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​Undergraduate Research Forum is Feb. 13 at NSU library
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s  third annual Undergraduate Research Forum will be held Feb. 13 in the Williams Library Round Room. The forum is open and free to the public.
 
Oral presentations will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by poster presentations from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The forum includes a wide range of topics from several departments on campus. The event gives students the opportunity to showcase research projects in which they have engaged this year.
 
A winning presentation will be selected from both sections. The student or students with the winning poster will represent NSU at the annual Pierre Poster Session in March, where students from colleges throughout the state present to legislators in the Capitol building.
 
Oral Presentations
 
Katelynn Kippes—mentor: Dr. Erin Fouberg
“Down Syndrome: The Effects of Knowing on Prenatal Testing and Abortion Decisions”

 Hannah Nehlich—mentor: Dr. Greg Blair
“Yarn Bombing: This Isn't Your Gramma's Afghan”

 Ioana Hojda—mentor: Dr. Greg Blair
“Minutiae of Life”
 
 
Poster Presentations
Aaron Kern and Lu Liu—mentor: Dr. George Nora
“Synthesis of Quinabactin and its Derivatives for the Study of Increasing Drought   Tolerances in Plants”
 
 Danielle Weisz—mentor: Dr. Connie Geier
“A Longitudinal Study of Empathy in Pre-Service Teachers”

 Makayla Perryman and Mark Abrahamson—mentor: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
“Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Zebrafish”

 Katrina Kjerstad and Anadia Rockey—mentor: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
“Effects of Penicillium versus Streptomyces on the Development of Xenopus laevis”

 Derek Tymesen and Samantha Nygaard—mentor: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
“Nicotine Effect on Embryological Development in Zebrafish”
 
 Kara Hofschild and Zach Grauman—mentor: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
“Resilience of Xenopus laevis Tadpoles”

 Whitney Geditz and Melissa Klueber—mentor: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow
“Effects of Copper on Xenopus laevis”

 Larissa Kempf—mentor: Dr. Jon Mitchell
“Isolation and Identification of Bacterial Micro-flora in Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Demacentor veribillis)”