STAR Program

The STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Program provides aspiring and early career K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers paid summer research experiences at national, university, and independent laboratories. STAR Fellows pursue a prestigious "teacher-researcher" career path starting with an original research project for 9 weeks. Weekly education workshops and conferences support Fellows considering how the "doing of science" can be translated into the "teaching of science. " Each STAR Fellow presents their research at a conference. Many become STEM leaders and go on to present at state and national teaching and professional society meetings.

STAR aims to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of high quality STEM teachers. The STAR program is administered on behalf the California State University system by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME). STAR has supported hundreds of Fellows since its inception in 2006.

This Digital Commons series presents Fellow's research presentations in poster and short-oral presentation formats illustrating the diverse fields of inquiry and depth of research projects engagement provided by our partner lab sites.

For more information visit: StarTeacherResearcher.org

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About STAR - STEM Teacher and Researcher Program
Poster presented at the Teacher Research Experience Conference

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under multiple grants and contributions from philanthropic foundations. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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NASA Armstrong (Formerly Dryden) Flight Research Center

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Digital Motor Control for Hybrid-Electric Aircrafts, Aala M. Al Hasan and Kurt J. Kloesel

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Streamlining Computational Methods in Industrial Hygiene, Rebecca Baiman and Miriam Rodón-Vachon

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Wind Climatology: A Study of Trends on Rodgers' Dry Lakebed, Dana Coppernoll-Houston

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Landing on Mars: Operational Engineering, Cailtin Kennedy

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Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator, ALEX T. QUYENVO, ZOE SHARP, and JENNIFER BRIGGS

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FOSS Big Data Storage Solution, Gary L. Jaffe

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Big Data Storage Solution, Dulce P. Ramirez

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FOSS Big Data Storage Solution, nurdeen salami

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Characterization of Samples for Optimization of Infrared Stray Light Coatings, Carey L. Baxter, Rebecca Salvemini, Zaheer A. Ali, Patrick Waddell, Greg Perryman, and Bob Thompson

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Program Performance Analysis for the Flight Opportunities Program, Kirsten M. Fogg and Ronald M. Young

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Chemical Compatibility Study of Anti-Corrosive Materials for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Belyn Nicole Grant, Zaheer Ali, Greg Perryman, Stefan Teufel, and Brian Eney

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Designing a Cold Source to be Integrated with the Existing Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator, Rebecca L. Salvemini, Carey Baxter, Zaheer Ali, Greg Perryman, Robert Thompson, and Daniel Nolan

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Tools and Methods to Optimize the Analysis of Telescopic Performance Metrics on SOFIA, Steven R. Wilson, Holger Jakob, Stefan Teufel, Zaheer Ali, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Brian Eney, and Greg Perryman

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Evaluation and Calibration of the Focusing, and Tilting and Chopping Mechanisms of SOFIA, Brian Eney, Joshua Thompson, Holger Jakob, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Zaheer A. Ali, Alan Hatakeyama, and Matt Dillman

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Mathematical Modeling of Technology Payloads to Predict Expected Flight Need, Kirsten M. Fogg and Mark Collard

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Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator Performance Optimization, Joshua G. Thompson, Brian Eney, Zaheer Ali, and Bob Thompson

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Freeing Space for NASA: Incorporating a Lossless Compression Algorithm Into NASA's Fiber Optic Strain Sensing System, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Allen Parker

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Sitting in the Pilot's Seat: Optimizing Human-Systems Interfaces for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Steven Michael Queen and Kurt Sanner

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Analysis of Compression Algorithm in Ground Collision Avoidance Systems, Tyler Schmalz and Jack Ryan

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Determination Of Water Vapor For Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy Aircraft (SOFIA), Michelle Wen, Edward Teets, and Christopher Busby

Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB)

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Using Modeling and Simulation to Analyze Complex Aircraft, Kimberlee Margosian and Jason Lechniak

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Simulation of Wing Tip Vortices, Ryan Termath, Jason Lechniak, and Keerti bhamidipati

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

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Developing a Biophysical Model to Determine the Minimum Water Requirement for Irrigating Known Crops, Robyn M. Williams and Lahaouri Bounoua

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Using the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) to Observe Trends in Pollutants, James Ruff and Charles Gatebe

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The Coolest Place in the World, Joseph Spekterman and Alan Kogut

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Analyzing Sun Photometer Data to Discover Trends and to Create Educational Activities for Students, Robyn Williams and Charles Gatebe

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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PIXL X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, Naomi K. Bacop

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Detecting Seasonal Volatile Transport on Triton through Photometric Observations, David M. Dombroski, Bonnie Buratti, and Michael Hicks

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Microorganisms Associated with Mars-Bound Spacecraft: Preservation, Identification, Characterization, Jamie N. Lehnen, Shara Chopra, Jonathan Diab, Arman Seuylemezian, and Parag Vaishampayan

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Fast Motion Planning of UAVs, Kaixi Wang

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Comparative analysis of zero-order hillslope carbon and nitrogen heterogeneity using solid and liquid samples, Corinne K. Webb, Ed Hunt, Eunice Villasenor, and Katerina Dontsova

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GC Verification of the Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor, Jessica S. Castro, Richard D. Kidd, and Jeffrey D. Hein

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Characterizing Exoplanet Host Star Atmospheres using Spectroscopy, Kristen Fahy

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Citizen Science Sensor Development - SMAP | Soil Moisture Active Passive, Hagop Hovhannesian

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Identification of Microorganisms Isolated from Mars-Bound Spacecraft Using MALDI-TOF, Melanie K. Phillips

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Designing and Implementing a Planetary Geology Course for Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Jessica Joyce DiMizio

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Broadband Photometry of Pluto, David M. Dombroski, Bonnie Buratti, and Heath Rhoades

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Collecting Diverse Microorganisms from Rover Spacecraft, Jennifer I. Jacobs, Arianna Jefferson, Heidi Aronson, James Tan, Wayne Schubert, and Parag Vaishampayan

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Fatty Acid Recovery and Identification in Mars Analogue Soil Samples, Kimberly E. Lykens

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Mapping Open Water Bodeis with Optical Remote Sensing, Mary Ellen O'Donnell and Erika Podest

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Environmental Testing of Lasers for JPL's Cold Atom Laboratory, Carey L. Baxter

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Phylogenetic Diversity of Microbial Isolates from the Mars Pathfinder, Kyla BradyLong, Adriana Blachowicz, Parag Vaishampayan, James N. Benardini, and Wayne Schubert

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Comparison of the Promega and Kikkoman ATP Devices, Ryan Hendrickson, James Nick Benardini, and Kasthuri Venkateswaran

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Space RACE: Capturing an Orbiting Sample and a Nation’s Imagination, Stephanie La Liberte, Andrew Chavarin, Shubham Gogna, C. Daniel Thomas, Vy Phung, and Gabriel Udomkesmalee

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How Clean is the Clean Room?, Erik J. McFarland

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Using Remote Sensing Data to Predict the Spread of Mosquito Borne Disease, Mary Ellen O'Donnell and Erika Podest

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Laser Frequency Stabilization for LISA, Andrew B. Parker, Andrew J. Sutton, and Glenn De Vine

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Exploring Soil Moisture Protocol Alternatives for the Classroom Setting, Garrett Smith

Archival and Analysis of Sea Ice Thickness in the Arctic Ocean Based on On-Ice In Situ Historical Measurements, Lesley Anderson

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Engineering Design: Sample Return Mission, Erol Chandler, Moogega Cooper, and Kimberly Lykens

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From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Characterization of Microorganisms Residing on Mars-Based Spacecraft, Ryan Hendrickson

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Juxtaposing NASA’s AERONET AOD with CARB PM data over the San Joaquin Valley to facilitate Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) PM pollution research, John Kanemoto

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Preservation of Biosignature Molecules in Potential Sample Return Container of the Mars 2020 Mission, Kimberly E. Lykens and Fei Chen Ph.D

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Detection of Viable Microorganisms Using Propidium Monoazide, Erik J. McFarland and Adrian Ponce Dr.

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Characterization of the Drilling via the Vibration Augmenter of Rotary-Drills and Sound Signal Processing of Impacted Pipe as a Potential Water Height Assessment Tool, Nicholas Morris

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Inter-Comparison of Forward Radiative Transfer Computer Models, Jesse Venegas, Anthony Davis, Michael Garay, and Olga Kalashnikova

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Raman Mapping of Mars Relevant Minerals Using Multiple Excitation Wavelenghts, Victoria Campbell and William Abbey

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Impact of Neutron Irradiation on the Thermoelectric Properties of Rare Earth‐Based Thermoelectric Materials, Zachary Chandler, Sabah Bux, Chen-Kuo Huang, Jagdishbhai Patel, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, and Thierry Caillat

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Playing "Hide and Seek" With Binary Stars, Elin Deeb and Raghvendra Sahai

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Using a Model‐Based Barameter to Detect Vegetation Changes from Polarimetric and Interferometric Radar Data, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Marco LaValle

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Propidium Monoazide qPCR for Viability Assessment of Microbes with Species Specificity, Carolyn Laymon, Adrian Ponce, and Nicholas Fingland

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Survival of B. horneckiae Spores Under Ground-Simulated, Sneha Tharayil and Parag Vaishampayan

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Building the Foundation for Student Observations Using NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft, Jamie Vargas and Rich Rieber

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Plexiglass Protection Shield for the Testbed System of the ATHLETE Rover, Shin Adachi

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Relationships between snow pack, soil moisture, and forest greenness: Implications for SMAP, Jordan Anderson, Noah Molotch, and Bin Guan

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Deep UV Penetration Depth in Astrobiologically Relevant Rocks & Minerals, Juliana Capra and William Abbey

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Investigation of a Statistical Metric for Validation of a Structural Dynamics Model, April Morton and Lee Peterson

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Planetary Protection Technology Survey for Mars Sample Return Mission, Arbella Moshava, Yin Lin, and Wayne Schubert

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Informing Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment Flight Schedule based upon Soil and Vegetation Freeze and Thaw Event Variation along the Alaska Ecological Transect, Jessica Potter, Kyle McDonald, and Erika Podest

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Comparison of Low and High Resolution Multiscale Ultrahigh Resolution (MUR) Level 4 Datasets, Robin Sehler and Jorge Vazquez

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Assessing Laser Lifetime Test Performance, Joe Weichman, Hamid Hemmati, and Malcolm Wright

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Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) Variability with Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), Sam Koshy, Douglas I. Hoffman, and Roc M. Cutri

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

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Updating Purchasing Specifications for Energy-Efficient Commercial Boilers for the Federal Energy Management Program, Arturo Avila and James Lutz

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Rock Porosity Analysis Using High Resolution X-ray Tomography, Leo Groner, Dula Parkinson, and Katya Bazilevskaya

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Remote Sensing Analysis for Salinity Management of Seasonal Wetlands, Debra L. S. Miller and Nigel W.T. Quinn

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Effects of Mechanical Ventilation Rates on Indoor Formaldehyde Levels, Thuy Nguyen and Henry Willem

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Recyclability of Ionic Liquid in Pretreatment of Eucalyptus Globulus, Melissa Ambrose, Kim Tran, Anthe George, and Bradley Holmes

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Cyanobacteria and Biosequestration: The Effects of High CO2 Levels on Calcifying Strains of Synechococcus, Fallon E. Frye, Stephanie M. Swarbreck, and Christer Jansson

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Next Generation of Quality Low Energy “Green” Windows, James M. Kennedy, R.J. Mendelsberg, and S.H.N. Lim

LIGO Hanford Observatory (LIGO)

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Using Fscans to detect combs in LIGO Detector Characterization Channels, Joseph M. Milliano and Gregory Mendell

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An analysis of the microseismic peak at LIGO Hanford Observatory, Nathan Sweem

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

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Quality Assurance of CO2 from Natural Gas Source For the SPRUCE Experiment, Kimberly Arias, Karis J. McFarlane, and Alexandra Hedgpeth

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Using Curcumin Nano-Lipid Particles in a Therapeutic Approach, Kayla Douglas, Angela Evans, Wei He, and Mathew Coleman

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Flow Sensor Integration for Precision Dispensing of Visco-Elastic Biomaterials, Robert V. Opel, William “Rick” Hynes, and Monica Moya

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Variations in Atmospheric 13C/14C Ratios within a Radiocarbon Preparatory Lab and Implications for AMS Measurements, Kimberly Arias, Alexandra Hedgpeth, and Karis McFarlane

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Optimization of a genomic editing system using CRISPR/Cas9-induced site-specific gene integration, Jillian L. McCool Ms., Nick Hum, and Gabriela G. Loots

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The Effects of Radiation Exposure: An in vivo vs in vitro Biomarker Study Analysis, Angeles L. Mora

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Investigating the Infection and Persistence of Sindbis Virus in Host Neurons, Gavin Schroter, Sally Hall, and Monica Borucki