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

Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition

Effects of Weight Cycling on Body Composition and Resting Matabolic Rate of Collegiate Wrestlers. Kelly Denne and Brian 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

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 Biomechanical 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