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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Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)

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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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Links Between Environmental Conditions and Whole Body Regeneration of a Colonial Ascidian, Cecilia Hernandez and Sarah Cohen

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Comparing Regional Population Genetic Effects in Leptasterias spp., Kristen N. Runge and Sarah Cohen

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Effects of Tidal Elevation on Recruitment and Survival of Barnacles, Jason Thomas, Andrew Chang, and Chela Zabin

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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.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)

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The Non-Parametric Luminosity Evolution of Long Gamma-ray Bursts and Star Rate Formation, Miguel Aguilar and Maria Dainotti

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Effects of tidal elevation on the recruitment and survival of Balanus and Chthamalus, Evie Borchard and Hasan DeMirci

Development and Optimization of the Protocol for the SSRL Plate for In-situ Crystallization and Automated Diffraction, Brooke Connell, Silvia Russi, and Aina Cohen

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Thermal Performance Testing of LSST Science Raft Towers, Mirian Juan Estrella and Kevin Reil

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Development and Optimization of the Protocol for the SSRL Plate for In-situ Crystallization and Automated Diffraction Data Collection, Joanna Siegfried, Silvia Russi, and Aina Cohen

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Running title: Insights into catalytic mechanism of aerobic 4-hydroxybutryl-CoA dehydratase, Danielle Baur

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X-Ray Spectroscopy of NiO and Nanodiamond at SSRL, Jackson Earl

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Resistance Temperature Detectors in a Cryostat Refrigeration System, Kirsten Marie Manahan and Alice Callen

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Piloting STEAM career camp for high school girls and improving project efficiency for the vacuum lab, Carolina Nava

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Light Curves in X-Rays and Gamma-Rays, Daniel H. Sellers

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Probing the Surface of Nanodiamonds at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and San Jose State University, Jocelyn Valenzuela, Jackson Earl, Cynthia Melendrez, Grace Jeanpierre, Dennis Nordlund, and Abraham Wolcott

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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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Cataloging the Campus Trees of Cal Poly, Isaac Yorke and Matt Ritter

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Adapting Cell-Free Protein Synthesis as a Platform Technology for Education, Grace W. Chu, Max Z. Levine, Nicole E. Gregorio, and Javin P. Oza

ANITA: Using ZHAireS to simulate upward traveling tau-neutrinos, Cora Marie Karamitsos

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Reversible Motion In a Contact Line, Audrey Profeta, Esmeralda Orozco, Juan A. Ortiz Salazar, Dani Medina, and Nathan C. Keim

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Applications of Diels-Alder Chemistry in Polymer Synthesis, Joshua C. Stambaugh, Philip J. Costanzo, and Sierra E. Gosting

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Impacts of Nutrient Enrichment on Native and Non-Native Plants in Serpentine Soil, Amber R. Williams, Mary Devlin, and N. Rajakaruna

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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