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South Dakota State recognizes student works at URSCAD 2020

South Dakota State University held its annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day April 20-22. This year’s version was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All SDSU undergraduate students are welcome to present at URSCAD. Each research poster was reviewed by a team of faculty.

“Historically, we have offered the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Day on campus in mid-April. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have stifled our plans for a face-to-face event, we refused to forgo the opportunity to celebrate our undergraduate students’ contributions to the research, scholarship and creative activity of SDSU,” said Rebecca Bott-Knutson, dean of the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College. “Each student was asked to prepare a technical poster as well as a high-level two- to three-minute narration of their poster. This combination of requests showcased our students’ abilities to clearly communicate their research at a deeply technical level and also in a way that highlights the significance of their work.”

Students listed below received a top poster recognition. They are listed in alphabetical order with hometown and poster title.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: Kyla Dendinger, Crofton, Nebraska, “Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata): Germination and Breaking Dormancy;” Megan Kellen, Alton, Iowa, “Effects of Kisspeptin Antagonist in Prepubescent Gilts;” and Samantha Pietrzak, St. Charles, Minnesota, “Symptom Severity Ratings with Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV) on Triticale Varieties with Winter Wheat Backgrounding.”

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:
—Michael Borman, St. Paul, Minnesota, “Creating a Fighting Game;” Alli Cummings, Watertown, “Literature in the Real World;” Miranda O’Bryan, Martin, “A Day in the Life of Freeman, S.D.”

Social, Economic and Behavioral Sciences—Matthew Berg, Brookings, “Earning, Taxing, Spending, Saving: Tracking South Dakota Incomes;” Zayna Hustoft, Brandon, “The Effect of Team Members' Facial Trustworthiness on the Likelihood of Assuming a Leadership Position;” Hannah Pannell, Sioux Falls, “The Effects of Item Feedback and Item Sequence on Metacognitive Accuracy;” and Anika Driesen, Sioux Center, Iowa, “Nutritional Comparisons and Judgments.”

College of Education and Human Sciences:
Education and Human Development
—Kayla Kutzke, Lake Lillian, Minnesota, “Student Perception of and Affinity Toward the Honors College;” Sophie McKee, Yankton, “Academic Outcomes of VARK Learning Style Assessment and Education of First Year College Students.”

Health and Nutritional Sciences—Mary Boksa, Johnston, Iowa, “Attenuating Muscle Atrophy using Protein Supplementation Following Unilateral Lower Limb Suspension; “Skyler Hochstein, Kasota, Minnesota, “Relationship among Workplace Stress, Biomarkers of Stress, and Workplace Productivity;” and Natalie Swanson, Vermillion, “What’s Lactate Got to do with It?  An Investigation into the Correlation between Lactate Threshold, Exercise Training and Response to Ischemic Preconditioning.”

Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering:
—Christopher Begeman, Martin, “Core-Satellite God Nanoparticle Assembly & Disassembly for the Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells;” J. Michael Bertsch, Sioux Falls, “Design of a Wearable Health Monitoring System for In-Home Emergency Use; and Jenna Harrison, Rapid City, “Mechanical Properties of 3D-Printed PLA and ABS Specimen at and Below Room Temperature.”

Mathematics and Statistics—Alexander Denevan, Sioux Falls, “SET Cubed;” Maverick Maynard, Canby, Minnesota, “Proof of Feuerbach’s Theorem Using Complex Numbers;” and Linnea York, Lake Wilson, Minnesota; “Adolescent Tobacco Use Trends in Rural vs. Urban Populations.”

College of Natural Sciences:
Biology and Microbiology
—Allison Bjornstad, Puyallup, Washington, “The Effects of Exposure to Different Sound Frequencies on the Growth of Various Organisms;” Molly Kroeger, Lennox, “Development and Diagnostic Application of Monoclonal Antibodies against Swine Acute Diarrhea Syndrome Coronavirus (SADS-CoV);” and Jessica Scheer, South Haven, Minnesota, “Promoting Tissue Growth in the Absence of Blood Flow.”

Chemistry and Biochemistry—Jillissa Taubel, Rochester, Minnesota, “Optimization of [68Ga] Production via Cyclotron Irradiation of a 1.0 M [68Zn]Zn(NO3)2 in 0.2 M HNO3 Liquid Target Solution for the Synthesis of [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11-HBE;” Alana Moe, Sioux Falls, and Sydney Woltman, Cherokee, Iowa, “HPLC-MS/MS Determination of Sulfur Mustard Oxide in Hair Exposed to Sulfur Mustard;” and Sarah Engels, Watertown, and Thad Indermuhle, Sardis, Ohio, “Non-Canonical Cytokine Stimulation of Recurrent Lymphangiogenesis.”

Physics—Zachary Lehmann, Sioux Falls, “Magnetocaloric Effect in Ni2MnIn-based Heusler Alloys with Second-order Phase Transitions;” Abdullah al Maruf, Gazipur, Bangladesh, “Electronic, Magnetic, and Structural Properties of Fe2MnSn Heusler Alloy;” and Jace Waybright, Elkhorn, Nebraska, “Structural and Magnetic Properties of Bulk Ti2MnAl.”

College of Nursing: Allison Grandstrand, Albert Lea, Minnesota, “Effects of High-Fidelity Simulation in RN Performance;” Hannah Stein, Watertown, “The Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Cognition in Older Adults;” and Cassidy Stratman, Box Elder, “The Utilization of Registered Nurse Care Managers: A Systematic Review of Literature.”

College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions: Anna Mohr, New Ulm, Minnesota, and Breanna Attema, Tea, “The Impact of Ambulatory Care Pharmacist Intervention on Appropriate Beta Blocker Therapy in Heart Failure Patients;” Michelle Sestak, Tyndall, “The Health and Well-Being of South Dakota State University Pharmacy Students;” and Bethany Zeug, Marshall, Minnesota, “Beta-Blockers and Perceptions of Competitors in Shooting Sports.”