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Dairy Science undergraduate research

 

There are excellent opportunities for undergraduate research at SDSU and Dairy and Food Science students are encouraged to participate. Students work with Dairy and Food Science research faculty to develop research programs and complete their projects. Students may engage in undergraduate research via enrollment in courses such as DS 492, Special Topics; DS 491, Special Problems; or DS 498, Undergraduate Research/Scholarship in conjunction with Dairy and Food Science faculty. Opportunities are also available to present and publish and present successful, quality research work. Presentations may be on campus or at national conferences and publications may be submitted to the SDSU Journal of Undergraduate Research or to national journals.

Dairy and Food Science Undergraduate Research Activities

Belma Husic, 2018. ‘Hydrodynamic Cavitation for High Heat Resistant Spore (HHRS) Control in Dairy Industry’. Capstone research project to complete the requirements of Human Biology/ Pre-Medicine major.
Funding: DMI ongoing research grant and $1,000 for the Capstone Research from Bio Micro. 
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

 

Jene Martin, 2018, (Microbiology Major, University of California, San Diego), ‘Genomic forensics for improving food safety.’
Funding: Summer training program in precision livestock production, USDA, REEU undergraduate training program.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand and Dr. Joy Scaria
 

Marie Zander, 2018. ‘Standardizing a non-thermal process for controlling spore formers'
Funding: DMI ongoing research grant. To meet the requirements of Honors College Independent Study. J. F. Nelson Award 2018 for undergraduate research ($2,500).
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

 

Maggie Becher, 2018. 'Conducting risk assessment study for Staphylococcus aureus in dairy products.'
Funding: MDFRC ongoing research grant plus Schreiber Foods ($1,650). To meet the requirements of Honors College Independent Study. J. F. Nelson Award for undergraduate research ($2,500).
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand
 

Katherine Lake. 2017, The effects of mixing bowl geometry and mixer types on bread loaf volume and crumb structure using a C-Cell Imaging System
Funding: Griffith Undergraduate Research Award, $3,000 with additional $1,000 leveraged from Biology/Microbiology Capstone program
Mentor: Dr. Padmanaban Krishnan

Derek James Tramp. 2017, Rheology and composition of oat-based flour for production of healthy oat-based foods from South Dakota Agriculture
Funding: Orville and Enolia Bentley Undergraduate Research Award, $3,000 with additional $1,000 leveraged from Biology/Microbiology Capstone program
Mentor: Dr. Padmanaban Krishnan

Joshua von Winckelmann-Belrose, 2017, ‘Hydrocolloids-based nutraceutical carriers’
Funding: Start up grant
Mentor: Dr. Srinivas Janaswamy

Uday Mishra, 2017, ‘Improving Water Quality to Sustain Agricultural Ecosystems through Novel use of Biopolymers’
Funding: Research/Scholarship Support Fund 2017
Mentor: Dr. Srinivas Janaswamy


April A Johnson, 2017, (Animal, Poultry, and Veterinary Science, Tuskegee University), ‘Genomic forensics for improving food safety.’
Funding: Summer training program in precision livestock production, USDA, REEU undergraduate training program.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand and Dr. Joy Scaria

Connor Bushman, 2017, ‘An examination of environmental Listeria’s antibiotic resistance and biofilm persistence.’
Funding: $2500 “Meeting the Grand Challenges” Award, Honors College, and NDC ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Shelby Riddle, 2017, ‘To compare the population change in sporeformers and spores during storage of raw and pasteurized milk’
Funding: NDC ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Chelsea Schossow, 2016, ‘Evaluation of the potential of solubles syrup from microbially-enhanced soy protein production as a feed supplement for growing dairy heifers.’
Funding: Griffith Undergraduate Research Award of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.
Mentor: Dr. Jill Anderson

Kirsten Anderson, 2016, ‘Value enhanced corn coproducts in food and nutraceutical applications.’
Funding: Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Mentor: Dr. Padmanaban Krishnan

Logan Johnson, 2016, ‘Microbial changes during various stages of ice cream manufacture and storage.’
Funding: MDFRC ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Jae Young Sim, 2016, ‘Effect of cavitation on microbial quality of milk.’
Funding: National Dairy Council ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Margaret Stiles. 2015, 'Effects of water quality on rumen fermentation characteristics and rumen degradation of dry matter and fiber.'
Funding: SDSU Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentors: Dr. Jill Anderson

Lauren A. Gonzalez, 2015, ‘Influence of environment on Bacillus licheniformis Spore Formation.’
Funding: National Dairy Council ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Jae Young Sim, 2015, ‘Effect of feeding Lactic acid bacteria as ‘Direct Fed Microbials’ on the microbial quality of raw milk.’
Funding: MDFRC ongoing research grant.
Mentors: Drs. Sanjeev Anand, and Dave Casper

Jennifer Casperson, 2014-2015 , ‘Ruminal degradation and intestinal digestibility of microbially-enhanced soybean meal, dried distillers grains, and camelina meal compared to original feeds.’
Funding: Griffith Undergraduate Research Award of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Jill Anderson

Sara Sontag, 2014–2015, ‘Effect of feeding Lactic acid bacteria as ‘Direct Fed Microbials’ on the microbial quality of raw milk.’
Funding: MDFRC ongoing research grant.
Mentors: Drs. Sanjeev Anand, and Dave Casper

Melissa Young, 2014, ‘Inactivation of thermoduric spore formers in milk concentrates by ultrasonication.’
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Sarah Ericson, 2014. 'Effect of milk proteins-structure on nutritional benefits in young adults (18-30 years) and seniors aged 60 years+'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentors: Dr. Hasmukh Patel, Dr. Lacey MacCormack
Collaborators: Dr. Bonny Specker and Dr. Matthew Vukovich

Jessica Becker, 2014. 'Effect of milk proteins-structure on nutritional benefits in young adults (18-30 years) and seniors aged 60 years+'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentors: Dr. Hasmukh Patel, Dr. Lacey MacCormack
Collaborators: Dr. Bonny Specker and Dr. Matthew Vukovich

Bobbi Wild, 2014, ‘Ruminal and intestinal degradability of different types of distillers grains.'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentor: Dr. Jill Anderson

Rachel Achen, 2014, ‘Role of Bacillus in quality of fermented dairy products.’
Funding: Daisy Brand.
Mentor: Dr. Ashraf Hassan

Lee Alexander, 2013. 'Protein shake development for future clinical trials: A consumer study'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentor: Dr. Hasmukh Patel

Megan Huegli, 2013. 'Influence of micellar to non-micellar protein ratio on protein interactions and rheological properties of yogurt'
Funding: Orville and Enolia Bentley Undergraduate-ABS Undergraduate Research Engagement Award. $3000 total, including a $1000 stipend for the student and $2000 for research operating expenses
Mentor: Dr. Hasmukh Patel

Taylor Vanderwerf, 2013, ‘Growth performance and total tract digestibility of nutrients of dairy heifers precision-fed diets high in distillers grains with different forage particle size.’
Funding: ABS Engagement Award
Mentor: Dr. Jill Anderson

Weina Liu, 2013, ‘Interaction of starter cultures and gas producing thermoduric bacteria to control the blowing or slit defects of Cheddar cheese.’
Funding: Griffiths Undergraduate Research Award. SDSU. $3000 total, including a $1000 stipend for the student and $2000 for research operating expenses.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Brittany Sipp, 2013, ‘Inactivation of thermoduric spore formers and spores in milk concentrates by a combination of ultrasonication and pasteurization.’
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Jacob Sobraske, 2013, ‘Incidence of thermoduric spore formers and spores in environmental samples of dairies.’
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Giovana Charite, 2013, ‘Incidence and characterization of thermoduric spore formers and spores in nonfat dry milk.’
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Lee Alexander, 2012. 'Effects of ultra-sonication on distribution of proteins in soluble phase and their effects on the functionality of yoghurt'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentor: Dr. Hasmukh Patel

Allison Sewell, 2012, ‘Screening of thermoduric bacterial cheese isolates for proteolysis, lipolysis, and gas production activities.'
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Kaylee King, 2012, 'Comparing biofilms formed under different processing substrates.'
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Megan Huegli, 2012-13, 'Role of thermoduric bacteria in split defects found in Swiss cheese.' Undergraduate research project.
Funding: ABS Undergraduate Engagement Award. SDSU. $3000 total, including a $1000 stipend for the student and $2000 for research operating expenses.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Eric Flynn, 2012, ‘Spore and sporeforming bacterial counts in raw milk’. Undergraduate research project to meet the requirements of the Honors school.
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Megan Huegli, 2012, ‘Survival of sporeformers in whole milk by thermal treatment.’ Undergraduate research project.
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Angela Klaers, Spring 2012, 'Hot Chocolate Ice Cream – Scale-up and Consumer trials.'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentor: Howard Bonnemann

Lee Alexander, 2011-12, 'Innovation in the Dairy Industry: Fluid Milk and Cereal On-The-Go.'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentor:  Howard Bonnemann

Angela Klaers, Fall 2011, 'Development of a HACCP Plan for the SDSU Dairy Plant.'
Funding: SDSU Dairy Plant
Mentor: Howard Bonnemann
 
Kimberly Buehner, 2011, ‘Ultrasonic Treatment of Milk inoculated with Bacillus coagulans spores. Undergraduate research project to meet the requirements of the Honors school.'
Funding: DRI ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand
 
Kaylee King, 2011, 'Cleaning of bacterial biofilms on whey processing membranes.'
Funding: MDFRC ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand
 
Angela Klaers, Spring 2011, 'Hot Chocolate Ice Cream – preliminary flavor studies.'
Funding: Agricultural Experiment Station
Mentor: Howard Bonnemann
 
Morgan Petersen, 2010-11, ‘Zein as a new corn protein based encapsulation material for probiotic bacteria.'
Funding: Bentley Undergraduate Research Award, SDSU. $1,000 cash and $2,000 research funds.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand
 
Holly Bruns, 2010, 'Direct enumeration of metabolically active yeast from rumens of ruminally-fistulated cattle.'
Funding: Alltech Inc. and DS498 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.
Mentors: Drs. Arnold Hippen and Juan Tricarico
 
Rebecca Niewohner, 2010, 'Efficacy of a natural biopreservative, ‘Nisin’ in different foods.'
Funding: SDSU Academic and Scholarly Excellence Award. $6,500.00
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Kathleen Dhal, 2010, 'In vitro evaluation of the resistance of membrane biofilms to the cleaning and sanitizing agents.' 
Funding: MDFRC ongoing research grant.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Kara Gutormson, 2010, 'Improving the body, texture and flavor of Orange Sherbet.'
Funding: DS 498 Undergraduate research/scholarship and the SDSU Dairy Plant.
Mentor: Howard Bonnemann.

Trisha Schuller, 2009, 'Inhibition of light-induced oxidized off flavor in milk.' 
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentors: Dr. Robert Baer and Howard Bonnemann

Kerstyn Ferrel, 2008, 'Microbiological safety of yogurt prepared with artificial sweetener sucralose.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station.
Mentor: Dr. Sanjeev Anand

Derek Griesse, 2007, 'Use of stainless steel electrodes to measure cheese pH.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentor: Dr. Robert Baer

Jonah King, 2007, 'Application of exopolysaccharide in process cheese.' 
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center and DS 498- Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentor: Dr. Ashraf Hassan

Richard Derouchey, 2006-2007, 'Production of exopolysaccharides in whey.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentor: Dr. Ashraf Hassan

Bekki Wirt, 2006-2007, 'Inhibition of light-induced oxidized off-flavor in milk.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentors: Dr. Robert Baer and Howard Bonnemann

Betsy Raasch, 2006, 'Improving functionality of process cheese.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentor: Dr. Ashraf Hassan

Richard Derouchey, 2006, 'Determination of the freezing point of milk and evaluation of pinking defect in cheese.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentor: Dr. Robert Baer

Laura Kennedy, 2005-2006. 'Improving ice cream body and texture.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station and DS 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship.
Mentor: Drs. Robert Baer and Ashraf Hassan.

Amber Sperlich and Ruth Ann Milbrandt, (Joint Project) 2005. 'Survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in set yogurt as influenced by the production of an exopolysaccharide by Streptococcus thermophilus.'
Funding: Alfred Laboratory: $2,000.
Mentor: Dr. David Henning.

Amber Sperlich, 2004. 'Improving ice cream body and texture by addition of a mineral mixture (a powder high in calcium) to ice cream mix.'
Funding: SD Agricultural Experiment Station.
Mentor: Dr. Robert Baer.

Shannon Sellner, 2004. 'Evaluation of effects of processing method of soybean meal on ruminal degradability.'
Funding: Griffith Undergraduate Research Award of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences: $500 cash and $2,000 research funds.
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Hippen.

Peter Linke, 2003. 'Various methods of delivery of glycerol to dairy cows.'
Funding: Joseph E. Nelson Undergraduate Research Mentorship: $3,000.
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Hippen. 

Karissa Nielsen, 2003. 'Investigation of major physical and functional qualities of a Cottage cheese manufactured with the transglutaminase procedure.'
Funding: STTAR (Students in Technology Transfer and Research) Program of EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and Dairilean, Inc. Joseph F. Nelson Undergraduate Research Mentorship: $5,000.
Mentor: Dr. David Henning. 

Karissa Nielsen, 2003. 'Development of a value-added liquid product from concentrated milks.'
Funding: Griffith Undergraduate Research Award of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences: $500 cash and $2,000 research funds.
Mentor: Dr. David Henning.

Charity Skogrand, 2003. 'Passive transfer of immunity to the newborn calf via three methods of feeding colostrum.'
Funding: Griffith Undergraduate Research Award of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences: $500 cash and $2,000 research funds.
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Hippen.

Ann Harvey, 2002. 'A comparison of methods for on-farm determination of failure of passive transfer of immunoglobulin to dairy calves.' 
Funding: Joseph F. Nelson Undergraduate Research Mentorship: $3,500.
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Hippen.

Peter Linke, 2001. 'Ruminally protected fructose as a preventative for fatty liver and ketosis.'
Funding: EPSCoR. $3,000.
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Hippen.

Jennifer Lunde, 2000. 'Effects of lactate, ßHBA, and acetate combined with pH on lymphocyte proliferations.'
Funding: Joseph E. Nelson Undergraduate Research Mentorship: $3,500.
Mentor: Dr. Arnold Hippen.

Timothy Hesby, 1994. 'Evaluation of a double layer agar tube procedure for the rapid identification of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in food samples.'
Funding: Alfred Laboratory: $2,000.
Mentor: Dr. David Henning.

Derek Bowen, 1993. 'Levels of certain coliform bacteria and thermonuclease-positive Staphylococcus aureus in retail natural cheeses.'
Funding: Alfred Laboratory and MN-SD Dairy Foods Research Center: $10,000.
Mentor: Dr. David Henning.