Augustana Students Involved in Summer Research Projects

SIOUX FALLS – This summer, sixty-one (61) Augustana undergraduate students are participating in research projects on- and off-campus.

Following is a list of the participating students, and where available their mentor/advisor, project funding, and location of the research.

Summer Research Participants (alphabetical order):
 

Tom Alexander, junior, Belview, MN. Majors: Communication/Business, Physics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Drew Alton, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: South Dakota Space Grant. Location: Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Lab, Lead, SD.

Trent Anderson, junior, Jasper, MN. Major: Mathematics/Chemistry/Physics. Funding: National Science Foundation. Location: Clemson University.

Jacob Anderson, junior, Sioux Falls. Major: Biology Mentor/advisor: Dr. Craig Spencer, Professor of Biology. Location: Augustana College.

Jordan Anderson-Daniels, junior, Brandon, SD. Major: Biology/ Mathematics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Mark Larson, Assistant Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Harvard Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Russ Averin, senior, Sioux Falls. Major: Physics/Mathematics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Eric Wells, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: National Science Foundation. Location: Augustana College.

Katie Behrens, sophomore, Blaine, MN. Major: Chemistry. Mentors/advisors: Drs. Gary Earl and Duane Weisshaar, Professors of Chemistry. Funding: Chemistry Department. Location: Augustana College.

Nick Bleeker, senior, Shakopee, MN. Major: Chemistry. Location: University of Minnesota.

Elliot Bloom, junior, Rapid City, SD. Majors: Biology/Chemistry. Mentors/advisors: Drs. Gary Earl and Duane Weisshaar, Professors of Chemistry. Funding: Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center.

Matthew Braithwaite, sophomore, Sioux Falls. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Mark Larson, Assistant Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Harvard Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Mark Buboltz, senior, Redwood Falls, MN. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Karen Munger. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Locations: Sanford School of Medicine, USD and Avera Research Institute.

Jordan Clark, junior, Bryon, IL. Majors: Music/Chemistry. Mentors/advisors: Drs. Gary Earl and Duane Weisshaar, Professors of Chemistry. Funding: Chemistry Department. Location: Augustana College.

Gates Cook, junior, Fremont, NE. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jose Gonzales. Funding Source: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: South Dakota State University.

Shannon Cumiskey, senior, Worthington, MN. Major: Chemistry. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Greg Cook. Location: North Dakota State University.

Elizabeth Day, sophomore, Vermillion, SD. Majors: Chemistry/English. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Mary Berry. Funding: National Science Foundation. Location: University of South Dakota.

Adam Dittmer, senior, Coon Rapids, MN. Major: Chemistry. Location: University of Minnesota.

Andrew Doshier, sophomore, Rapid City, SD. Major: Physics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Eric Wells, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: South Dakota Space Grant. Location: Augustana College.

Jared Drenkow, sophomore, Sioux Falls. Major: Chemistry. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Barrett Eichler, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center.

Jeremy Erickson, junior, Lincoln, NE. Majors: Chemistry/Physics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Barrett Eichler, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: Viste Fellowship.

Rob Fick, junior, Shenandoah, IA. Majors: Chemistry/Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: Chemistry Department. Location: Augustana College.

Justin Grassmeyer, junior, Fremont, NE. Majors: Chemistry/Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Neal Gregerson, sophomore, Sioux Falls. Major: Chemical Physics/Mathematics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Eric Wells, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: National Science Foundation.

Jonathan Hawkinson, junior, St. Peter, MN. Majors: Biology/Philosophy. Mentor: Dr. Steve Matzner, Associate Professor of Biology. Funding: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Location: Augustana College.

Jon Held, junior, Sioux Falls. Majors: Biology/Psychology. Location: Hematech.

Derek Hellstrom, senior, Worthington, MN. Major: Computer Science. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Dan Swets, Associate Professor of Computer Science. Funding: NASA.

John Hokanson, junior, Cottonwood, MN. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Greg Shearer. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Sanford Research/USD.

Jamie Horter, senior, Bristol, SD. Majors: Chemistry/Art. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Patrick Ronan. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Locations: Sanford School of Medicine, USD/Avera Research Institute.

Rachel Hurley, junior, Canton, SD. Majors: Chemistry/Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Nate Jastram, senior, Sioux Falls. Major: Engineering Physics. Location: NASA Glenn Research Facility, Cleveland, OH.

Ben Jensen, senior, Rapid City, SD. Major: Biology. Mentor/Advisor: Dr. Paul Egland, Assistant Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Bethany Jochim, junior, Pierre, SD. Major: Physics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Eric Wells, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: National Science Foundation. Location: Augustana College.

Rebecca Johnson, senior, Tea, SD. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Kristi Egland. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: USD Sanford Research.

Trent Johnson, junior, Maple Grove, MN. Major: Physics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Drew Alton, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: Research Corp. Location: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Brian Juber, junior, Worthington, MN. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jason Petersen. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: USD Sanford School of Medicine and Avera Research Institute.

Marissa Kern, junior, Porter, MN. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Paul Egland, Assistant Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Connor Lamberson, junior, Marshall, MN. Major: Chemistry. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Ned Porter. Funding: National Science Foundation. Location: Vanderbilt University.

Laura Mandler, senior, Sioux Falls. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Karen Munger. Location: Avera Research Institute, Sanford School of Medicine, USD.

Dan Mickelson, senior, Pipestone, MN. Majors: Physics/Mathematics. Mentors/advisors: Dr. Brett DePaola. Funding: National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. Location: Kansas State University.

Huy Nguyen, junior, Vietnam. Major: Chemistry. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: EPSCoR.

Emmylu O’Donnell, junior, Sioux Falls. Major: Biology. Mentors/advisors: Dr. Subhash Chauhan and Dr. Maria Bell. Location: Sanford Research

Tonya Olson, junior, New London, MN. Majors: Biology/Secondary Education. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Mike Wanous, Associate Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Casey Ortbahn, sophomore, Pierre, SD. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Carlos Telleria. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Sanford School of Medicine, USD.

Neil Patel, senior, Worthington, MN. Majors: Biology/Chemistry. Mentor/advisor: Dr. David Maddox. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Sanford School of Medicine, USD/Avera Research Institute.

Eric Ransom, senior, Wolsey, SD. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Jo Handelsman. Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rachel Reynen, junior, Aberdeen, SD. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Karen Munger. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Sanford School of Medicine, USD/Avera Research Institute.

Meredith Reynolds, sophomore, Sioux Falls. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Mike Wanous, Associate Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Blake Ridgway, junior, West Des Moines, IA. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Paul Egland, Assistant Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Miriam Rollason, senior, Isabel, SD. Majors: Biology/Philosophy. Mentor/Advisor: Dr. John Lee. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: USD Sanford Research.

Natalie Ronning, junior, Rapid City, SD. Majors: Biology/Chemistry. Mentor: Dr. Steve Matzner, Associate Professor of Biology. Funding: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Location: Augustana College.

Heidi Senst, junior, Aberdeen, SD. Majors: Biology/Mathematics. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Mike Wanous, Associate Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Bryan Simpkins, senior, Sioux Falls. Major: Computer Science. Faculty/advisor: Dr. Dan Swets, Associate Professor of Computer Science. Funding: NASA.

Nick Smolnisky, senior, Sioux Falls. Majors: Mathematics/Engineering Physics. Mentor/Advisor: Stephan Hall. Funding: Research Intern. Location: AlphaGenix Inc., Sioux Falls.

Jared Soundy, sophomore, Sioux Falls. Majors: Biology/Chemistry. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Patrick Ronan. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Sanford School of Medicine, USD/Avera Research Institute.

Kaleb Sturm, sophomore, Saint James, MN. Majors: Economics/Government International Affairs. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Drew Alton, Assistant Professor of Physics. Funding: Research Corporation. Location: Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Lab, Lead, SD.

Michael Stutelberg, senior, Woodbury, MN. Majors: Chemistry/Secondary Education. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Barrett Eichler, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Funding: Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center.

David Swanson, sophomore, St. James, MN. Majors: Mathematics/Chemistry/English. Mentors/advisors: Drs. Gary Earl and Duane Weisshaar, Professors of Chemistry. Funding: Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center.

Kyle Tamminga, junior, Rochester, MN. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Steven Armstrong. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: USD Sanford Research.

Jillian Tholen, senior, Tracy, MN. Majors: Biology/Spanish. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Bill Harris. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: USD Sanford Research.

Michael Todt, senior, Moorhead, MN. Major: Chemistry/Physics. Funding: National Science Foundation. Location: Montana State University.

Kenan Tokmic, junior, Sioux Falls. Major: Chemistry. Mentors/advisors: Drs. Gary Earl and Duane Weisshaar, Professors of Chemistry. Funding: Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center.

Austin Vande Berg, senior, Sioux Falls. Major: Biology. Mentor/advisor: Dr. Steve Matzner, Associate Professor of Biology. Funding: Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. Location: Augustana College.

Bethany Zogg, senior, Albert Lea, MN. Major: Chemistry. Mentors/advisors: Drs. Gary Earl and Duane Weisshaar, Professors of Chemistry. Funding: Northern Plains Undergraduate Research Center.


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