Fall 2021

Leah Bodinger
Effects of Emulsifying Salts on Almond Proteins for Almond-Based Beverage Products
Faculty Adviser: Federico Harte
Department: Food Science

Elyse Crawford
Lost After Graduation: Occupational Opportunities for Community, Environment, and Development Students
Faculty Adviser: Katherine Zipp
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Isako Di Tomassi
Endophytic Morchella americana impact on maize biomass and Fusarium disease severity
Faculty Adviser: Gretchen Kuldau
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Lisa Grab
American Ginseng Conservation in Stone Valley Experimental Forest
Faculty Adviser: Eric Burkhart
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Grant Hoffer
Impact of fescue groundcover and vigor-limiting rootstocks on grape quality
Faculty Adviser: Michela Centinari
Department: Plant Science

Ryan Lopez
The Utilization of Carbon Capture Materials to Mitigate Methane Emissions in Agriculture via Biofilters
Faculty Adviser: Juliana Vasco-Correa
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Samantha Moorhead
Development of an Extrudable Paste to Manufacture an Edible Mycelium Food Product
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Ashley Ohstrom
Using Non-saccharomyces Yeast for Fermentation of Dairy Industry By-products
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Vancie Peacock
Obtaining microbial communities to oxidize low-concentration methane through biofiltration
Faculty Adviser: Juliana Vasco-Correa
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Christopher Pedone
Using Cold Plasma for Inactivation of Salmonella enterica on Rainbow Chard Seeds
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Anjali Sapre
Comparison of Novel rhAmpSeq-Based Method and Shotgun Metagenomics for Resistome Characterization
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Blaise Sava II
Triterpenoid profiles of Pennsylvania Ganoderma tsugae and G. applantatum mushrooms
Faculty Adviser: Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Summer 2021

Ann Butler
Park Znesinnya Social Stratification
Faculty Adviser: Melanie Miller Foster
Department: Ag Sciences Global

Kayla Durning
An Evaluation of IPM Monitoring Devices for Commercial Poultry Bed Bug Infestation
Faculty Adviser: Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Kevin Lovasik
Fire History Effects on Eastern Box Turtles
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Vanshika Madaan
Challenges Faced by Companies in Sustainability (Key Informant Interviews)
Faculty Adviser: Leland Glenna
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Lia Novak
Alkaline Treatment of Willow and Miscanthus
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Emily Ortiz
Bacterial Concentration in Cow Bedding and Their Association with Mastitis
Faculty Adviser: Ernest Hovingh
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Maxwell Pasquinelli
Pennsylvania Poultry Bed Bugs Survey: Extent of the Problem and Sampling Speciation
Faculty Adviser: Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Ritvik Prabhu
Determining Best Practices for Modeling Flow Accumulation above the Headwaters in the Appalachian Mountains
Faculty Adviser: Jonathan Duncan
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Amanda Pretory
The Effect of Ron Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibition of Microglia in Alzheimer's Disease
Faculty Adviser: Pamela Hankey Giblin
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Hailey Reiss
Temporal Dynamics of Virulence Evolution in Cattle Salmonella Serotypes in Pennsylvania: Implications to Animal and Public Health
Faculty Adviser: Bhushan Jayarao
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Erin Sullivan
Analyzing the Relationship Between the Bacillus Cereus Group Resistome and Phenotypic Antibiotic Resistance
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Shuhan Yin
Assessing the Impact of Light Intensity on the Regulation of Secondary Metabolites on Mountain Huckleberry
Faculty Adviser: Tanya Renner
Department: Entomology

Demetrius Zaliwciw
Effects of Solar Farms on Landscape Hydrology
Faculty Adviser: Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Spring 2021

Brandon Bixler
A synthesis of literature related to best practices in technical vocational education and training (TVET) in agricultural sciences for high risk populations in U.S. and global settings
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Alyssa Curry
Impact of brood quantity on protein foraging in honey bees
Faculty Adviser: Christina Grozinger
Department: Entomology

Grant Hoffer
Impact of fescue groundcover and vigor-limiting rootstocks on grape quality
Faculty Adviser: Michela Centinari
Department: Plant Science

Chase Minnich
IRE1a's Relationship to the Dose Dependant Nature of Cisplatin on Human Lung Cancer Survival
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Kyle Moore
Development of a decellularization protocol for fungal mycelium for use as scaffolds in cultivated meat
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Nicholas Moose
Enhancement of Performance Properties in Lignin Containing Resins for Stereolithography
Faculty Adviser: Stephen Chmely
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Lia Novak
Green Synthesis of Methacrylated Lignin
Faculty Adviser: Stephen Chmely
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Vancie Peacock
Techno-economic analysis of integrated anaerobic digestion with hydrothermal carbonization
Faculty Adviser: Juliana Vasco-Correa
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Mark Porter
Investigation of Epigenetic Silencing in Maize using Transgenic Lines Overexpressing unstable factor for orange1
Faculty Adviser: Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Eamonn Powers
Trout Citizen Science - Color and Pattern Variation in Trout
Faculty Adviser: Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Erin Sullivan
Antibiotic susceptibility testing of B. Cereus group isolates to determine disk diffusion resistance breakpoints
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Serena Takach
Laser Ablation Tomography for Investigating Spotted Lanternfly-Associated Damage to Phloem Tissue
Faculty Adviser: David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Tianyi Yang
Salicin from Shrub Willow Bark for HPLC Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Fall 2020

Gayatri Anil
Development, Evaluation, and Application of an Immunoassay Lateral Flow Device for On-farm Detection of Infectious Coryza in Chickens
Faculty Adviser: Bhushan Jayarao
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Brooke Arner
The Role of Gpr44 in Selenium-Treated Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Faculty Adviser: Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Chris Byrum
Closed Loop Water Treatment for Sustainable Brewing
Faculty Adviser: Margaret Hoffman
Department: Plant Science

Brittany Chapman
Using ReMOT technology to genetically modify Culex tarsalis mosquitoes
Faculty Adviser: Jason Rasgon
Department: Entomology

Chloe Destremau
Box Turtle Coloration and Implications for Future Climate Change
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Joshua Gershey
Modeling the interaction of climate change and competition in Juglans nigra populations
Faculty Adviser: Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Nicole Guise
Attitudes and Knowledge of STEM by High School Agriculture Education Teachers in Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Laine Hackenberg
Zucchini yellow mosaic virus Effects on Fruit Development of Various Cucurbita spp.
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Julia Hamilton
Assessment of the Effects of Intrauterine Dextrose Infusion in Dairy Cows Diagnosed with Clinical Metritis
Faculty Adviser: Adrian Barragan
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jack Ibinson
The Role of IRE1a and p53 in HaCaT Keratinocyte Survivability Following UV-B Irradiation
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jasmine Morgan
Examining APMV Seroprevalence and temporal dynamics in Mallard ducks from Northwestern Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Justin Brown
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Vancie Peacock
Life-cycle assessment of integrated anaerobic digestion with hydrothermal carbonization
Faculty Adviser: Juliana Vasco-Correa
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Vanessa Peduzzi
Analysis of Estrogen-Estrogen Receptor Interaction as a Protective Mechanism Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Faculty Adviser: Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fujunzhu Zhao
Fungal-based 'meats' as a potential approach to future high protein requirements
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Summer 2020

Matthew Bellia
Constructed Wetland Treatment System Effectiveness After 20 Years
Faculty Adviser: Rob Shannon
Department: Environmental Resource Management

Adam Bettinger
Propagation of Nepenthes via Tissue Culture
Faculty Adviser: Tanya Renner
Department: Entomology

Lauren Brandenburg
Differences in sensory qualities of red and green lettuce grown in soil versus soilless systems
Faculty Adviser: Robert Berghage
Department: Plant Science

Christine Dawson-Haines
Do students of color from inner cities have low retention rates at Penn State?
Faculty Adviser: Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Thomas Gabel
Evaluation and Needs Assessment of Online Global Agriculture Modules for Educators - GLAGjr
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Delaney Garcia
Establishing a relationship between trans-10 fatty acids in plasma triglycerides and milk fat
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Andrew Keane II
Analysis of stress erythropoiesis during anemia of inflammation produced by a heat-killed Brucella abortus murine model
Faculty Adviser: Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Brittany Mumma
Story Mapping Lancaster Central Market's Role as a Community Space through History
Faculty Adviser: Ted Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Nicole Mundy
Variations of the PRAMEY Protein in Bovine Seminal Exosomes
Faculty Adviser: Wansheng Liu
Department: Animal Science

LuzKarla Rodriguez
Molecular identification of the etiologic agent in suspect canine anaplasmosis cases in Central Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Justin Brown
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Sage Saum
Understanding Selective Pressures of Climate and Predation on Terrestrial Garter Snakes
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Hilary Snyder
An Analyzation of The Selection of North Eastern Street Trees
Faculty Adviser: Margaret Hoffman
Department: Plant Science

Xunheng Xu
Water Quality Assessment of an Urban Stream in State College Borough
Faculty Adviser: Lauren McPhillips
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Tyler Yany
Changes in Fat Dispersion and Moisture Content through Conching
Faculty Adviser: Gregory Ziegler
Department: Food Science

Fujunzhu Zhao
Optimizing fungal mycelium for use as novel alternative protein 'meats'
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Spring 2020

Brooke Arner
The Role of Dietary Selenium in the Gut Microbiome of an IBD Infection Model
Faculty Adviser: Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Emma Barber
How Weather Shocks Affect the Fostering of Children in Sub-Saharan Africa
Faculty Adviser: Brian Thiede
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Samantha Birkl
Investigation of a 4 sugar absorption test to diagnose and quantify gastric ulcers and gastrointestinal disease in horses
Faculty Adviser: Burt Staniar
Department: Animal Science

Jessica Briggs
Investigating potential causes of salt concentration increases in Spring Creek
Faculty Adviser: Jonathan Duncan
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jadelyn Cunningham
Determining the current and historic representation of Black Americans in hunting in the United States
Faculty Adviser: David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Nicole Guise
Attitudes and Knowledge of STEM by High School Agricultural Education Teachers in Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Foster
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Laine Hackenberg
Evaluating Xanthomonas translucens Isolates for Novel Pathovar Status
Faculty Adviser: Carolee Bull
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Matthiew Haines
An Investigation into Transgender Body Odor
Faculty Adviser: Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Grant Hoffer
Interactions between Aphids and Nicotinamidase (nic) mutant Arabidopsis plants
Faculty Adviser: Sampurna Sattar
Department: Plant Science

A'dryanna Jenkins
Visualization of Angiomotin-Like-1 Protein Recruitment During Paramyxovirus Infection
Faculty Adviser: Anthony Schmitt
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Marali Kalra
Precipitation Trend Modeling for Stormwater Design Under Climate Change
Faculty Adviser: Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Crosley Kudla-Williams
Effects of Commercial Compounds on Plant Resistance to Drought and Pathogen Stress in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Yang Li
Determining the Mohr-Coulomb model parameters to examing the flowability of ground corn stover and Douglas fir
Faculty Adviser: Hojae Yi
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

James Marshall
Evaluation of the Cycles Agroecosystems Model for Nitrogen Management: Digital Agriculture for Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Armen Kemanian
Department: Plant Science

Allie McAllister
The Role of Arts-Based Initiatives in Community and Economic Development
Faculty Adviser: Ted Alter
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Jasmine Morgan
Comparison of sample types for antibody detection
Faculty Adviser: Justin Brown
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Courtney Page
Investigation into the regulation of [1, 25(OH)2D3] by CPY24A1 and the impact on T cell proliferation
Faculty Adviser: Margherita Cantorna
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jared Pavlock
BacterioM3 Project
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Vanessa Peduzzi
Formulation of Floating Matrix Tablets for Gastroretentive Delivery of Δ12-PGJ2
Faculty Adviser: Sandeep Prabhu
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Gabriella Pinto
Characterization of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Indicators from Recycled Wastewater at Penn State University Park Campus
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1a Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jessica Rodriguez
Establishing a Caco-2/RAW 264.7 macrophage model for the study of probiotic-associated metabolites
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Dylan Schoemaker
Studying Primary Root Anatomy in the Wisconsin Diversity Panel
Faculty Adviser: Kathleen Brown
Department: Plant Science

Hilary Snyder
An assessment of the 40-year change in genetic diversity of plants in managed landscapes
Faculty Adviser: Margaret Hoffman
Department: Plant Science

Seth Strickland
Quantifying the impact of riparian buffers on stream temperature in an urban and karst dominated watershed
Faculty Adviser: Jonathan Duncan
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Natasha Vozenilek
Biochar as a Filter for Pharmaceuticals
Faculty Adviser: Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Stephen Worrell
IRE1a mediation of UVB induced ER stress response
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fujunzhu Zhao
Characterization of Galactomyces-Listeria Co-occurrence from Food Processing Environments
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Fall 2019

Hayden Bock
Cover crop treatments in Noiret vineyards impact soil nutrient availability
Faculty Adviser: David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Lindsey Bright
Pulsed Ultraviolet Light for the Decontamination of Fertile Eggs
Faculty Adviser: Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Caini Chen
Development of a CS/CMC/sunflower oil coating for fruits and vegetables to extent shelf-life
Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Catchmark
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Elijah DePaulis
Environmental Conditions Created by a Shrub Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.) Invasion in a Central Pennsylvania Wetland
Faculty Adviser: Carrie O'Brien
Department: Wildlife Technology - Dubois

Chris Deptulski
Empowering Citizen Scientists to Reduce Sources of Emerging Contaminants
Faculty Adviser: Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Laine Hackenberg
Pathogenicity Tests of Pseudomonas spp. On Pak Choi
Faculty Adviser: Carolee Bull
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Katrina Heckman
The effect of raiser experience on service puppy behavioral problems
Faculty Adviser: Nancy Dreschel
Department: Animal Science

Sadie Hubler
Defining the Impacts of P. tenuis on Wild Elk
Faculty Adviser: Justin Brown
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Marali Kalra
Modifying Intensity-Duration Frequency Curves for designing climate change resilient stormwater systems
Faculty Adviser: Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Amy Kovaleski
The role of Trichoderma-associated metabolites on aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus
Faculty Adviser: Seogchan Kang
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Crosley Kudla-Williams
Effects of Commercial Compounds on Plant Resistance to Drought and Pathogen Stress in Tomato ("Solanum lycopersicum")
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Powen Pai
The Incidence and Effect of Grapevine Leafroll Associated Viruses (GLRaVs) in Pennsylvania vineyard
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Gabriella Pinto
Characterization of Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Indicators from Recycled Waste Water at Penn State University Park Campus
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Katherine Reese
Modeling the temporal and spatial variation of oviposition site selection for pond-breeding amphibians
Faculty Adviser: David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1a Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jessica Rodriguez
Profiling Anti-inflammatory Metabolites Produced by Probiotics Grown in MRS Broth and RUM Media
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Matthew Soffera
Fate and Transport of PFAS at the Living Filter
Faculty Adviser: Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Luke Trimble
The Effects of Agaricus blazei Feeding in Broiler Chickens
Faculty Adviser: Paul Patterson
Department: Animal Science

Stephen Worrell
IRE1a mediation of UVB induced ER stress response
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Fujunzhu Zhao
Galactomyces-Listeria Interaction: Influence of Listeria Growth from the Apple Facility Environment
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Summer 2019

Aditi Ayra
Regeneration of BioSorbents for Oil Water Contamination
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Siena Baker
Economic Partnerships between Cell Ag Producers and Conventional Livestock Supply Chains
Faculty Adviser: Robert Chiles
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Julia Hamilton
Assessment of the effects of a combination of intrauterine dextrose infusion and oral administration of acetylsalicylic acid on metritis cure rate, daily milk yield, daily rumination, metabolic stress and reproductive performance in post-partum dairy cows diagnosed with metritis
Faculty Adviser: Adrian Barragan
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jiamu He
Development of a manufactoring process for producing compostable polysaccharide
Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Catchmark
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Katrina Heckman
The effect of raiser experience on service puppy behavioral problems
Faculty Adviser: Nancy Dreschel
Department: Animal Science

Maria Iglesias
Evaluating water quality performance of a constructed stormwater wetland in State College Borough
Faculty Adviser: Lauren McPhillips
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Matt Kello
Insect declines through the eyes of a toad
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Patricia Kline
The effects of Microwave Treatment on Torrefied Switchgrass for Potential Ethanol Production
Faculty Adviser: Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Jeremy Rigali
Effect of Short Chain Fatty Acid Supplementation on Lactation of Mice
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1α Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Aaron Wiedemer
Examination of volatiles in cultivars of Theobroma cacao
Faculty Adviser: Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Samuel Ziegler
Alcohol Content and Hopping Protocol as Mediators of Hop Extractability and Sensory Impact
Faculty Adviser: Joshua Lambert
Department: Food Science

Spring 2019

Eli Baker
Evaluating a Novel Environmental Control System for Maintaining Precise Levels of Ammonia for Animal Health Research
Faculty Adviser: Eileen Fabian
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Emma Barber
Development Interventions and Female Empowerment in Northern Tanzania
Faculty Adviser: Brian Theide
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Hayden Bock
Effects of root morphology and mycorrhizae types for tree species on soil nutrient properties
Faculty Adviser: David Eissenstat
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Chloe Boughton
How nonprofit and for-profit organizations identify and manage their social responsibility
Faculty Adviser: Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Shoshana Brody
Determining the relationship between trans-10 fatty acid intermediates and milk fat percentage in Jersey cows
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Wendy Davis
Using Age Ratios of Native Songbirds to Estimate Productivity and Recruitment Rates
Faculty Adviser: Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Garrett Evans
Evaluating adaptation to climate in Acer rubrum populations to understand responses to climate change
Faculty Adviser: Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jingzhang Feng
Ability of Bacillus cubtilis in peat microbiome to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes
Faculty Adviser: Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Amanda Grube
The Short Term Effect of Trichoderma Volatile Compounds from Biological Controls on the Growth of Bradyrhizobium japonicum in Soybean Roots
Faculty Adviser: Paul Esker
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Ashley Heimann
The Effect of Floral Compound Exposure on Persistence and Infectivity of Deformed Wing Virus
Faculty Adviser: Heather Hines
Department: Entomology

Kelly Hinerman
Quantifying the effects of invading Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans): A Global Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Abigail Jamison
Evaluating interactions between adaptation to climate and competition in Juglans nigra populations
Faculty Adviser: Laura Leites
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Benjamen Kline
Generalized joint attribute modeling of fish communities in three freshwater environments
Faculty Adviser: Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Anastasiya Kowal
Vineyard Floor Management Practices and Perceptions
Faculty Adviser: Michela Centinari
Department: Plant Science

Laura Lutes
Characterization of nitrogen release functions of slow release fertilizer at different moisture contents
Faculty Adviser: Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Drew May
Growth rate and hyper-pyoverdine production in mutant strains of a plant pathogenic bacterium
Faculty Adviser: Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Powen Pai
Biostimulants for management of Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) under drought stress
Faculty Adviser: Cristina Rosa
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

William Puderbaugh
Comparison of Bowfin (Amia calva) diets in lake and stream habitats
Faculty Adviser: Jay Stauffer
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Madison Rios
How Non-Farmers Became Farmers
Faculty Adviser: Tim Kelsey
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Lily Robinson
Role of IRE1a Mutations in Cancer Pathogenesis
Faculty Adviser: Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jessica Rodriguez
Characterizing Cytotoxicity and Inflammation in Silica-induced, RAW264.7 Macrophages In-vitro
Faculty Adviser: Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Dylan Schoemaker
Studying Primary Root Anatomy in the Wisconsin Diversity Panel
Faculty Adviser: Kathleen Brown
Department: Plant Science

Haley Stauffer
An Exploration in the Cation Chelation Capability of Lignin
Faculty Adviser: Tom Richard
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Fall 2018

Kelly Beck
Invasive Species Management: Viable Options for Comprehensive Management
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Katherine Zipp
Department: Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Mary DeFeo
In Vitro True Digestibility of barley types using the DAISYII Incubator
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Tara Felix
Department: Animal Science

Cullen Dixon
Identification of Sorghum Flavonoid(s) for Aphidicidal
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Surinder Chopra
Department: Plant Science

Jacob Ginn
Analysis of Market Research and Projective Mapping to Determine Drivers of RTD Green Tea Consumption in the U.S.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Benjamen Kline
Modeling the distributional shifts of freshwater fish species in Minnesota lakes in response to climate change
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Emily Lipp
Culturing Lactobacillus reuteri and Bifidobacterium infantis in Fermented Milk in Purified Mouse Diet
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Laura Lutes
Effect of Different Slow Release Fertilizers on Water Quality
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Cibin Raj
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Andrew May
Genetic Mutations as the Cause of Bacteriocin Resistance in Pseudomonas syringae
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Emma Mills
Comparative genomic analysis of Campylobacter isolates from outbreak and sporadic cases in Pennsylvania
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Claudia Mosher
The Significance of Delayed Zinc and Successful Fertilization within Mice Oocytes
Faculty Adviser: Francisco Diaz
Department: Animal Science

Richard Novak
Panamanian Bishop Population Genetics
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Michael Potts
Effects of Nighttime Ozone Treatments on Sensitive and Resistant Snap Bean Plants
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Dennis Decoteau
Department: Plant Science

Andrew Ross
Digitization of Holotype Specimens of Undescribed Mbuna Cichlids
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jay Stauffer, Jr.
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Laura Saleh
Monitoring Pharmaceuticals at Penn State's Living Filter
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dylan Schoemaker
Studying Primary Root Anatomy in the Wisconsin Diversity Panel
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kathleen Brown
Department: Plant Science

Xiaoxuan Shi
Ability of Listeria monocytogenes from apple packing facilities to form persister cells
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Samantha Strong
Effect of androgen on trophoblast function
Faculty Adviser: Francisco Diaz
Department: Animal Science

Rachael Wittmer
Optimization of DNA extraction methods from fecal pellets for gut microbiome analysis in an animal model of lupus
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Josephine Wee
Department: Food Science

Summer 2018

Michael Burns
Apple Detection using Computer Vision and Autonomous Vehicles
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daeun Dana Choi
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Brigette Cannata
Role of Lin28b in Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Jennifer Desplat
Sorption of thermally treated miscanthus for remediation of oil contaminated water
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Krista Grennan
Determining the Role of HMGA2 in Stress Erythropoiesis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Robert Paulson
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Andrew May
Confirmation of Genetic Mutations as the Cause of Bacteriocin Resistance in Pseudomonas syringae and their Effect on Plant Epiphytic Fitness
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Clara Miller
Diversity of Fusarium species in the indoor environment (completing Phase III)
Faculty Adviser: Dr. David Geiser
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Kurtis Miller
Probiotics to Decrease the Severity of Necrotic Enteritis in Broilers
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Gino Lorenzoni
Department: Animal Science

Peter Savchik
Effects of Torrefied Biomass on Nitrate Removal in a Wood Chip Denitrifying Bioreactor
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Daniel Ciolkosz
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Anna Schmidt
Techniques of Milk Preservation for Fatty Acid Analysis
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Kevin Harvatine
Department: Animal Science

Jamie Weikel
Managing Landscapes: A Study of Emerging Soil Contaminants at Penn State's Spray-Irrigation Site
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Spring 2018

Destini Acosta
Characterizing the diel cycle of stress hormones in a terrestrial salamander
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Miller
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Jacob Cramer
A Study of the Effects of Low-Intensity Noise Pollution on Songbird Nest Site Selection
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Marielle Donohue
Can PA Consumers Detect Wine Regionality: An Analysis of Consumer Preferences and Flavor Identification in Regional Pennsylvania Riesling Wines
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Helene Hopfer
Department: Food Science

Kiersten Fullem
Evaluation of the contribution of bacteriocins to horizontal genetic exchange in Pseudomonas syringae
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Hunter Kauffman
Effects of shale compressor noise on nesting songbird body condition and age
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Brittingham
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Margo Keller
Immune Response and Pathogenicity of Zika Virus in Chickens
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Benjamen Kline
Resource use by brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a thermally complex environment
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tyler Wagner
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Sarah Koay
Evaluation of infrared treatment for reduction of microbial loads on cocoa beans
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Caitlin Luyster
Validation of cocoa roasting for reduction of Salmonella
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jasna Kovac
Department: Food Science

Maureen Mailander
Bioinformatic Analysis of a Switchgrass Association Mapping Population's Soil Microbiome
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Carlson
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Andrew May
Confirmation of Genetic Mutations as the Cause of Bacteriocin Resistance in Pseudomonas Syringae
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Hockett
Department: Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Olivia Mroczko
Determination of Antibiotic Resistant Genes in Agricultural Runoff
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Gall
Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Richard Novak
Panamian Bishop Population Genetics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julian Avery
Department: Ecosystem Science and Management

Stephen Worrell
Investigation of IRE1a Dependent, IL-1B Driven Recruitment of Myeloid Cells Following UV-B Irradiation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adam Glick
Department: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences