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Student Research Spotlight

Nick Maher Grace Butkowski

Nick Maher
Major/Minor:
Applied Physics/Hispanic Studies
Research Location: CSB/SJU
Summary: I attempted to broaden the colors present within a red laser to cover the visible spectrum, as well as part of the infrared and ultraviolet range through a process called supercontinuum.

 

Grace Butkowski
Major/Minor:
History/French
Research Location: CSB/SJU
Summary: I examined how 19th century British writers and artists portrayed Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots in their work. I am especially focused on how Victorian gender roles affect their depictions.

Melissa Quintanilla Tyler Bruinsma

Melissa Quintanilla
Major:
Chemistry
Research Location: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Summary: I used a mouse model to examine the role of genetics in chronic pancreatitis and it's progression into pancreatic cancer.

Tyler Bruinsma
Major:
Integrative Health Sciences
Research Location: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Summary: My lab studied idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pneumocystis pneumonia. My primary roles were to culture cells; care for lab animals; and assist with different aspects of experiments.

Nicole Cornell Hieu Van

Nicole Cornell
Major/Minor:
 Sociology/Theology
Research Location: CSB/SJU
Summary: I looked at different social factors that predict the likelihood individuals will utilize religious coping when faced with a significant life event stressor, such as a major surgery or terminal illness diagnosis.

Hieu Van
Major: Biochemistry
Research Location: University of Colorado Cancer Center
Summary: My project focused on genomic changes that drive metastatic melanoma to aid in prognosis and treatment.

Keith Spinali Clare Johnson

Keith Spinali
Major: Biochemistry
Research Location: CSB/SJU
Summary: I worked with Dr. Wurdak to refine the marking and visualization of intercellular processes--specifically those of autophagy and apoptosis, using light, UV, and electron microscopy.

Clare Johnston
Major/Minor: Chemistry/Mathematics (Pre-engineering)
Research Location: CSB/SJU
Summary: My research aimed to create a renewable polyurethane from a dihydrocarvide and menthide-based polyamine. Dihydrocarvide is derived from limonene which can be found in orange peels, while menthide comes from mint.

Mike Macken

Mike Macken
Major: Classical Languages
Research Location: CSB/SJU and the Eugene McCarthy Archives at the U of M.
Summary: I organized selected texts from Eugene J. McCarthy's archives for an online index, and co-authored a paper with Professor Matt Lindstrom about McCarthy's potential contributions to political discourse today.