Research and creativity: Students from across campus share their work


The Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase has been a rite of spring and a CSU rite of passage for more than two decades.

This display of research, inquiry, and creativity gives undergraduates a chance to present their ideas in a polished manner that helps prepare them for workplace challenges. Awards in the form of $250 CSU bookstore gift certificates are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

“We want our students to be able to communicate the real-world impact of what they’re doing. With this award in their hand they feel that much more capable of accomplishing that,” said Dr. Mark Brown, director of the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry, and assistant professor of molecular oncology.

This year, 233 students entered posters, oral presentations, artwork, films, and writing, and 63 of those students came from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

NASA scientist and CSU alumnus Doug Ming gave a keynote address titled “Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity, and Creativity! Mars Rovers or Your Future?” In his inspiring talk before the awards, he urged students to follow their own paths in reaching for the stars.

A total of 24 CVMBS students were honored for their entries. Below are the winners and their projects. Most students are shown receiving awards from CSU Vice President for Research Alan Rudolph.

Highest Honors, Poster Presentations


Alexander Boyarko

Does Placental Lactogen Affect Glucose Transport Across the Placenta?

Advisor: Russell V. Anthony


Meagan Chriswell

Identification of Cryptosporidium species in Colorado animals

Advisor: Valeria Scorza


Jasmine Donkoh

Mosquitocidal Properties of IgG Targeting the Voltage Gated Sodium Channel in Malaria Vector Anopheles gambiae

Advisor: Jacob Meyers


Amanda Evans and Caleb Worker

Heterozygote deletion of FADS2 attenuates glucose intolerance and modifies effects of n-3 PUFA in mice fed a high-fat diet

Advisor: Adam Chicco

Lukas Foster

Novel Diindolylmethane Analogs Suppress Neuroinflammation in Parkinsonian Model of Glia

Advisor: Ron Tjalkens


Lara Perinet

Synaptotagmin’s Role in Asynchronous Neurotransmitter Release

Advisor: Noreen Reist


Evan Richman

‘A novel diindolylmethane analog, DIM-C-(p-chlorophenyl), slows MPTP-induced dopaminergic neurodegeneration by suppressing glial cell activation in a Parkinson’s disease mouse model ‘

Advisor: Ron Tjalkens


Callie Rogers

Effects of rhBMP-2 on canine adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells and canine and human osteosarcoma cells

Advisor: Nicole Ehrhart


Jackson Watkins

Development of a Reliable Alamar Blue Viability Test in Brucella Species

Advisor: Phillip Knabenbauer


Tori Weingarten

‘Ex vivo gut slice model for study of immune, nervous, and microbial networks’

Advisor: Stuart Tobet

High Honors, Poster Presentations


Kathryn Cleary

The Role of Cytokinin in the Growth-Defense Tradeoff

Advisor: Cris Argueso


Kelly Crews

Inflammatory activation of glial cells mediates neuronal injury from exposure to manganese

Advisor: Katriana Popichak


Jessica Ferrarezi

Resolving the argument: what is the role of ribonucleotide excision repair in the stimulation of mitotic recombination?

Advisor: Juan Lucas Argueso


Madison Harman

Understanding the mechanism behind spontaneous disease in female gene targeted elk and deer PrP mice

Advisor: Jifeng Bian


Madison Zenk

‘Iron, Hepcidin, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma’

Advisor: Christine Olver

College Honors, Poster Presentations


Adriana Collings

Use of ddPCR to quantify virulence gene expression in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Advisor: Nicole Kruh-Garcia


Graham Opie

Quantitative Assays for ATP-dependent Chromatin Remodeling by yeast CHD1

Advisor: Tingting Yao

Collin Roberts, Josiah Racchini, and Kristina Dahlgren

The Effect of Fungiform Papillae Density on the Ability to Discriminate Electrical  Stimulation on the Tongue

Advisor: Leslie M. Stone-Roy


Stephanie The

P200 Sensory Gating in Children with Autism

Advisor: Patricia L. Davies


Luis Gomez Wulschner

Basic Word Processing and Recognition in Bilingual and Monolingual Individuals

Advisor: Patricia L. Davies


Oral Presentation, Third Place

John Shannon (No photo)

Investigating Antigen-Specific T Cell Responses to Influenza Infection

Advisor: Paul G. Thomas