2008 Awards

Presenting research at the 2007 Showcase

Presenting research during judging at the 2007 Showcase.

The premier event for undergraduate research and creativity at Colorado State, the CURC Showcase was held on Tuesday, April 15 at the Lory Student Center. Judged by CSU faculty and staff, the URPS required that students present a professional poster session on their project.

Students receiving honors were recognized at the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday April 16.

2008 CURC Showcase Winners

Highest Honors

Kirsten Kulcsar
Analysis of Unintegrated Walleye Dermal Sarcoma Virus DNA as a Competent Template for Transcription (Dr. Joel Rovnak, Faculty Mentor)

Jonathan Higgins
M-CSF and GM-CSF Influence Naïve Murine Alveolar Macrophage Differentiation and Function in vitro (Dr. Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero, Faculty Mentor)

Rachael Crnich
Membrane Trafficking of TRPM4 in Smooth Muscle Cells (Dr. Scott Earley, Faculty Mentor)

Cassie Fiscus
Women in Modern Rock Bands (Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Faculty Mentor)

Katriana Popichak
A novel ligand of the nuclear receptor PPAR-gamma prevents inflammatory activation of astrocytes in a model of Parkinson's disease (Dr. Ronald Tjalkens, Faculty Mentor)

Daniel Nelson
Development of a Microfluidic Device for Bioanalytical Separations of Complex Samples (Dr. Charles Henry, Faculty Mentor)

High Honors

Amber Troy
Airway Immune Responses to Inhaled Liposome-Based Immunotherapeutics (Dr. Steven Dow, Faculty Mentor)

Mark Goodwin
Insulin is a regulator of adult brain mass (Dr. Douglas Ishii, Faculty Mentor)

Tabitha Tedesco
"Seventeen Magazine Covers--Messages to Adolescent Females in the Age of Celebrity" (Dr. Jennifer Ogle, Faculty Mentor)

April Hohnbaum
Foreign body response and cytokine environment of implanted biomaterials in vivo (Dr. Mercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero, Faculty Mentor)

Helen Parker
Complexation of phosphonate analogs with Ytterbium(III); Application of Yb3+-pyrocatechol complex for solute sensing (Dr. Debbie Crans, Faculty Mentor)

Blaire Steinwand
Sucrose Induced Expression of the PAP1 gene in Arabidopsis thaliana (Dr. Dan Bush, Faculty Mentor)

Jaclyn Christakos
Effects of Membrane-Like Reverse Micelle Environment on the Structure of Simple Carbohydrates (Dr. Debbie Crans, Faculty Mentor)

Honors by College

Agricultural Sciences

Ema Burr
Evaluation of a Lateral Flow Test Strip in Comparison with the Optical Immunoassay Directigen Flu-A Test (Dr. Gabriele Landolt, Faculty Mentor)

Applied Human Sciences

Grant Rynn
Influence of Short-Term Sprint Interval Training on Thermogenic Response to Beta-Adrenergic Stimulation in Adult Humans (Dr. Christopher Bell, Faculty Mentor)


Jonathan Robinson
An Updated Methodology to Predict Rates of Cytochrome P450 Mediated Hydroxylation of Aliphatic Substrates (Dr. Arthur Mayeno, Faculty Mentor)

Liberal Arts

Chauncy Bjork
The Impact of Big Commercial Radio on Innovation in Music (Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Faculty Mentor)

Natural Resources

Brett Coghlan
Phylogeography of Mountain Beaver (Aplodontia rufa) (Dr. Toni Piaggio, Faculty Mentor)

Natural Sciences

Jennifer Coughenour
Phylogeny of Celastraceae (spindle-tree family) subfamilies Hippocrateoideae and Salacioideae inferred from chloroplast and nuclear genes (Dr. Mark Simmons, Faculty Mentor)

Michael DeAngelo
Advances in Electrical Impedance Tomography (Dr. Jennifer Mueller, Faculty Mentor)

Ann Gibbs
Infected bees are more hungry and less social: Behavioral alteration of a host by a pathogen (Dr. Dhruba Naug, Faculty Mentor)

Kelsey Keener
Temporal Processing and Personality: How Task Structure Impacts Performance (Dr. Deana Davalos, Faculty Mentor)

Megan Stein
Implicit and Explicit Value Endorsement Discrepancy Related to Life Satisfaction and Subjective Well-being (Dr. Thao Le, Faculty Mentor)

Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Kyle Carter
Don't Cheat! A Biomechanical Analysis of the Biceps Curl Exericse (Dr. Raoul Reiser, Faculty Mentor)

Jamie Everman
Characterization of two genes involved in the biosynthesis of a M. paratuberculosis-specific lipopeptide (Dr. Julia Inamine, Faculty Mentor)

Stephanie Lehman
Evaluation of resistance to nourseothricin as an antibiotic selectable marker in efflux pump deficient Burkholderia species (Dr. RoxAnn Karkhoff-Schweizer, Faculty Mentor)