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Ag Sciences Student Research Projects

Summer 2017

Jacob Bailey
Mechanisms of Gamma Delta T-cell Activation by Skin Tumor Cells
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Grace Billy
Soil Moisture Dynamics across an Agricultural Landscape as Revealed by Repeated Electromagnetic Induction Surveys
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Lin
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jessica Booher
Researching wood turtles in Stone Valley central Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Ahja Brown
Examining the Queen's Role in Regulating Caste Determination in Bumblebees
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Etya Amsalem
Department: Entomology

Rosalind Cowan
Barriers and Opportunities for Agricultural Work-based Learning in Tasmania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Miller-Foster
Department: Office of International Programs

Denver Greenawalt
Analysis of Heterakis Species in Multiple Wild and Domestic Avian Hosts
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eva Wallner-Pendleton
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Jennifer Le Halterman
Agrobacterium-mediated miRNA overexpression in melon cultivar honey dew
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

Amelia Hare
The role of Gab2 in mediating the development of chronic CNS inflammation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Hankey-Giblin
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Jonathan Kearney
Feasibility of Artificial Mounds for Wood Turtles at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Chandlar Kern
Characterized DNA Markers in Two Beef Farms
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wangsheng Liu
Department: Animal Science

Jessica Laird
Moonlight movements: The effect of moon phase on deer movement
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Duane Diefenbach
Department: Ecosystem and Science Management

Alison Liu
PPARα activation promotes Recovery from anemia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Lindsay Martin
Identification of the effects of Se and Vitamin E deficiency on the incidence of Coccidiosis and concurrent Bovine Viral Diarrhea infections
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Brooks
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium species in the indoor environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Management

Julia Murray
Evaluating the Effects of Shale Gas Compressor Noise on Forest Songbird Reproductive Success
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Melanie Nowin
Quantification of Emerging Contaminant Effects of Wastewater Irrigation Activities Through Penn State's Living Filter on Water Quality for Humans and Amphibians
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Skylure Templeton
Invasive Species in Central Pennsylvania: Increasing Awareness and Action on Privately-Held Lands
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allyson Brownlee Muth
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Amy Townsend
Role of RNA-binding proteins in Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Science

Alexa Wilhelm
Strengthening the Student Farm at Penn State: Member Perspectives
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ted Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Spring 2017

Grace Billy
Use of electromagnetic induction to measure soil moisture dynamics across an ag landscape
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Lin
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Izaiah Bokuniwicz
The success of leafy greens in sustainable indoor systems for Penn State Dining Commons
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Kaitlyn Cassel
Broccoli-mediates attenuation of chemically induced colitis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Perdew
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Lauren Cherry
Seasonal variation in anti-predator behaviors of white-tailed deer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Elena Marie Christian
SELEX determined consensus sequences of PtxR in Erwinia Amylovora
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy McNellis
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Matthew Coleman
Mathematical modeling of storm water management practices at Penn State University
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Rosalind Cowan
Barriers and opportunities for agricultural work-based learning in Tasmania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Miller Foster
Department: International Programs

George Dietrich
The impact of the #TeachAgChat community of practice on Twitter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Cullen Dixon
Testing the role of sorghum 3-deoxyanthocyanidin phytoalexins as potential biopesticides in combating foliar diseases in Zea mays
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Emily Donahue
Effects of weather conditions and date on abundance and diversity of birds banded at the Arboretum at PSU
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Ryan Ford
Development of experimental hybrids of tomato with late blight resistance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Majid Foolad
Department: Plant Science

Clayton Frey
Quantifying fine-scale habitat use of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a thermally diverse environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Miranda Fuchs
The effects of anthropogenic noise upon foraging birds
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jennifer Le Halterman
RNAi-mediated cotton-melon aphid control
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

Daniel Han
Investigating the relationship between ER stress, IRE1α induction, and Ras effector pathways
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Margo Renee Keller
Alveolar macrophage response to H1N1 and H5N2 influenza virus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Derek McKee
Farmers' decisions regarding maize diversity in the western Guatemalan highlands
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dan Tobin
Department: International Programs

Sarah McTish
Assessing the influence of neonicotinoid seed treatments on predation by ground beetles
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Tooker
Department: Entomology

Kurtis Miller
The effects of dietary nutrients in managing moisture content for litter in broiler chickens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium species in the indoor environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Suzanne Normile
Links between animal agriculture and climate change
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Chiles
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Alisha Pushinsky
The significance of predictability for learning and memory in zebrafish
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Victoria Braithwaite
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Katelyn Schiffer
Sorbent properites of biomass
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Clarisse Solis
Generational fitness consequence comparisons of Aedes Aegypti fed on human blood vs. Galleria Mellonella
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Read
Department: Entomology

Katie Sondericker
Genetic analysis of behavior in robotic milking systems
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Dechow
Department: Animal Science

Alexandra Sorce
Food access in the McKees Rocks
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Rebeka Strouse
Growing Romaine lettuce in a hydroponic system with four different light sources
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Krystle Swartz
Microsatellite marker development for buffalo nut (Pyrularia pubera) and assessing genetic diversity in declining PA populations
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Christopher Valdez
Effects of variable soil properties on surface water runoff at Penn State's living filter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Fall 2016

Jordan Nechita
Polymer invention commercialization
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Gagnon
Department: Agricultural Education, Sociology, and Education

Jacqueline Idun
Y chromosome lineages in Jersey and other diary cattle in North America
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wansheng Liu
Department: Animal Science

Daniel Vogel
Retroactive examination of chironomidae on Elk Creek
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Joseph Whitehead
Association of water birds and water quality in central Pennsylvania 4th order streams
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Duncan Ackerman
Essential skills and knowledge for effective corporate responsibility; key informant interviews with practitioners
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Chad Coakley
Foreign invader effect on intra-colony movement and behavior of C. pennsylvanicus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Scott Baker
Effect of roasting on inhibitory activity of cocoa against pancreatic lipase in vitro
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Amelia Hare
Colony response to the removal of cadaver carrying ants
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Natalie Keller
Antimicrobial effects of lecithin and eugenol on L. monocytogenes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edward Dudley
Department: Food Science

Andrew May
Molecular characterization of tomato spotted wilt virus isolates
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Eric Zawatski
Breeding ecology of Blackpoll Warblers
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem and Science Managment

Carli Dinsmore
Statistical analysis and modeling of spotted salamander growth in vernal pool communities
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Cody Stubbs
Integrating insects into western diets: A review of the current attitudes, motivations, and sensory preferences regarding insect-containing products
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alyssa Bakke
Department: Food Science

Kayla Barkley
Effect of ergothioniene in mushrooms on protein oxidation in ground beef patties
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Edward Mills
Department: Animal Science

Jacob Romeiser
Beauveria bassiana biopesticide germination and bed bug mortality on tapes and adhesive-bound textiles
Faculty Advisor: Nina Jenkins
Department: Entomology

Daniel Leavy
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in municipal water supplies from reservoir and riverine sources
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Devon Carroll
Influence of temperature on germination of Agrostis cultivars
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Kaminski
Department: Plant Science

Thomas Pastor
Enhancement of probiotic survivability in pullulan by addition of trehalose
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Cutter
Department: Food Science

Jacob Bailey
Exploring the roles of ʏō T-cells in benign and malignant squamous tumors
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alexandra Kukorowski
Effect of high oleic soybean oil on omega-3 metabolism in the liver of laying hens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Lauren Cherry
Use of auditory predation cues to shift movement and grazing area selection in deer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Nick Mallek
An investigation into PXR mediated NAFLD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Patterson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Rachel Reineke
Identifying and investigation the circadian rhythms in MAC-T bovine mammary epithelial cells and HC-11 mouse mammary epithelial cells entrained by serum shock and dexamethasone
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Syed Masood
Analysis of stress erythropoiesis using the hybrid diversity panel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Joshua Rittenhouse
Assessing the links between SILVAH-Oak usage and mixed oak regeneration success in state forests
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Summer 2016

Jennifer Swonger
Determine if DGAT1 genotype interacts with diet-induced milkfat depression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Alison Liu
Role of PPAR-alpha in stress erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Maxwell Peterson
Overseeding warm-season annuals into cool season perennial pastures to extend the grazing season in Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Williamson
Department: Plant Science

Abby London
Role of thyroid hormone in stress erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Carli Dinsmore
Larval Amphibian Growth Monitoring
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Nicole Hume
Influence of the gut microbiota on inflammation-promoting ceramide synthesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Patterson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Krista Grennan
Evaluating intra- and inter-colony transmission of Beauveria bassiana in Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Spring 2016

Benjamin Fowler
Evaluating the biodiversity of Ophiocordyceps camponoti-atricipis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Lindsay Hilburger    
Using a mouse model to determine the genes involved in Bordetella transmission
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Harvill
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

David Smilnak
Ongoing monitoring of Penn State’s living filter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Cody Stubbs
The bitter-masking effects of salt and sugar on various vegetable preparations
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alyssa Chilton
Department: Food Science

Lianna Johnson
Genome-wide genetic marker discovery and linkage map construction in green ash
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Alexander Storm
Enhancement of oak regeneration in mixed oak forests: interactions between ecological and shelterwood treatment characteristics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Lianna Wodzicki
How does auxin signaling affect Vat mediated aphid resistance?
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

Zachary Klueber
Spatial and temporal variations in soil hydrologic functions in Penn State’s living filter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Caitlyn Flynn
Sustainability of Pocono Raceway: fan engagement with green initiaitves
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Judd Michael
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Leah Mothersbaugh
Revitalization in rural America: Analyzing the role of arts in development
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Theodore Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Samuel Watson
Survey of mold and mycotoxins isolated and identified from produce purchased at farmers’ market and grocery stores
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Cutter
Department: Food Science

Hunter Swisher
Exploring the potential interaction of Morchella esculenta with Ulmus americana
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Lauren Barlow
Vegetative and riparian buffers for environmental stewardship and renewable fuels on poultry farms
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Alex Stanish
Effects of anthocyanins and their metabolites on gut bacteria and colonic inflammation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lavanya Reddivari
Department: Plant Science

Elizabeth Palmer
Characterizing odd branched chain fatty acids
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Michelle Hartzell
IDO-AhR pathway in dairy cattle pregnancy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Troy Ott
Department: Animal Science

Fall 2015

Joshua Cassar
Turkey phytase super-dosing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Hulet
Department: Animal Science

Shelby Harkless
An evaluation of stress levels of Urocitellus parryii during a reintroduction into extirpated sites in Southwest Yukon
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Alexandra Everhart
Linking land use to the presence of emerging contaminants
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Michael Antonishak
Under the glow: Increasing funnel trap captures rates for adult vernal pool amphibians
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Benjamin Nason
Industrial strength of fungal materials
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Pecchia
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Hunter Swisher
Exploring the potential interaction of Morchella esculenta with Ulmus americana
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Benjamin Fowler
Identifying the transmission mechanism of Ophiocordyceps unitateralis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Lianna Wodzicki
Comparing aphid behavior on whole plant vs excised leaves and how it affects the Vat meditated resistance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Sciences

Elana Keller
Characterizing opsin expression in the brain of turkey hens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Science

Kelsi Baxter
Effect of spot 14 on milk fat synthesis in FVB mice
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Carly Catenacci
Overexpression of miRNAs in melon and studying their role in aphid resistance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sampurna Satter
Department: Plant Sciences

Michelle Hartzell
Role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in early pregnancy in dairy cattle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Troy Ott
Department: Animal Science

Lalita Limpichart
Effects of compost topdressing on soil carbon content
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Ann Bruns
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jocelyn Stoudt
Use of various NSAIDs in chronic myeloid leukemia progression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. K. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Summer 2015

Lindsay Hilburger
Determining the ability of Bordetella species to avoid predation by Sictyostellium discoideum during growth and transmission
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Harvill
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jimmy Frisbie
The effects of NSAIDS on prostaglanin J3 production
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Denver Greenwalt
Determining immune function in migratory vs. non-migratory sparrows
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Science

Noah Shulman
The effects of palmitic acid and acetate on gene expression in bovine mammary tissue
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Marc Gluberman
Developing an endocrine disrupting compounds calculator available to the general public
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Ag and Biological Engineering

Kelli Herr
The potential nutritional and social impact of leveraging indigenous knowledge and advancements in agricultural technology in Zambia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Kelsey
Department: Community, Environment, and Development

Samantha Walasik
Validation body condition score as a method of evaluating beef cow nutritional status
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sara Lineen
Department: Animal Science  

K. Hanae Herr
Developing a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan to address needs of Pennsylvania school-based agricultural education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Ewing
Department: Agricultural Science

Kayla Hack
Identifying characteristics of effective contextually relevant Spanish language immersion experiences in Turrialba, Costa Rica
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Sarah McTish
The effects of neonicotinoids on invertebrate populations in vernal pools
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Tooker
Department: Entomology

Kyle Henry Clark
Examination of the macroinvertebrate community of the Elk Creek downstream site to determine water quality change over five years
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Julian Pecce
Sustaining Penn State's Living Filter for wastewater management
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Lin
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Olivia Murphy-Sweet
Belize Agricultural Youth Leadership organization development to preserve agricultural indigenous knowledge and practice in Belize
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Kelly Kusevich
Discovering the hidden half of the world - interactions of roots, soils, and water in the subsurface
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Lin
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Sarabeth Royer
Describing teacher utilization of Career Development Events in Pennsylvania secondary school-based agricultural education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Jordan Fairman
Mediators of inhibitory and stimulatory responses to prostaglandin in bovine luteal cells
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joy Pate
Department: Animal Science

Trevor Kanaskie
Investigating the relationship of the mutL gene of MRSA with antibiotic resistance
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Harvill
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

David Peterson
Characterization of Drosophila melanogaster yolk protein receptor ligand
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Rasgon
Department: Entomology

Spring 2015

Alexandra Riehl
Mother knows best: Understanding the mechanisms of how maternal stress influences offspring phenotype in the Eastern fence lizard
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Benjamin Nason
Tailgater taters
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Gagnon
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Deanna Spaniel
Tailgater taters student run business
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Gagnon
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education  

Gabrielle Santora
Effect of chitinase from Listeria monocytogenes on the mushroom industry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sara Milillo
Department: Food Science

Michelle Hartzell
Role of the Ahr in early pregnancy in dairy cattle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Troy Ott
Department: Animal Science

Dominic Galanti
Investigation of transcription factors, RcMYB251 and TcWRKY50, in Theobroma cacao defense
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Guiltinan
Department: Plant Science
 
Jocelyn Stoudt
Long term NSAID use in chronic myeloid leukemia progression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. K. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alex Stanish
Development of expressed sequence tags for Alnus rubra and Alnus rhombifolia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Byron Bredael
Characterizing emerald ash borer resistance genes in green ash
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management  

Benjamin Fowler
Reproductive diversity of the zombie-ant fungus, Ophiocordyceps
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Danae Oliver
Effect of organic and inorganic trace minerals supplements on fecal output of dry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Judson Heinrichs
Department: Animal Science

Sarabeth Royer
Describing teacher utilization of Career Development Events in Pennsylvania secondary school-based agricultural education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education  

Shelby Harkless
A study to examine the stress levels of Urocitellus parryii during a reintroduction into extirpated sites
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michel Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management   

Allison Walker
Assessing the effect of wearing of coat on calf metabolic activity
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Judson Heinrichs
Department: Animal Science

Kaitlyn Peterson
Examining the spatial distribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal colonization of apple roots
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Hunter Swisher
Exploring the potential interaction of Morchells esculenta with Ulmus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Laura Reese
Isolation of effector(s) from Colletotrichum sublineolum
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Ryan Shaner
Examining the physiological effects of Dicistroviridae and Iflaviridae virusus on Apis mellifera
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Diana Cox-Foster
Department: Entomology

Fall 2014

Kate Bassett
A study of school-based agricultural education at Mopan Technical School, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Samantha McKinney
Temporal omega-3 fatty acid enrichment of plasma lipid fractions after a bolus dose
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Elizabeth Palmer
Characterizing odd and branched chain fatty acids
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Bret Turner
Comparison of soil membrane diffusivity probes to mathematical diffusivity models in a temperate forest ecosystem
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jason Kaye
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Brain Schmoke
Tracking spatial and temporal changes in Pennsylvania's Ruffed Grouse population
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jocelyn Stoudt
Long term NSAID use in chronic myeloid leukemia progression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Janae VanBuskirk
Evaluating impact of a specific recruitment intervention on student major choice
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Dominic Galanti
Investigation of pathogen resistant genes in Theorbroma cacao
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Guiltinan
Department: Plant Science

Summer 2014

Linda Truong
Effects of organic or inorganic trace minerals on concentration of acute phase proteins and inflammatory cytokines in calves
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jud Heinrichs
Department: Animal Science

Benjamin Fowler
Functional diversity of specialized fungal parasites in ants
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Margaret Wesley
Farmers markets and bacteriophages
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sara Milillo
Department: Food Science

Cheyenne Cheeks
The impact ant nest architecture has on colony social organization
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Hughes
Department: Entomology

Michelle Morelli
Determination of factors influencing the daily rhythm of rumination in dairy cows
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Alex McMenamin
Impacts of cross-species transmission of bee viruses on virulence
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christina Grozinger
Department: Entomology

Shelby Harkless
Does translocation and reintroduction elevate stress hormone levels in free-living artic ground squirrels?
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Hunter Swisher
Exploring the potential interaction between Morchella esculenta and Ulmus americana roots
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Dylan Kubina
Floristic survey of the pingo scars of central Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Tammy Bennett
Department: Environmental Resource Management

Corinna Moro
Role of Egr1 expression in Friend virus induced erythroleukemia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alayna Craig-Lucas
Effect of 4u8c drug and XBP1 and RE1a shRNA lentiviruses on IRE1a expression in Ras keratinocytes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Kelly Doyle
The influence of natural gas drilling on Butler County agriculture
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Henry Klepser IV
Dissecting the effects of seminal fluid on honey bee queen reproductive changes with a goal of improving bee breeding
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elina Lastro Nino
Department: Entomology

Joao Otavio Gaia de Sousa
Assessing soil disturbance after shelterwood method and its effects on early regeneration dynamics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Hunter Fraker
Impact of dietary selenium on gut microbiota
Faculty Advisor: Dr. K. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Spring 2014

Hope Brooks
Remote modeling of invasive plant species
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Mortensen
Department: Plant Science

Christine Crawford
Characterization of the daily pattern of key rumen microbial species and the effect of timing of feeding dairy cows
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Katie Harvison
The MAP to protein oxidation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ed Mills
Department: Animal Science

Stephen Linde Broiler house pipe ventilation 1:50 scale construction and evaluation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Alayna Craig-Lucas
Effect of oncogenic Ras on the IREIα pathway in human keratinocytes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Elyse McMahon
Impacts of climate change on stress levels in arctic ground squirrels
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Sheriff
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Gabrielle Pagana
Pipe ventilation in poultry houses: Scale up evaluation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Patrick Penny
The effects of roasting on Taiwanese Oolong teas in relation to sensory and volatile properties
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Hunter Swisher
Interactions between Morchella esculenta and American elm
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchan Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Patrick Thomas
Impact of Fusarium verticilioides endophytes on the growth and apoplastic proteins of maize
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchan Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Wenxuan Li
Environmental effects of small dams in Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Theodore Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Lyndsie Wszola
Impact of breeding season weather on mourning dove nest survival
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Fall 2013

Victoria Avanzato
Activity of KL-10 peptide against intracellular LVS
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Girish Kirimanjeswara
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Katherine Julia Baluch
Pastured poultry forage and insect consumption
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Hannah Cooper
Can fish count and how is this influenced by their environment?
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Victoria Braithwaite
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Maria Dahl
Association of PRAMEY copy number variations with male reproduction in cattle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wansheng Liu
Department:  Animal Science

Windy Fan
Decontamination of E. coli K1 on strawberries by WO water
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ali Demirci
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Jessie Hipple
Analysis of stress erythroid colony formation in Fv5-p and Fv5-a mice
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Bryanna Kenno
Impacts of student evaluations on teaching faculty at two comparable universities in two countries
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster, Melanie Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; International Agriculture

Chelsea Kyler
Developing genetic tools to help ash tree species recover from the emerald ash borer epidemic
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Francine McCullough
Impact of plant defenses on gut symbionts of a wood-feeding beetle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department: Entomology

Sara Mueller
A study to examine the foraging habits of Etheostoma caeruleum to determine niche breadth
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Erin Platz
The developmental consequences of adolescent stress
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Victoria Braithwaite
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Kathryn Polin
Analysis of the role of Fv5 in regulating growth factor expression in the spleen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alicia Rickabaugh
Effects of whole oats versus pellets on rumen contents and feces participle size in dairy calves
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jud Heinrichs
Department: Animal Science

Patrick Thomas
Impact of Fusarium verticilioides endophytes on the growth and apoplastic proteins of maize
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gretchan Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Caleb Wright
Exploring decisions to pursue agricultural teacher certification by recent graduates and upper-divisions students in the major
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Summer 2013

Seth Bishop
Impact of modifying maternal circadian rhythm on mouse pup body composition and liver lipogenesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Brooke Bixler
Mapping the murine Fv5 locus
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Ashley Fehringer
Stress in shelter animals and the use of foster care to improve animal welfare
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nancy Dreschel
Department: Animal Science

Jessica Foster
Yield comparison between aquaponic and soil based agriculture and the presence of coliforms
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Isaac Haagen
Using genomic predictions to estimate feed utilization in dairy cattle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Dechow
Department: Animal Science

Chelsea Kyler
Developing genetic tools to help ash tree species recover from the emerald ash borer epidemic
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Amy Mayer
Behavior supplements for raising commercial pullets
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Francine McCullough
Longitudinal study of seasonal fecundity of Asian Long-horned Beetle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department: Entomology

Morgan Porter
Detection of O antigens in Escherichia coli using molecular methods
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chobi DebRoy
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Renee Sydnor
Role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and tis receptors in avian ovarian follicle growth and differentiation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan Johnson
Department: Animal Science

Fengchun Yang
Raising black soldier fly larva as cost effective feed supplement
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Gagnon and Dr. Paul Patterson
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education; Animal Science

Amanda Smith
A comparison of immunoglobulin G levels in unheated and heated colostrum using both radial immunodiffusion and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jud Heinrichs
Department: Animal Science

Sara Mueller
A study to examine the foraging habits of Etheostoma caeruleum to determine niche breadth
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Elyse McMahon
How is a prairie grass restoration affecting small mammal populations in the Penn State Arboretum
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Spring 2013

Rishi Agrawal
The Effect of Structural Variation in CAR's Ligand-binding Domain on Heterodimerization with RXR
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Curtis Omiecinski
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Noel Allen
Identification of New Disease of Quinoa
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Backman
Department: Plant Pathology

Brooke Bixler
Role of Fv5 Locus in the Expansion of Stress Erythroid Stem Cells
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Rachel Brigham
Role of Fv5 Locus in Regulating Leukemia Stem Cell Self Renewal
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alexandra Herestofa
Expression of Clock-regulated Metabolic Genes in the Pectoral Muscle of Migrating and Non-migrating Blackcaps, a Long Distant Migrant
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Sciences

Jesse Hipple
Role of Fv5 Locus in Regulating PGE2 Signaling during Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Angela Hoover
An Analysis of Mites in Hemlock Canopy after Imidacloprid Treatment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department: Entomology

Jarod M. Hughes
Determination of the Mechanism of Ah Receptor-mediated regulation of growth factor expression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary H. Perdew
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Imran Hussain
Importance of Human Parainfluenza 2 virus DFD Sequence in Nucleocapsid Protein Incorporation into Virus-like Particles with other Paramyxovirus Matrix Proteins
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antony Schmitt
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Pasquale Patrick Innamarato
Role of Fv5 in Regulating Stress Erythroid Progenitor Differentiation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Amy Kraus
Equine Metabolomics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Patterson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Mackenzie A. McCollum
Decoding the Image: An Analysis of Images Gathered from an Embedded Study Abroad Trip to South Korea
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Francine McCullough
Seasonal Differences in Fecundity of Asian Longhorned Beetle
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department: Entomology

Amy D. Niedbala
Circadian Rhythms in Chondrocytes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Science

Kathryn Polin
Regulation of Epo Receptor Expression by Fv5
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jared M. Risser
Rumen Microbial Analysis During the Onset and Recovery of Diet-induced Milk Fat Depression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Nicole Wilski
Targeting Colon Cancer Stem Cells with Diet Derived Metabolites
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fall 2012

Ariele Baggett
Imaging of macrophages in the intestine during parasite infection
Faculty Advisor: Dr. K. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Brian Crooks
Effects of fire severity on post-fire regeneration and carbon dynamics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Hurteau
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Fara Foolad
Demonstration of a new biomedical surgical mesh material based on bacterial cellulose
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeff Catchmark
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Christopher Gardner
Inhibition effects of EGCG on Salmonella Typhimurium
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Cutter
Department: Food Science

Angela Hoover
Spider diversity and abundance in relation to the time of Imidacloprid use in hemlocks
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department: Entomology

Dana James
Social impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling activities
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Leland Glenna
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Kelsey Morgan
Effects of photoperiod and day length on the oviposition in laying hens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Science

Sarah Shane
Hindgut acidosis affects enterocytic loss in horses as measured by fecal equine DNA: total DNA ratio
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Burt Staniar
Department: Animal Science

Megan Snyder
Energetic cost of Nosema infection in male honey bees
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christina Grozinger
Department: Entomology

Ryan Staudt
Ron Receptor Tyrosine Kinase expression in tumor associated macrophages: An improved In Vivo Model
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pamela Hankey
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Monica Watson
CD8 T Memory cell localization within bone marrow
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Surojit Sarkar
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Summer 2012

James Antanavage
A healthy beverage from avocado seed
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Ziegler
Department: Food Science

Charles Costanzo
Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and agriculture in Bradford County
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Olivia Francois
The influence of allergic asthma lung inflammation on anxiety and depression-related neurotransmitter function
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sonia Cavigelli
Department: Health and Human Development

Alexandra Herestofa
Expression of clock and clock controlled genes responsible for metabolic function in the pectoral muscle of migrating and non-migrating Blackcaps, a long distant migrant
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department: Animal Science

Angela Hoover
A systematic analysis of wood boring insect taxa in ALB pheromone baited and non-baited traps
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department: Entomology

Matthew Katz
Complete analysis of broiler bedding substitute
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eileen Wheeler
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Jacqueline Matzke
Spawning Habits of the Bridle Shiner (Notropis bifrenatus) and the Ironcolor Shiner (Notropis chalybeaus)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jay Stauffer, Jr.
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Katherine Ogle
Ontogenetic patterns of metabolites, hormones, and growth in Thoroughbred foals
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Burt Staniar
Department: Animal Science

Kathryn Ortbal
Developing partnerships for youth leadership/UNESCO
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Brennan
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Kylie Davis
Documenting social impacts of Marcellus Shale
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Leland Glenna
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Genavie Veron
Genetic analysis of mesocarnivores on Cumberland Island, GA
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Leland Glenna
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Nicole Wilski
Targeting colon cancer stem cells with diet-derived metabolites
Faculty Advisor: Dr. K. Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Spring 2012

Brooke Bixler
Role of BMP1 signaling in the expansion of human stress erthroid progenitors
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Pasquale Innamarato
Role of GDF15 in the expansion of human stress erthroid progenitors
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Steven Erikson
Role of Hedgehog signaling in the expansion of human stress erythroid progenitors
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Katherine Cook
The Circadian Rhythm of Milk Fat Synthesis During Milk Fat Depression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department:  Dairy and Animal Science

Francine McCullough
Influence of host tree species on enzymes that degrade ligoncellulose in the Asian longhorned beetle gut
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department:  Entomology

Angela Hoover
Comparison of spider populations and anthropod numbers in hemlocks treated and untreated with the systematic insecticide imadacloprid
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department:  Entomology

Dana Roberts
Effects of systematic insecticide on mite diversity and abundance in hemlock forests
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department:  Entomology

Matthew Dommel
Phenotypic characterization of root hair length and density in Maize (Zea Mays)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Lynch
Department: Horticulture

Michael Henry
Environmental and Social Factors Affecting Transmission of Bordetella bronchiseptica in Mice
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Harvill
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Rishi Agrawal
The effect of pathogen virulence on the transmission efficiency of bordetella bronchiseptica infection
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Harvill
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fall 2011

Rachel Brigham
Role of FV5 Locus in Regulating Leukemia Stem Cell Self Renewal
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert F. Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Leah Carr
Energy Price Transmission to Food Prices, Food Variety and Food Access in Rural America
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Weaver
Department:  Ag. Economics and Rural Sociology

Adam Clemens
Molecular Cloning and Functional Analysis of LEAFY COTYLEDON2 Gene in Theobroma Cacao
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Guiltinan
Department:  Horticulture

Tara Gaab
Changes in Physiology of the Retina of Migrating Birds
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department:  Poultry Science

Susan E. Henning
Role of GDF15 Signaling in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Alexandra Herestofa
Expression of Clock and Clock Controlled Genes Responsible for Metabolic Function in the Liver of Migrating and Non-Migrating Blackcaps, a Long Distant Migrant
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul A. Bartell
Department: Poultry Science

Douglas Masser
Utilization of Community Advisory Councils in Pennsylvania Agricultural Education Programs
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department: Ag. and Extension Education

Jessica Sassic
The Effect of Recombinant Chicken Adiponectin on Ovarian Steroid Accute Regulatory (stAR) Protein and mRNA Expression in Broiler Breeder Chickens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran
Department:  Poultry Science

Sarah Sheaffer
Spatial Transmission of Prices Between Food and Energy Markets
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Weaver
Department:  Ag. Economics and Rural Sociology

Jennifer Wolf
Role of FV5 Locus in Regulating Leukemia Progression
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Siti Izzati Zulkafli
Functional Analysis of Putative Disease-Resistance Genes in Cacao
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Siela Maximova
Department:  Horticulture

Spring 2011

Jacqueline Bates
Understanding the Role of Networks in Diffusing Sustainable Agricultural Technologies
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jill Findeis
Department:  Ag. Economics and Rural Sociology

Brianna J. Isenberg
Effects of different temperatures during mechanical soybean extrusion on soybean meal protein quality for dairy cows
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Kniffen
Department:  Dairy and Animal Science

Ningfei Frank Li
Clock and Cell Cycle Regulations of Ephphysial Growth Plate
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department:  Poultry Science

Lynn Silverman McGowan
Dietary energy source impacts serotonin & melatonin circadian patterns in horses
Faculty Advisor: Drs. Burt Staniar & Paul Bartell
Department:  Dairy and Animal Science

Greta Righter
Household Decision Making - Mozambique Project
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jill Findeis
Department:  Ag. Economics and Rural Sociology

Fall 2010

Karen Bingham
Comparing Rate of Cellulose to Glucose Conversion in ALB Susceptible and Resistant Tree Species
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelli Hoover
Department:  Entomology

Elizabeth Ebert-Zavos
Circadian Regulation of Duodenal Serotonin
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bartell
Department:  Poultry Science

Kacey Garland
Beginning Secondary Agriculture Teachers, Perceptions of Characteristics of Effective Beginning Agricultural
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Foster
Department:  Ag. and Extension Education

Rachael Grosso
Identification of the GDF15 Receptor
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Susan Henning
The Role of GDF15 in Maintenance of Leukemia Stem Cells
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department:  Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jill Pollok
The investigation of fungal diseases in international seeds of Chenopodium quinoa and their effect on Spinacia oleracea and Chenopodium album
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Backman
Department: Plant Pathology

Christopher McMullin
Effects of artificial light opolution on stress indices in salamanders
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jacqualine Grant
Department: Forest Resources

Simone Rigby
Role of EGR1 regulating GDF15 expression in Leukemia Stem Cells
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences