CWRC Undergraduate Research Grant Recipients

The following Valparaiso University students were awarded Undergraduate Research Grants from the Creative Work and Research Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Additional information about CWRC Undergraduate Grants can be found by clicking the Funding Opportunities tab above.

Student Name Year, Department  Faculty Sponsor     Topic
Louis Christensen Senior, 
Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Blood 3D Printer Filament Recycler
Troy Janesheski

Sophomore, Chemistry

Julie Peller High Resolution Stereomicroscope Analyses of Microplastic Materials in the Local Lake Michigan Watershed
Natasa Petreska Sophomore, Biology Patrice Bouyer Regulation of Fluid Secretion by NKCC1
Beata Ramza and Grace Roman Junior, Geography Bharath Ganesh Babu Relationship between Canopy Gaps and Understory Vegetation in Meadowbrook Nature Preserve in Northern Indiana
Trent Schreiber Senior, Civil Engineering Zuhdi Aljobeh Three-Sided Culvert Modeling
Seth Strelow Senior, Civil Engineering Zuhdi Aljobeh Iron Enhanced Sand Filter Research and Modeling
Asia Banks


Jim Nelson The Effect of Microaggressions on African Americans
Natalie Bittles Junior, Health Care Leadership Candace Florence Reducing Waste on Campus with Compost Trash Cans
Madeline Harty Senior, Art Bob Sirko Senior Digital Media Art Thesis Project
Jared Joseph Senior, Psychology, Sociology, Foreign
Jim Nelson Tatemae and Honne:  Social Face in Japan
Rebekah Koehn Junior, Mechanical Engineering Craig Goehler Developing Statistical Metrics of Joint Mechanics for Use in Assessing Risk of Injury:  An Initial Study to Determine Gender-Based Differences
Jennifer LeCaptain and Andrea Sanchez Juniors, Foreign Languages Timothy Tomasik Coding Cookbooks:  A Digital Scholarly Edition of the 16th Century Livre de cuisine
Brennen Miller Junior, Mechanical Engineering Craig Goehler Developing Quantifiable Assessment and Training Protocols for Injury Prevention
Caleb Sanchez Senior, Art, Communication, and Computer Science Yeohyun Ahn Infinite Bloom:  A Recursive Flower