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Honors Students Awarded Research Funds

Six honors students have been awarded funds to support their research

2013-05-15

 

The Honors Program is pleased to announce that 6 honors students have been awarded research grant funds to support their research expenses and travel to conferences during the Spring and Summer of 2013.

Megan Bening, a first-year Information Technology major from Arlington, Minnesota, was awarded $300 to defray travel expenses to Los Angeles and to the Manzanar National Historic Site in California, where she examined medical care practices within the Japanese-American relocation camps during World War II. Her research was supervised by Dr. Gina Wenger (Art).

Ryan Colakovic, a first-year Biochemistry major from Mankato, Minnesota, was awarded $500 toward his summer 2013 research project, which will develop a western blot procedure for the simultaneous detection of two types of egg white proteins. This procedure will then be used in future Biochemistry classes to study the differences in these proteins among different types of eggs. Colakovic will be working this summer with Dr. Theresa Salerno (Chemistry).

Zainab Hamza, a Senior Information Systems major from East Riffa, Bahrain, was awarded $300 to defray travel expenses to Los Angeles and to the Manzanar National Historic Site, where she studied Japanese-American calligraphy as an expression of artistic culture during World War II-era Japanese-American relocation camps. Her research was supervised by Dr. Gina Wenger (Art).

Erika Magnusson, a Junior Plant Science and Ecology major from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, was awarded $300 to defray travel expenses to Los Angeles and to the Manzanar National Historic Site in California, where she examined soil types used for agriculture by Japanese-American farmers while they were detained in relocation camps during World War II. Her research was supervised by Dr. Gina Wenger (Art).

Kurtis Malecha, a Senior ACS Chemistry major from Lonsdale, Minnesota, was awarded $400 to defray travel expenses to present his research to the American Chemical Society in New Orleans. His research examined dissolved organic matter in natural waterways and sunlight's ability to use this matter to degrade pollutants in the water. Malecha worked on the project with Dr. John Thoemke (Chemistry).

Abrar Zawed, a Sophomore Biomedical Science major from Chittagong, Bangladesh, was awarded $500 to defray summer 2013 research expenses “Morphological Change of the Photoreceptor Cells Due to Developmental Hypothyrodism”. Zawed will be looking at morphological or physical changes that might occur in photoreceptor cells of the retina in rodents due to lack of thyroid hormone production or hypothyroidism on rodents. This project should provide insight in to visual defects observed in individuals with resistance to thyroid hormone during developmental stage. Zawed will be working this summer with Dr. David Sharlin (Biology).

 

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