The Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF) is a celebration of the research done by Carroll College students. The event occurs every April, and everyone is invited to attend. SURF is seen as the highlight of the year for all of the students doing research, and it is a wonderful opportunity for other Carroll students, Carroll faculty and staff members, and community members to see the amazing work done by our students. Our students are very excited to share their research during this time of student-driven, inquiry-oriented learning.

2021 is a Digital SURF

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding a Digital SURF event this year on Friday, April 23. Researchers have posted videos of their presentations on Carroll Scholars for the public and members of the Carroll community to view. These can be accessed using the links below.

Questions? Maria Larson at mjlarson@carroll.edu

Recent Submissions

  • Take PRIDE In Your Mental Health 

    Hachler, Madysen; Konen, Amelia; Wagner, Jennifer (2021-04-23)
    LGBTQ+ college students are more susceptible to mental health issues such as depression and thoughts of suicide (Effrig, 2011). Unfortunately, Carroll College students are not immune to this. Currently Carroll has resources ...
  • Environmental and Socioeconomic Factors in Predicting Risk of West Nile Virus in Montana 

    NYE, MADELINE (2021-04-23)
    West Nile virus (WNV) is a vector-borne disease with prevalence within the state of Montana. Predicting the patterns of this disease by assessing risk related to socioeconomic factors allows further control and prevention ...
  • All-Metal-Oxide p-n Photovoltaic Junctions Fabricated from in-Situ Extraterrestrial Resources 

    Genin, Chris (2021-04-23)
    An all-metal-oxide photovoltaic device was made by chemically joining an n-type metal oxide thin film to a p-type metal-oxide-alloy thin film to form a p-n homojunction. A spin coating solution processing technique was ...
  • Using Six Sigma to Prevent Duplicate Medical Record Requests at Blue Cross Blue Shield 

    Miner, Jason; Bousliman, Jessica; Bartholomew, Nolan; Lowrimore, Nicholas; Olmes, Anthony (2021-04-23)
    Multiple duplicate record requests from healthcare providers make it difficult for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to operate efficiently. Duplicate requests create extra work and cost defects. We are seeking a zero-cost ...
  • Autoencoders 

    Davidson, Shirley (2021-04-22)
    A Neural Network is a statistical tool that aids in the classification of data points for machine learning. Autoencoders are a type of neural network that are capable of learning large amounts of data without being ...
  • A Deep Learning Approach to Dermatology 

    Norton, Madeline (2021-04-22)
    Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers not only in the United States, but also worldwide, with almost 10,000 people in the U.S. being diagnosed with it every day. Early detection is important in order to save the ...
  • Investigation of Renewable Surfactants for Herbicides. 

    MacMillan, Lexi (2021-04-16)
    Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup®, a widely popular herbicide. Glyphosate is used because it is able to halt protein synthesis which stops plants from growing. Worldwide, 280 million pounds of glyphosate, which ...
  • Finding the Most Effective Treatment Method of Myofascial Trigger Points: A Systematic Review 

    Pierson, Kendyl (2021-04-16)
    Objective: This systematic review focused toward finding the most effective treatment option of Myofascial Trigger Points of the common types (dry needling, compression, ultrasound, etc.). Methods: PubMed was used to ...
  • ABC Books 

    Robson, Cortni (2021-04-16)
    This study will analyze the words used in a sampling of "ABC" books published in the last 100 years. The researchers will analyze the texts using a qualitative approach to identify the types of words presented and whether ...
  • Gods and Humans in Paradise Lost and the Iliad 

    Karbowicz, Alexis (2021-04-16)
    This paper examines the ways in which gods and humans interact in Homers Iliad and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. These two epics detail two battles, the battle for Troy and the battle for the salvation of humanity, both ...
  • Observation of Hammett Analysis via Cyclic Voltammetry for Solar Energy Storage 

    Stuercke, Derek; Genin, Chris (2021-04-16)
    Herein we report our attempt at electrochemical analysis of thiophene compounds, as well as ferrocene, via cyclic voltammetry (CV). More specifically, we report our attempt to quantify oxidative homocoupling dimerization ...
  • The Impact of Training on the Human Cat Bond 

    Grabowski, Beth (2021-04-16)
    Cats often get categorized as untrainable due to their reputation for being unreceptive to human interaction. However, despite their independent nature, cats are not exempt from the ability to interact and communicate with ...
  • Quantifying the Oxidation Kinetics of Chromium (II) Dimer Complex 

    Zepeda, Anna (2021-04-16)
    Redox flow batteries work by converting chemical energy, from oxidation of one species and reduction of another species, into electrical energy. Chromium (II) was one of the species that was first researched for redox ...
  • Un Gran Viaje: A Data Visualization of Latin American Immigration 

    Carlson, Emma (2021-04-16)
    The story of the Latin American immigrant making their “gran viaje” or great journey to the United States transcends conversations presented in news articles and political rhetoric. Immigration trends, both past and present, ...
  • Violence and Its Relationship with Power 

    Ferrone, Eleanor (2021-04-16)
    Abstract: Niccolo Machiavelli and Hannah Arendt, while writing from totally different times in history, offer opinions and explanations for the use of violence in society. Machiavelli, in his book The Prince, gives advice ...
  • The Effects of Music Therapy on Infant Stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

    Machado, Elly; Murray, Madison; Mitchell, Hannah (2021-04-16)
    Preterm infants in the NICU are automatically predisposed to painful procedures, lack of skin-to-skin contact, exposure to harsh stimulants and receive reduced bonding time with parents. According to Smith et al. (2018), ...
  • Suppressing the Black Male Vote: Ronald Reagan and the War on Drugs 

    Troyer, Caitlin (2021-04-16)
    The purpose of this study is to examine the ways in which the War on Drugs was wielded as a tool for political suppression, more specifically, how Ronald Reagan used the War on Drugs to suppress the African American male ...
  • What do humans owe each other in relationships?: An exploration of commitment in the "Iliad" and "The Letters of Abelard and Heloise" 

    McLean, Emily (2021-04-16)
    This paper seeks to explore what we owe our fellow humans, particularly in the context of romantic relationships. It does so by analyzing two different couples: Abelard and Heloise as documented by their written correspond ...
  • The Fourier Transform Applied to Sound 

    Ruffatto, Nathan (2021-04-16)
    The Fourier Transform is one of mathematics' most useful tools. In particular, it is very useful for studying and manipulating sound, as it turns a periodic function into one that represents that function's frequencies. ...
  • A Pilot Study: The effect of microgravity on chondrocyte metabolism 

    Cooper, Gwendolyn; Viles, Ethan (2021-04-16)
    Space sojourns are crucial for understanding aeronautics, physics, the solar system, and evaluating the possibility of interplanetary travel. However, there are many potential health risks associated with space travel such ...

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