Dr. Steven Prager, University of Wyoming

2006-2007

  • Dustin Carruthers, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Applications in Control Theory: Quad Rotor Helicopter.
    Advisor: Dr. John O’Brien, University of Wyoming
  • Jim Gampetro, Mechanical Engineering
    Thermoplastic Resin Impregnation of Fiberglass Tows for Pultrusion.
    Advisor: Dr. David Walrath, University of Wyoming
  • Bryan Gorges, Computer Engineering
    Improving Future Undergraduate Research Providing Remote Control for the Physical Sciences Rooftop Telescope
    Adivsor: Dr. Steven Barrett, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Griffith, Renewable Resources
    Organic Matter and Soil Characteristics of High-Elevation Alpine Zones Above 3,200 meters [10,500 feet] in the Mountains of North-Central Colorado and South-East Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Williams, University of Wyoming
  • Robert Grogan, Electrical Engineering
    Modeling and Simulation of Parallel Robotics with Matlab
    Advisor: Dr. John O’Brien, University of Wyoming
  • Westin Joy, Mathematics
    Analysis of solutions of the Possio integral equation in 2D aeroelasticity.
    Advisor: Dr. Peter Polyakov, University of Wyoming
  • Ben Kelley, Physics & Astronomy
    Extrasolar Planet Search in NGC 188.
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky,University of Wyoming
  • Laura Portscheller, Physics & Astronomy
    Extrasolar Planet Search in NGC 188
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky,University of Wyoming
  • Katie Rogers, Molecular Biology
    Discovering the Genetics Behind Hormone Signaling Pathways
    Advisor: Dr. David Fay,University of Wyoming
  • Qi Qi Wang, Zoology & Physiology
    Substance P and GnRH in the Role of the Circadian Cycle
    Advisor: Dr. Donal Skinner, University of Wyoming

2005-2006

  • Brenda Christensen, Mathematics
    Transmitting information securely and correctly using secret sharing schemes and elliptical curve cryptography
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shader, University of Wyoming
  • Heather Hanson, Physics & Astronomy
    Spitzer Nearby Galaxy Survey
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Scott Kelley, Geography
    Remote identification of fluvial & eolian benches and terraces in the Laramie Basin
    Advisor: Dr. Dennis Prager / Dr. Daniels, University of Wyoming
  • Kandace Krejci, Natural Resources
    Development of a GIS model to identify private and mineral ownership near key sage grouse leks
    Advisor: Dirk Birkholz, Sheridan College
  • Erik Reynolds, Zoology & Physiology
    Light-induced oxidation & reduction of iron: a primordial iron cycle on Earth and Mars
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg, University of Wyoming
  • Patrick Shea, Mechanical Engineering
    Testing and analysis of circumferential properties of titanium tubing
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Garnich, University of Wyoming
  • Qiqi Wang, Microbiology
    Expression of GFP by the GnRH receptor promoter
    Advisor: Dr. Donal Skinner, University of Wyoming
  • John Willford, Animal Science
    Development of luminescent biosensor for rapid detection of Eschericha coli 0157:H7
    Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, University of Wyoming

2004-2005

  • Andrew Curtis, Computer Engineering and Mathematics
    External and Semi-External Algorithmic Analysis of Massive Graphs and Digraphs
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shader, University of Wyoming
  • Ruben Mares, Zoology & Physiology
    Climate change and the wolf management plan in Wyoming: forecasting effects of changes in precipitation and temperature on wolf livestock depredations by 2025
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben David, University of Wyoming
  • Lindsey Melhaff, Mechanical Engineering
    Analysis of Anisotropic Elastic-Plastic Properties of Titanium Tubing
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Garnich, University of Wyoming
  • Susan Pitts, Geology & Geophysics
    Rock and Mineral Identification by Raman Spectroscopy
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Marrs, University of Wyoming
  • Gregory Sarchet, Pharmacy
    Sustained Released Progesterone from Liposomes to Control Ovarian Cancer
    Advisor: Dr. Delwar Hussain, University of Wyoming
  • Brian Scoggins, Physics & Astronomy
    BALQSOs: Different Species or Different Angle?
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton, University of Wyoming
  • Eric Tretter, Zoology & Physiology
    Bacterial Fe(II) Oxidation in Alpine Lake Sediments: A Window to Earth’s Microbial Past?
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg, University of Wyoming
  • Lisa Ann Weber, Chemistry
    The Effects of Humic Substances or Iron and Manganese Redox Cycling
    Advisor: Dr. Patrick Sullivan, University of Wyoming

2003-2004

  • Andrea Adams, Brian Durtschi, Erin Hennings, and Loren Cook, Mechanical Engineering
    Microgravity Aerobic Resistive Exercise Device
    Advisor: Dr. David Walrath, University of Wyoming
  • Benjamin Coburn, Mechanical Engineering                                                                      Complex Shaped Composite Fittings
    Advisor: Dr. David Walrath, University of Wyoming
  • Justin Schaefer, Physics & Astronomy
    X-Ray Analysis of Broad Absorption Line Quasars with Extreme Properties
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton, University of Wyoming
  • Michael Stanchak, Microbiology
    Bacterial Fe(III) Reduction in Alpine Lake Sediments: A Window to Earth’s Microbial Past?
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg,University of Wyoming
  • Daniel Webber, Zoology & Physiology
    Muscle Integrity and Preservation in Hibernation
    Advisor: Dr. Hank Harlow, University of Wyoming

2002-2003

  • Brian Day, Molecular Biology
    Influence of Simulated Microgravity on Glycoprotein Biosynthesis
    Advisor: Dr. Donald Jarvis, University of Wyoming
  • Carrie Donnell, Geology & Geophysics
    Linking Subglacial Hydrology to Meteorological Conditions
    Advisor: Dr. Joel Harper, University of Wyoming
  • Kari Cowden, Mechanical Engineering
    Improved Frequency Response of a Hexapod Strut through Damping
    Advisor: Dr. John McInroy, Dr. David Walrath, University of Wyoming
  • Stanley Hahn, Elementary Education
    Hands-on Physics for Casper Elementary School Students
    Advisor: Dave Schwellenbach, Casper College
  • Jake Kutzer, Physics & Engineering
    Astronomy in the GeV regime using the Solar Two Gamma-ray Telescope
    Advisor: Dave Schwellenbach, Casper College
  • Jennifer Satterfield, Elementary Education
    Hands-on Physics for Casper Elementary School Students
    Advisor: Dave Schwellenbach, Casper College
  • Michael Stanchak, Microbiology
    Iron-rich, Alpine Lake Sediments and their Bacterial Residents: A Window to Earth’s Microbial Past?
    Advisor: Dr. Patricia Colberg, University of Wyoming
  • Jacque D. Sundquist, Physics & Astronomy
    Detection of Specific Microorganisms in Real Time
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Monica Yetter, Physics & Astronomy and Science Journalism
    Science Journalism: Reporting NASA-funded Research at the University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Canterna, Jim Kearns, University of Wyoming
  • Jennifer Zygmunt, Botany
    Testate Amoeba Ecology in Rocky Mountain Peatlands: Assessing Applications in Paleoecology and Biomonitoring
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Jackson, University of Wyoming

2001-2002

  • Lisa Beatty, Physics & Astronomy
    Detection of Specific Microorganisms in Real Time
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Kathryn Cantrell, Physics & Astronomy
    Photometric Studies of the Old Nova RW UMi
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Canterna, University of Wyoming
  • Chris Hackman, Physics & Astronomy
    Photometry of Southern Hemisphere Clusters in the SDSS Filter System
    Advisor: Dr. Allyn Smith, University of Wyoming
  • Stacey Hager, Geology & Geophysics
    Meteorites and Their Impact: Discovery, Collection, Analysis, and Interpretation
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Marrs, University of Wyoming

2000-2001

  • Kody Featherston, Agriculture Engineering
    Shoshone Irrigation District Week Monitoring Project
    Advisor: Randall Violett, Northwest College
  • Thomas Huebner, Geology & Geophysics
    Mapping and Tracing Obsidian-Bearing Terraces in the Green River Basin, Southwestern Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Jaworowski, University of Wyoming
  • Sarah Stokes, Physics & Astronomy
    Modeling Dwarf Novae
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Canterna, University of Wyoming

1999-2000

  • Julie Kellogg, Chemical Engineering
    Detection of Specific Pathogenic Microorganisms in Real Time
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Christopher Rodgers, Physics & Engineering
    Planetarium Software Workbook
    Advisor: Paul Marquard, Casper College

1998-1999

  • Gilbert Esquerdo, Physics & Astronomy
    Photometric Search for Extra-Solar Planets
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell, University of Wyoming
  • John Gillham, Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management
    Wyoming Rangeland Radiometry Biomass Prediction and Satellite Applications
    Advisor: Dr. Ann Hild, University of Wyoming
  • Libby Huskey, Mechanical Engineering
    Structural Optimization of a Six-legged Vibration Isolation/Precision Pointing Platform
    Advisor: Dr. Nancy Peck, University of Wyoming
  • Jeremiah Malmberg, Chemistry
    Aluminum Corrosion & Aluminum Corrosion Inhibition Using Raman Spectroscopy
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Buttry, University of Wyoming

1997-1998

  • Kelly Brennan, Natural Science
    Sonic Thermometer
    Advisor: J. K. Chu, Sheridan College
  • Joel Maslak, Computer Science
    Constructing Dependable Distributed Software on a Heterogeneous Computing Form
    Advisor: Dr. S. Mishra, University of Wyoming
  • Arthur Mills, Chemical Engineering
    NASA Technology Transfer: Integrating NASA Developed Technology into Industry
    Advisor: Dr. Jerry Hamann, University of Wyoming
  • Patricia Van Lew, Physics & Astronomy
    Photometric Search for Extra-Solar Planets
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell, University of Wyoming

1996-1997

  • Chris Schock, Computer Science
    Relevance of Communication Cost on the Performance of Dependable Distributed Software
    Advisor: Dr. S. Mishra, University of Wyoming
  • Joseph Smith, Mathematics
    Study of Discrete Dynamical Systems
    Advisor: Dr. P. Polyakov, University of Wyoming
  • Frank Stroik, Geology & Geophysics
    Analysis of Unidentified Wyoming Meteorites
    Advisor: Dr. Carol Frost, University of Wyoming