2013 Awards

Students present their research at the 2013 Showcase

Students present their research at the 2013 Showcase.

The premier event for undergraduate research and creativity at Colorado State, the CURC Showcase was held on Tuesday, April 30 at the Lory Student Center. Judged by CSU faculty and staff, the CURC required that students present a professional poster session on their project.

Students receiving honors were recognized at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday May 7.

2013 CURC Showcase Winners

Art Exhibits

Research Posters

Service-Learning Posters

Writing Entries

Art Exhibits

Highest Honors

Andres Flores
Engineering Science
Italy 1943: WWII Diorama

Bradley Niedt
Art
Monday through Friday

Duncan Parks
Art
Systems of Record

High Honors

Corie Audette
Art
Lost Collection

Lily Chaffee
Art
Carcass 1

Allie Cheroutes
Journalism and Technical Communications
It Was Lots of Moments

Jeffrey Dale
Art Major
Friday Night

Brys Scotland
Art Major
Three Facades

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Research Posters

Highest Honors

Christopher Duran
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Heterologous Transformation of Nannochloropsis Gaditana; An Industrially Relevant Microalgae (Dr. Ken Reardon, Faculty Mentor)

Amanda Weber
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
An Investigation of Warming in Northern Colorado - Fact or Sensors? (Dr. Steven Fassnacht, Faculty Mentor)

Scott Sieke
Biology
West Nile Virus Surveillance in the Fort Collins Area, 2012

Heidi Spears
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Analyzing Condensed Phase Phenomena by Interfacing Microfluidics with IR Spectroscopy (Dr. Amber Krummel, Faculty Mentor)

Keifer Walsh
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Cofilin-actin rods form in response to oxidative stress and neural inflammation as a precursor to neurodegenerative disease (Dr. James R. Bamburg, Faculty Mentor)

High Honors

Ryan Brenner
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
A Replacement Series Experiment to Investigate the Competitiveness of Toadflax Hybrids (Dr. Sarah Ward, Faculty Mentor)

Emily Holcomb
Liberal Arts
The Effect Exposure to Education and Science have on the Perception of Genetically Modified Organisms (Cris Argueso, Faculty Mentor)

Thomas Nagel
Psychology
Depression, Extroversion & Binge Drinking Study (Deanna Davalos, Faculty Mentor)

Guy Stewart
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Genetically Modified Yeast Breaks Down Gluten in Beer (Erica Suchman, Faculty Mentor)

Quinn Watt
Biology
Pear-Shaped Fat Distribution/Accumulation: Protective Role in Obesity-Induced Metabolic Dysregulation

Ian Zander
Biology
Expression of molt inhibiting hormone in brain and thoracic ganglion of green shore crab, Carcinus maenas (Donald Mykles, Faculty Mentor)

Sarah Marie Lyons
Biology
The use of microsatellite loci to differentiate between strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Hannah Baird
Biomedical Sciences
Delineating the protective mechanisms of interferon-tau (IFNT) on the ovine corpus luteum when exposed to the exogenous lytic actions of prostaglandin F2? (PGF) (Thomas R. Hansen, Faculty Mentor)

Terese Casey
Psychology
Personality and Suicidality in Peruvian College Students (Silvia Sara Canetto, Faculty Mentor)

Lukas Foster
Biomedical Sciences
The Diindolylmethane analog, DIM5, suppresses the NF-kB signaling pathway in astrocytes through recruitment of Co-repressor Proteins and blocking of NF-kB DNA binding (Dr. Charles (CW) Miller, Faculty Mentor)

Cody Olson
Biology
A Trophic Analysis of the Fish Assemblage in a Montane Reservoir (Dr. Brett Johnson, Faculty Mentor)

Sean Pellow
Biology
Examination of taste buds from mice lacking leptin receptors (Leslie Stone-Roy, Faculty Mentor)

Kaylee Brown
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
The Mechanism of Acid Fast Staining in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Dean Crick, Faculty Mentor)

Melissa Karres
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Regulation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Proteins During Hypoxia (Karen Dobos, Faculty Mentor)

Angela Moore
Soil and Crop Sciences
Variation in the Sucrose Synthase 2 Gene in Wheat (Triticum aestivum)

Mackenzie Whitesell
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Evaluating Environmental, Hormonal, and Sociocultural Risk Factors for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women (Dr. Mark Brown, Faculty Mentor)

Honors by College

Agricultural Sciences

Jordan Lestina
Soil and Crop Sciences
Identifying mutations that potentially regulate the emission of an attractant volatile for wheat stem sawfly in a target gene of wheat, Triticum aestivum (Dr. Scott Haley, Faculty Mentor)

Business

Eliza Hammond
Marketing
Do Unique Consumers Identify with Prestigious Brands? (Dr. Mark Lee, Faculty Mentor)

Health and Human Sciences

Allie Reava
Food Science and Human Nutrition
BENEFIT: A Dietary Intervention Trial to Increase Navy Bean Powder Intake for Colorectal Cancer Control and Prevention (Erica Borresen, Faculty Mentor)

Valerie Ward
Health and Exercise Science
Determining Physical Activity Intensity Cutpoints for a wrist-mounted ActigraphGT3X+ Accelerometer in Children (Dr. Ray Browning, Faculty Mentor)

Engineering

Maria Sekyi and Julia Taussig
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Electrospinning Nanoparticle and Nanofiber Emulsions for Growth Factor Delivery (Dr. Matthew Kipper, Faculty Mentor)

Connor Nash
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Prenatal glucocorticoid excess influences neuronal cell populations of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. (Stuart Tobet, Faculty Mentor)

Bradley Nelson
Mechanical Engineering
EcoCAR 2: Plugging Into the Future (Dr. Thomas Bradley, Faculty Mentor)

Liberal Arts

Vickie Stone
Anthropology
Defense Against Trolls: An Anthropological Approach to Studying the League of Legends Community (Kate Browne, Faculty Mentor)

Ashley Packard
Anthropology
Measuring Metate Surface Texture: An Experimental Approach to Quantifying Ground Stone Utilization (Dr. Jason LaBelle, Faculty Mentor)

Natural Resources

Anna Quist
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Prevalence rates of microfilaria in moose calves: First detection of co-infections with a cryptic parasite

Mikaela Cherry
Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Changes in the amount and days with snowfall across the Northern Great Plains of the United States(Steven Fassnacht, Faculty Mentor)

Natural Sciences

Christine Carnicello
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gene Signatures to Predict Effective Drugs for use in Canine Cancers (Dan Gustafson, Faculty Mentor)

Connor Hendrich, Aubrey Waechter and Maddie Harman
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Conversion of non-prion proteins into prions through targeted mutation (Eric Ross, Faculty Mentor)

Amber Mayfield and Monica Brandhuber
Biology
Evaluating Mother to Offspring Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease (Dr. Candace Mathiason , Faculty Mentor)

Damaris Roosendaal
Chemistry
Impact of vegetation-derived dissolved organic carbon on disinfection byproduct formation during drinking water treatment

Jessica Sheppard
Psychology
Effects of Stimulus Duration on Stable Hue Perception (Vicki Volbrecht, Faculty Mentor)

Victor Weeks
Psychology
Retraining and Errorless Learning in Driver Education (Dr. Benjamin Clegg, Faculty Mentor)

Nicholas Bodmer
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Identification of HuR Phosphorylation in vivo (Norman Curthoys, Faculty Mentor)

Mitchell Bordelon
Chemistry
Anti-Cancer Bisphosphate Compound in Model Membrane Interface Reactions (Dr. Debbie Crans, Faculty Mentor)

Julio Flores Servin
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
HTLV-1 promoter region nucleosome binding of the transcriptional co-activator, p300, via its bromodomain and PHD finger domain (Jennifer K. Nyborg, Faculty Mentor)

Kyrie Ivanovich
Biology
Chemotherapeutic enhancement by bouvardin on human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (Dr. Ryan Hansen, Faculty Mentor)

Emma Jobson
Biology
Characterizing Mutant Arabidopsis Genomes to Study Copper within Chloroplasts (Marinus Pilon, Faculty Mentor)

Philipp Senn
Biology
Dysregualtion of immune cell gene expression during HIV infection in humanized mice (Dr. Ramesh Akkina, Faculty Mentor)

Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Aubrey Arensdorf
Biomedical Sciences
Childhood Obesity in America, Causative Factors and Treatment Strategies (Mark Frasier, Faculty Mentor)

Julia Cucarola
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Implications For The Use Of Antioxidants Concurrently With Antibiotics For Bacterial Infections (Dr. Steven Dow, Faculty Mentor)

Lindsey Hall
Biomedical Sciences
Investigation of myocardial GATA-4 expression with Western diet intake and docosahexaenoic acid supplementation (Dr. Melinda Frye, Faculty Mentor)

Tyler Dalby
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Alphavirus-Inducible Expression of Fluorescent and Toxic Genes in Mosquito Cells (Susan Deines, Faculty Mentor)

Megan Kunkel
Biomedical Sciences
Role of the sympathetic nervous system in restraining forearm blood flow and VO2 during graded handgrip exercise in young adults (Jennifer Richards and Dr. Frank Dinenno, Faculty Mentors)

Kelly Michie
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Development of Mouse Model for Preclinical Drug Testing Against Mycobacterial Species (Diane Ordway, Faculty Mentor)

Jonathan Seaman
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
The Effect of Senescence of Ivermectin Susceptibility in Malaria Transmitting Mosquitoes (Dr. Brian Foy, Faculty Mentor)

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Service-Learning Posters

First Place

Elizabeth Harrison
Psychology
Service for Everyone: Inclusive Volunteering (Karla Gingerich, Faculty Mentor)

Second Place

Emily Grabowsky, Lizzie Cato, Genevieve Fuller, Meredith Lewis and Ashley Wurth
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Remote Camera Education Outreach (Kevin Crooks, Faculty Mentor)

Third Place

Kyle Rose
Mathematics
Concepts in Color (Tim Penttila, Faculty Mentor)

Honorable Mention

Tom Morgan
Construction Management
CM Cares Program (Mehmet Ozbek, Faculty Mentor)

Avery Olson
Biomedical Sciences
Care for Zumbo

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Writing Entries

Highest Honors

Victoria Frank
Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Outbreak in the United States: A Literature Review

Kellen Wittkop
Economics
An Economic Analysis of the Effect of Campus Corps on At-Risk Youth Recidivism

High Honors

Chelsea Hansen
English
The Road to Nowhere

Alexandra Huff
Journalism and Technical Communication
Samuel Ridge

Lee Hutchinson
English
In the Moonlight

Joel Max
Political Science
Deterrence in the 21st Century: Dealing with the Iranian Threat

Krista Reuther
Psychology
The Lou Tree

Kelsey Peterson
Journalism and Technical Communications
All the Pretty Little Ponies

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