Student Participants (and their Symposium talk titles)


Jared Crooks:  Reassessments of the Late Heavy Bombardment

Heather Stiles:  Genes in Pieces: Vestiges of the Past

Henry Chu:  Non-Redundant Aperture Masking

Melissa Ilardo:  The Origin and Evolution of the Genetic Code


Rachael Alexandroff: "Discovery of High Redshift Obscured Quasars in SDSS-III and Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Follow-Up"

Margaret Shaw: "A Novel Thrust Measurement Method For Plasma Rockets With Magnetic Nozzles"


Ololade Saliu: "Luca and membrane-associated energy production."

Gabe Eggers: "A regionalized maximum likelihood estimation of the spatial structure of Venus' topography"

Greta Shum: "Let's Pretend: Astrobiology in Pre-Newtonian Literature"

Jianxiao "Jimmy" Lu: "Image Extraction Software for the Coronographic High-Angular Resolution Imaging Spectrograph"

Wesley Verne: "A Command-Line Program for Modeling Solid Exoplanets"


Tess Bernhard: "Functional Diversity and Environmental Sensitivity in an RNA World"

Max Rubin: "Discovering and Modeling New Planetary and Stellar Orbits"

Caitlin Kossman: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Analogy and Habitability"

Greta Shum: "The Alien Mind: Aufhebung in the Search for Life and Utopia"


Nicole Loncke: "Are These Really Exoplanets?: A Variability Survey of HAT Objects Near Kepler Objects of Interest"

Alexandra Pleus: "The Effects of Spectral Resolution in Detecting Oxygen in Earth-like Exoplanets."

Preston Kemeny: "Dual Nitrate Isotopic Results from the 2014 CLIVAR P16S Cruise with Applications to Planetary Habitability."

Cody O'Neil:  "Lebensart: A Nietzschean Reading of Otherworldly Life"


Garrett Gosse: "Engineering Increased Tolerance in S. cerevisiae through Efflux Pump Addition"

Collin Edwards: "Mining Metagenomic Data to Understand the Lifestyle of Atmospheric Methane Oxidizing Bacteria in Antarctic Surface Soil"

Ysa Esquilin: "Artificial chromosomes in the ciliate Oxytricha"

Alexander Gow: "Resilience of Life on Earth: An example from a Tropical Dry Forest"

Maggie Thompson: "A Model for Astrometric Detection and Characterization of Multi-Exoplanet Systems"