STAR Program

The STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) program offers pre-service and early career K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers paid summer research experiences in 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 closing 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 science and math 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 posters illustrating the diverse fields of inquiry and depth of research projects grouped by our partner lab sites.

For more information visit: www.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 Grant No. 0952013 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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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

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Smooth Representation of Functions on Non-Periodic Domains by Means of the Fourier Continuation Method, Nicholas Rubel, David Bilyeu, and Justin Koo

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Evolution of Perturbations in Flow Field Mechanics, Samantha R. Bell, David Forliti, Nils Sedano, and Kriss Vanderhyde

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Does a Plastron Improve Heat Transfer?, Madani A. Khan, Jeffrey Alston, and Andrew Guenthner

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injector Configuration and Development of a Methodology to Scale Between Cold-Flow and Hot-Fire Evaluations, ILIAN ANGEL ROJAS and Nils Sedano

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Particle Image Velocimetry of Transverse Jets in Crossflow, Jesse K. Tsai, Kayla Kuzmich, David Forliti, Kriss Vanderhyde, and Nils Sedano

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Extending the Shelf Life of Solid Rocket Motors Through Mechanical Activation of, Emilio J. Cantu, Hope Klukovich, and Timothy Haddad

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Use of Thermodynamic Models for Optimizing Fuel Treatment Processes, Shawn PJ Kirby and Andrew Guenthner

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)

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Using Data Visualization Software to Aid in the Analysis of Geographical Data, Matthew R. Evers and Inzamam Rahaman

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Towards Bioregenerative Life Support for Extended Human Exploration: Experiment Development for Testing the Fitness of Algae in Space, Audrey Fry, R. Craig Everroad, Jessica E. Koehne, Thomas E. Murphy, and Brad M. Bebout

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Chloroamino Acids as a Chemical Explanation for Viking Labeled Release Soil Activity on Mars, John C. Hironimus

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Stability of Lidocaine Tested by Forced Degradation and its Interactions with Serum Albumin, Lindsay Nichols

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Hypometabolic Stasis in Snails (Cornu aspersum) for Adaptability and Survivability Under Extreme Environmental Conditions, Jamie Lyn D. Pacada, Lauren Mc Keown, Sadaf Esteaneh, Oscar L. Ramos, Yekaterina Popova, and Yuri V. Griko

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Fabrication and Characterization of a Vertically-Oriented Graphene Supercapacitor, Patrick R. Rice, Jiaxin Cui, Ahmad Badr, Michael M. Oye, Jessica E. Koehne, and Meyya Meyyappan

Determining the Effect of Autogenic Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE) on Control of Autonomic Responses, Michelle D. Scire

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Wet Chemical Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials for Solar Cell Applications, Krystle N. Sy, Ramprasad Gandhiraman, and Jessica E. Koehne

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How to Save the World: One life (and UAV) at a time!, Natalie A. Wright

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Analyzing the Performance of the SOFIA Infrared Telescope, Sarah M. Bass, Jeffrey Van Cleve, and Zaheer Ali

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If it Isn’t Tested, it Doesn’t Work: Automated Verification of SOFIA Data Handling Software, Garrett Holthaus, Brett Stroozas, and Zaheer Ali

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Optimizing Electrode Design for Microbial Fuel Cells Used for Wastewater Treatment, Lindsay Nichols and John A. Hogan

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Validation of Data Reduction Interactive Pipeline for FORCAST on SOFIA, Brent C. Nicklas, William T. Reach, and Sachindev S. Shenoy

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The Standard New Astronomy Cryostat for SOFIA: A Design for Cryogen-Free Infrared Astronomy, Carey F. Scott, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Eric Burgh, earl T. Daley, Ali Kashani, and Zaheer Ali

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Mechanical Design of PIRD (Principal Investigator Rack Drawer) for SOFIA, Hari Prasad Shetty Mr., Murali Krishna Kandlagunta Mrs., John Miles Mr., and Zaheer Ali Mr.

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Abundance Patterns in the Spiral Galaxy Messier 33, Melissa A. Siemer and Ravi Sankrit

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Seeing Through A Cloudy Glass: Putting Limits On Planetary Nebulae Abundances Using Photoionization Modeling., Peter R. Sullivan and Ravi Sankrit

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Life Support: Long Term Storage of Solid Waste in an Enclosed Membrane System, Emmy O. Trieu, Michael Flynn, and Rocco Mancinelli

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FLITECAM Data Process Validation, Jesse K. Tsai, Sachindev S. Shenoy, Brent Cedric Nicklas, Zaheer Ali, and William T. Reach

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Integration and Testing of Safety Case Tool Support, Sarah Bass, Ewen Denney, and Josef Pohl

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Integration of FOB System to Crew Transfer Bag, Michaela Brant and Michael Flynn

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Simplified Microbial Mats: Unraveling a complex community one alga at a time., Donna A. Dela Calzada, Brad M. Bebout, and Angela Detweiler

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The effects of low dose gamma radiation on the production of bone cell communication factors, Anna DeNeui, Ruth Globus, L. Tran, and A. Kumar

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Analyzing Wind Turbine Controller Effects on Structure Stress, Leo Groner and Susan Frost

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NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) Platform Tradeoffs Analysis, Stephanie Kugler and Dougal Maclise

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Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Oxide, Jeremy A. Waddell, Arthur Cheng, and Bin Chen

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Electrical Energy Storage: Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanostructures for Potential Use in Flow Cell Batteries, Robin Young, Cristina Javier, Alex LeGrande, and Bin Chen

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Vapor Liquid Solid Growths of Germanium and Gallium Antimonide Nanowires, Ralph Alvarez, Esmeralda Arreola, Michael Oye, and Meyya Meyyappan

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Micro-Satellite Constellation for Global Surface Water Data, Arron Apperson and Vern Vanderbilt

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Forward Osmosis Bag: Ground Testing the Prospect of Using Alternative Water Sources for Drinking Water, Michaela Marie Brant, Ariella Yendler, Mona Hammoudeh, and Michael T. Flynn

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NASA Robot Project, Azi Crawford, Mark Leon, and Terry Grant

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MATLAB Based Algorithm to Find the Remaining State Of Charge, Ishrat Khatoon, Bhaskar Saha, and Kai Goebe

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NASA Robotics Academy Lunar Micro – Rover Project: Radiation Analysis, Daniel Ruiz, Michael Zwach, Vasha Dutell, Taylor Wilson, Lauren Gossen, and Mark Leon

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A Study of Ozone at Railroad Valley, NV and Trinidad Head, CA, Sarah L. Salazar, Laura T. Iraci, and Emma L. Yates

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Wavelength Selective Photovoltaics for Low Cost Electricity Generation, Leona Wong, Brad Bebout, Leslie Bebout, Sue Carter, and Erich Fleming

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Tunable Synthesis of Tungsten(VI) oxide Nanowires for Solar Powered Thin Film Devices, Nicholas Zabalza, Alex LeGrande, and Bin Chen

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SWaMP: Surface Water Monitoring Project, Arron Apperson and Vern Vanderbilt

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Zero G and Me: Modeling Cardiovascular Dynamics from Echocardiography and Impedance Cardiography during Parabolic Flight, Margaret Dominguez, Patricia Cowings, and Bill Toscano

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Utilization of remote Scanning Electron Microscope (rSEM) as a Science Teaching Tool for Public School Students, Patty Hay, Richard Boyle, and Joseph Varelas

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Automated Theorem Prover Axiom Management, Ashley T. Holeman and Ewen Denney

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Prognostics and Health Management of Batteries and Composites, Ishrat Khatoon, Bhaskar Saha, Abhinav Saxena, and Kai Goebel

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Designing a Deep Space Bioregenarative System, Hiram Lopez, Khrissaundra Journey, and Richard Boyle

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Pre-earthquake Signatures in Thermal Infrared and Radar Data, Stephanie Oliver, Shamma Alqassim, Steve Roth, and Vern Vanderbilt

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Carbon-based Materials for Extracting Urea to Recycle Waste Water in Space Applications, Chuong Vu, Eduardo Nicolau, Tra-my Justine Richardson, Carlos R. Cabrera, and Michael Flynn

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Algae and Cyanobacteria Behavior with Fixed Variables for Space Missions, Leona Wong, Brad Bebout, and Erich Fleming

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Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 into CH4, Nicholas Zabalza, Alex LeGrande, Tuan Tran, Kathy Hong, and Bin Chen

Biosphere 2

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Seven Anion Comparison for the Center and West Hill Slope Systems in the Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO) Project, Sarah C. Corrigan, Edward Hunt, and Katerina Dontsova

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Does the Production of Isoprene Affect the Productivity of Poplars?, Erik J. McFarland, Elizabeth Ann Parra, Greg Barron-Gafford, Rebecca Larkin Minor, and Maggie Heard

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Effects of Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy on Students' Attitudes about Science, Erica Oberg

California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI)

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The Pioneer of Santa Rosa Island, Andrea Martinez, Michael Perez, Kathryn McEachern, Sarah Chaney, and Ken Niessen

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Sediment Loss of Santa Rosa Island Slopes: An Erosional Study, Michael Perez

California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno)

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Identifying Glacial Movement through Fluvial Sediment Analysis, Alexis D. Freeman

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Chemical Oxygen Demand Reduction Using the algae Dunaliella primolecta and Chlorella vulgaris, Angeles L. Mora, Alejandro Hernandez, and Alejandro Calderón-Urrea

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San Joaquin River's Sediment Textural Features, Erika Arreguin-Cazarez

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Geochemical Analysis Of Ice Age River Deposits From Turlock Lake Formation, Cemex Quarry Fresno, Ca, Ray J. Bargas

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San Joaquin River Grain Size, Anallely Ceballos

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Wastewater Filtration Using Dunaliella primolecta, Scenedesmus dimorphus and Chlorella vulgaris, Tamar Melkonian, Angeles Mora, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Growing Conditions for Algae, Angeles Mora, Tamar Melkonian, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Using Strat Columns to Interpret Sequence Stragraphy of Glacial Driven Stream Deposits of the Acient San Joaquin River, Kyle R. Scharton

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Bead Based Multiplexing for the Simultaneous Detection of Salmonella enterica, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, Francisco Fernandez, Karamveer Singh, Sonam Sahni, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Identifying Molecular Markers Associated with Salt and Boron Tolerance in Poplar Trees, Darshanpreet Gill, Nathan Follen, Davis W. Cheng, Kyan Salehi, Gary Banuelos, and James P. Prince

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The Effects of Temperature and Ovarian Stage on Vitellin Concentrations in Sicyonia Ingentis, Lacee Sherman, Brian Tsukimura, Robert Delmanowski, and Alan Terusaki

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Detection of Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli O157 and Listeria monocytogenes through bead based Magpix® fluidics, Karamveer Singh, Francisco Fernandez, Sonam Sahni, and Alejandro Calderón-Urrea

NASA Armstrong (Formerly Dryden) Flight Research Center

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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