Minnetonka Research Symposium

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Student Research Projects/Presentations

The Effect of Varied Weight of a Baseball on Youth Pitching Biomechanics and Risk of Joint and Ligament Injury

  • Students:
    • Matt Muller
    • Burt Hedstrom
  • Mentor: Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Crown College

Acid-Labile Polymersomes from Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers for Glucose-Responsive Insulin

  • Student: Jack Queenan
  • Mentor: Dr. Lisa Prevette, University of St. Thomas

An Analysis of Metal Ligand Interactions in Self-Healing Elastomers

  • Student: Isaac Schrof
  • Mentor: Mr. Ekelund, Spectranetics

The Effect of Clostridium Sporogenes on the Cell Proliferation and Growth of 3D in Vitro Murine Liver Carcinoma Cells

  • Student: Adrienne Retzlaff
  • Mentor: Nicholas Kempfert, General Mills

Reducing Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria by Improving Proofreading in DNA Replication

  • Student: Luke Bunday
  • Mentor: Fredarla Miller, University of Minnesota

An Analysis of the Damage Suppressor Gene in the Tardigrade Species Hypsibius Dujardini and Dactylobiotus Dispar

  • Student: Rachel Adamek and Gillian Rieder
  • Mentor: Dr. Erin Marasco, Cargill

The Relationship Between Oxide Surface Film Thickness on Titanium Metal and Refracted Light Wavelengths

  • Student: Cory Pengally
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. Christensen
    • Dr. Jinping Dong, Cargill

Removing Water from Hydraulic Brake Systems Using Oleophobic, Hydrophilic Meshes

  • Student: Dylan Keifer
  • Mentor: Dr. David Reeder, Cargill

Effects of Natural Essential Oils on Culex Quinquefasicatus

  • Student: Aaron Liu
  • Mentors:
    • Mrs. Diann Crane, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
    • Mr. Joe Klemaszewski, Dean Foods

Identification and Validation of the Researcher’s PHEX Mutation as a Result of X-Linked Hypophosphatemia

  • Student: Lindsay Peifer
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. Carolyn Macica, Yale School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University
    • John Sterpka, Yale School of Medicine

Flow-Kick Dynamics: Quantifying Resilience to Recurrent Ecosystem Disturbance

  • Student: Erika Bussmann
  • Mentors:
    • Ms. Kate Meyer, University of Minnesota
    • Dr. Clarence Lehman, University of Minnesota

Investigating the Binding and Non-Binding Regions of Histidine-Rich Glycoprotein

  • Student: Saahil Chadha
  • Mentor: Dr. Ralph Butkowski, Augsburg College

The Impacts of Increased Temperature on the Recovery of Aiptasia Pallida from Bleaching

  • Students:
    • Marco Conati
    • Ethan Li
  • Mentor: Christopher Wall, M.Sc. EPA Star Research Fellow, Ph.D candidate, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Amplification of Human Insulin Production in Escherichia Coli through Growth Medium Modifications

  • Students:
    • Sarah Bartoloni
    • Emily Fahlsing
  • Mentors:
    • Brian Brazeau, Cargill
    • Anja Bielinsky, University of Minnesota
    • Anil Khare, Cargill

The Practicality and Effectiveness of an Assistive Bicycle Inertial Stabilization System

  • Student: Logan Cummings
  • Mentor: Anhil Khare

Feasibility and Development of a Bulk Aluminum Beverage Container Compactor

  • Student Carl Ell-Egermeier
  • Mentor: Andrew Saville

Insertion of Enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein in the pATT-DEST Cloning Vector and Subsequent Transformation in Escherichia Coli

  • Student: Will O’Connor
  • Mentors:
    • Willow Coyote-Maestas, University of Minnesota
    • Freddie Miller, University of Minnesota

Analyzing Tornadic Storm Setup using Environmental Characteristics

  • Student: Sarah Patridge
  • Mentors:
    • Jeff Edmondson, KARE 11 Meteorologist
    • Charlene Becka, Wenck Air Quality Engineer

Simple Structural Design using Genetic Algorithms

  • Student: Max Rader
  • Mentors:
    • Stephen Guy, University of Minnesota
    • Rahul Narain, University of Minnesota
    • Dan Orban, University of Minnesota (PhD Student)
    • Bethany Tourek, University of Minnesota (Grad Student)

Mapping Inhibitors Involved in Cardiomyocyte Regeneration in Neonatal Mice

  • Student: Morgan Robinson
  • Mentors:
    • Daniel Sorensen, University of Minnesota
    • Jop van Berlo, University of Minnesota
    • Margaret Kieger, Medtronic

An Analysis of Gravitational Lens Magnification Models with Version 1 Pre-Hubble Frontier Fields Data

  • Student: Elena Romashkova
  • Mentor: Dr. Liliya L. R. Williams, University of Minnesota

Effect of Human APOE e4 on Accumulation of Beta Amyloid Protein in Drosophila Melanogaster Model

  • Students:
    • Abby Rundquist
    • Maddy Sangma
  • Mentors:
    • Michael Mortenson, Cargill
    • Cathy Poor, Cargill

A Comparative Profile: Prevalence and Biological Risk Factors of Hypertension Between Hypertensive Indian Females in India and in the United States

  • Student: Aneri Shah
  • Mentors:
    • Dr.Joseph Gaugler, University of MN
    • Dr.Mitesh Sheth, International

The Impact of Impurities on Carbon Dioxide Adsorption of CuBTC from Emission Sources

  • Student: Andrew Walker
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. Jinping Dong, Cargill
    • Dr. Michael Tsapatsis, University of Minnesota

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Wikipedia and Google Trends to Nowcast Influenza

  • Students:
    • Martha Barnard
    • Fiona O’Connell
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. David Darrow, University of Minnesota
    • Dr. Reid Priedhorsky, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Dr. David Osthus, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Ashlynn Daughton, Los Alamos National Laboratory

A Comparative Study Between Turtle Shell Based Keratin’s and Human Hair Based Keratin’s Biocompatibility for Tissue Regenerative Medicines

  • Students:
    • Annaka Buchstaber
    • Jessica Houghton
  • Mentor: Dr. Nathan Weidenhamer, Medtronic

Exposing Microglial Cells to Varying Concentrations of Beta Amyloid to Determine the Relationship Between the Expression of CD33 and Concentration of Beta Amyloid Present

  • Students:
    • Peter Gaffney
    • John Eggenberger
    • Dalton Mecklenburg
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. Dwight Nelson
    • Willow Coyote-Maestas

Epidermal Cell Survival in Response to Bacterial Infection when Cultured in a Hydrogel-Honey Medium

  • Student: Evan Green
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. Todd Gusek, Cargill
    • Dr. Chun Wang, University of Minnesota

Quantifying and Comparing the Herbicidal Treatment Responses of Myriophyllum Spicatum and its Hybrid Variants in Different Bays of Lake Minnetonka

  • Students:
    • Dan Hebeisen
    • Peter Linden
  • Mentors:
    • Dr. Ryan Espy, Medtronic
    • Dr. Raymond Newman, University of Minnesota
    • Patrick Selter, PLM Lake & Land Management Corp.

Creating a Mobile Application that Allows High School Students to Run Interactive Physics Simulations

  • Student: Adam Hodapp
  • Mentor: Fan He, Medtronic

Tracking Saccades using the Bright Pupil Effect and Applications to the Prevention of Distracted Driving

  • Student: Parthiv Krishna
  • Mentor: Eugene Korolev, Emerson Process Management

Developing Tools to Facilitate Reduction, Calibration, and Analysis upon Spectroscopic Data for Unclassified Targets

  • Student: Sky Sotto
  • Mentors:
    • Russell Durkee, Minnetonka High School
    • Matt Richter, University of California, Davis
    • Stefano Valenti, University of California, Davis

The Effect of a Change in Diet in Early Instars on Food Preference in Later Instars for Small Cabbage White Caterpillars (Pieris Rapae)

  • Student: Tillie Teske
  • Mentors
    • Marlene Zuk, University of Minnesota
    • Sean Ryan

Inhibition of Bacterial Conjugation through Regulation of Transfer Genes traA, traQ, and traM with Phosphorothioate Antisense Oligonucleotides

  • Students:
    • Kenna McCrae
    • Jessica Wang
  • Mentors:
    • Briana Kozlowicz, Cargill
    • Hillary Handler, University of Minnesota

A Study on the Effectiveness of Absorption and Adsorption in the Quaternary Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage by Oedogonium Spp

  • Student: Stanley Kohls
  • Mentors:
    • Ronald Cohen, Colorado School of Mines
    • Gary Mabbott, St. Thomas

A Case Study on the Cost of IPv6 Implementation in Enterprises and Large School Districts

  • Student: Eddie Mahoney

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