Browse Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015 by Title

  • Calvert, Jacob; Hwang, Helen; Kreig, Alex; Myong, Sua (2015-05)
    Human telomeres are nucleoprotein structures that cap the ends of chromosomes, preventing them from degradation. In normal cells, they are shortened due to the end replication problem. However, most cancer cells overcome ...

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  • Boyce, Matthew (2015-05)
    Dead plant biomass represents a major source of energy supporting aquatic food webs. Fungal communities play an important role in making this energy available through the breakdown of complex plant polymers via hydrolytic ...

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  • Kirsh, Thomas P.; Hubler, Alfred (2015-05)
    This project looks at creating a sink that diverts the electromagnetic waves in from a source on another plane. We use a self-sustaining oscillator A as our source, another oscillator B as the receiver, and a third oscillator ...

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  • Badskey, Elizabeth (2015-05)
    Early childhood education has become essential in the United States. In this policy analysis we will critique the Head Start program which became enacted after Lyndon Johnsons State of the Union Message where he proclaimed ...

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  • Maxon, Theola; Oladunni, Anita; Jarrett, Robin L. (2015-05)
    Understanding how head start programs are preparing low income African American children to successfully transition from preschool to kindergarten is important. However, the long term effectiveness of these programs on ...

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  • Hollis, Ashley-Tate; Smith, Rachel; Herdegen, Kristen (2015-05)
    Millions of youth have divorced or separated parents, and many youth experience behavior problems or cope with this family transition in unhealthy ways. At the same time, evidence-based programs to help youth cope with ...

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  • Zhu, Ju; Zhang, Lizhong; Chu, You-Hua; Gruendl, Robert (2015-05)
    Massive stars are known to play an important role in energizing the interstellar medium; however, their formation mechanism is still not well understood. In this study, we have identified compact HII regions around massive ...

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  • Alton, Amber; Izenstark, Dina; Ebata, Aaron (2015-05)
    The purpose of this research project was to examine if gender differences exist among college students in their participation in family leisure activities. Our project further investigated if differences in family leisure ...

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  • Fox, Haley; Hanley, Laura (2015-05)
    Purpose. Latinas’ engagement in cancer prevention is similar to other subpopulations, nonetheless, Latinas carry a disproportionate burden of breast-cancer deaths. The effect of structural factors, i.e. health insurance, ...

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  • Cubr, Allyson (2015-05)
    In this essay I examine currently accepted methods of tutoring ESL writers and examine them in comparison with what ESL writers believe to be the most helpful tutoring methods. I address reading aloud, directive versus ...

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  • Abarbanel, Brian; Horn, Blase; Kotob, Mohammad; Kersh, Mariana (2015-05)
    Distal radius fractures, such as the Colles fracture, are common injuries sustained within all age groups. Failure to properly realign a fracture a practice known as reduction - can lead to decreased joint motion, grip ...

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  • Beaudoin, Aaron T. (2015-05)
    A new software library for The ALMA Front End Test and Measurement System (FETMS) will be implemented at the NRAO Technology Center (NTC) to test new front end systems. This library will ensure that these front end systems ...

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  • Zhu, Yihui (2015-05)
    The common eastern bumblebee, Bombus impatiens, is widely used for commercial green house pollination in California and Mexico with considerable economic benefits in the specialty crop industry. Studying chemoreceptor ...

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  • Freire, Hugo (2015-05)
    There is a growing interest in robots that work alongside humans. However, in the past robots have had to be isolated with safety cages in order to avoid injury to the surroundings due to their rapid movements. These robots ...

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  • Zuo, Zhen (2015-05)
    Single-player games (often called puzzles) have received considerable attention from the scientific community. Consequently, interesting insights into some puzzles, and into the approaches for solving them, have emerged. ...

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  • Saleh, Jenine (2015-05)
    I examine the effects of economic inequality on voter participation within the United States. As economic inequality rises, voters may become unmotivated to vote during elections due to decreased levels of trust in government ...

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  • Sun, Lunan; Kim, Dae-Jeong; Fisk, Zachary; Green, Laura H.; Park, Wan Kyu (2015-05)
    As a well-known Kondo insulator originating from strong correlation, SmB6 has attracted much interest because of its surface states being potentially topological. In order to investigate this, we apply the technique of ...

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  • Calvert, Jacob; Kreig, Alex; Sinha, Saurabh; Myong, Sua (2015-05)
    Guanine-rich regions of genomic DNA can spontaneously fold into secondary structures called G-quadruplexes (GQs). Akin to tiny switches, GQs regulate genetic processes through their folding and unfolding. Their interest ...

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  • Dryzhakov, Bogdan; Nicolau, Bruno G; Garcia-Rey, Natalia; Dlott, Dana (2015-06)
    In the last decade, lithium ion batteries held a major role in the path towards personal electronics due to being lightweight and providing a high energy density. However, several problems have been identified with lithium ...

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  • Kahn, Alex N. (2015-05)
    This study concerns the calibration behavior of axial load cells with respect to radial loading variation.

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