Students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences showed their research prowess at the annual Celebrate Undergraduate Research & Creativity (CURC) held April 21 in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University.
CURC provides a venue for integrating experiential learning into the undergraduate curriculum. The goals include providing scholarships for bright, ambitious Colorado State undergraduates and fostering a close connection between faculty and students. Most projects are faculty-mentored endeavors, meaning students collaborate directly with a faculty member on a research project.
At CURC, 35 of 134 (25 percent) posters were by CVMBS undergraduate students (who comprise only 3 percent of the undergraduate student population at CSU) or projects mentored by CVMBS faculty members. Below are CVMBS students who were recognized for their research work, listed with their major, poster title and faculty mentor. Students receiving honors were recognized at the CURC award ceremony on April 23.
Adam Phillips, Microbiology – Does Flotillin play a role in lipid raft organization of the GnRH receptor and its ability to transducer an intracellular signal? (Dr. Colin Clay, Department of Biomedical Sciences)
Katriana Popichak, Microbiology – Targeting neuroinflammation with a novel class of natural product-derived chemotherapeutics. (Dr. Ronald Tjalkens, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences)
Jennifer Sneden, Biomedical Sciences – Role of CXCR7 Gene in Zebrafish Hematopoiesis. (Dr. Deborah Garrity, Department of Biology)
Natalia Reim, Microbiology – The role of nuclear exosome as a monitor of mRNA processing in mammalian cells. (Dr. Jeffrey Willusz, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)
Kyle Carter, Biomedical Sciences – Lean to the left, lean to the right: underlying cause of low back pain? (Dr. Raoul Reiser, Department of Health and Exercise Science)
Scott Vigil, Microbiology – Purification of phenolic glycolipid from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. (Dr. Karen Dobos, MIP)
Melanie Schow, Biomedical Sciences – Vascular patterns and development in the region of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. (Dr. Stuart Tobet, BMS)
Leslie Marchand, Biomedical Sciences – Lung function among Nicaraguan women using traditional biomass indoor cook stoves. (Dr. Jennifer Peel, ERHS)