Five students from the University of Minnesota Crookston traveled to Tennessee to present at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at the University of Memphis. The conference, held in early April, was an opportunity for the students to showcase their undergraduate research projects.

    Five students from the University of Minnesota Crookston traveled to Tennessee to present at the 31st annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at the University of Memphis. The conference, held in early April, was an opportunity for the students to showcase their undergraduate research projects.

    The students presenters, joined by faculty members Brian Dingmann and Megan Bell, included Pratima Thapaliya, a senior from Kathmandu, Nepal, majoring in applied studies; Heather Buchhop, an animal science, pre-vet major, from Cary, Ill.; Cassandra Morthera, a junior majoring in communication from Mexico City, Mexico; Kary Sheppard, a senior majoring in exercise science and wellness from Grand Rapids, Minn.; and Joseph Wodarek, a senior double majoring in agronomy and ag business from Six Lakes, Mich.

    Formal presentations during the four-day conference were given by Joseph Wodarek on the “Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate on Xanthomonas translucens;” Pratima  Thapaliya on “A Study on Use of Ichip Technology to Isolate Diverse Groups of Microorganisms;” Kary Sheppard on “Post-therapy Collaboration;” and Heather Buchhop on “Validating the Association of SLC2A9 and NLN with the Entropion Phenotype in a Domestic Sheep Herd.”

    Cassandra Morthera was selected to participate in the poster session with her poster “One Step Ahead” discussing the use of social media in the University of Minnesota system.