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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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)

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To improve Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning by measuring the consumption of energy in the buildings., Steffany De La Torre

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Crystallography data analysis at LCLS, Cristina E. Garcia and Chun H. Yoon

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Dark Matter Search, Ramiro O. Garcia, Noah A. Kurinsky, Mike Kelsey, and Richard Partridge

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Searching for Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea, Alexandra D. Gutierrez, Emily L. Cardarelli, and Natalie Wright

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The Origin and Propagation of Cosmic Rays, Melida Paz

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Optimization Protocol for the SSRL In-Situ Crystallization and Automated Data Collection Plate, Joanna Siegfried, Brooke Connell, Aina Cohen, and Silvia Russi

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Characterizing Sediment from Riverton, WY, Natalie A. Wright, Emily L. Cardarelli, Christopher A. Francis, and John R. Bargar

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Protein Crystallization Tray Protocol Development, Brooke Connell

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Characterizing Upper Colorado River Basin Sediments, Kolyne S. De Jesus, Emily L. Cardarelli, Christopher A. Francis, and John R. Bargar

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Exploring Mathematical Strategies for Finding Hidden Features in Multi-Dimensional Big Datasets, Tri Duong, Fang Ren, and Apurva Mehta

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Understanding Molecular Bonding in Vitamin B12 Using X-Ray Spectroscopy, Jamie N. Lehnen

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Optimization and Coding of a LCLS Control Program, Tanner M. Worden

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Fortifying Glass, David Guo

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Mathematically Modeling Synchrotron Radiation, Amy B. Knowles and Jeff Corbett

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Using bromide tracer to measure uranium diffusivity in ground water sediments, Francis Michael Tee, Morris E. Jones, Megan K. Dustin, Sharon Bone, and John Bargar

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Reduction of Uranium by Bacterial Products, Adesanya A. Akinleye, Sharon Bone, and John Bargar

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Characterization of Polarized Synchrotron Light, Britny N. Delp and Jeff Corbett

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Characterization of Organic Carbon in Sediments from Old Rifle, CO, a Former Uranium Mill, Francis Michael Tee, Morris Jones, Sharon Bone, Michael Schaefer, Scott Fendorf, and John Bargar

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A prototype microwave cavity control circuit for use in next generation free electron laser, Josh Thompson, Peter Neal Barrina, Jiayi Jiang, Joe Frisch, Steve Smith, and Daniel Van Winkle

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Feedback Stabilization at SPEAR3, Daniel Kelley and Jeff Corbett

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Vertical Beam Size Measurements in the SPEAR3 Accelerator at SLAC, Natalie Ann LaRosa and Jeff Corbett

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Spectroscopic Study of Uranium (VI) Reduction by Plant Biomass, Margaret C. Murphy, John Bargar, and Noémie Janot

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Developing Software for the Beam Line Control Systems, Jennifer A. Beltran and Stefan Mannsfeld

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Commissioning of the ASTA Laser Lab with UV Pulse Length Characterization, Daniel Kelley and Jeff Corbett

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Electronics Development for the Cherenkov Telescope Array, Margaret C. Murphy and Justin Vandenbrouke

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Determining the Elemental Composition of Naturally Reduced Sediments at Old Rifle Aquifers, Don Pham, John Bargar, and Noémie Janot

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The Implementation of the Shear Correlation Function and the Matter Power Spectrum in R, Allison A. Scheppelmann and Deborah J. Bard

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Beam Halo Measurements at the SPEAR3 Synchrotron, Jonathan B. Kamp and Jeff Corbett

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Characterization of Uranium Species in Sediments under Iron and Sulfate Reducing Conditions Using Synchrotron-Based Techniques, Don Q. Pham and John Bargar

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Generation of Mid-IR Wavelengths, Deborah Robinson, Robert Hartsock, and Kelly Gaffney

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Supernova Remnants and Cosmic Ray Acceleration Mechanisms, Ariel L. Simons and Yasunobu Uchiyama

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High Quantum-Efficiency Electron Gun Tests at SSRL, Deborah Robinson and Jeff Corbett

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Nano Tomography of Fuel Cell, Michelle Wen, Yijin Liu, and Joy Hayter

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly SLO)

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The Influence of Natural Sounds on California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) Vigilance and Predator Detection, Christopher M. Garvin, My-Lan T. Le, and Clinton D. Francis

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Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Microbial Life in Artificial Landscapes, Roopkamal Kaur, Aditi Sengupta, and Peter A. Troch

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Is El Niño driving poleward range expansion of marine organisms?, Marilla R. Lippert, Justin Palmer, Danielle Zacherl, Maurice Goodman, and Crow White

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Flight Readiness Review (FRR): Are you ready to fly?, Lindsay Miller, Andrew Mercier, Olivia Lockhart, and Aaron Drake

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Using unmanned aerial vehicles (‘drones’) to collect data from tagged fishers in the environment, Vu A. Pham, Marc Horney, and Aaron Drake

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Testing and Development of the Data Acquisition for the ALICE Experiment Fast Interaction Trigger Detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Matthew A. Salinas, Austin E. Guard, and Jennifer L. Klay

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To Fish or Not to Fish? What effect do California’s marine protected areas have on up-and-coming Kellet’s whelk fishery?, Jennifer Greene

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Effects of Surface Coatings on Crystalization of Calcium Sulfate, Shawn PJ Kirby, Josiah Reams, Kamran Ghiassi, and Jeffrey Alston

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Testing the use of sealable bags as an alternative and less expensive method for tracing isotopes in plant matter, Sydney K. Lang, Joost van Haren, and Till H. M. Volkman

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Optimizing gDNA purification and qPCR techniques for specific detection and enumeration of probiotic bacteria, Katelynn C. Lee, Jennifer VanderKelen, and Christopher Kitts

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Studying the effects of serpentine soil on adapted and non-adapted species using Arduino technology, Kiana Saniee, Edward Himelblau, and Brian Paavo

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Size frequency variation of an emerging fisheries species across its biogeographical range, Katie O. Grady, Jenny Greene, and Crow White

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Do marine protected areas affect emerging fisheries population density?, Jennifer Greene, Katherine O. Grady, Crow White, and Danielle Zacherl

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Determining Antimicrobial Activity in Hydrolysates Obtained from Buttermilk Substrates by Trypsin and Pepsin, Deborah Kim, Karen Ramun, Stephanie Carpintero, Suyapa Padillo, Antonio-Jose Trujillo, and Rafael Jimenez-Flores

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Are Circadian cycles the dominant proteome rhythym in the intertidal mussel Mytilus californianus?, Kristina M. Koster, Cory Elowe, and Lars Tomanek

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The proteomic response in the crustacean molting gland of land crab Gecarcinus lateralis in response to artificially induced molting throughout its molting cycle., Andrea Reider, Talia B. Head, Lars Tomanek, and Donald L. Mykles

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How Many Particles are Present in The Air? Bioaerosol Detection Using an Air Particle Counter, Angie Pamela Rivera and Parag Vaishampayan

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Designing a remote aerial system to image and analyze the health of grape crops at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Alexander D. Vice, Dylan Benton, Adipratnia Asmady, Andrew Mercier, Andrew Meyer, Eric Belfield, and Aaron Drake

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Radiographic Density of Selected Materials at Different Thicknesses, Thien Quang Vu-Nguyen and Bernice Mills

A Comparison of Carbon Dioxide and Methane Levels at Four Tower Sites Across the United States, Brittany Susan Daum

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An Analysis of the Location of White Light Flares in the Sun's Atmosphere, Michelle D. Wilbur

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Characterization of Bacillus Bacterial Strains; Optimum Growth Temperature, Proteolytic and Lipolytic Activity, Jamie Anne Boring

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Effects of Composition and Separation Techniques on the Structure of Aggregates in the Milk Fat Globular Membrane, Tristan Dilbeck, Jose Ibarra, Rafael Jimenez-Flores, and Tracey Nguyen

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Finite Element Models of the Knee & Hip Joints: Using OpenSim to Predict Muscle Forces, Kevin S. Jones, Spencer D. Wangerin, Jeffrey D. Pyle, Stephen M. Klisch, and Scott J. Hazelwood

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Examination of Thin Layers of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton with Emphasis on Bioluminescence, Jordan Anderson, Ian Robbins, and Mark Moline

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STAR - Science Teacher and Researcher Program, Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education

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A Seed Infecting Fungus (Tilletia ehrhartae) Could Provide a Partial Biological Control Mechanism for Invasive Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina), Briana Overman, Fritz Light, and Francis Villablanca

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Acquisition of Morphological Variations of Mutant Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM Strains by Means of Atomic Force Microscopy, Daniel Ruiz, Derek Gragson, and Rafael Jiménez-Florez

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Sandia National Laboratory/California (SNL)

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The Effect of High Pressure Hydrogen on Volatiles in Polymers Buna-N and Viton A, DeAndre Minor, Bernice Mills, and Nalini C. Menon

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Comparison of Beta Backscatter and X-ray Fluorescence Methods to Measure Coating Thickness, Sergio Palomo and Bernice Mills

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Radiographic Density of Selected Materials at Different Thicknesses, Thien Quang Vu-nguyen and Bernice Mills

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Enhanced Presentation of Tomographic Data, Carmen Watts Clayton, Bernice Mills, George Beffleben, and Thien Vu-nguyen

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Enhanced Presentation of Tomographic Data, Carmen Watts Clayton, Bernice E. Mills, George Buffleben, and Thien Vu-Nguyen

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TufFoam Density Variation through Radiography, Sergio Contreras Esquivel

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Water Capacity of TufFoam, Kristina Fuller

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Radiographic Image Quality Enhancement by the Use of Copper Filters, Timothy T. Sakogawa and Bernice Mills

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C-Ring Contaminate Identification by Spectroscopy and Elemental Mapping, Thien Q. Vu-Nguyen and Bernice Mills

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Identifying Species in Mass Spectra Using Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Bradley Powers and Bernice Mills

Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley (SSL)

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Hunting Starstuff: Searching for Calcium-Aluminum-Rich Inclusions in Cometary Dust, Christian Engelbrecht

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Observing Magnetic Fields and Currents at the Night and Terminator Sides of Mars Through the Mars Global Surveyor Data, Nicole Ponce, Matthey Fillingim, and Alexander Fogle

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Probing the Alfvén Speed Profile Using Type II Radio Bursts, Peter Sullivan and Hazel M. Bain

Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST)

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Discovery of an Apoptosis Inducing Ligand for Burkitt Lymphoma, Carolyn Laymon, Kyla Bradylong, Mary Saunders, David Olivos, and Kit Lam

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Proteomic Sample Preparation Method: Rodent Blood High Abundant Protein Removal, Sasha Silvelstrini and Brett Chromy

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Verification of the Kcat Value of AAT via COPASI, Jeremy A. Waddell, Roque Troz, Melissa P. Hill, and Delmar S. Larsen