The vision of Marian University is to provide an education that profoundly transforms lives, society, and the world. In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), we execute this by providing our students with personalized faculty attention and opportunities to conduct rigorous project and laboratory based activities. It is our goal that our students graduate ready to successfully enter their careers or graduate studies. We believe the URS contributes to our students' successes with the following objectives:

  • Celebrate student achievement in research
  • Create a platform for dissemination of knowledge
  • Foster a sense of community across all divisions of CAS
  • Improve student communication with a diverse audience


Submissions from 2018

The Effects of Mitochondrial Biogenesis in Yeast-Absorbing Creatine in Varying Concentrations of Salinity, Kadin Abegg, Devin Humes, and Joe Happe

Effects of Cationic, Anionic, and Non-Ionic Surfactants on Oil-in-Water Microemulsions - Studies Using Turbidimetry and PFG-NMR, Daniela Alaniz


Antibiotic Resistance Coming Soon to A Pathogen Near You, McKenzie Altman, Tamia Mills, Lindsey Layman, and Catherine Stone

Development of a Novel Laboratory Approach for the Colorimetric Detection of Vitamin C, Paula Angarita; Devan Gabbard,; Kegan Main; and Katherine Timmerman

How Police Interactions Impact the Communities They Serve, Maverick Bacon

On the Impact of Academic Performance by Semester: Student Mood & Academic Self-Efficacy, Katja Barnes and Anna Chrzanowski

Changes in Glucocorticoid Metabolites in White-Tailed Ptarmigan Following Artificial Stress Stimuli, Allison Bryant

Exploring the Education of Cancer Metastasis: Development and Evaluation of Informative Text, Abigail Burnett

Correlation of Low Doses of Actinomycin D Chemotherapy on Multiple Human Cancer Cell Lines with Increased Nucleolar Amplification, Kristen Buss

Geometrical Investigations of Pythagorean Triples, Cierra Carney


Enabling Study of Human Immune Dysfunction Using Yeast Gene 0ST3/UNGI, Ariyanna Casey

Influence of Predator Scent in Shaping Beaver Foraging Habits, Logan Clonce and Bradley Mullings

Thermosensitive Hydrogels Physically Linked with Chitosan-β-Cyclodextrin Loaded with Curcumin Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Nathan Dimmit and Tuong Thai

Analysis of Leaf Economic Spectrum Differences in Native and Invasive Ecolab Species, Sarah Downing, Adam Brinkman, Claire Bossert, and Randell Bruns


The Effects of Sugars on Lactobacillus Casei Growth, Alexis Felty, Sidney Gerkin, Taylor Kowalski, and Parker Williams

A Closer Look Into Beer: Comparing Different Brews by Pesticide Content, Henry Fisher

Civil Rights History Program: Birmingham, Selma, & Montgomery: The Role of Franciscan Values, Abby Fralich

Pray it Away: Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community, Alexis Johnson

Internship in Chemistry, Derek Lewis

Occurrence and Distribution of Bacterial Indicators and Pathogens in Our Environment, Sydney Mahias, Kaylee Carpenter, and Devin Humes

Seeming and Scheming: Machiavelli's Fox in Macbeth, Sarah Meer

Mathematical Investigations of Titrations in Chemistry, Marta Morris

Selective Inhibition of Aspartate Aminotransferase by L-Cycloserine in the Presence of Vitamin B6, Leah Noe, Nicole Jansen, and Bryson Tretter

The Effect that Docosahexaenoic Omega-3 Fatty Acid Has on Intestinal Microbiome and its Relationship to Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Andrea Nunez, Macy Willoughby, and Sydney Mathias

Studies of Radiation Damping Effects in NMR Relaxometry, Anders Nystrom

Dramaturgy Poster, Thomas O'Neil

Sweet Emotion: How Music Affects Memory, Gennaro Penn

Solubility and Complexation Equilibria in Sources of Bioavailable Boron, Marija Petrovic, Bryson Tretter, and Adreanna Potts


The Effects of Sexual Dimorphism on Toxic Prey Avoidance in the Chinese Praying Mantis, Tenodera sinensis, Sophie Podgorski, Emma Swartz, Tisa Steinmeyer, and Kayla I. Miller Ph.D.

Community Centers' Effects on the Determinants of Health: Improving Community Mental Health, Allisandra Potts-Kummer

Examining the Civil Rights History Field Trip, Elizabeth Poynton and Abigail Spitler


Winning the Lottery: How Family Background Shapes Where Kids Go to School, Shelby Robertson

SF9 Cell Metabolism of Nicotine with Varying Sugar Diets, Julia Robson, Kennedy Adams, and Siera Stuart


Analyzing the Efficacy of Natural Baby Soaps for the Elimination of Bacterial Colonization on Bath Toys, Abigail Rost, Jacqueline Benitez, Mira Nicpon, and Katelyn McLaughlin


Vitamin E: A Possible Preventative Measure for CTE, Dylan Roth and Cameron Dargis

Clostridium butyricum: The Effect of Catalase Concentration in a Normoxic Environment, Catherine Schmidt, Luke Sartino, Luisa Luttmann, and Morgan Raines

Student-Athlete Identity Conflict: Strain, Salience, and Foreclosure, Catherine Schmidt-Sartino

Enhanced Surveillance of Staphylococcus spp. to Identify Targets for Infection Prevention, Ryleigh Schwein, Journey Fischbeck, and Jacqueline Benitez

Cloning CCA1 in Yeast to Understand Sideroblastic Anemia, Hali Shaffer, Brooke Spencer, and Brandi Williams


Effects of Technology in the College Classroom, Emma Sink

Investigating the Impact of Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) on the Growth and Mortality of Dragonfly Larvae (Anisoptera), Jessica Sobers and Logan English

Navigating Gendered Selves in the Twitterverse: The Constructs That Bind Us, Milo Sonntag


The Role of Retail Pharmacy in the Treatment of Mental Illness, Melissa Sturgill

What Natural Soil Type Produces a High Yield for Crop Growth, Inga VanMeter

Thomas Malthus' Theories of Unsustainabilty, Grace Von Lehman

Personal Hygiene and Occurrence of Staphylococcus spp. in Our Environment, Aidan Washer, Laura Haunert, and Deena Miller

Determining the Impact of Biological Scale on the General Public's Understanding of Cancer Metastasis, Hagar Weinstein; Danielle Schroeder,; and Ruthann Gorrell

Analyzing Animal Intake at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, Whitney Zuercher, Allie Timmerman, Cassandra Vance, and Kennedy Adams