Nate worked in the
Chemistry Engineering Department
at the University of Minnesota under
the supervision of Dr. David Blank.
Nate characterized a new amino-acid
coumarin dye that can be used as a sensitive probe of protein structure and dynamics.
Samarth Damania - Computer Science
Samarth worked in the Computer Science &
Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota
under the supervision of Dr. Jaideep Srivastava. Samarth used data-mining techniques to determine factors
that contribute to costs paid for
the top 25 most-commonly used
Robby Dorn and Saeed Haki-Hashemi - Materials Science
Robby and Saeed collaborated
on a project in the Chemical Engi-
neering and Materials Science
Department at the University of
Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. Russell Holmes. Robby and Saeed engineered
photo-luminescent thin films with organic spacer-layers in
order to make more efficient organic light emitting diodes
Andrew Engel and Alejandro Fenn - Engineering
Andrew and Alejandro collaborated on a project at Medtronic, Inc., under the supervision of Dr. Gaurav Jain. Andrew and Alejandro engineered an optical cell to determine rates of dissolution of commonly used metal-particle contaminants in lithium-ion batteries.
Anna Hendrickson and Eva Wang - Biochemistry
Anna and Eva collaborated
on a project, working in the Hepatology Research Lab at Hennepin County Medical Center under the supervision of
Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht. Anna and
Eva investigated the role that
two proteins—cyclin D1 and
PPAR—play a role in cancer-cell
Caleb Kumar - CATEGORY
Caleb worked at
Access Genetics under the
supervision of Dr. Ron
McGlennen. Caleb validated
a neural network that he pro-
grammed last year to diagnose
Annie Jiao - Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences
Annie worked in the Veterinary Science department at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. Tim Johnson. Annie determined the efficiency of multidrug-resistant plasmid transfer from lethal bacteria to other bacteria. Annie’s work will aid in developing strategies to control spread of highly
Taylor McCanna - Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Taylor worked in the Physics Department
at Augsburg College under the supervision of Dr. David Murr. Taylor designed, built, and tested
grounded and mobile field mills and
then launched the mobile field mill as a
payload on a weather balloon. Her mill
design will be constructed and then
launched worldwide to study the global
electric current, which is an indicator of
global climate change.
Aris Prince - Behavioral Science
Aris conducted her research
under the supervision of Dr. Martha
Nance. Aris studied knowledge of brain
disorders and ways in which different
generations access information on the
Jessica Ryvlin and Claire Simpson - Medicine and Health
Jessica and Claire collaborated on a project, working at the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics under the supervision of Dr. Angela
Panoskaltsis-Mortari. Jessica and Claire investigated immune response of a new
treatment for chlorine gas exposure.
Ellen Soskin - Microbiology
Ellen worked in the Microbiol-
ogy Department at the University of
St. Thomas under the supervision of Dr.
Jayna Ditty. Ellen quantified chemotactic
response of the bacteria Pseudomonas
putida (FU1) to determine its feasibility in bioremediation of toxic furan compounds found in pesticides and weed killers used on farm crops.
Roshny Vijayakar - Medicine and Health
Roshny worked in the Divi-
sion of Neonatology at the University of
Minnesota under the supervision of Dr.
Raghavendra Rao. Roshny studied long-
term effects of perinatal iron deficiency on
glucose-transporter expression in the brain.