In late August, the Office of Undergraduate Research announced 153 SURF Awards for the Fall Semester and Academic Year.  Congratulations to all!

College of Engineering and Applied Science
College of Health Sciences
College of Letters and Science
College of Nursing
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Peck School of the Arts
School of Architecture and Urban Planning
School of Education
School of Freshwater Sciences
School of Information Studies
Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

College of Engineering & Applied Science

Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • Professor Konstantin Sobolev working with Cedric Price: ”The Effective Use of Different Types of Fly Ash in Green Asphalt Pavements”
  • Professor Konstantin Sobolev working with Emily Szamocki: ”Fly Ash in Asphalt: a New Approach to Improve the Performance”

Computer Science

  • Professor Tian Zhao working with Andrew Leitheiser: ”Modular Web Interface Using Arrows”

Electrical Engineering

  • Professor Nikolai Kouklin working with Jacob Alward: ”Investigation on the Use of a Low-Temperature Vapor-Based Crystallization to Synthesize and Dope Free Standing, Stochiometric Planar Crystals”
  • Professor Chiu Law working with Daniel Brandt: ”Design and Fabrication of Current Sensors with Smart Composites”
  • Professor Chiu Law working with Andrew Thompson: ”Fabrication and Testing of Magnetostrictive Nanocellulose Composites with Targeted Properties”
  • Professor Lingfeng Wang working with Yi Ren: ”Big Data Enabled Intelligent Influent Forecasting for Wastewater Treatment Systems”
  • Professor Lingfeng Wang working with Shaoshu Xu: ”Intelligent Control and Optimization of Wastewater Treatment Plants by Integrating Smart Grid Technologies”

Industrial & Manufacturing

  • Professor Henry Tomasiewicz working with Fernando Buchanan-Nogueron: ”Characterizing the Mechanism of Attachment of Zebra and Quagga Mussels”
  • Professor Henry Tomasiewicz working with Anna Malachowski: ”Characterizing Mutations in Zebrafish That Correlate with Fish with Spinal Deformities”

Materials Science & Engineering

  • Professor Nidal Abu-Zahra working with Karl Flanagan: ”Stability Analysis of Organic Solar Cells”
  • Professor Nidal Abu-Zahra working with Eric Ruzicka: ”The Application of Zeolites for the Removal of Toxic Heavy Metals from Wastewater”
  • Professor Nidal Abu-Zahra working with Kevin Slezak: ”Stability Analysis of Organic Solar Cells”
  • Professor Benjamin Church working with Karl Copes: ”Carbon Deposition Resistance of Alloys in Petrochemical Processing Applications”
  • Professor Benjamin Church working with Nisrit Pandey: ”Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene for Improved Pb-Acid Battery Performance”
  • Professor Benjamin Church working with Guy Reynolds: ”Effect Indium Sulfate on Hydrogen Gas Evolution from H2SO4 Electrolytes”
  • Professor Junjie Niu working with Anna Bostian: ”High-Rate Germanium Yolk-Shell Nanoparticle Anode for Li-Ion Battery with Long Cycle Life and Ultrahigh Capacity”
  • Professor Junjie Niu working with Jacob Karsseboom: ”Multi-­Functional Polymeric Composites with Self-­Clean, De-­Ice Properties/Heavy Metal Removal Properties for Industrial Application”
  • Professor Junjie Niu working with John Mortimer: ”Layered Mxene as a Firm Host for Lithium Metal Anodes with Ultrahigh and Stable Capacity”
  • Professor Pradeep Rohatgi working with Matthew Brook: ”Advanced Design and Novel In-Situ Synthesis of Self-Cleaning and Wear Resistant Metallic Surfaces for Water Industry Components”
  • Professor Pradeep Rohatgi working with Kyle Brown: ”Surface Alloying and Compositing During Manufacturing of Components for Improving the Corrosion Resistance of Water Industry Components”
  • Professor Pradeep Rohatgi working with Guy Reynolds: ”Surface Alloying of Materials to Prevent Corrosion and Leakage of Water”

Mechanical Engineering

  • Professor Ryo Amano working with Nicholas DiPasquale: ”Experimental Investigation of Micro Hydro Turbine”
  • Professor Ryo Amano working with Jirong Li: ”Improvement in Hydro-Turbine Energy Transferring”
  • Professor Ryo Amano working with Madison Morrison: ”Energy Production Using Gas Turbine Technology”
  • Professor Ryo Amano working with Peidong Qi: ”Electric Generator and Correlation with Fluid Mechanics on a Hydroturbine”
  • Professor Ryo Amano working with Caleb Rozema: ”Experimental Investigation of Hydroturbine”
  • Professor Woo Jin Chang working with Bryant Lee: ”Microfluidic Devices with Zooplankton”
  • Professor Woo Jin Chang working with Dylan Morris: ”Cost Effective and Time Efficient Phosphate and Lead Sensing in Water”
  • Professor Mohammad Rahman working with Sarah Altarouti: ”Designing an Intracardiac Dof Robotic Catheter with a 4D Imaging Live Feedback”
  • Professor Mohammad Rahman working with Jared Kiel: ”Control of a Robotic Assistive Device for Hand Rehabilitation”
  • Professor Nathan Salowitz working with Ameralys Correa: ”Integration of Self-Healing Materials and Structural Health Monitoring”

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College of Health Sciences

Kinesiology

  • Professor Wendy Huddleston working with Alex Swanson: ”Cortical Correlates to Lower Limb Movement Variability”
  • Professor Jinsung Wang working with Grant Tays: ”The Extent of Overlap Between Explicit and Implicit Visuomotor Learning”

Occupational Science & Technology

  • Professor Brooke Slavens working with Briana Magruder: ”Pre-Operative Versus Post-Operative Muscle Activation of the Biceps Following Rotator Cuff Repair”
  • Professor Roger Smith working with Cullen Schuh: ”Reliability and Validity Testing of the ARB Suite of Apps”

Rehabilitation Research, Design and Disability Center (R2D2)

  • Professor Dennis Tomashek working with Judy Kattan: ”Balance Testing for Normally Aging Adults and People with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Who Use Multifocal Eyeglasses”
  • Professor Dennis Tomashek working with Stephanie Paly: ”Balance Testing for Normally Aging Adults and People with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Who Use Multifocal Eyeglasses”

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College of Letters & Science

Biological Sciences

  • Professor Filipe Alberto working with Lily Gierke: ”Genetic Diversity and Connectivity in the Bull Kelp Nereocysis Luetkeana: Comparing Southern to Central Areas of Distribution”
  • Professor Gerlinde Hoebel working with Adam Honts: ”Developing an Automated Species Detection Program for Wisconsin Frog Calls”
  • Professor Heather Owen working with Trevor Schmidt: ”Identification of a Gene Responsible for Pollen Wall Formation”
  • Professor Rafael Rodriguez working with Sam Belo: ”Phonology in Enchenopa Treehopper Female Mate Preferences”
  • Professor Rafael Rodriguez working with Samuel Johnson: ”Phonology in Enchenopa Treehopper Male Signaling”
  • Professor Daad Saffarini working with Anna Hackl: ”Development of a Genetic System for DNA Transfer into Aeromonas Hydrophila”
  • Professor Ava Udvadia working with Sarah Sarich: ”Effects of Cabin1 Mutation on Craniofacial Development and Larval Survival in Zebrafish”
  • Professor Erica Young working with Adrienne Skillman: ”Regulation of Chitinase Activity in Pitcher Plant Microbial Ecosystems”
  • Professor Dazhong Zhao working with James Mahr: ”Determine the Function of Auxin Signaling in Cell Fate Determination”

Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Professor Joseph Aldstadt working with John Schneider: ”Development of a Flow Injection-Solvent Extraction Method for the Analysis of Complex Mixtures”
  • Professor Joseph Aldstadt working with Timothy Trinklein: ”Development of a Liquid Flow Cell for the Variable Pathlength Cavity Spectrometer”
  • Professor Joseph Aldstadt working with Sarah Zahn: ”A Study of the Kinetics of the Maillard Reaction by Nmr Spectroscopy”
  • Professor Alexander Arnold working with Ben Hartzler: ”Identification of Gaba(A)Receptor Subunits in the Mouse Lung”
  • Professor David Frick working with Bushra Fathima: ”Human Helicase Detection of Viral RNA”
  • Professor Andrew Pacheco working with David Koltermann: ”Purification of Hydroxylamine Oxidoreductase (Hao) from a His-Tagged Construct”
  • Professor Andrew Pacheco working with Desiree Legaspi-Humiston: ”Kinetic Investigation of Nitrite Reduction to Nitric Oxide Catalyzed by the Enzyme Cytochrome C Nitrite Reductase”
  • Professor Xiaohua Peng working with Justin Grahl: ”The Pharmacokinetics and in Vivo Efficacy of Ros-Activated Anticancer Prodrugs”
  • Professor Jörg Woehl working with Thomas Bate: ”Localization and Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Emitters in Microfluidic Channels”

English

  • Professor Tami Williams working with Christian Balistreri: ”Domitor – Media Ecology Project – Library of Congress Paper Prints pilot and Early Film Journals Database”

Geosciences

  • Professor Dyanna Czeck working with Megan Grosse: ”Cleavage Refraction in Baraboo Wisconsin”
  • Professor Dyanna Czeck working with Detaya Johnson: ”Microstructural Investigation of Deformed Metaconglomerates”
  • Professor Tim Grundl working with Jane Pfeiffer: ”Water Quality Analyses of Wells and Rivers in Waukesha and Milwaukee County Area”
  • Professor Erik Gulbranson working with Kaylee Richards: ”The Isotopic Signature of Nutrient Uptake by Plants: Influence of Specific Plant-Microbe Symbioses”
  • Professor John Isbell working with Natalie McNall: ”Characterization of Magnetic and Micromorphologic Signatures in Seismically Disturbed Sediment and Sedimentary Rocks”
  • Professor Shangping Xu working with Mitchell Behnke: ”The Removal of Bacteria by Ceramic Disk Filters”

History

  • Professor Jasmine Alinder working with Eric Belter: ”Japanese American Wwii Confinement: a Cinematic Digital History Project”

Physics

  • Professor Philip Chang working with Spencer Caldwell: ”Zoom-in Simulations of Star Formation in Turbulent Molecular Clouds”
  • Professor David Kaplan working with Rusty Mundorf: ”Building a Two-Element Radio Interferometer Using Software-Defined Radio”
  • Professor Valerica Raicu working with William Schmidt: ”Studies of Proteins Localization and Interactions Using Fluorescence Imaging-Based Methods”
  • Professors Xavi Siemens, Dawn Erb, and David Kaplan working withRobert Bavisotto, Daniel Cairns, Selena Deleon, Eric Edwards, William Fiore, Halie Gehling, Zachary Komassa, Moua Chifu, Rusty Mundorf, Derek Palecek, Thomas Tobin, Kaylee Yelk, and Kaily Zacher: ”Astronomy and Astrophysics Undergraduate Research Program”

Psychology

  • Professor Ira Driscoll working with Hannah Scherkenbach: ”Structural Brain Differences Associated with Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Dominic Bieniewski: ”Stress and Coping Lab”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Joe Bowes: ”Self Affirmation on Emotion”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Hana Kursel: ”Health and Physiology”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Zachariah Marrero: ”The Enneagram: Towards An Empirical Assessment of Disintegration”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Courtney Nachreiner: ”Effects of Self Affirmation on Emotion and Cardiovascular Response Study”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Kelvin Olin: ”Effects of Self Affirmation on Emotion and Cardiovascular Response Study”
  • Professor Raymond Fleming working with Erica Steib: ”Health and Physiology”
  • Professor Karyn Frick working with Rachel Gremminger: ”Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling as a Mediator of Estradiol-Induced Memory Enhancement”
  • Professor Karyn Frick working with Molly Kiefer: ”Estrogenic Regulation of the Wnt/B-Catenin Pathway in the Dorsal Hippocampus”
  • Professor Karyn Frick working with Sarah Philippi: ”Sex Differences in the Memory-Enhancing Effects of Estradiol”
  • Professor Adam Greenberg working with Richard Dubbelde: ”The Effect of Context on Feature-Based Attention to Color”
  • Professor Adam Greenberg working with Hannah Sallmann: ”Long-Range Fluctuations of Attentional Control (The “IPad Study”)”
  • Professor Fred Helmstetter working with Julie Cichon: ”Generalization of Fear Is Characterized by Abnormal Modulation of Amygdala Excitability in a Distributed Neural Network”
  • Professor Mahmun Hossain working with Damon Hinz: ”Development of a Novel Asymmetric Synthesis for BRL 37959”
  • Professor Bonita Klein-Tasman working with Erin Corrigan: ”Anxiety Among School-Age Children with NF-1”
  • Professor Tiffany Kodak working with Jennifer Martin: ”An Evaluation of the Necessity of Video Model Components”
  • Professor Tiffany Kodak working with Gabriella Van Den Elzen: ”Evaluating Instructional Strategies That May Lead to Additional Learning”
  • Professor Christine Larson working with Kylee Karzen: ” Larson’s Research Lab”
  • Professor Christine Larson working with Brooke Pinar: ”Filtering of Distracting Information: Effects of Threat and Trait Anxiety”
  • Professor Christine Larson working with Adela Raicu: ”Cognitive Control and Emotion”
  • Professor Han Joo Lee working with Aerielle Pendleton: ”Influence of a Computerized Cognitive Training Program on Improving Response Inhibition Among Individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders”
  • Professor Han Joo Lee working with Marie Yaroch: ”The Effect of a Computerized Cognitive Training Program on Improving Response Inhibition Among Individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders”
  • Professor Krista Lisdahl working with Bridgette Knecht: ”Impact of Marijuana on Amygdala Volumes in Young Adults”
  • Professor Krista Lisdahl working with Angelina Lochner: ”Association Between Ecstasy (Mdma) Use and White Matter Density in Adolescents Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging”
  • Professor Krista Lisdahl working with Marwat Salamin: ”Adolescent Drug Use and the Affects Affective Processing or Frontolimbic Connectivity”
  • Professor James Moyer working with Wesley Cruz: ”Activity-Dependent Protein Degradation and Age-Related Memory Impairment”
  • Professor James Moyer working with Kathleen Feldmann: ”Transcriptional Analysis of Cytokines in Response to Administration of Apoaequorin”
  • Professor James Moyer working with Jenna Tuma: ”3D Reconstructions of Neurons as a Function of Cortical Layer, Learning, & Aging”
  • Professor David Osman working with Garrett Haukoos: ”An Investigation of the Relationship Between Personality, Empathy and Theory of Mind”
  • Professor Rodney Swain working with Nicole Lensmire: ”The Effects of Exercise Pattern and Intensity on Flk-1 and Flt-1 in the Hippocampus and Cerebellum”

Sociology

  • Professor Celeste Campos-Castillo working with Alana Alderson: ”The Interpersonal Context of Identification with Racial Categories”
  • Professor Celeste Campos-Castillo working with Nicholas Grider: ”Stigma and Perceptions of Privacy and Security Risks in Electronic Health Records”
  • Professors Rudi Strickler, Marcia Silva, and T Hansen working with Michael Ballo: ”Digital In-Line Holographic Microscopy and E. Coli Detection”

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College of Nursing

  • Professor Aaron Buseh working with Samantha Nitti: ”Historical and Policy Related Issues Around Prevention of Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Case of the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic”
  • Professor Michele Polfuss working with Julia Alba: ”Assessing Consistency of Measurement Methodology in a National Registry”
  • Professor Sandra Underwood working with Ayah Allan: ”Promoting Health and Wellness Among New Immigrants: Outreach to Veiled Women and Families”
  • Professor Sandra Underwood working with Cassandra Clearwater: ”Breast Awareness and Breast Cancer Screening Among Young Women”
  • Professor Sandra Underwood working with Danielle Olsen: ”Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention: the Journey Begins with a Single Step”

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Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Criminal Justice

  • Professor Tina Freiburger working with Karin Barnes: ”An Examination of Criminal Justice Students’ Career Goals”

Social Work

  • Professor Melinda Kavanaugh working with Jasmine Woodley: ”The South African ALS Experience: Evidence from Family Based Interviews”

 

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Peck School of the Arts

Art & Design

  • Professor Raoul Deal working with Ana Cortés: ”Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla (UMOS Mural Project)”
  • Professor Raoul Deal working with German Gomez: ”Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla (UMOS Mural Project)”
  • Professor Raoul Deal working with MacKenna Krupa: ”Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla (UMOS Mural Project)”
  • Professor Yevgeniya Kaganovich working with Lilly Luft: ”Divergent Fates”
  • Professor Yevgeniya Kaganovich working with Chelsea Nanfelt: ”Divergent Fates”
  • Professor Jessica Meuninck-Ganger working with Madison Tebo: ”Documenting Milwaukee Through Papercraft Traditions”
  • Professor Nathaniel Stern working with Kaspar Copper: ”Top Troll”
  • Professor Nathaniel Stern working with Anwar Floyd-Pruitt: ”Side Ways Glancing: Perspectival Video Sculpture”
  • Professor Nathaniel Stern working with Nicole Langenfeld: ”Side Ways Glancing: Perspectival Video Sculpture”
  • Professor Nathaniel Stern working with Charles Mathis: ”Top Troll”
  • Professor Christopher Willey working with Christian Holland: ”Virtual 3D Data Propagation, Painting, and Compositing”

Dance

  • Professor Simone Ferro working with Chelsey Becher: ”Washington Park Embodied Eviction”
  • Professor Simone Ferro working with Carly Broutman: ”Washington Park Embodied Eviction”
  • Professor Maria Gillespie working with Emily Bartsch: ”Migration of Invisible Narratives – Continuous Bodies & Translated Stories in Dance and New Media Installation”
  • Professor Maria Gillespie working with Kayla Flentje: ”Migration of Invisible Narratives – Continuous Bodies & Translated Stories in Dance and New Media Installation”

Film, Video Animation, & New Genres

  • Professor Carl Bogner working with Joseph Moore: ”Queer Film Now: LGBT+ Curatorial Project”
  • Professor Jennifer Plevin working with Hayley Blau: ”UWM Documentary Film Projects: Transforming Justice”
  • Professor Jennifer Plevin working with Zachary Krueger: ”UWM Documentary Film Projects: Connecting Communities/ Healthy Neighborhoods Arts Initiative”
  • Professor Jennifer Plevin working with Chelsea Merrow: ”UWM Documentary Film Projects: Transforming Justice”
  • Professor Jennifer Plevin working with Steve Schara: ”UWM documentary film projects: Connecting Communities/ Healthy Neighborhoods Arts Initiative”

Theater

  • Professor Anne Basting working with Elena Olsen-Valdez: ”City as Canvas”
  • Professor Anne Basting working with Stefanie Valverde: ”City as Canvas”
  • Professor Robin Mello working with Marina Dove, Cory Fitzsimmons, Noah Gober, Amanda Houchens, Elizabeth Markman, Karah Minelli, Parker Munoz, Erik Peppey, Izaiah Ramirez-Ealy, William Thiemann, and Eleanor Wenker: ”Our Orphan Train”

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School of Architecture and Urban Planning

  • Professor Nikole Bouchard working with Jarincy Rodriguez: ”The Exquisite Corpse”
  • Professor Whitney Moon working with Adam Oknin: ”Pneumatic Research 3.0”
  • Professor Arijit Sen working with Francesca Bisi: ”Picturing Milwaukee: Conserving Local Heritage”
  • Professor Arijit Sen working with Bella Biwer: ”Picturing Milwaukee: Conserving Local Heritage”
  • Professor Arijit Sen working with Mia Krantz: ”Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School”
  • Professor Arijit Sen working with Jared Schmitz: ”Picturing Milwaukee Architecture: A Digital Humanities Research Project and Exhibit”
  • Professor Arijit Sen working with Tommy Yang: ”Picturing Milwaukee: Hmong American Refugees of Washington Park”
  • Professor Filip Tejchman working with design students: ”Sensors for the Birds”
  • Professor Michael Utzinger working with design students: ”Architecture for the Birds”
  • Professor Mo Zell working with Jonathan Nelson: ”WaterLIGHTS: Material and Form Investigations”

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School of Education

Educational Policy & Community Studies

  • Professor Deborah Blanks working with Madison Spigel: ”Project Central Voice”
  • Professor Gary Williams working with Carl Greer: ”Teacher Efficacy Effects On Students”

Educational Psychology

  • Professor Shannon Chavez-Korell working with Nancy Muro: ”Examining Poverty Related Stress and Family Coping”

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School of Freshwater Sciences

  • Professor Ryan Newton working with Julia Zimmer: ”The Interaction Between Artificial Diets and Intestinal Microbial Communities on Sturgeon Health”
  • Professor Russell Cuhel working with Cristal Sanchez: ”Phosphorus Immobilization by Macroscopic Lake Michigan Organisms”
  • Professor Rebecca Klaper working with Alizar Mughal: ”Biomarkers of Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (Pah) in Zebra Mussels”
  • Professors Marcia Silva and David Garman working with Alexander Cleaveland: ”Evaluation of Novel Macroporous Materials for the Removal of Model Organic Pollutants from Water”
  • Professors Marcia Silva and David Garman working with Chad Haehle: ”Evaluation of Novel Macroporous Materials for the Removal of Mercury Species from Water”
  • Professors Marcia Silva and David Garman working with Ryan Lecus: ”Novel Macroporous Materials for the Removal of PCBs and PCPPs from Water”
  • Professors Rudi Strickler, Marcia Silva, and Thomas Hansen working with Michael Ballo: ”Digital In-Line Holographic Microscopy and E. Coli Detection”

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School of Information Studies

Information Science & Technology

  • Professor Jacques Du Plessis working with Evan Becker: ”EARGEAR – Web-based HTML5 Open Learning for the Blind”

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Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health

Health Policy & Administration

  • Professor Jenna Loyd working with Cinthia Tellez Silva: ”Embodying the