Students from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences showcased their hard work and research success at the annual Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity event in the Lory Student Center Theatre on April 30.
CURC provides a platform for integrating experiential learning into the undergraduate curriculum. It provides research opportunities for bright, ambitious Colorado State University undergraduates and fosters close connections between faculty members and students. Many students collaborate directly with a faculty member on a research project.
At CURC, CVMBS students accounted for 64 (more than 20 percent) of the 300 posters and exhibits. An additional 18 posters were presented by students with CVMBS faculty or staff mentors.
“CURC 2013 was the largest involvement of Colorado State students in this celebration of creative work,” said Dr. Ken Blehm, CVMBS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. “All of the staff and faculty in CVMBS should be proud of the contribution they are making to an outstanding event.”
Over the past five years, CVMBS students have accounted for less than three percent of the CSU undergraduate population; however, the college’s students have received, on average, more than 20 percent of all CURC distinction awards.
Below are the CVMBS students who received honors for their CURC 2013 poster entry, listed with their major, poster title, and faculty mentor. Students receiving honors were recognized at the CURC award ceremony on May 7.
University Highest Honors
Keifer Walsh, Microbiology – Cofilin-Actin Rods Form in Response to Oxidative Stress and Neural Inflammation as a Precursor to Neurodegenerative Disease (Dr. James R. Bamburg, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Victoria Frank, Microbiology – Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Outbreak in the United States: A Literature Review
University High Honors
Guy Stewart, Microbiology – Genetically Modified Yeast Breaks Down Gluten in Beer (Dr. Erica Suchman, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)
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) (Dr. Thomas R. Hansen, Department of Biomedical Sciences)
Lukas Foster, Biomedical Sciences – The Diindolylmethan Analog, DIM5, Suppresses the NF-kB Signaling Pathway in Astrocytes through Recruitment of Co-repressor Proteins and Blocking of the NF-kB DNA Binding (Dr. Charles Miller, Department of Biomedical Sciences)
Kaylee Brown, Microbiology – The Mechanism of Acid Fast Staining in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (Dr. Dean Crick, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)
Melissa Karres, Microbiology – Regulation of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Proteins During Hypoxia (Dr. Karen Dobos, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)
Mackenzie Whitesell, Environmental Health – Evaluating Environmental, Hormonal, and Sociocultural Risk Factors for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in African-American Women (Dr. Mark Brown, Department of Clinical Sciences)
Aubrey Arensdorf, Biomedical Sciences – Childhood Obesity in America, Causative Factors and Treatment Strategies (Mark Frasier, Department of Biomedical Sciences)
Julia Cucarola, Microbiology – Implications for the Use of Antioxidants Concurrently with Antibiotics for Bacterial Infections (Dr. Steven Dow, Department of Clinical Sciences)
Lindsey Hall, Biomedical Sciences – Investigation of Myocardial GATA-4 Expression with Western Diet Intake and Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation (Dr. Melinda Frye, Department of Biomedical Sciences)
Tyler Dalby, Microbiology – Alphavirus-Inducible Expression of Fluorescent and Toxic Genes in Mosquito Cells (Dr. Susan Deines, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)
Megan Kunkel, Biomedical Sciences – Role of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Restraining Forearm Blood Flow and VO2 During Graded Handgrip Exercise in Young Adults (Drs. Frank Dinenno and Jennifer Richards, Department of Health and Exercise Science)
Kelly Michie, Biomedical Sciences – Development of Mouse Model for Preclinical Drug Testing Against Mycobacterial Species (Dr. Diane Ordway, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology)
Jonathan Seaman, Microbiology – The Effect of Senescence of Ivermectin Susceptibility in Malaria Transmitting Mosquitoes (Dr. Brian Foy, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology)