Formerly the Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, SOURCE is an opportunity for students to share creative and/or scholarly work that they have undertaken during the past year in a poster or oral format.


Submissions from 2019

Domestic Violence Among University Women, Michelle Andersen

Investigating the Viability of a γ-Al2O3 Support on Catalytic Propane Dehydrogenation Using Transition Metal Clusters, Christopher Bean

Student Perceptions of Valpo Basketball Joining the MVC, Alex Becker, Joshua Yonker, and Cameron Behymer

Take A Seat, Marc Boas

Our Every Day, Ashley Borg

Sexual Assault on College Campuses: A Policy Analysis at Valparaiso University, Chloe Castelluccio

Analysis of the Motivations and Perceptions of Cheating among High School Students, Emma Chelsvig

Analyzing Plastic Degradation from Winogradsky Columns of Two Sample Sources, Sarah Dilday and Jhanelle Spence

The Imago Dei and CRISPR cas9: A Christian Case for Genetic Alteration, Joshua Duensing

Sub-Nanometer Catalyst Clusters for Propane Dehydrogenation, Joshua Duensing, Jacob Allred, Christopher Smith, and Stan Zygmunt

Hesse Center Shift Exchange Portal, Raquel Haro, Megan Janickovic, Madeline O. Flynn, and Josiah P. Metzler


Digitizing and Streamlining Valparaiso University Student Senate's Organization Recognition Process, Kayla Herrera, Sawyer Patrick, Alec Hauck, and Jackson Heise

Synthesis of an Unnatural Fluorescent Amino Acid, Madeline Johnson, Cassandra Niemeyer, and Thomas Goyne


Life in the Suicide Belt: Intersections of Death and Agency in American Culture, 1870-1910, Anthony Kalin

PKC activation induces ubiquitination of the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter 1 in the human colonic epithelial cells T84, Payton Klosa, Marie Dix, Amanda Bazaldua, and Emily Hughes

Wolf Domestication: An Agent-based Simulation, Ryan Kulwicki and Alex Capaldi

Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage: The Formation of Sized Metal Oxide Samples, David Mackey

Do I Have Your Attention Yet?, Drake Mattingly

Analyzing the History of School Closings/Delays in the Past 40 Years Due to Extreme Wintertime Weather in Northwest Indiana, Emily Mazan, Nathan Healy, Jilliann Dufort, Seth Tacke, and Natalie Vernon

Impact of Microplastic Fiber Pollution on Planorbella campanulata (Ramshorn Snail) Fecundity and Mortality, Kalleb L. Miller and Cole J. Philips

The Digitalization of the Valparaiso University Residential Hall Check-In Process, Adam Morrison, Sam Rookstool, and Alec Cole

Characterizing the Antimicrobial and Anticancer Activities and Several Associated Bioactive Compounds of Argemone mexicana, Teodora Najdeska, Estefany Bocangel Gamarra, Kelly Davidson, Tj Lefeber, and Danielle Orozco-Nunnelly

Wireless, Battery-Powered Node for ValpoSensorNet, Muhammad Ahmed Naveed


Greek Life Application Project, Cody Packer, Terry Wade, Mardonio Diaz, Alexandar Habjan, Robert McIntyre, and Brandon Ancona

The Impact of Ice Versus Ischemic Compression on Muscle Recovery Post Resistance Training, Brian Pecyna

Correlation Between Jump Foot Force Production and Distance Jumped in Collegiate Long Jumpers, Malik Riley

Problem of Scoring Gerrymandering, Austin Schnoor

Curricular Analytics: A Probabilistic Approach, Erik Schuchardt, Georges El-Howayek, and Ahmad Slim

Scenes At The Shore, Susan Scuderi

Pain in Beauty: A Clothing Connection, Megan Seibert

Written Language and Cultural Identity: The Use of Traditional and Simplified Hanzi in the People's Republic of China, Lukas Torgerson

Sure It’s Fine, We Checked 9 Years Ago: Surface Water Quality Testing of the Little Calumet River in Gary and Lake Station, Indiana., Jessica Villegas, Langston Stalling, Drake Shearer, Donovan McGill, Nathaniel Parson, Derrick John Combs, Noah M. Wilkes, Amber M. Garcia, and Breanne Mason

Effect of Estrogen on Morphological Change in Candida albicans and Neurospora crassa, Idalia Zachara, Chase Jones, Paige Camp, Hamza Hasan, and Patrice Bouyer

Submissions from 2018

Geyser V. United States, Allison Abayay

Web Application for Student Analytics, Cristian Abello, Ryan Bennett, Samuel Iselin, Arezu Mansuri, and Kimberly Orr

A Qualitative Study: Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Marijuana, Bradley Adkins, Ellie Ashbrook, Andrea Pertl, Madissen Brookshire-Green, Guadalupe Ortiz, Olivia Smith, Emma Kamp, and Kayleigh Willett

Minimizing the Residual Field and Field Gradient in a Magnetically Shielded Room for nEDM at LANL, Chamindu S. Amarasinghe

The Modernization of the VU Lutheran High School Directory, Tyler Ammons, Thomas Schuessler, Franklin Kirui, and David Schmeling


A Case Study of Four Atmospheric River Events Over the Pacific West Coast of the United States, Isaac Arseneau and Wendell Nuss


Arab Nationalism in a Francophone Country: The French Language and Moroccan Identity, Jewan Attallah


The Modern Heroine is Masculine: Male and Female Heroism during World War I in France [L’héroïne moderne est masculine: l’héroïsme des hommes et femmes dans la première guerre mondiale en France], Jewan Attallah

Solar Eclipse Radiosonde Launch Project, Kristen Axon, William Wight, Erika Goshorn, Aaron Mehner, Cole Evans, Seth Tacke, and Adam Stepanek

Assessment of Muscle Activation in Landing Error Scoring System Performance in Collegiate Swimmers, Serena Badgley


It Falls to Us: Linking The Waste Land to Dante’s Divine Comedy, Katherine Balkema


Mature Minor Doctrine, Katherine Barbian

Student Governance Digital Business Process, Shayne Depree Barron, Zachary Diamond, Nate Weber, and Alex Watson


Agent-Based Modeling of Pollen Competition, Katherine Bassett

The Impact of Active and Passive Recovery on Blood Lactate Clearance in Sprinters, Allison Baylor

Screening Single-Atom Catalysts for Propane Dehydrogenation, Christopher Bean and Stan Zygmunt

Reid v. Wetzel Amicus Curiae Brief, Magdalena Bonilla

Calculating the Minimum Energy Crossing Point for Chemical Reactions with Intersecting Potential Energy Surfaces with Different Spin States, Nathaniel I. Bouman


Diurnal Oviposition of Blow Flies in Different Aged Carrion, Kristi Bugajski, Raenah Bailey, Lauren Smith, Cecelia Frankewich, Monique Le Donne, Shelby Leucata, and Janelle Bouman

Fantastic Patterns and Where Not to Find Them, Michael Bukata, Ryan Kulwicki, Nicholas Lewandowski, Lara Pudwell, Jacob Roth, and Teresa Wheeland

Identification of Differences in Composite Vertical Profiles Between November Lake-Effect and System Snow Events in Northwest Indiana, Evan Cade, Timothy DeRolf, and Samantha Schletz

Juvenile Transfer in Toliver vs. the State of Arkansas, Chloe Castelluccio


Ancient Feminism: Troy and the Cold War Germany, Olivia Curcio

Identification of Blowfly Species Using PCR, Kayla Currier and Nathan A. McChesney

Relationship Between Limb Dominance and Site of Injury in College-Age Students at a Midwestern University, Zach Cutler

Muscle Activation and Foot Pressure of College Female Basketball Players with and Without Knee Injury: A Pilot Study, Georgi Donchetz

Rolando Ruiz v. Texas: Assessing the Psychological Impacts of Extended Solitary Confinement on Death Row Inmates, Zoe Fischer

Muscle Activation and Landing Error Scoring System (LESS) Performance in D1 Swimmers, Selena Gonzalez

The Effect of an 8-Week Challenge on Weight Loss, Mackenzie Grossmann

How Pretrial Publicity Can Destroy A Case, Sarah Harrington

Analysis of Neutral Pion Asymmetry with the STAR Detector, Alec J. Hauck and Noah Strand

A Turntable Switcher Intersection for the LANL nEDM experiment, Jackson T. Heise

Addressing Citizen Concerns: Analysis of Heavy Metal Contamination in East Chicago, Indiana, Zoe I. Henkes and Ashita Bhatnagar

Mathematical Modeling of the Evolution of the Domestic Dog, Ashley Hire, Michael Revor, and Samuel Iselin

The Start of the Week, Justin Holland

Quadriceps Muscle Activation of Division One Swimmers while Performing the LESS Jump, Karen Holmquist


Setting the Stage: 40 Years in VU Theatre, Leilah Hovey

Mapping NKCC1 in the Endocytic Pathway During PKC Activation in Mardin Darby Canine Kidney Cells, Emily Hughes, Amanda Bazaldua, Chase Jones, Marie Dix, Natasa Petreska, Payton Klosa, Nicholas Barron, and Patrice G. Bouyer Dr.

The Sensitivity of Predicted Solar Thermal Reactor Performance to Solid-state Kinetics, Amanda Jaacks and Luke Venstrom

Electronic And Optical Properties Of TiO2 Nanoclusters and Nanosheets Supported on Silicene, yesukhei jagvaral and Haiying He

Com v. Dillion Amicus Brief, Kayla Jenkins

A Lantern Slide Through Time, Journey Joll


In His Image: A Question of Creation and Humanity's right to Human Dignity., Taylor Justison

Deconstructing the Gilded Age Mansion: Identity, Industry, and Culture through Architecture, Anthony Kalin

A Comparison Between Pulsed Ultrasound and Self-Myofascial Release on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Allison Ketcham


The Role of the Imagination in Religion and Science, Jonah Koetke

Analyzing and Quantifying Microfiber Pollution in the Lake Michigan Watershed, Edward Kostelnik, Allen Huff, and Julie Pohlman-Zordan

Phone Application for Multi-Site Church, Ryan Kulwicki

Learning Dialects: Potential Aide in the Integration of Refugees in Germany, Will Levi

Calibrating Electroencephalography and Stimulation Tracking Devices for the Study of Event-Related Potentials, Inga Majewska, Lynda Arredondo, McKayla Deleon, and Andrew Butler


Developing an Unnatural Amino Acid-Specific Aminoacyl tRNA Synthetase, Claire C. Mammoser and Laura Rowe


Graduate Students as Future Mandated Reporters, Emily E. Mellin


Cardiovascular Disease: Analyzing Primary and Secondary Prevention Strategies, Anastacia Mesina, Dwight Moline, Audrey Corn, and Michael Bohney

Nazi Germany's Effects on the Modern German Language, Ariana Moore

The Impact of Foam Rolling on Hip Range of Motion in Division I Athletes, Sarah Mythen

Antiquity and Applicability: Medea's Connection to Modern Social Issues, Taylor Nesselroad

Effective Sincerity: On Catholic Private Prayer and the Poetry of Mary Karr, Emily Neuharth

Analysis of the Nuclear waste Extractants BTP and BTBP using LCMS, Thu Nguyen and Julie R. Peller

Amicus Curiae Brief, Alex Nicishatse

Monitoring Black Oak Savannas in the Indiana Dunes, Sidney L. Noble

Monitoring Vernal Pools in the Indiana Dunes, Sidney L. Noble

A Computational Study of Cu-Pd for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction, Marcus A. Ochsendorf

Amicus Brief for Marliee Patricia Garner, Dariane Okeley

Interface Extensions to the AMC Evaluation Platform, Casey Primozic, Jackson Roush, Robert Schenck, Benjamin A. Levandowski, Brian Doriott, and William Sullivan

Optimized Routes to 7-Carboxymethyl-Pterin: A Useful Building Block for Medicinal Chemists, Jeff Pruet, Kassidy Grumbles, and Zachary Bennett

Perceived Levels of Stress and Physical Activity in College Students, Amanda Riley

Analysis of Valpo Women's Soccer Heart Rate Data, Grace Rogers, Pall Baggett, and Montel Hall