Student Research

Nutrition Science and Dietetic students have the opportunity to engage in individual undergraduate research projects, working with a faculty mentor. An undergraduate research project can be an exciting and unique opportunity that can further enhance and shape the future career and life of a student. Often, these high quality research projects have been presented in some form to a larger external audience--such as through publication or a scholary presentation.

Take a look at some of the past research projects by Nutrition Science and Dietetics students.

Public Health

The effect of animal protein consumption on fossil fuel costs: a high-protein/low-carbohydrate diet versus a typical meat-based diet. Kalie Rider '05

Analysis of Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs. Susan J. Matthees '04

The Nutritional Status of Adult Male Slaves on Southern U.S. Rice Plantations Examined Through U.S. Federal Decennial Census Data of 1860. Beth T. Blonigen '04

What is the general understanding of dietary iodine and the adequacy of iodine concentration in household iodized salt in rural and urban Jalisco, Mexico? Andrea Guajardo '15

Food Addiction in College-Aged Females. Sophie Stangl '15

What is the caffeine intake in students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and how does it relate to academic performance and stress? Emily Schroeder '15

Fluoride Concentration of Teas Consumed By College Students during Fall 2014. Maren Iverson '15

The Effect of Caffeine on Mood and Memory in Females Getting ≤ 6 or ≥ 8 Hours of Sleep. Nicole Pagel '15

Iodized Salt Is Good For You! Iodine Intake of College-Aged Women. Tessa Lasswell '15

The Effects of Breakfast Consumption on GPA, BMI, and Total Daily Caloric Intake. Xia Lee '15

The Effect of Nutrient Labeling on Food Selection in Female College Students at a Campus Dining Center. Annie Milbert '14

Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition

Effects of Weight Cycling on Body Composition and Resting Matabolic Rate of Collegiate Wrestlers. Kelly DenneBrian Gasser '06

Caffeine effects on roller ski performance and hydration status in college male/female cross country skiers. John Schapman '05

Analysis of Vitamin K levels in the diets of female endurance runners. Natasha Hetrick '05

Effects of Exercise and Hydration Status on Urinary Caffeine Concentrations. Kateri M. Roessler '04

Body composition and weight change during a Division III hockey season. Corey Huck '03

The effects of weight loss practices on body composition in college wrestlers. Ryan Lingor '03

The hydration status of male college hockey players during practice sessions assessed by urine osmolality. Brianne Olson '02

The Relationship Between Supplemental Intakes of Vitamin E (a-tocopherol) and Serum Levels in Female Athletes Julie C. Jerabek '01

Effect of oral creatine monohydrate supplementation on sprint performance in female power track athletes. Nikki Stob '98

Effect of alpha-L-polylactate on blood lactate concentration, oxygen consumption, and rate of perceived exertion in endurance runners during exercise. LeRoy Popowski '97

What are the effects of 6.2 mmol (400 mg) acute nitrate supplementation on Yo-Yo IR2 test in female and male hockey players? Burleigh Biel '15

What is the correlation between vitamin D levels, sprint times, and muscle recovery in division III college basketball players? Emily Lueck '15

Effects of a Caffeinated Pre-Workout Supplement on Anaerobic Performance in DIII College Football Players. James T Ford '15

Caffeine Excretion Rates of a Single Dose of 300 Milligrams of Caffeine in College Students. Jennifer Ulveling '15

Nutritional Knowledge and Nutritional Practices of DIII Collegiate Dancers. Tori Grootwassink '15

Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Status and Anaerobic Performance in Female Collegiate Basketball Players. Anna Krieger '14

Hydration Status and Performance during Two-A-Day Summer Soccer Training Sessions with Female Athletes. Kristina Burk '14

Lipoprotein Metabolism

The role of LDL in the development of atherosclerosis. Lisa Hayden '01

The correlation between the dietary intake of the fat-soluble, antioxidant vitamins alpha-tocopherol and retinol and their fasting plasma concentrations in postmenopausal women. Michelle Ethun '98

Development of an ELISA method to measure oxidized LDL and autoantibodies to oxLDL. Katherine Garvey '99

Food Science

Minimizing aerobic plate counts and yeast and mold plate counts in potato, mock crab, and pasta salads with potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Lori Garlock '98

The presence of Escherichia coli on fresh produce from Mexico and America. Katherine Metcalf '98


The Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Rheumatoid Arthritis. Libby J. Berg '06

The Biocmechanical and Metabolic Effects of Obesity on the Development and Progression of Osteoarthritis. Kaley A. Kosak '06

The Effects of Dietary Diacylglycerols on Postprandial Lipemia Compared to Triacylglycerols in College Aged Males and Females. Elizabeth A. Reisdorf

Effect of equivalent amounts of dietary calcium from soy milk vs. dairy products on body composition. Michael D. Dahlheim '05

The Effect of Lutein Supplementation on Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Taleen Elias '05

Effect of Low "Net Carb" Food Consumption on Blood Glucose Levels Compared to Similar Non-low Carb Foods. Justin Bartos '04

Impact of exercise and diet on weight loss and body composition in obese adolescents. Angela M. Dingels '01

What is the evidence that antioxidants prevent or impede the progression of age-related macular degeneration and age-related cataracts? Brooke Denne '00

Natural treatment of diseases using herbal medicine and supplements. Mark Janikula '99

Patterns of use for vitamins, minerals, and herbal products among adults in a Central Minnesota family practice clinic. Nicole C. Kalan '98

Iron status in Guatemalan infants. Aaron Cronin '98

Effectiveness of Cardiac Rehab Programs. Stacy Schmitz '98