2019 Summer Grant Recipients

Conor Abraham

Conor Abraham

Title: A Computational Analysis of Candidate Non-Covalent Organocatalysts for an Asymmetric [2,3]-Wittig Rearrangement

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Joshua Layfield

Grant: Young Scholars

Conor Abraham - Conor Abraham
Kathryn Breuckman

Kathryn Breuckman

Title: Defining Minnesota's Environmental Antibiotic Resistance Footprint

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Kristine Wammer

Grant: Young Scholars

Kathryn Breuckman - Kathryn Breuckman

Sam Broten

Title: The Impact of the Dissolution of Free Trade Agreements on Economic Growth

Major: Mathematical Economics

Mentor: Adam Check

Grant: Young Scholars

Sam Broten - Sam Broten
Karl Buttel

Karl Buttel

Title: Assessing Methods to Increase Soil Fertility by Ecklonia maxima Incorporation in Partnership with Abalimi Bezekhaya

Major: Biology

Mentor: Adam Kay

Grant: Community-Based Research

Karl Buttel - Karl Buttel

Molly Cooke

Title: Non-Contact Measurement of 3D Strain Field

Major: Civil Engineering

Mentor: Travis Welt

Grant: Young Scholars

Molly Cooke - Molly Cooke
Nathan Coyne

Nathan Coyne

Title: GC-APCI Compared to GC-EI for Analysis of Halogenated Disinfection Byproducts

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Anthony Borgerding

Grant: Young Scholars

Nathan Coyne - Nathan Coyne
Vanessa De La Vega Meza

Vanessa De La Vega Meza

Title: Helping the City of Minneapolis Improve Their Use of Recycled Concrete Aggregate Base Layers in Asphalt Pavements

Major: Civil Engineering

Mentor: Rita Lederle

Grant: Community-Based Research

Vanessa De La Vega Meza - Vanessa De La Vega Meza
Alyssa Eggersgluss

Alyssa Eggersgluss

Title: Expanding the Boundaries of Sound in Music Education

Major: Vocal K-12 Music Education

Mentor: AnnMarie Thomas

Grant: Young Scholars

Alyssa Eggersgluss - Alyssa Eggersgluss
Nathan Fischer

Nathan Fischer

Title: The Effects of Increased Anisotropy on Properties of Magnetic Elastomer Composite Materials

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Mentor: Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

Grant: Young Scholars

Nathan Fischer - Nathan Fischer
Madeleine Flisk

Madeleine Flisk

Title: Examining the degree of fulfillment of Somali nutritional needs in non-traditional Cedar-Riverside food retailers

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Adam Kay

Grant: Young Scholars

Madeleine Flisk - Madeleine Flisk
Madilyn Frisk

Madilyn Frisk

Title: Organic Carbon in Microbialites as a Test of Their Biogenic Origin

Major: Environmental Science: Concentration in Biology

Mentor: Thomas Hickson

Grant: Young Scholars

Madilyn Frisk - Madilyn Frisk
Connor Fulco

Connor Fulco

Title: A qualitative analysis of a poverty simulation performed by medical residents at HCMC Simulation Center

Major: Biology

Mentor: Colin Martin

Grant: Community-Based Research

Connor Fulco - Connor Fulco
Hamilton, William 2

William Hamilton

Title: AdamTS-A and fibulin possibly function antagonistically in Migration of Caudal Visceral Mesoderm Cells during Drosophila Embryogenesis

Major: Biology

Mentor: Afshan Ismat

Grant: Young Scholars

William Hamilton - William Hamilton
Kami Hanson-Best

Kami Hanson-Best

Title: Amino Acid analysis in peptides and proteins by neutral loss

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Anthony Borgerding

Grant: Young Scholars

Kami Hanson-Best - Kami Hanson-Best
Adam Hensley

Adam Hensley

Title: Tephrochronology of lake cores from the Breiddalur valley in Iceland

Major: Geology

Mentor: Kevin Theissen

Grant: Young Scholars

Adam Hensley - Adam Hensley
Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe

Title: Using stable isotopes to assess relationships between lake characteristics and community niche size

Major: Environmental Science - Biology

Mentor: Kyle Zimmer

Grant: Young Scholars

Sarah Howe - Sarah Howe
Tasha Kazanjian

Tasha Kazanjian

Title: Draft of a Middle Grade Novel

Major: English

Mentor: Heather Bouwman

Grant: Young Scholars

Tasha Kazanjian - Tasha Kazanjian
Bailey Keffer

Bailey Keffer

Title: Synthesis of a Novel Oxazolidinone Antibacterial Agent

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: J. Thomas Ippoliti

Grant: Young Scholars

Bailey Keffer - Bailey Keffer
Yasmeen Khawaja

Yasmeen Khawaja

Title: Effects of Thyroid Hormones on Metabolism in Lizards

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Jerry Husak

Grant: Young Scholars

Yasmeen Khawaja - Yasmeen Khawaja
Kim, Happy-Sarah 2

Happy-Sarah Kim

Title: Comparative genome analysis for the elucidation of novel genes and mechanisms putative in antibiotic resistance in E. faecalis

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Justin Donato

Grant: Young Scholars

Happy-Sarah Kim - Happy-Sarah Kim
Elias Kinfu

Elias Kinfu

Title: Characterizing Ligand Binding and Dimerization of G-Quadruplex DNA Structures

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Thomas Marsh

Grant: Young Scholars

Elias Kinfu - Elias Kinfu
Megan Lindloff

Megan Lindloff

Title: Does Instagram mean Instant Anxiety? Social Media, Biased Attention, and Body Image.

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Gregory Robinson-Riegler

Grant: Young Scholars

Megan Lindloff - Megan Lindloff
Jessica Lu

Jessica Lu

Title: A Comparison of LC-MS and Gel Electrophoresis for DNA Oxidative Products

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa Prevette

Grant: Young Scholars

Jessica Lu - Jessica Lu
Lynch, Ethan

Ethan Lynch

Title: The Role of Interspecies Interactions Among Ascomycete Fungi in Oxidative Carbon Breakdown

Major: Environmental Science

Mentor: Carolyn Zeiner

Grant: Young Scholars 

Ethan Lynch - Ethan Lynch
Markku Makinen

Markku Makinen

Title: Dakota Land Before the University of St. Thomas

Major: History

Mentor: Michael Klein

Grant: Community-Based Research

Markku Makinen - Markku Makinen
Katie Martin

Katie Martin

Title: Effects of N-Quaternization on PEI Endosomal Escape by the Proton Sponge Hypothesis

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa Prevette

Grant: Young Scholars

Katie Martin - Katie Martin
James Meagher

James Meagher

Title: Luminescent Effects of the Coordination of 1-pyridine-2-ylmethyl-1H-1,2,4-triazolylidene to the Cu(I) Ion

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Marites Guino-o

Grant: Young Scholars

James Meagher - James Meagher
Eleanor Meyer

Eleanor Meyer

Title: Environmental Fate of Steroid Contaminants: Stability in the Presence of Nucleophiles

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Kristine Wammer

Grant: Young Scholars

Eleanor Meyer - Eleanor Meyer
Sydney Morris

Sydney Morris

Title: Characterizing lactonases used by wastewater bacteria during quorum sensing

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Justin Donato

Grant: Young Scholars

Sydney Morris - Sydney Morris
Alexandra Morrison

Alexandra Morrison

Title: Effects of zebra mussels (Dressena polymorpha) on lake littoral energy dependence and trophic position.

Major: Environmental Science (Biology)

Mentor: Kyle Zimmer

Grant: Young Scholars

Alexandra Morrison - Alexandra Morrison
Natalie Myers

Natalie Myers

Title: Determining an age-metallicity relationship using Fe-group abundances in the Coma Star Cluster with a newly installed and calibrated spectrometer

Major: Physics

Mentor: Michael Wood

Grant: Young Scholars

Natalie Myers - Natalie Myers
Eamon Naughton

Eamon Naughton

Title: The Failure of U.S. Intelligence in the Middle East

Major: History

Mentor: Ahmadi Shaherzad

Grant: Young Scholars

Eamon Naughton - Eamon Naughton
Madeline Olson

Madeline Olson

Title: Painting on the Periphery: Roman Wall Painting Analysis at Saint Clement, Croatia

Major: Art History

Mentor: Vanessa Rousseau

Grant: Young Scholars

Madeline Olson - Madeline Olson
Madeline Peters

Madeline Peters

Title: 9/11: A Catalyst for Young Adult Dystopian Literature

Major: English

Mentor: Kanishka Chowdhury

Grant: Young Scholars

Madeline Peters - Madeline Peters
Sidney Polich

Sidney Polich

Title: Phosphorylation of Moss Species Based on Desiccation Tolerance

Major: Biology

Mentor: Amy Verhoeven

Grant: Young Scholars

Sidney Polich - Sidney Polich
Jack Queenan

Jack Queenan

Title: Acid-Sensitive Polymersomes from Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers for Glucose-Responsive Insulin

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Lisa Prevette

Grant: Young Scholars

Jack Queenan - Jack Queenan
Kara Reardon

Kara Reardon

Title: Mitochondria function in lizards (Anolis carolinensis) with enhanced aerobic performance

Major: Biology

Mentor: Jerry Husak

Grant: Young Scholars

Kara Reardon - Kara Reardon

Helen Roach

Title: Assessing Net Energy Output in Mesophilic vs. Thermophilic Anaerobic Biogas Digesters

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Mentor: Greg Mowry

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

Helen Roach - Helen Roach

Matthew Schewe

Title: Automating the use of High Bandwidth Patch Clamp Amplifiers

Major: Electrical Engineering

Mentor: Lucas Koerner

Grant: Young Scholars

Matthew Schewe - Matthew Schewe
Connor Schmidt

Connor Schmidt

Title: A more efficient route to synthesize a multitude of novel Oxazolidinone antibacterial agents

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: J. Thomas Ippoliti

Grant: Young Scholars

Connor Schmidt - Connor Schmidt

Kiana Schuchard

Title: The Legacy of Adoption: Investigating the impact of adoption on the biological children of transracial, international adoptees

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Jean Giegenhain

Grant: Young Scholars

Kiana Schuchard - Kiana Schuchard
Malia Sherred

Malia Sherred

Title: The Legacy of Adoption: Investigating the impact of biological children on identity development among transracial, international adoptee parents, and parents' reflections on their children's identity development

Major: 

Mentor: Jean Giebenhain

Grant: Young Scholars

Malia Sherred - Malia Sherred
Griffin Swenson

Griffin Swenson

Title: The Role of Microbial Communities in Urban Agriculture

Major: Biology

Mentor: Carolyn Zeiner

Grant: Sustainability Scholars

Griffin Swenson - Griffin Swenson
Shayna Thostenson

Shayna Thostenson

Title: Evaluating the predator Caenorhabditis elegans to Escherichia coli and Bacillus  megaterium coexistence

Major: Biology

Mentor: Kenichi Okamoto

Grant: Young Scholars

Shayna Thostenson - Shayna Thostenson
Valdes, Kathryn

Kathryn Valdes

Title: Exploring the Molecular Pathways of Biological Oxidation through Mechanistic Studies of Dioxygenase Enzymes

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Codrina Popescu

Grant: Young Scholars

Kathryn Valdes - Kathryn Valdes
Moira Weiland

Moira Weiland

Title: Exploring the Myth of Jewish Sexual Promiscuity

Major: International Studies

Mentor: Zsolt Nagy

Grant: Young Scholars

Moira Weiland - Moira Weiland
Joan Weiland

Joan Weiland

Title: Women Navigate Forgiveness in Literature

Major: English, Literature

Mentor: Olga Herrera

Grant: Young Scholars

Joan Weiland - Joan Weiland
Lucas Windingstad

Lucas Windingstad

Title: Analysis of Alternative Metabolic Pathways in Escherichia coli for the Metabolism of Tricarballylate

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Justin Donato

Grant: Young Scholars

Lucas Windingstad - Lucas Windingstad
Lauryn Zugschwert

Lauryn Zugschwert

Title: Viral deletion of the mu opioid receptor in the ventral striatum and its effects on social behavior in mice

Major: Neuroscience

Mentor: Jenne Westberry

Grant: Young Scholars

Lauryn Zugschwert - Lauryn Zugschwert