Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Honors Awarded
Throughout the year, Colorado State University recognizes and honors the achievements of undergraduate students in the areas of research and creativity. Students are invited to participate in a variety of events that will provide them an opportunity to showcase what they have learned through their research and creative activities. For the 2004-2005 school year, events culminated in the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) Showcase held on Tuesday, April 19, at the Lory Student Center.
Many students and faculty members from CVMBS participated in CURC as exhibitors, mentors and judges. On April 20, an awards ceremony was held at Yates Hall to recognize all participants and present awards to winners from the various events.
Highest award winners (top 4 percent of all entries) from CVMBS were Chelsea Zimmerman, Keri Propst, and Emily Plake. High award winners (top 10 percent of all entries) were Adrienne Harris and Michael Frazier. CVMBS college winners (top 10 percent of College) were Sukantha Chandrasek, Yi Cheng (Sharon) and Betsy Taylor. A number of students from other colleges mentored by CVMBS also received high awards including Janet Kemp, Julia Shimizu, Karlie Intlekofer, and Brandon Wadas.
Following is a list of all College student participants, their major and poster title, and their faculty mentors, as well as faculty who mentored non-CVMBS students, and faculty judges. Thanks and congratulations to all who participated in this exciting event.
CVMBS Students Being Mentored by CVMBS Faculty
- Chelsea Zimmerman, Biochemistry/Microbiology, “Influence of Early Exercise on Bone Mineral Density in Equine Distal Third Metacarpal Condyles;” Dr. Chris Kawcak, Department of Clinical Sciences.
- Victoria Callison, Environmental Health, “Analytical Determination of Chlorpyrifos and its Metabolite 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol in Human Saliva,” Dr. John Tessari, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS).
- Erin Davidson, Microbiology, “Interactions between PU.1 Deletion and CBA Genetic Background in the Causation of Radiation-Induced Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” Dr. Mike Weil, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP).
- Adrienne Harris, Microbiology, “16S rRNA Analysis of the Mycobacterium avium Complex,” Dr. Julia Inamine, MIP.
- Tamara Hess, Microbiology, “Exploring the Use of the Cell Division Protein FTSl for Drug Discovery in Mycobacterium tuberculosis,” Dr. Richard Slayden, MIP.
- Diana Rubino, Microbiology, “The Effect of Infection with Recombinant Densonucleosis virus on Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes,” Dr. Erica Suchman, MIP.
- Emily Plake, Microbiology, “Evaluation of Aedes aegypti Densonucleosis (AeDNV) Infection in Adult Mosquito Mortality,” Dr. Erica Suchman, MIP.
- Kara Leach, Microbiology, “Analysis of the Degradation of dTDP-beta-6-deoxy-L-lyxo-4-hexulose, an Intermediate in the Cell Wall synthesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis,” Dr. Michael McNeil, MIP.
- Yi Cheng New, Microbiology, “Transduction of Mosquito Cells and Larvae with Different Mosquito Densoviruses,” Dr. Jonathan Carlson, MIP.
- Laura Mitrescu, Microbiology, “Pertussis Toxin as a Tool to Study Memory Lymphocytes in the Blood,” Dr. Alan Schenkel, MIP.
- Elena Garcia, Microbiology, “The Use and Effectiveness of High Risk HPV DNA Typing as a Cost and Time Effective Technique for Triage of Women,” Dr. Julia Inamine, MIP.
- Michael Frazier, Microbiology, “Creation of a recA Knockout in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 Using Gene Replacement,” Dr. Roxann Karkhoff-Schweizer, MIP.
- Megan Cassidy, Microbiology, “Denitrifier Diversity in Soil:Wood Incubations,” Dr. Nancy DuTeau, MIP.
- Sukantha Chandrasekaran, Microbiology, “Characterization of a Major Cell Wall Lipid of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis,” Dr. Julia Inamine, MIP.
- Angela Bosco-Lauth, Microbiology, “The Microbial World: A Guide on How to Teach Microbiology to Elementary Students,” Dr. Ralph Smith, MIP.
- Katie Partyka, Animal Science, and Jessica Bushanam, Microbiology, “Early Pulmonary Immune Responses to Yersinia pestis Infection,” Dr. Steven Dow, MIP/Clinical Sciences.
- Shana Williams, Microbiology, “More is Better: How Upregulating Glutamate Receptor Activity has Therapeutic Value,” Dr. Kathy Partin, Department of Biomedical Sciences.
- Shannon Oliver, Environmental Health, “Manganese Precipitate in the Public Water System of Tegucigalpa, Honduras,” Dr. David Gilkey, ERHS.
- Clayton Eims, Biomedical Sciences Open Option, “Cell DNA Repair Processes as a Function of Cellular Age,” Dr. Andrew Ray, ERHS.
CVMBS Students Mentored by Non-CVMBS Faculty
- Betsy Taylor, Microbiology, “Determination of the Cellular Source of Gamma Interferon in Early Primary Francisella tularensis LVS Infection,” Dr. Karen Elkins, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
- Jared Schrader, Microbiology, “Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Flucose Polymers,” Dr. Anthony Rappe, Department of Chemistry.
- Keri Propst, Microbiology, “Effect of Over Expression of Zeta-Crystallin on Glutaminase mRNA Stability,” Dr. Norm Curthoys, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
NON-CVMBS Students Mentored by CVMBS Faculty
- Travis Harr-Connole, Biochemistry, “Production of Recombinant TB Proteins for Use in Vaccination,” Dr. John Belisle, MIP.
- Jenna Horne, College of Natural Sciences Open Option, “ Whole Mosquito DNA Isolation for Characterization of Gut Bacterial DNA,” Dr. Nancy DuTeau, MIP.
- Jake VanHorn-Belivea, Biological Sciences, “In Situ Spatial and Protein Linkage Mapping in Mycobacterium tuberculosis,” Dr. Richard Slayden, MIP.
- Megan Roberts, Biological Sciences, “Effects of Di-(2-ethylhexyl) and Dibutyl Phthalate on Folliculogenesis in 6-Week Old Rabbits,” Dr. D Rao Veeramachaneni, Biomedical Sciences.
- Brandon Wadas, Biochemistry/Psychology, “Potential Role of Cholesterol in the Migration of Neurons Containing Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone,” Dr. Stuart Tobet, Biomedical Sciences.
- Karlie Intlekofer, Health and Exercise Science, “Disruption of Arylhydrocarbon Receptor Increases Caspase-3 Activity in the Hypothalamus and Preoptic Area in Mice,” Dr. Stuart Tobet, Biomedical Sciences.
- Julia Shimizu, Biological Sciences, “Characterization of the Bacterial Gut Community in Wild Aedes aegypti,” Dr. Nancy DuTeau, MIP.
- Sara Werner, Biology, “Regulation of Sarco/Endoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ ATPase mRNA as a Mechanism to Prevent Ca2+ Cytotoxicity,” Dr. Robert Handa, Biomedical Sciences.
- Janet Kemp, Biological Sciences, “Characterizing a Mosquito Gut Bacterial Community,” Dr. Nancy DuTeau, MIP.
- Aya Ushijima, Zoology, “Effect of Sample handling on the Detection of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Using an Antigen-Capture ELISA,” Dr. Hana Van Campen, MIP.
The College also had 17 volunteer judges participate in CURC, the most of any College. Special thanks go to the following volunteer judges:
Hana Van Campen