The Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College is an annual opportunity for student-faculty collaboration. Students complete research projects under the guidance of a faculty member, which is then presented at the Celebration. For more information, please visit the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance website.

Note: Posters are only available for download when they have been approved by faculty mentors and provided by students. If a poster is not present in the repository it will not be available.



Self-Oscillating Gels Catalyzed by Ruthenium-Poly(Vinyl Pyridine) (RuPVP) Metallopolymer, Minchul Kim


The Man of Two Worlds: Léopold Sédar Senghor, Katelyn Kiner

Overall Quality of Life in Ventricular Assist Device Patients, Nora Kirk

The Effect of Mentoring Programs on the Self- Efficacy of Mentors and Mentees, Samantha Klokkert, Johanna Huss, and Mary Rose

Hope Matters: Mental Health in College Students, Katelyn Klotz, Nick Pikaart, and Fallon Richie

Modeling Bacterial Metabolism and Genetic Regulation, Shinnosuke Kondo

It’s Only a Matter of Time: How the Timing of Parental Marriage Affects a Child’s Care Outside of the Home, Charlotte Korson

The Effects of Directing Groups in Rhodium Catalyzed Decarbonylation Reactions, Caitlin Kozack and Cameron Pratt

Foundations for Fitness: Initial Outcomes from a 10 Week Multidisciplinary, Pediatric Obesity Intervention, Jessica Krantz and Jorgie Watson

Exploring the Role of xCT in Neuroregeneration through Laser Ablation of Zebrafish Neurons, Nicole Ladd

The Role of the French Communist Party During World War II, Robert Lampen

The Roots of Greatness: What Does the Relationship between Henry and Hal Reveal about Henry V’s Rule?, Robert Lampen

Hydrothermal Formation of Epidote in Felsic Compositions: Examples from Sweden and Northern Michigan, Audrey La Roche and Matthew Stark

Learning to Reappraise or to Accept? The Effects of Acceptance and Reappraisal Training on Emotion, Mental Health, and Physiology, Brittany Lawson, Kaitlyn Mulder, and Erin Farrell

Influence of Buchnera on the Detoxification of Fungal-Toxins in Rhopalosiphum Padi, Brittany Leonard

Class Act: The Effects of Increasing Immigration in Metropolitan Areas on High School Graduation, Benjamin Lewis

Design and Characterization of Test Bed for Structural Control of Civil Infrastructure, Eric Lipon

SABR: Projecting MLB WARP for Prospects, Nathan Longfield

A Potential Interaction Between Homocysteic Acid and Estrogen on Behavior in Rats, Lize Loubser and Shirly Samuel

Does Walking the Beat Matter? The Impact of Local Police on Crime, Grant Ludema

Particle Induced Gamma-ray Emission as a Rapid Detection Technique for Perfluorinated Compounds, David Lunderberg and Margaret Dickinson

Benefiting from a Free Lunch?: The Effects of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) on School Performance in Michigan, Brennan Mange

Population of 13Be in Nucleon Exchange Reactions, Braden Marks

Preparing for Harvesting Radioisotopes from FRIB, Boone Marois

Urinetown Prompt Book, Jacqueline Marschke

Platelet Transfusion Guidelines Development and Implementation in a Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Population, Carly Mast

A Framework for General Chemistry Laboratory Design and Evaluation, Sarah Mattioli

College Students' Perceptions of a Tutoring Program, Audrey McKenzie and Kelly Leikert


Implications of Language Experience on Accuracy of Speaker Identification, Raquel Mendizabal

Computational Modeling of Next Generation Quinazolinespirohexadienones for Application as Photochromic Photooxidants, Lauren Messer

From Slaves to Rulers: The Great Divide between Americo- Liberians and West Africans in 1830s Liberia, Kortny Milhollin

Integrating Music through the Holland Community: A Community Music School at Hope College, Matthew Milliken

Quantitative Characterization of Methanol Oxidation Catalysis on Dealloyed NiCu Films, Matthew Milliken

Diamonds are Africa's Worst Enemy, Meredith Morse

Not Just a Movie, Lindsey Mudge, Leland Cook, and Thomas Zahari

Microbial Tracking to Identify Fecal Contaminants in Recreational Surface Waters, Brandy Mullen, Roudeland Metellus, Megan Munger, and Luke Ragon

Fun in the Sun with Escherichia coli: Environmental Adaptation and Viability, Megan Munger, Luke Ragon, Roudeland Metellus, Brandy Mullen, Shaylyn Pritchard, and Josh Welsch

The Children’s Hour Dramaturgical Research, Mollie Murk

The Emerging Indigenous Knowledge and Practices Implemented by Smallholder Farmers of Kibale District in Uganda, Catherine Namwezi

Investigating Phage- Host Protein Interactions, Andrew Neevel and Morgan Cinader

What Makes a Successful Teacher Candidate? Predictors in a Teacher Prep Program, Anne Neumann, Jessie Hermann, and Elizabeth Tally

Does Financial Aid Affect Academic Performance? The Effects of Student Aid on GPA, Drew O'Brien

Differential Regulatory Response for the Δ9 Desaturase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Based on Fatty Acid Species and Membrane-Altering Conditions, Matthew Ochs

Technology and Exercise in Older Adults, Emilie O'Connor

Response of Neotyphodium in Culture to Plant Hormones and Physical Damage, Lydia Pagel

“That God May be All in All”: Deification, Nothingness, and Creaturehood, Andrew Peecher

Electrodeposition and Dealloying of Nickel- Cobalt and Nickel- Cobalt-Copper Thin Films, Benjamin Peecher

Impact of On-Campus LGBT Resources and Campus Climate on College Students: A Two Campus Comparison, Charlyn Pelter

Problem Drinking and Self-Forgiveness in College Students, Sarah Peterson

Carbon-Carbon Single Bond Activation Used for Coupling with Michael Acceptors, Erik Phipps, Janelle Kirsch, and Caroline Gregerson

The Politicization of Japanese Immigration Exclusion in Early- Twentieth Century Oregon, Alexandra Piper

A Scheme for Evaluating the Impact of Development on the Geomorphic and Ecologic Process of Lake Michigan’s Coastal Dunes, Jacquelyn Plowman


The Link Between “Likes” and Self-Worth: How Women Use Selfies on Instagram for Self- Presentation and the Effects of Social Comparison, Justine Poe

Is it Worth the Wait? The Effect of a Woman’s Sexual History on Divorce, Jennie Pollack

Comparison of Water Lines and Water Troughs: Effects on Gut Microbiology and Water contamination, Amanda Porter, Alexis Meelker, Erin Alenciks, and Kelly Frazier

Diaminoacenaphthylene, a Key But Elusive Intermediate toward Carbonyl-Substituted Perimidinespirohexadienone Photochromes, Amber Prins


Sex Tourism: The Industry of Buying Souls, Gianna Ramirez and Leigh Wynveen

Operation Swing Phase 2: Music Personalities in World War II, Colin Rensch

Photographic Representations of Happiness in USA and Japan, Elizabeth Reynolds, Nicole Demikis-Bayron, and Erika Ryan

Flipping for Technology? Student Attitudes toward the Flipped Classroom, Fallon Richie

Pessimists Can Thrive, Too: State Hope Improves Mental Health, Fallon Richie

The Relationship of External Devices and the Development of Pressure Ulcers in a Pediatric Population, Ashley Ritsema

Effect of Pet Therapy on Patients’ Anxiety in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Jacqueline Roodbeen


Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson, the Pittsburgh Courier, and Integration through Baseball, Miriam Roth


U.S. Liberals in a Realist World, Shubham Sapkota

Differential PIXE Analysis of Multi-layer Auto Paint, Christina Sarosiek


Love Is an Orientation: Dialogue about Christianity and Sexuality, Katherine Sauer

The Synthesis and Examination of Bridged Oligothiophenes as Small-molecule Semiconductors in Organic Photovoltaic Devices, Lisa Savagian

Defining the Mechanisms Underlying Extended Longevity in C. elegans Mitochondrial Mutants, Claire Schaar


Do Attitudes about Love Say Anything about How Accepting of Lies We Are?, Sarah Schuiling and Odille Parker


Trifluoromethylation of Model Aryl Halides (toward bistrifluoromethylquinaz olinespirohexadienone), Jessica Scott

Effects of Graduated Compression Tights on Repetitive Vertical Jumping, Jordyn Severt

The Effect of Rest Time After Stretching on Vertical Jump Height, Jordyn Severt, Olivia Vacik, Kelsey Baker, and Emily Smith

The Effects of Beta Alanine Supplementation on Bench Press Endurance and Isometric Core Endurance Following a 4-Week Training Program, Gavin Sheasley, Ian Nyberg, Will Morlock, and Garrett de Waal

Ethnic Studies in Holland, Michigan: Examining the Impact and Implications of Holland’s Hispanic Population, Cullen Smith, Taylor Mills, William Harrison, Alexander Markos, and Katelyn Kiner

A Consistent Approach to Complex Patients with Secondary Psychiatric Diagnoses: The Orange Chart Project, Marvin Solberg

Making a Difference: Getting Inside the Tutor’s Mind Concerning the CASA Program, Jillian Sommerville and Rachel Lundstrom


Much Love, BJP: Examining Gender and War through Interactive Fiction, Meagan Stevens

A Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Clinical Alarm Fatigue in an Emergency Department, Claire Stinson

Patterns of DNA Sequence Variation in Plastid Genomes of Species Pairs between Eastern Asia and Eastern North America: An Example From Tulip Trees (Liriodendron), Mark Stukel


Exploration of the Role of a Foster Parent, Brandon Tarallo

Influence of a Nature- Based Science Enrichment Program on Early Childhood Activity Preferences, Jordan Taylor, Allie Chinader, Bailey Chapman, Hillary Smith, Sarah Thoman, Jordan VanderLeest, Rebekah Givens, and Brandon Tarallo

Prevalence of Minorities in Special Education, Sarah Thoman

Preschool Participation in a Nature-based Science Enrichment Program: Evaluation of Children’s Activity Preference, Literacy Skills, and Development, Sarah Thoman, Jordan VanderLeest, Bailey Chapman, Allie Chinander, Jordan Taylor, Hillary Smith, Rebekah Givens, and Brandon Tarallo

Slavery after Liberation: the Development of Child Trafficking in West Africa, Holly Thompson

Nursing Presence: A Concept Analysis, Molly Tiesenga

The Presence of Halogenated Flame Retardants and Heavy Metals Suggests Electronic Waste Recycling in Mardi Gras Beads, Meghanne Tighe

Calls to Arms: Liberty in Confederate War Music, Jonathan Tilden

Conqueror of Death: A Study of Bacchic Imagery on Roman Sarcophagi, Claire Trivax

Indirect Relationship between Herbivores as Mediated through Endophyte- Containing Plants, Miranda Ulmer

Factors Influencing the Reproductive Success of Three Cavity-Nesting Birds: Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), Victoria Underhill

Genome-Wide Analysis of Fundamental Transcription Factors in Giardia lamblia, Andrew Valesano, Lisa McLellan, and Ross Nickels

Resistance is Phutile - Using Host Cell Mutants to Advance Our Understanding of Phage Gene Function, Wessel VanDenBergh, Gloria Chang, Michelle Boerigter, and Kylie Jacobs

The Relationship Between Elimination of the Newborn Bath with Skin-to-Skin Contact and Hypoglycemia, Kelsey Vander Laan


Photographic Measurement Of Sand Movement In Gigapixel Panoramas Reveals Short Term Variability in Geomorphologically Similar Lake Michigan Dunes, Kelsey VanEyl-Godin and Katherine VanZytveld

Independent Skills Improve! Results of the Transition Planning Inventory, Chris VanKampen

Examining Educators’ Attitudes of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Jacob Verschueren

The Formation of Megacrysts in Migmatitic Amphibolites from Halland Province, Southwest Sweden, Stephanie Vincent

Transracial Adoption: Faith, Race, and Home in Multiethnic Countries, Joshua Chun Wah Kam, Noah Groth, and Kimberly Lopez

The Maternal Infant Health Survey: Quality Analysis of Nursing Practice as it Relates to the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, Megan Walls