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The Keller Family Venture Grant Program for Student Research: Take your ideas to the next level!

Last year, the Keller Family Venture Grant Program funded $112,000 in student research. 119 Colorado College students pursued their own individual research projects. What will your adventure be?

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Keller Family Venture Grants 
Awarded Blocks 1-8, 2012-13

Name

Year

Home City

Project

Faculty Sponsor

Charlotte Allyn

'15 New York, NY Say This Life: A Journey in Discovery of Joe Bolton  David Mason

Daniel Alvarado

'13 San Antonio, TX Rhizomic Urbanism: Improvised and Organic Solution in the Post-Industrial American City Kate Leonard

Philip Angelides

'13

Houston, TX

The World Cup: Summer Olympics and Environmental Justice in Rio de Janeiro

Peter Blasenheim

Yiqiao Bao

'14

Beijing, China

Genetics Exploration of Antibiotics-Eaters

Phoebe Lostroh

Trevor Barron

'15

Bethel Park, PA

Benchmarking Mathematical Algorithms Running in Parallel on Graphics Processing Units

Matthew Whitehead

David Becker

'15

Memphis, TN

Festival, Design, and Event Production

Carl Reed

Ellen Beckett,
Leona Waller

'14
'14

Berwyn, PA
Berkely, CA

Water Management at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Playa, Nevada

Zion Klos

Zachary Bellows

'13

Palo Alto, CA

Impacts of Unmanaged Waste on Local Balinese Waterway and Community Health Implications

Mari Lee

Laura Blackett

'13

Norfolk, MA

Apprenticeship with Colorado Springs Woodworker, Geoffrey Keating

Carl Reed

Sara Bodner,
Gabrielle Kaminsky

'13
'13

Ridgefield, CT
Chicago, IL

Bourdieu's Theories on Cultural and Economic Capital: Fifty Years Later

Kathy Guiffre

Samuel Bray,
Michael Stevens

'15
'15

Englewood, CO
Potomac, MD

Through a Lens: Capturing the Effects when Industry and Nature Collide

Jonathan Lee,
Christian Schrader

Zane Bridgers
Patrick Hardy

'13,
'13

Princeton, NJ
Charlestown, WV

Aztec Mythology in Teotihuacan and Izta-Popo Zoquipan National Park

Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

Raphael Broh

'13

Brookline, MA

Biology-Physics Collaboration to Investiage the Genetic and Structural Basis of Competence in Bacteria

Phoebe Lostroh

Suzanna Brown

'14

Napa, CA

Alternative Artistic Practices

Gale Murray

Timothy Bruns

'14

West Hartford, CT

The Outdoor Culture of Jordan

Mona El-Sherif

Audrey Burns

'13

Bel Air, MD

Human-Geography of Montreal: Experiences In-Place and Out-of-Place

Bruce Coriell

Elizabeth Burrus

'13

Prescott, AZ

Theory of Mind and Understanding of Self-Conscious Emotions in Children with Autism

Tricia Waters

Jennifer Cajina-Grigsby

'14

Managua, Nicaragua

Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in the British Society: An Exploration Through Visual Sociology and Gastronomy

Matt Bakker

Ben Capelin

'16

Durango, CO

A Mycological Tapestry

Shane Heschel

Tiffany Cardenas,
Claire McNellan

'14
'14

Aurora, CO
Boulder, CO

Understanding Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the Father of Modern Neuroscience

Lori Driscoll

Katherine Cirullo

'13

Farmington, CT

Growing Food and Building Community: An Ethnographic Study of a Community Urban Farm

Matt Bakker

Ellen Cole

'14

Lyman, ME

Coming Home: Women and their Return from War

Diane Alters

Evan Cole,
Joshua Kim,
Daniel Rosseau

'14
'14
'13

Edina, MN
Colorado Springs, CO
Ridgefield, CT

Parallel and Distributive Computing with the Rasperry

Matthew Whiteheard

John Collis

'13

Upper Saddle River, NJ

colvanoes of the East African Rift Vally: An Investigation Detailing the Volcanology of Ethiopia and its Role in Cultural Development

Christian Schrader

Amanda Cooke

'14

Newcastle, ME

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Research Internship

Shane Heschel

Edward Crawford,
William Durrett

'14
'14

Seattle, WA
Atlanta, GA

Using Seismic Refraction to Image the Structure of the Critical Zone

Megan Anderson

Colby Diamond

'13

Belle Mead, NJ

The Zuia Project and Social Entrepreneurship

Jim Parco

Katie Dougherty

'14

Anchorage, AK

Exploring Post-Modern Xenophobia: Muslim Immigrant Communities in Holland

Dana Whittmer

Natalie Dupille

'13

Seattle, WA

Performative and Inequality in Contemporary BDSM/Leather Culture

Heidi Lewis

Chris Edmonds

'14

Portland, OR

Environmental Inequity in Southern Spain: Drawing and Mapping the Environmental Divide

Corina McKendry

Meryl Ellingson

'15

Platteville, WI

Modern Manifestations of Orientalism: Marketing Tradition in Oman

Jane Murphy

Justine Epstein,
Kyle Lutz

'15
'15

Takoma Park, MD
Pacific Palisades, CA

An Inquiry into the Spirit of Place in Andean Education

Jonathan Lee,
Bruce Coriell

David Fay

'13

Cherry Hills Village, CO

Investigating the Effect of Human Disturbances on Local Ecosystems

Shane Heschel

Nicole Fazio

'13

Littleton, CO

Thermodynamics of Steroid Receptor-Promoter Assembly

Peggy Daugherty

Victoria Frecentese

'13

Stillwater, MN

The Aurora Borealis: A Personal and Photographic Investigation

Krista Fish

David Freedman

'14

Haverford, PA

Practical Methods in Mineral Exploration

Christine Siddoway

Anna Fuchs

'13

Los Angeles, CA

The Identity of the Jewish American Princess

Jeff Livesay

Lucy Gamble

'15

Lyme, NH

Life Giving Blues and Greens, an Investigation of Riparian Habitats Along the Colorado Trail

Eric Perramond

Baiza Getabecha

'13

Denver, CO

Cultural and Linguistic Differences in Veterinary Practice

Christina Leza

Robin Gleason

'13

Freeport, ME

Capturing Water: A Multimedia Artistic Exploration in Coastal Nicaragua

Kate Leonard

Olivia Hart

'14

San Antonio, TX

Religious Temples as a Reflection of Culture: East vs. West

Lisa Hughes

Tara Hatfield

'14

Fort Collins, CO

Juak Manis: An Analysis of the Music and Performance-Based Variation

Victoria Levine

Colbert Heathcott

'16

Boca Raton, FL

2184 Miles: Discovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Steven Hayward

Blair Huff

'14

Edmond, OK

Good and Bad Government in Giotto's Arena Chapel Frescos

Rebecca Tucker

Grace Hunter

'14

Portola Valley, CA

Interviewing Insurrectionists: Anarchism in Italy at Present

Andrea Righi

Linda Jimenez

'14

Denver, CO

Investigation of the Function of a Starvation Induced Gene in Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1 Strain

Phoebe Lostroh

Nicole Kaufman

'13

Amherst, MA

Polyamory: Loving More in a Monogamous World

C.J. Pascoe

Taylor Kelson

'14

Lakewood, CO

The Role of Gender in the Scoring of High School Mock Trial

Jessica Copeland

Robert Kerr

'15

Keene, NH

Cultural Exploitation and Housing Displacement in Rio de Janeiro

Naomi Wood

Zach Keskinen

'15

Fairbanks, AK

Synthesis of Nitrogen Analog of SCYX-7158

Amy Dounay

Jimin Kim

'14

Colorado Springs, CO

Shifting the Focus from the Politics to the People in the Korean War: Separation of Families and the People as Living Memoirs of History

John Williams

Kangmin Kim

'15

Gwangju, South Korea

Optimal Rennet Coagulation Conditions for Various Kinds of Cheese

Murphy Brasual

Ariella Knight

'14

Boston, MA

Development Initiatives for Palestinian Refugees: Microfinance Programs in Amman, Jordan

Andrew Price-Smith

Leland Krych

'13

Austin, TX

Are Competence Gevei Necessary for the GASP Stage in Acinetobacter baylyi?

Phoebe Lostroh

Sean Kwo

'14

Carmel, IN

The Greening of Buddhist Practice: Exploring the Marriage of Zen Practice and Environmentalism at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

David Weddle

Brendan Lamarre

'13

Denver, CO

The Musical Tesla Coil

Stephanie DiCenzo

Judy Brooke Larsen

'14

Salt Lake City, UT

Sustainable Agriculture in Italy and Spain: A Look at the Interrelationship Between Politics, Culture, and the Environment in Rural European Union

Megan Anderson

Nathan Lee

'13

Spring Lake, MI

Why Alumni Give: Motivation Behind Charitable Giving at Colorado College

Mark Smith

Rebecca Lehman

'14

Concord, NH

Intensive Language and Vocal Study at the Oberlin Conservatory in Italy

Michael Grace

William Lindsay

'13

Boulder, CO

Monoterpene, Tannin and Ion Profiles in Timber Pine Attached by Dwarf Mistletoe

Nate Bower

Devon MacLeod

'13

Santa Fe, NM

Ironman Triathlon, Mexico 2013

Alan Prendergast

Ruth Markwadt

'14

Appleton, WI

Political Ecologies of Health: Understanding Hypertension Patters and Perceptions Among Oglala Lakota Sioux

Krista Fish

Margaret McKeon

'14

Falmouth, ME

Belize Valley Archaeology Reconnaissance: The Classic Mayan Landscape

Esteban Gomez

Phoenix McLaughlin

'14

Hampton, NH

Dissertations Meet Legislation: An Examination of International Water Sciece-Policy Interfaces

John Gould

Luigi Mendez

'14

Caracas, Venezuela

The Impacts of City Sustainability Measures on Issues of Environmental Justice in Birmingham, UK

Corina McKendry

Jessica Meyer

'13

Belmont, MA

Global Youth Advocacy of Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Interning with ADC in San Pedro, Costa Rica

Phoebe Lostroh

Benjamin Munyao

'14

Kenya

HIV/AIDS and Malaria Insurance in Kenya

Dan Johnson

Elizabeth Newcombe

'13

Lambertville, NJ

Art and Architecture in Cusco, Peru

Ruth Kolarik

Isabel Norwood

'14

Lakewood, CO

Cymru Am Byth: Language Revitalization in Wales as a Model for the World

Christina Leza

Dustin Ordway,
Kate Rafter

'14
'13

Colorado Springs, CO
Portland, OR

Work with Dance Theater Choreographer, Dan Safer

Ryan Platt

Amie Owen

'14

Colorado Springs, CO

Phenotypic Expression of Starvation-Induced Genes in Acinetobacter baylyi Under Stressful Conditions

Phoebe Lostroh

Sarah Perez-Sans,
Melanie Yemma

'13
'13

Hinsdale, IL
Westport, CT

From Ancient Mayan Treasure to Modern-Day Commodity: A Cultural Analysis of Fair Trade Chocolate in Southern Belize

Nicole Nicoletta

Kathryn Perry

'14

Country Club Hills, IL

An Exploration of Patronage in the 17th Century: Bernini's Baldacchino as an Image of Papal Power

Rebecca Tucker

Sarah Phillips

'13

Darien, CT

Student Partnership in Action: GlobeMed in East Africa

Phoebe Lostroh

Lila Pickus

'13

Wichita, KS

Uncommisioned Art and the Museum

Gale Murray

Lindsey Pointer

'13

Fort Collins, CO

The Integration of Indigenous Spiritual Practices in Restorative Justice in Hawaii

Bruce Coriell,
Peter Wright

Anya Powers

'16

Naperville, IL

The EU and Mother Teresa

John Gould

Teo Price-Broncucia

'14

Denver, CO

Renewable Energy in Spain: A Holistic Inquiry

Barbara Whitten

Michael Raab

'16

Orchard Park, NY

Sustainable Living Practices in Costa Rica

Walt Hecox,
Dennis McEnnerney

Zane Randell

'14

Weston, CT

The Management of National Parks in Nicaragua and National Goals of Economic Development

Corina McKendry

Amanda Rennecker

'14

Castle Rock, CO

Analysis of Microsatellites in Flammulated Owls

Ralph Bertrand

Anneliese Rice

'13

Boise, ID

Dance, Movement, and the Art of Nonviolent Communications

Peggy Berg

Mark Riley

'14

Coto de Caza, CA

The Effects of Tourism on Sherpa Spirituality in Sagarmatha National Park

Bruce Coriell

Nicholas Roman

'16

Bethesda, MD

A Walk in the Woods: Narrating Nature on the Pacific Crest Trail

Eric Perramond

Edward Ruiz

'13

Spring, TX

Building a 3D Printer for the Computer Science Program

Steven Janke

John Russell,
Sam Seiniger

'14
'14

Baltimore, MD
Boise, ID

Cultural Isolation and Cultural Tourism on the Chiloe Archipelago, Chile

Mario Montano

Benjamin Sandalow

'13

Washington, DC

Terraba Tribe: Culture and Media

Dennis McEnnerney

Ellen Scully

'13

Rocky Hill, CT

Analyzing the Inspiration Japanese Art Provided for the Impressionist Movement

Jim Parco

Kathleen Senn

'13

Pueblo West, CO

Impact of the Korean Wave on Japanese Perception of South Korean Culture and People

Joan Ericson

Davis Shamburger

'13

Atlanta, GA

Searching for Spirituality in British Columbia's Valhall Mountains

Clay Haskell

Rebecca Simpson,
LeeAna Wolfman

'13
'13

Southlake, TX
New York, NY

Alternative Artistic Practices

Gale Murray

Erin Slay

'14

Arvada, CO

Growth Advantage Stationary Phase (GASP) in Acinetobacter baylyi Type IV Secretion Systems Mutants

Phoebe Lostroh

Ellen McGough Smith

'16

Dallas, TX

Cambrian Explosion: A Study of the First Appearance of Clams and Geochemical Changes in the Ocean

Christine Siddoway

Shaye Smith

'13

Colorado Springs, CO

Natural History Museum Visitors' Understanding of Human Evolution

Esteban Gomez

Emily Spiegel

'15

Wilmington, DE

Building a Social Movement: Engaging in Dialogue with a Non-Profit Arts Organization to Effectively Support Youth Activism in New Orleans, Louisiana

Kris Stanec

David Swift

'13

Fort Collins, CO

Public Child Daycre Services in San Carlos Region, Costa Rica: Utilization of the Cen-Cinai Program and the Role in Early Childhood Development

Andrew Price-Smith

Paul Todd

'13

Greeley, CO

Vernacular and Modern Architecture in Kerala India: Building Architecture to Reflect Climatic Geographic Necessity

Ruth Kolarik

Camilla Vogt

'13

Concord, MA

Bread Riots: How the Basic Commodity of Food Can Incite People to Political Action, the Case of the Middle East

Andrew Price-Smith

Hailey Walsh

'14

Canbury, NJ

Experiments in Combining Print Media: the Multi-Layered Print

Jean Gumpper

Richard Andrew Warden

'14

Exploration of Wood Boat Building Techniques and Design

Travel to Nepal to research “Urban Development in Nepal: The Influence of Traditional Nepali Architecture on Nepali Cities

Ruth Kolarik

Katherine Whalen

'14

Norman, OK

Islam in France: Challenges of Muslim Immigration and Integration

Michael O'Riley

Achini Wijesinghe

'13

Maharagama, Sri Lanka

Research on Social Stratification and Educational Policy in Sri Lanka

Jeff Livesay

Erin Wolpert

'15

Kensington, MD

A Study on the Adjustment of Ex-Ultra Orthodox Jews in Secular Isreali Life

Jeff Livesay

Melissa Woolley

'13

Colorado Springs, CO

Creation of Paintings and Drawings en plein air in Sata Fe, New Mexico

Gale Murray

Hillary Zeiss

'13

Southbury, CT

The Istanbul Contemporary Art Movement: Turkish Identity within Museum Culture

Jessica Hunter Larsen

Noah Zemel

'16

Bloomfield, CT

An Introspective Experience: Canoeing the Quetico

Stefan Erickson