2014 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 15 at Johnson Commons. Judged by CSU faculty and staff, CURC required that students present a professional poster session on their project.

Students receiving honors were recognized at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday April 17.

2014 CURC Showcase Winners

Art Exhibits

Highest Honors

Linda Roth

Project Title: Expecting
Major: Art, College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Mentor: Patrick Fahey

High Honors

Andres Flores

Project Title: The People's War
Major: Art, College of Liberal Arts

Bradley DeYoung

Project Title: Vapor
Major: Art, College of Liberal Arts

Documentary Film

First Place

Cheyenne McCoy, Tayler Utt, and Jessica Stentz

Project Title: Life Cycle: Lee Maxwell and His Washing Machines
Major: Journalism and Technical Communication, College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Mentor: Greg Luft

Oral Presentation

Highest Honors

Emily Auer, Greg Knasel, William Wheeler, Douglas Sweet, Nicholas Kroll, Ha Bui, George Mattis, Yi Hu, Dao, Hien Thanh, and Dang Vu, My Diem

Project Title: Tax Revenue and Employment Forecasts for the State of Colorado
Major: Economics, College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Mentor: Harvey Cutler, Faculty Mentor

High Honors

Natalia Clark

Project Title: Total Body Mass Estimation in Eocene Primates
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Kim Nichols

Christine Charron

Project Title: Politics Personified: Women's Personal Perceptions of Sanitation in Mumbai's M/East Ward
Major: Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts

Research Posters

Highest Honors — Best of Show

Christina Burris

Project Title: Innate Recognition Bias of Fundamental Visual Stimuli
Major: Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences

Lukas Foster

Project Title: A novel diindolylmethane analog, DIM-C-pPhBr, suppresses neuroinflammatory gene expression in BV-2 microglia cells
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Ron Tjalkens

Talia Head

Project Title: Localization of molt inhibiting hormone (MIH) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in the eyestalk ganglia of three decapod crustacean species, Carcinus maenas, Gecarcinus lateralis, and Metacarcinus magis
Major: Biology, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Don Mykles

Highest Honors

Sarah Ehrlicher

Project Title: Development of a New Method to Assess the Effect of Reactive Oxygen Species on Protein Turnover
Major: Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Health and Human Sciences
Faculty Mentors: Benjamin Miller and Karyn Hamilton

Colton Fruhling

Project Title: Apparatus for the Study of Magnetic Materials in the Presence of an Out-of-Plane Field with Optical Access
Major: Physics, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Kristen Buchanan

Emma Jobson

Project Title: Role of Micro-RNAs in Copper Regulation
Major: Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Marnius Pilon

Rachel Larson

Project Title: Food Habits of Coyotes, Gray Foxes, and Bobcats in a Coastal Southern California Urban Landscape
Major: Zoology, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Kevin Crooks

Sunny Lunka

Project Title: Biofuels production in cyanobacteria
Major: Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Christie Peebles

Amber Mayfield

Project Title: Evaluation of White Tail Deer Fetal Tissues for the Presence of Chronic Wasting Disease
Major: Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Candance Mathiason

Bradley Nelson

Project Title: EcoCAR2 Plugging into the Future: Year 3
Major: Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Thomas Bradley

High Honors

Dorothy Kociuba

Project Title: The expression of the prorenin receptor in the mouse retina
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Jozsef Vigh

Kelly Schick

Project Title: Analysis of Temperature Structures and Sources
Major: Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Michael Kirby

Keerthi Vemulapalli

Project Title: Environmental Exposures Induce Copy Number Variation Events in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Major: Environmental Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Lucas Argueso

Mengmeng Fang

Project Title: ground level ozone
Major: Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences Faculty Mentor: N/A

Wojtek Kuklinski

Project Title: Transcript Level Variation of the Anopheles gambiae Glutamate-Gated Chloride Channel Relative to Time and Drug Exposure
Major: Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Brian Foy

Graham Opie

Project Title: Nutritional Influence on Crude Fat and Fatty Acid Variability In Livers
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Terry Engle and Karen Sellins

Karina Appel

Project Title: Assessing Catalysis for a New Enzyme Immobilization Platform
Major: Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Snow

Sophia Barstad

Project Title: Flocculants to Aid in Dry Harvest of Large-scale Cyanobacterial Biofertilizer
Major: Soil and Crop Sciences, College of Agricultural Science
Faculty Mentor:

Clark (Gary) Olds

Project Title: Effects of Climate Warming and Grazing on Vegetation Production and Composition on the Tibetan Plateau
Major: Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism, Warner College of Natural Resources
Faculty Mentor: Julia Klein

Callie Rogers

Project Title: Correlation of Luciferase Bioluminescence with Tumor Size in an Orthotopic Murine Osteosarcoma Model
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Nicole Ehrhart

Kent Schnacke

Project Title: Effects of hypoxia (emersion) on adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) expression in the European green crab, Carcinus maenas
Major: Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Don Mykles and Megan Mudron

John Shannon

Project Title: Exploring Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Fusion and Matrix Protein Interactions in Membranes Using Recombinant Proteins and Nanodiscs
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: James E. Crowe, Jr., MD

Darrell Suer

Project Title: Predicting the success of software development projects based on evidence gathered from industry data analysis
Major: Business Admin-Information Systems, College of Business
Faculty Mentor: Dan Turk

Angela Warner

Project Title: Using a fluorescent probe to detect the interaction with copper ions in solution for use in studies of metal peptide complexes
Major: Chemistry, College: College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Nancy E. Levinger, Debbie C. Crans, Chelsey M. Crosse

Monica Brandhuber

Project Title: Deparaffinization and Extraction of Prion Proteins from Fixed Tissues
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Candace Mathiason

Katherine Dirsmith

Project Title: Retrospective review of northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) pup body size and condition: St Paul Island, Alaska (1986-2013)
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Colleen Duncan

August Martin

Project Title: Investigation of Filamin C on Cardiac Development
Major: Biological Science, College of Natural Science
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Garrity

Susannah Miller

Project Title: H-NMR Analysis of Valine Uptake in Reverse Micelles as a Model for Amino Acids in Beta-Lactam Synthesis
Major: Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Debbie C. Crans

Molly Plehaty

Project Title: Regulation of HIV Protease Autoprocessing by Different Flanking Sequences
Major: Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Chaoping Chen

Nicole Puissant

Project Title: Dried Blood Spot Analysis Using Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) and Poly(Dimethylsiloxane) Microfluidic Systems
Major: Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Chuck Henry

Evan Richman

Project Title: In-vitro investigation of NF-kB suppression by administration of 1,1-bis(3'indolyl)-1-1(phenyl subsituted) methane compounds
Major: Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Sean Hammond and Ron Tjalkens

Brauilo Rojas and Will Gere

Project Title: Major League Baseball Players from the Dominican Republic: Great Players or Just Cheap Labor?
Major: Economics, College of Liberal Arts
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Jianakoplos

Alyssa Whitney

Project Title: Inhibition of Salmonella enterica by Fuzhuan tea fractions: A search for novel antibiotic compounds
Major: Biological Science, College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Tiffany Weir

Laura Krause

Project Title: Evaluation of Bacterial Preservation during Air Sampling of Culturable Bioaerosols
Major: Environmental Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Reynolds

Amanda Weber

Project Title: An Investigation of Warming in Northern Colorado - Fact or Sensors?
Major: Watershed Science, Warner College of Natural Resources
Faculty Mentor: Steven Fassnacht

Honors by College

College of Agricultural Sciences

Alexandra Harvey

Project Title: Investigating the Red Sweat of Hippopotamus amphibious
Major: Animal Science
Faculty Mentor: Terry Engle

Jie Lu

Project Title: Investigate effects of candidate genes for flowering time in winter wheat
Major: Soil and Crop Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Patrick Byrne

Olivia Todd

Project Title: A Pilot Study in Reducing Extensin Protein in Plant Cell Walls to Increase Glucose Yields for Cellulosic Biofuel Production
Major: Soil and Crop Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Patricia Bedinger

College of Engineering

Megan Hofmann

Project Title: Tactile Graphical Interface
Major: Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jaime Ruiz

College of Health and Human Sciences

Jennifer Skotak

Project Title: Correlation Between School Day and After School Physical Activity Accumulation in Youth
Major: Health and Exercise Science
Faculty Mentor: Ray Browning

College of Liberal Arts

Jessica Ericson, Gwendolyn Kristy, Natalie Sanford, Katrina Shrawder, and Kaitlyn Simcox

Project Title: Late Archaic Bison Herd Dynamics: Investigating Herd Composition at the Kaplan-Hoover Bison Arroyo Trap (5LR3953)
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Jason LaBelle

Ashley Packard

Project Title: Scraper Reduction Processes: Comparing Lightning Hill to Kinney Springs
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Jason LaBelle

College of Natural Sciences

Kristina Glapa

Project Title: Periostin Protein and Gene Expression in Canine Osteosarcomas
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: E.J. Ehrhart

Torri Kling

Project Title: Gear Selection: Video Analysis of Artificial Reef Vertical Longline Videos
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: N/A

David Mast

Project Title: Analysis of Polymer Encapsulated Reverse Micelles using Atomic Force Microscopy
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Joseph Diverdi

Dominique Montano, Arielle Howell, Cole Borque

Project Title: Framework of a Predator: Detailing the Unique Physical Features of Puma concolor, the Mountain Lion
Major: Zoology
Faculty Mentor: Shane Kanatous

Alexandra Roach

Project Title: Analysis of Fibrinogen Secondary Structure in NO-releasing biomaterials
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Melissa Reynolds

Xinrui Jiang

Project Title: Relationship between Child Age and Internal Consistency Reliability of the Young Children’s Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM)
Major: Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Mary Khetani

Danielle Roteliuk

Project Title: Bone Metabolism in Hibernating and Active Marmots
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Alison Doherty, Seth Donahue

Steven Glade

Project Title: Characterization of Vanadium Catechol Complexes
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Debbie Crans

Angela Mei

Project Title: Anther dehiscence pattern and pollen tube growth under drought stress in Collinsia heterophylla
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Arathi Seshadri

Zane Moore

Project Title: Chlorophyll-deficiency in Sequoia sempervirens vegetative shoots
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: David Steingraeber

Katherine Redd, Mallory Shields, Remi Boudreau, Laurie Biela, and Noreen Reist

Project Title: The Effect of Calcium Binding in Synaptotagmin’s C2B Domain onNeurotransmitter Release
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Noreen Reist

Lindsay Rencoret, Adrian Gehr, Soo-Young Kim, Charlie Vollmer

Project Title: Rainbow Trout Strain Formalin Sensitivity
Major: Statistics
Faculty Mentor: N/A

Phillip Senn

Project Title: Gene expression dysregulation in CD4 and CD8 cell populations during HIV-1 infection in a humanized mouse model
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Ramesh Akkina, Milena Veselinovic

Brittany Wetzel

Project Title: Developing novel Chlamydomonas reinhardtii lines that are deficient in proteins required for photosynthetic growth and light stress regulation
Major: Biological Science
Faculty Mentor: Graham Peers

Yun Yon, Matthew Branan, Andrew Raymond, Perry Williams, Zhen Chen

Project Title: Temperature dependent hatching and survival of the salmonid parasite gill lice (Salmincola spp.)
Major: Mathematics
Faculty Mentor: Jesse Lepak

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Adam Gural

Project Title: MECP2 and its Effects on Chromatin Compaction
Major: Biomedical Science
Faculty Mentor: Anna Kalashnikova

Courtney Abbott

Project Title: Analysis of Immunoglobulin Gene in Canine Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Major: Biomedical Science
Faculty Mentor: Robert Burnett

Hannah Baird

Project Title: Interferon-stimulated genes protect the ovine corpus luteum from lysis in response to prostaglandin F2 ? during early pregnancy in sheep
Major: Biomedical Science
Faculty Mentor: Thomas R. Hansen

Christine Carnicello

Project Title: Gene Signatures to Predict Effective Drugs for use in Canine Cancers
Major: Environmental Health
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Gustafson

Miya Holley

Project Title: Creation of a Dihydropteroate Synthase (folP) Knockout via Allelic Exchange in Attenuated Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp82)
Major: Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: RoxAnn Karkhoff-Schweizer

Alexander Hughes

Project Title: Exploring the role of the nucleus tractus solitarius proopiomelanocortin neurons in the regulation of energy balance
Major: Biomedical Science
Faculty Mentor: Shane Hentges

Guy Stewart

Project Title: Genetic Mapping of Negative Regulators of Flocculation in Bioethanol Yeast Strains
Major: Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Lucas Argueso

Warner College of Natural Resources

Marshall Wolf

Project Title: Hung Out to Dry: Are patterns of precipitation in Mongolia's Khangai Mountains changing too quickly for pastoralists to adapt?
Major: Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
Faculty Mentor: Steven Fassnacht

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Service-Learning Posters

First Place

Elise Yenne

Project Title: Thinking Inside the Box: Community Literacy with Confined Populations
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Bryan Dik

Second Place

Rebecca Much, Alex Arvin, Genevieve Fuller, Kerry Gold, Emily Grabowsky, Meredith Kittelson, Samuel Peterson, Toryn Schafer, Jordan Baumgartner

Project Title: Colorado State University Wildlife Camera Educational Outreach with Boltz Middle School
Major: Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

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Writing Entries

Highest Honors

Joel Max

Project Title: Coptic Christians under the Mamluks
Major: History
Faculty Mentor: Jim Lindsay

High Honors

Davis Webster

Project Title: So Sweet and So Cold
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor:

Lauren Funai

Project Title: As Told in Snowflakes
Major: Marketing
Faculty Mentor:

Krista Reuther

Project Title: Starving Artist
Major: English
Faculty Mentor: Todd Mitchell

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