That’s a wrap on CURC 2017

by Anne Manning | April 26, 2017 3:54 PM

Nearly 400 student presenters packed the Lory Student Center Ballroom April 17 to participate in CURC. Here are a few highlights. Video credit: Ron Bend

Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity[1], one of Colorado State University’s premiere showcases of research, art, writing and other works, has announced its prize winners for 2017.

The showcase, held April 17, wrapped up with an April 25 awards ceremony. Nearly 400 students participated [2]in the event, and close to 50 came away with recognitions in categories including oral presentations, art and writing. A few top students won cash prizes for their efforts.

Cash prize winners

Excellence in sustainable energy and environmental stewardship

– First: Andrew Candia, “Formamidinium Tin(IV) Iodide: A New Hybrid Vacancy-Ordered Double Perovskite for Photovoltaics,” College of Natural Sciences

– Second: Carson Belknap, “Linking evaporation and liquid-vapor equilibrium to flame dynamics of real fuels,” Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

– Third: Baylee Schell, “Yeast Growth Viability Assays of Oil and Gas Produced Water,” College of Natural Sciences

– Fourth: Luna Martinez, ” The Determination of Reactivity in Particulate Matter from Honduran Cookstoves,” College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Oral presentations

Francis Commercon, “Wildlife Exploration in Tropical China,” Warner College of Natural Resources

Social justice and diversity

– First: Ashley Brown, “Autoethnography: Effects of a lack of gender nonbinary inclusive classrooms in CSU Statistics Classrooms,” College of Natural Sciences

– Second: Sarah Bibbey, “Leadership Experiences of Disability Rights Advocates in Ghana,” College of Health and Human Sciences

Service learning

– Holly Cox, “Water Availability: A Study on Household Water in Samburu, Kenya,” Warner College of Natural Resources


– Cienna Semsak, “Elephant Eye,” College of Natural Sciences


– Overall and poetry: Jillian Kolman, “My Dear,” College of Natural Sciences

Best in Show – top six overall research posters

– Kyle Scalzo, “DNA replication in Thermococcus kodakarensis,” College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

– Delaney Thompson, “NFkB Knockout in Astrocytes Protects Against Neurodegeneration in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s disease,” College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

– Jacqueline Foss, “Studying shape changes of cancer cell lines with different degrees of invasiveness on hydrophobic and hydrophilic substrates using multivariate methods,” Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

– Sarah Johns, “Agriculture in a Changing World: Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Heat-Induced Disease Susceptibility in Arabidopsis,” College of Natural Sciences

– Jordanne Lesher, “Identification of Small Molecules that Modulate Cyclic di-GMP Signaling and Biofilm Formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

– Eric Pohlen, “How the drug treating diabetic cataracts, Alrestatin, interacts with membrane model systems and how these Interactions may affect the drugs mode of action,” College of Natural Sciences


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