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 2016

The Undergraduate Music Major: Shifting Perspectives of the Curricular Model, Patrick M. Jansen

Learning from the Mistakes of the Past: Christianity, Apartheid, and Social Movement Framing, Miranda L. Joebgen

Social Honesty and Culture: White Lies and Social Face, Jared Joseph

Values and College Major, Rebecca Kazdoy, Elizabeth Seyfert, and Nichol Wilson


Double-Spin Asymmetry in Neutral Pion Production in Longitudinally Polarized p + p, Taegyun Kim

Using E. Coli to Incorporate Fluorescent Unnatural Amino Acids into Proteins, Alyson Kneusel, Bayland Brown, Amy Gunter, Claire C. Mammoser, Thomas Goyne, and Laura Rowe

Modeling the Kinetics for the Electrolytic Oxidation of Manganese (II, III) Oxide, Daniel Kotfer, Louis Christensen, Carol Larson, Robert Palumbo, Shahin Nudehi, and Jonathan Schoer

Solar Tracking for the Renewable Energy Zone, Rachel Law


SatNOGS Project, Ashley A. LeBlanc, John White, Christopher Paradiso, Grace Freigang, Paul Flaten, and Daniel J. White


Covering Arrays and Fault Detection, Brooke LeFevre and Emily Anderson

Audiovisual Perception Interaction with Emotion to Impact Memory recall of human faces, Nicholas Lewis and Andrew Butler

Theorems Regarding Points on the Euler Line, Kathryn E. Lezark


Cardiorespiratory Intensity Levels of Four Ballroom Dances, Catherine N. Long

Recovery Heart Rates of Division 1 Female Soccer Players, Sarrah M. Ludwig


Approaching Women's Education: Utilizing Islamic Sources for Empowerment, Emily P. Lueder

Screening for Unnatural Amino Acid Incorporation in Cellular Machinery, Claire C. Mammoser, Amy J. Gunter, and Bayland Brown

The Neurobiology of Mind and Body Practices: Perils and Prospects, Katelyn M. Marak and Jim Nelson

A Computational Study of the Interaction of Harmful Organic Compounds with Functionalized Graphene –Towards the Design of Effective Graphene-based Sensors, Christopher C. Morrissey, Jordan Eissner, and Nimma Elizabeth

Concentration Dependent Aerosol Substrates: UV-VIS Attenuation Measurements, Christian Q. Mundorf, Cynthia Smith, and Christopher Iceman


Data Security in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Anurakta Nayak

Network Classification and Inferencing, Sammantha K. Nowak-Wolff, AnnaLee Knapp, and Charles Morris Jr.

Measurement of the Temperature Dependence of the Dielectric Constant of PMMA for the nEDM Experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory., Marcus A. Ochsendorf

Impact of Thigh Muscle Fatigue on Force Production in Knee Stabilizing Muscles, Sara N. Ozgur

Defining Protein Kinase C Substrates Involved in the Na-K-2Cl Cotransporter 1 Endocytosis in Colonic Epithelial Cells, Natasa Petreska and Jesse Smallwood

Measuring the Differential Cross Section in Compton Scattering of 0.662 MeV Photons, Stephen Place

Solar Thermal Decoupled Electrolysis: Reaction Mechanism of Cobalt Oxidation, William Prusinski, Daniel Kotfer, Joshua Grade, Carol Larson, N. Leonard, Jonathan Schoer, and Robert Palumbo

Rebellion Fueled by Beethoven, Emily Robinson

Does Expansion of the Presumptive Somite-Notochord Boundry Contribute to Xenopus laevis Involution and Elongation?, Sophia L. Robinson and Elizabeth Walsh-Rock

Search and Rescue Operations with Robotic Swarms, Aaron W. Roggow, Richard Doner, and Eugene Jegal

A Computational Study of Transition Metal Clusters for Dehydrogenation Catalysis, Michal Scherer-Berry, Nathanael Juliot, and Stan Zygmunt

Determinants of Points Per Game in the Horizon League, Jacob R. Schoon Mr.

The Impact of Higher Education on College Students' Religiosity, Josie R. Scott, Ellie Propper, and Katelyn Caragher


Synthesis and Characterization of a 4-(N,N-dimethylamino) Phthalimide-Substituted Amino Acid, a Polarity-Sensitive Fluorophore , Stephen Sekoulopoulos and Ashita Bhatnagar

First Principle Study of Photocatalytic Activity of Graphene-Semiconductor Nanocomposites, Stephen P. Sekoulopoulos

College Students' Awareness of Sexual Misconduct Resources, Meghan Sellin, Rachel Briegel, and Kimberlyn Chermak

Validating Methods to Further Research of the Circadian Rhythm of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ashley L. Smith

Combinatorics of Twist Boxes of Knots, Nichole S. Smith

Rejecting Fallibilism, Nichole S. Smith


SatNOGS Website Project, Dylan Snyder, Caitlyn Marko, John-Eric Tiessen, and Adya Pandey

Modeling of Iron Enhanced Rain Gardens, Seth W. Strelow

Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography Analysis of Proteins and Synthetic Intermediates, Katherine Sulaitis and Carine Renner

Landay Poetry: How Form, Changeability, and Content Attribute to the Success of a Hushed Rebellion, Kristine Tarmann

Developing a Nudged Elastic Band Program for Gaussian09, John Eric Tiessen

Budget Conditions of County Prosecutor's Offices, Molly E. Triolo

Exploring the Presence of Microplastics In Salt Creek, Tiffany M. Tyler and Troy J. Janesheski

Iron Enhanced Rain Garden, Rebecca F. Valliere

The Study of Light Variability in a Sample of Proto-Planetary Nebulae Candidates, Abigail Vance

Computational Study of CO2 Adsorption and Activation on Graphene Supported Metal Clusters, David M. Vogl and Haiying He

Beethoven and the Aesthetic of the Pathetic, Ke Wang

Screening for Genes Important for Cold Acclimatization in Neurospora crassa, Michael K. Watters, Holly Howell, and Victor Manzanilla

Spectroscopic Studies of Brooker’s Merocyanine in Zeolite L, Kelsey L. Weber, Benjamin Henning, and Thomas Dabertin

QAM Backscatter for Low Power RFID Data Transfer, John White

Forensic Chemistry: Microcrystalline Drug Chemistry, Refractive Index Investigation, and Firearm Serial Number Restoration, Raechel M. White

Searching for Periodic Light Variability in Proto-Planetary Nebulae Candidates, Kathryn Willenbrink

Examining the White House Task Force’s Effect on College Sexual Assaults, Katherine Wilson

Synthesis and characterization of a 7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazol-4-yl (NBD)-containing amino acid, Dana Ann Winkle

Night Shift Work: An Audio Documentary, Yishuai Zhang, Leyi Jiang, Zhiying Ruan, and Ning Shen

Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G: Resisting Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, McKenzey D. Zollinger

Submissions from 2015

Comparison of Electromyography and Functional Movement Screening as Indicators of Return to Full Activity: A Case Study, James A. Alessio and Kelly Helm

Synthesis and Characterization of an Unnatural Fluorescent Amino Acid, Yeongseo An and Bill Trimoski

From Epistolary to Narrative Novels: Truth and Self-Perception in Victorian Literature, Nadia Atassi

Probabilistic Analysis of Polyovulation, Kaylyn Banaszak

Water Quality in the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed, Brittany M. Barkus, Hannah M. Tomten, Jordan P. Delorenzo, and Yugoviandi P. Mamahit

Transformation of Organic Pollutants using Novel Nanomaterials, Abby Beavan

Psychological Impact of Football Related Concussions, Krista Besser

Impact of Pratt Industries on Water Quality of Salt Creek, Jon M. Bicanic


Valparaiso University College of Engineering SatNOGS Open-Sourced Satellite Ground Station: UHF and VHF Antenna Theory and Construction, Thomas M. Biedron and Jonathon Clabuesch

Catholic Youth Organizations Resistance and Collapse During the Nazi Regime, Sarah Black

Neutral Pion Asymmetries at Intermediate Pseudorapidity in Transversely Polarized p+p Collisions at sqrt(s)=200 GeV, Samuel Brandt

Team Maggot: Designing a Better Bait Cup, Kristi Bugajski, Victoria Tamburrino, Christopher Henning, and Jordan Corsolini

Who Done It?: DNA Identification of Species-Specific Samples Using Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction, Max Carpenter and Lauren Hargrave

Washington Windstorms: Seasonality and Relationship to ENSO, Alex Caruthers

Still Seeing Color: Post-Racial Sentiment and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom within the African American Community, Kelli Chavez

An Ortho/Para Deuterium Converter for Ultra-Cold Neutron Production at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Adam M. Clark

Electrostatic Calculations for a nEDM Experiment, Adam M. Clark

Beauty and the Beast in Cinema: A Challenge to Gender Roles, McKenzie Cobban

The Influence of pH Variation on CooA Activity, Rachael M. DeVries and Brian R. Weaver

Determinants of Family Size, Hannah L. Dorman

Opinions about Smoking Policies, Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, and Smoking Behaviors of Freshman College Students, Megan M. Eggert, Mana Alahmari, Kaitlyn Betz, Emily Steinbacher, and Haley DeYoung

Modeling the Binary Central Star of the Planetary Nebula Lo 16, Brendan Ferris


"DO NOT HIDE" Campaign Against Sexual Harassment, Julian Fischer

Behind the Bars: Prison Narratives as Basis for Reform, Michele Fredlake

Variability Studies in Proto-Planetary Nebula and Hypergiant Candidates, Stephen Freund

Spectroscopic Determination of the Binding Constant and Thermodynamic Values of a Host-Guest System, Erica C. Gilbert

Valpo-Sat: The Software and 3D Models for the SatNOGS Open-Sourced Satellite Ground Station, Michael Good and Joshua Wawak

The Late Van’s Voyage: An In-Depth Analysis of the Usage of Valparaiso University Auxiliary Transportation Services over the 2014-2015 Academic Year, Rudolph Grasha and Kedar Puvar

The Effects of Individualism and Collectivism on Memory, Holly Griskell

Spectroscopic Determination of Binding Constants and Isomerization Behavior of Brooker’s Merocyanine Within Modified β-Cyclodextrins, Carly S. Hanson

Does PKC-beta II Modulate Colon Cell Growth?, Lauren Hargrave and Max Carpenter

Sexual Harassment on Campus, Madeline Harty


A Signal Distribution Network for Sequential Quantum-dot Cellular Automata Systems, Hayden M. Hast, Douglas Tougaw, and Sami Khorbotly

Removing the Stains of Dictatorship: Memory and Progress in Modern Chilean Cinema, Hannah G. Heagy

Neuroimaging: An Ethical Approach, Benjamin L. Hoemann

Synthesis and Characterization of Non-Natural Fluorescent Amino Acids, Benjamin L. Hoemann

Gertrude and Cultural Portrayals of the Female Quest for Power, Ashley E. Hornung


Sales in India: An Econometric Regression Analysis, Zachariah Hughes

Quantifying Nitrate Leaching from Autumn Olive into Groundwater, Kathryn Rose Jackson, Steven Edward Warner, Dana Leslie Hinaman, and Zuhdi Aljobeh

Computational Modeling of Nano Diode-like Heterostructures and Their Catalytic Performance for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Taegyun Kim

Computational Modeling of Bromide and Chloride Catalyzed Formation of Sulfilimine Crosslinks, Taegyun Kim, Zygmunt Stan Dr., Haiying He Dr., and Christopher Morrissey

Beyond the Volcanoes: A Community Partnership for Health in Rural Nicaragua, Emily Knippenberg, Jamielynn Tinkey, Vanesa Abad, Megan Heinz, and Katelyn Mesalam