History of SURF Projects

Since its pilot offerings in summer 2013, the SURF program has awarded 106 undergraduate fellowships to support work on 79 faculty-led projects across the curriculum.

ProjectsFaculty ResearchersStudent Researchers
2018  
Biogeochemical Cycling in Pacific Northwest Forest EcosystemsAbir BiswasCole Firkins
Assessment of the Ability of Natural Organic Matter to Complex Heavy Metals under Oxidative StressRobin J. BondTokala Christensen
Field Guide to the Vascular Plants of the South Sound PrairiesFrederica BowcuttTari Gunstone
Building Quantum Optics ExperimentsJohn CaraherSheena Mogan
Molecular Analysis of “Super-Spreader” Bacteriophages: Assessing the Ability of Different Coliphages to Spread Plasmids to Unrelated BacteriaClarissa Dirks and Elizabeth KutterAmanda Pratt
Research Experience in Forest Ecosystems and Plant Community EcologyDylan FischerRyan Bartlett
Mercury in Your Mouth: A Sociological Investigation of Dental Amalgam Fillings and Normative DentistryShawn HazbounMelinda Dauley
A Critical Examination of Climate Mitigation Policy in the Global South, Focused on Biogas and Forest-related Projects in NepalShangrila JoshiSage McClune
Organic Tomato Field Trial: Plant, Insect and Flavor EcologiesAngelos Katsanis and Sarah WilliamsLiv Raine
Bush Homestead Archaeological Project: Final Field Excavation SeasonUlrike KrotscheckAurora Sonenshine
Sculptural Work in Stone: A New Multi-Part Outdoor Work and Other New WorksRobert T. LeverichSara Di Silvestro
Generational Immigration to the Pacific Northwest: A Case StudyMaria Isabel MoralesCarolina Landa
Ethnographics: Visualizing Cultural FieldworkEric Stein and Karen GaulJane Marrow Overton
Decarceral Studies (with a special focus on the teaching and learning of critical and creative reading behind bars)Eirik SteinhoffKate Murphy
Documentary Film as an Exploration of Social and Environmental Justice, Resilience and LegacySuree TowfighniaRy Pruett
Research in Cybersecurity: Creating Cybersecurity Games in EDURangeRichard WeissMichelle Bergin
Caucusing as a Pedagogical ToolElizabeth Williamsonsylvia chowdhury
Neoliberalism in the Neighborhood: Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and Portland - A Place-Based Political Economy of Our TimesAnthony ZaragozaDylan Posos and James Jackson
2017  
Biogeochemical Cycling in Pacific Northwest Forest EcosystemsAbir BiswasMackenzie Kleiva and Cullen Lewis
Changing Social Movement Rhetoric and the Inertia of LanguageLori BlewettCrystal Leatherman and Haley Taylor
Field and Laboratory Studies of Nitrogen-fixing Moss-Cyanobacteria Symbiosis in Puget Sound Prairies of Western WashingtonLalita CalabriaMaya Kahn-Abrams, Ketl Rodakowski, and Kate Petersen
Hegel's End of Art Thesis and the Political Afterlife of Art in Craft and Tactile SensibilitiesKathleen M. EamonAdrien Roques, Jennifer Rothfuss, and Aiden Skogheim
Sculptural Work in Stone: A Public Outdoor Work for Vashon Island High School and Other New WorksRobert T. LeverichAndrew Rhodes Hinman and Cyrra Robinson
Summer Research in Field OrnithologyAlison StyringChristina Muller-Shinn and Aidan Riley
Ecophysiology of CtenophoresErik V. ThuesenStacia Krause Ledbetter and Maya Nabipoor
Research in Cyber Security: Educational Cyber Security GamesRichard WeissIsabel Corrado and Rosemary Davies
2016  
Biogeochemical Cycling in Pacific Northwest Forest EcosystemsAbir BiswasKazuki Hibi
Research on Moss-Cyanobacteria Symbiosis in South Puget Sound Prairies of Western WashingtonLalita CalabriaKate Peterson
Patterns of Diversity of Limno-Terrestrial Tardigrades (Water Bears) in the Pacific NorthwestClarissa DirksClaire Bullis
Unravelling the Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in EgyptSarah EltantawiJoshua Pollock and Dakota Rakestraw
Plant Communities at Mount St. Helens: Temperate Forest Plant Communities Response to Volcanic DisturbanceDylan FischerKatherine Stella Scheel
Archaeological Field School at the Bush Homestead, Second SeasonUlrike KrotscheckNathan Jeffryes and Emily Lounder
Stream Surveys at Mount St. Helens, Elwha River, and Closer to HomeCarri LeRoyMegan Keating and Makenna Taylor
Trouble the WaterNaima LoweAvida Jackson and Zero Shields
Using Bacteriophage in Bovine MedicineMike ParosEmber Johnson
Building an Object Oriented Language Interpreter SkeletonSherri ShulmanIsaak (Dillon) Yansane-Sisk
Intaglio Printmaking:  Print Production and Materials ResearchLisa SweetRemy Barrows-O'Neal
Research in Cyber Security: Privacy-enhancing Apps on Mobile DevicesRichard WeissCharlie Fornaca and Lindsey Kramer
Solarizing Evergreen - Phase 2E.J. ZitaMatthew Booth
2015  
Biogeochemical Cycling in Pacific Northwest Forest SystemsAbir BiswasAndrew Buechel and Abby Watt
Archaeological Field Supervisors and Researchers for the Preliminary Archaeological Excavation at the Bush Farm in Tumwater: Rediscovering Washington State’s Original HomesteadersUlrike KrotscheckErin Gamble and Alexis Walsh
Stream Ecology ResearchCarri LeRoyEmily Wolfe
Conversing with SparrowsNaima LoweAlexis Howell and Lauren Steury
Interactive Computer Animations: Illuminating Mathematical IdeasPaul McCrearyGuadalupe Rivera and Charrae Allen
Bovine Mastitis Bacteriophage LabMike ParosGeorgia Ray and Chantel Dixon
Human Rights, Resettlement, and Belonging: Southeast Asian Arrivals to the Pacific NorthwestEric SteinAndrea Avila
Summer Research in Field OrnithologyAlison StyringLucas Campbell and Allison Swan
Ecological Physiology of Marine InvertebratesErik ThuesenSuzanne Maroney
EDURange: Creating Computer Security ExercisesRichard WeissDillon Yansane-Sisk
Solar EvergreenE. J. ZitaJames Hadley and Timothy Smith
2014  
Optical Methods to Measure Oxygen, pH, and PCO2Clyde BarlowPaul Aronstein
Biogeochemical Cycling in Pacific Northwest Forest EcosystemsAbir BiswasMariah Smith
The Distribution, Biodiversity and Ecology of Tardigrades (Water Bears)Clarissa DirksMichaela Alvers
No Borders: Communities Living and Working with AsarcoAnne FischelAuricia Guardado
Plant Ecosystem Ecology Research in Northwest ForestsDylan FischerClaire Cook
Sydney Baker
Sympatric Roosting and Interspecific Communication in Two Myotis BatsHeather HeyingJeff Ladish
Education and Empowerment: Examining Retention and Recruitment Pathways for Latin@ Students at EvergreenGrace HuertaDavid Skattebo
Ecological Research in Fluvial SystemsCarri LeRoy
Erin Martin
Aaron Jones
Undergraduate Research in Evolutionary DynamicsDavid McAvityGeneva Mottet
Interactive Computer Animations for Learning about Groups in Abstract AlgebraPaul McCrearyMorgan Williams
History and Culture of Human RightsGreg MullinsAndrew Pawlicki-Sinclair
Bovine Mastitis Bacteriophage LabMike ParosLucas Carter
Summer Research in Field OrnithologyAlison StyringAllison Swan
Ecological Physiology of Marine InvertebratesErik ThuesenTelissa Wilson
Edurange: Creating Educational Cybersecurity GamesRichard WeissKahea Hendrickson
Martyrs in American CultureElizabeth WilliamsonTristan Eloise
Cai Logan
2013  
Indigenous PlacemakingKristina Ackley
Zoltan Grossman
Laura Grabhorn
Jesse Drescher
Measuring Oxygen DistributionsClyde BarlowGeoffrey Bok
Biogeochemical cycling in Pacific Northwest ecosystemsAbir BiswasMariah Smith
Research on Phytoplankton Ecology in South Puget SoundGerardo Chin-LeoJames Robertson
Plant Community & Ecosystem Ecology Research in Western Washington EcosystemsDylan FischerLevi Travis
Anthropology, Sustainability StudiesKaren GaulBen Stahnke
A Survey of Municipal Planning Practices in Washington StateJennifer Gerend
Ralph Murphy
Shira Moch
Interactive Computer Graphics for K-12 EducationPaul McCrearyJacqueline Harper
Organic ChemistryLydia McKinstryDylan Kohl
Danica Walsh
The Encyclopedia ProjectMiranda MellisKatie Aymar
Bovine Mastitis Bacteriophage LabMike ParosMorgan Mager
Maps and Illustrations in Early British NovelsTrevor SpellerSovay Hansen
Sarah Leibovitz
Summer Research in Field OrnithologyAlison StyringStephanie Lewis