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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California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI)

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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

California State University, Sacramento (Sac State)

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Do Aggression Levels in Male Betta Splendens Increase in the Presence of a Female Audience?, Katherine Johnson and Ron Coleman

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Regeneration of blood vessels within diabetic wounds after treatment with mesenchymal stem cells, Angel V. Contreras Cardenas, Tomas Rojo-Castro, Alan Alex, Gabriel Bascara, Rosalyn Isseroff, and Thomas R. Peavy

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Is DNA Available for Analysis in Convict Fry, Convict Wrigglers, Dead and/or Preserved Fish?, Yasamin Haider

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Understanding Cost-of-Care Conversations, Erica Oberg and Susan L. Perez

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Designing an Authentic Behavioral Research Experience in the Classroom Using Siamese Fighting Fish, Betta splendens, Gianne Souza and Ronald M. Coleman

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Impacts of kelp forest restoration on species richness and carbon sequestration, Lisa Calhoun and Jamie Kneitel

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Bacterial Expression of Plant Pyruvate Kinase, Kristina Fuller

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Bacterial Expression of Plant Pyruvate Kinase, Kristina Fuller

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Father Convict Cichlids Bite Intruders More Often in Hot Temperatures, Jesse L. Heckendorf

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Winter Freeze Decreases the Emergence of Fauna and Flora in California Vernal Pools, Korena S. Hendryx and Jamie Kneitel

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Detection of Catecholamines Produced in Planktonic P. aeruginosa and S. aureus Treated with Adult Bovine Serum, Jorge A. Serrano, Anil Serrano, Shaleni Singh, Jaime Fuentes, Robert Crawford Dr., Rivkah Isseroff, and Thomas Peavy

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Mother Convict Cichlids Inflict More Bites Upon an Intruder in Hot Temperatures, Jesse L. Heckendorf

Complex Biotic Interactions in a California Vernal Pool Ecosystem, Korena S. Hendryx and Jamie Keitel

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Aquaponics and Basil Plant Density, Danika L. MacMaster, Brook Murphy, and Dudley Burton

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Local Buckling Behavior of Round Steel Tubes Subjected to Compressive Loads, Joseph Moore and Ben Fell

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Assessment of Salmon Habitat on the Feather River, Nathan Sweem

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Updating and Revising Star Camera for Future Flights of Balloon Borne Experiment, Krystle N. Sy and Seth Hillbrand

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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Optimizing the Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator for SOFIA, Zoe E. Sharp, Alex QuyenVo, Jennifer Briggs, and Brian Eney

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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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Heat Inactivation of Embedded Bacterial Spores, Berenice Badillo and Wayne Shubert

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Analyzing the Hypervolume of Plant Functional Traits in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Rosina Garcia, David Schimel, and Ryan Pavlick

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The Effects of Organic Compounds on the Mineralogy and Growth of Chimneys in Early Earth Conditions, Michelle Hooks and Laura Barge

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Top-Down Engineering Design Process, Joshua E. Katz and Paulo Younse

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Identification of InSight 2016 and 2018 Bacterial Isolates, Jamie N. Lehnen and Arman Seuylemezian

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Natural Robot Control Interfaces Using Wearable Sensors, Maximilian Salceda and Chris Asad

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On-Ice Arctic Sea Ice Thickness Measurements by Auger, Core, and Electromagnetic Induction, Ryan E. Avila and Benjamin Holt

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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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Chemical Gardens: The Effects of Organic Compounds on Inorganic Precipitates, Michelle R. Hooks, Laura M. Barge, and Paul Webster

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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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Development and Curation of the Sample Data Library for the Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory, Meika R. Nwaomah, Lorenia Jimenez, and Michael Tuite

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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