2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Program

Program-At-A-Glance

7:30 a.m. • MG Cyber Cafe & VH Lobby
Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast and Conference Program Books are available in the the Magruder Hall Cyber Cafe and the Violette Hall Lobby at 7:30 a.m. Registration is not required for session attendance; the entire campus community is invited and encouraged to attend.


8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. • University Art Gallery
Juried Art Exhibition

The Student Research Conference coincides with the last day of the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. In the University Art Gallery, on the ground floor of Ophelia Parrish (OP 1114), outstanding student work will be on display in the gallery from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


8:00-9:15 • MG 1090
SESSION 102
Oral Paper -
English I

Presiding: Dr. Bob Mielke

8:00

102 - 1  BROOKE T. BARNETTE
Dr. Bob Mielke, Faculty Mentor

Mary Shelley's Plague: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

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8:00-9:15 • MG 1096
SESSION 103
Oral Paper -
Biology I /Chemistry I

Presiding: Dr. Stephanie Maiden

8:00

103 - 1  BRANDEN W. LAWSON
Dr. Bill Miller, Faculty Mentor

A Computational Investigation of Cannabinoid Receptor CB1

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8:15

103 - 2  ZACHARY D. SMITH
Dr. Bill Miller, Faculty Mentor

Virtual Screening of Potential Inhibitors of APOBEC3B: a Promising Cancer Drug Target

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8:30

103 - 3  PETER K. WINDSOR* and RACHEL PRINS
Dr. Bill Miller and Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentors

A computational approach to understanding the role of proteins in microtubule assembly in Caenorhabditis elegans

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8:45

103 - 4  RACHEL PRINS* and PETER K. WINDSOR
Dr. Stephanie Maiden and Dr. Bill Miller, Faculty Mentors

The role of UNC-33/CRMP in the Caenorhabditis elegans embryonic epidermis

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9:00

103 - 5  DOMINIC S. MATTOCK
Dr. Bill Miller, Faculty Mentor

Computational Analysis of the Effect of Biflavinoid Inhibitor Drugs on Amyloid-β Plaque Disaggregation 

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8:00-9:15 • MG 2001
SESSION 105
Oral Paper -
Biology II

Presiding: Dr. Brett Berke

8:00

105 - 1  TIFFANY OU*, MILES H. THIES, VICTORIA B. BORCHARDT , MEGHAN N. VENUS, and NICK M. PRITCHETT
Dr. Brett A. Berke, Faculty Mentor

Identifying Mechanisms Involved in Neuronal Hyperactivity in Drosophila

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8:15

105 - 2  MAHIMA THAPA* and JOHN W. HOOKER
Dr. Tim D. Ostrowski (ATSU) and Dr. Daniela Ostrowski, Faculty Mentors

Hypoxia-Induced Activation of Respiratory Nuclei in the Ventral Brainstem of the Streptozotocin-Induced Rat Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

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8:30

105 - 3  JOSIE L. EMERY*, LAUREN N. GALBRAITH, SAMUEL J. LEONE, and HALEY L. STUCKMEYER
Dr. Brett A. Berke, Faculty Mentor

Role of the Numb Protein in Synaptic Development, Synaptic Growth, and Locomotion

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8:45

105 - 4  CHUMA M. HUMPHREY
Dr. Tim D. Ostrowski (ATSU) and Dr. Timothy Walston, Faculty Mentors

Morphometric Analysis of Neuronal Structures through Ventricle Injections of Streptozotocin in Rat Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

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8:00-9:15 • VH 1224
SESSION 108
Oral Paper -
Biology III and Physics I

Presiding: Dr. Brent Buckner

8:00

108 - 1  BRODY J. AUBRY♦
Dr. Carolina Sempertegui-Sosa, Faculty Mentor

Assessing AAC3 Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae After Ultraviolet Radiation

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8:45

108 - 4  TERRA J. WILLARD
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors

Differential Expression of the Alfin Gene Family in Primary Root Zones in Maize Inbred Lines

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9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. • MG Cyber Cafe & VH Lobby
Break

Complimentary refreshment breaks will be held in the main lobby of Violette Hall and the Cyber Cafe of Magruder Hall from 9:15 a.m.


9:30-10:45 • MG 2050
SESSION 206
Oral Paper -
Physics II

Presiding: Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale

10:30

206 - 5  EMILY J. EBELING
Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentor

Fitness Benefits:  Organization of High-Copy Number Plasmids in Bacteria

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11:00 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. • VH 1000
Plenary Session: All Disciplines

Foundations of Research: Transforming Undergraduate Skills into a Career

Abigail Orscheln Police Analyst St.Louis County Police Department


2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. • MG Cyber Cafe, OP Lobby, & VH Lobby
Break

Complimentary refreshment breaks will be held in the main lobby of Violette Hall, the Cyber Cafe of Magruder hall and the Ophelia Parrish Lobby from 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


2:30-3:30 • MG 2050
SESSION 405
Oral Paper  -
Environmental Studies and Biology

Presiding: Dr. Daniela Ostrowski

2:30

405 - 1  JAKE A. FRIEBOHLE♦
Dr. Chad Montgomery, Faculty Mentor

Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) use for Controlling the Populations of the Invasive California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

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2:45

405 - 2  WESTON M. REIDT
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Determining Genetic Interactions Between the Transcription Factor Genes T20H4.2, ZK686.5, and F40G9.14 and their Biological Role within C. elegans using RNAi

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3:15

405 - 4  ALEXIS C. HOUSER*, JAMIE A. JONES, and KYLE O'CONNOR
Dr. Daniela Ostrowski, Faculty Mentor

Studying Nerve Regeneration Using an in vivo and in vitro Approach

 

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3:30-4:30 • GEO - SUB
SESSION P-3
Poster  -
Biology

P-3 - 1

TERRA J. WILLARD* and ISAAC JULIUS
Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner and Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentors

Evolutionary History and Expression of the LONESOME HIGHWAY Transcription Factor Gene Family in Maize

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P-3 - 2

MADISON L. PUGH* and WHITNEY J. OBERMAN
Dr. Chad Montgomery, Faculty Mentor

Niche Partitioning in a Chihuahuan Desert Lizard Community in New Mexico

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P-3 - 3

MEGAN N. NEVEAU
Dr. Brent Buckner and Dr. Diane Janick-Buckner, Faculty Mentors

The Evolutionary History and Transcriptomic Analysis of The Phytoene Synthase Gene Family and Related Paralogs In Maize.

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P-3 - 4

SONAM A. WANGYAL*, MEGAN D. RINGLING, and YU-SHIUAN HSU
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

The investigation on the functions of DHP-1, DHP-2, and TBCE proteins, in developing epidermis of Caenorhabditis elegans embryos

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P-3 - 5

KELLY A. LOVERA* and TANNER D. BANDY
Dr. Chad Montgomery, Faculty Mentor

Variation in Body Size of Collared Lizards (Crotaphytus collaris)

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P-3 - 6

MICAELA E. SAATHOFF
Dr. Brett M. Mitchell (Texas A&M University College of Medicine) and Ms. Anne M. Bergey, Faculty Mentors

Renal Lymphatic Alterations In Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension

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P-3 - 7

ANGELA K. JENNINGS
Dr. Stephanie Maiden, Faculty Mentor

Examining the Role of cls-2 in the Developing Epidermis of Caenorhabditis elegans

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P-3 - 8

JAMES K. HARMON*, STUART E. WILLETT, KELLY A. LOVERA, and JOSE A. VITERI
Dr. Brett A. Berke, Faculty Mentor

Cyclophillin 1 and its effect on larval crawling in Drosophila melanogaster

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P-3 - 9

KATHERINE ANDREWS* and KIMBERLYN EVERSMAN
Dr. Stephanie Fore and Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim, Faculty Mentors

Comparison of Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis Seasonality & Incidence in Two Missouri Ecoregions

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P-3 - 10

ERIN I. HAYES* and LYDIA R. WALTHER
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Influence of yozG expression on growth of Bacillus subtilis

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P-3 - 11

SARAH E. EVANS* and SARAH M. CONNOLLY
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Function and Characterization of the yisR Gene in Bacillus subtilis 

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P-3 - 12

CHUMA M. HUMPHREY
Dr. Tim D. Ostrowski (ATSU) and Dr. Timothy Walston, Faculty Mentors

Morphometric Analysis of Neuronal Structures through Ventricle Injections of Streptozotocin in Rat Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

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P-3 - 13

MAHIMA THAPA* and JOHN W. HOOKER
Dr. Tim D. Ostrowski (ATSU) and Dr. Daniela Ostrowski, Faculty Mentors

Hypoxia-Induced Activation of Respiratory Nuclei in the Ventral Brainstem of the Streptozotocin-Induced Rat Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

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P-3 - 14

RACHAEL NEWTON* and JENNIFER AMSTUTZ
Dr. Joyce Patrick, Faculty Mentor

Pesticide Application, Biofilm Formation, and Motility of Soil Bacteria Bacillus subtilis

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P-3 - 15

ALYSSA K. JOHNSON
Dr. Laura Fielden-Rechav, Faculty Mentor

Increasing Diversity in Student Insect Collections

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3:30-4:30 • GEO - SUB
SESSION P-4
Poster -
Chemistry

P-4 - 1

ALEXANDRA M. MARKO*, ADDISON M. LEABO, and BRIGITTA M. RETH
Dr. Cassidy M. Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Expression and Purification of Gamma Crystallins

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P-4 - 2

COURTNEY R. BINGHAM* and KERSTIN E. PETERSON
Dr. Cassidy M. Dobson, Faculty Mentor

Expression and Purification of Disulfide Bond Forming Enzyme

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3:30-4:30 • GEO - SUB
SESSION P-7
Poster -
Psychology

P-7 - 9

ANTHONY ROGERS*, NALA TURNER, BAILEY R. HOLM, EMILY E. KINKADE, SAMANTHA E. CARROLL, and CLAIRE E. MILLER
Dr. Jeffrey R. Vittengl, Faculty Mentor

Effect of Education About Depression on Mood

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P-7 - 10

NICHOLAS W. GRAVETT*, HANNAH N. URBAN, JACKIE O. PECORARO , ANDREW C. SMITH, and HILLARY T. HEDGECOCK
Dr. Fredric Shaffer, Faculty Mentor

The Case for a Limits of Agreement (LoA) Criterion for Ultra-Short-Term (UST) HRV Measurements 

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3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Student Union - Georgian Room
All-Conference Reception

A conference-wide reception will be held in the Georgian Room of the Student Union Building from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.The entire campus community is invited to attend to help honor and celebrate the scholarly and creative achievements of all students presenters and faculty mentors.



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