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Ferlic Summer Science Research Scholars Named

Ferlic Summer Science Research Scholars Named

Instead of taking a vacation, 12 Creighton University Arts and Sciences students are working full time for scientific advancement this summer.

The Ferlic Summer Research Program, established in 2006, provides direct support for scientific research from fulltime undergraduates at Creighton. The program awards $3,200 stipends for research along with an additional maximum of $500 for research supplies. The research is done under the direct supervision of Creighton University faculty members. The program is made possible by a generous donation from Randolph M. Ferlic, M.D., and his wife Teresa Kolars Ferlic of Omaha.

This year’s Ferlic Summer Research Scholars are:

  • Emily Adams of Mary Esther, Fla. She will perform her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Dustin Stairs, Ph.D., from the psychology department. Adams’ project title is “Does Exposure to Novelty during Development Alter the Cross-Sensitization of Nicotine and Amphetamine during Development in Rats?”

  • Ashley Altrichter of Pine Island, Minn. She will perform her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Ph.D., from the biology department. Altrichter’s project tile is “A Study of Anti-Viral Immune Responses of House Sparrows.”

  • Craig Baker of Kearney, Neb. He will perform his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Michael Miller, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Baker’s project title is “The Synthesis of Silicon-Substituted Fullerenes.”

  • Kaitlyn Brittan of Omaha, Neb. She will perform her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Soochin Cho, Ph.D., from the biology department. Brittan’s project title is “Testing the Hypothesis of the Evolution of the Alpha-Amylase Gene during Human Adaptation to a Starch Diet.”

  • Michelle Clevenger of Leo, Ind. She will perform her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Erin Gross, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Clevenger’s project title is “Paper-Based Microfluidics in Point-of-Care Testing.”

  • Tana Friesth of Urbandale, Iowa. She will perform her research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Patricia Soto, Ph.D., from the physics department. Friesth’s project title is “Structural Characterization of Inhibitor Prion Peptides.”

  • Nick George of Wichita, Kan. He will perform his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Karin van Dijk, Ph.D., from the biology department. George’s project title is “Effector Protein Release Succession in the Type III Secretion System of Pseudomonas Syringae.”

  • Erin Johnson of Owatonna, Minn. She will perform her research under the supervision of Associate Professor Julie Soukup, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Johnson’s project title is “Antibiotic Development by Investigation of the glm S Riboswitch.”

  • Nathan Messbarger of Kearney, Neb. He will perform his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Stephen Gross Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Messbarger’s project title is “Biocompatible Self-Healing Dental Composites.”

  • Alicia Muhleisen of Lincoln, Neb. She will perform her research under the supervision of Associate Professor Mark Reedy, Ph.D., from the biology department. Muhleisen’s project title is “Timp2 Migration in Avian Neural Crest Cells.”

  • Donald Thomas Schrack of Bellevue, Neb. He will perform his research under the supervision of Associate Professor Julie Soukup, Ph.D., from the chemistry department. Schrack’s project title is “Structural Characterization and Analysis of Pre-Queuosine Riboswitch.”

  • Zachary Paul Stewart of Harlan, Iowa. He will perform his research under the supervision of Assistant Professor Charles Brockhouse, Ph.D., from the biology department. Stewart’s project title is “Identification of a Protein Marker for the Female Reproductive State in Black Flies (Diptera Simuliidae).”