Fall Research Symposium

The Fall Research Symposium provides students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their research or creative project, including those undertaken in the previous summer or academic year. 

The 2022 Symposium will be held on Friday, September 16 in Beck Hall and includes both oral presentations and posters.

  • Each panel session will include 4 presenters; after all the presenters have shared their work, there will be 10-15 minutes for Q&A between the audience and the presenters.

Friday, September 16, 2022 (2:30-4:30 p.m. CT)

Fall Research Symposiums 2022 Conference Abstracts

2:30 - 3:30
Beck Hall 101

Role of mRNA Structure in Gene Regulation by sRNA

Kristin Martens ‘23, Rachel Trebesch ‘25

Faculty Sponsor: Janie Frandsen, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Gender Differentials in Deliberative Participation

Kendra Smaby ‘24

Faculty Sponsors: Pamela Conners, Communications Studies, Amanda Nienow, Chemistry

The Importance of Facilitator Persona

Courtney Leonard ‘22

Faculty Sponsors: Pamela Conners, Communications Studies, Amanda Nienow, Chemistry

Perspective-taking Through Personal Storytelling in Deliberation

Carley Swanson-Garro ‘23

Faculty Sponsors: Pamela Conners, Communication Studies, Amanda Nienow, Chemistry

Panel Chair: Patrick Heath

2:30 - 3:30
Beck Hall 201

Design and Application of a Linear Two-Dimensional High-Performance Liquid Chromatography System

Haley Jostes '23, Zach Kruger, Rachel Trebesch, Tina Dahlseid, Chad Pickens, Zach Dunn, Dwight Stoll

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

Investigation of retention data variability among different reverse phased columns over a period of two years.

Jos Bhandari ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

Improvements to High Throughput Measurement in Liquid Chromatography by Predicting Retention Factors Based on Column Chemistry

Trevor Kempen ‘22

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

2D-LC Analysis of Tween 80

Axel Lange ‘22

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

Panel Chair: Kate Aguilar

2:30 - 3:30
Beck Hall 211

Search for New Physics Beyond the Standard Model at CERN

Katelyn Espe ‘23

Faculty Sponsor: Mark Kruse, Duke University

Nonsense-mediated Decay of mRNA transcript CEP3

Annie Corbett ‘23

Faculty Sponsor: Jeff Dahlseid, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Measurement of spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance exhibited by noncollinear antiferromagnet Mn3Sn

Amber Simon ’23

Faculty Sponsors: Myoung-Woo Yoo, Axel Hoffmann, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Late Cretaceous and early Paleocene paleosol morphology and geochemistry of the southwestern U.S.

Morgan Mellum '23

Faculty Sponsor: Erik Gulbranson, Environment, Geography, and Earth Sciences 

Panel Chair: Lisa Ortmann

3:30 - 4:30 
Beck Hall 101

Noise Reduction in Ultrasonic Measurements Using Deep Learning

Ronard Pabi ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Tom Huber, Physics

Effect of Mobile Phase Preparation Methods on Acidic and Alkaline Pharmaceutical Analyte Retention using Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

Nathan Cole-Dai ‘25, Trevor Kempen ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

Listening to the radio sounds of space as a method to detect extrasolar moons

Erin Coleman ‘25, Anne Monroe ‘25

Faculty Sponsor: Darsa Donelan, Physics

Genome Engineering in Arabidopsis thaliana to Investigate Environmental Stress Response

Kristin Simphoukham ‘24, Emma Stock ‘25

Faculty Sponsor: Katie Leehy, Biology

Panel Chair: Hayley Russell

3:30 - 4:30 
Beck Hall 201

Detection of dicamba in the gas phase

Elisabeth Kray ‘23

Faculty Sponsor: Amanda Nienow, Chemistry

A Method Development Strategy for Ion Pair/Reverse Phase 2D-HPLC of Oligonucleotides Utilizing a Mathematical Model

Maria Sylvester ‘24, Henry Noma ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

Researching the Potential of Activated Carbon to Reduce Inorganic Mercury Bioavailability in Mesocosms

Erin Beer ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Jeff Jeremiason, Environmental Studies, Chemistry

Assessing the efficacy of linear polarization imaging for suppressing surface reflections and identifying nuisance algal blooms in inland waterways

Jack Stonecipher ‘23

Faculty Sponsor: Joe Shaw, Montana State University

Panel Chair: Pamela Conners

3:30 - 4:30 
Beck Hall 211

Characterization of Hofbauer Cells at the Maternal-Fetal Interface in Preterm Birth

Kade Copple ‘24, Jessica Weng, Jade Rechtzigel

Faculty Sponsor: Sylvie Girard, Mayo Clinic

Long and Short Column Comparisons in HPLC

Isabella Aase ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Dwight Stoll, Chemistry

Searching for D-Amino Acid Containing Peptides in the Nervous System of Mammals

Caden Gunnarson ‘23, Samuel Okyem, David Mast, Elena Romanova, Jonathan Sweedler

Faculty Sponsor: Jonathan Sweedler University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

Helicopter Rotor Blade Stability

Abdissa Effa '24

Faculty Sponsor: Dave Peters, McKelvey School Of Engineering

Panel Chair: Pamela Kittelson

2:30 - 3:30

Effects of Manipulation of Glucose Metabolism on Cancer Cells

Christen Gibson ‘23, Vivek Verma

Faculty Sponsor: Vivek Verma, The Hormel Institute

Investigating the Functional Role of Soluble Nucleoporins in Nuclear Condensates within Prostate Cancer Cells

Ashley Ley ‘23, Brittiny Dhital, P Kirthika LNU

Faculty Sponsor: Veronica Rodriguez-Bravo, Mayo Clinic


Inhibition of proteolytic activation of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in human cardiomyocytes 

Katie Lillemon ‘24, Biruhalem Taye, Wei Zhou, Chanakha Navaratnarajah, Michael Ackerman, Roberto Cattaneo

Faculty Sponsor: Roberto Cattaneo, Mayo Clinic 

Integrating Jupyter Notebooks with Runestone Interactive

Richard Nyankson ‘25, Erin Koch ‘25

Faculty Sponsor: Melissa Lynn, Math, Computer Science and Statistics


Development of Nanobody Based CAR-T Cell Therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Kimberly Hareland ‘24, Jason Tonne, Richard Vile

Faculty Sponsor: Richard Vile, Mayo Clinic

A Probabilistic Model of Mantle Transition Zone Discontinuities from Auto-picked Precursor Data

Anna Teurman ‘22

Faculty Sponsor: Scott Burdick, Wayne State University 

Coordinated distributed experiments in higher education: There’s a low barrier to entry and there's a lot of potential for student projects

Jake Ross ‘23

Faculty Sponsor: Michelle Koomen, Education

Co-exposure of Alcohol and Nicotine in Human Neuronal Cells Promotes Tau Phosphorylation and Microtubule alternation

Tristan Poeschel ‘23, Diana Olivas, Sukla Roychowdhury

Faculty Sponsor: Sukla Roychowdhury, University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)

Microstructures of Deformed Metamorphic Rocks in Fault Zones

Torii Nienow ‘24

Faculty Sponsor: Rory McFadden, Environment, Geography, and Earth Sciences 

What can Sand on the Martian Surface tell us about Jezero Crater? A Pebble Survey from Sols 350-399 of the Perseverance Traverse

Federico Fiorda ‘23

Faculty Sponsor: Julie Bartley, Environment, Geography, and Earth Sciences

Association of viral control and maternal antibody titers in congenital Zika virus infection

Jessica K. Schwartz '23, Nick Krabbe, Ann Mitzey, Elaina Razo, David H. O'Connor, Thaddeus Golos, Emma L. Mohr

Faculty Sponsor: Amanda Nienow, Chemistry

Using short homology directed targeted integration to create conditional nr3c1 mutants to study its role in vertebrate stress response

Tessa Bierbaum '23, Maria Andrade, Han Lee, Soaleha Shams

Faculty Sponsor: Karl Clark, Mayo Clinic


Questions may be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Research.