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NOTE: In 2014, we discovered that there was a numbering error in 2007 for the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium (but not for the Annual Meeting). All subsequent years bore the wrong number for Winchell. We corrected the error for the 2015 Winchell Symposium, which was the 28th. 

2018

85th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium & 31st MAS Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8am - 4pm
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

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2018 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Christy Haynes 

Dr. Haynes is the Elmore H. Northey Professor and Associate Department Head of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota as well as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Her research group studies pressing issues in nanoscience, environmental science, and immunology. 

Areas of expertise:  Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Environmental & Green Chemistry, Chemical Physics

Title: Design and Redesign of Sustainable Engineered Nanomaterials

 

Abstract: Even Richard Feynman would be impressed with how engineered nanoparticles are increasingly being incorporated into devices and products across a variety of commercial sectors. However, this means that engineered nanoscale materials will either intentionally or unintentionally be released into the ecosystem. The long-term goal of the presented work is to understand the molecular design rules that control nanoparticle toxicity using aspects of materials science (nanoparticle design, fabrication, and modification), analytical chemistry (developing new assays to monitor nanotoxicity), and ecology (monitoring how nanoparticles enter and accumulate in the food web through bacteria and how these nanoparticles influence bacterial function). Taken together, these data suggest that careful consideration of engineered nanoparticle surface chemistry will likely allow design of safe and sustainable nanoscale materials. 


Biography:

Professor Haynes completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in 1998 and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Northwestern University in 2003 under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2005, Haynes performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Among many honors, she was named a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan fellow and a National Institutes of Health "New Innovator," won the Royal Society of Chemistry's Joseph Black Award as well as the 2015 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office for Faulty and Academic Affairs and the Women’s Center. Haynes is one of only 173 scientists, scholars, and artists to be awarded a prestigious 2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. 



Schedule of Events – April 21, 2018

  

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.          Registration                   Anderson Student Center (ASC) 3rd Floor                                                                             

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.         Welcome Remarks         Woulfe Alumni Hall

                                   Dr. Josh Layfield & Dr. Bill Heidcamp        

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.        Keynote Address            Woulfe Alumni Hall

                                   Dr. Christy Haynes

10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Oral Presentations                                         

                                    Chemistry and Physics                Woulfe Alumni Hall

                                    Ecology and Environmental Science              ASC 364

                                    Cell Biology and Physiology                          ASC 365

                                    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology             ASC 366                                                                           

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Break / Pick up Box Lunch                            Woulfe Lounge (ASC 380)                                                                                            

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.        Breakout Sessions

                                    Workshop on Salaries in the Sciences            ASC 365

                                    Tour of UST Gardens                                     Gather in Woulfe Lounge

                                    Panel on Options after College                       Woulfe Alumni Hall

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.          Poster Session Set-up /                                   Woulfe Alumni Hall

                                   Networking Break

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.          First Poster Session (Odd Numbers)              Woulfe Alumni Hall

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.          Second Poster Session (Even Numbers)         Woulfe Alumni Hall

 

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.          Closing Remarks, Thanks, and Awards         Woulfe Alumni Hall  


2018 Breakout Sessions (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)

There were three breakout sessions during the 2018 Annual Meeting and Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students selected sessions during registration on a first-come, first-served basis. 

1. Salaries in the Sciences:  What can you expect?   

    Dr. Ishuan Li, Associate Professor of Economics, Minnesota State University-Mankato

2. Tour of the Medicinal Garden, Pollinator Path, and Science Artwork at the University of St. Thomas 

    Dr. Amy Verhoeven, Professor of Biology, University of St. Thomas

3. Exploring Options After College with Recent Graduates 

    Moderator:  Dr. Afshan Ismat, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of St. Thomas

    Panelists

    Brian Bustrom, Research Chemist at Microtrace Solutions

    Kiersten Idzorek, First-year law student at the University of St. Thomas

    Ryan Merry, Third-year graduate student at the University of Minnesota

    Quinn Niederluecke, Graduate student at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Program Participation Summary

In 2018, 86 students participated as presenters, representing 17 colleges. Of 77 projects in 2018, 24 were oral presentations and 53 were posters. The most popular categories were chemistry (39%) and biology (17%). Fourteen faculty members participated in the program as judges.


Planning Committee Members 

 

Dr. Josh Layfield (Chair), Department of Chemistry, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Brett Bruininks, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Bill Heidcamp, MAS Board President

Dr. Afshan Ismat, Department of Biology, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Ishuan Li, Department of Economics, Minnesota State University - Mankato
 
Dr. Amy Verhoeven, Department of Biology, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Wayne Wolsey, Department of Chemistry, Macalester College

 

Chair Josh Layfield welcomes attendees to Winchell.
 
2018 Registration Deadlines:

March 16, 2018, 5pm – Priority registration / abstract submission deadline for students

April 2, 2018, 5pm - Late registration / abstract submission deadline for students

April 16, 2018, 5pm – Final registration deadline for advisors, volunteers, guests, and judges 

Students who complete registration or submit abstracts after March 16 at 5pm will be charged a late fee of $10. This is to encourage students to complete their registration on time to allow adequate time for the Planning Committee to compile the program booklet and journal of abstracts. Because other attendees are not included in the program or the journal, they have a later registration deadline.

2018 Registration Fees

Undergraduate student presenters   $75*

 

Advisors and other attendees (faculty, graduate students, professionals)    $75

 

Public and friends and family (includes keynote and/or lunch)     $15

 

*Students who register or submit abstracts after March 16 will be charged a late fee of $10.

Volunteers, speakers, and judges who assist with symposium programming do not pay a registration fee.

 

2018 ORAL PRESENTATION BEST IN SESSION AWARDS

CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS

NOVEL SYNTHESIS OF NEW OXAZOLIDINONE ANTIMICROBIAL AGENT

Ashley Roux and J. Thomas Ippoliti (Advisor)

Department of Chemistry, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN


ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

CHARACTERIZATION OF GRAY SQUIRREL (Sciurus carolinesis) LEAF NESTS ON AN URBAN COLLEGE CAMPUS

Brooke Maruska and Joseph Whittaker (Advisor)

Department of Biology, Concordia College–Moorhead, Moorhead, MN


A MATHMATICAL MODEL OF SOLAR ENERGY, TEMPERATURE, AND ALTITUDE: AN APPLICATION FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOONS

Akshay Naik and James Flaten (Advisor)

Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

CELL BIOLOGY & PHYSIOLOGY

CONTRACTILE RESPONSE OF Mus musculus STOMACH TISSUE AFTER APPLICATION OF BLUE COHOSH AND TWO OF ITS CONSTITUENTS 

Andrew Kremer and Teresa Degolier (Advisor)

Department of Biology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS OF Helichrysum italicum ON RAW 264.7 MACROPHAGES

Stephanie Peterson and Joyce Doan (Advisor)

Department of Biology, Bethel University, St Paul, MN



2018 POSTER SESSION JUDGE'S CHOICE AWARDS

CRANIAL PROSTHESIS FOR CHRONIC, PAN-CORTICAL TWO-PHOTON IMAGING IN BEHAVING MICE

Nahom Mossazghi, Leila Ghanbari, Mathew Ryans, Russell Carter, Judith Dominguez, Jay Jia Hu, Suhasa Kondandaramaiah (Advisor) and Timothy Ebner (Advisor)

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN


DIFFERENTIAL PROTEIN EXPRESSION OF FIBROLAMELLAR HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA (FL-HCC)

Tierra Bender, Rondell Graham, Linda Hasadsri, Adam Hildebrandt, Lauren Magnuson, Desiree A. Reding, Michael Torbenson, and Mary Ann Yang (Advisor)

Department of Biology, Concordia University–St. Paul, St. Paul, MN & Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


EFFECTS OF LITTER SIZE AND GENDER IN JUVENILE EASTERN CHIPMUNK (Tamias striatus) SURVIVAL

Jacob CarsonKaitlin Marsaa, and Pamela Freeman (Advisor)

Department of Biology, The College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, MN


SELF-ASSEMBLY OF PENTAMERIC MACROCYCLES THROUGH ALKENE METATHESIS OF BIS(4-VINYLBENZENE)METHYL DERIVATIVES

Joseph A. Romo and Dennis D. Cao (Advisor)

Department of Chemistry, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN


PHOSPHORYLATION PATTERNS IN MOSS WITH VARYING DEGREES OF DESICCATION TOLERANCE

Brenna Walton and Amy Verhoeven (Advisor)

Department of Biology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

 

BIOPLASTIC: COMBINING SEAWEED AND LOBSTERS TO CREATE A NEW GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY PEDAGOGY

Alexandra Ward and Graeme R. A. Wyllie (Advisor)

Department of Chemistry, Concordia College-Moorhead, Moorhead, MN


ISOMORPHISM IN HETEROPENTACYCLES: CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF A 1,2,4-OXADIAZOLE AND COMPARISON TO ITS ISOTERIC ANALOGUES

Maria Neuzil and William Ojala (Advisor)

Department of Chemistry, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN


STUDYING POLIO TITERS IN INTERNATIONALLY ADOPTED CHILDREN

Priya George, Guillaume Onyeaghala, Cynthia Howard (Advisor), and Judith Eckerle (Advisor)

Division of Global Pediatrics, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN


UTILIZING PROTEIN PRENYLATION TO MODIFY EpCAM-TARGETING DARPins WITH AN AZIDE-CONTAINING ISOPRENOID ANALOG

Shelby Auger and Mark Distefano (Advisor)

Department of Chemistry, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN & University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

 

Priya George explains her research to a peer during the poster session.

Program Sponsors
 
 

American Chemical Society

Anonymous donation in memory of former Minnesota Academy of Science Executive Director M. I. (Buzz) Harrigan

Beta Beta Beta (National Biology Honor Society)

Bethel University, Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Carleton College, Department of Chemistry

Hamline University, Departments of Biology and Chemistry

Macalester College, Department of Biology

St. Catherine University, School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

St. Olaf College, Natural Sciences and Math and Department of Economics

University of Minnesota  Duluth, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry’s Dwight C. Legler Memorial Fund

University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Pharmacology

University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Department of Biology and Biochemistry

University of St. Thomas, Departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Health and Human Performance as well as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

2017

Downloads

Check out the projects on display here.
Look at the journal of abstracts and program from the day.

Event Summary

The 2017 Winchell Symposium was held at Macalester College. Out of a total of 130 registrants, 85 were students who came from 19 different schools and 30 departments scattered around Minnesota. A small number of students even came from Iowa and Wisconsin! 

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mary Montgomery, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Macalester College, gave a talk on gene editing. Professor Montgomery studies regulation of gene expression, specifically the mechanisms underlying a form of gene silencing called RNA interference. She is starting a new research project using the genome editing tool Cas9 to study regulation of maternally expressed genes in the genetic model organism C. elegans and other closely-related nematodes. Professor Montgomery is also a Health Professions advisor. 

Courses: Genetics, Developmental Biology, Research in Molecular Biology, Clinical Genetics, Senior Seminar. Research: Animal development, molecular genetics, evolution of developmental mechanisms. BA: Immaculata College (Biology). PhD: University of Southern California (Biological Sciences). Post-doc: Carnegie Institution of Washington, Embryology Department.
 

Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • American Chemical Society – Minnesota Local Chapter
  • Anonymous donation in memory of former Minnesota Academy of Science Executive Director M.I. (Buzz) Harrigan
  • Beta Beta Beta - National Biology Honor Society
  • Bethel University - Natural and Behavioral Sciences
  • Carlton College - Department of Chemistry
  • College of St. Benedict and St. John's University - Department of Chemistry
  • Hamline University - Department of Chemistry
  • Hardenbergh Foundation
  • Macalester College - Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato - Department of Biological Sciences
  • St. Catherine University School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
  • St. Olaf College - College of Natural Sciences and Math and Department of Economics
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth - College of Pharmacy
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - College of Biological Sciences Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, College of Science and Engineering Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and Astronomy (Dr. Ronald Poling)
  • University of St. Thomas - Department of Biology

2016

Downloads

Award Winners

Journal of Abstracts

Program Booklet

Photos

Event Summary

The 2016 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Ninety-two students from 24 different colleges and universities presented their undergraduate research projects to professional scientists and academic researchers.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Julianna Abel, a Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Abel gave a presentation on "Active Textiles. Dr. Alptekin Aksan chaired the planning committee.

Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2016 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • American Chemical Society – Minnesota Local Section
  • Anonymous donation in memory of former Executive Director M.I. (Buzz) Harrigan
  • Hamline University
  • University of Minneosta - Mechanical Engineering 
  • Univeristy of Minnesota - College of Biological Sciences (Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior; BioTechnology Institute, & Plant Biology)
  • University of Minnesota - Department of Chemistry
  • University of Minnesota - Department of Emergency Medical Support
  • St. Olaf College
  • Carleton College
  • Beta Beta Beta
  • Macalester College
  • University of St. Thomas

2015

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Award Winners
Journal of Abstracts
Program Booklet
Photos

Event Summary

The 2015 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN. 104 students from Minnesota and South Dakota presented their undergraduate research projects to professional scientists and academic researchers.

The keynote speaker was Dr. David Odde, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Odde gave a presentation about "Building Cell Simulators."

Dr. Joanna Klein chaired the planning committee, which put in hundreds of hours of work to ensure that space was secured, judges were recruited, space was set up, and everything was provided for students to present their research.

Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2015 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • American Chemical Society - Minnesota Local Section
  • Anonymous Donation in Memory of Former Executive Director M.I. (Buzz) Harrigan
  • Bethel University
  • Carleton College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Dr. Ronald Poling, Professor and Head of the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth, College of Pharmacy
  • University of Northwestern - St. Paul

2014

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Photos
Award Winners
Journal of Abstracts
Program Booklet

Event Summary

The 2014 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, MN. 132 students from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa presented their undergraduate research projects to professional scientists and academic researchers.

2014 was a record year for the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students presented research in 10 of 11 categories, including our first-ever presentations in two categories: Math & Computer Science and Engineering. We also saw significant increases of students presenting research in Economics & Business, Physics, and Social Sciences. We also had more colleges (24) participating than ever before, including our first Iowa and first Wisconsin schools. We were pleased to welcome five new institutions to Winchell: Century College, Crown College, Des Moines Area Community College, Viterbo University, and Winona State University.

The keynote speaker was Kevin Kenow, Research Wildlife Biologist with the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. Kenow gave a presentation about his research on common loon conservation and habitat preservation along the Upper Mississippi River. In addition to the keynote speaker, students participated in breakout sessions whose topics ranged from the new MCAT format to bluff ecology of the Mississippi River.

Dr. Deb Martin chaired the planning committee, which put in hundreds of hours of work to ensure that space was secured, judges were recruited, space was set up, and everything was provided for students to present their research.

Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2014 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • American Chemical Society - Minnesota Local Section
  • Anonymous Donation in Memory of Former Executive Director M.I. (Buzz) Harrigan
  • Bethel University
  • Carleton College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Cloud State University Graduate School
  • St. Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Tri-Beta
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth, College of Pharmacy
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Chemistry Department
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Graduate School
  • Winona State University

2013

PAPER WINNERS:

  • Elena Tonc, Biology Department, Macalester College -HIGHLY CYTOKINERGIC SPE-7 ANTIDINITROPHENYL-IMMUNOGLOBULIN E, BUTNOT 26, CAUSES ANTIGEN-DEPENDENT THERMAL AND MECHANICAL HYPERALGESIA
  • Michael McClellan, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College - AFTER THE SPRAY: INVESTIGATING THE FATE OF PARTICLES FROM CYCLODEXTRINCONTAINING AIR FRESHENERS
  • Kyle Gename, Department of Biology, Macalester College - BROMELIAD DISTRIBUTION IN PEJIBAYE DE JIMENEZ, COSTA RICA
  • Allison Zank, Department of Biology, Augsburg College - Human Airway Epithelial Secretions Inhibit the Formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

PAPER WINNERS:

  • Peter Schmit, Department of Biology, Augsburg College - Development of tools to study and regulate gene expression in Daphnia magna
  • Kirubel Frew, Augsburg College - Anti-malarial Activity of New Artemisinin Derivatives 
  • Emma Cornwell, Department of Biology, St. Olaf College - THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT NITROGEN FERTILIZER RATES ON SOIL CHARACTERISTICS, PLANT PROPERTIES AND ECONOMIC RETURNS IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA CORNFIELDS
  • Alex Kosanovich, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College - Synthesis of Late Metal Imides: Silylamides as Nitrene Delivery Agents

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY AWARD WINNERS:

  • Erin McDuffie, Carleton College - A NEW INSTRUMENT FOR ANALYSIS OF SINGLE AEROSOL PARTICLES: THE COUPLING OF ATOFMNS AND LIBS

  • Luke Rustad, Bethel University - INVESTIGATION OF THE GROWTH MECHANISM OF TIN WISKERS

  • Alex Kosanovich, Carleton College - SYNTHESIS OF LATE METAL IMIDES: SILYLAMIDES AS NITRENE DELIVERY AGENT

  • Asho Kalif, Hamline University - CALCULATIONS OF RELATIVE ENHANCEMENT FACTORS FOR XANTHENE DYES USING SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY

2012

PAPER WINNERS:

  • Rose Larson, Department of Biology, Bethel University - ESTIMATING MEADOW VOLE AND PRAIRIE VOLE POPULATIONS WITHIN FOUR RECONSTRUCTED GRASSLAND TYPES; DOES THE TYPE OF RECONSTRUCTION MATTER?

  • Amber Schoenecker, Department of Chemistry, University of St. Thomas - INTERACTION OF TAT PEPTIDE AND CELL-SURFACE GLYCOSAMINOGLYANS TO INCREASE DRUG SPECIFICITY

  • Christina R. Herron-Sweet, Department of Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College - AN ANALYSIS OF ALLOCHTHONOUS AND AUTOCHTHONOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO BROOK TROUT DIET USING HYDROGEN, NITROGEN, AND CARBON STABLE ISOTOPES

  • Tijana Martinov, Department of Biology, Macalester College - A MURINE MODEL OF MAST CELL-DEPENDENT MECHANICAL VULVAR PAIN

  • Amalia Olson, Department of Biology, Bethel University - THE CONTRACTILE EFFECTS OF RED RASPBERRY LEAF (RUBUS IDAEUS) EXTRACT ON MUS MUSCULUS UTERINE TISSUE IN VITRO

  • Caitlin Baker, Ecology and Environmental Science, Macalester College - PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF MITE HARVESTMEN (GENUS AUSTROPURCELLIA) IN THE WET TROPICS OF AUSTRALIA

  • Lisa Pederson, Department of Biology, Bethel University - CLINICAL OUTCOMES OF CATARACT SURGERY ON INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE IN PRIMARY OPEN-ANGLE GLAUCOMA PATIENTS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY

  • Grace A. Christensen, Department of Biology, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS OF GLYCEROL MONOLAURATE ON TPA-INDUCED INFLAMMATION IN MUS MUSCULUS

  • Jane Lucas, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of St. Thomas - AZTECA ANTS CONNECT ABOVEGROUND AND BELOWGROUND PROCESSES IN A WET TROPICAL FOREST

  • Alec Nicol, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ORGANO-MODIFIED MESOPOROUS SILICA NANOPARTICLES

POSTER WINNERS:

  • 1st: Caroline Groth, Department of Psychology, St. Olaf College - THE INFLUENCE OF ATTACHMENT ON RELATIONSHIP CLOSENESS

  • 1st: Mary K. Walters, Department of Chemistry, St. Catherine University - PHOSPHINE SULFIDE COPPER (I) COMPLEXES: EFFECTS ON OXYGEN SENSING ABILITY

  • 2nd: Jenna R. Gaalswyk, Department of Biology, Bethel University - OPTIMIZATION OF NITROBENZENE 1,2-DIOXYGENASE EXPRESSION IN COMAMONAS JS765

  • 2nd: Katie Bressler, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - EFFECTS OF COCAINE ON LOCOMOTOR ACTIVITY IN RATS WITH ADENOVIRAL VECTOR-MEDIATED COCH EXPRESSION

  • 3rd: YeJi Jun, Department of Biology, Carleton College - IN VIVO BISPHENOL-A EXPOSURE MODULATES MURINE INNATE IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • 3rd: Young Hee Cho, Department of Biology, MN State University-Mankato - EXPRESSION OF LIPOXYGENASE ISOENZYMES IN PEA LEAVES AFTER MECHANICAL WOUNDING AND JASMONATE TREATMENT

     

2011

Our first year at North Hennepin Community College was wonderful! Helpful staff, great location, and excellent facilities helped us transition to a new one-day event that allowed for greater participation from everyone.

PHOTOS

List of oral presentation winners:

  • "Locomotor Response To Methamphetamine In Rats Selectively Bred For High And Low Saccharin Intake" Seth Johnson, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • "Synthetic Routes To, Transformations Of, And Rather Surprising Stabilities Of (N-Methylphenylcarbamoyl)Sulfenyl Chloride, ((N-Methylphenylcarbamoyl)Dithio)Carbonyl Chloride, And Related Compounds"< Alex Schrader, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • “Local Expression Of Inflammatory Cytokine Receptors In Mast Cell-Mediated Hindpaw Thermal Pain In Mice” Estela Shabani, Department of Biology, Macalester College
  • "Mast Cells Are Critical Mediators Of Thermal Plantar Pain" Abigail Wetzel, Department of Biology, Macalester College

List of poster winners:

  • "Highly Stable Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles For Drug Delivery Applications" Nardine Abadeer, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, MInneapolis
  • "Using Bioinformatics And Site-Directed Mutagenesis For Elucidating Amino Acid Residues Critical For PPDK:PDRP Interaction" Sara Aleem and Nivedha Manohar, Department of Biology, Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • "Partitioning, Stoichiometry, and Diffusion Dynamics Of Fty720 (An Immune Modulator) In Triton X-100 Micelles"Jillian Bartusek, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • "Effective Viscosity Of Actively Swimming Algae Suspensions" Lucas Caretta, Department of Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • "Synthesis of An Antiviral Compound" Luke Kassekert, Department of Chemistry, University of St. Thomas
  • "Interaction Of N-Acetylcysteine And Cysteine In Human Plasma" Kendra Radtke, Department of Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2010

The St. Thomas campus was a beautiful location for our 77th Annual Meeting. Thank you to everyone at the university who helped with our event this year.
And a special thank you to our keynote speaker Deborah Swackhamer! Deborah Swackhamer was trained as an environmental chemist with a focus on freshwater systems. She joined the UM faculty in 1986, and is Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Co-director of the UM Water Resources Center in addition to her appointment at the Humphrey Institute. Swackhamer currently serves as Chair of the Chartered Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the US and Canada. Swackhamer is also appointed by Governor Pawlenty to serve on the state's Clean Water Council. Her research interests include the study of toxic chemical risk assessment and policy, fate and exposures of endocrine disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals in the environment, and development of comprehensive water policy strategies. See Dr. Swackhamer's presentation on "A Safer Tomorrow, fixing our Toxic Problem."
List of oral presentation winners:

  • "The Involvement of mast cells and mast cell-derived mediators in inflammatory hypernociception in mice" - Camilla Engblom, Carolina Mora Solano, Paul Maitland-McKinley, Juliann Allen and Devavani Chatterjea (Advisor) - Macalester College
  • "The contractile effects of Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh) on Rattus norvegicus aortic and intestinal smooth muscle in vitro" - Andrew Evelsizer and Dr. Teresa DeGolier (Advisor) - Bethel University
  • "Expressions and Characterization of a Flavin Hydroxlase Involved in Siderophore Biosynthesis in Aspergillus nidulans " - Christina M. Fitzsimmons and Christopher T. Calderone(Advisor) - Macalester College
  • "Reactivity Of Heterobimetallics With (Allyl)Group X Metal Fragments Bridged By (2-(Diphenylphosphino)Ethyl)Cyclopentadienyl Group Vi Metal Tricarbonyl Metalloligands Towards Organic Radicals" - Michelle C. Neary, Aaron P. Heerboth, and Paul J. Fischer (Advisor) - Macalester College
  • "Recovery of the riffle community in the Boardman River as a consequence of reestablishment of a swift river channel following reservoir drawdown at the Boardman River, Traverse City, MI" -Nathan Sather, Dr. Dave Mahan, Dr. Garrett Crow, Dr. Hal Reed, Dr. Ken Petersen(Advisors) - Bethel University

PHOTOS

2009

Thank you to the wonderful faculty and staff of the College of St. Catherine who put together an exceptional event this year. 65 posters and 29 papers were presented in a wide range of categories. Abstracts of the research presented were published in Volume 72, Number 1 of the Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science.

And special thank you to Dr. Michelle Biros who gave a keynote speech about the past, present and future of medicine.

2008

Bethel University hosted the 2008 Annual Meeting and Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science.

Best in Session awards went to oral presentations by:

  • Joshua C. Speros ("SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A NOVEL POLYMERIZABLE CHEMILUMINESCENT COMPOUND")
  • Udochukwu Obodo ("SEMAPHORIN PROTEIN EXPRESSION IN MOUSE THYMUS")
  • Eric R. Smith ("BIOMASS PRODUCTION AND SOIL NUTRIENT ANALYSIS IN RESTORED PRAIRIES")
  • Mayank Verma ("PARTIAL AMELIORATION OF THE PHENOTYPE ASSOCIATED WITH DMD THROUGH AN INCREASE IN VASCULATURE")
  • Megan Schwitzer ("COMPARISON OF VARIOUS POLARIMETRIC RADAR RAIN RATE ESTIMATORS WITH SURFACE-OBSERVED RAIN GAUGE RAIN RATES")
  • Cory Lindh ("DEMONSTRATION OF REMOTE TEMPERATURE DETERMINATION WITH A NOVEL DUAL-BAND IR IMAGING SPECTROMETER")

And special thank you to Dr. Mark Rise from Medtronic who gave a fascinating keynote speech about medical devices use for neuromodulation.

2007

Hamline University was the site of the 2007 Annual Meeting and Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre (Vice Chancellor of Science and Technology, Duke University) gave an excellent keynote speech. Thank you to Dr. Agre for inspiring our students and professors alike.

Abstracts of the research presented at the Annual Meeting were published in Volume 70, Number 1 of the Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science.

2006

Macalester College hosted the 2006 Annual Meeting and Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. The return of the Winchell Symposium was heralded by the large number of undergraduate students who presented posters and papers over the weekend.

Our wonderful keynote speaker was Macalester alumnus Dr. Maura Donovan, Senior Director of Biosciences R&D at Medtronic and Program Director of Research, MG Biotherapeutics.

Abstracts of the research presented at the Annual Meeting were published in Volume 69, Number 1 of the Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science.

2006 Keynote Speaker Biography

Dr. Maura Donovan Dr. Maura Donovan is Senior Director of Biosciences R&D, Medtronic and Program Director - Research, MG Biotherapeutics. Dr. Donovan joined Medtronic in 1991 as a senior scientist in the polymer research group. Since then she has held various technical and managerial positions focused primarily on the interface between biological research and medical device development. Dr. Donovan holds B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Russian from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington. She also completed post-doctoral training in genetics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Donovan currently manages a group of scientists within Corporate Science & Technology focused on biosciences research at Medtronic and serves as MG Biotherapeutics Research Director. She was named a Medtronic Bakken Fellow in 2003.

2004

2004's Annual Meeting and Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium was held amidst the rolling hills and beautiful architecture of the campus of St. John's University in Collegeville. The generosity of St. John's, and sister school the College of St. Benedict, produced one of our best attended meetings yet.

Thank you to Dr. John Haught from Georgetown University, author of "Science, Theology and the Origin of Life." His fascinating keynote speech caused debate and discussion throughout the weekend. Special thanks also go out to all volunteers and committee members for their tireless efforts to make this event such a success. Abstracts of the research presented at the Annual Meeting were published in Volume 68, Number 1 of the Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science.

2003

The Minnesota Academy of Science 2003 Annual Meeting and Winchell Symposium launched new partnerships and collaborations when they convened on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus in April, 2003. Tri-Beta (a biology honor society) and the Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society joined the Academy as co-sponsors of the event which brought together outstanding undergraduate researchers and professional scientists from a breadth of disciplines. Approximately 230 people gathered for the forum which included presentations of research in the Professional Symposia and the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium as well as a keynote address by Craig Packer, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota.

The Professional Symposia included the presentation of 42 papers in the areas of Bioinformatics, Business and Economics, Environmental Health in the 21st Century, Geography, and Soil and Water Conservation. Students from a myriad of Minnesota colleges and universities participated in the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium, presenting their own research in 50 papers and 60 Posters which were evaluated on the quality of the abstract, the research presented and the quality of the presentation. The author of the award-winning book Into Africa and more than 80 scientific articles, Professor Packer spoke to the assembly on Viruses of the Serengeti: Protecting People and Wildlife from a Common Enemy.

Abstracts of the research presented at the Annual Meeting were published in Volume 67, Number 1 of the Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science.