Montana State University

Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 Scholars

Beckman Scholars INBRE Undergraduate Scholars
 

Beckman Scholars Program

 
Anna Burke
Bozeman, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Michele Hardy, Veterinary Molecular Biology
Project: Stimulation of antiviral immune mechanisms by natural and synthetic compounds
Tiffany Kniepkamp
Circle, MT
Biochemistry
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Charles Paden, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: Determination of the effect of sprouting on Axonal morphology

INBRE Scholars

 
Katherine Amen
Kenai, AK
Cell Biology and MLS
Mentor: Sandra Halonen, Microbiology
Project:

Effect on IFN-y on Cholesterol Trafficking to Toxoplasma Astrocytes

Haley Arthun
Wilsall, MT
Biochemistry
Mentor: Valerie Copie, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Expression of archaeal virus and polynavirus proteins and characterization by NMR

Elliott Barnhart
Broadus, MT
University Studies
Mentor: Tim Ford, Microbiology
Project:

P. aeruginosa Metallothinein as a Biomarker of Enviornmental Contamination

Holly Basta
Great Falls, MT
Microbiology
Mentor: Marcella McClure, Microbiology
Project:

Identification of retroid agents in Tetraodon nigroviridis and Fugu rubripes: A comparative analysis

Clinton Bertram
Helena, MT
Microbiology
Mentor: Michele Hardy, UMB
Project:

Monoclonal Antibodies to Rotavirus NSPI

Teresa Blaskovich
Butte, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Jean Starkey, Microbiology
Project:

Identifying over-expressed surface receptors for a tarageted anti-cancer photo dynamic therapy drug by conducting microarray expression profiling

Kelsey Bock
Great Falls, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Thomas Hughes, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project:

Controlling gene expression using light

Jessica Bosch
Bozeman, MT
Health and human Development
Food and Nutrition
Mentor: Christina Gayer Campbell, Health and Human Development
Project:

Day-to-day variability of interleuken-6 concentrations in men and postmenopausal women

Alex Cathey
Lolo, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Gwen Jacobs, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: An analysis of functional organization of short-hair mechanosensory receptors in the cricket cercal sensory system
Camden Driggers
Helena, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Martin Teintze, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Mimicking the CD4 binding site on gp 120 using NGAL
Megan Duffy
Dillon, MT
Microbiology
Mentor: Heini Miettinen, Microbiology
Project: Analysis of FPR haplotypes
Trinity Hamilton
Swan Lake, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Al Jesaitis and Ross Taylor, Microbiology
Project: A recombinant system for characterizing Cyt b and its role in NADPH oxidase
Kathryn Hoyt
Bellingham, WA

Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Sarah Codd, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Project: Development of biofilm growth protocols for MRM studies
Soyna Iverson
Sunburst, MT
Biothch-Amimal Sys, Pyschology
Mentor: Ed Schmidt, VMB
Project:

Vertibrate-specific Components of Basal Transcription Machinery

Todd Johnson
Great Falls, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Christa Merzdorf-Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project:

Genes regulated by opl

Abby Kelly
Fort Benton, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Benfang Lei-Veterinary Molecular Biology
Project: Construction of spy 1060 deletion mutant
Molly Krehlik
Juneau, AK
Health and Human Development
Food and Nutrition
Mentor: Christa Gayer Campbell-Health and Human Development
Project: The influence of plant based omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on inflammatory gene expression in post menopausal women
Robert Mealer
Bozeman, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Thomas Hughes-Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project:

BONJOVI: A New Approach for Complementation Analysis

Tyler Melzer
Grand Junction, CO
Cell Biology and Neurosciences
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Sandra Halonen-Microbiology
Project:

Tachyzoite and bradyzoite development of toxoplasma gondii in neurons

Meta Naulita
Parung Bogor, Indonesia
Chemistry
Mentor: Martin Teintze, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

CCR5 Binding Activity to Antagonist Molecules

Katie Newell
Roundup, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Roger Bradley-Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: The role of TAF1 in early embryonic development
Mackenzie Parker
Colstrip, MT
Biochemistry
Mentor: Trevor Douglas, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

An Investigation of the DNA-binding Properties of Two Novel Dps-proteins from the Archaeans Pyrococcus furiosus and Sulfolobus sulfataricus

Justin Schwartzenberger
Butte, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Martin Teintze-Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Mapping the HIV co-recepter CCR5's binding site by crosslinkingphotoactivatable analogs of CCR5 antagonists with CCR5
Bryan Simons
Sunburst, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Brian Bothner-Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Proteomics of geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park
Gregory Strohmeyer
Palmer, AK

Chemstry

Biochemistry

Mentor: Mary Cloninger-Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Synthesis of N-Acetyl galactosamine functionalized dendrimers

Bjoern Traenkle
Germany
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Martin Lawrence-Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Elucidation of structure and function for three STIV proteins, and stabilizing the conformation of HIV gp120 in the CD4-Bound conformation as a basis for vaccine development andfurther structural studies
Matthew Welch
Havre, MT
Math
Mentor: Tomas Gedeon, Mathematics
Project:

Modeling Hantavirus Transmission in Deer Mice Propsal

Tyson Woods
Hamilton, MT
Microbiology
Medical Lab Science
Mentor: Sandra Halonen-Microbiology
Project: Microarray analysis of the IFN-y response genes in wild-type and AIGTP murine astrocytes

Undergraduate Scholars Program

 
Austin Allen
Bozeman, MT
Environmental Science
Soil and Water Science
Mentor: Brian McGlynn, Lane Resources and Environmental Sciences
Project: C:N ratios across topographic gradients
Ruhani Amin
Bozeman, MT
Microbiology
Mentor: Barry Pyle, Microbiology
Project: Caenorhabditis elegans responses to Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence factors
Selita Ammondt
Jyvaskyla, Finland
Earth Sciences
Geography
Mentor: Denine Schmitz, Big Sky Institute
Project: Studying the effects of small dam removal on riparian woody species in Montanausing aeriel photo interpretation and field surveys
Tessa Andrews
Miles City , MT
Psychology
Applied Psychology
Mentor: Ian Handley, Psychology
Project: External and internal factors which contribute to women having casual sex

Tyler Arbour

Sheridan, MT

Chemistry
Mentor: Trevor Douglas, Chemisrty and Biochemistry
Project: Using protein engineering and biomineralization to create a novel MRI contrast agent

Brianna Arnold

Sheridan, WY

Microbiology
Mentor: John Priscu, Land Resources and Enviornmental Sciences
Project: Lake Vostok: Microbial ecosystems under extreme oxidative stress

Jeffery Ashe

Kalispell, MT

Biochemistry
Mentor: Jan Sunner, Chemistry
Project: Using modern MS techniques to characterize the proteins in EPS

Benjamin Bartle

Boise, ID

Math
Mentor: Alexander Dimitrov
Project: Mathematical Modeling of Cricket Neurons

Trevor Beard

Durango, CO

Microbiology
Mentor: Gill Geesey, Microbiology
Project: Study of Elcotron Flow in metabolism of Isolate 18U65

Aahley Bembenek

Eden, UT

Enviornmental Science
Mentor: Richard Engel, LRES
Project: The effect of Nitrogen Placement on Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Kyle Bergren

Havre, MT

Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Douglas Cairns, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Project: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conversion Kit

Eric Biehl

Great Falls, MT

MTA
Mentor: Paul Monaco, Median Theater Arts
Project: Reaserch Concerning the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland

Callie Blackwood
Twin Falls, ID

Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Alice Pilgeram, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Project: Vegetable oils as feedstock for fuel cells and innovations to reduce the cost of biodiesel manufacturing

Quinn Bloom
Bozeman, MT

University Studies
Mentor: Alice Pilgeram and Dave Sands, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Project: Production of bio-lubricants using transgenic mushrooms

Alex Caten
Billings, MT

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Roger Bradley, CBN
Project: Analyzing Chick Protocadherin-1 Function in Viro using RNA interference

Douglas Christensen
Billings, MT

Nursing
Mentor: Wade Hill, Nursing
Project: Parental Risk Preception of Well Water Coliform Exposures in Rual Children

Heidi Cicon
Chester, MT

Cell Biology and Neuronscience
Mentor: Robin Gerlach, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Influence of Electron Shuttling Compounds on Antibiotic Efficacy

Bryan, Close
Salt Lake City, UT

Civil Engineering-Bio Resources Engineering
Mentor: Christine Foreman, Center for Biofilm Engineering and Dept of LRES
Project: Developing a Model for the Flow Cytometric Analysis of Ice Cores

Christian Coe
Fairbank, AK

Chemistry
Mentor: Robert Szilagyi, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Studies of Olefin matethesis initiators

Angela Cole
Polson, MT

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Roger Bradley, CBN
Project: Immunolocalization of Chick Protocadherin-1 in Chick Embryos

Elizabeth Corbin
Bozeman, MT

Chemistry
Mentor: Cynthia McClure, Chemistry and Biochemisrty
Project: Synthesis of Phosphono-amino sugars via pentacovalent phosphorus methodology

Raymond Craig
Bozeman, MT

Motion picture and Theater Arts
Mentor: Theo Lipfert, MTA
Project: Dry Flag (production title)
Micah Crowley
Helena , MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Mary Cloninger, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Glycodendrimer binding

John Davies
Bellevue, WA

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Marcella McClure, Microbiology
Project: Predicting amino acid contacts among the three proteins of the replication/transcription complex of the order mononegavir cell biology and neuroscienceales
Coral Dickey
Bozeman, MT
Biotech
Mentor: James Wiley, Veterinary Molecular Biology
Project: Forced Adaptation of Influenza Virus
Jennifer Dodge
Billings, MT
Fish and Wildlife Management
Mentor: Thomas McMahon, Ecology and FWL
Project: Water Testing at the Bozeman Fish Technology for the Purpose of Preventing Pallid Sturgeon Fin Curl
Katrin Dougherty
Fieldbrook, CA
Secondary Education and History
Mentor: Jeffery Safford, History
Project: United States Maritime Policy and Diplomacy, 1936-1950: The Merchant Ship Sales Act of 1946
Tausha Douglas
Bozeman, MT
Sociology
Mentor: Kristi Clark-Miller, Sociology
Project: Adoption: Cultural Perceptions
Tyrell Elliott
Helena, MT
MTA
Mentor: Theo Lipfert, MTA
Project: Creating a sound Enviornment for The Olympus Syndicate
Andre Fahlgren
Glasgowm MT
Cell Biology Neuroscience
Mentor: Marcella McClure, Microbiology and center for Computational biology
Project: text-Mining and Phylogenetic Reconstruction for Bayesian Inference Networks
Michael Faul
Sidney , MT
Mentor: Bob Sharrock, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Project: Fusion proteins of Type I phytochrome in arabidopsis
Ryan Feddema
St. Cloud, MN
Environmental Science
Environmental Biology
Mentor: Timothy McDermott, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Project: Genome profiling and characterization studies of hydrogenobaculum
Kristina Fisher
Lakewood WA
Sociology
Mentor: Jason Clark-Miller, Sociology
Project: Siblings as Peers: Elaborating the Relationship Between Siblings and Delinquency
Edward Flamand
Butte, MT
Health and Human Development
Exercise Science
Mentor: Daniel Heil, Health and Human Development
Project: The effect ofattachmentposition on step count accuracy of an electronic pedometer
Jill Flores
Plains, MT
Enviornmental Science
Mentor: Jon Wraith, LRES
Project: TDR based Matric Potential Sensor
Ryan Flynn
Colstrip, MT
Media Theater Arts
Mentor: Bill Neff, Median Theater Arts
Project: The Pizza Show
Claudia Foerster
Halle/Saale, Germany
English
Mentor: Melody Zajdel, English
Project: Susan Glaspell- An American Women's Writter
Stephen Fusselman
West Yellowstone, MT
Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Douglas Carins, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Project: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conversion Kit
Zach Gildersleeve
Bozeman, MT
Computer Science
Mentor: John Horner, Museum
Project: Interactive Media Stations at the Museum of the Rockies
Chelsea Grace
Maple Plain, MN
Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Haluk Beyenal, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Determination of the effects of oxygen and carbon dioxide on toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 (TSST-1)production by Staphlococcus aureus in a chemstat
Arik Grosfield
Bozeman, MT
Chemistry (Biochemistry)
Philosophy
Mentor: Edward Dratz, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Epitope mapping of a model system Anti-ILIO antibody 9D7
Leah Grunzke
Brainerd, MN
Horticulture
Mentor: David Baumbauer, Plant Science and Plant Pathology
Project: Evaluation of heirloom vegetables for local markets
Paul Guest
Missoula, MT
Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Vic. Cundy, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Project: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conversion Kit
Kadie Gullickson
Miles City, MT
Land Resource Analysis and Management
Mentor: Edwin Abbott, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Construction of Small Aggregates by Pyrolysis of Molecular Wires
Darla Hansen
Tendoy, ID
Biochemistry
Mentor: Mark Young, Plant Sciences and Microbiology
Project: Determination of the Multiplicity of Infectivity and a Most Probable Number Assay for STICV
Stacey Hellekson
Billings, MT
Civil Engineering, Bio-Resources Option
Mentor: Florence Dunkel, Plant Science and Plant Pathology
Project: Potential for Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Maiian Villages
Julian Herrera
Cheyenne, WY
Cell Biology
Mentor: Christa Merzdorf, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: the Role of zicl in Neural Differentiation at the Midbrain/Hindbrain Boundry
Steven Jay
Glenwood Springs,CO
Land Resources Analysis and Management
Mentor: Denine Schmitz, Land Resources and Enviornmental Sciences
Project: Using Past Channel Morphology Change to Predict Future Change after Dam Removal
Kirsti Jegstad
Vertby, Norway
International Exchange Student
Chemistry
Mentor: Paul Grieco, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Synthesis of novel zwitterionic dyes for labeling in proteomic and other biological analyses
Holly Kary
Billings, MT
Nursing
Mentor: Karen Zulkowski, Nursing
Project: Deep Tissue Injury in an ICU Setting

Stephen Lamb

Pullman, WA

Media Theatre Arts: Motion Picutre/Video/Theatre
Mentor: Theo Lipfert, Media and Theatre Arts
Project: Computer generated character creation and compositing
Nathanael Lintner
East Glacier Park, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Martin Lawrence, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Structural biology
Merlin Long
Helena, MT
Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Hashem Nehrir, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project: Heat Recovery Modeling of Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell Systems
Carie Lowry
Bozeman, MT
Fine Arts-Studio
Mentor: Suzanne Truman, Art
Project: Installation Series - Abstract
Meekyung MacMurdie
Whitehall, MT
History
Mentor: Jeffery Safford, History
Project: United States Maritime Policy and Diplomacy, 1936-1950: The Merchant Sales Ship Act of 1946
Geoffrey Manchester
Barrington, RI
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mentor: Vic Cundy, Mechanical Engineering
Project: The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Conversion Kit
Vincent Martinson
Huntley, MT
Biotechnology
Microbial Systems
Mentor: Barry Pyle, Microbiology
Project: FOTON-m2 experiment: PLASMID
Jeffery Mathers
Great Falls, MT
Biotechnology Plant Sciences
Mentor: Michael Giroux, Plant Sciences
Project: Analysis of Fungal Resistance to Transgenic Wheat Lines with high expression of Puroindolines
Ariel McMahon
Bozeman, MT
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Christa Merzdorf, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: Zic 1 expression during chick somite development
Sarah Meyer
Sioux Fall, SD
Biotechnology
Plant Systems
Mentor: Luther Talbert, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Project: Using marker assisted backcrossing to add the Rh+ Genes into tall wheat varieties in order to compare their effects on wheat quality
Eric Morschhauser
Wappinger Falls, NY
Earth Sciences
Paleontology
Mentor: David Varricchio, Earth Sciences
Project: Dalian bird description
Mark Munro
Payette, ID
Physics
Professional
Mentor: Galina Malovichko, Physics
Project: Data analysis and theoretical model construction for ND3+ in LiNbO3
John Nelsen
Great Falls, MT
Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Mike Edens, Civil Engineering
Project: 2006 NASA Revolutinary Vehicle Design Contest
Paige Nelson
Ketchum, ID
Nursing
Mentor: Karen Zulkowski, Nursing
Project: Maggot therapy: Archaic remedy redefined
David Palaia
Philadelphia, PA
Psychology
Applied Psychology
Mentor: Keith Hutchison, Psychology
Project: The impact of alcohol on the visual-spatial performance of college students
Kamal Paudel
Dhorphirdi-3, Tahahun, Nepal
Geograohy
Mentor: Katherine Hansen, Earth Science
Project: Impact of Human Activities on wildlife in Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) Natinal Park
Jennifer Paul
Darby, MT
Media and Theatre Arts
Mentor: David Scheerer, Media Theatre Arts
Project: SKID MARKS
Rikki Quest
Billings, MT
Nursing
Mentor: Karen Zulkowski, Nursing
Project: Deep Tissue Injury in an ICU Setting
Erik Resel
Welch, MN
Agriculture Business
Mentor: Clayton Marlow, Animal and Range
Project: "Giving Natives a Leg Up"
Terin Riley
Columbia Falls, MT
Philosophy and Sociology
Mentor: Jason Clark-Miller, Sociology
Project: Exploring the contours of Rape Culture using Affect Control Theory
Francoise Saurage
Sheridan, WY
English
Mentor: Dean Williamson, English
Project: Frontier feminism: Reframing the lives of Native American and White women
JoAnn Schurman
Highwood, MT
Horticulture
Mentor: William Dyer, PSPP
Project: Dose the induction of superoxide dismutase in response to reactive oxygen species play a role auxinic herbicide resistance of Kochia scoparia?
Patrick Secor
Bozeman, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Garth James, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Molecular analysis of microbial biofilms in chronic wounds
Jonathan Shafer
Billings, MT
Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Phillip Himmer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project: Deposition and characterization of reactively sputtered Titanium nitride thin films
Ashley Siders
Kalispell, MT
Biotechnology
Animal Systems
Mentor: Ed Schmidt, Veterinary Molecular Biology
Project: Bioinformatics-based approach for isolating Vertebrate-specific polypeptide domains within the basal transcription machinery
Eric Siegfried
Miles City , MT
Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Vladimir Gorokhovsky, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project: Nanocomposite coatingadhesion using indentation methods
Jennifer Simonsen
Orofino, ID
Agriculture Business
Mentor: Bret Olson, Animal and Range Sciences
Project: Seed viability from regrowth of spotted knapweed
Lincoln Solem-Sevier
Billings, MT
MTA
Mentor: Tom Watson, MTA
Project: Never Be Forgotten
David Steppler
Lambert, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Robin Gerlach, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Influence of co-contaminants and natural organic matter on the reduction of 2,4,6- Trintrotoluene (TNT), Chromium (VI), and Carbontetrachloride by Zero-valent iron
Adam Swisher
Gattersburg, MD
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Biomedical Science
Mentor: Frances Lefcort, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: Role of Receptor tyrosine Kinase Alk-rr in motor neurons
Tara Swope
Miles City, MT
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Mentor: Marcella McClure, Microbiology
Project: Comparisons of the retroid agents of Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa
Paul Tewson
Bozeman, MT

Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Biomedical Science

Mentor: Roger Bradley, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Project: Analyzing the role of N-cadherin mediated cell adhesion in neural crest migration
Aaron Thrasher
Anchorage, AK
Biochemistry
Mentor: Jan Sunner, Chemistry
Project: Mass Spectrometric Identification of Biofilm EPS Lipids
Alta Thuesen
Bozeman, MT
Nursing
Mentor: Clarann Weinert, Nursing
Project: Women to women: Analysis of computer exchanges
Erick Tombre
Missoula, MT
Nursing
Mentor: Sandra Kuntz, Nursing
Project: Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) ninth grade BMI-for age pilot study
Anna Volkersz
Bozeman, MT
MTA-Photography
Mentor: Florence Dunkel, Plant Science and Plant Pathology
Project: Shea Butter Quality Management
Michelle Wagner
Helena, MT

Cell Biology Nueroscience

Biomedical Science

Mentor: Anne Camper/Andreas Mocker, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Selective removal of DNA from dead cells from mixed communities
Alan Weeden
Geneva, NY
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Mentor: Haluk Beyenal, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Faradic effciency of a microbial fuel cell
Jake Wiggs
Roundup, MT
Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Zbigniew Lewandowski and Haluk Beyenal, Center for Biofilm Engineering
Project: Optimizing electron transfer rate in Shewanella oneidensis microbial fuel cell
Michael Wright
Columbia Falls, MT
Biochemistry
Mentor: Martin Teinta, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: The use of NGAL to mimic CD4 binding site on gp 120
YungBen Yelvington
Billings, MT
Philosophy
Mentor: Gordon Brittan, History/Philosophy
Project: Bioprospecting and the tragedy of the commons