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Kempf, Kippes named winners at NSU Undergraduate Research Forum
Larissa Kempf stands by her winning posterABERDEEN, S.D. - Larissa Kempf had the winning poster presentation and Katelynn Kippes had the winning oral presentation at Thursday’s Undergraduate Research Forum at Northern State University.
Kempf’s project was “Isolation and Identification of Bacterial Micro-flora in Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Demacentor veribillis).” Her mentor is Dr. Jon Mitchell, assistant professor of biology.
Kempf will now represent NSU at the annual Pierre Poster Session in March, where students from colleges throughout the state present to legislators in the Capitol building.
Kippes’ research project was “Down Syndrome: The Effects of Knowing on Prenatal Testing and Abortion Decisions.” Her mentor is Dr. Erin Fouberg, professor of geography.
Seventeen students participated in NSU’s third annual Undergraduate Research Forum, which was held in the Williams Library Round Room. The event gives students the opportunity to showcase research projects in which they have engaged this year.Katelynn Kippes is shown during her presentation at the research forum.



Kempf, a sophomore, was born and raised in rural Aberdeen. Active in 4-H, she developed her interest in biology through horticulture and raising small livestock.

She is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She also is pursuing an associate's degree in biotechnology and a minor in art.
Kempf anticipates graduating from NSU in May 2016, after which she hopes to study chiropractic medicine.

Kippes, a special education major who will graduate in May, is originally from Somerset, Wis. Kippes said her research topic was inspired by her younger sister, who has Down syndrome.
Kippes plans to earn a master's degree in speech pathology, beginning her studies this fall at a Minnesota university.
Photos: Presenting at the research forum are Kempf (top) and Kippes.