A key component of any science education is the ability to conduct primary research, and Augustana’s facilities for research contain over $500,000 of new equipment for use by students, including cutting- edge microscopy and chemical detection instrumentation. In addition, Augustana is linked to core facilities across the state giving even more access to research equipment. The majority of students in the sciences at Augustana will undertake paid research as an undergraduate, work that can fulfill electives in the Biochemistry major. Our students have presented their work at national conferences, and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications, an accomplishment looked highly upon by graduate and medical schools.
During the summer of 2012 Augustana Biochemistry majors, mentored by professors from the Biology and Chemistry Departments at Augustana College, worked on diverse research topics.
- Niki Altena, Rachel Anderson and Riley McMannus, working under the direction of Dr. Duane Weisshaar, are conducting research on the project “Synthesis of deuterated analogs of pyrrolidinium salts".
- Eric Habbe, working with Dr. Barrett Eickler, is researching the “Synthesis of electropositive extended pi-conjugated materials for incorporation into porphyrins for solar cells”.
- Garrett Heiberger, mentored by Dr. Barrett Eickler, is performing research on the topic of “Synthesis of bulky terphenyls to prevent aggregation of porphyrins in solar cells”.
- Amanda Johnson, working under the direction of Dr. Jared Mays, is researching the topic of “Synthesis and Evaluation of Alkyl and Biaryl Isothiocyanates”.
- Kristen Luepke and Lucinda Weaver, under the guidance of Dr. Mark Larson, are conducting research on the topic of the“Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on platelet function”.
- Dane Schroeder, mentored by Dr. Barrett Eickler, is researching the “Utilization of FRET to determine hybridization of DNA”.
- Elle Tornberg, mentored by Dr. Jared Mays, is researching the topic of “Synthesis and Evaluation of Electron-Deficient Isothiocyanates”.