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Ferlic poster presentation highlights undergraduate research

Fourteen students who spent their summer in labs doing research will have a chance to showcase their creative and innovative work during the 10th annual Dr. Randolph M. and Teresa Kolars Ferlic Fund in Undergraduate Science Research Student Poster Presentation on Sept. 20.

The Ferlic Poster Presentation features the research of Creighton’s Ferlic Research Scholars, undergraduates studying the life, earth and physical sciences. Students spent the summer working with faculty mentors over the course of 10 weeks at 40 hours per week. Presentations will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Jr. Atrium of the Hixson-Lied Science Building, 2555 Burt St.

The undergraduate research projects are made possible by the generosity and support of Randolph M. Ferlic, M.D., his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic, Ruth and Bill Scott, and others. Ferlic earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Creighton in 1958 and graduated from the Creighton School of Medicine in 1961. Dr. and Mrs. Ferlic are ardent supporters of higher education in Nebraska. Each of the student scholars received a research stipend as well as access to state-of-the-art laboratories, simulation centers, microscopes and other equipment, facilities and supplies to perform full-time research project. The 2016 Ferlic Summer Scholars who will present are listed below.

Tyler Bendrick, “CDC25A Inhibition in Squamous Cell Carcinoma”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laura Hansen

Natalie Bui, “Improvement of Electrochemiluminescent Sensor Performance in the Detection of Biogenic Amines on Microfluidic Devices”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erin M. Gross

Evan Dalton, “Syntheses of Lanthanide Thiosulfates”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Villa

Christie Dang, “Post‐pollination development in the water-pollinated flowering plant Stuckenia pectinata”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mackenzie Taylor

Alison Guyer, “Identifying Mechanisms of Genome Stability in Evolved Tetraploid Cells”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anna Selmecki

Jacquelyn Ho, “Using Fluorescence Studies to Investigate the Protein‐Protein Interactions Involved in Gene Silencing”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lynne Dieckman

Sam Koshy, “Characterization of the role of redox-active cysteines in the regulatory function of DksA In the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Travis Bourret

Korey Krutsinger, “Structural Studies of the Eukaryotic OAZ1 RNA”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julie Soukup

Daniel Lynch, “Proposal for the Synthesis and Testing of THB, a Novel Sunscreen”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Martin Hulce

Sruti Prathivadhi, “Modeling Cancer Metastasis through its Mechanical Properties”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Ekpenyong

Jackie Ramos, “Rheological study of dental materials containing microcapsule fillers”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen Gross

Samuel Ruiz, “Control Program Upgrades for the STAR Experiment Slow Controls at Brookhaven National Laboratory”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Janet Seger

Eric Steele, “Developing methods to prepare Fmoc-His(4-Bn)(HBom)-OH”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. D. David Smith

Tammy Tran, “Arthropod-borne disease etiology: Varroa mite saliva interactions and impact on viral infections in honey bees”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carol Fassbinder-Orth

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