2014 Excellence in Science Award Winners

The Minnesota Academy of Science Excellence in Science Awards are given to the top oral presentation in each room and the ten best poster presentations at the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Winners are determined by professional scientists and researchers who interview the students about their research projects and provide written and verbal feedback.

Award Winning Oral Presentations

EXTRACTION OF GLANDS AND ANALYSIS OF THE TOXIN IN TADPOLE MADTOMS (Noturus gyrinus )
Elizabeth Arnold and Randy Krainock (Advisor)
Biology Department
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN

CHRONIC ALLERGEN CHALLENGE PROVOKES PERSISTENT VULVAR PAIN IN MICE
Alyssa Ashbaugh, Tijana Martinov, and Dr. Devavani Chatterjea (Advisor)
Department of Biology
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF A PROPOSED CELLULASE GENE IN Cellulophaga lytica
Rachel A. Blesi, Trevor J. Diercks, and Joanna R. Klein (Advisor)
Department of Biology
University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN

ULTRASONIC BACKSCATTER COEFFICIENT MEASUREMENTS FOR TISSUE MIMICKING PHANTOM
Rehman S. Eon and Anthony Gerig (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

DEVELOPMENTAL EFFECT OF ETHANOL ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN MULTIPLE GENERATIONS
Felicia M. Houk and Robert C. Lawrence (Advisor)
Biology Department
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI

OVENBIRDS IN EAST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA FOREST FRAGMENTS THREATENED BY VERY HIGH LEVELS OF RACCOON NEST PREDATION
Karina Li, Lilly Bock-Brownstein, Nolan Kriegel, Mike D. Anderson, Marta LeFevre-Levy, Casey Dallavalle, Jerald J. Dosch, and Mark A. Davis (Advisor)
Department of Biology
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE EXTRACTION AND ISOLATION OF N METHYLCYTISINE IN Caulophyllum thalictroides
Andre Scarlato and Mitchell Maddox (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

HEAVY-METAL ANALYSIS OF BLUEGILL (Lepomis macrochirus) FROM EAST LAKE WINONA
Amy I. Spitzmueller, Raymond Faber (Advisor), and Nathan Lien (Advisor)
Department of Biology
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN

EUROBONDS AND ITS APPLICATION IN EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS
Yue Yin, Dr. Kristina Terkun-Castro (Advisor)
Department of Economics
Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

 

AWARD WINNING POSTERS

A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE PROPER TECHNIQUE FOR USE OF THE BREATHACTUATED NEBULIZER TO DELIVER THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF AEROSOL TO THE LUNGS
Nicole K. Benhart, and Kerry E. George (Advisor)
Department of Respiratory Therapy
Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA

DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEM FOR ANALYSIS OF THE PATTERN OF MUSCLE CONTRACTIONS DURING Drosophila melanogaster CRAWLING BEHAVIOR
Mary Catherine M. Decker and Jenifer Schaefer (Advisor)
Department of Biology
College of St. Benedict – St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

C-H ACTIVATION AT GOLD(III): SYNTHESIS OF CHIRAL SULFONIUM SALTS
Arianna M. Kooyman and Daron E. Janzen (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
St. Catherine University, St Paul, MN

SYNTHESIS OF C5 AND C10 VINYLOXYBENZENE-CONTAINING SUBSTRATES FOR THE ENZYME PROTEIN FARNESYLTRANSFERASE
Janet Muzulu , Katelyn Caron, and James W. Wollack (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

SIZE AND AGE STRUCTURE OF BLACK, GOLDEN, AND SHORTHEAD REDHORSE IN THE NORTH BRANCH ROOT RIVER
Collin A. Nienhaus and Philip Cochran (Advisor)
Department of Biology
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN

TEMPLATE DIRECTED POLYMERIZATION VIA REDUCTIVE AMINATION OF MODIFIED THYMINE MONOMERS
Laura Rasmussen, and Mitchell Maddox (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry
Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

THE CORNER STORE PROCUREMENT PROJECT
Taylor K. Schuweiler, Nora Hoeft, Kristen Klingler, and Adam D. Kay (Advisor)1
Department of Biology
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

MORPHOLOGICAL CONTROL IN PECHINI GEL SYNTHESIS: A STUDY OF POROUS METAL OXIDES
Sammy Shaker, Stephen Rudisill, and Andreas Stein (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

HEAVY-METAL ANALYSIS OF BLUEGILL (Lepomis macrochirus) FROM EAST LAKE WINONA
Amy I. Spitzmueller, Raymond Faber (Advisor), and Nathan Lien (Advisor)
Department of Biology
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN

INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF TRIAZOLE BASED LIGANDS IN A NICKEL-CATALYZED DEHYDROGENATION OF AMMONIA-BORANE
Meghan O. Talbot and Marites A. Guino-o (Advisor)
Department of Chemistry
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN