Past Summer Research Projects

  

Projects: 2010 | 2009 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996

 2010 Research projects

Name Department Topic

Yonathan Ararso

Biology

The effects of Ranavirus and the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on different amphibian and reptile species in the Prince Edward County Area

Will Boone

Astronomy       

Measuring variability of quasars using the Hampden-Sydney observatory and PROMPT

Paul Brammer 

Government and Foreign Affairs

Analyzing the effects of personal responsibility on the Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

                  Tim Fisher                  History

The Twenty-One Demands and the Treaty of Versailles: The Chinese Nationalistic Response

Jacob Haines    Mathematics and Computer Science                General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit: Assessing the viability of the GPU for common computing problems
Tyler Heslop Creative Writing "Fire People om Fridays": Short Stories

Colbert Lucey

History

Burgundians: Exploring the concept of Volkerwanderung through history, archaeology, and literature

Matthew MacFarland

Creative Writing

"Southern farther South": A collection of free verse poetry

Jake McDonald

English

"Catching a Break": A novel
Tyler Moore Biology Bird banding at Metinic Island and habitat use and causes of mortality in Northern Bobwhite in the Southeastern US

Ke Shang

Astronomy

A multi-wavelength study of the mixed-morphology Supernova Remnant W28

Austin Sheppard

 Rhetoric

"Common Character": Bigraphical profiles 

Neil Smith

 Philosophy

 The political economy of George Berkeley

Eduardo Soto 

 Religion

 James' Riddles: A look at revelatory riddles in the Epistle of James

Arne Ulbrich

 Chemistry

Synthesis and electron spin resonance spectroscopic studies of a novel analog of Acetaminophen with reduced hepatoxicity

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2009 Research Projects

Name Department Topic

Brian Breedlove

Astronomy

Observing Near Earth Asteroids with P.R.O.M.P.T. and the H-SC Observatory

Benjamin Brown

Biology

Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Activity of Palo Santo Essential Oil 

Michael Crowe

Psychology

Self-disclosure and gender

Daniel Doolittle Physics

The Mechanics of Savonius, Darrieus, and a Combined Savonius-Darrieus Windmill

Osric Forrest Biology Aquatic respiration
Chris Griggs English A collection of free verse poetry

Miguel Mogollon

Program development

Developing a program for academic information

Willoughby Obenchain

Psychology

The TRN and the rat somatosensory system

Basil Panton

Biology

Aquatic respiration
Marlowe Vilchez French A translation and adaptation of "Le Dindon"

Evan Weinzierl

English

'Airy Thinness' in fiction

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2008 Research Projects

Name Department Topic

Bikash Acharya

Physics

Ratio between the oscillator strengths of 7P3/2 to 7P1/2 states

Edward Bartholomew

Fine Arts (Music)

The History of the Piano

Stephen Berry

Economics

Welfare reform in the US: 1996-present

Joshua Bohannon Philosophy Immaterialism and the incarnation
Joey Fitzgerald Psychology Sports psychology
Sam Gibbs Fine Arts (Theater) Noh Theater

Ivo Gyurovski

Psychology

Cognitive Closure and Authoritarianism

Matthew Hubbard

History

Chinese Nationalism

Andrew Jennings

History

Political violence in Southwest Virginia
Josh Jarrett Fine Arts (Theater)  Adopting Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' for the stage

Benjamin Kinney

Chemistry

 Free radical formation of Quercetin

Michael Matthews Biology Southern managed pine systems

Caleb McClure

Psychology

Impulsivity and Constraint

Christopher 'Kit' Moore

Religion

A study of Romans

Drew Murphy

English

Epic Tradition

Brandon Newcomb Biology Southern managed pine systems

Anthony Regner

Computer Science

The Scribbler: IR collision detection and Python programming

Zachary Roberts Creative Writing Regionalism in fiction
Corey Sedlar Psychology Sports psychology
Ben Shega Classics A comparison of the fall of Jerusalem and the fall of Constantinople
Scott St. Claire Chemistry Synthesis and fast flow ESR study of some 5,5-Disubstituted Hydantoins
Craig Warnement Psychology Sports psychology
Clay Whittaker English Joyce's 'Dubliners'
William Zachowski Chemistry

Acetaminophen and the putative N-acetylcysteine free radical

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2007 Research Projects

Name Department Topic

Bikash Acharya

Economics

The Entropy Law and the Economic Process: Reassessing the Literature on Thermodynamics and the Macroeconomics of the Environment

Christopher Arnatt

Chemistry

Synthesis of p-hydroxybenzhydrylamine and Study of its Phenoxyl Radical by Fast-flow ESR Spectroscopy

Ivo Gyurovski

Economics

Poland's Huddled Masses

John Louis

Government & Foreign Affairs

Analysis of Current United States Drug Policy in Comparison to the Alternatives of Decriminalization or Legalization

Achhunna Mali

Economics

A Small Annual Macro Econometric Model of Nepal (1975-2003)

Alex Mayberry

Fine Arts

A collection of one-act plays

Phillip Miskovic

Religion

Mapping the Religious Communities of Blacksburg

Chetan Rupakheti

Biology

The Role of H+ and PO42- in skeletal muscle fatigue

Mark Tassone

Classics

Prometheus and the Spark of Life - a play

Parker Tims

English

The role of group I and group II metabotropic glutamate receptors in the thalamic reticular nucleus in the selection of behavior appropriate to the situation

Matthew Treacy

English

The Serious Stories - collection of short fiction

Clay Whittaker

English

What Parker Said to Jennifer - selections from a novel

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2006 Research Projects

Name Department Topic

Bikash Acharya

Physics

Modeling photoionization of an Atom in DC field

Christopher Arnatt

Chemistry

A study of the initial phenytoin free radical by fast-flow ESR spectroscopy

Nicholas Bandy

Chemistry

A study of Phenoxyl Radicals from Bisphenol- A by Fast-flow ESR spectroscopy

Brian Carver

Biology

Genetics-based assay for the presence of 

Zachary Dussault

Political Science

The Effects of the Bork and Thomas Confirmation 

Stephen English

English

Exploring Narrative Event in Sexton and Plath

Everett Gardner

Philosophy

Maximizing the Common Good: A Defense of Consequentialism

Joshua Hatchell

Classics

De Auctoritate Caesaris

Justin Hill

Classics

Epictetus? Enchiridion

Patrick Johnson

Religion

Pre-Creation Discourse: An Interpretive Methodology for Studying Ancient Rhetoric

Dashle Kelley

Economics

Liberalization of corn and soybean market on Iowa?s output

Andrew McLeod

Chemistry

Synthesis, Separation, and Characterization of Substituted Desacetylbisacodyl Derivatives

Phil Miscovik

Religion

Mapping and Photograpically Documenting the Religious Communities of Blacksburg

Sean Platt

Chemistry

Study of the In Vitro Metabolism of Desacetylbisacodyl

Brandon Stultz

Physics

Correlation Studies of Polarization due to Rayleigh Scattering in Cesium

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2005 Research Projects       

Name Department Topic

Adhikari, Mithilesh

Chemistry

Synthesis and Characterization of Phenolphthalein and Analogs for ESR Studies of Phenoxyl Radicals

Antolini, Michael

Chemistry

Synthesis and Characterization of Phenolphthalein and Analogs for ESR Studies of Phenoxyl Radicals

Armstrong, Mark

Biology

Structure and Development of the Turtle Shell

Barnhill, Ben

Chemistry

Evaluation of Imidazole Rings attached to N,N'-Disubstituted Urea Units as possible Baylis-Hillman Catalysts

Bista, Manoj

Physics

Tunable External Cavity Diode Laser System for Cesium D2

Black, Josh

Psychology

Incarceration: Rehabilitation or Hindrance? A Study on Post-Jail Progress

Bodie, Graham

Biology

Elucidation of Mechanism for Osteoclast Protein Production in Melanomas

Cadogan, Chris

Psychology

Child Abuse: A Clinical Internship and a Research Investigation

Chambers, Ben

[Archeology]

Report on Artifacts Found at a 14th Century Gaelic Lord's Manor in Tulsk, County Roscommon, Ireland

Hicks, Bryan

History

The Importance of Television on the Politics of the Nineteen-Fifties and Sixties

Hill, Justin

Religion

The Nature of Sin

Hopkins, Joel

Philosophy

The Philosophical Underpinnings of Standardization in the Schools

Lee, Brendan

Psychology

A Clinical Internship and Research Investigation of Child Abuse

Miyashiro, Jonathan

Fine Arts

Bearing Witness: A Photographic and Text-based Documentary

Myint, Kyaw

Chemistry

Computing Energies of Activation to Predict the Relative Activities of Various Baylis-Hillman Catalysts

Newton, Bret

Mathematics

Modeling Resource Allocation in Presidential Elections

Phillips, Nathaniel

Psychology

Machiavellian Intelligence in Inmates

Prempeh, Joe

Political Science

The Effectiveness of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in the Performance of its Constitutional Role since its inception in 1992

Rosendahl, Richard

Economics

Relationship between collegiate athletic success and institution's endowment, athletic revenue, size, admission standards, and financial aid

Shrestha, Nutan

Economics

Impact of HIV/AIDS on Botswana Labor Market

Van Vlymen, Corey

Fine Arts

Bearing Witness: A Photographic and Text-based Documentary

Vu, Sohale

Psychology

Child Abuse: A Clinical Internship and a Research Investigation

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2004 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Alexander Bland

Psychology

Vocational Rehabilitation

Patrick Brannon

Religion

Ethnographical study of snake-handling Christians

Jeffrey Burchett

Psychology

Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Journalism: What should be expected of journalists today?

Gordon Fairservice

Psychology

Summer Research and Internship at Crossroads Community Services

Cary Ferguson

Psychology

Summer Research and Internship at Crossroads Community Services

Jordan Gaul

Political Science

The Development of Confederate Constitutional Doctrine

Robert George

Chemistry

Rapid Scan and Signal Averaging Capability for the HSC ESR Spectrometer

Brian Goeckerman

Physics

Measuring Cesium Oscillator Strengths Using Tunable Laser Interferometry

Mark Goodin

Physics

Phase Velocity Measurements in Bubbly Liquids Using a Fiber Optic Laser Interferometer

Mark Kearney

Religion

The Problems in Business Ethics the Islamic World Faces When Doing Business with the Western World

Thomas Nelson

Economics

The Effects of the Civil War on American Industrialization

Joe Prempeh

Political Science

 Science/Technology and Public Policy In Developed and Underdeveloped Countries

Cory Rayfield

History

Sons of Liberty: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists

Abhishesh Regmi

Physics

Measuring Asteroid and Cepheid Variable Light Curves

James Riley

Psychology

Boredom Proneness and Destructive Behavior

Nutan Shrestha

Economics

Effects of Labor Capital and Technology on Nepalese GDP

Joey Smith

Economics

Gender Salary Gaps in Higher Education: An Examination of College's and University's Taste for Discrimination

Elijah Wallace

History

Uncovering the Lost History of a Civilization: Deciphering the Historical Development of the Harappan Civilization by the Method Introduced by Oswald Spengler

Devin Watson

Biology

Synthesis of a Genetically Engineered Gene for a Repetitive Polypeptide

Killian Zimmerman

Psychology

Effects of Thalamic Reticular Nucleus Lesions on Auditory Attention

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2003 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Aaron Barber

Economics

Game Theory

John Carter

History

Reasons for Native American Involvement in the American Revolution

Michael Conrad

Religion

Religious Mapping of Chowan County, North Carolina

Scott Coven

Physics

Measurement of 7P 1/2 and 7P 3/2 Cesium Oscillator Strength

Jonathan Cox

Chemistry

Possible in vitro Metabolism of Danthron

Michael Fine

Physics

Calibration of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Joshua Fogle

Psychology

A Clinical Internship and Research on Parents Who Abuse Their Children

Matthew Friedman

Psychology

A Clinical Internship and Research on Parents Who Abuse Their Children

Jordan Gaul

Political Science

From Union to Fracture: How the Thought of Hamilton and Jefferson Shaped the Politics of North and South

Jared Heffron

Biology

The Isolation and Experimentation of Actinomycetes from the Environment

Cory Jaques

Chemistry

Electron Nuclear Double Resonance Spectroscopy: Spectroscopy of Radicals

Geoffrey Lea

Economics

Taxation and Capital Structure: An Analysis

Charles McCants

Religion

A Textual and Critical Inquiry Into The Ascension of Isaiah

Philip McLeod

Chemistry

Preparation and Evaluation of One or More New Catalysts for the Baylis-Hillman Reaction

Will Reith

Mathematics

Creating Knots With Arcs

Aaron Skeen

Chemistry

The Free Radical Chemistry of Tacrine and Related Compounds

Charles Smith

Philosophy

Occasionalism As It Relates to the Christian Conception of God

Stefan Wiese

Chemistry

Attaching a Chiral Catalyst to a Solid Support: Modification of the Baylis-Hillman Reaction

Preston Williams

Psychology

Effects of Slow-Tempo Music on Exercise Performance and Recovery

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2002 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Jordan Gaul

History

History of Secession

Jimmy Hicks

English

African-Americans' Interpretations of History

Greg Justice

Mathematics

The Chaos of Identity

Rob Luther

Religion

Introspective Look at the Mind and Theology of Martin Luther

Mark McKnight

Religion

Behold the Continuous Stutter: Sacramental Retrospective on Work of Howard Finster

Kagey Parrish

History

American Experience in Vietnam

William Reith

Mathematics

History of Calculus

Thom Robbins

Political Science

Policy Analysis of the FARC (Colombian terrorist group) and US National Security

Killian Zimmerman

Psychology

Effects of REM Sleep Deprivation on Rat Exploratory Behavior

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2001 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Brandon Coates

Mathematics

Investigation of the Theories and Conjectures Behind Two-Dimensional Simplicial Complexes

Jamie DeViese

Fine Arts

Antonio Salieri: An Examination of the Social Structure Within the Eighteenth Century Viennese Musical Community and its Effect on the Life and Works of One of Vienna's Most Acclaimed Composers

John Dozier

Psychology

The Relationship Between Quality of Caregiving and Development of Attachment in Clinical Samples of Children and Their Caregivers

Bert Drummond

Religion

Questioning the Secularization of Post-Communist Eastern Europe

Craig Elkins

History

Mansfield and Hemingway: A Challenge to Codes of Masculinity and Femininity in the Early Twentieth Century

Justin Ellett

Biology

Experiments with GFP-linked Transgenes

James Fraser

Religion

Trajectory of Common Prayer in the Third Millennium

Matthew Hartman

Political Science

A Policy Analysis of National Missile Defense With Regard to United States-Russian Relations and United States-Chinese Relations

Derek Ledford

Biology

Study of the Antibiotic Resistance of Haemophilus influenzae

Mark McKnight

Religion

Faith, Reason, and Mystery: A Critical Examination of Expression in a Post-Babel World

Jonathan Meeks

Psychology

The Effects of Music on Endurance: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature

Jason Ritchie

Political Science

Who Has the Right-Of-Way? A Case of Local Citizens Suing the Federal Government

Nate Stasko

Chemistry

Assembly and Computer Programming of an ENDOR Spectrometer

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2000 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Courtney Corbett

Psychology

The Effects of Atropine, Glutamate, and GABA Injections to the Thalmic Reticular Nucleus on a Covert Orienting Task in Rats

Jonathan Goode

Psychology

The Effects Academic Procastination and Library Anxiety Have on the Use of the Library

Kristian Hargadon

Biology

Enhancing the Immune Reponse to Melanoma

Daniel Larison

Religion

The Theology of Dissent: Orthodox Traditionalism Confronts Modernity

Matthew Marable

Psychology

The Reliability of Mock Jurors: Does Eyewitness Testimony and DNA Evidence Influence the Decisions of Mock Jurors?

Andrew Nilan

Economics

Risk Analysis of Market Neutral Hedge Funds

James Samans

Computer Science

Computer Operating Systems for the Home and Office User

Aaron Speak

Biology

The Impact of Conservation Practices Aimed at Reduction of Sediment and Bacteria on the Biological Aspects of Wallen Creek

Julien Warren

Psychology

The Effects of Ibotenic Acid Lesions on the Entopeduncular Nucleus

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1999 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Sofi Bin-Salamon

Chemistry

Optimized Synthesis of Borazocine-Suspect

Tim Chatman

Political Science

The Historical Context of Foreign Policy Problems Associated with Glasnost and Perestroika

George Cooper III

Psychology

The Role that CAPD Plays in Mediating the Effectiveness of Test-Taking Accommodations for Students Diagnosed with ADD and Learning Disabilities

Kenny Fernandez

Biology

Retinoic Acid and Its Role in the Development of the Zebra Fish Lens

Michael Gregory

Biology

Locomotor Adaptations of the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Christopher Gross

Religion

The Conversation between Religion and Morality in Christianity, Atheism, and Buddhism

Kristian Hargadon

Biology

The Effects of Retinoic Acid on Lens Development

Brad Henry

Religion

Flannery O'Connor: The Prayer of the Pharisee

Jeremy John

Political Science

Maimonides' Roots of the Divine Law and Theological-Political Crisis in Medieval Judaism

Michael Jones

Psychology

The Effectiveness of Strategies and Accommodations for Elementary School Students

Kevin Kolbash

Psychology

The Effects of Muscimol Injections to the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus on a Covert Orienting Task in Rats

Chris Mercer

Psychology

An Investigation of Testing Accommodations: Which Accommodations Are Effective, and for Whom?

Spence Shelley

Biology

Investigations of Antibiotic Resistance in Serratia marcescens during Ultraviolet Light Exposure

Chad Winger

Political Science

Medieval Subordination of Either Philosophy or Religion

Scott Witte

Psychology

Comparing the Effectiveness of Accommodations on High-School-Aged Students with Learning Disabilities and ADD

Robert Young

Religion

The Practice of Engaging Realization: An Investigation into the Relationship between Meditation and Social Engagement

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1998 Research Projects

Name

Department

Topic

Chris Allmond

Physics

The Construction of a Thirty-Watt Continuous Beam Carbon Dioxide Gas Laser

Barret Bernard

Psychology

The Effects of Familial Conflict Resolution on the Academic Performance of College Students

Sofi Bin-Salamon

Chemistry

Investigations of Antioxidant Capacities via Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy

Travis Ellwanger

Psychology

A Developmental Study Focused on Predictors of Racism and Sexism in Preschool-Aged Children

Kenny Fernandez

Biology

Inhibitors of Retinoic Acid Action in the Development of Xenopus laevis

Jason Fowlkes

Chemistry

Synthesis of Bromphenac and Study of Possible Free Radical Metabolites

Greshaun Fulgham

Economics

Game Theory and the Honor System at Hampden-Sydney College

Jeremiah John

Political Science

Brazil's Politics of Development: Military Rule and the Transition to Liberal Democratic Government

Kip Keener

Political Science

An Analysis of the Formulation of Abortion Laws in Developed Countries

Justin Kelly

Physics

A Theoretical and Numerical Analysis of Optoacoustics in Liquids

Christopher Lea

Chemistry

An Enhanced Data Station for the Chemistry Department Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer

Brian Mackey

Psychology

The Effectiveness of Various Accommodations Used by College Students with Learning Disabilities: An Empirical Investigation

Owen Seely

Physics

A Study of Single-Shot Transient Optoacoustic Waves in CS2 at High Input Energies

David Smith

Mathematics & Computer Science

Studies in Genetic Algorithm Programming, with an Application in Non-Zero-Sum Game Science Theory: The Repeated Prisoner'[s Dilemma

Nathaniel Somerville

History

The Contributions of Ohioans in the American Civil War: A Microcosm of the Popular Effort of the Northern People

William Toomey

Economics

Euatom: European Atomic Energy

James Vaughan

Psychology

A Re-examination of the Effect of Extrinsic Rewards on Intrinsic Behavior

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1997 Research Projects 

Name

Department

Topic

Chris Allmond

Physics

Construction of a Ten-Watt Carbon Dioxide Laser

Daniel Armata

Chemistry

An Advanced User System for an ESR Spectrometer

Richard Bakewell

Religion & Biology

Sin in Society: A Scientific and Religious Examination

Antonio Bedford

Psychology

The Development of Resilience in "High Risk" Children

Matt Chidley

Chemistry

Investigations of the Antioxidant Potency of Substituted Phenols via Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy

Tom Davis

Psychology

A Developmental Study Focused on the Emergence of Racism, Sexism, and Ageism

John Duval

Economics

Estimation of the Demand for a Hampden-Sydney Education

Todd Heaton

Biology

The Effect of Immunophilin Identity and Concentration on Glucocorticoid Receptor Function in Treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

T. I. Johnson

Religion

Defining Theology's Change of Epistemology: The Ideals of Modern Christianity

Matt Kolbinsky

Physics

Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET) Analysis

Shane Mann

Physics

Thermoacoustic Refrigeration

Tay Moss

Religion

The Religious Patterns of Nepal

Alan Palmer

History

The Effect of Technology and Topography on Pivotal Battles

Rodney Shifflette

Philosophy

The Value of Life Affirmation

Phillip Townsend

Physics

Thermoacoustic Engines

Jonathan Vaughn

Political Science

The Gulag's Eyes: Solzheitsyn on Communism and the West

Jon Vordermark

English

Moby-Dick and the Forgotten Grotesque

Baker Wright

Psychology

An Investigation of the Consequences of Divorce on Academic Performance in Different Aged Children and Adolescents

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1996 Research Projects 

Name

Department

Topic

Floyd Canfield

Classics

Herodotus's Medicine

Thad Davis

Psychology

An Analysis of Personality Variables in School-Aged Children with Learning Disabilities

Benjamin deLee

Fine Arts

Centrally Planned Vaulted Structures in Rome, Ravenna, & North Africa in the Early Middle Ages

Gordon Gifford

Psychology

Comparison of the Dual Distraction and Redefinition Mechanisms Underlying Audioanalgesia: A Pilot Study

Randy Jones

English & History

Rocky Road: The Long Journey to Educational Freedom in Prince Edward County

Matt Kolbinsky

Physics

Studies of the Time Variability of High Energy Gamma-Ray Sources

John Lansche

Psychology

Teachers' Perceptions of Students with Learning Disabilities

Jim Sparks

Philosophy

Michael Ruse's Ethical Objectivity Dilemma

Cory Williams

Biology

Are Bottlenose Dolphins near Beaufort, North Carolina, resident or migratory?

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