The Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) connects students with both new and existing research and scholarship on campus, across the U.S., and internationally. Each summer over 30 Augsburg students participate in URGO’s 10-week research program on campus, while others pursue research opportunities off campus at institutions such as Harvard, Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota.

The URGO office also assists students applying for graduate school, professional school in the health sciences (MD, PA, RN, PT, etc.), and national fellowships and scholarships. Augsburg is proud to be represented among Rhodes, Fulbright, and Goldwater scholars, and in prestigious graduate programs at universities such as Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and UW-Madison.


URGO Summer Research Presentations July 28-31

Please join us for the 2014 URGO Summer Research Conference, where students will present the culmination of their 10-week research collaborations with faculty. The presentations are open to the public, so please invite family, friends, and colleagues! 

URGO Summer Research Conference July 28-31 
Oren Gateway Center Room 113 
*There will be 10-15 minute breaks between sessions. Refreshments will be served. 

Monday, July 28th 

2:00: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Panel 1 
Brent Horwart (History; Dr. Phil Adamo) Journey to Stewardship: Augsburg and the Environment 
Briana Felton (Health and Physical Education; Dr. Tony Clapp & Dr. Dave Barrett) The effect of a six week self-myofascial release protocol on functional movement,balance, and perceived function and pain 
Mari Uema (Political Science; Dr. Andy Aoki) Political Mobilization of Young Adults of Color in the Twin Cities Area 

3:30: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Panel 2 
Ruifa (Tony) Yang (Economics; Dr. Keith Gilsdorf) Testing and Comparing Men and Women’s Tournament Incentives in Alpine Skiing 
Jens Pinther (English; Dr. Bob Cowgill) LGBT Stand-Up Comics: The Contact Zone of Comedic Performance 
Mary Klecker (English; Dr. Colin Irvine) Why Do We Have to Read This? Creating a Continuum of Text Complexity for Use in Secondary English Language Arts Classrooms 

Tuesday, July 29th 

2:00: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Panel 3 
Emily Uecker (Social Work; Dr. Christina Erickson) Diffusing Individually Mandated Stress: Using an Anti-Violence Model to Increase Participation in Affordable Healthcare Coverage Under the Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act 
Amy Amsler (Social Work; Dr. Melissa Hensley) Strengthening the Integrity of Cultural Competency Education: Building the Evidence Base thru Literature Review 
Melissa Pascoe (Social Work; Dr. Melissa Hensley) The Rule 25 Assessment and its Effectiveness in Assessing Adult Men 

Wednesday, July 30th 

12:00: STEM Sundquist Scholars 
Aisha Mohamed (Biology; Dr. David Crowe) The role of NMDA channels in neural communication 
Anil Gherau (Biology; Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright) Initial characterization of an anti-bacterial protein found in human airway surface fluid 
Ashley Johnson (Biology; Dr. Ann Impullitti) The use of endophytes to control the soybean pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum 
Zach Swingen (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel) Modification and green synthesis of sustainable tri-block copolymers 

1:55: STEM Sundquist Scholars 
Andrew Julkowski (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel) Synthesis of amides from anilines using a catalyzed continuous flow reactor 
Hannah Thiry (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman) Studies of the developmental expression and sequence of the Daphnia magna hedgehog gene 
Vision Bagonza (Chemistry; Dr. Joan Kunz) Automation of Langmuir Trough Operation and Comparison of Isomeric-hydroxysterol Behavior in Monolayers 

3:20: Lindstrom and Chemistry Scholars 
Lyle Nyberg (Chemistry; Dr. Vivian Feng) Nanotoxicity of surface-functionalized gold nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis 
Hilena Frew (Chemistry; Dr. Vivian Feng) Nanotoxicity of surface-functionalized gold nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis 
Abigail Dickinson (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel) Activation of C-H bonds through the use of iron based organometallic reactions 
Kayla Fuechtman (Chemistry, Dr. Michael Wentzel) Protection and methylation using a bulky-protecting group for amine synthesis 

Thursday, July 31st 

12:00: URGO STEM Researchers 
Anika Clark (Biology; Dr. Kevin Potts)The Chimpanzee Social Network: Identifying the Potential Targets of Ebola Vaccination in Wild Chimpanzees 
Cory Haight-Nali (Mathematics; Dr. Pavel Belik) Effects of Symmetry on the Performance of Laguerre’s Method 
Robert McDonnell (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman) The role of dopamine in the appendage movements associated with locomotion and feeding in Daphnia magna 
Chinyan Ollor (Biology; Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright) Evaluating the effects of human airway secretions on Pseudomonas aeruginosa using a Petroff-Hausser chamber 

1:55: URGO STEM Researchers 
Roman Khadka (Biology; Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright) The effect of human airway secretions on Pseudomonas aeruginosa twitching and biofilm formation 
Lucinda Bukowski (Biology; Dr. Bill Capman) Effects of host plant stress on flowering in dodder, Cuscuta pentagona 
David Gersten (Biology; Dr. Ann Impullitti) The effect of latent and pathogenic infection of Cadophora gregata on soybean physiology and growth 

3:25: URGO STEM Researchers 
Alan Medina-Gonzalez (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel & Dr. Vivian Feng) Continuous flow synthesis with heterogeneous catalysis for amide bond formation with aromatic nitriles 
Bram Oosterlee (Computer Science; Dr. Shana Watters) Pronoun Reference Resolution on the Dutch Word ‘Het’, An Empirical Study 
Priti Bhomik (Computer Science; Dr. Shana Watters) An Empirical Study to Determine the Cognitive Status of the Third Person Bengali Pronouns 
James Leonard (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman) Imaging and Analysis of Daphnia magna motion in 3D