URGO

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 11-week research program on campus, while others pursue research opportunities off campus at institutions such as Harvard, Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota.

2017 URGO Summer Research Conference Schedule:

Monday, July 24th

12:30: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303

Milkii Moya (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel)

     Activation of a Nitrogen-Silicon bond using a Palladium Catalyst

Chris Lemke (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel)

     A Continuous Catalytic Flow Reaction Forming Primary Amide from a Variety of Nitrile Derivatives

Morgan Malley (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel)

     Ring-Opening Polymerization of Lactones using a Urea Catalyst

 

12:30: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts – Kennedy 305

Elizabeth Whalen (Music Therapy; Lindsay Markworth MMT, MT-BC & Emma Moonier MS, MT-BC)

     Understanding the Needs of Transgender Young Adults Dually Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Depression: A Phenomenological Analysis

Gabe Benson (English; Dr. Sarah Groeneveld)

     Representation and Diversity in Minnesota Book Award-Winning Fiction

Nell Gehrke (Social Work; Dr. Nishesh Chalise)

     Food Security in Urban Neighborhoods

 

1:45: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303

Adam Sawyer (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel)

     Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling of Organosilicon-Protected Benzylamine Derivatives

Lukas Gillett (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel)

     Photo-initiated Radical Polymerization of Polymers with Dental Applications

Kiah Larson (Chemistry; Dr. Michael Wentzel)

     Synthesis of Secondary Amides from Amine Derivatives and Propionitrile using a Continuous Flow Process

 

1:45: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts – Kennedy 305

Meredith Carstens (Film; Dr. Jenny Hanson)

     Millennials, Movies and Marketing: Crafting an Authentic Millennial Romance Screenplay

Lukas Olson (Film; Dr. Jenny Hanson)

     Millennials, Movies and Marketing: Crafting an Authentic Millennial Romance Screenplay

Winston Heckt (Film; Dr. Jenny Hanson)

     Millennials, Movies and Marketing: Crafting an Authentic Millennial Romance Screenplay

 

3:00: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303

Aisha Barre (Biology; Dr. David Crowe)

     Action potential synchrony in a mouse model of schizophrenia

Nina Robinson (HPE; Dr. Ana Ribeiro)

     Knee alignment and muscle strength ratios in Division III Female soccer players with reconstructed Anterior cruciate ligament

Marissa Guillou (HPE; Dr. Ana Ribeiro)

     Knee Biomechanics in Division III Female Soccer Players with Reconstructed Anterior Cruciate Ligament

 

3:00: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts – Kennedy 305

Kristian Evans (Communications; Dr. Kristen Chamberlain)

     What if Joseph Campbell Could Dunk: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Constructed Narrative around Lebron James

Khadijah Wilson (Education; Dr. Audrey Lensmire)

     Black Girl Identity Development

Grant Berg (History; Dr. Michael Lansing)

     Fight for Your Right: How Black St. Paul Natives Fought for Democracy at Home and Abroad

 

Tuesday, July 25th

12:30: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303

Olivia Fitch (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman)

     A comparative genetic, microscopic and pharmacological study of larval eye development in Branchiopoda

Perla Cortes Ruiz (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman)

     Hedgehog gene expression studied with in situ hybridization in Daphnia magna embryos

Anisa Ahmed (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman)

     Quantitating the expression of the hedgehog gene throughout embryonic development in D.magna using qRT-PCR

 

12:30: Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts – Kennedy 305

Cleo Knickerbocker (Music; Dr. Merilee Klemp & Dr. Bob Stacke)

     Somali Cultural Integration Through Music in Minneapolis

Naomi Swanson (Music Therapy; Dr. Annie Heiderscheit)

     Qualitative Analysis of Themes & Images of Pivotal Moments in GIM Sessions for Adults with Chemical Dependency

Owen Harrison (Psychology; Dr. Brian Rood)

     Psychosocial Factors: Impacts on the Mental Health of Transgender adults in the United States

 

1:45: STEM Fields– Kennedy 303

Ferial Kamsheh (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman)

     Manganese Toxicity on Cultured HeLa Cells

Camila Payan Rodriguez (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman)

     The effects of a neuroprotective agent, P7C3, on manganese toxicity in Daphnia magna

Jerry Lee (Biology; Dr. Matt Beckman)

     A study of the effects of Ibuprofen on manganese toxicity in Daphnia magna

 

1:45: STEM Fields– Kennedy 305

Mohamed Hassan (Mathematics; Dr. Pavel Belik)

     An energy-minimization approach to finding flat-foldable origamis

Lewis Istok (Mathematics; Dr. Pavel Belik)

     Modeling velocity fields outside vortex breakdowns in tornadic flows

Chloe Gintner & Lidiya Ahmed (Physics; Dr. Ben Stottrup)

     Implementing image processing techniques to measure line tension in two dimensions

 

3:00: STEM Fields – Kennedy 303

Jessica Kolecki (Biology; Dr. Nidanie Henderson-Stull)

     Subcloning and expression of the mouse abr gene

Ryan Staffaroni (Biology & Art; Dr. Matt Beckman & Daniel Ibarra)

     3D rendering and study of the structure and function of Daphnia magna’s basal beads

Matthew Johnson (Computer Science; Dr. Erik Steinmetz)

     Neural Networks and Geomagnetic Data

 

3:00: STEM Fields – Kennedy 305

Sam Bennyhoff (Physics; Dr. Ben Stottrup)

     Brewster Angle Microscopy and molecular orientation in two dimensions

Ben Koehler (Physics; Dr. Ben Stottrup)

     Optical trapping and force microscopy

Elise Linna (Physics; Dr. Ben Stottrup)

     Implementing image processing techniques to investigate packing of graphene oxide at the air-water interface

 

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.

Years Augsburg has been named Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars:

  • 2013-2014
  • 2010-2011
  • 2009-2010
  • 2008-2009