April 27, 2023

NDSU students participate in Student Research Day


Student Research Day

Student Research Day at NDSU is an annual event dedicated to giving undergraduate and graduate students a platform to showcase their research and creative works. A collaboration among NDSU EXPLORE, the Graduate Student Council and Gamma Sigma Delta, Student Research Day provides faculty, staff, students and the community a view of the various types of student research at NDSU. This was the second year the three groups collaborated on the event.

Seventy-five undergraduate and 120 graduate student presenters representing disciplines from across the campus took part in the event. Awards were given in both undergraduate and graduate categories recognizing the best oral and poster presentations in each group. More than 50 NDSU faculty and staff members served as judges.

The NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity hosts NDSU EXPLORE, which is an annual showcase for undergraduate students in all disciplines to present their research and creative projects. This year, NDSU EXPLORE provided awards for undergraduate students for best oral and poster presentation.

The Graduate Student Council serves as a representative body of graduate students from all academic disciplines. GSC presented awards for best graduate oral and poster presentations.

Gamma Sigma Delta is an agricultural honor society that encourages and rewards excellence in agriculture. Gamma Sigma Delta presented awards for best poster and oral presentations for both undergraduate and graduates.


FIRST PLACE – Ryan Anderson, Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering

Project: Quantification of Nanoplastics in Landfill Leachate Using Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry

Faculty Mentor: Syeed Iskander

SECOND PLACE – Ashley Goetzfried, Environmental Engineering 

Project: Efficient Removal of Organic Micropollutants from Municipal and Agricultural Wastewater by KrCI* Excimer Lamps

Faculty Mentor: Jiale Xu

THIRD PLACE – Kira Eliason, Environmental Engineering 

Project: Rare Earth Elements in Sands Collected from Southern California Sea Beaches 

Faculty Mentor: Syeed Iskander

HONORABLE MENTION – Shane Corbett, Psychology 

Project: Geographic and General Trends in Sleep Manipulation Research: A Bibliometric Analysis 

Faculty Mentor: Leah Irish



FIRST PLACE – Madison Christenson and Danielle Wright, Microbiology

Project: The Effectiveness of chlorine Dioxide as a Sporicidal Agent against Paenibacillus larvae

Faculty Mentor: Birgit Pruess, Microbiological Sciences

SECOND PLACE (TIE) – Brooke Kohler, Biological Sciences

Project: Effects of Flonicamid on the Locomotion of the Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee

Faculty Mentor: Jacob Pithan, Biological Sciences

SECOND PLACE (TIE) – Koby Pearson-Bortle, Biological Sciences

Project: Wing damage propagation in alfalfa leafcutting bee

Faculty Mentor: Jacob Pithan, Biological Sciences

THIRD PLACE - Drew Jordahl, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Project: Expanding the “Library” of Metal-Organic Frameworks for Enzyme Biomineralization 

Faculty Mentor: Zhongyu Yang, Chemistry and Biochemistry

HONORABLE MENTION – Garrett Honzay, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Project: Effect of Surface Mutations on Reactivity of Coproheme Decarboxylase with Hydrogen Peroxide 

Faculty Mentor: Kenton Rodgers, Chemistry and Biochemistry

HONORABLE MENTION – Zoe Muccatira, Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences

Project: Environmental Controls on Morphological Diversity: A Case Study on the Late Triassic Monotis

Faculty Mentor: Lydia Tackett, Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences



FIRST PLACE - Heather North - Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Julia Bowsher

Title: Concomitant pesticides in bumble bees: the effects of thiamethoxam and glyphosate on circadian rhythmicity and activity in the Bumblebee, Bombus impatiens

SECOND PLACE - Komila Rasuleva - Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Dali Sun

Title: β-sheet Richness of Extracellular Vesicles for Pancreatic Cancer Screening

THIRD PLACE - Muhammad Shahid Iqbal - Environmental and Conservation Science

Faculty Mentor: Stephanie S. Day

Title: Riverbank Instability Analysis of the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota.

FOURTH PLACE - Mankanwal Goraya - Plant Pathology

Faculty Mentor: Guiping Yan

Title: Development of a recombinase polymerase amplification assay for rapid detection of the stubby root nematode, Paratrichodorus allius.



FIRST PLACE - Justin Clarke - Natural Resources Management

Faculty Mentor: Torre Hovick

Title: Avian Nest Survival in a Heterogeneity-based Rotation Grazing System

SECOND PLACE - Harkamal Kaur - Plant Pathology

Faculty Mentor: Guiping Yan

Title: Reproduction of soybean cyst nematode on commercial cultivars and breeding lines of dry edible bean

THIRD PLACE - Jose Figueroa-Cerna - Plant Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Juan Osorno

Title: Dry Beans: Genomic prediction for resistance to white mold

FOURTH PLACE - Mohammad Irshad Reza - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Sathish Venkatachalem

Title: Arylhydrocarbon Receptor in Airway Smooth Muscle



FIRST PLACE - Mia Haugan, Microbiology and Biotechnology

Title: Using a Genomically Diverse Rhizobium leguminosarum Library to Identify Elite Strains for Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Pisum sativum

Advised by Barney Geddes

SECOND PLACE - Mercedes Morin, Biotechnology

Title: Advancing Health Targeted Foods for Glycemic Control and Cognitive Functions from Indigenous Food Systems

Advised by Kalidas Shetty

THIRD PLACE - Natalie Visich, Microbiology and Biotechnology

Title: Characterization and Collection of Rhizobium leguminosarum Strains from North Dakota Soils

Advised by Barney Geddes

HONORABLE MENTION - Ashton Esco, Biotechnology

Title: Prevalence of seedborne transmission of fungal pathogens in commercial sugar beet lots.

Advised by Nathan Wyatt



FIRST PLACE - TM Shaikh, Plant Sciences

Title: Homozygosity Mapping Identified Loci and Candidate Genes Responsible for Freezing Tolerance in Camelina sativa

Advised by Mukhlesur Rahman

SECOND PLACE - Gagandeep Brar, Biological Sciences

Title: Do pollen-borne microbes benefit juvenile growth and survival in the solitary bee, Megachile rotundata?

Advised by Julia Bowsher

THIRD PLACE - Amanda Pease, Microbiological Sciences

Title: Chemotactic Differences Between Strains of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae

Advised by Birgit Pruess and Barney Geddes



FIRST PLACE - Savannah Rivers, Equine Science and Animal Science

Title: You don’t have to be a work horse to know your horse: A look into the validity of equine personality assessments.

Advised by Carrie Hammer

SECOND PLACE - Katlyn Balstad, Crop and Weed Sciences and Management Communication

Title: Advancing Great Plains Food Crops to Evaluate Glycemic Control and Cognitive Functional Bioactive Compounds

Advised by Kalidas Shetty

THIRD PLACE - Carly George, Biotechnology and Crop and Weed Sciences

Title: Functional Anaylsis of Gene PtrV1_06931 using Crispr-Cas9 Technique

Advised by Zhaohui Liu



FIRST PLACE - Shivreet Kaur, Plant Pathology

Title: Tapping global wheat diversity for identifying novel sources of genetic resistance against the cereal killer, wheat rust

Advised by Upinder Gill

SECOND PLACE - Grady Gullickson, Animal Science

Title: The effects of replacing dried distillers grains with solubles with a heat-treated soybean meal in forage-based growing cattle diets

Advised by Zachary Carlson

THIRD PLACE - Md Zahangir Alam, Plant Sciences

Title: Resistance of Canola (Brassica napus L.) to Leptoshaeria maculans Infection

Advised by Mukhlesur Rahman

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