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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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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Sulfur Characterization of Biochar, Shealyn Malone and Singfoong Cheah

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Identification of the Enzymes Responsible for the Detoxification of Furfural and 5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furalaldehyde in Zymomonas moblis, Joshua Myatt, Mary Ann Franden, and Min Zhang

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Determination of an Efficient Method for the Extraction of Xylan from Delignified Corn Stover Using Dimethyl Sulfoxide, John Rowley and Stuart Black

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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Comparative Analysis of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) Using ToF-SIMS, Danielle Baur and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Bio-oil Characterization via UV-Vis Spectroscopy: Phenols and Aromatic content, Emily S. Bladorn, Asanga B. Padmaperuma, and Mariefel Olarte

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MinT-Net: Novel and Scalable Network-enabled Comparative Tools for Stress Studies of Microbiomes in Transition, Alexis Gomez, Arun Sathanur, and Mahantesh Halappanavar

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Development and implementation of an optimization model to improve airport security., Kassandra Guajardo, Angela Waterworth, and Robert Brigantic Ph.D.

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Using In Situ Liquid Single Photon Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SPI-MS) to Probe Lithium Polysulfide Electrolyte in Motion, Aala M. Al Hasan, Jiachao Yu, Juan Yao, Vijayakumar Murugesan, Manjula Nandasiri, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Comparative Analysis of In situ Fibronectin Using ToF-SIMS, SPI-MS, and dropDESI-MS in a Microfluidic Reactor, Shannon Fasing, Xiao-Ying Yu, Juan Yao, and Jiachao Yu

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Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Lifecycle Cost Modeling, Kassandra Guajardo, Angela Waterworth, and Aimee Holmes

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Density Functional Theory based Electrolyte Design Formulation for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Cynthia Ly, Carolyn Sturges, and Vijay Murugesan

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The Evaluation of the Response of American Eels to Rapid Decompression, Christina MacMillan, Alison Colotelo, John Stephenson, Briana Rhode, and Trevor Macduff

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Measurement and modeling of cosmic ray exposure for SuperCDMS dark matter detectors., Kameron McCall, John Orrell, and Jared Yamaoka

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Cyber Security training tools for the nuclear energy sector, VU A. PHAM

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Calculating the Energy Barriers Required to Join Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis Intermediates with Non-Equilibrium Molecular Simulation, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, Roger Rousseau, and Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou

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Weights and Balances: Integrating Models for Prevention and Response to Southern California Offshore Oil Spills, Carmen Watts Clayton and Amoret Bunn

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Design and Fabrication of Liquid Scintillator Counter, Andrea Calderon Saucedo and John L. Orrell

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Chemical Mixture Methodology (CMM): Using 15 Health Code Numbers, Kolyne S. De Jesus, Juan Yao, Clifford Glantz, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Enhancing the Chemical Mixture Methodology: Incorporating 20 Health Code Numbers, Lauren Fletcher, Juan Yao, Cliff Glantz, and Xiao-Ying Yu

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An Interactive User Interface Improves Data Visualization in R, Nathan Sweem

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Calculating the Energy Barriers Required to Join Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis Intermediates with Non-Equilibrium Molecular Simulation, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, Roger Rousseau, and Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou

Calculating the Energy Barriers Required to Join Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis Intermediates with Non-Equilibrium Molecular Simulation, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, Roger Rousseau, and Vassiliki-Alexandria Glezakou

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The Effects of Electrolyte Chemical Composition, Concentration and pH on the Electrochemical Redox Reactions, Sea Choi and Xiao-Ying Yu

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The Chemical Mixture Methodology and Why We Enhance It, Erin Griffin

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Reading in Binary Data and Creating an R User Interface, Malika J. Onstad, Brett Amidan, and Kimberly Freeman

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XRF Analyses of PreHanford Orchards, Komal Rana

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Energy Surety for US Army Buildings in Afghanistan, Eric D. Reisweber

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Determining Force Field Parameters Involved with Metal Organic Framework Synthesis, Marcus A. Tubbs, David Cantu, and Vanda Glezakou

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Wind Speed and Seismic Motion Data Analysis, Margarita Vidrio

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Testing compounds as sole carbon sources of strains isolated from the Hot Lake phototrophic mat, Lyzbeth Becerra and Stephen Lindemann

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Verifying R code and visualizing Power Grid data: Signature Quality Metrics and GUI development, Emmanuel C. Herrera and Brett Amidan

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Lithic Analysis of Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site Sediments, Kaitlin M. Hill and George V. Last

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Fishing For Peptides, Kevin Nguyen, Heather Brewer, and Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic

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Investigating Graph Clustering For The Power Grid, Gabriela Radu and Emilie Hogan

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IO3- and I- Sorption from Groundwater by Layered Double Hydroxides, Abbey Rickelmann, Emily Campbell, Natasha Pence, Tatiana Levitskaia, Sayandev Chatterjee, and Frances Smith

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Fuel Cell Membranes, Tessa Brown and Ram Devanathan

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Further Development of the Chemical Mixture Methodology (CMM) Wizard, Sarah Horn, Cliff Glantz, Xiao-Ying Yu, and Alex Booth

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Improving the Efficiency of Homologous Gene Replacement by Disrupting Non-Homologous End Joining Pathway Gene KusA in the Oleaginous Fungus Mortierella alpina, Kathleen T. Krueger, Ziyu Dai Dr, Ugur Uzuner, and Scott E. Baker Dr

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Further Development in Nondestructive Methods to Gauge Life Expectancy in Ferromagnetic Components, David Millard, Pradeep Ramuhalli, and Jacob Fricke

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Using ETF Data to Monitor Systemic Risk, Melissa A. Siemer and Brett Amidan

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Steroids and SSRIs in Wastewater and EE2 Uptake in FHM, Elizabeth Ellen Wittenberg and Irvin R. Schultz

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Migrating the CMM Wizard to a Robust ASP.NET Format, Alexander E. Booth, Jeremy Rishel, Cliff Glantz, and Xiao Ying Yu

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Spectroscopic Properties of Lanthanide (III) Compounds in Aqueous and Ionic Media, Orissa A. Burghard, Sayandev Chatterjee, Zheming Wang, and Samuel A. Bryan

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Interspecies Comparison of αII-Spectrin Abundance Between Chinook Salmon and Steelhead, Brielle D. Kemis, Ann L. Miracle, Katie A. Wagner, and Christa M. Woodley

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Velo: A Knowledge Management Platform for Modeling and Simulation, Molly K. Kessie and Ian Gorton

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Modeling Non-destructive Methods to Gauge Life Expectancy in Ferromagnetic Metals, David Millard and Jeff Griffin

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Quantitative Characterization of Microstructure Features for 1st Generation Advanced High Strength Steels, Margarita Vidrio, Ellen Liu, Donsheng Li, Kyoo Sil Choi, and Xin Sun

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Enhancing Emergency Preparedness: The Chemical Mixture Methodology Wizard, Kimberly Schutte and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Acoustic Health Monitoring of Electronic Devices, Tim Smith and Morris Good

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Assessing Nuclear Proliferation by Using System Dynamics Modeling, Samuel V. Stafford and Alan Brothers

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)

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O1 haplotype diversity of the invasive colonial tunicate Didemnum vexillum in Drakes Estero and Bodega Bay, Cecilia Hernandez, C. Sarah Cohen, and Rachel Weinburg

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Testing for variation in Leptasterias spp. prey preference across different populations and microhabitats, Adam S. Tricomo and C. Sarah Cohen

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Growth Rate of Copepods in the San Francisco Bay, Brooke Bemowski, Wim Kimmerer, and Toni Ignoffo

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Abundance of Crabs and Predation on Hemigrapsis oregonensis in Tiscornia Marsh, San Francisco Bay, Alynn Hoffman, Julie Anne Gonzalez, Michelle Marraffini, and Andrew L. Chang

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Why Was There a Harmful Algal Bloom in 2015: The Relative Growth of Toxic and Non-toxic Diatoms as a Function of Temperature, Ariana M. Jensen, Meagan P. Beley-Finnemore, Christopher E. Ikeda, and William P. Cochlan

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Monitoring abundance of Carcinus maenas developmental stages in Seadrift Lagoon, Andrea M. Fieber

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Identification and Abundance of Jellyfish in the San Francisco Estuary, Carrie Fong

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Performance variation in Leptasterias spp. among populations and habitats, Caleb Shaw and Sarah Cohen

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Performance Variation in Leptasterias spp. Among Populations and Habitats, Caleb Shaw, Laura Melroy, Janet Bair, and Sarah Cohen

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Jellyfish Throwdown: Invasive versus Native, Brooke Bemowski, Trisha Huynh, Lindsay J. Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Habitat Preference of the Introduced Green Crab Carcinus maenas, Brittany Susan Daum and Andy Chang

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Functional response of protected larval delta smelt, Carrie Fong, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Estimating migration rates between populations of Zostera marina in the San Francisco Bay, Elizabeth S. Gutierrez

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Salinity and Temperature Distribution of Jellyfish in the San Francisco Estuary, Trisha Huynh, Brooke Bemowski, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Salinity Distribution of Microplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, Carrie Ann Sharitt, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

Jellyfish Identification and Quantification in the San Francisco Estuary, Amalia Borson

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Jellyfish Identification and Quantification in the San Francisco Estuary, Amalia Borson, Lindsay L. Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Zooplankton Trophic Ecology in the San Francisco Estuary During Summer as Determined by Stable Isotope Analysis, Kyla BradyLong, Steven Westbrook, Julien Moderan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Behavioral Variation Between Two Clades of Leptasterias spp., Ashley Contreras and Sarah Cohen

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Behavioral Variation Between Two Clades of Leptasterias spp., Ashley N. Contreras

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Temporal variation in larval release in Botrylloides violaceous, Damion J. Delton and Sarah Cohen

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Estimating Genetic Diversity of the Invasive Tunicate Didemnum vexillum in Global Populations, Elizabeth S. Gutierrez and Sarah Cohen

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Feeding Ecology of Delta Smelt During a Seasonal Pulse of Turbidity, William A. Hilton, Aaron Johnson, and Wim Kimmerer

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Abundance and Distribution of Microplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, Carrie Ann Sharitt, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Using Stable Isotope Analysis of Zooplankton to Document Trophic and Biogeochemical Changes in the San Francisco Estuary, Steven C. Westbrook and Julien Moderan

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The Abundance and Distribution of Gelatinous Zooplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, Amalia Borson, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Functional Response of Protected Larval Stage Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), Jorge Ruiz, Lindsay Sullivan, Wim Kimmerer, and Joan Lindberg

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Population Density of Carcinus maenas in Seadrift Lagoon, Khalila Sailor and Gregory Ruiz

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Testing the salinity tolerance levels of similar invasive species found in the San Francisco Bay, Julia M. Smith, C. Sarah Cohen, and Elizabeth Sheets

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Developing Monitoring Methods for Leptasterias spp. as Sentinel Species in Detecting Local Environmental Changes, Zachary Sturbaum, Kathryn Nuessly, Riley J. Smith, and C. Sarah Cohen

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Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Study Zooplankton Trophic Ecology in San Francisco Estuary, Steven C. Westbrook, Julien Moderan, and Wim Kimmerer

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A Comparative Study of Botryllid Tunicates Regeneration in the San Francisco Bay, Michelle Wray and C. Sarah Cohen

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Tunicate Recruitment in a Temperature Fouling Community, Garrett Benjamin and Sarah Cohen

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Relationship of maternal flow environment to offspring size in Botrylloides violaceus, Damion J. Delton and Sarah Cohen

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Imported Nereis virens and Glycera dibranchiata as a Vector for Invasive Species in San Francisco Bay, Jason Christopher Hayes and Gregory M. Ruiz

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Contrasting Effects of Flow on Adult and Juvenile Ascidian Life History Stages, Including the Global Invasive Didemnum vexillum, Tren C. Kauzer and C Sarah Cohen

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Analysis of San Francisco Bay Environmental Conditions as they relate to Organismal Abundance, Mary Dournaee, Toby Garfield, and Sarah Cohen

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Settlement in Fouling Communities of San Fransisco Bay, Jacqueline Hill and Sarah Cohen

San Francisco State University (SFSU)

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Investigation of the Superlubricity of Graphene Coatings on the Macro Scale, Alex Joanis, AKM Newaz Dr., and Jonathan Pont

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Drag Reduction Using Graphene in Viscous Laminar Flow with Water and Isopropanol, Jessica M. Patalano and AKM Newaz Dr.