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Creighton Undergraduate Research to be Highlighted on Oct. 29

Creighton Undergraduate Research to be Highlighted on Oct. 29

Creighton University undergraduate student research – ranging from how reed canary grass invades and threatens native tallgrass prairies to how smog-causing aerosols initially form at the molecular level – was highlighted on Wednesday, Oct. 29, during the third annual Ferlic Undergraduate Science Poster Presentation.

The event took place from 4-6 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Science Building atrium, 27th and Burt streets. The formal program began at 4:30 p.m.

Twelve undergraduate students in Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences participated in the third year of the summer research program, supported by Randolph M. Ferlic, M.D., and his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic. The program is designed to foster scientific research by undergraduates.

The students conducted research 40 hours a week for 10 weeks under the direct supervision of Creighton faculty. They also met weekly with fellow student researchers and faculty mentors.

Each student received a stipend of $3,200 for living expenses, $500 for research materials and financial support for attending meetings and presenting their work externally.

James Fletcher, Ph.D., program administrator and assistant professor of chemistry, said the program offers students in-depth research opportunities often not available at the undergraduate level, benefiting both students and faculty.

“Provided this full-time research opportunity, students gain hands-on experience in working side-by-side with their faculty mentors. This engenders student interest in science research and provides them valuable skills for post-graduate studies or employment. In turn, the research results produced from student summer projects advance the scholarly pursuits of the faculty research mentors.” Fletcher said.

Ferlic earned bachelor of science and medical degrees from Creighton in 1958 and 1961. Before his retirement, he had a distinguished career as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. He performed the first heart transplant in Nebraska.

A list of the poster presentations, including the names of students and their faculty mentors follows:

  • Jesse Bayudan, “Intracellular Mechanisms Underlying Neurotrophic Properties of Microglia”
    Mentor: AnneMarie Shibata
  • Dathe Benissan-Messan, “Reproductive Proteome Study in Two Species of Black Flies”
    Mentor: Charles Brockhouse
  • Brianna Brei, “Functional Proteomics of Black Fly (Diptera:Stimulidae) Silks”
    Mentor: Charles Brockhouse
  • Jamie Fosdick, “The Role of Stress Hormones in the Enrichment-Induced Differences in the Locomotor Response to Amphetamine in Rats”
    Mentor: Dustin Stairs
  • Sarah Fredrick, “Constructing a Flow Cell for Electrogenerated Chemiluninescent Detection of Quinolone Antibiotics”
    Mentor: Erin Gross
  • Katherine Garrett, “The Effects of a Late Decaying Scalar on Dark Matter Density”
    Mentor: Gintaras Duda
  • Sarah Hake, “Analysis of Neurogenesis and Neurodegeneration in Athoh1-Cre Dicer Null Mutant Mice”
    Mentor: AnneMarie Shibata
  • Elsbeth Klotz, “Material Uptake Kinetics of Marine Aerosols”
    Mentor: Brad Parsons
  • Abby Locke, “Mechanisms Affecting the Persistence of Reed Canarygrass in Tallgrass Prairies”
    Mentor: Mary Ann Vinton
  • Mark Pepin, “A Program for Extra-Dimensional Dark Matter”
    Mentor: Gintaras Duda
  • Megan Ruhland, “TIMP-2's Role in Cardiac Neural Crest Cell Migration”
    Mentor: Mark Reedy
  • Tiffany Tsai, “Interaction Between Chaperones, Effectors, and Other Proteins in the Type III Protein Secretion System of the Bacterial Pathogen Pseudomonas Syringae”
    Mentor: Karin Van Dijk

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