2016-2017 Graduate Fellowships
Student Institution Department Research Focus
Cheryl Polacek MSU Education American Indian Tribal College Student Perceptions of Predominantly White Institutions: A Qualitative Study
Deb Laveaux MSU Education, Health and Human Development Environmental Health Literacy and Youth as Agents of Change in Communities
Dionne Zoanni MSU Earth Sciences The transparency of technical knowledge surrounding extensive brine contamination on Fort Peck Indian Reservation
2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Participants
Student Major Faculty Sponsor Research Question / Topic Poster Link
Nathan Blaseg Microbiology & Immunology Douglas Kominsky The Role of IFN-y Induced IL-10R1 Expression in Restitution of Epithelial Barrier Function during Intestinal Inflammation Click Here
Hanbyul (Hannah) Cho Microbiology & Immunology Aga Rynda-Apple Determining Composition of Lung Microbiota after respiratory bacterial infection Click Here
DeLancey Doty Cell Biology & Neuroscience Seth Walk A Clinical Epidemiologic Study of Clostridium difficile infection at the University of Chicago Hospital Click Here
Brittney Forsman Microbiology & Immunology Blake Wiedenheft Determining the Mechanism of Detecting and Destroying Foreign DNA Click Here
Coy Harwood Microbiology & Immunology Aga Rynda-Apple Understanding the sequence of host susceptibility to post-influenza secondary bacterial infections Click Here
Sierra Higheagle Molecular Bioscience Jovanka Voyich Investigating gene expression related to the two-component SaeR/S regulatory system of Staphylococcus aureus Click Here
Zane Huttinga Mathematical Sciences Tomas Gedeon Switching Models with mRNA for Certain Networks Implicated in Cancer Click Here
Nicole Korte Cell Biology & Neuroscience Susy Kohout Lipid-Binding Properties of the C2 Domain of Ci-VSP Click Here
Hania Koziol Chemical & Biological Engineering Renee Reijo Pera Montana-Based Inquiry into Neurodegeneration: Engrailed Proteins and Parkinson's Disease Click Here
Kim Lantrip Biotechnology  Blake Wiedenheft Isolating Proteins that neutralize the Adaptive Immune System in Bacteria Click Here
Gabrielle Law Chemistry & Biochemistry Matthew Taylor Quantifying Mutational Change during Neuroinvasive Herpes Simplex Virus Infection Click Here
Nina Paris Chemistry & Biochemistry    Brian Bothner MALDI-IMS Analysis of Lipid Content in E. Coli and Human Skeletal Muscle Cells in Environments of Varying Oxygen Levels Click Here
Katheryn Perea Biology Carl Yeoman Analyzing digestive flora as a means of assessing sheep growth Click Here
Shawna Pratt Chemical & Biological Engineering Connie CHang Microfluidic Sorting of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Subpopulations Click Here
Paul Puettmann Cell Biology & Neuroscience Roger Bradley NFPC in the Neural Tube Click Here
Tanner Robison Chemical & Biological Engineering Jovanka Voyich Identifying neutrophil components recognized by the extracellular residues of the sensory kinase SaeS of Staphylococcus aureus Click Here
Kaitlyn See Microbiology & Immunology Christa Merzdorf How Aquaporins Affect Noncanonical Wnt Signaling Pathways Click Here
Marisa Sewell Cell Biology & Neuroscience Diane Bimczok Culture of human dendritic cells with Norovirus in a mucosal model Click Here
Veronika Shchepetkina Cell Biology & Neuroscience Frances Lefcort Investigation of brain development in a mouse model for Familial Dysautonomia Click Here
Karen Stengel Cell Biology & Neuroscience  Susy Kohout Comparison of the Voltage Sensitive Phosphatase in Vertebrate Species Click Here
Jackson Toth Chemistry & Biochemistry   Brian Bothner Quantitative Metabolomic Analysis of A. baumannii and S. aureus Biofilms Click Here
Theodore Warthen Cell Biology & Neuroscience  Christa Merzdorf Analysis of the gap junctions involve in neurulation and gastrulation of Xenopus laevis Click Here
2016-2017 Undergraduate Researchers (MSU)
Student Major Faculty Sponsor Research Question / Topic Poster Link
 Jenna Blair Exercise Science Kalli Decker Early Intervention Service Providers' Day-To-Day Practices with Children and Families  Click Here
Will Dumm Mathematical Sciences Bree Cummins Modeling disease transmission: Incorporating family cliques in exponential random graphs In Progress
Alexandra Feigel Health & Human Development Kalli Decker Quantities of Adult Language and How it Affects Child Language Development In Progress
Zane Huttinga Mathematical Sciences Tomas Gedeon Global Dynamics of Extensions of Switching Models for Biological Systems In Progress
Derek Judge Electrical & Computer Engineering Anja Kunze Magnetic Gradient Optimization of Magnetic Elements on a Chip for Neuron Polarity Manipulation In Progress
Debra Kraner Sustainable Foods & Bioenergy System Selena Ahmed Impacts of Environmental and Management Factors on the Functional Quality of a Traditional Chinese Medicinal Plant: Case Study of Jobs Tears Coix lacryma-jobi Click Here
Ian LaCroix Chemistry & Biochemistry Tomas Gedeon Real Time Metabolomics and Applied Dynamics In Progress
Nada Naser Chemical & Biological Engineering Joseph Menicucci Synthesis and Materials Testing of Selenium Nanoparticle-coated Bone Cement In Progress
Dean Ricker Chemical & Biological Engineering Christa Merzdorf Does aquaporin 3b affect the number of calcium waves in the neural plate of Xenopus laevis embryos? In Progress
Nathan Sickler Microbiology & Immunology Jamie Sherman Beta-glucans and Anthocyanins in Barley for Human Food In Progress
Katie Sutton Sustainable Foods & Bioenergy System Florence Dunkel Building Resilient Community Members: A Survey that Examines Self-efficacy via Perceptions of Resources Available, Job Opportunities and Barriers to Future Aspirations in Small Montana Communities Click Here
Abigail Van Vuren Microbiology Martin Teintze Characterization of the Activity of 18B-Glyccerhetinic Acid Against MRSA Biofilms Click Here
2016-2017 Undergraduate Public Health Interns (MSU)
Student Major Community Partner Research Question / Topic Poster Link
Laura Evans University Studies Melenie Duval, Gallatin County Lactation Education Program Utilizing Department of Family Services home-visit data to analyze breastfeeding rates for at-risk families In Progress
Annsarah Exe Cell Biology & Neuroscience Darcy Hunter, Gallatin County Dept. of Health WIC Program Normalizing breastfeeding on the MSU-Bozeman campus Click Here
Imashi Fernando Food & Nutrition (Dietetics) Melenie Duval, Gallatin County Lactation Education Program Normalizing breastfeeding in Gallatin County Click Here
Gretchen Groves Food & Nutrition (Dietetics) Carmen Byker Shanks, MSU Food & Health Lab Evaluating SNAP recipients' use of the Gallatin Valley Farmers Market In Progress
Ellen Guyer Cell Biology & Neuroscience Stephanie McDowell, BridgerCare Using research on child welfare to better direct resources and educate policy makers about current needs facing children and families in Montana Click Here
Dani Hess Community Health Carmen Byker, Health and Human Development Understanding health awareness and connection with healthcare resources among Gallatin Valley Latino community: a Promotoras de Salud approach. In Progress
Jen Mikkelson Sustainable Foods Jill Holder, Gallatin Valley Food Bank Collaborating with local social service, community service, and corrections agencies to teach low-income, at-risk youth about gardening and nutritious food In Progress
Max Parelius Hispanic Studies Kristin Juliar, AHEC/MORH Health & Wellness Profiles around Montana: Evidence-based community health needs assessments Click Here
Justin Roberts Microbiology Bethel Erickson-Bruce, Gallatin Valley Food Bank Using research on ecologically-friendly gardening practices to maximize crop yields, minimize human labor, and ensure project sustainability Click Here
Luke Shealy Food & Nutrition (Dietetics) Carmen Byker Shanks, MSU Food & Health Lab Evaluating SNAP recipients' use of the Gallatin Valley Farmers Market In Progress
Samantha Starr Nursing Stephanie McDowell, Bridgercare Clinics What steps can Bridgercare Clinic take to increase use and awareness of Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)? Click Here
Rachel Ulrich Statistics Laura Hildreth & Lillian Lin, MSU Math Department & SCRS Statistical analysis of Alzheimer's and Dementia: Looking Back to Look Forward In Progress
Reisa Walker Nursing Laura Larson, MSU Nursing Faculty Improving oral health literacy of families and caregivers by creating, distributing and measuring effectivness of information about infant oral health through Northern Cheyenne tribal community health care and child care agencies. In Progress