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Over 100 LBC Students Present Research at UURAF 2014


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Over 100 Lyman Briggs students participated in the 16th annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) this past Friday, April 4th at the MSU Union. Our students presented poster and oral presentations that they have worked on with faculty members on topics ranging from the “History of Medieval Neuroscience in Spain” to “Using Magnetic Nanoparticles to Extract Pathogenic Bacteria.” While most of our students presented research in the sciences, many students also presented research on topics in communications, social sciences and the humanities.


MSU students present their undergraduate research at UURAF every year. The event provides students with opportunities to conduct research with faculty mentors and to gain experience presenting their work. This year, more than 660 students from 13 different colleges participated in the event.


14 LBC students received the top prize in their category for their oral or poster presentation. Winners received $100 for their achievement and were honored in an awards ceremony following the research presentations. Below is a list of the winners from Lyman Briggs College:

 

Kelsey Longe and fellow MSU student Michaelyn Lux won Physical Sciences Section 1 (poster) for their presentation on “Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Bio-Oil Components: A Foray Into Alternative Energy.”


Brandon Stone won Physical Sciences Section 2 (poster) for his presentation on “Steric Effects on the Structure of Copper Malonate Coordination Polymers Containing 1,3-DI(4-Pyridyl)Propane.” Brandon worked on his research with LBC Associate Dean and Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Robert LaDuca.

Kasey Pryg won Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Disease Section 2 (poster) for her poster presentation on “Using Magnetic Nanoparticles to Extract Pathogenic Bacteria.”


Clare Laut won Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Disease Section 3 (poster) for her presentation on “Acidic Exposure and Enhanced Colonization in Group B Streptococcus.”


Keenan Noyes won Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Section 2 (poster) for his presentation on “Direction-Specific Computational Protein Refinement Via Steered Molecular Dynamics and ‘Frankenstein’ Structure Analysis.”


Karalyn Kiessling won Health, Food & Wellness Section 2 (oral) for her presentation on “Pregnancy Interval, Birth Order, and Self-Reported Anemia—MI Prams 2009- 11.”


Lestella Bell won Health, Food & Wellness Section 3 (poster) for her presentation on “Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Does Biological HIV Knowledge Acquisition in the Classroom Correlate With Increased HIV Knowledge?”


Sydney Ruhala won Environmental Science & Natural Resources Section 1 (oral) for her presentation on “Regional Analysis of the Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Environmental HG Loadings in the Great Lakes.”

Levi Storks won Environmental Science & Natural Resources Section 1 (poster) for his presentation on “Calling In The Face of Danger: Risk-Taking and Condition in the Gray Tree Frog (Hyla Versicolor).”

Katherine Demeuse won Agriculture & Animal Science Section 1 (poster) for her presentation on “Determining the Mechanism of Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa Decemlineata) Resistance to Neonicotinoid Insecticides by Real Time PCR.”

Inez Garzaniti and fellow MSU students Kristen Mayfield and Craig Pearson won Linguistics, Languages and Speech Section 1 (oral) for their presentation on “Functional Regions Activated by Literary Reading: An FMRI Study.”

Emily LaPlante won Humanities and Performing Arts Section 1 (oral) for her presentation on "Theatre Engine: Using Mobile Devices for ‘Magical’ Interaction During Live Performance.”

Tyler Powers and fellow MSU students Benedict Hilado, Peter Burroughs, Annette Kim, and Justin Tokarski won Communication Arts & Sciences Section 2  (poster) for their presentation “Can Dancing With a Virtual Agent In a Video Game Reduce Racial Prejudice?”


Zachary DeRade won Toxicology Section 1 (poster) for his presentation on “The Role of Parkin in Neurotoxicant-Mediated Microtubule Destabilization in a Neuronal Cell Line and Mouse Brain.”