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Past Winners & Participants

2015 Winners and Participants

Undergraduate Category

  • Catherine Brands (Biology),
    Effect of a High Fat Diet-Induced Microbial Community on Enteric Neurons.
    Faculty mentor: Onesmo Balemba
  • Alyssa Ertel (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering),
    How we Learned Organic Synthesis by Making Our Own New Molecules.
    Faculty mentor: Jakob Magolan

Graduate Category

  • Deepak Chand (Chemistry),
    Versatile Polyiodopyrazoles: Synthesis and Biocidal Promise.
    Faculty mentor: Jean’ne Shreeve
  • Megan Ruffley (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology),
    Effects of Sampling Effort on Estimates of the Mean of Range Size Distributions.
    Faculty mentors: Dave Tank and Jack Sullivan

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award

  • Cody Parker (Geology),
    Quantifying Sediment Yield Variability for the Fernan Lake Watershed.
    Faculty mentor: Brian Yanites


Exploring Islands of Life at Craters of the Moon

Katie Peterson will be showing off her research into geographically isolated populations at the upcoming Student Research Expo.

Read about Katie and her research

Studying a Disease Across Disciplines

Math major Erin Johnson's project looks into possible evolutionary changes in the Ebola virus.

Read about Erin and her research

Physics graduate student examines tectonic forces on Titan

Casey Cook's research involve the large dark scars on the face of Saturn's moon Titan.

Read more about Casey's research

Geology students investigate geothermal energy potential

Kirk Nuzum is researching geothermal potential on the east coast. Travis Kelsay is investigating geothermal potential in the Rio Grande Rift.

Read more about Kirk's and Travis' projects

2014 Winners and Participants

Undergraduate Division

  • Carlos Galicia (Molecular Biology),
    The Spotted Gar Retina: a Baseline for Understanding the Influence of Genome Duplication of the Visual System.
    Faculty mentor: Peter Fuerst
  • Katie McTighe (Microbiology),
    Multidrug-Resistant Plasmid Evolution in Naïve Proteobacterial Hosts.
    Faculty mentor: Eva Top

Graduate Division

  • Genevieve Metzger (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology),
    Improved persistence of drug resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii biofilms through plasmid-host specialization.
    Faculty mentor: Eva Top
  • Alexander Peterson (Geography),
    Projected bioclimatic changes in false springs across the United States.
    Faculty mentor: John Abatzoglou

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award

  • Rajani Dhingra (Physics),
    Hydrocarbon Lake on Saturn’s Satellite Titan: Geomorphological and Hydrological assessment of Ontario Lacus.
    Faculty mentor: Jason Barnes


Building an Education

Microbiology major gets valuable hands-on experience in virology lab

Read about Justin and his research

A Good Research Atmosphere

Climatology grad student studies future soil erosion with an eye on helping farmers

Read about Paige and her research

2013 Winners and Participants

Undergraduate Division

  • First Place: Liz Brandon (Microbiology),
    The Relationship Between Respiratory Viruses and Host Defense Protein, BST-2.
    Faculty mentor: Tanya Miura
  • Second Place: Shannon Mecham, (Biochemistry),
    Characterization of a Photosynthetic Bacteria-Feeding Euglenid Protozoan.
    Faculty mentor: Doug Cole

Graduate Division

  • First Place: Shuai Li (Neuroscience)
    Developmental Shaping: a study of Down Syndrome Cell Adhesion Molecules in the mouse retina.
    Faculty mentor: Peter Fuerst
  • Second Place: Thao Vo (Chemistry)
    New Energetic Roles of Halogenated 1,1-Diamino-2,2-Dinitroethene (FOX-7) and Azo-bis(diahaloFOX) as Energetic Materials and Hypergolic Oxidizers.
    Faculty mentor: Jean’ne M. Shreeve

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award

  • Brooke Anderson (Chemistry graduate student)
    Invader Nucleic Acids - High Affinity DNA Targeting using 2’-Amino DNA Analogs.
    Faculty mentor: Patrick Hrdlicka


Exploring the World of Bacteria

Michael France, a doctoral student in the bioinformatics and computational biology graduate program, studies how bacterial populations’ growth rates and spatial structuring affect their evolutionary trajectories

Read about Michael France and his research

Investigating a Distant World

Shannon MacKenzie’s research subject is far from her lab – in fact, it’s more than 1 billion kilometers away.

Read more about Shannon MacKenzie and her work on Titan

Positive Reaction

Leslie Nickerson’s experiment was supposed to last two weeks. More than a year later, she’s still working on it.

Read more about Leslie Nickerson's work in the lab

2012 Winners and Participants

Profiles of some of this year's participants are available below. The winning posters at 8th annual expo are:

Undergraduate Division

  • First Place: Kaitlyn Miller (Biology)
    Another one bites the dust? A framework for confirming extinction of retrotransposition
  • Second Place: Lygia Pereira (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)
    Collection and long-term storage of human microbiome samples using FTA paper

Graduate Division

  • First Place: Isaiah Gyan (Chemistry)
    GUITAR, a new form of carbon for electrochemical applications
  • Second Place: Pavitra Roychoudhury (Bioinformatics and Computational Biology)
    Slow and steady wins the race: bacteriophage evolution on surfaces

Sigma Xi Research Society Award

  • Daisuke Kobayashi (Geology)
    Pushing Panama: ridge and block collision drive western Caribbean deformation


Investigating the Potential Applications of a New Carbon Material

For Isaiah Gyan 'It's all about school," inside the research lab and outside.

Learn more about Isaiah's research

Medical Applications From Tree Root Extracts

Savannah Patterson's interst in medicine began when she started nursing school.

Learn more about Savannah and her research

Researching Viral Evolution

Pavitra Roychoudhury was attracted here by the opportunity to work in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program – a great match for her education and work experience in Biomedical Engineering.

Read more about Pavitra's research

Undergraduate Research In Her Grandfather's Footsteps

Kali's grandfather was a fisheries biologist in Malawai in central Africa. Her research includes studying the reproductive success of cichlid fish from Lake Malawi.

Learn more about Kali's research

2011 Winners and Participants

Profiles of some of the participants are available below. The winning posters at 7th annual expo are:

Undergraduate Division

  • First Place: Nick Weires (Chemistry)
    Multi Component Clay-Catalyzed Syntheses of Pharmaceutically Relevant Heterocycles
  • Second Place: Amanda Williams (Microbiology)
    Phase Variation Anomallies Resulting from Disruption of Hybrid Histidine Kinase Response Regulator hhkY in Myxoccocus xanthus

Graduate Division

  • First Place: Yaqun Xie with co-authors Isaiah Gyan and Haoyu (Chemistry)
    Graphene Paper Synthesized by Thermolyzed Asphalt Reaction (TAR)
  • Second Place: Roxana Hickey (Bioinformatics & Computational Biology)
    Investigating Diversity and Ecology of Lactobacillus iners in the Vaginal Microbiota

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Awards

  • Undergraduate: Alexander Peterson (Geography)
    Plant Phenology, Late Spring Freezes, and Climate Change
  • Graduate: Megha Karki (Chemistry)
    Aerobic Oxidation Catalyzed by Clay: Rapid Green Synthesis of Heteroaromatic Scaffolds


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