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2013 plenary speaker, Dr. Paula K. Shear

2013 Berea College Research Symposium

The Berea Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS), held each fall the same weekend that the Berea College Trustees visit campus, is an opportunity for the students and faculty to share research work with each other as well as these important campus visitors. This has been organized by the science programs in the past but participation is open to all members of the college community. In recent years we have structured the symposium with both talks and poster presentations as well as a plenary session.
The program for Fall 2013 will be held on Friday, October 18th. The 2013 BURS will start in the afternoon with student oral presentations, continue with student poster presentations, and end with a plenary talk by Paula K. Shear, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnat entitled "Neuropsychology of Epilepsy". She will be arriving in Berea before the symposium and anyone interested in talking to her about graduate school or her research in general should contact Jay Baltisberger. Jay Baltisberger
We generally start at 2:30 PM with two simultaneous oral presentation sessions (15 minutes each) in rooms 101 and 106 of the Science Building. The sessions are grouped by theme as much as possible. The poster session starts at 3:30 and is held in the lobby of the science building with posters from various fields (previous posters from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, education, African American Studies, economics, industrial arts, computer science, physical education & health, and mathematics). All students who pursued substantial research projects over the previous year are encouraged to present their research.
We have been hosting the BURS since 2001 and have records of participants going back to 2007 online (see links to the left).
Students and faculty interested in attending or participating in the 2018 BURS should either contact Jay Baltisberger or Anes Kovacevic of the chemistry program. Alternatively a student may elect to register online via the link on the Chemistry department web server.

Development of Low Cost, Efficient CZTS Thin Films and Solar Cells

Denzell Barnett
Mentor: Diedra Hodges
Performed at Southern Polytechnic State University
Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin-film photovoltaic cells have gained attention in solar cell research as a non-toxic, inexpensive, and efficient alternative in renewable energy. The cell operates as a diode in an electrical circuit by converting electromagnetic radiation to electrical energy in a current. These thin films have been popularized due to their potential to compete with other contending thin-film compositions such as Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS) and Cadmium Telluride (CdTe). CZTS thin-films have attractive properties, such as rare-metal free composition, low toxicity, and potential to compete with efficiencies produced from these other models. This study investigates the parameters of CZTS fabrication that affect the stoichiometric properties of the thin-film photovoltaic cell. Copper zinc tin sulfur (Cu2ZnSnS4) CZTS polycrystalline thin films were prepared by a non-vacuum liquid-based coating method enabling the fabrication of high efficiency, low cost and toxicity solar cell devices. A particle solution (slurry) was developed using the CZTS constituents, varying the range of composition ratios to achieve a stable stoichiometric kesterite CZTS crystal lattice structure. Preliminary data suggests that specific annealing temperatures directly correlate to ideal lattice structures.


Registration for the 103rd Kentucky Academy of Sciences Meeting should follow this link KAS Registration

The following students have registered to do presentations for 2013

Oral Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Leif Van Laar, Michon Martin, Christina Benedict, Alyssa Hubbard, Rebecca Jeong Berea College Variation in Diversity and Abundance of Salamanders in Relation to Human Development in Six Selected Stream Habitats in Central Kentucky abstract Roy Scudder-Davis biology
2 John F. Darling, Sophia Al-Maamary, Lauren A. Ballou, and Alanna M. Wentworth Berea College Seed germination ecology and seedling survivorship of the endangered cream gentian Gentiana flavida. A. Gray (Gentianaceae) abstract Chris Adams biology
3 Zachary Mullins Hazard Ortho Clinic An Orthodontic Internship Derek Watts biology
4 Pyae Phyo Berea College & The Ohio State University Using Phase Incremented Echo Train Acquisition (PIETA) Experiment to Measure Homonuclear 31P J-Couplings in Phosphate Glasses abstract Jay Baltisberger chemistry
5 Michael McCann Berea College Asymmetric Catalytic Synthesis of β-Ketoesters through Ketene Intermediation abstract Mary Robert Garrett chemistry
6 Kenny Madden Berea College & Eastern Kentucky University Berea Community Food System Assessment Andrea Woodward & Stephanie McSpirit child and family studies
7 Kyle Godbey Berea College Synthesis and exploration of Half-Metallic Heusler Alloys abstract Amer Lahamer physics
8 Danielle Schaper University of Colorado, Boulder Analyzing Topological Defects in Disordered Charge Density Waves in Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides abstract Kyle McElroy physics

Poster Presentations

# Name Host Title Mentor Major
1 Joshua Wedding, Melanie Keil Berea College POGIL in General Biology: Introduction and Analysis of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning abstract Megan Hoffman biology
2 Melanie Keil, Joshua Wedding Berea College An Innovative Approach to Teaching Cellular Respiration in Introductory Biology abstract Megan Hoffman biology
3 Reena Martin, Yoshua Reece Berea College Soil microbial analysis of differing spoil types from Bent Mountain surface mine in Pike Co. abstract Sarah Hall biology
4 Phillip Palumbo Berea College A Putative Antimicrobial Defense Mechanism in Basement Membranes Ron Rosen biology
5 Kaitlyn Reasoner Vanderbilt University The role of residue K752 in β1 integrin homodimerization abstract Roy Zent & Charles Sanders biology
6 Josh Avance Vanderbilt University Pyirdoxamine protects collagen-4 from damage by hypochlorous acid Billy Hudson biology
7 Amber Boothe Cincinnati Children's Hospital Inverted Formin 2(INF2), A Fetal Risk Gene for Preterm Birth, is Highly Expressed in Mouse and Human Placentas abstract Louis Muglia biology
8 Hsuan Peng University of Wisconsin Dietary Immunomodulation: Examining the Effect of Conjugated Linoleic Acid Treatment on Dendritic Cell Cytokine Production abstract Xue Oun Xu & Jenny Gumperz biology
9 Ericka Berg Vanderbilt University Proprotein Convertase Processing of Peroxidasin Gautam Bhave biology
10 Jenna Rufer University of Colorado, Denver Toward defining the oncogenic activities in Aurora Kinase A that transform pre-malignant keratinocytes abstract Enrique Torchia & Dennis Roop biology
11 Amber Crabtree Vanderbilt University Expression and modulation of Lysyl Oxidase Like-2 in PFHR9 mouse endodermal cell line Roberto Vanacore biology
12 Lin Peng Dental Schook, University of Kentucky Porosity change after aging high-copper dental amalgams for 19 years abstract Richard Mitchell biology
13 Shanequa Roscoe Mayo Clinic Host HLA Haplotype May Predict the Effect of Cigarette Smoke in Arthritis abstract David Luckey, Michele Smart, Chella David, & Veena Taneja biology
14 William Assan Vanderbilt University Cordon-Bleu and IRTKS protein interaction in microvillar brush border formation abstract Matthew Tyska biology
15 Kaamilah Wilson Morehouse School of Medicine Obesity Induced Leptin Mediated Notch Signaling in Breast Cancer abstract Ruben R. Gonzalez-Perez chemistry
16 Daniel Pardue University of Kentucky Characterization of Magnesium Stearate abstract Eric Munson chemistry
17 Travis Clay & Chyna Johnson Berea College Synthesis of Beta-ketoesters via ketene intermediate abstract Mary Robert Garrett chemistry
18 Mikiyas Assefa Berea College & The Ohio State University Spinning Sideband Analysis of Phosphate Glasses using scaled and unscaled correlation experiments abstract Jay Baltisberger & Philp Grandinetti chemistry
19 Anna Tribble Berea College Coherence Pathways for CPMG and PIETA NMR Experiments abstract Jay Baltisberger chemistry
20 Christina Kolsto, Phyo Phyo Zin Berea College Lead analysis in soils attributed to roadside gasoline deposition and pesticide usage abstract Paul Smithson chemistry
21 Phyo Phyo Zin, Christina Kolsto Berea College Leaded paint analysis in soil around the buildings in Berea campus abstract Paul Smithson chemistry
22 Garrett Cairo, Andrew Norris & Corey Payton Berea College Optimization of Synthesis of Internally-Quenched Fluorescent Peptides abstract Matthew Saderholm chemistry
23 Dipendra Sharma Chapagain Alta Bates Summit Medical Hospital, Oakland CA Comparative analysis of different types of colorectal cancer surgeries abstract Giovanni Begossi & Ajaya Upadhya chemistry
24 Karla Sophia Robinson Raven Rocks, Virginia Raven Rocks Visitors Center Construction Internship abstract Martin Veillette physics
25 Brandon Schurter University of Toledo & Nevada Terawatt Facility Equivalent Dosage from Neutron Radiation Produced by Deuterium-Palladium Plasma in the NTF Zebra Chamber abstract Tom Kvale, Rick Irving, Erick McKee & Tim Darling physics
26 Mackenzie Endres Berea College Boron Fullerenes: Laser Ablation of Boron crystals mixed with Carbon abstract Amer Lahamer physics
27 Namukaba Hichilo, Hatinawedu Mupiwa & Logan Ray Berea College Home Health Sensing and Automation abstract Matt Jadud & Mark Mahoney technology & industrial arts
28 Fidel Tewolde University of Louisville Bistable pneumatic actuators for soft robotics abstract Cindy Harnette technology & industrial arts
29 Denzell Barnett Southern Polytechnic State University Development of Low Cost, Efficient CZTS Thin Films and Solar Cells abstract Diedra Hodges technology & industrial arts