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Undergraduates Win at Clarkson University's Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences

Undergraduate students presented their research projects this summer during the 18th annual summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) at Clarkson University.

SURE ConferenceSURE provides undergraduates a forum for presentations of research and independent projects, or other educational activities such as internships, co-ops and study abroad experiences. The goal is to celebrate all forms of scholarship and to provide an opportunity for a broad audience to appreciate work by Clarkson’s undergraduate students.

Several students won the poster and oral sessions in their fields of research.

Clarkson School physics student Shoshana Chipman '19, of North Salem, N.Y., won the physics and astronomy oral session. Chipman's research project involves tracking the movement and variations in luminescence of a triple star located in the Omega Nebula.

Biology student Brendan J. Elmore '16, of Schenectady, N.Y., won a biomedical sciences oral session as well as the biomedicine poster session. Elmore's research investigates membrane association and selectivity of de novo designed self-assembling antimicrobial nanofilters to target antibiotic resistant bacteria without harming human cells.

Valerie E. Shao, a Clarkson Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies (ASSETs) to Serve Humanity Research Experience for Undergraduates program student from Cornell University, won the ecology and sustainability oral session. Shao's research focused on maintaining the operations of Clarkson's aeroponic greenhouse and determining its overall sustainability.

Aeronautical engineering student Michael W. Lee '16, of Oneonta, N.Y., won an aeronautical engineering and aerospace oral session. Lee's presentation outlined a new standardized design methodology to allow for consistent nonplanar wing design and research.

Chemical engineering student Matthew P. McGuffey '17, of Ballston Lake, N.Y., won the chemistry and chemical engineering oral session. McGuffey's  research examines the process gas recirculation in advanced oxidative plasma reactors.

Applied math and statistics student Rachel Timm '16, of Abington, Pa., won the material science oral session. Timm's research evaluates existing models for cement hydration kinetics as applied to alkali activated cement systems.

Electrical engineering student Kevin Mack '17, of Binghamton, N.Y., won the electrical and mechanical engineering oral session. Mack's research focuses on implementing localization algorithms on Android devices using Bluetooth signals.

Biomolecular science student Xulan Deng '18, of Flushing, N.Y., won a biomedical sciences oral session.  Deng's research examines Yersinia pestis, a highly virulent bacterium, and how it suppresses dendritic cell maturation in vitro.

Saint Francis University environmental engineering student Christina Marcillo won the environmental sciences oral session. Marcillo's research analyzes the persistence of toxaphene, a synthetic chlorinated pesticide, in Bear Pond, located in the Adirondacks, after it was added to the water in 1958.

Aeronautical engineering student Colin Stutz '16, of Lockport, N.Y., won an aeronautical engineering and aerospace oral session. Stutz's research focuses on the characterization of vortex structures downstream of an oscillating NACA 0012 airfoil.

Mathematics and chemical engineering student Leah Granger '16, of Flowery Branch, Ga., won the social science and business oral session. Granger's research investigates how to maximize the benefits of group learning by studying the impact of group composition on individual achievement and the ways in which a given set of individuals should be grouped to increase effectiveness.

Daniel Nelson, a Clarkson Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies (ASSETs) to Serve Humanity Research Experience for Undergraduates program physics student from SUNY Geneseo, won the civil engineering oral session. His research analyzes the seepage flow through woody debris jams in rivers or streams.

Computer science student James Bruska'18, of Syracuse, N.Y., won the signal processing  poster session. Bruska's project focuses on the creation of applications that allow a person's heartbeat to be observed when recorded on a Google Glass.

Physics and electrical engineering student Emily Fabian '18, of Marcellus, N.Y., won the physics and electrical engineering poster session. Fabian's research involves observing and taking photometric measurements of the suspected binary star MWC 953, which is known to be a Herbig Be type star.

Civil engineering student Diego S. Lezama '19, of Kinderhook, N.Y., and civil engineering student Sara Loukili ' 18, of Potsdam, N.Y., tied for the civil engineering poster session. Lezama's research focuses on the alkali-silica reactivity of alkali-activated concrete. Loukili's research examines the bridge modeling of the Ogdensburg and Port Authority international bridge to better maintain its structure.

Environmental health science student Sandar Bregg '16, of Canton, N.Y., and engineering and management student Hashley Henry '17, of Jamaica, N.Y., tied for the environmental sciences poster session. Bregg's research studies the noise reduction ratings using noise dosimetry inside and outside hearing protection devices. Henry's research focuses on developing concepts for low-cost single household aquaculture systems for food production and improved sanitation systems based on hydroponic concepts that provide a revenue stream.

Aeronautical engineering student Nicholas Liotta '17, of Cumberland, R.I., won the poster session for biomechanical engineering. Liotta's research focuses on the development of a pressure switch that will help with research into tracheoesophageal speech.

Chemistry and communications student Madeline Masi '18, of Greenville, N.Y., won the poster session for electrochemistry. Masi's research studies polymer-brush-modified responsive interfaces for pH-controlled release.

Civil engineering junior Dana Chapman '17 of Plattsburgh, N.Y., won the material science poster session. Chapman's research analyzes applications of thiol-ene polymers in shape memory and film formation.

Aeronautical engineering student Hebron Yam '18, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and mechanical and aeronautical engineering student Steven T. McCauliff '17, of Grahamsville, N.Y., won the mechanical and aeronautical engineering poster session. Their co-presentation focused on the optimization of ducted wind turbines.

Applied mathematics and statistics student Lauren McKeen '18 of Washingtonville, N.Y., and mathematics student Samuel Heater '19, of Hudson, Ohio, won the poster session for business, math and education. Their co-presentation analyzes heart rate variability and develop a predictive model for heart disease.

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