Initial Publication Date: April 15, 2011

Carleton Summer 2008 Research

In summer 2008, fifty three students did research with Carleton faculty in six science and math departments. Our HHMI grant supported twenty (20) of these students who were mentored by 17 Carleton faculty. Another 33 students were supported by Carleton College and external sources (private foundations and government agencies including NSF and NIH).

David Hougen-Eitzman
Mark McKone

Jennifer Wolff
Stephan Zweifel

Deborah Gross

Dani Kohen
Will Hollingsworth
Amy Csizmar Dalal
Laura Chihara
Julie Neiworth
Gretchen Hofmeister
Melissa Eblen-Zayas
Joel Weisberg
Susan Singer
Cam Davidson
Dave Musicant
Nelson Christensen
Cindy Blaha
Joe Chihade
David Liben-Nowell
Arjendu Pattanayak

Research Funded by HHMI (20 students)


  • Dr. David Hougan-Eitzman Insect Host-Plant Location (1 student)
  • Prof. Mark McKone Vegetation change in a restored tallgrass prairie (1 student)
  • Prof. Amy Moore Effect of COX-2 inhibition on cytochrome P450 aromatase gene expression in mouse brain (1 student)
  • Prof. Jennifer Wolff Finding new regulators of sex-specific neurogenesis in C. elegans(1 student)
  • Prof. Stephan Zweifel Detection of Genetic Variation in the Symbiotic Fungus of Leaf-cutting Ants (Atta cephalotes) Through Microsatellite Identification (1 student)


  • Prof. Joe Chihade Locating sites of protein-RNA interaction of metazoan mitochondrial alanyl-tRNA synthetases (1 student)
  • Prof. Will Hollingsworth Photodissociative Pathways of Mn2(CO)10 in the Region Around 350nm Resulting from Multiphoton Ionization (1 student)
  • Prof. Daniela Kohen Studying the behavior of CO2 within zeolites: atomistic simulations (1 student)

Computer Science


  • Prof. Laura Chihara Water Quality: Baseline Sediment Survey Statistical Analysis of a Statewide Survey of Minnesota Lake Sediments (2 students)

Physics and Astronomy

  • Prof. Cindy Blaha Emission-line Study of Local Group Galaxies(1 student)
  • Prof. Nelson Christensen Underground Environmental Measurements To Determine Suitability for a Third Generation Gravitational Wave Detector (1 student)
  • Prof. Melissa Eblen-Zayas Exploration of possible charge density wave in rare earth diantimonides (1 student)
  • Prof. Arjendu Pattanayak Understanding the Quantum-Classical Transition for Open Non-linear Systems (1 student)
  • Prof. Joel Weisberg Pulsar Research (1 student)


  • Prof. Julie Neiworth Perceptual testing of an Autistic Model and Cooperation Studies in Tamarins (1 student)

Research Funded by Other Sources (33 students)