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.

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Submissions from 2014

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Patterns of the Past: Determining Common Pre-Genocide Characteristic to Predict and Prevent Future Genocides, Kayla Nomina

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Modification and Development of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Experiments, Diandra Obermeyer

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Solar Hydrogen Production by Solar Thermal Decoupled Electrolysis: Analysis of FE3O4 in Solution, Jordan Otto, Evan Beyers, Carol Larson, Jonathan Schoer, and Robert Palumbo

Optimizing the Cobalt Oxide Electrolysis System Using Minitab Design of Experiments, Jordan Otto, Brittany Robinson, Evan Beyers, Carol Larson, Jonathan Schoer, and Robert Palumbo

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

An Examination of STAR 2012 π0 Data at 0.8 < η < 2.0 with Longitudinally Polarized p + p Collisions at √s = 510 GeV, Stephen Place

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Using π0’s to Understand Proton Spin Structure through Polarized p+p Collisions at 1 < η < 2 and √s = 200 GeV at STAR, Stephen Place

Exploring K-Dense Graphs Within Graph Theoretical Analysis, Samuel P. Prahlow, Ralucca Gera, Henry Escuadro, Linda Eroh, and Steven Winters

Quantification of Magnesium and Differential Thermal Analysis of Electrolysis Materials, William Prusinski and Jason Toberman

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Application of Neurospora crassa in the Treatment of Waste, Matthew Przybyla and John Wunderlich

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Developing a Sensor to Detect Carbon Monoxide in Live Cells, Kedar Puvar, Edward Wetzel, Laura Rowe, and Thomas Gayne

Development of a Robust Organic Chemistry Lab, Nikola Ratic

Spectroscopic Study of Dye Isomerization in a Host-Guest Complex, Miroslava Repak

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Factors Influencing Fatal Car Accidents, Jessica Richardson

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Compactly Arranging Every Way of Filling an L-Shaped Grid into a Non-Repeating Array, Rachel Rockey

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Seed Dispersal of Native and Non-Native Fruiting Plants by Birds in Northwest Indiana Landscape, Kaitlin Rogers, Heather Albertson, and Mary-Ann Craft

Modeling Binary Central Stars in Planetary Nebulae, Hannah Rotter

Ligand Binding Studies of Metalloporphyrins, Emily Sallman

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Godly Brutality: The Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland, 1649-1650, William Scupham

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Heritability of Seed Size in Different Successions of Arabidopsis Thaliana, Emmily Shanks, Gerald Nwanne, Ann L. Carlson, Rob Swanson, and Hui Gong

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Beyond the Volcanoes: A Community Partnership for Health in Rural Nicaragua, Claire Simonpietri, Carly Crave, Christina Lundy, and Jamielynn Tinkey

Endurance of SYBR Safe in Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, Michelle B. Sopetti and Lauren J. Hargrave

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The Psychological Parameters and Sports-Related Injuries of Female Collegiate Athletes, Courtenay Stewart

Developing Innovative Lab Curricula for High School and College Chemistry Classrooms, Jazmin N. Taylor

Designing Bifunctional Catalysts Using Density Functional Theory (DFT), John Eric Tiessen

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Strengthening Your Hip Muscles: Some Exercises May Be Better Than Others, Amanda Ulin, Kelsey Draper, and Kaylee Draper

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Exploration of Synoptic-Scale Patterns in Early-Season Snowfall around the Lake Michigan Region, Andrew VanDe Guchte and Zachary Sefcovic

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Forecasting and Intercepting the 28 May 2013 Bennington, KS Tornadic Supercell: A Student Perspective, Kevin Wagner

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The Spread of Country Music to an Urban Setting Seen Through the Spread of Dance Halls, Karl Walsh

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Study of Ligand Binding Reactions of Bis-AmineMetalloporphyrins, Frank Wang

Developing a Selective Sensor to Detect Carbon Monoxide in Live Cells, Edward A. Wetzel

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Analysis of Monthly, Seasonal, and Yearly Wind Flow Over the Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua, Allison Young, Ricky Cody, and Adam Brainard

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Probabilistic Analysis of the Economic Impact of Earthquake Prediction Systems, Ruyue Yuan

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“You Have Been God’s Grace to Me”: The Presence of Agape and Grace Outside Christianity in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, Ruyue Yuan

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Does Watching Sexually-Oriented Reality Television Increase the Frequency of Viewers’ Sexual Activity?, Stephannie Zamboti, Angelina Goheen, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, and Madeline Berger

Submissions from 2013

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The Politics of Film Adaptation in Zola’s La Bête Humaine, Reillie Acks

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Redesigned Storm Water Management System for the Portage Lakefront, Nicholas Adams and Agustin Perez Maldonado

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Cyclization Reactions of Enamines in Aqueous Solution, Jack Albert

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How Students Learn Best: An Analysis of Demonstrations, Labs, and Scenario-Based Teaching, Heather Albertson

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Circadian Rhythms in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Khyla Rose Alorro and Sean McNabney

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How Increased Motivation Levels Can Lead to Increased Cardiovascular Endurance and Muscular Strength, Derrick Alvarez

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A Long-Term Variability Study of Dying Low and Intermediate Mass Stars, Allyse Appel and Justin Reed

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Molecular Hospitality: An Examination of the Interactions between Brooker’s Merocyanine and Modified Cyclodextrins, Benjamin Averill

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A Study of Two Newly-Discovered Eclipsing Binary Systems, Austin Bain

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Optimization of Eigenvalue Calculations within Quantum-dot Cellular Automata Stray Charge Simulations, Taylor Baldwin

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Spacial Optimization: A Study in Theme Park Design, Zachary Balgeman

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Dispersion of Radon-222 Gas in Air, Erin Beckmeyer

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The Effects of Question Placement on Reading Comprehension Scores of High Comprehenders, Katharine Beideck, Kristen Bartlett, Jessica Kuiphoff, Jane Biedron, Shemika Cookbey, Thomas Sutherlin, and Katelyn Staples

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Investigations of the Application of Black Carbon for the Retention and Stabilization of Nonylphenol in Soil, Kelly Belisle, Laura Mattson, and Caitlin Soley

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Untitled, Evan Beyers and Jonathan Ogland-Hand

Electrochemical Studies of Solar Thermal, Decoupled, Electrolysis Processes for Hydrogen Production, Evan Beyers, Jordan Otto, Robert Palumbo, and Jon Schoer

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Strategies to Alleviate Test and Mathematics Anxiety, Clara Brandt

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The Ninhursag Lament, a Literary Precedent for the Stabat Mater, Clara Brandt

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Design and Fabrication of an Ultra-Low Capacitive Pressure Transducer, Justin Brown, Armand Gagne, Stephen Charnley, Kyle Devlin, Ryan Finley, Jenan Almishari, Anna Wint, and Dr. Shahin Nudehi

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An Analysis of Sulfur Trioxide in Aggregates for Concrete Using an ASTM Standard for Portland Cement, Sarah Brunsvold

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Keep Calm and Carry On: An International Comparison of Stress in Law Enforcement, Holly Buckman and Amanda Zelechoski

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A Measurement of the Hyperpolarizability of Carbon Tetrachloride by ESHG at 514.5 nm, Wesley Cheek

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Neutral Pion Background Analysis at STAR, Adam Clark

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Awareness of Contraceptive Availability at Valparaiso University, Katherine Cole, Charlotte Johnson, and Megan Marimen

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Portraits on the Wall, Ellen Croll

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Release of Phosphorus from Sediment into Pore Water, Adam Dickey, Wang Hang, and Dr. Zhang ZhiJian

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Comparisons of Blog Engagement in the Professional World, Emily Doherty, Nathalie Martinez, and Jan-Erik Scheibner

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Investigation of Idabel, Oklahoma Ozone Concentration Pre- and Post-Frontal Passage, Veronica Fall and Alexander Kotsakis

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Water Quality Monitoring of the Little Calumet East Branch Watershed, Nicholas H. Feller and Melissa Dorton

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Simulation Modeling and Analysis of Coal Shipping Operations, Raymond Finzel, Timothy Goodrich, and Graeme Roberts

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Environmental and Economically Conscious Magnesium Production: Solar Thermal Electrolytic Production of Mg from MgO, J Fosheim, C Baum, B Borth, B Gruenwald, P Nasserifar, G VanHeeren, R Palumbo, E Beyers, R Diver, S Duncan, P Kissinger, S Nudehi, J Ogland-Hand, L Saks, J Schoer, A Schrader, and L Venstom

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The First Step in Solar Hydrogen Production: Development of a Solar Thermal Reactor for the Reduction of Metal Oxide Particles, Jesse Fosheim and Andrew Schrader

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Amount of Knowledge about Sex Trafficking in the United States among Valparaiso University Students, Taylor Fuller, Abigail Matter, and Alyssa Kasper

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Effects of Electronic Communication on Face-to-Fare Communication, Bethany Garling, Colleen Bulow, Barb LaRocco, and Amy Wise

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Characterization of the Gas-Sensing Protein CooA, Teryn Gehred and Jessica Lyza

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Medieval Redemption for Modern Times: Representations of Sacrifice in Perceval le Gallois and The Fisher King, Tabitha Gerardot

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Sorting Permutations with Finite-Depth Stacks, Timothy Goodrich, Will Olson, and Ruyue Yuan

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Social Media Usage: A Comparison of Public Relations/Journalism and Marketing/Management Students, Molly Gramza, Helen Dolley, and Jabril Baker

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Innocence vs. Experience: A Conflict Revealed through Storytelling, Kate Guidera

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An Examination of the Occurrence of Divorce and Social and Demographic Factors within Chicago, Louise Hahn

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Spectroscopic Determination of Binding Constants of Modified β-cyclodextrins with Brooker’s Merocyanine, Carly Hanson

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The “A” is for Archetype: Gilgamesh as the Source for Captain America, Matthew Heider

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A Theoretical Study of Brooker's Merocyanine with (2-Hydroxypropyl)-β-Cyclodextrin, Benjamin Helmsing

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A GIS Analysis of Environmental Justice in Lake and Porter Counties, Halina Hopkins

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Diversity and Abundance of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Associated with Different Benthic Substrates in the East Branch of the Little Calumet River, Halina Hopkins and Ali Olson

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It’s Time to Pick a Side: Why Remaining Neutral towards Media Representations of Women Isn’t Working, Jane Hurdish

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Diversity in the Media, Jane Hurdish, Emily Penn, and Ashley Watson

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Group Work: Effects of Previous Peer Interactions, Claire Jacobs

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The Effects of Obesity, Eating Habits, and Lack of Physical Activity Leading to Heart Disease, Natalie Jarrett

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The Decline of The Knights Templar in Medieval Times, Elizabeth Keller

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Optimizing the Allocation of Vaccines in the Presence of Multiple Strains of the Influenza Virus, Abby Kenyon, Ana Eveler, Tayler Grashel, and Jessica Richardson

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Investigating Prerequisite Grade Requirements in the Calculus Sequence, Michelle Kleckner, Lexi Paradine, Katie Merkling, and Mindy Capaldi

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Butchered Butcher, Melissa Kohner

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Method for Instant Saccharomyces cerevisiae Kill of Samples, Melissa Kohner and Sara Dick

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The Structure of Addictions: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis Approach Using Structural Equations Modeling, Gabrielle Krus, Victoria Labitan, Katherine Paul, Kelly Perfect, Diana Stribl, Liz Hostetler, and Sarah Braun

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Facilitating Positive Reactions to Psychological Labels, Stephanie Kuipers

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Stability of the Gains of the STAR Endcap Calorimeter from 2006 to 2011, Kayla Kutz

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Houston, We have a Problem: Effects of Technical Frustration on Student Learning in Laboratories, Kayla Kutz and Dan Kenning

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The Effects of Chronic Lower Back Pain on Muscle Activation and Range of Motion, Gina Lange and Laura Richards

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The Effects of Tarp Wrapping on Blow Fly Oviposition during Decomposition of Pigs, Natasha Lobosky and Jordan Stein

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Understanding Azimuthal Angular Resolutions in p + p → jet + X and p + p → jet + π + X at √s = 500 GeV at STAR, Jacob Long

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Talking Business on Twitter, Murphy Maes, Alizabeth Taubert, and Shea Hennessy

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Opinions about Smoking, Secondhand Smoke Exposure, and Smoking Behaviors of Freshmen College Students, Nathan Matejczyk, Nina Tu, Michelle De Young, and Nicole Arena

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Integrated Communication: Perceptions among the Fields of Marketing, Public Relations, and Journalism, Becca Mercola, Alec Johnson, and Rachel Abbinante

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Statistical Analysis of Student Performance in Mathematics Courses, Katie Merkling, Hannah Dorman, and Nicolle Kinzel