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Pursuing Their Dreams–and Developing a Signature Style

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Pursuing Their Dreams–and Developing a Signature Style

Eleanor Harper

Eleanor Harper

Reflections on Canvas: Caravaggio and the Development of Optical Style.

Eleanor Harper

Curt Germundson, Faculty Mentor

Eleanor Harper researched the use of optical devices by Baroque artist Caravaggio (1571–1610) and his followers in the production of their paintings. A URC grant enabled Eleanor to finance a trip to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art to view several paintings up close. Ultimately, Eleanor's research led her to uncover connections between the optical distortions introduced into Caravaggio's paintings through his use of optical aids and similar, intentional distortions in his follower's paintings.

"Throughout my URC experience I have been overwhelmed by the show of support to undergraduate students. I hope that the URC continues to grow and offer such wonderful opportunities."

Casey Hochalter

Casey Hochalter

Merging Glass with Ceramics.

Casey Hochalter

Les Laidlaw, Faculty Mentor

Casey Hochhalter's research explored the relationship between glass and ceramic to create dynamic sculptures that combine both materials. Similarities in the two materials' chemical structures and reactions to high temperatures prompted Casey to study how glass and ceramic could interact without the use of adhesives.

"The experience has already aided in the advancement of my education and in creating a signature style of art making. This in return has opened doors for furthering my education in an MFA program, which will aid in the accomplishment of becoming a professional artist."

Aaron Danberry

Aaron Danberry

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Cadmium Mobilities in Soil Environments.

Aaron Danberry

Trent Vorlicek, Faculty Mentor

Aaron Danberry studied the fate and transport of livestock antibiotics and potentially toxic metals in soil systems. Building off of previous work showing that several common antibiotics form complexes with metals and that both are commonly leached from animal waste, Aaron's work explores how those complexes affect the mobility of the metals in the soil.

"I strongly recommend the URC to anyone who is thinking about going on to graduate school. It is great not only for getting experience but also for helping to decide if graduate school and research are right for you."