Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) is hosted every year by the Chemistry Department and the other departments in Division I (Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing). Participation is open to all Berea College students. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session. In 2019 we introduced a second oral presentation category for internship presentations that might not fit in the standard research presentation model. Both types of oral presentations are scheduled for 12-15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/speaker transition. Posters may be submitted from various fields across campus (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). The format for these will be a 4-foot wide by a 3-foot tall poster that will be hung after poster stands are assembled and in place on Thursday night or Friday morning. All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research. For samples of posters from past BURS, follow this link.

Registration for the current year BURS opens normally in September each year with BURS normally held on the 2nd or 3rd weekend in October. For 2021, the registration deadline is October 6th for oral presentations and October 11th for poster presentations. Follow this link for registration details. Many students will also want to register for the Kentucky Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting held in November each year.

In the tabs below, you can see the various BURS programs from previous years.

21st annual Berea Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium (BURIS)

The program for Fall 2021 will take place on Friday, October 15th. Student oral presentations starting at 2:30 PM (MAC 356, 357, 306, and 307) with a concurrent poster session starting at 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM in the MAC atrium (odd-numbered posters from 3-4 and even-numbered posters from 4-5). These sessions will be followed by a 45-minute plenary talk (with 10 minutes for questions after) at 5:10 PM.

Jessica Sutton

Dr. Jessica Sutton of Berry College

Our plenary speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Jessica Price Sutton from Berry College in Georgia, speaking on the topic of “Water: A Renewable and Non-Renewable Resource.” Jessica was a 2009 Berea College graduate with a major in field biology. She pursued her master’s degree at Yale in New Haven, CT in Environmental Science and then earned her doctorate at the University of South Carolina in Geological Sciences. With this diverse background, she started teaching at Berry College in the Environmental Science program in 2017. Jessica Sutton (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Studies at Berry College. She teaches an assortment of courses in environmental science including Methods, Case Studies, and Advanced Methods. Jessica also spends time mentoring her undergraduate students through her research. She is currently focused on utilizing remotely sensed precipitation datasets to better understand precipitation during typhoons in the northwestern pacific. Jessica currently is a Community Science Fellow with the AGU Thriving Earth Exchange. She is happily married with a five-year-old daughter and a 19-month-old son. At home, she loves playing with her kids and enjoying their chickens, ducks, bunnies, dogs, and cats.


Oral Research Presentations
NameHostTitleMentor
Ilona Perler-TombolyVanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeIdentification of hepatic PPARα as a regulator of inflammation and liver triglyceride accumulation by 1H NMR in miceDonald Stec & Paul Voziyan
Younos GadVanderbilt University Medical CenterDeletion of Cyp2c44 in Mice Induces Insulin Resistance and Promotes Hepatic Lipid AccumulationAmbra Pozzi
Sharon LeeAspirnaut, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TNSETD2 Mutations Decrease Methylation of eEF1A and Dysregulate Protein Synthesis in Kidney CancerScott Haake
Takudzwa MabvutaVanderbilt University Medical CenterKnockout of LRRC8 Volume-Regulated Anion Channels (VRAC) Protects Against Zinc Pyrithione-Induced Apoptotic Cell DeathJerod Denton
Matthew WoodwardUniversity of Kentucky, Lexington, KYCreating a EDC-crosslinked Alginate-Gelatin Hydrogel with Cell-Adhesion and Modular Viscoelastic PropertiesRamkumar T. Annamalai
Tenzin WangmoVanderbilt UniversityInvestigating the Phagocytic Role of Jedi-1 in the MeningesSungjong Oh & Bruce Carter
Amro AbdVanderbilt UniversityThe Impact of Prebiotic Supplementation and Aerobic Exercise on Uremic Toxins in Chronic Kidney Disease PatientsT.A. Ikizler
Godwin Emeka-IbeVanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TNWound implications of barbed sutures in fascial closures of elective cervical spine surgeriesKimberly Vinson, Amir Abtahi, Scott Zuckermann
Maria Alejandra DiazVanderbilt Center for Bone Biology, Vanderbilt University Medical CenterRegulation of cyclin dependent kinase inhibitors by PTHrP in breast cancerRachelle Johnson & Courtney Edwards
Yessica Lopez ValdezBerea CollegeAnalysis of Proline 137 within Subunit a of E.coli ATP SynthaseRashmi Shrestha
Yogesh BudhathokiDepartment of Radiation Oncology, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, Perelman School of medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PADoes the Flash Effect Depend on Oxygen Concentration?Denisa Goia, Costantinos Koumenis
Valeria Bellido CamposBerea College17O Natural Abundance Solid-State NMR Signal EnhancementJay Baltisberger
Cameron Stites-StevensBerea CollegeURCPP Student/ ArchaeologyBroughton Anderson
Faisal KimbugweThe University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII),Knoxville, TennesseeMapping Thermal Signatures From Infrared Data Of Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-Pbf) Using Similarity AnalysisSuresh Babu

Oral Internship Presentations
NameHostTitleMentor
Diana HernandezHealth Brigade, Richmond, VALanguage Barriers in Health CareRachel Waller
Cyan Marie AlmodovarZoo Knoxville, Knoxville, TNZoo Knoxville
James JohnsonJohns Hopkins, Baltimore, MarylandMedicine For The Greater Good HHTPanagis Galiatsatos
CJ VerbeeckSt. Elizabeth, Edgewood, KYSt. Elizabeth InternshipErin Pittman
Bryan Antonio Gonzalez OrtizVanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TNEnvision CayceKimberly Vinson, Kevin Griffith, and Carrie Fry
Grayson CollierCreation Kingdom Zoo in Gate City, VirginiaAnimal Care Internship at Creation Kingdom ZooMarc Bradley
Siara MintonCone Health System, Regional Center for Infectious Disease, Greensboro, North CarolinaThe Intersection of HIV and the Opioid EpidemicJeffrey Hatcher
Stephanie ItumbaJohns Hopkins School of Medicine: Medicine for the Greater GoodMental Health Initiative In Faith Based Organizations: Completing an Internship with Medicine for the Greater GoodPanagis Galiatsatos
Bianca SaucedoFrazier Rehabilitation Institute, Louisville KYPhysical Therapy InternshipRicky Seither
Catherine HarrisTherapy South Lakeview, Birmingham, AlabamaTherapy South: 2021 Summer Physical Therapy Internship
Abby CampCardinal Hill, Lexington KYCardinal Hill Healthcare Presentation
Jocelyn de la Cruz MartinezCardinal Hill Hospital, Lexington, KYWhat is Gabapentin and What Is It Being Used For?
Isaac HumarangCardinal Hill Rehabilitation HospitalEncouraging the use of non-pharmacological interventions in managing pain of patients
Alysa WeaverGeorgetown Hospital, KYBed Alarms Compliance at MedStar Georgetown Hospital
Obinna IlochonwuUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterBarriers to holistic nursing care within the ICU and some proposed remediesSamuel Clinger
Amy GinterUniversity of Kentucky HealthcareUK Healthcare Presentation
Melissa Vega AlvaradoCardinal Hill Rehabilitation CenterEffective Chronic Pain Management
Ozemeyi EgureCardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center, Lexington, KYCardinal Hill Rehab InternshipValerie Jones
Darius MortonJohn Deere, Waterloo IAJohn Deere Internship Presentation
Ruth IkpeJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDSmoking Cessation and Community engagement through Medicine for the Greater GoodPanagis Galiatsatos
Darya LikhachevaUniversity of Denver, Denver, COSocial Buffering Within Sibling RelationshipsJenalee R. Doom & Deborah Seok

Research and Internship Posters
NameHostTitleMentor
Victor FaluyiBerea College FarmClimate Impact of High-Tunnel Cucumbers: A Life Cycle Assessment on the Berea College FarmSean Clark (PI)
Hallie WhiteheadBerea College FarmThe environmental impact of high-tunnel tomatoes, Solanum lycopersicum L. (Solanaceae): A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of tomato production on the Berea College FarmSean Clark (PI)
Zen Dean & Mack WinspareBerea CollegeEffects of Feeding Haylage on the Reproductive Performance of 2-Year-old Beef Cattle Raised in a Sustainable Production System at Berea College Farm IIQuinn Baptiste
Jacob Bledsoe, Hunter Bellamy, Maddie Hoffman, & Cameron Stites-StevensBerea CollegeExploring Home: Spicy Baxter & FamilyBroughton Anderson
Ana ThompsonUniversity of Kentucky Generating Molecular Tools for Dissecting DNA Mismatch Repair Sub pathwaysEva Goellner (PI), Kathy O'Connor (Program Director) & Erin Oakley (Program Director)
Gustavo Mendez LunaKing's Eye Care, Berea, KentuckyVision: An Optometry InternshipShelly Webb
Hayle Mack & Jennifer SalesUniversity of KentuckyExperiential Learning in a Regeneration Biology Laboratory Working With Recovered from African Spiny mice (Acomy) and AxolotlsEbenezer Aryee, Joshua Sarli, Robyn Allen, Andre Prins, Katarina Medger, Sandeep Saxena, & Ashley Seifert
Jatea SaundersClarkson University, Potsdam, NYExperimental Tests of Food Supplementation Approaches in Biological Pest ControlSusan Bailey
Hannah JacksonUniversity of Kentucky, Lexington, KYDetermining tumor growth kinetics of human ovarian cancer cell line OV81.2-luc in Sprague-Dawley Rag2 null Il2rg null SRGTM rat (OncoRat®) with bioluminescence imagingDiane Begemann
Osman Bin Aamir Abu Nasr & Gage CousineauBerea CollegeThree Years of the Economic Impact of the PinnaclesLouisa Summers
Chipo KambaramiBerea CollegeExtended Echo-Train and Other Pulse Sequences in Solid-State NMR SpectroscopyJay Baltisberger
Blake O Day, Ke'Shay M. Sampson, Evelyn E. Schroeder, and Aimee L. NinahazaBerea CollegeNaphthalenemonoimide based fluorescent chemosensors for detection of copper(II) ionErendra Manandhar
Kingsley O. Basoah, Lauren R. Braswell, Marlene A. MichelBerea CollegeUnderstanding the role of periplasmic loop residues of E. coli ATP synthaseRashmi Shrestha
Brandon Atu, Gabriella Cime, Benjamin Maynard, Timothy O'DohertyBerea CollegeTravelling Artists of the Global South: Using Digital Humanities to Visualize Patterns of Movement and ConnectivityEileen McKiernan González
Jimmy RajehBerea CollegeRecognition of emotions in a newly created diverse database of facial and vocal emotionsAlison Heck
Joshua AmesBerea CollegeOxygen Fugacity of Peridotites from the Vema Fracture ZoneSuzanne Birner
Dalton Harris and Immanuel DarlingBerea CollegeA Comparison of the Electromyographic properties of the Hex bar Deadlift and the Conventional DeadliftAJ Mortara & Kyle Leyshon
Immanuel Darling, Dalton HarrisBerea CollegeComparison of Force, Velocity, and Power across Straight Bar, Hex Bar, and Inverted Hex Bar Deadlift VariationsAJ Mortara & Kyle Leyshon
Maribel Vergara & Zoe MooreBerea CollegeExamining psychological factors with academic performance among undergraduate students at a liberal arts college in Appalachia in phasing out of COVID-19Ram Lakhan
Cletus Bijalam MbalidaUniversity of Tennessee, KnoxvilleModeling Amino Acid Stereoselectivity By Use of A Type-1 Polyketide Synthase KetoreductaseConstance Bailey
Brady BatemanUniversity of Missouri, Colombia, MissouriArea-Selective Growth of Metal Oxides on Graphene FlakesMatthias Young & Matthew Maschmann
Adrienne BeggsUniversity of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WashingtonFuture of Heat Waves in Seattle, Washington Based on the Weather Research Forecast ModelEric Salathé
Leopoldo Tapia-AracayoECM Biosciences, Versailles KYAntibody-Based Tumor Cell CaptureMark Wilson
Emily DillinghamUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignFinal State of Neutron Star-Mirror Neutron Star MergersJacquelyn Noronha-Hostler
Victor PeñalozaBerea CollegeSouthern Grassroots Immigrant Justice Organizing in Times of "Crisis"Gwendolyn Ferreti
Joana Medina VegaBerea CollegeEmotion perception and expression based on biological sex: Validation data from the Berea Emotional Faces and Voice DatabaseAlison Heck
Kate LovinsBerea CollegeEvaluating the dimensional model of affect in a newly created diverse, dynamic emotion databaseAlison Heck

There was no BURIS in 2020 due to COVID-19 cancelling most college activities including summer 2020 research.

20th annual Berea Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium (BURIS)

The program for Fall 2019 will take place on Friday, October 18th. Student oral presentations starting at 2:30 PM (MAC 356, 357, 306, and 307) with a concurrent poster session starting at 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM in the MAC atrium (odd-numbered posters from 3-4 and even-numbered posters from 4-5). These sessions will be followed by a 45-minute plenary talk (with 10 minutes for questions after) at 5:10 PM by Dr. Jessie Dotson. Jessie received her BA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in astronomy and astrophysics. Dr. Dotson is currently the K2 Project Scientist at the Ames Research Center of NASA.

NASA’s First Exoplanet Finding mission – Kepler/K2

Jessie Dotson

2019 plenary speaker, Dr. Jessie Dotson, K2 Project Scientist, Ames Research Center, NASA Follow Dr. Dotson on twitter (@jessiedotson)

AbstractThe first planet orbiting a star other than our sun was confirmed in 1989. For the next 20 years, the majority of exoplanets we discovered were large planets orbiting very close to their stars. In 2009, NASA launched the Kepler space telescope for the primary purpose of finding planets around other stars. For 4 years it observed one part of the sky nearly continuously. After the failure of two reaction wheels, the spacecraft was no longer able to observe the same part of the sky, but spacecraft engineers developed a novel operation mode that allowed the spacecraft to observe an additional 20 regions along the ecliptic plane for 80 days at a time (aka the K2 mission). During its 9.5 years of operation, the Kepler spacecraft produced an unprecedented data set of high-precision, uninterrupted brightness measurements of over 500,000 stars. This transformational dataset has established that planets are ubiquitous in our galaxy and revealed the diversity of planetary systems. In addition, Kepler data has illuminated the interior workings of stars and the earliest moments of a supernova. I will provide a review of Kepler’s top results, a tour through recent results, and discuss emerging results and future directions.


Oral Research Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Aloyce RizikiVanderbilt UniversityCollagen IV 7s Provides novel insights of LOXL2 Kinetic Parameters.Roberto Vanacorebiology
Yacine ChoutriUniversity of Colorado Anschtuz Medical CampusTargeting endogenous genes in human induced pluripotent stem cells using CRISPR/Cas9 (DNMT3B, KRT5, and KRT18)Dr. Megan Hoffmanbiology
Marranne CongeJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineInclusion of Alkyl-amino Side-chains Improves Potency of Poly(beta-amino ester) Nanoparticle Delivery of Nucleic AcidsDavid R. Wilson, Jordan J. Greenbiology
Jharna KatwalGates Center for Regenerative Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusDifferentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm using a trilineage differentiation kitDr. Nicole Diettebiology
Clara ReasonerVanderbilt UniversityCharacterizing preferential RNA-binding targets of ELAVL1 during an immune challengeDr. Manuel Ascanochemistry
Yeongha OhVanderbilt UniversityEarly Detection of HPV-driven OPC using E6 seromarkerDr. Krystle Kuhschemistry
Amber EarlywineUniversity of KentuckyInvestigating HMPV Phosphoprotein FunctionDr. Trevor Creamerchemistry
Nyasha E. GombamiVanderbilt UniversityMechanism of quinolone resistance in type II topoisomerasesDr. Neil Osheroffchemistry
Micaela Berry, Evie EasthamBerea CollegeDeveloping an Animal Affinity or Philozoa ScaleNeil Mechamchild and family studies
Alana Pass , Bethany BiglerBerea CollegePine Mountain Settlement Archival Research ProjectJason Cohenother
Cienna-Paige Alexandria SlatteryBen Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, Seattle Children's Research InstituteIdentifying the function of VSIG4 as seen in the tumor microenvironment of glioblastomaNicole Lieberman, PhDother
Eli PraterOak Ridge National LaboratoryFitting Neural Networks to Thermal Equations of State for use in FLASH modelsTracy Hodgephysics
Valeria Rosa RochaBerea CollegeSearching for Magnetic High Entropy Alloy TreasureTroy Messinaphysics
Ricardo SantosOak Ridge National LabTesting Silicon Photomultipliers for use in the nEDM ExperimentDr. Troy Messinaphysics
Anahi FavelaUniversity of OklahomaMetallicity Gradients of Simulated Dwarf GalaxiesDr. Tracy Hodgephysics

Oral Internship Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Aliyah HockerPartners for YouthPartners for Youth InternshipBriana PersleyAfrican American studies
Jennifer BentzHealth BrigadeDeterminants of Health in Underserved CommunitiesDr. Wendy Kleinbiology
Morgan CottrillButterfly Ridge Conservation CenterBasic Butterfly GardeningDr. G. Neil Douglasbiology
Caitlyn RickmanPAWS Wildlife CenterWildlife Rehabilitation at PAWSDr. Ronald Rosenbiology
Maddy RichmondUniversity of TennesseeIntegrated Pest Management and Outreach ActivitiesDr. Ron Rosenbiology
Jose DiazKanuga Animal ClinicVeterinary InternshipDr. Dawn Andersonbiology
Luis Salazar GuzmanBerea CollegeClimate Change in AlaskaDr. Sarah Hall, Dr. Andrea Woodwardchemistry
Glendy PinedaPIVOT Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy InternshipDr. Louisa Summerschild and family studies
Tiana J MoorerTennessee Department of HealthDementia Friendly CommunitiesSally Pitt and Chelsea Ridleymathematics
Hamilton CraigSaratoga Springs History MuseumNever to Come Again: Encounters with the Market in the Diary of Mary BrainardJoshua Guthmanother
Megan VoorheesUniversity of Kentucky's Center on Trauma and ChildrenCenter on Trauma and Children InternshipDr.Hoffmanother
Justin VankirkCommunity Lifestyle SupportMaking Space for Assistive TechnologyTracy Hodgephysics

Research and Internship Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Allison M HarperVanderbilt UniversityExamining the Ex Vivo and In Vivo Efficacy of FDA-Approved Drugs Repurposed for Tocolytic Use, 2019 abstractDr. Jennifer L. Heringtonbiology
Sharon LeeVanderbilt UniversityThe cytoplasmic tail of integrin β1 is required for TGFβ-induced cell proliferation in adenocarcinoma abstractScott M. Haakebiology
Esther Olabisi-Adeniyi, Celine Skrivanek, Sarah WhitakerBerea CollegeCorrelation of Nutritional Management and Fertility of Second Year Cows at the Berea College FarmQuinn Baptistebiology
Izabella WalkerKindred Spirit Elephant SanctuaryForaging Behavior of Indian ElephantsMegan Hoffmanbiology
Rodrigo Alcaraz BogadoCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPlasticity of the Mesencephalic Neural Crest to Differentiate into Cardiac Neural Crest abstractDr. Maxellende Ezinbiology
Maria Alejandra H. DiazVanderbilt UniversityOne-Carbon Metabolism Biomarkers and Risk of Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma abstractDr. Martha Shrubsolebiology
Depika SubediThe Ohio State UniversityExpression of miR-146a downregulated due to its promoter hypermethylation. abstractDr. Erica Bellbiology
Austin Harris ApplegateUniversity of Kentucky PathologyImmunological research on NK & CD8T cell hypo-responsiveness in lowering glucose and glutamine levels. abstractDr. Steve Presnellbiology
Sarah Staat & Melanie AndrewsBerea CollegeSurvival and Development of the Cercaria of the Digenetic Trematode, Proterometra macrostoma, within its Snail Intermediate Host, Pleurocera semicarinata, Under Winter Temperature Conditions abstractRon Rosenbiology
Bernadette Kwisera & Joseph MechamBerea CollegePossible Predators (Non–Hosts) of the Digenetic Trematode Cercaria, Proterometra macrostoma, at North Elkhorn Creek, Kentucky abstractRon Rosenbiology
Yogesh Budhathoki & Hannah JacksonBerea CollegeA Comparison of Cercarial Swimming Longevity and Distome Emergence from the Cercarial Tail Chamber in the Digenetic Trematodes, Proterometra macrostoma and Leuceruthrus micropteri. abstractRon Rosenbiology
Sangyal DorjeeVanderbilt University Medical CenterDisruption of the R789-D708 Salt Bridge in Discoidin Domain Receptor 1 To Test Its Effect on the Kinase Activity of the Full-Length Receptor abstractDr. Corina Borzabiology
Pedro Herrera CastroBerea CollegeNaphthalenemonoimide based fluorescent chemosensors for detection of metal ions and anions abstractErendra Manandharchemistry
Jordan Pollard, Jacob DownsBerea CollegeSynthesis of Thermoelectric Materials abstractMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Weber, AustinSmithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural HistoryUsing titanite to determine magmatic thermal histories of granites abstractDr. Michael R. Ackersonchemistry
Sarah ShaikhUniversity of KentuckyCobalt protoporphyrin stimulation induces heme oxygenase-1 expression in mouse peritoneal macrophages abstractDr. Lisa Cassischemistry
Edgar Ortiz, Kinyua Adam, Garett CombsBerea CollegeThe Synthesis of Peptide aldehyde for the study of Penicillin Binding Protein 2Matthew Saderholmchemistry
Kamila NurmakovaVanderbilt UniversityInvestigation of amyloid precursor protein and small molecules interactions in bicelles abstractManuel A. Castrochemistry
Hayes Clark, Wilkensley Thervil, Jeremiah M. RadosevichBerea CollegeHow to Build a Solar Car HubDr. Wei Wuchemistry
Areli Medina HernandezBerea CollegeSynthesis of Thermoelectric Materials with an Electron-Donating Group abstractDr. Mary Robert Garrettchemistry
Stephanie Itumba, Chipo KambaramiBerea Collegeextracting and analysis of soil available phosphurus abstractDr. Paul Smithsonchemistry
Zackary Boothe & Cletus MbalidaBerea CollegeNew Experiments using the JEOL ECZR500 NMR Spectrometer abstractJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Imaru Agholor, Megan GreyBerea CollegeSynthesis of Thermoelectric Materials with a Parent Compound abstractMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Emely Alfaro ZavalaKashmir World FoundationThe Use of MVC Architecture (Model-View-Controller Pattern) for Android Mobile Applications abstractAliyah Pandolfi, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Jamal Aw YonisDell Inc.Creating Plugin-Servers that stream telemetry data via GRPC transport protocol in GPB wire format abstractGavin Cato, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Hailey BarnettRunestone Interactive, LLCBerea College Software Developers abstractBrad Miller, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Alex BryantBerea CollegeCOMPARING THE MODEL-VIEW-CONTROLLER ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PATTERN abstractDr. Scott Heggen, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Aaron ChristsonUniversity of IllinoisPredicting Generalization in Neural Networks abstractSanmi Koyejo, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Nmasichi ChukwuemekaSuran SystemsWeb Development Intern abstractAlex Clay, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Guillermo CruzBerea CollegeData Management abstractDr. Scott Heggen, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Selemawit GebremedhinBerea CollegeElasticsearch abstractDaniel Adams, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Elaheh JamaliBerea CollegeThe Performance Comparison of MySQL and SQLite abstractDr. Scott Heggen, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
May JueBerea CollegeSoftware Development abstractDr. Scott Heggen, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Samriddha KCMorgan StanleyApplication Design and Development abstractStephanie Mondo, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Aleksandr KrasnovPalo Alto NetworksDevSecOps: InfoSec + DevOps + SOC abstractSatwant Jakher, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Giorgi LomiaKashmir World FoundationAdvantages of detection architecture combined with classifiacation in camouflage circumstances abstractAliyah Pandolfi, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Hila ManalaiBerea CollegeWeb Application Design and Software Development abstractDr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Gerardo Soto, Jesse Walker, John Martin, Rusty Dotson, Rebekah WhitfordRunestone Interactive, LLCInteractive Learning from a Near-Peer Perspective abstractBradley Miller, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Raymond Okyere-ForsonMorgan StanleyDesign and Implementation of a Single-Page Web Application abstractStephanie Mondo, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Anne OtienoGoogleGlobal Technician Specialist abstractNuriel Garrett, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Luis RieraBerea CollegeSSDT 2019 Intership abstractDr. Scott Heggen, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Sherzodjon SanginovMorgan StanleySoftware Development Experience abstractStephanie Mondo, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Roberto Santos-HernandezBerea CollegeSoftware Programming abstractDr. Scott Heggen, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Natasha StallsmithVanderbilt UniversityQuantifying Visual Complexity in Movie Trailers abstractDr. Maithilee Kunda, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Tirtha SubediUPS Information TechnologyNetwork Planning Tools (NPT) abstractDan Chambers, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Donstonbek ToirovRed HatOpen Source Software Development in Agile Environment abstractJennifer Albertson, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Elyor TukhtasinovPricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LCCRobotic and Intelligent Process Automation abstractKatie Kleiboeker, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Ahad ZaiIndiana University School Of DentistryUtilizing Electronic Dental Record Data to Automatically Assign Periodontal Diagnosis abstractDr. Thankam Thyvalikakath, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Oluwatobi AdejumoJaylim StudioWedding photography Internship abstractJay Lim, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Rabina PhuyelUniversity of South CarolinaTransformation as a Defense to Adversarial Attacks against Deep Neural Network abstractYing Meng, Dr. Jan Pearcecomputer science
Tradd Schmidt, Bethanie WilliamsBerea CollegeAn Approach to Increase Availability of Cultural Archives: Pine Mountain Settlement School abstractDr. Mario Nakazawacomputer science
Juan Chavez Casiano, Austin GlasgowBerea College Child Development LabPhysical activity and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test on preschool-aged children abstractMichelle Thorntonphysical education & health
Abby M. Nash, John-Paul E. CesareBerea CollegeMagnetic High Entropy Alloys abstractTroy Messinaphysics
Jose Zapata MezaLDA EngineeringSummer Internship With Civil Engineering Firm abstractDr. Martin Veillettephysics
Nicholas Straub-DeckBerea CollegeModeling of H2 Radiation Emissions from Nebula IC133. abstractDr. Tracy Hodgephysics
Axel QuintanarBerea CollegeLight pollution and its effects on Berea College abstractDr. Tracy Hodgephysics
James HendersonBerea CollegeBerea College's New Telescope abstractDr. Tracy Hodgephysics
Jasmine Roman, Alex WilsonBerea CollegeSpontaneous numerical cognition in chickens (Gallus Gallus Domesticus) abstractDr. Sarah Jonespsychology

19th annual Berea Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium (BURIS)

The 19th annual Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) was held the same weekend as the Berea College Trustees visit campus and this year it coincides with the official opening of the new Cargill Science Building on Saturday, October 20th, 2018. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2018 will be held on Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th. The 2018 BURS will begin with an opening plenary talk by Jacqulyn Noronha-Hostler on “The Quest for Nature’s First and Most Perfect Liquid” in the Yahng Center (MAC 455). After a short break, we will have student oral presentations starting at 2PM (MAC 356, 357, 551, 506) and a plenary talk entitled “Breathing the Earth” at 4PM by Elizabeth Cottrell of the Smithsonian Institution . BURS will continue with student poster presentations and other departmental activities the following morning (Saturday) and the official opening ceremony for the new Cargill Science Building at 2:00 pm and followed by a convocation delivered by Dr. Mae Jemison, first African American woman to travel to space on the Shuttle Endeavor at 3:00 pm.


Cottrell Plenary Title: Breathing the Earth

AbstractWhen you hear the word “volcano” what comes to your mind? Volcanoes are windows to Earth’s deep interior, revealing to us what lies beyond depths accessible to human exploration. Volcanoes shape the landscape, the hydrosphere, and human civilization. From natural disasters to climate change and from diamonds to Dr. Evil, we will explore volcano mysteries together.


On Friday (10/19) we will start at 2:00 PM with oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in the Cargill Science building planetarium room. Following the oral session we will have a plenary talk by Elizabeth Cottrell at 4:00 for 45 minutes with 10 minutes after for questions. The next day (Saturday, 10/20) we will have building tours from 9AM – 1PM, an additional oral session as well as a poster session in the morning at 9:30-11:00 am. There will also be planetarium shows at 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. With posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research. All participants are expected to be at oral sessions on Friday (less than 3 hours) as well as poster/oral sessions on Saturday (another couple hours). We do not require you to attend the convocation but certainly would recommend this opportunity.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Amber FollinJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterMultidisciplinary Views of Medicine - Completing an Internship with Medicine for the Greater GoodPanagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHSbiology
Temvelo MatsebulaBerea CollegeEffect of sleep quality and quantity on deviant behaviors in teenagersDr. Hoffmanbiology
Yacine ChoutriVanderbilt University Medical CenterIdentifying Fecal and Urinary Biomarkers of Obesity in Mouse Model Using Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Metabolomics and High-Performance Liquid ChromatographyPaul Voziyan, Ph.D. & Donald F. Stec, Ph.D.biology
Emma ReasonerCheetah Conservation FundImpact of season, game fencing, moon phase, and vegetation on activity overlap of ungulate species in the Greater Waterberg Landscape, NamibiaDr. Laurie Markerbiology
Zellarose WaldenIllinois Natural History SurveyDeveloping a prototype platform for efficient mass digitization for pinned Lepidoptera specimensDr. Thomas McElrathbiology
Brittany Ortiz-PerezBest Friends Animal SocietySave Them All- Best Friends, Kitten NurseryRon Rosenbiology
Michael JamesBerea CollegeSynthesizing Cleavable Antibody Drug Conjugates via Solid Phase Organic SynthesisDr. Thomaschemistry
Clara ReasonerVanderbilt UniversityMapping the Binding Sites of FATTY ACID SYNTHASE on Chikungunya Viral RNADr. Manuel Ascanochemistry
Issac DomenechStanford University School of MedicineCharacterizing the Molecular Diversity of Pulmonary Sensory NeuronsDr. Mark Krasnowchemistry
Chann Makara HanUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusTargeted integration of fluorescent reporters into iPSCs using CRISPR/Cas9Megan Hoffmanchemistry
Yeongha OhVanderbilt University Medical CenterEpidemiology of HPV-Associated Cancers: Changing Trends and Future BurdenDr. Krystle Kuhschemistry
Sergio Axel Perez CruzThe University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleAvidin functionalized coverslips for model membrane imagingDr. Tessa Calhounchemistry
Daisy SullivanClemson UniversityUsing the Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge with Capillary Channeled Polymer Fibers for Analysis of Protein MixturesDr. R. Kenneth Marcuschemistry
Priscila GarciaAnschutz Medical CampusComparison of differentiation capacity between cell lines using the trilineage differentiation assayDr. Hoffmanchemistry
Lyric Jones, Michelle ZarcoHaciendas of Nasca Archaeological ProjectHistorical Archaeology of Slavery in PeruBrendan Weaverother
Ricardo SantosUniversity of TennesseeCreating Analysis of Jet Measurements in Relativistic Heavy Ion CollisionsDr. Christine Nattrassphysics
Kemo BS JammehUniversity of Notre DameDependence of Helium Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet (APPJ)-Induced DNA Damage on Voltage Pulse Frequency and Irradiation TimeProf Sylwia Ptasinska, Dr. Troy C. Messinaphysics
Daniela Olivera VelardeLos Alamos National LabImproving Accuracy of Parity Violation Measurements for NOPTREX Experiment at LANLChristopher Crawfordphysics
Talha RehmanHarvard University School of Engineering and Applied SciencesSelf-Assembly of Spheres on a Cone SurfaceNabila Tanjeem, Vinothan N. Manoharanphysics
Delaney Anderson & Tori LowranceBerea CollegeFaculty Experiences with Student Mental Health
Amanda Wyrickpsychology

Research and Internship Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Favour AkaboguVanderbilt University Medical CenterRECOMBINANT EXPRESSION OF COLLAGEN IV FROM MINISTERIA VIBRANS: THE ANCESTRAL COLLAGEN OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOMDr. Aaron Fidlerbiology
Jennifer BentzVanderbilt University Medical CenterEpidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) controls kidney fibrosis by regulating nuclear localization of Fused in Sarcoma (FUS)Dr. Manuel Chiusa, Dr. Ambra Pozzibiology
Aubrey MeltonUniversity of KentuckyAltered Immune Cell Profile Contributes to Increase Risk of Heart Disease in Aging MiceAhmed Abdul-Latifbiology
Yohannes Amsalu, Matalynn Shealy, Esther AbiaraBerea CollegeWild bacterial strains and Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 differ in resistance to allyl-isothiocyanate defense of Arabidopsis thalianaDr. Brian Trawbiology
Sara HollyKindred Spirit Elephant SanctuaryThe Ethical Practices of Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand's Growing Tourism IndustryMegan Hoffmanbiology
Imelda SaintilmaUniformed Services UniversityDisruption of cell adhesion and loss of Arp2/3 complex function in macrophages are not sufficient to induce NF-kB activityDr Jeremy Rottybiology
Alli HarperVanderbilt University Medical CenterPlacental Transfer and Metabolism of FDA-approved Drugs Repuposed for Novel Tocolytic UseShajila Siricilla, Raymond Johnson, Jennifer L. Heringtonbiology
Depika SubediThe Ohio State UniversityRegulation of miR-146a expression in GlioblastomaDr. Tiantian Cuibiology
Sharman N SugumaranVanderbilt UniversityCYSTEINE THIOL DIRECTED CHEMICAL MODIFICATION OF A KCNE1 PROTEIN N-TERMINUSDr. Keenan Taylorbiology
Nishimwe P MontessorieUniversity of Kentucky Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional SciencesThe impact of nuclear factor erythroid related factor 2 genotype on the hepatic gene expression of juvenile mice exposed to polychlorinated biphenyl 126Dr. Kevin J. Pearsonbiology
Caitlyn RobertsNorth Carolina State UniversityEndosperm-based Hybrid Inviability in Mimulus plantsDr. Robert Franks, Dr. Miguel Flores-Vergarabiology
Ben TurnerUniversity of KentuckyDefining how Lafora disease patient mutations impact glycogen dephosphorylationMatthew Gentry & Craig W. Vander Koolchemistry
Kateryna NabukhotnaVanderbilt University Medical CenterINTEGRIN B1 PROMOTES KRAS-MUTATED LUNG CANCER PROLIFERATION VIA MAPK-INDEPENDENT MECHANISMDr. Scott Haake, Dr. Roy Zentchemistry
Abigail WhitakerUniversity of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular BiochemistryDisruption of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) by congenital mutations: Screening potential therapeutic leadsDavid W. Rodgerschemistry
Areli Medina HernandezDalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of MissouriRole of Shear Stress on Endothelial Insulin SensitivityDr. Luis A. Martinez-Lemuschemistry
Kamila NurmakovaVanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TNClostridium isolate growth in a zinc-limited environmentChristopher A Lopezchemistry
Adam M. KinyuaUniversity of KentuckySynthesis of Leuco Dyeschemistry
Levi Blevins, Ominica CrockettBerea CollegeSolid Phase Organic Synthesis of an Antibody Conjugate LinkerDr. Elizabeth Thomaschemistry
Nyasha E. GombamiVanderbilt University Medical CenterMechanism of quinolone resistance in Escherichia coli type II topoisomerases Neil Osheroff, Ph.Dchemistry
Muntathar Jamal AlshimaryUniversity of ChicagoA functional module for a response to low nutrients in ArabidopsisDr. Jean Greenbergchemistry
Valéria Rosa RochaUniversity of KentuckyProcedure improvement for FAPbI3 perovskite solar cellsDr. Kenneth Grahamchemistry
Helina AsratUS Department of Veterans Affairs, Seattle, WashingtonDose-dependent induction of circulating Serum Amyloid A, and markers of pulmonary inflammation following ozone exposure: implications for Alzheimer's diseaseMichelle Ericksonchemistry
Courtany Brown and Adan MartinezBerea CollegeTrash to ShineDr. Elizabeth Thomaschemistry
Emily BrownNorthern Kentucky UniversityThe synthesis of Annulene-Oxacalixarene HybridsKC Russellchemistry
Destiny Strange-Banks, Sienna Burgess, Katie Bledsoe-HoustonBerea College Child Development LaboratoryReggio Emilia Inspired Practice at the Child Development LaboratoryCindy McGahachild and family studies
E. Dove DeNigris, Miranda E. Goens, Jenna D. Hughes, Abdirahman O. MohamedBerea CollegeSimulations of Belief Propagation through Social NetworksJan Pearcecomputer science
Jacob UzzleBerea CollegeCombinatorial Game Theory and GraphsProf. Kristen Barnardmathematics
Jessie WhitakerBerea CollegeCombinatorics game theoryDr. Kristin Barnardmathematics
Sahet DovranovBerea CollegePlaying "Double Take" on a GraphKristen Barnardmathematics
Ciara Felty, Clint ChaffinsBerea CollegeAnalyzing Appalachian Media for Purposeful UsageDr. Maggie Robillardother
Enrique Escobar, Josh WilsonMuir ValleyPhysical Activity Intensity Levels in Outdoor Rock ClimbingMichelle Thornton, AJ Mortaraphysical education & health
Glendy PinedaBerea CollegeThe Economic Impact of the Pinnacle Trails in Berea KentuckyLouisa Summersphysical education & health
Jaden J JohnsonBerea CollegePhysical Activity and Health Patterns of Users in a Kentucky Trail TownLouisa Summersphysical education & health
Sierra Turner, Sangyal DorjeeBerea CollegeApplication of Multi-theory model in predicting small portion size consumption in rural AppalachiaRam Lakhan, DrPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performancephysical education & health
Eli Prater, Brian Leist, Mo ThiBerea CollegeExperiments with single photons: Demonstration of Existence and InterferenceMartin Veillettephysics
Heather ThompsonUniversity of ChicagoInvestigating the Efficacy of Histotripsy on Drug DeliveryDr. Kenneth Baderphysics

18th annual Berea Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium

The 18th annual Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS) was the same weekend as the Berea College Trustees (of which Rocky Tuan is a member) visit campus. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2017 will be held on Friday, October 20th. The 2017 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Dr. Rocky Tuan, Berea College Alumnus, and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.


Application of 3D Microtissue Chip Technology to Study Composite Skeletal Tissue Physiology: Microgravity-Induced Pathologies and Drug Screening

2017 plenary speaker, Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, Director of the Cellular and Molecular Engineering Lab, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. also Professor and the Executive Vice Chairman for Orthopaedic Research

AbstractSkeletal disorders, including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, present a significant disease burden for the general population, and are specifically associated with space flight, such as accelerated bone loss. We have recently developed a 3D microphysiological system (MPS), utilizing adult stem cells, biomimetic materials, and 3D printing technologies, that mimics osteochondral tissues. The microfluidically perfused MPS bioreactor can accommodate both stem cell-engineered tissues and primary osteochondral tissues, and is amenable to high-throughput screening and testing of potential therapeutics for bone and cartilage health. The MPS is particularly suitable as an on-board experimental model to study the accelerated skeletal pathologies observed during space flight, as well as a high utility system applicable for predictive toxicology and drug development for skeletal tissues, both on the ground and in space.


We will start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:00 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Chi PengBerea CollegeBiology of the Cercaria of Leuceruthrus micropteri (Trematoda: Azygiidae) Recovered from the Snail, Pleurocera semicarinRon Rosenbiology
Jazmin EscamillaLiver Disease Branch, NIDDK- National Institute of HealthHepatitis C virus entry inhibitor Aryloxazole modulates AutophagyDr. Jake Liang, Dr. Zongyi Hubiology
Hannah Elliot, Muntathar Alshimary, Rebecca Klem, Jeremy WildeBerea CollegeFactors Affecting the Diversity of Stream Salamanders in Two Watershed Systems in Central KentuckyRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Emma ReasonerIndianapolis ZooPinniped Husbandry, Training, and Conservation at the Indianapolis ZooDr. Ronald Rosenbiology
Claire ThelenAlaska Sealife CenterImmunoglobulin Y Levels in Spectacled and Steller’s Eider Sea Ducks As Indicators of Disease and Population DeclineKatrina Counihanbiology
Hannah CarterEastern Kentucky UniversityInfluence of reclaimed surface mine landscape on bees and plant-pollinator networks in southeastern KentuckyValerie Petersbiology
Sunaina SherchanVanderbilt Eye InstituteAntioxidant Treatment for Closed Globe Ocular Blast TraumaTonia Rexbiology
Seth ReasonerVanderbilt University School of MedicineCharacterization of Host-Pathogen Interactions during Early Stage Chikungunya Virus InfectionManuel Ascano, Jr., Ph.D.chemistry
Issac DomenechVanderbilt University Medical CenterIdentification of Selective DDR1 Kinase Inhibitors Using Structure Activity RelationshipDr. Ambra Pozzi and Dr. Corina Borzachemistry
Marco Santos, Halima IbrahimVanderbilt Medical CenterINVESTIGATING A ROLE FOR LOXL2 IN TGF-1 MEDIATED TUBULAR EPITHELIAL MESENCHYMAL TRASITION IN KIDNEY FIBROSISRafi Mohamed, Alberto J. Lopez-Jimenez, Roberto Vanacorechemistry
Emma Batson, Gracie CasciolaBerea CollegeAppalachian Nature Education StudyNeil Mechamchild and family studies
Logan PaisleySummit EngineeringA Summer at Summit: Applied skills in the world of Civil EngineeringDerek Motschother
Annie He, Samantha Sise, Alicia Crocker, and Bianca GoddenBerea CollegeA Study of George White through Flight and LightBroughton Anderson and Matt Jadudother
Bhavesh RamkorunVanderbilt UniversityImaging of the Spinal Cord in Pediatric PatientsDr Seth Smithphysics
Talha RehmanDuke University HospitalDesigning Computer Based Interface Between X-Ray Generator, and Stages For Coded Aperture Coherent Scatter Spectral Imaging (CACSSI)x000BAnuj J. Kapadiaphysics
Khawla Nasser Al DeenLebanese American University in Beirut and NAHNOO OrganizationMashrou3 Insan (the Human Project): A Participatory Action Research Project on Displaced Youth's Mental Health and Well-BeingDr. Samar Zebianpsychology

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Favour AkaboguAspirnaut Program, Vanderbilt UniversityTriops Cancriformis: A Potential Non-mammalian Animal Model for Studying the Mechanisms of Kidney Ultrafiltration.Dr. Kendra Oliverbiology
Amber FollinJohns Hopkins School of MedicineIdentifying genetic modifiers in a Drosophila model of Inclusion Body MyopathyKyla Britson, Thomas Lloyd, M.D., PhD.biology
James Bryson McCartheyVanderbilt UniversityTHE IMPACT OF LYSINE ACETYLAYION ON GLYXOALASE II ACTIVITYJim Galliganbiology
Marah ZeidanVanderbilt School of MedicineImproving Long Term Outcomes in Retinoblastoma survivors.Dr. Debra Friedmanbiology
Allison HarperVanderbilt UniversityMeasurement of Influenza Severity in Tennessee Hospitalized Patients, 2016-2017Dr. H. Keipp Talbotbiology
Matalynn ShealyFoundation for Surgical Innovation and Education in Portland, OregonA Gastroparesis Study on the Reinstitution of Oral Nutrition from J-tube PlacementsChristy Dunstbiology
Sydney ShortBerea CollegeHybrid ECMO Using Double Lumen Cannula Ensures Adequate Heart/Brain Oxygen SupplySarah Blankbiology
Sara Garner, Tomas Flores, Shay SteeleBerea CollegeMeasurement of Chemical Shift Tensors and J-Coupling in Sodium/Lead Mixed Pyrophosphate GlassesJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Sarah Tabor, Michael JamesBerea CollegeSynthesizing Cleavable Acetal Antibody Drug ConjugatesElizabeth Thomaschemistry
Isaac Mendoza, Luis Guzman SalazarBerea CollegeSynthesis of Cleavable Acetal Antibody Drug ConjugateElizabeth Thomaschemistry
Kateryna NabukhotnaVanderbilt University Medical CenterIntegrin β-1 Promotes KRAS-Mutated Lung Cancer Viability via FAK ActivationDr. Scott Zent, Dr. Roy Zentchemistry
Clara ReasonerIntegrated Nanosystems Development Institute, Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisGC-MS Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Metastatic and Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer CellsDr. Mangilal Agarwalchemistry
Luis Gonzalez AnguiarUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillSelective C=O bond reductions in carbohydrate derivatives using boron based reagentsMichel Gagnéchemistry
Amber EarlywineUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineTargeting Proteolytic Activity Using Protease Inhibitors as Natural Therapeutics for Human Metapneumovirus (HMPV)Dr. Rebecca Dutchchemistry
Mario Chavarria, Cheyenne HaynesBerea CollegeN-Heterocyclic Carbene ComplexesDr. Anes Kovacevicchemistry
Beau SchweitzerUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonSynthesis of Poly(4-hydroxystyrene) by Living Anionic Polymerization for Block Copolymer LithographyKoei Azuma, Padma Gopalanchemistry
Aubree ZimmerUniversity of Kentucky College of PharmacyDetermination of actinomycin Y1 aryl amine reactivity in the production of Y5Dr. Steven Van Lanenchemistry
Dusty Cole, Vincent Davis, Michael MoorerBerea CollegeDESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WEB-BASED SIMULATIONMartin Veillettecomputer science
Lakshiya IndreswaranBerea CollegeOptimal Strategy for Partisan Combinatorial Games: The case of a Little Bit of AggressionMario Nakazawacomputer science
Miguel ValdesBEREA COLLEGEThe POGIL Approach Used in NonStem DisciplinesMegan Hoffmaneducation
Sara Ullom, Cherokee Griffiths, Rebecca O'ConnorBerea CollegeAnalyzing Trade Books and Other Print Media for Classroom UseMaggie Robillardeducation
Alexandra Yuhas, Aric Parker, Gyanu Karki, Samriddha KCBerea CollegeCombinatorial Game Theory: A Game of AggressionDr. Kristen Barnard & Dr. Beth Kelly.mathematics
Anna JoinesUniversity of KentuckyMarginal fracture of amalgam restorations and amalgam's resistance to low frequency biaxial fatigueRichard Mitchellother
Lauren S. HellerGates Center for Regenerative Medicine in Denver, ColoradoAdvancing a stem cell-based therapy for epidermolysis bullosa simplex through the utilization of the CRISPR/Cas9 system to knockout the mutant K14 geneSean McGrath, Bilousova Labother
Daniela Olivera VelardeUniversity of KentuckyData analysis of JPARC run to test Current-Mode Detector for Use in NOPTREX Time Reversal ExperimentDr. Troy Messina (Berea) /Dr. Christopher Crawford (University of Kentucky)physics
Dustin WattsUniversity of FloridaDistinguishing Important Differences between the Sample Forms of LiGaCr4O8Yasu Takanophysics
Kemo Jammeh, Mo ThiBerea CollegeVariable Star Astronomy: Observing The Pattern of Change in Select Variable StarsTracy Hodgephysics
Dzhoana IvanovaBerea CollegeModeling the mid Infrared emission from NGC 595Tracy Hodgephysics
Alicia Bedolla, Evelyne Rivera, Joey Barger, Jasmine RomanBerea CollegeBetta fish (Betta splendens) spontaneously use the combination of numerosity and surface area during discrimination learningSarah Jonespsychology
Jennifer Bentz, Jessica Cox, Bethany Howard, and Aldrin VintonBerea CollegePsychology and Social Class: Examining Our History, Beliefs, and OutcomesWendy Williamspsychology
Constantine Botimer, Chance Davis, Jedidiah Radosevich, Chris TrueTechnology and Applied Design - Berea CollegeBiomass Stove Design Project: Automated Fuel Feeder SystemDr. Mark P. Mahoneytechnology & industrial arts
Jaden J JohnsonBerea CollegePhysical Activity and Health Patterns of Users in a Kentucky Trail TownLouisa Summersphysical education & health
Sierra Turner, Sangyal DorjeeBerea CollegeApplication of Multi-theory model in predicting small portion size consumption in rural AppalachiaRam Lakhan, DrPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performancephysical education & health
Eli Prater, Brian Leist, Mo ThiBerea CollegeExperiments with single photons: Demonstration of Existence and Interference Martin Veillettephysics
Heather ThompsonUniversity of ChicagoInvestigating the Efficacy of Histotripsy on Drug DeliveryDr. Kenneth Baderphysics

2016 Berea College Research Symposium (17th Annual)

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held this fall the weekend before the Berea College Trustees visit campus. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2016 will be held on Friday, October 7th. The 2016 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Dr. Karl Dawson, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Alltech. Karl Dawson has many responsibilities at Alltech, including handling the scientific research programs for the company. He also has an appointment at the University of Kentucky in the department of animal sciences. Some of his own personal research has focused on altering microbial activities and digestive processes in the gastrointestinal tract of animals for improved health and performance.


Using science to drive a global revolution in production agriculture: Defining the tools for the future

Karl Dawson

2016 plenary speaker, Dr. Karl Dawson, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Alltech (retired June 2018)

Abstract The challenge of building an agricultural system that will allow the world to sustainably support a population of more than 9 billion will require some staggering technological changes. Fortunately, our understanding of the basic biological mechanisms that control agricultural production are continuing to provide new tools that will allow for more efficient food production systems with less overall waste and environmental impact. However, the challenge will be to reconstruct our agricultural base and technical tool box in a way that the most beneficial technological advances can be rapidly adopted. This presentation will describe some recent scientific advances that promise to change the way we view agricultural production and describe the pathways and barriers to their implementation.


We will start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:30 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Emma, ReasonerAlaska Sealife CenterWildlife Response-Alaska Sealife CenterDr. Ronald Rosenbiology
Jacquie ZimmermanUniversity of Denver Anchutz Medical CampusThe Expression of PD-L1 in the Hair FollicleDr. Dennis Roopbiology
Jillian Kendall and Robin HauschnerBerea CollegeExamination of species richness and diversity of mosquitoes on the campus of Berea CollegeSarah Blankbiology
Zachary SettersUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusThe role of TAp63 in epidermal wound healingDr. Dennis Roopbiology
Casey Tetidrick, Aubrey Melton, Chioma Amaechi, Willie Gosnell, Gladys Kamau, Yunpeng XiaBerea CollegeA Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Model that Increases Student Success in Anatomy and PhysiologySarah Blankbiology
Sean NilanBerea CollegeSeed Germination Ecology of the Endangered Yellow Gentian (Gentiana flavida): A Population in Peril?Christopher A. Adamsbiology
Aaron MorganBerea CollegeSeed Dormancy in Calycanthus floridus (Carolina allspice): Does Time of Dispersal Affect Dormancy Break and Germination?Christopher A. Adamsbiology
Sunaina SherchanVanderbilt University Medical CenterClinical and Research Experience at Bill Wilkerson Center for Speech Pathology and AudiologyDr. Ann Marie Tharpebiology
Seth ReasonerVanderbilt University Medical CenterCharacterization of a novel delivery system of cyclic dinucleotides for efficient innate immune activationManny Ascano, PhDchemistry
Kyaw Hpone MyintThe Ohio State UniversityEncapsulation of Nanoparticles during Polymer Micelle Formation: A Dissipative Particle Dynamics StudyDr. Barbara Wyslouzil & Dr. Lisa Hallchemistry
Tatiana MikhailovaHarvard Medical SchoolDeveloping selective inhibitors of USP7 deubiquitinating enzymeIlaria Lamberto, Xiaoxi Liu, Sara Buhrlagechemistry
Albert, ArtilesBerea CollegeCounting TreesDr. Beth Kelly, Dr. James Blackburn-Lynchmathematics

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Haylie Prottsman, Kaitlynn RothwellBerea CollegeNutritional Management and Reproductive Performance of Replacement Heifers Raised in Sustainable Production Systems at Berea College and Community Producer OperationsQuinn Baptisteagriculture and natural resource
Nina Meneses, Olivia Slater, Favour Akabogu, Robin Hauschner, Aubrey Melton, Casey Tetidrick, Jillian KendallBerea CollegeClimate Change and the Effect of Temperature on the Release of Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Digenea) Cercariae from their Snail Intermediate Host, Pleurocera semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae)Ron Rosen & Sarah Blankbiology
Favour Akabogu, Robin Hauschner, Nina Meneses, Olivia Slater, Kaitlyn Reasoner, Hsuan Peng, Lin Peng, Chi PengBerea CollegeSeasonal Changes in Maturation of Adult Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae) Recovered from the Fat Mucket, Lampsilis radiata luteola (Bivalvia: Unionidae)Ron Rosenbiology
Meghan KramerVanderbilt University Medical CenterDevelopment of therapeutics for sleep apnea targeting Kir2.4 potassium channelsDr. Jerod S. Dentonbiology
Amber Follin, Ambra PozziVanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TNExpression of DDR-2 Flag in Human Embryonic Kidney CellsCorina Borzabiology
Hanna AbeMayo ClinicAnalysis of neuromasts in pkd2 mutant zebrafishCaroline Sussman, PhDbiology
James Bryson McCartheyVanderbilt universityThe application of Glyoxalase one crispr cas-9 knockout cells for the study of neuropathyJim Galliganbiology
Hsuan PengMayo ClinicIntraepithelial cells in an NOD IL10-/- ABo DQ8 mouse model of celiac diseaseDr. Eric Marietta and Dr. Joseph Murraybiology
Aubrey MeltonBerea CollegeDetermining the effectiveness of a PAL (Peer-Assisted Learning) program in Anatomy and Physiology IISarah Blankbiology
Marah ZeidanVanderbilt UniversityImproving Long-Term Outcomes in Retinoblastoma SurvivorsDr. Debra Friedmanbiology
Wesley Saintilnord, Rafael MendozaBerea CollegeThe stability of environmental temperatures influences thermal plasticity in the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)Patrick Mineobiology
Rebekah PonderUniversity of KentuckyVisualizing spatiotemporal gene expression of the Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) gene during axoltl limb development and regenerationDr. Ashley Seifertbiology
Tyller Culver, Jeremy WildeBerea CollegeIsolation and Characterization of Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus in the Berea College Community- a pilot studyDr. Dawn J. Andersonbiology
Monica MoranVanderbilt UniversityEffect of Ziram and methylmercury on ubiquitin activating enzyme E1 and microtubules in human neurons and mouse neuro2A cellsDr. Diana Neelybiology
Monica Powell & Hope ThomsBerea CollegeIsolation and Characterization of Plasmid DNA from Non-Pathogenic Commensal Escherichia coliDawn Andersonbiology
Brenna MacMillan & Million BeshahBerea CollegeDesign and Synthesis of Novel Neurotensin AnalogsMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Job LimoUniversity of Kentucky, College of PharmacyInvestigating the Role of Magnesium Stearate in Tablet FormulationsDr. Eric Munsonchemistry
Selena Ledesma AlonsoUniversity of Tennessee, KnoxvilleSynthesis and Characterization of the ZorO ProteinShawn Campagnachemistry
Christinia PatelVanderbilt University Medical CenterFunctional role of the cytoplasmic tail of α subunit of α3β1 integrin in migration and adhesion to LM-511Olga Viquez, PhDchemistry
Boubacar CherifUniversity of MiamiThe Bioluminescent Detection of HIV PersistencyEmre Dikicichemistry
Samuel A. EffoeUniversity of PittsburghTeratogen Toxicity in Organotypic Culture ModelsPeter Alexander & Rocky Tuonchemistry
Jonah RectorThe Scripps Research InstituteActivity of Small Molecule Endoplasmic Reticulum Proteostasis RegulatorsR. Luke Wisemanchemistry
Marco SantosVanderbilt UniversityIMPACT OF SRCR DOMAINS IN THE FUNCTIONALITY & LOCALIZATION OF LYSYL OXIDASE LIKE 2 IN DIABETIC NEPHROPATHY.Dr. Alberto Lopez-Jimenezchemistry
Tomas Flores & Chris JamesBerea CollegeLaboratory Study of Glyphosate Degradation in Berea Forest SoilsPaul Smithsonchemistry
Carlos Andres Berejnoi Bejarano & Chann Makara HanBerea CollegeDegradation of Glyphosate in Berea College Forest SoilsDr. Paul C. Smithsonchemistry
Aubree ZimmerUniversity of Kentucky College of PharmacyProbing actinomycin Y5 biosynthesis by investigating Z-family homologsDr. Steven Van Lanenchemistry
Priscila Elizabeth Garcia Garcia & Savannah OsborneBerea CollegeLand Use History, Soil Characterization and Invasive Species in the Berea College ForestDr. Paul C. Smithsonchemistry
Helina AsratBerea CollegeManaging pests in stored wheat: Do organic methods work?Sean Clarkchemistry
Sean GilletteUniversity of Kentucky, College of PharmacyImpact of Polymer and Surfactant on Absorption of Poorly Water-Soluble Drug, GriseofulvinPatrick Marsacchemistry
Michael James & Kateryna NabukhotnaBerea CollegeEngineering Novel Substrates for the Neuropeptidase NeurolysinMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Bhavesh RamkorunBerea CollegeComparing two unrooted phylogenetic X-treesJames Blackburn-Lynch and Beth Kellymathematics
Malachi HoldenBerea CollegeAdjoints and HierarchiesJames Blackburn-Lynch and Beth Kellymathematics
Susan Bonta & Constantine BotimerBerea College Art CollectionSpreading Knowledge of the Berea College Art Collection to the Larger CommunityMeghan Dohertyother
Rashad Hayden & Bethany TurnerBerea CollegeDiversity and Community PolicingKennaria Brownother
Eddie Henderson & Charity RyanBerea CollegeA Metaphorical StaircaseDaniel Feinbergother
Ashley Aiken & Victoria SlaughterBerea CollegeImplementation of Digital Fabrication Technologies in Ceramic PracticeRaymond Gonzalezother
Talha RehmanJefferson LabThe CLAS12 Forward Tagger Detector at Jefferson LabTroy Messina/Dr. Marco Battaglieriphysics
Dustin WattsUniversity of LouisvilleFabrication of MEMS MicrorobotsDr. Dan Popaphysics
Nathanael BodineBerea CollegeDeveloping High Entropy Alloys and the Impact of Annealing on the Crystalline StructuresTroy Messinaphysics
Mackenzie RidleySouth Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyOptimizing a Processing Parameter of Direct Metal Laser Deposition for Porosity Reduction of Thin Film TiB2+AlMgB14 on High Carbon Steel TracksDr. William Crossphysics
Tanner ThompsonBerea CollegeThermo-Magnetic Properties of High Entropy AlloysTroy Messinaphysics
Robert BarnesBerea CollegeThermo-Magnetic Properties of High-Entropy AlloysTroy Messinaphysics
Abdul Ali EissarBard College(2+1)-dimensional Causal Dynamical TriangulationsJoshua Coopermanphysics
Denzell Barnett & Guillermo Ramos-MaciasBerea CollegeDevelopment of Open Source Computer Simulation for STEM fieldsMartin Veillettephysics
Kyree Hobson & Simeon HuffBerea College, Grow Appalachia, and the Berea Summer Food Service ProgramEvaluation of the Berea Summer Food Service ProgramAndrea Woodwardsociology

2015 Berea College Research Symposium (16th Annual)

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held this fall the weekend after the Berea College Trustees visit campus. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2015 will be held on Friday, October 23rd. The 2015 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Professor Roy Zent, MD, PhD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Professor Zent works in the Nephrology and Hypertension Division of the School of Medicine and his research works on the basic role of integrins in epithelial cell biology. He also collaborates with Dr. Charles Sanders performing structural functions on integrins using NMR spectroscopy.

Roy Zent

2015 plenary speaker, Professor Roy Zent


We will start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:30 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Kaitlyn ReasonerVanderbilt UniversitypH induced compaction of the N-terminal domain of lipidated caveolin-3.Dr. Charles Sandersbiology
Kevin Montgomery, Moondil Jahan, Olamide AdejumoBerea CollegePhysiological Dormancy and Germination Patterns in Seeds of the Rare Yellow Gentian (Gentiana flavida Muhl.)Christopher A. Adamsbiology
Olamide Adejumo, Moondil Jahan, and Kevin MontgomeryBerea CollegeDormancy-Breaking and Germination Patterns in Seeds of Calycanthus floridus L. (eastern sweetshrub)Christopher A. Adamsbiology
Moondil Jahan, Kevin Montgomery, and Olamide AdejumoBerea CollegeComparison of Dormancy States and Germination Patterns in Seeds of Calycanthus floridus L. (eastern sweetshrub)Christopher A. Adamsbiology
Gabrielle ChristianBerea College; Grow AppalachiaEvaluating the Impact of Community Gardens in the Appalachia RegionDr. Lisa Turnerbiology
Hsuan PengUniversity of PittsburghThe Bioactivity of Pericellular Matrix from Adult Stem CellsYANGZI JIANG, ROCKY S. TUANbiology
Chi PengCharles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, University of Colorado DenverThe Dynamics of Immunoediting in Skin CarcinogenesisDennis Roopbiology
Zachary Spicer, Jeremy Wilde, Morgan StacyBerea CollegeDiversity of Stream Salamanders in Relation to Human Disturbance and Watershed Affiliation in Central KentuckyRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Kyaw Hpone MyintThe Ohio State UniversityDissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) Simulations of Hard Nanoparticle-encapsulated Polymeric Micelle FormationDr. Barbara Wyslouzilchemistry
Seth ReasonerVanderbilt University Medical CenterType 1 Interferon Expression Following Small Molecule Inhibition of Cyclic GMP-AMP SynthaseManuel Ascanochemistry
Dorothy Coe & Katie BragdonBerea CollegeA Simple Mechanochemical Aryl Bromination ProcedureNicholas Marshallchemistry
Jonah RectorPepperdine UniversityThe Effects of Heat Shock Preconditioning on Protein Induction and Cell Survival after Nanoparticle ExposureDr. Jay Brewsterchemistry
Tatiana MikhailovaVanderbilt UniversityIDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS STABILIZING THE 3D STRUCTURE OF THE GOODPASTURE AUTOANTIGEN OF GLOMERULAR BASEMENT MEMBRANEDr. Vadim Pedchenko, Dr. Billy Hudsonchemistry
Lydia Bauler, M. Ethan Johnson, and Joseph CarrickBerea College & Chicago, ILUnderstanding Maps as Argument: Decoding Spacial ConstructsJason CohenEnglish

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Lillian Setters, Amanda BurnsBerea CollegeSoil Quality at Berea College FarmDr. Mary Parragriculture and natural resource
Jane HostomskyBerea CollegeEffects of protein supplementation on the parasite susceptibility and growth performance of lactating does and continuously suckled kids raised in a sustainable production system at Berea College FarmDr. Quinn Baptisteagriculture and natural resource
Maria AnastasiadouUniversity of Colorado DenverEngineering stress-resistant mouse Embryonic Stem (ES) cellsWallace Chickbiology
Meghan KramerChicago Botanic GardenBroadening definitions of plant biodiversity in restored tallgrass prairiesEvelyn Williams, Rebecca Barak, Dan Larkinbiology
Geri Mitchell, Jessica Vinson, Sean NilanBerea CollegeComparisons between Prey Species in Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Pellets Collected in 1988, 1996, and 1997 from a Silo Roost in Harrogate, TennesseeG. Neil Douglasbiology
Jazmin EscamillaVanderbilt Medical Center Division of NephrologyLysyl Oxidase Homolog Extracellular ProcessingRoberto Vanacore, Alberto J. López-Jiménezbiology
Sophia ToeVanderbilt University Medical CenterIntegrin subunits α3 and α6 mediate FGF10-dependent signaling events in collecting duct cells bound to LM511Eugenia Yazlovitskaya, Roy Zentbiology
Sarah W. Tabor, Sam C. MoodyBerea CollegeDoes membrane composition affect whole-animal performance and thermal tolerance in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)?Patrick M. Mineobiology
Sunaina Sherchan, Sarah TaborBerea CollegeThermal tolerance differs between terrestrial and aquatic life history stages in the eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)Dr. Patrick Mineobiology
Morgan Stacy, Jeremy Wilde, Zachary SpicerBerea CollegeA Preliminary Species Identification for an Isolated Population of Salamanders of the Plethodon glutinosus complexRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Hanna AbeVanderbilt UniversityIdentification of Lead Compounds That Differentially Target Integrin α1β1 and α2β1 I-Domains for The Treatment of Kidney FibrosisBilly Hudson & Kyle Brownbiology
Kodey BlankenshipBerea CollegeSolid-state NMR Study of Crystalline Pyrophosphate SaltsJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Boubacar CherifThe Ohio State UniversityCHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL RESISTANCE OF GUAYULE AND NITRILE BLEND RUBBER GLOVESKatrina Cornishchemistry
Kidist AshamiVanderbilt UniversityExpression and Purification of Transforming Growth Factor Receptor β-ii Cytoplasmic Tail from Ecoli.Ambra Pozzichemistry
Alaina FoxLouisiana Tech UniversityEffect of FeRu Core-shell Catalysts Size on Fischer-Tropsch ReactionsDr. Daniela Mainardichemistry
Tyler Hutsell, Marco SantosBerea CollegeMechanochemical chlorination and iodination of electron-rich aromaticsNicholas Marshallchemistry
Bruce Plowshay Jr.The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterTRIM24 Induces Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in MCF10A CellsDr. Michelle Barton, Ph.Dchemistry
Samuel A. Effoe, Benjamin R. Quesada, Maria S. Ledesma-Alonso, Lyndsey J. BarkerBerea CollegeNew Methods to Synthesize Nickel N-Heterocyclic Carbene ComplexesAnes Kovacevicchemistry
Lyndsey J. Barker, Maria S. Ledesma-Alonso, Samuel A. Effoe, Benjamin R. QuesadaBerea CollegeAbnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene ComplexesAnes Kovacevicchemistry
Tatiana Mikhailova, Brennan TaylorBerea CollegeRapid, electroless surface modification through surface-directed azo couplingDr. Nicholas Marshallchemistry
John Attelah, Gracia El AyleGeorgetown UniversitySynthesis of Amine-Functionalized Cyclotribenzylenes (CTBs)K. Travis Holmanchemistry
Job LimoUniversity of Nairobi, KenyaPhytochemical Investigation of Albizia Shimperiana and Bridelia Micrantha for Cytotoxic Principles Against Drug Sensitive and Multidrug Resistant Cancer Cell LinesLeonidah Kerubochemistry
Andrew Norris, Sean Harvey, Andreas RieggerUniversity of Ulm, Ulm, GermanyFunctionalization Work on Dopamine Nanoparticles with the Incorporation of Human Serum Albumin (HSA) and Unnatural Amino Acid SynthesisTanja Weil & David Yuen Wah Ngchemistry
Ebony AdamsGoogleIT Support within the Corporate Environment TodayScott Heegancomputer science
Carlos, Andres, Berejnoi, BejaranoBerea CollegeDeveloping an Affordable Traffic Counting System Using Computer VisionMatt Jadudcomputer science
Bria Williams, Kristian TooleBerea College Computer Science ProgramDesign and Development of a Bio-Inspired Robotic Quadruped Using Programmable Central Pattern GeneratorsProf. Scott Heggen; Prof. Matthew Jadudcomputer science
Amber Tolleson, Ashley AikenBerea CollegeThe Detection of Gas in Fracking Contaminated WaterMatt Jadudcomputer science
Noah Broomfield, Lindsey Harper, Felicia FleschBerea CollegeA Student Built Wood Kiln: Exploring Sustainable Practices in the Ceramics StudioPhilip Wiggsother
Madelaine Collett, David BattoeBerea CollegeLawn CareDaniel Feinbergother
Joseph CarrickBerea CollegeNetwork Analysis in Colonial State PapersJason Cohenother
David Orr, Colin WeckmanBerea CollegeA comparison of optical versus electrical heart rate monitoring across various exercise intensities and modalitiesAJ Mortara Ed.D. CSCSphysical education & health
Dadbeh ShaddelUKImage reduction for MaAGARenbin Yanphysics
Nicholas HubbardUnited States Air Force Research LaboratoryMillimeter Wave Propagation Through the AtmosphereDr. Steven Lanephysics
Denzell BarnettKennesaw State UniversityDifferential Thermal Analysis of Bioactive Glass Material for Bone Tissue RegenerationTracy Hodgephysics

2014 Berea College Research Symposium (15th annual)

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2014 will be held on Friday, October 17th. The 2014 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Kathryn Uhrich, Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University where she has served as Associate Chair as well as Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She will be speaking about her research on biologically active polymer drugs and related topics. She will be arriving in Berea before the symposium and anyone interested in talking to her about graduate school or her research in general should contact Jay Baltisberger.

Kathryn Uhrich

2014 plenary speaker, Professor Kathryn Uhrich


We generally start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:30 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Hsuan PengUniversity of PittsburghInvestigating the multipotency potential of chondrogenic progenitor cellsYANGZI JIANG, ROCKY S. TUANbiology
Lin PengUniversity of Colorado - DenverUnderstanding the Role of Myc In Squamous Cell CarcinomaDr. Enrique Torchiabiology
Ray Isinga MiremboVanderbilt UniversityProximal NPxY motif of integrin beta1 is important for the regulation of growth factor dependent cell signalingDr. Roy Zentbiology
Michon Martin, Taylor Fagin, Brenna Goldberg, Sean Nilan, Leif Van LaarBerea CollegeIsolation, Disturbance, and Watershed Affiliation as Factors in the Diversity and Abundance of Stream Salamanders in Central KentuckyRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Amber CrabtreeVanderbilt University Medical CenterEffect of Glucose on LOX Expression in Renal CellsDr. Roberto Vanacorebiology
Amanda Burns*, Helen L. Holmlund and Victoria M. LeksonPepperdine UniversitySeedling survival after novel drought-induced germination in Ceanothus megacarpusStephen Davisbiology
Moondil Jahan, Rhea P. Sharma, G. Neil Douglas, Ralph L. ThompsonBerea CollegeComparison of Barn Owl (Tylo alba L.) Prey from a Silo Roost in Claiborne Co., TNG. Neil Douglasbiology
Chi PengVanderbilt UniversitySCN Prevents HOBr-mediated Formation of Sulfilimine Crosslinks in Collagen IV ScaffoldsChristopher F. Cummingsbiology
Lauren Ballou*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia ToeBerea CollegePrevalence and Mean Intensity of Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae) Infections in the Fat Mucket, Lampsilas siliquoidea (Bivalvia: Unionidae) at North Elkhorn Creek, and Location of its Egg DevelopmentRon Rosenbiology
Caleb M. Krebs, Jacob P. McClain, and Jonathon D. TerrellBerea CollegeDormancy-Breaking and Germination Requirements for Seeds of the Kentucky Endangered Yellow Gentian Gentiana flavida A. Gray (Gentianaceae)Christopher A. Adamsbiology
Michael McCannThe Johns Hopkins UniversityPhotocatalyzed Benzylic Fluorination: An Alternative Approach through Radical CationsDr. Thomas Lectkachemistry
Michael OxendineBerea CollegeLeaded paint as a source of soil lead in Berea, KentuckyPaul C. Smithsonchemistry
Mikiyas Kurabachew AssefaUniversity of GeorgiaInfrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy of Metal CarbonylsMichael Duncanchemistry
Pyae PhyoBerea College & The Ohio State UniversitySimulations of magic-angle flipping experiments on alkali and alkaline earth silicate glassesJay Baltisberger & Philp Grandinettichemistry
Yunpeng Xia*, Chioma Amaechi, Willie Gosnell, Judith Weckman, Sarah BlankBerea CollegeHelping Students Succeed in Anatomy and Physiology II: A Study of a Peer Assisted Learning Program Sarah Blankother
Chioma Amaechi*, Willie Gosnell, Yunpeng Xia, Judith Weckman, Sarah BlankBerea CollegeHelping Students Succeed in Anatomy and Physiology I: A Study of a Peer Assisted Learning Program Sarah Blankother
Haley BootheBerea CollegeSpreading Knowledge of a Recent Gift to a Larger CommunityMeghan Dohertyother

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Sydney Marshall, Cydney HillBerea CollegeThe growth performance and parasite susceptibility of goat kids and postpartum performance of does managed in continuous suckling systems at sustainable production operations of Berea College and Community Producer FarmsQuinn Baptisteagriculture and natural resource
Kaitlyn ReasonerBerea CollegeA novel and interactive method for teaching DNA replicationMegan Hoffmanbiology
Michon Martin, Taylor Fagin, Brenna Goldberg, Sean Nilan, Leif Van LaarBerea CollegeWater Level and Feeding Regimen as Factors Promoting Metamorphosis in Laboratory-Reared Southern Two-Lined Salamanders, Eurycea cirrigeraRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Jenna RuferVanderbilt UniversityTowards inhibition of tumor angiogenesis through disruption of collagen IV scaffold assembly by anti-NC1 antibodiesVadim Pedchenko, Ph.D.biology
Lauren Ballou*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia ToeBerea CollegePrevalence and Mean Intensity of Cotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae) Infections in the Fat Mucket, Lampsilas siliquoidea (Bivalvia: Unionidae) at North Elkhorn Creek, and Location of its Egg DevelopmentRon Rosenbiology
Bailey Wiggins, Maria AnastasiadouBerea CollegeIsolation and characterization of plasmids from normal flora E. coliDawn Andersonbiology
Sheniqua AustinSt. George's University of LondonCounteracting antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas through antibiotic combinationYangmin Hubiology
Jordan ButtsMayo Graduate SchoolPotential benefit of the T-cell migration inhibitor FTY720 in Toxic Shock SyndromeChella Davidbiology
Lin Peng*, Kaitlyn Reasoner* and Ericka BergBerea CollegeIn Vitro Egg Development in the Trematode, Cotylaspis insignis (Subclass Aspidogastrea)Ron Rosenbiology
Hanna Abe*, Kidist Ashami*, Lauren Ballou, Olamide Adejumo, Kevin Montgomery and Sophia ToeBerea CollegeCotylaspis insignis (Trematoda: Aspidogastridae): Effect of Osmolality on Adult Worm Survival, Egg Production and Rate of DevelopmentRon Rosenbiology
Olamide Adejumo*, Kevin Montgomery*, Sophia Toe*, Hanna Abe, Kidist Ashami and Lauren BallouBerea CollegeProterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Effect of Serotonin on Redial Movement and Emergence of Cercariae from Rediae and Snails, Elimia semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae)Ron Rosenbiology
Seth ReasonerEli Lilly and CompanySynthesis, Purification, and Structural Characterization of Organic Processing ImpuritiesMichael Kobierski, Ryan Memmer, and Andrea Frederick, PhDchemistry
Anthony BoatengUniversity of LouisvilleSynthesis of Fluorinated Homoallylic Compounds via Ring-Opening Nucleophilic Fluorination of Methylene Cyclopropanes (MCP)Dr. Gerald B. Hammondchemistry
Andrew NorrisBerea CollegeThe Solid-Phase Organic Synthesis of a Fluorescence-Quenching Analog of LysineMatthew Saderholmchemistry
De’Angela Brooks-Townsend, Tyller Culver, Jonah RectorBerea CollegeSynthesis of Fluorogenic Peptide Substrates for the Peptidase NeurolysinMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Kyaw Hpone Myint*, Solomon Tesfamichael, Pyae Phyo, Brennan WalderBerea CollegeCombining an extended Czjzek model with spinning sideband simulations of magic-angle turning (MAT) experiments on phosphate glassesJay Baltisberger & Philip Grandinettichemistry
Solomon Tesfamichael, Kyaw Hpone MyintBerea CollegePhase-incremented Echo Train Acquisition (PIETA) experiments to measure J-coupling in new phosphate glassesJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Kathryn Dunn, Moondil Jahan, Justin Dean Burton, Sean Riley, Robert Horn IIBerea College Art History DepartmentEstablishing the Past Lives of Appalachia in the Berea College ForestDr. Broughton Andersonother
Willie Gosnell*, Chioma Amaechi, Yunpeng Xia, Kristen Lynch, Sarah BlankBerea CollegeCreation of interactive manipulatives and educational games, and determination of their effectiveness in improving students' understanding of Anatomy and PhysiologySarah Blankother
Barbara HollsteinBerea CollegeGathering the Stories of Appalachian Foodways: An Oral History Research ProjectDr. Margaret Dotsonother
Laura AbelquistNASABoron Nitride Nanotube Composite AerogelsSang-Hyon Chuother
Cassie Bodenste, Tyler HuffBerea CollegeA Comparison of the Metabolic Costs of Elliptical Training Versus Treadmill RunningAJ Mortaraphysical education & health
Brandon SchurterOhio Wesleyan University REU programHow Hub Cells Hijack Neuronal NetworksChris Finkphysics
Aylssa HubbardMayo Graduate SchoolRole of IFNγ in Experimental Autoimmune EncephalomyelitisChella Davidpsychology
Sydney Henderson, Tiffany EstepBerea CollegeHealthy, Hunger-Free Kids?: Results from an Elementary School Lunch Program EvaluationAndrea Woodwardsociology

2013 Berea College Research Symposium (14th Annual)

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


Paula Shear

2013 plenary speaker, Dr. Paula K. Shear

The program for Fall 2013 will be held on Friday, October 18th. The 2013 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Dr. Paula K. Shear, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnat entitled “Neuropsychology of Epilepsy”. She will be arriving in Berea before the symposium and anyone interested in talking to her about graduate school or her research in general should contact Jay Baltisberger. Jay Baltisberger


We generally start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:30 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Leif Van Laar, Michon Martin, Christina Benedict, Alyssa Hubbard, Rebecca JeongBerea CollegeVariation in Diversity and Abundance of Salamanders in Relation to Human Development in Six Selected Stream Habitats in Central KentuckyRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
John F. Darling, Sophia Al-Maamary, Lauren A. Ballou, and Alanna M. WentworthBerea CollegeSeed germination ecology and seedling survivorship of the endangered cream gentian Gentiana flavida. A. Gray (Gentianaceae)Chris Adamsbiology
Zachary MullinsHazard Ortho ClinicAn Orthodontic InternshipDerek Wattsbiology
Pyae PhyoBerea College & The Ohio State UniversityUsing Phase Incremented Echo Train Acquisition (PIETA) Experiment to Measure Homonuclear 31P J-Couplings in Phosphate GlassesJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Michael McCannBerea CollegeAsymmetric Catalytic Synthesis of β-Ketoesters through Ketene IntermediationMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Kenny MaddenBerea College & Eastern Kentucky UniversityBerea Community Food System AssessmentAndrea Woodward & Stephanie McSpiritchild and family studies
Kyle GodbeyBerea CollegeSynthesis and exploration of Half-Metallic Heusler AlloysAmer Lahamerphysics
Danielle SchaperUniversity of Colorado, BoulderAnalyzing Topological Defects in Disordered Charge Density Waves in Transition-Metal DichalcogenidesKyle McElroyphysics

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Joshua Wedding, Melanie KeilBerea CollegePOGIL in General Biology: Introduction and Analysis of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry LearningMegan Hoffmanbiology
Melanie Keil, Joshua WeddingBerea CollegeAn Innovative Approach to Teaching Cellular Respiration in Introductory BiologyMegan Hoffmanbiology
Reena Martin, Yoshua ReeceBerea CollegeSoil microbial analysis of differing spoil types from Bent Mountain surface mine in Pike Co.Sarah Hallbiology
Phillip PalumboBerea CollegeA Putative Antimicrobial Defense Mechanism in Basement MembranesRon Rosenbiology
Kaitlyn ReasonerVanderbilt UniversityThe role of residue K752 in β1 integrin homodimerizationRoy Zent & Charles Sandersbiology
Josh AvanceVanderbilt UniversityPyirdoxamine protects collagen-4 from damage by hypochlorous acidBilly Hudsonbiology
Amber BootheCincinnati Children's HospitalInverted Formin 2(INF2), A Fetal Risk Gene for Preterm Birth, is Highly Expressed in Mouse and Human PlacentasLouis Mugliabiology
Hsuan PengUniversity of WisconsinDietary Immunomodulation: Examining the Effect of Conjugated Linoleic Acid Treatment on Dendritic Cell Cytokine ProductionXue Oun Xu & Jenny Gumperzbiology
Ericka BergVanderbilt UniversityProprotein Convertase Processing of PeroxidasinGautam Bhavebiology
Jenna RuferUniversity of Colorado, DenverToward defining the oncogenic activities in Aurora Kinase A that transform pre-malignant keratinocytesEnrique Torchia & Dennis Roopbiology
Amber CrabtreeVanderbilt UniversityExpression and modulation of Lysyl Oxidase Like-2 in PFHR9 mouse endodermal cell lineRoberto Vanacorebiology
Lin PengDental Schook, University of KentuckyPorosity change after aging high-copper dental amalgams for 19 yearsRichard Mitchellbiology
Shanequa RoscoeMayo ClinicHost HLA Haplotype May Predict the Effect of Cigarette Smoke in ArthritisDavid Luckey, Michele Smart, Chella David, & Veena Tanejabiology
William AssanVanderbilt UniversityCordon-Bleu and IRTKS protein interaction in microvillar brush border formationMatthew Tyskabiology
Kaamilah WilsonMorehouse School of MedicineObesity Induced Leptin Mediated Notch Signaling in Breast CancerRuben R. Gonzalez-Perezchemistry
Daniel PardueUniversity of KentuckyCharacterization of Magnesium StearateEric Munsonchemistry
Travis Clay & Chyna JohnsonBerea CollegeSynthesis of Beta-ketoesters via ketene intermediateMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Mikiyas AssefaBerea College & The Ohio State UniversitySpinning Sideband Analysis of Phosphate Glasses using scaled and unscaled correlation experimentsJay Baltisberger & Philp Grandinettichemistry
Anna TribbleBerea CollegeCoherence Pathways for CPMG and PIETA NMR ExperimentsJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Christina Kolsto, Phyo Phyo ZinBerea CollegeLead analysis in soils attributed to roadside gasoline deposition and pesticide usagePaul Smithsonchemistry
Phyo Phyo Zin, Christina KolstoBerea CollegeLeaded paint analysis in soil around the buildings in Berea campusPaul Smithsonchemistry
Garrett Cairo, Andrew Norris & Corey PaytonBerea CollegeOptimization of Synthesis of Internally-Quenched Fluorescent PeptidesMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Dipendra Sharma ChapagainAlta Bates Summit Medical Hospital, Oakland CAComparative analysis of different types of colorectal cancer surgeriesGiovanni Begossi & Ajaya Upadhyachemistry
Karla Sophia RobinsonRaven Rocks, VirginiaRaven Rocks Visitors Center Construction InternshipMartin Veillettephysics
Brandon SchurterUniversity of Toledo & Nevada Terawatt FacilityEquivalent Dosage from Neutron Radiation Produced by Deuterium-Palladium Plasma in the NTF Zebra ChamberTom Kvale, Rick Irving, Erick McKee & Tim Darlingphysics
Mackenzie EndresBerea CollegeBoron Fullerenes: Laser Ablation of Boron crystals mixed with CarbonAmer Lahamerphysics
Namukaba Hichilo, Hatinawedu Mupiwa & Logan RayBerea CollegeHome Health Sensing and AutomationMatt Jadud & Mark Mahoneytechnology & industrial arts
Fidel TewoldeUniversity of LouisvilleBistable pneumatic actuators for soft roboticsCindy Harnettetechnology & industrial arts
Denzell BarnettSouthern Polytechnic State UniversityDevelopment of Low Cost, Efficient CZTS Thin Films and Solar CellsDiedra Hodgestechnology & industrial arts

2012 Berea College Research Symposium (13th Annual)

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2012 will be held on Friday, October 5th. The 2012 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and and with a plenary talk by Paul Brown, a former scientist at the National Institutes of Health.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Kevin JoenborgSanibel Island, FloridaCROW Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of WildlifeRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Nadia KarkennyBerea CollegeVariation in Diversity of Salamander Species in Four Selected Stream Habitats in Central KentuckyRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Helena PettMayo ClinicHLA Class II Molecules Influence Susceptibility versus Protection in Rheumatoid Arthritis by Programming the Cytokine ProfileMarshall Behrens, Veena Taneja, & Chella Davidbiology
Hsuan PengBarnard CollegeCross-campus phenotypic analysis of knockout Arabidopsis thaliana from SALK libraryHilary Callahanchemistry
Dipendra Sharma ChapagainJohns Hopkins School of MedicineTo clone erkf gene from E.coli K12 in Pet32a+ expression vector and perform functional assayGyanu Lamichhanechemistry
Horton LiHarvard School of Dental MedicineSalivary diagnosticsWinston P Kuochemistry
Ivan TitaleyState University of New York at New PaltzCharacterization of disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation potential within the Ashokan watershed: Effects of filtered and unfiltered chlorinated water samplesMegan Fergusonchemistry
Chelsea BicknellBerea CollegeGathering Stories of Appalachian Foodways: An Oral History ProjectMargaret Dotsonchild and family studies
Son T. NghiemCentral Michigan UniversityFactor Posets and Dual FramesSivaram Narayanmathematics
Gilbert BanghaBerea CollegeIncorporating an Academic Electronic Health Record Into a Small Liberal Arts College Medical Surgical Nursing CurriculumTeresa Villaranother
Tommy BoykinVanderbilt UniversityPurification of Membrane Scaffold Proteins and Binding of Lipids by the C99 Domain of the Amyloid Precursor ProteinCharles Sandersphysics
Eva GriffinBerea CollegeConnecting Effort and Attainment: Climate Change Knowledge and Environmental Engagement among Berea StudentsJill Boumasociology

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Kaleigh Hire, Joshua BestBerea CollegeAssessment of black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) growth and survival on reclaimed surface-mined landSarah Hallagriculture and natural resource
Joshua BestBerea CollegeMicrobial analysis of three spoil types from a surface mine site in Pike Co., KentuckySarah Hallagriculture and natural resource
Karen ReynoldsVanderbilt UniversityThe effect of TGF-B on renal interstitial cells and the progression of tubulointerstitial fibrosisLeslie Gewinbiology
Aung Soe LinVanderbilt UniversityInvestigating the Role of Protocadherin 24 in Bacterial Attachment to MicrovilliDavid Shifrinbiology
Gregory W. CoxUniversity of LouisvilleCompositional Changes in Human Tear Lipids with Meibomian Gland DysfunctionDouglas Borchmanbiology
Ashley CurtisBerea CollegeVariation in Abundance of Salamanders in Four Selected Stream Habitats in Central KentuckyRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Mirline DuphresneMeharry Medical SchoolIn Vitro Assay Of The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Hiv) Production And InfectionRoy Scudder-Davisbiology
Chido MataraUniversity of LouisvilleThe role of RNA Polymerase in the development of the Dendritic treeMichael Hetmanbiology
Rachele Johnson & Kaila NolandBerea CollegeCharacterization of the Sensory Systems in the Cercaria of the Trematode, Proterometra macrostomaMarc Rowleybiology
William AssanUniversity of KentuckyMethyl farnesoate as a regulating hormone in the metamorphosis of Drosophila melanogaster Larvae: a general dipteran modelGrace Jones & Davy Jonesbiology
Pyae PhyoBerea College & The Ohio State UniversityApplications of Si-29 Magic-Angle Flipping NMR Experiments to Silicate GlassesJay Baltisberger & Philp Grandinettichemistry
Anna Tribble, Marceline AengwanamaBerea CollegeNew Method of B-Keto Ester SynthesisMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Georgia Dahlquist & Sarah ElrodBerea CollegeBuffer capacity and pH trends in Berea College's aquaculture and aquaponics facilitiesPaul Smithsonchemistry
Russell Hammond, Leif Van Laar, Alexandria Smith, & Christa CherryBerea CollegeNew Synthetic Pathways to Triazolium Carbene ComplexesAnes Kovacevicchemistry
Titay AyanoUniversity of LouisvilleElectrochemical and Optical Properties of Chemically-Synthesized Au Nanoparticles Ranging from Below 4 nm to 30 nm in DiameterFrank Zamborinichemistry
Michael McCann & Kathryn RiskBerea CollegeSynthesis of B-Ketoesters through Ketene IntermediatesMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Ivan L. Suarez-DiazClemson UniversityIntroduction of Hydrogen Bonds to Poly N-substituted GlycinesModi Wetzlerchemistry
Elijah Whitaker, Garrett Cairo, & Courtney HowardBerea CollegeSynthesis of Internally-Quenched Fluorescent Peptide Substrates for the Peptidase NeurolysinMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Sarah Elrod & Georgia DahlquistBerea CollegeSoil phosphorus content in watersheds affected by waste lagoon overflows at Berea College FarmPaul Smithsonchemistry
Brittany SchroederBerea CollegeRoutine water quality monitoring at the Berea College aquaponics facility and aquaculture pondsPaul Smithsonchemistry
Daniel PardueUniversity of LouisvilleMultiple Quantum Transitions of 17ORichard Wittebortchemistry
Gilbert Bangha, Alison York, & Mikheil MatcharadzeBerea CollegeIncorporating an Academic Electronic Health Record Into a Small Liberal Arts College Medical Surgical Nursing CurriculumTeresa Villaranother
Rohan IsaacArgonne National LaboratoryEvaluation of a compact CCD-based high-resolution autocollimator for use as a slope sensorLahsen Assoufidphysics
Marissa BrownUniversity of Tennessee, KnoxvilleTheoretical Study of Diproton EmissionWitold Nazarewiczphysics
Mackenzie EndresUniversity of Toledo Medical CenterRadiation Brachytherapy: SAVI (Strut Adjusted Volumetric Implant) Dose Distribution SimulationDavid Pearsonphysics
Jianwen Xu, Grace Par, Socheta ly & Jie SongUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolSynthesis of Hydrophilic Polymers Containing a Reactive Thiol Group by RAFT and AminolysisJianwen Xutechnology & industrial arts
Eva Griffin, Cory Shenk, Kelly Kusumoto, & David ScrivenerBerea CollegePutting Down Roots in Shifting Sands: Design Adventures in Utila, HondurasJason Coomes & Gary Mahoneytechnology & industrial arts

2011 Berea College Research Symposium (12th Annual)

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science departments in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2011 will be held on Friday, October 21st. The 2011 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and and with a plenary talk by Dr. Doug Stickle. Dr. Stickle is Professor and Director of Chemistry & Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) at Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. Dr. Stickle’s talk is titled, “Clinical Chemistry, and Clinical Applications of Mass Spectrometry”


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Ericka Berge, Bailey King, Michon Martin, Juliana Dolan, & Franceska MehmetiBerea CollegeProterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Location of the Redia and Emergence Path from the Snail Intermediate Host, Elimia semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuorceridae)Ron Rosenbiology
Imelda HotPenn State College of Medicine, Hershey PABlood Plasma Coagulation Induced by Poly(ethylene glycol) MaterialsChristopher A. Siedleckichemistry
Marceline G. AengwanamaVanderbilt UniversityRunx1 Interacts with Delta Np63alpha to Regulate Target GenesChristopher E Barton & Jennifer A Pietenpolchemistry
Kelly MouapiMayo ClinicEpitope Mapping of Vimentin in Arthritis-susceptible HLA-DRB1* 0401 and resistant *0402 miceVeena Taneja & Chella Davidchemistry
Premila SamuelMayo ClinicThe mechanism of action of Prevotella histocola in the immunomodulation of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)Ashutosh Mangalamchemistry
Chido Hambira & Michael BertucciUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillCombinatorial synthesis of a thiourea library for the aminolysis of N-acyl homoserine lactonesMichel Gagnéchemistry
Lydia JoinerBerea CollegeBerea College Gardeing ProjectNeil Mechamchild and family studies
Tommy O. BoykinBerea CollegeSynthesis of Copper-Based SuperconductorsAmer Lahamerphysics
Rohan Isaac, Tommy Boykin, Marissa Brown, & Mackenzie EndresBerea CollegeSynthesis and characterization of Half-Metallic Heusler AlloysAmer Lahamerphysics
Rachel KrebsBerea CollegeThe effects of gender and writing assignments on implicit attitudes of gender rolesDave Porterpsychology
Raven WeaverBerea CollegePerception of Aging: The Power of Knowledge & ActionDave Porterpsychology

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Juliana Dolan, Franceska Mehmeti, Ericka Berg, Bailey King, & MIchon MartinBerea CollegeProterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Effect of Serotonin and Melatonin on Redial Movement and Emergence of the Cercaria from the Redia and the Snail, Elimia semicarinata (Gastropoda: Pleuorceridae)Ron Rosenbiology
Karen ReynoldsUniversity of KentuckyUnderstanding SERF function: Creation and behavioral analysis of dSERF deletion mutantsDr. Raymond & Dr. Harrisonbiology
Katherine WebbBerea CollegeDetection and mapping of invasive plant species and hiking trails at Indian Fort Mountain in Berea, KYDr. Hannabiology
Cecilia AlbersVanderbilt UniversityThe Role of Activated Leukocyte Cell Adhesion Molecule in Triple Negative Breast CancerBojana Jovanovicbiology
Charli BobbittVanderbilt UniversityThe Role of Bone Morphogentic Proteins in Mammary Gland DifferentiationPhil Owensbiology
Horton LiVanderbilt UniversityLKB1 effect on MicroRNA expression in lung adenocarcinomaJacob M. Kaufman, Joseph M. Amann, & David P. Carbonechemistry
Dallas Cook, Russell Hammond, & Horton LinBerea CollegeSynthesis of Fluorescent Derivatives of Lysine and Glutamic AcidMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Trena Payton & Amanuel TefamichaelBerea CollegeSynthesis of Enantioenriched β-Ketoesters via a Quinine-Catalyzed Ketene-Claisen CondensationMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Chelsey Lloyd & Michelle BloomBerea CollegeSynthesis of Enantioenriched β-Ketoesters via an Azaferrocene-Catalyzed Ketene-Claisen CondensationMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Amanuel Tesfamichael & Trena PaytonBerea CollegeSynthesis of Enantioenriched β-Ketoesters via a Ketene-Claisen CondensationMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Diego Moya, Elijah Whitaker, Melanie Burt, & Julianna DolanBerea CollegeCharacterization of Internally-Quenched Fluorescent Peptide Substrates for the Peptidase NeurolysinMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Chyna JohnsonMiami UniversityDesign and Synthesis of STAT3 InhibitorHong Wangchemistry
Marceline G. AengwanamaVanderbilt UniversityRunx1 Interacts With DeltaNp63alpha to Regulate Target GenesChristopher E Barton & Jennifer A Pietenpolchemistry
Dipendra Sharma ChapagainMarshall UniversityInfluence of Boundary Conditions on Metastable Lifetimes for The Ising Model on the Hyperbolic PlaneHoward Richardschemistry
Kristina Carter, Sara Dean, Valerie Frost, & Alena GordienkoBerea CollegeFrom Anecdote to Assessment: the Robust Beauty of Using Multiple Regression and Path Analysis to Explore Retention, Graduation, and Academic Performance at a Small Liberal Arts CollegeDave Porterchemistry
Stacey Roberts & Brittany StowersBerea CollegeAfrican American Families and their Heritage in Garrard County Kentucky--Phases I and IIJanice Blythechild and family studies
Aaron MeadowsBerea CollegeTaiji Improves Kinetic Link CoordinationJeff McClungother
Marissa Brown, Mackenzie Endres, Rohan Isaac, & Tommy BoykinBerea CollegeLaser Ablation of Boron FullerenesAmer Lahamerphysics
James Perrugia & Fidel TewoldeBerea CollegeGround State Energies and Isomer Configurations of NanoclustersMartin Veillettephysics
Christopher B. YalumaUniversity of KentuckyThe Identification of Few Layer Graphene and the Growth of Nanoribbons on Silicon Nitride SubstratesDouglas Strachanphysics
Andrew MillerVanderbilt UniversityStructural Analysis of integrin Beta 1Roy Zentphysics
Joshua Callahan, Yuta Katsumi, Chido Matara, & Shelby WilliamsBerea CollegeNeurophysiological Indices of Cognitive StyleRob Smithpsychology
Brian Easterday, Tierah Ellard, Matthew Jenkins, & Jordan MongerBerea CollegeDesign of a flexible research vehicle for future studies at Berea CollegeMark Mahoneytechnology & industrial arts
Sam HawesBerea CollegeThe History, the Music and the Construction of the Kentucky DulcimerAlan Millstechnology & industrial arts

2010 Berea College Research Symposium (11th Annual)

Dr. Fan of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit the campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science departments in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2010 will be held on Friday, October 22rd starting after lunch and concluding with a plenary talk “Metabolism: Old or Gold” by Dr. Teresa Whei-Mei Fan who works at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Chemistry. Teresa uses NMR spectroscopy to study biological systems.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Kayla G. KinkerVanderbilt UniversityImmune Response to Vimentin Peptides and the Role of Smoking in an HLA Transgenic Mouse Model of Rheumatoid Arthritisbiology
Alisha HolmbergVanderbilt UniversityThe E3 ubiquitin ligase NEDD4L interacts with and polyubiquitinates Np63 following genotoxic stressbiology
Theint TheintIowa State University2H NMR Studies of Dynamics in Protein SidechainsMei Hongchemistry
Ramesh AdhikariArgonne National LaboratoryQuench Localization in Superconducting Radio-frequency Cavitieschemistry
Katherine SimonsonUnknownThe Impact of Gardening on College Students' Eating Behaviorschild and family studies
Tyler VanoverBerea CollegePulsed Laser Ablation of Solids in Liquid EnvironmentAmer Lahamerphysics
Christopher B. YalumaThe Optical Reflectivity of Graphenephysics
Tommy BoykinBerea CollegeCopper-Based SuperconductorsAmer Lahamerphysics
Rohan IsaacBerea CollegeSynthesis of FeGeAmer Lahamerphysics

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Jane TonelloGlucose Clamping in the Conscious Mousebiology
Jalicia Sturdivant & Charli BobitNitric Oxide Synthase Isoform Expression in Regenerating Axolotl Salamander Retinabiology
Kathryn Massana & Abigail WierBerea CollegeLocalization and characterization of photoreceptors in the cercariae of the trematode, Proterometra macrostomaRon Rosenbiology
Premila SamuelConstructing an Inducible System for the Study of Rod Cell Degeneration and Regenerationchemistry
Jose Victoria & Dhadon DhadonBerea CollegeReactions of imidazolium and triazolium salts with [Ir(H)2(PPh3)2(OCMe2)2]BF4Anes Kovacevicchemistry
Kelly Njine MouapiMonoclonal antibody 1A5 abrogates TGF-beta induced tumor cell migrationchemistry
Dominic Suma & Parker ShulerBerea CollegeSynthesis of Enantioenriched β-Ketoesters via a Ketene-Claisen CondensationMary Robert Garrettchemistry
Horton Li, James McCarty, & Ivan TitaleyBerea CollegeStruvite precipitation in anaerobic swine lagoon liquid at Berea College Farm: effect of pH and Mg:P ratioPaul Smithsonchemistry
Violet R.Katiyo, Casey Gray, Alexcia Moore, & Grace ParBerea CollegeNutrient and waste management at Berea College Farm: Analysis of soil samples for the availability of phosphorusPaul Smithsonchemistry
Imelda HotHistidine-Functionalized Water-Soluble Nanoparticle as Mimics of Hydrolytic Enzymeschemistry
James Brian Hamblin & Zelalem Demissie MekonnenBerea CollegeChemical and phosphorus-31 NMR characterization of phosphorus in a swine facility waste streamPaul Smithsonchemistry
Chido HambiraDevelopment of an HPLC assay for the analysis of adducted DNA-protein cross-linkschemistry
Justin McGlothlinEstablishing Density Profile of Ultra-Cooled Gas in a Harmonic Potentialphysics
William NorrisBerea CollegeBEC to BCS crossover in a rotating Fermionic GasMartin Veillettephysics
Hodari-Sadiki JamesThe Importance of Glia in Chemosensory Modulation of Respirationphysics
Zachary Danneman & Tara ShumatePedagogy of Place: The Development of an Invisible Curriculumpsychology
Yuta Katsumi, Victoria Fulton, Jordan Harrison, & Ali HassanBerea CollegeEEG Spectral Analysis of Neurocognitive Style in Relation to a Remote Associations TaskRob Smithpsychology
Jessica Barnes, Jenipher Dennis, & Rachel KrebsThe Effects of Scenes Presented on Cognitive Taskspsychology
Rita Yalda & Damika JonesBerea CollegeInfrared Reduction Analysis and Photometrytechnology & industrial arts

2009 Berea College Research Symposium (10th Annual)

Photograph of Kim Nixon

Dr. Kim Nixon of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

The research symposium held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science departments in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The program for Fall 2009 has not yet been set, but the event will be held on Friday, October 23rd starting after lunch and concluding with a plenary talk titled “Alcohol and Neural Stem Cells: Roles in Neurodegeneration and Recovery from Alcoholism” by Dr. Kimbery Nixon who works at the University of Kentucky in the college of pharmacy. Kim studies how alcohol interacts with neural stem cells.


We will start at 2:30 PM with a poster session in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (in the past this included chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics.) We then move into dual lecture sessions at 4 PM while continuing the posters in the lobby. Generally, one seminar section is devoted to biological sciences and the other to physical sciences. Other disciplines are also welcome to give a talk and are placed in one section or the other based on the research topic.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Dikshya BastakotyMayo Clinic, RochesterRole of myelin-specific antibodies in PLP 91-110 induced EAE in HLA transgenic miceDr. Ashutosh Mangalam, Dr. Chella Davidbiology
Miluka GunaratnaMayo Clinic, RochesterDifferential responses of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to superantigen stimulationDr. Govind Rajagopalanbiology
Crystal ThomasVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityThe Role of YlaJ on the Function and Localization of SleB in Bacillus anthracisDr. David L. Pophambiology
Theint TheintIowa State UniversityStudy of the Influenza A M2 Transmembrane Peptide and C-terminal Chain by Solid-State NMRMei Hong (Iowa State University)chemistry
Kabindra KaflePurdue University, West Lafayette, INIdentification of Breast Tumorigenic Cells in a Three Dimensional Bone Colonization Assay In VitroDr. Julia Kirshnerchemistry
Tichaona Chiwandamira, Sara EvansBerea CollegeMathematical problems in super-resolution image reconstructionDr. Larry Grattonmathematics
Jeta RudiBerea CollegeAppalachia has got talent, but why does it flow away? A study on the determinants of brain drain among Appalachian studentsDr. Caryn Vazzanaother
Oliver MunyaradziUniversity of California, DavisA system for quantifying MutYh-mediated repair activity in mammalian cells using luminescence assaysSheila S. Davidother
Ramesh AdhikariUniversity of KentuckyMagnetic Shielding for Neutron EDM ExperimentsDr. Brad Plasterphysics
Mohammed YusufMontana State UniversityMeasuring Coronal Magnetic Twist Injected by Photospheric RotationAnna Malanushenko, Dana Longcopephysics
William NorrisBereaThe Transitions between the Normal, Superfluid, and FFLO states in a Fermi gasDr. Veillettephysics
Emily WorinkengBerea CollegeA re-examination of mid-infrared ISOCAM images of HII regions in M33Dr. Tracey Hodgephysics
Jimmy RopUniversity of KentuckyEtching of single Layer GrapheneDr. Douglas Strachanphysics
Christine MorrisBerea CollegeThe Effects of Personality and Preparedness on Group WorkDave Porterpsychology
Kayla KinkerVanderbilt UniversityCharacterizing the Anti-tumorigenic Properties of Novel KRAS Peptide Based InhibitorsDr. Alla Ivanovabiology

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Adam Meador, Kelly Mouapi, Krystina Sandefur, Lee Ware, Cecilia Albers, and Adam ChambersBerea CollegeIn-Vitro Retraction Of The Distome Body Of Proterometra macrostoma Into Its Cercarial Tail: Effect Of Selected Ions, Light, And Subsequent Cercarial SwimmingRonald B. Rosenbiology
Cecilia Albers, Adam Chambers, Adam Meador, Kelly Mouapi, Krystina Sandefur, and Lee WareBerea CollegeEffect Of Praziquantel On Natural Infections Of The Snail, Elimia semicarinata(Gastropoda: Pleurocerida) With The Trematode Proterometra macrostoma (Digenea: Azygiidae)Ronald B. Rosenbiology
Alisha HolmbergUniversity of LouisvilleAnalysis of the Defect in B-catenin in Dendritic Cells from NOD MiceDr. Pascale Alardbiology
James Brian HamblinVanderbilt UniversityAnalysis of TGF-β mediated expression of ALCAM in human prostate cancer cell linesDr. Andries Zijlstrabiology
Matthew MeterBerea CollegeSynthesis of Proline-containing PeptidesMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Justin Baldwin, Clarin Ellard, Samuel RosolinaBerea CollegeNormal and Abnormal Binding in Carbene Complexes in Reactions of Imidazolium Salts With [Ir(H)2(PPh3)2(acetone)2]BF4Anes Kovacevicchemistry
Lauren LaneBerea CollegeAnalysis of Alpha Galactosidase, the Active Ingredient in BeanoMatthew Saderholmchemistry
Amanda RoodWake Forest University School of MedicineSteroid-induced Fetal Programming Increases Reactive Oxygen Species to Angiotensin II within the Cell NucleusMark Chappell and TanYa Gwathmey-Williamschemistry
Jessica Carnes, Amy Jones, Chris YalumaBerea CollegeThe Development of a Nature of Science Curriculum for TeachersDr. Jon Saderholmother
Brandon BrownBerea CollegeA Study of Ultra-Cold Atoms in the Strongly Interacting RegimeMartin Veillettephysics
Hodari-Sadiki JamesBerea CollegeMid-infrared observations of IC133Dr. Tracey Hodgephysics
Bozhidar BashkovBerea CollegeThe Effects of Physical Attractiveness, Gender, and Job-type on Personnel SelectionDave Porterpsychology
Megan RodgersBerea CollegeRead'n, 'Rite'n, and Residue: Using the Cloze Procedure to Explore the Persistence of MemoryDave Porterpsychology
Alyssa Seibers, Rob Smith, Debra Blaacker, Hope ReuschelBerea College/TRIO ProgramsThinking Creatively in Education: The Role of Thinking Styles and Creative Self-EfficacyRob Smithpsychology
Caleb WetmoreBerea CollegeExploration of Digital Infrared and Black & White PhotographyAlan Millstechnology & industrial arts

2008 Berea College Research Symposium (9th Annual)

Photograph of Mark Lovell

Dr. Mark Lovell, Jack and Linda Gill Professor of Chemistry Department Chair, Berea College Alum

The research symposium held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science departments in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The symposium for Fall 2008 was held on Friday, October 17th starting after lunch and concluding with a plenary talk titled “Search for Novel Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease” by Dr. Mark Lovell who works at the University of Kentucky. Mark is also a Berea College graduate so it was exciting to bring him back to campus to share his work.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Dikshya BastakotyVanderbilt Universityp63 defines an epithelial phenotype and represses mesenchymal-specific gene, COL5A1Christopher E Barton & Jennifer A Pietenpolbiology
Jessica R. PriceConservation and Research for Endangered SpeciesBehavioral Ecology and Translocation of the Endangered Stephens' Kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stenphensi)Conservation and Research for Endangered Speciesbiology
Jessica R. PriceTropical Ecology and ConservationInfluence of Elevation, Host Species, and Host Size on the Density of Mistletoe, Phoradendron robustissimum (Viscaceae) in Costa RicaMonteverde, Costa Ricabiology
Megan JacksonMayo ClinicEffect of commensal bacterium, Prevotella nanceiensis, on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, an animal model for Multiple SclerosisC. Davidbiology
Miluka GunaratnaVanderbilt UniversityThe loss of stromal TGF-β leads to increased expression of STATIP1Veronica Placencio, Xiaohong Li, Ali-Reza Sharif-Afshar, Magaly Martinez-Ferr, & Neil Bhowmickbiology
Anthony ReynoldsUniversity of UtahLiquid-liquid phase transition of nanoscaled supercooled siliconSURPchemistry
Justin Cornelison, Enchanta JacksonBerea CollegeRestoring the Oliver Street Community School: History and PreservationDwayne Mackother
Ehidiamhen Akhetuamhen, Arlett FrancoBerea CollegeLiving in Hope in Louisville: An Assessment of the Hope VI Redevelopment ProjectMichelle Tooleyother
David Gilmour, William Dean NorrisBerea CollegeLaser Ablation of DiamondAmer Lahamerphysics
Bradley Steele, Brandon BrownBerea CollegeNumerical Simulations of Disorder in Classical Spin ModelsMartin Veillettephysics
Jimmy Rop, Ramesh Adhikari, Chase ColeBerea CollegeVariable Star Observations at the Berea College ObservatoryTracy Hodgephysics

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Alaina Faust, Alisha Holmberg, Elizabeth FlemingBerea CollegeProterometra macrostoma (Digenea: Azygiidae): The effect of osmolality on the retraction of the distome body into its cercarial tailRon Rosenbiology
Oliver PogueBerea CollegeEffects of human disturbance on ground beetle diversitySean Clarkbiology
Patricia Stephens, Yili Gan, Jordan HarrisonBerea CollegeThe Perception of Phagostimulants Is Context Dependent in Larval Manduca SextaMarc Rowleybiology
Tsering DolmaUniversity of UtahKinetic Imaging of Single Molecule Interaction (KISMI): SNARE Proteins and UNC-18 InteractionsChris Hopkins, Wayne Davis, & Erik Jorgensenbiology
Kayla G. KinkerUniversity of KentuckyAnalysis of the Telomere Position Effect and the Role of RecQ Helicases in the Genomic Integrity of Model Organism Aspergillus NidulansKBRINbiology
Kabindra Kafle, Efua WilmotBerea CollegeDesign and synthesis of Proline Containing Cationic antimicrobial peptides ( PCAMPS)Matthew Saderholmchemistry
Donia ArthurBerea CollegeChelation and N-Heterocyclic Carbene ComplexesAnes Kovacevicchemistry
Josh Schmeling, Theint TheintBerea CollegePyridylidene N-Heterocyclic Carbene ComplexesAnes Kovacevicchemistry
Etagegn BekeleUniversity of KentuckySOLUBILITY DETERMINATION OF SILATECAN 7-t-BUTYLDIMETHYLSILYL-10-HYDROXYCAMPTOTHECIN (DB-67) IN VITAMIN-E TPGS IN THE PRESENCE AND ABSENCE OF A SECONDARY EXCIPIENTPharmaceutical Science, College of Pharmacychemistry
Oliver MunyaradziVanderbilt UniversityHER2-overexpressing, PIK3CA mutated breast cancer cells rely on HER3 for their survivalAnindita Chakrabarty & Carlos Artegagchemistry
Andrea PaezoldBerea CollegeDancing: Dance and Choreography Intelligent Nondeterministic GeneratorMario Nakazawacomputer science
Jessica Carnes, Amy JonesBerea CollegeScientific Inquiry: Factors that influence evolution of scientific skills and dispositionJon C. Saderholmother
Shannon Baldon, Amber StantonBerea CollegeIn Search of Us: Black Women Identifying 'Right' Representation in Contemporary FilmsKennaria C. Brownother
Ashley CrockettBerea CollegeSelf-Selected Walking Pace as a Predictor of Maximal Oxygen ConsumptionJeff McClungphysical education & health
Matthew BaileyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of AstrophysicsInvestigating Blue Straggler Production without Cluster Dynamics: A Binary-Evolution-Only ApproachRobert Mathieu & Aaron Gellerphysics
Danielle PelenkahuBerea CollegeSometimes you can't win for losing; The effect of stereotype threat on Sudoku performanceDave Porterpsychology
Samantha BuchananBerea CollegeThe Effects of Physical Appearance and Subjective Description on Rated LikabilityDave Porterpsychology
Lacey OwensBerea CollegeThe Effects of Gender and Condition on Fifth Graders' Block Stacking PerformanceDave Porterpsychology
John DamronBerea CollegeTo Tell the Truth: The Effects of Viewer and Presenter Personal Political Preferences on Perceptions of SincerityDave Porterpsychology
Brian OwensBerea CollegeRobbers Cave Revisted: The Effects of Race and Instructions on Implicit and Explicit measures of Racial PrejudiceDave Porterpsychology
Julia PriceBerea CollegeThe Effects of Object Familiarity and time on Incidental RecallDave Porterpsychology
Kaleigh McCoy, Megan Rodgers, Bozhidar Bashkov, Angela SuttonBerea CollegePredicting Academic Success in the Third SemesterDave Porterpsychology
Debra Bulluck, Kim-Dung NguyenBerea CollegeKentucky African American Encyclopedia: Black Life and Culture in the CommonwealthJackie Burnside, Andrew Baskinsociology
Christopher Dueker, George Shea, Noah McGrawBerea CollegeDevelopment of Ultralight Personal Electric VehiclesBrad Christensentechnology & industrial arts

2007 Berea College Research Symposium (8th Annual)

Photograph of Sheila David

Dr. Shela David of UC Davis

The research symposium held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science departments in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.


The symposium for Fall 2007 was held on Friday, October 19th starting after lunch and concluding with a plenary talk titled “Dare to Repair: from Cancer to Chemistry,” by Shiela David who is a biochemist doing DNA repair work at the University of California, Davis. It is a pleasure to have Shiela here for the plenary talk because she and her father (who is a Berea College trustee) have been so generous to Berea over the years with support. The complete listing of seminars and posters is given below.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Richard Cooks, Jessica PriceArgonne National LaboratoryDesign and Development of Palladium-Iron Bimetallic Electrocatalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel CellsMark Cunninghambiology
Enrique GarciaVanderbilt UniversityDefining the mechanism of EP4-mediated metastasisDavid Carbonebiology
Elizabeth FlemingMiami UniversitySource and Photodegredation of Dissolved Organic Matter as Factors of Fluoranthene Phototoxicity to Daphina magnaJim Oris & Craig Williamsonbiology
Amanda HensleyBerea CollegeInositol Increases Feeding on Deterrent Mixtures in Larval Manduca sextaMarc Rowleybiology
Rebecca LinvilleBerea CollegeIdentifying Genes that Interact with CRMP During Neurogenesis in Drosophila melanogasterJohn Rawlsbiology
Joshua SparksMayo ClinicOf Mice and Men - Do Arthritis Resistant Mice Provide Clues to Protection from Rheumatoid Arthritis?Veena Tanejabiology
Rachel SaundersMayo ClinicRole of MHC Class II on Mouse Regulatory T CellsChella Davidbiology
Megan JacksonVanderbilt UniversityAbrogation of TGF-B signaling in mammary carcinomas recruits myeloid immune suppressor cells through CXCL5/CXCR2 chemokine axisHal Mosesbiology
Gloria FritzUniversity of LouisvillePsychophysiological Study of Response Conflict and Error Processing Deficits in Patients with Posttraumatic Stress DisorderTato Sokhadzebiology
Din Obadele MandleyBerea CollegeChemical and NMR Analysis of Soil Phosphorus Affected by Waste OverflowPaul Smithsonchemistry
Anthony ReynoldsSUNY Stony BrookThe Synthesis of Aluminum Magnesium Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH) and Characterization of Phosphate Ion Exchange ExperimentsClare Grey, Center for Environmental Molecular Sciencechemistry
Diana GudkovaGeorgia State UniversityCLASSICAL Be STARSCenter for High Resolution Astronomy (CHARA)mathematics

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Clarissa HarrisUniversity of KentuckyDopamine Transporter Expression in a "Two Hit" Rat Model of Parkinsonian SyndromeJim Paulybiology
Kate JohnsonBerea CollegeInositol Increases Feeding on Deterrent Mixtures in Larval Manduca sextaMarc Rowleybiology
Jacob Gunnell, Jessica Lanfair, Jenna OttBerea CollegeMetagenomic Characterization of Mirobial Communities of the Berea College Living MachineDawn Andersonbiology
Brittni Ross, Christopher Barton, Kimberly Johnson, & Deborah MaysVanderbilt UniversityIdentification of Genes Regulated by p63 in Human EpitheliaJennifer Pietenpolbiology
Meiping SunUniversity of KentuckyNick-directed Loop Mismatch DNA Excision in Human CellsGuo-Min Libiology
Dikshya Bastakoty, Aaron Fidler, Miluka GunaratnaBerea CollegeProterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae): Further Studies on the Strain Question at North Elkhorn Creek, Scott County, KYRon Rosenbiology
Tsering Dolma, Robert Twiggs, Brea ViraghBerea CollegeFactors Affecting the Emergence, Infectivity and Subsequent Development of the Proterometra macrostoma (Trematoda: Azygiidae) CercariaRon Rosenbiology
Spencer Gravitt, Oliver PogueBerea CollegePopulation Dynamics of Varroa Mite (Acari: Varroidae) on Different Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) StocksSean Clarkbiology
Laxman GurungUniversity of Southern CaliforniaSynthesis of Vinyl Fluorides from Alkyl Halides and AlcoholsG.K. Surya Prakashchemistry
Thabiso MusapeloBerea CollegeHomonuclear Decoupling and INADEQUATE NMRJay Baltisbergerchemistry
Marek Counts, Kayla MeadowsBerea CollegeNormal and Abnormal N-Heterocyclic Carbene ComplexesAnes Kovacevicchemistry
Kaleigh McCoyBerea CollegeWhere Have All the Students Gone? Factors Influencing the Retention and Academic Success of Students Who Entered Berea College in the Fall of 2006Dave Porterother
Genesis SongUniversity of KentuckyKinetics of the Degradation of AspirinTonglei Liother
Kannatassen Appavoo, Robert Shelby, Simone Raoux, & Delia MillironBerea College & IBM Almaden Research CenterEffect of doping novel thin film Sb2Te phase-change material on its optical and switching time propertyAmer Lahamerphysics
David Gilmour, Brad SteeleBerea CollegeProducing Fullerenes Using Laser AblationAmer Lahamerphysics
Shiblee Ratan BaruaUniversity of ArkansasProspects for LISA to detect the Christodoulou memory of gravitational wavesDaniel Kennefickphysics
Mohammed Humed Yusuf & Bryan GoverBerea CollegePhotometry of Summer Variable StarsTracy Hodgephysics
James RittmannBerea CollegeExercise and Memory: the Immediate Effects of Exercise on MemoryDave Porterpsychology
Charla RubleBerea CollegeThe Effects of Student's Alcohol Use and Death Self-Reflection on their Perception of Risk Taking BehaviorDave Porterpsychology
Tian WeiBerea CollegeThe effect of gender, condition and comparative ignorance on investment and confidenceDave Porterpsychology

2006 Berea College Research Symposium (7th Annual)

In memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2006 was held on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Oral Presentations

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.


Research Posters

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2005 Berea College Research Symposium (6th Annual)

In memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2005 was held on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Oral Presentations

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.


Research Posters

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2004 Berea College Research Symposium (5th Annual)

In memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2004 was held on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Oral Presentations

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.


Research Posters

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.

2003 Berea College Research Symposium (4th Annual)

In memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2003 was held on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Oral Presentations
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Jeremy RottyVanderbilt UniversityA mechanism and timeframe for cytoplasmic translocation of p27.Incheol Shin (mentor) & Carlos ArteagaBiology
Elizabeth Anderson-HoaglandVanderbilt UniversityThe Role of ErbB2 and TGF-beta in Tumor Cell Motility and Metastasis.Harold MosesBiology
Ravin RaleighMarshall University The Bioloigcal Function of the Propepide Apolipoprotein A1.Leslie FrostChemistry
Chris BartonVanderbilt UniversityRNAi-Mediated Knockdown of p110b: DNp63 is a Downstream Target of the PI3-Kinase.Jennifer PietenpolBiology
Wayne Centers, Katie Panciera, and Erich HessBerea CollegeComparing Dispersion Algorithms for Teams of Robots.James Blackburn-Lynch & Jan PearceMathematics, Mathematics, & Asian Studies

Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Christie ShresthaUniversity of LouisvilleTwo Weeks Nicotine Treatment does not Decrease Bone Blood FlowJ. T. FlemingBiology
Mee YangVanderbilt UniversityAberrant DNA Methylation Occurs During the Progression of Barretts Esophagus to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma. William GradyBiology
Joseph KimeuBerea CollegeApplication of the variational R-matrix method to one-dimensional quantum tunneling problems.Kingshuk MajumdarPhysics
Rui GaoUniversity of KentuckyIsolation of Cell Cycle Mutants in Aspergillus nidulans.Pete MirabitoBiology/Chemistry
Royce Dansby-SparksOak Ridge National LaboratoryOxidation-Reduction Reactions influencing the transport of Chromium in Hanford and Ringold Formation Sediments.Melanie MayesChemistry
Mohammed AiyegboVanderbilt University Medical CenterCo-infection of Primary, Differentiated Human Adenoid Cells With Influenza A/Beijing or Respiratory Syncytial Virus and S. pneumonia in vitro.Peter WrightBiology
Lorina Bustle Berea CollegePerformance of Developmental Mathematics Students in Subsequent College Mathematics Courses.Dollena HawkinsMiddle Grades Education
Ravi KCVanderbilt University Medical CenterFollow-Up Linkage Study of Chromosome 12 Markers D12S373 and D12S1042 to Alzheimer’s Disease.Jonathan L HainesChemistry & Biology
Tshewang Choden DorjiUniversity of Louisville, Birth Defect CenterRole of Endothelin-1 in the Migration of Chick Neural Crest Cells.David E. ClouthierBiology
Michael OlaopaUniversity of LouisvilleNitric Oxide-Mediated Glutathiolation on Cos-7 Cells.Aruni BhatnagarBiology
Anjan PandeyBerea CollegeVariable-temperature one- and two-dimensional solid-state 13C CP/MAS NMR studies of the chemical exchange of 1,4-cyclohexanedione.Jay BaltisbergerChemistry
Thaminda RamanaykeUniversity of RochesterA Role of His-539 in Ribonuclease H Activity and Strand Transfer of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase.Baek KimBiology
Luke Stillwell and Rebekah HallBerea CollegeCompartmentalization of the Chicken Pectoralis.Megan HoffmanBiology
Wayne Centers, Katie Panciera, & Erich HessBerea CollegeComparing Dispersion Algorithms for Teams of Robots.James Blackburn-Lynch & Jan PearceMathematics, Mathematics, & Asian Studies

2002 Berea College Research Symposium (3rd Annual)

In memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2002 was held on Friday, October 25th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Research Posters
NameHostTitleMentorMajor
Justin Ranck, Amanda Richie, and Jason Hughes Berea College Cover crop roll-down for weed suppression in no-till corn ClarkAgriculture and Natural Resources
Wendell GarnettBerea College, University of Kentucky, and Kentucky State UniversityEvaluation of an egg parasitoid (Trichogramma ostriniae) for control of European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) in sweet pepper Clark & FrileyAgriculture and Natural Resources
Mary White and Pa JattaBerea CollegeNitrate Measurement in Berea College Gardens and Greenhouse Soils Clark & RoeckerAgriculture and Natural Resources & Chemistry
Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, Chris Barton, Bobbie Berry, Jonathan Hardy, Tenzin WangmoBerea CollegeNatural and Experimental Infections of Centrarchid Fish With The Digenetic Trematode, Proterometra macrostoma: Host Susceptibility, Histopathology and Parasite Recruitment RosenBiology
Michael OlaopaBerea CollegePreparation of Cobalt(III) Complexes Coordinated by Long-Chain Alkyl Ligands RoeckerBiology
Mohammed AiyegboBerea College Separation of Isomers of Thiourea Ligands Coordinated to Cobalt(III) RoeckerBiology
Patricia Feeney Berea College Compton Ecological Design Internship: Methane Utilization from Biological Waste DontjeBiology
Robert West University of Louisville School of Medicine/KY Spinal Cord Injury Research CenterAxonal Growth within Peripheral Nerve Grafted at the Injured Adult Rat Cervical Spinal Cord OniferBiology
Eusebia MwasareUniversity of Louisville, Department of Medicine/Pharmacology/ToxicologyMonocarboxylate Transporters 1 & 2 and Their Effect in Hypoxic Preconditioning WangBiology
Anisa LeftaUniversity of LouisvilleNon-genomic Activities of Estradiol and Resveratrol in MAPK Signaling in Bovine Aortic Endothelial CellsKlingeBiology & Chemistry
Dana Tucker and Rosemary NdoloBerea CollegeRates of Substitution Reactions of Cobalt(III) Complexes Coordinated by CF3SO3- and CH3SCH3RoeckerChemistry
Jason HurstBerea CollegeCoordination Isomers of Phenyl SubstitutedThiourea Ligands RoeckerChemistry
Mehreteab HeleboBerea CollegeSynthesis & Characterization of Cobalt(III) Surfactants RoeckerChemistry
Fred BoggsBerea CollegeHomology Modeling of Geranylgeranyl Transferase Using Fanesyltransferase Protein SaderholmChemistry
Hooi Ling KeeUniversity of GeorgiaPurification and characterization of K48R – Mutation of 2Fe-SOR KurtzChemistry
Miranda GibsonUniversity of Kentucky Synthesis and Target Validation of IM862: An Angiogenesis Inhibitor KimChemistry
Kekeli EkoueUniversity of Kentucky, Department of ChemistryThe Synthesis and Characterization of the 1,3-benzenediamidoethanethiol Ligand AtwoodChemistry
Ramesh SharmaUniversity of Minnesota, Department of ChemistryElectric Field Alignment of Nanostructured Block Copolymer Thin Films LodgeChemistry
Nicholas NoinajUniversity of Kentucky, Department of Molecular & Cellular BiochemistryConstructs of Thimet Oligopeptides for CrystallizationRodgersChemistry & Mathematics
Huy NguyenIBMIBM Internship on Printer Quality Enhancement StanichMathematics
Jack Reynolds & Aladdin Al-HaddadBerea CollegeCalculations & Comparison of Error Bars for Eigenvalues of the Schrodinger Equation MarmorinoPhysics & Chemistry

2001 Berea College Research Symposium (2nd Annual)

In memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2001 was held on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Oral Presentations

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.


Research Posters

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.

2000 Berea College Research Symposium (Inaugural Event)

This was the first event of this kind held at Berea College, in memory of Professor Tom Beebe to honor his work in helping to make the laboratory part of the classroom at Berea. At this time, we only did poster presentations and had no plenary talk accompanying the event. The symposium for Fall 2000 was held on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the old Hall Science Building lobby.


Oral Presentations

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.


Research Posters

No data is currently available, if you have this data, please email Professor Baltisberger.