Summary Post

What a great summer spent!! At the end of the research project, I am so thankful for this opportunity to conduct research with Dr. Carman on the mathematical analysis of the rank of unit group of Burnside ring, which is a topic in abstract algebra that I’ve always been very interested in. I am so lucky to have a mentor like Dr. Carman who is so responsible and helpful. He discussed many ideas with me and taught me about many mathematical concepts. I am very grateful that Charles Center provided me with this precious opportunity to learn and grow in my first research project. During the seven weeks, I learned to plan a research, to do literature review, and to solve the problems we encountered along the way. In this process, I not only gained a lot of knowledge about Burnside ring and abstract algebra but also learned to think more critically as a researcher. There were several challenging parts in this research and I leanred that doing research is not as simple as taking a course. For example, in week 3 I spent two days finishing the first version of the code in GAP. I was so happy when it could finally generate the correct output, but it could not run for larger group. My original plan was to improve based on the existing algorithm. However, I found that the origin of the inefficiency was caused by its mathetical basis, which means that it can only be improved by finding an entirely new way of approaching the problem. It was a little frustrating when I had to give up the old results and codes and start from the begining, but I learned to think as a researcher.

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Introduction: A Sigillographer’s Life for Me

British lead seal from a Wakefield merchant, 18th century, Mackinac State Historic Parks Collection. Photo C. Davis

British lead seal from a Wakefield merchant, 18th century, Mackinac State Historic Parks Collection. Photo C. Davis

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Abstract: Analyzing Dye-Sensitized and Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis Using Single Molecule Spectroscopy

For my upcoming research project in the summer, I plan on investigating dye-sensitized and plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis using single molecule spectroscopy techniques. The global energy demand is predicted to increase over 25% by year 2040. Solar energy is a clean alternative to harmful fossil fuels, and one method of harnessing this energy is via dye sensitized photocatalysis (DSP) systems. Although currently inefficient, we plan on studying underlying kinetics to further improve the practicality of these systems. This is done via single molecule spectroscopy (SMS) techniques that allow for us to truly understand the photophysics behind DSP systems. In our DSP system, we will be studying Eosin-Y chromophore on a TiO2 substrate under both air and N2 conditions. By studying the interactions of this dye with a substrate, we can begin to have a understanding of the efficiency and kinetics of the electron transfer that is associated with solar energy harvesting. Additionally, I hope to incorporate plasmonic systems with our DSP system to possibly reveal alternative methods to further improve efficiency of solar conversion.

Abstract, Children’s Experiences During Simulated Visitation Experiences, Rita McInerny

Research Abstract

This project aims to understand if there are any differences in the psychosocial development of children whose mothers are incarcerated. This will be done by comparing literature that follows children who were born prior to their mothers being incarcerated, with those children who were born while their mothers were incarcerated.

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