Montana State University

Summer 2009 Scholars

Beckman Scholars INBRE USP Scholars
 

Beckman Scholars Program

Emily Buckhouse

Kalispell, Montana

Biochemistry
Mentor: Trevor Douglas, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Characterization of the effect of Gd-chelator rigidity in a protein cage based MRI contrast agent

Kevin Harlen

Helena, Montana

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Trevor Douglas, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Exploring the properties of heme groups as electron shuttles in bacterioferritin using biomimetically synthesized platinum nanoparticles

Courtney Reichhardt

Butte, Montana

Chemistry
Mentor: Trevor Douglas, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Investigation of the catalase activity of a DpsL protein isolated from Sulfolobus solfataricus

INBRE Scholars

Patrick Bender

Moscow, Idaho

Biochemistry and Spanish
Mentor: Martin Teintze, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Investigation of CXCR4/T140 interactions

Christie Blaskovich

Butte, Montana

Biochemistry and French
Mentor: Mark Quinn, Veterinary Molecular Biology
Project: Screening for small-molecule agonists of phagocytes

Loribeth Evertz

Joliet, Montana

Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Sarah Codd, Mechanical Engineering
Project:

Oscillatory flow phenomena in simple fluids and comlex fluids such as blood

Hilary Fabich

Livingston, Montana

Chemical Engineering

Mentor: Joseph Seymour, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project:

Rheological and MR characterization of Xanthan Gum/Locust Bean gum gels for drug delivery and biofilm model

Mary Ilgenfritz

Corvallis, Montana

Biology
Mentor: Jovanka Voyich Kane, Veterinary Molecular Biology
Project:

Virulence capacity in Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from nasal microbiota

Shannon Kruse

Belgrade, Montana

Biochemistry
Mentor: Brian Bothner, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Thermal stability of adeno associated virus using DSF

Allison MacGregor

Park City, Utah

Biochemistry
Mentor: Michael Franklin, Microbiology
Project:

Expression of novel, non-coding RNAs in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Kyla Selvig

Scobey, Montana

Biochemistry
Mentor: Brian Bothner, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Determining the Sulfolobus solfataricus receptors for STIV by proteomic analysis of membrane proteins

Garret Vo

San Francisco, California

Mathematics and Physics
Mentor: Jeffrey Heys, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project:

Immersed boundary model of a viscoelastic biofilm

Pieter Waldenmaier

Barnegat, New Jersey

Chemistry
Mentor: Trevor Rainey, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Synthesis of MDR-reversing alkaloids welwitindolinones

Sarah Walton

Butte, Montana

Biochemistry
Mentor: Martin Teintze, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Mapping the binding site of small molecule CCR5 antagonists

USP Scholars

Alexandra Black

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Graphic Design and

Liberal Studies

Mentor: Lori Lawson, Honors
Project:

Eco-tourism in the Dominican Republic

Jared Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana

Cell Biology
Mentor: Brent Peyton, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project: Exploring microbial diversity in phosphate mine overburden using clone libraries

Christopher Carter

Bozeman, Montana

Film
Mentor: Ann Bertagnolli, MT INBRE and Honors
Project: Research of geographical film production

Ellie Davis

Princeton, New Jersey

Evolution and Ecology
Mentor: Brian McGlynn, Land Resources and Environmental Science
Project: Streamwater carbon and nitrogen characterization, Big Sky, Montana

Sasha Dingle

Jericho Vermont

Psychology
Mentor: Lori Lawson, Honors
Project:

Empowerment of women as a global poverty solution

Philip Gardner

Hayden, Idaho

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Matthew Fields, Microbiology
Project:

Characterization of microbial communities from thermoalkaline springs in Yellowstone National Park

Jennifer Giskaas

Ulm, Montana

Geology
Mentor: Colin Shaw, Earth Science
Project: Lone Mountain Rock Glacier: Identifying debris mantle thickness in order to identify an ice coring site

Nicole Grypiuk

Shellbrook, Canada

Chemistry and Education
Mentor: Brian Bothner, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project:

Analyzing protein post translation modifications and activity in Sulfolobus solfataricus during viral infection

Laura Hanson

Bozeman, Montana

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Amy Wallner-Drake, Modern Languages
Project:

A comparative exploration of literacy and ownership among indigenous students in Mexico and Montana

Maggie Hebron

Bozeman, Montana

Film
Mentor: Bill Rea, Architecture
Project:

Berber culture and education: Mountain culture in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Brian Johnson

Spokane, Washington

Film
Mentor: Dennis Aig, Film and Photography
Project: Headed home

Teresa Keserich

Bozeman, Montana

Graphic Design
Mentor: Jeffrey Conger, Graphic Design
Project: Exploration of documentary photography and its application to periodical publications

Aidan Lynn-Klimenko

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Film and Photography
Mentor: Daniel Wise, Film and Photography
Project: Portraits of South America: Contrasts and parallels across borders

Mary Bethany McMaster

Hardin, Montana

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Lori Lawson, Honors
Project: An evaluation of public health in relation to microfinance:  A case study in the Dominican Republic

Pauline Powers-Peprah

Bozeman, Montana

Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Mentor: Florence Dunkel, Plant Science and Plant Pathology
Project: Holistic management of malaria field survey in Sanambele, Mali

Diana Rijks

Crested Butte, Colorado

Liberal Studies
Mentor: Lori Lawson, Honors
Project: A Lonely Girl's Perspective

Matthew Smith

Bozeman, Montana

Business Management
Mentor: Cliff Montagne, Land Resources and Environmental Science
Project:

Montana COOP structure and economic development in western Kenya

Michael Spencer

Willow Creek, Montana

Architecture
Mentor: Michael Everts, Architecture
Project:

Architecture for the other 98%

Ari Staven

Livingston, Montana

Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Brent Peyton, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project: Optimization for growth and lipid accumulation of extremophilic microalgae

Megan Sullivan

Marshfield, Massachusetts

Photography and

Liberal Studies

Mentor: Ian van Coller, Film and Photography
Project: Subway surfing

Michael Tarrant

Butte, Montana

Music Technology
Mentor: Kristin McGarity, Music
Project:

Recording soundscapes of the Dominican Republic

Kate Trippe

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Political Science

Mentor: James Joyce, Film and Photography
Project: Psychology of gore: Explorations in horror cinema

Kevin Volkening

Pullman, Washington

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Mentor: Abbie Richards, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Project: Snow chemistry survey in regards to drillsite viability in Denali National Park