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Poster presentation to highlight summer findings for undergrad Ferlic Research Fellows

Fourteen Creighton University undergraduate students engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences will exhibit findings from their various projects Sept. 19 at the annual poster presentation for Dr. Randolph and Teresa Kolars Ferlic Research Fellows.

The poster presentation is the culminating event for the students, who spent the summer engaged in laboratory work with faculty mentors. Students spent 40 hours a week, for 10 weeks, working on projects across scientific disciplines.

The undergraduate research projects are made possible by the generosity and support of Randolph M. Ferlic, MD, his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic. 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 2017 Ferlic Summer Scholars, with their majors, projects and faculty mentors, are listed below.

Wilson R. Blomberg, chemistry, “Identification of carotenoid pigments in Gemmata obscuriglobus”
Faculty mentor: Josef D. Franke, PhD, Department of Biology

Maxwell J. Hoeffel, biology, “Collection of Ghanaian Simulium squamosum and Simulium yahense samples”
Faculty mentor: Charles Brockhouse, PhD, Department of Biology

Sam Koshy, neuroscience, “Determining the role of a 4-cysteine zinc finger domain in the regulatory function of DksA in Borrelia burgdorferi”
Faculty mentor: Travis J. Bourret, PhD, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Christopher J. Meehan, biology/environmental science, “Characterizing biodiversity in an ecologically unique landscape in the Nebraska Sandhills”
Faculty mentor: Mary Ann Vinton, PhD, Department of Biology

Shilpa V. Nair, biology, “Identifying the Mechanism for Isochromosome Formation in the Fungal Pathogen Candida albicans”
Faculty mentor: Anna M. Selmecki, PhD, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Julie N. Nguyen, chemistry/biochemistry, “Identification of the Benzylated Histidine Isomer in the Potent CGRP Antagonist”
Faculty mentor: D. David Smith, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Samuel A. Ruiz, physics/German, “Development of Upgrades for High-Voltage Controls at the STAR Experiment”
Faculty mentor: Janet E. Seger, PhD, Department of Physics

Ryan P. Sabotin, neuroscience, “Vitellogenin Expression in Honey Bees: How Honey Bee Viral Infections Influence Bee Physiology and Behavior”
Faculty mentor: Carol Fassbinder-Orth, PhD, Department of Biology

Kurt V. Shaffer, chemistry/biochemistry, “Using single molecule studies to investigate protein-protein interactions in DNA replication-coupled nucleosome assembly”
Faculty mentor: Lynne M. Dieckman, PhD, Department of Chemistry

Srishti Singal, chemistry/biochemistry, “Formulation of Indole-2-Carboxamides with Improved Physiochemical Properties”
Faculty mentor: E. Jeffrey North, PhD, Department of Pharmacy Sciences

John H. Sunderland, physics/mathematics, “Optimization of ex situ Sulfidation of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Thin Films for Use as Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells”
Faculty mentor: Andrew G. Baruth, PhD, Department of Physics

Hannah Swift, chemistry, “The effect of microcapsules on the depth of cure of a photopolymerized dental material”
Faculty mentor: Stephen Gross, PhD, Department of Chemistry

Spencer H. Thompson, chemistry/biochemistry, “Structural Analysis of OAZ1 RNA in Crassostrea gigas”
Faculty mentor: Julie K. Soukup, PhD, Department of Chemistry

Anh T. Vo, mathematics, “Fractional calculus to model cell viscoelasticity”
Faculty mentor: Andrew E. Ekpenyong, PhD, Department of Physics

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