Augsburg Students Present at North Star STEM Alliance Kick-Off

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On Friday, September 23, eleven Auggies presented research posters at the 2022 Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA) Kick-Off, an annual event that celebrates the scholarly achievements of multicultural students in the sciences. These students conducted research last summer and during the previous academic year, working under the mentorship of a faculty member in their discipline. In addition to the poster session, the event also featured a panel of STEM professionals, moderated by Dr. Nana Owusu, an Augsburg alumnus (‘13) who recently earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Godwill Afolabi, The security and safety analysis of mobile banking app transactions, Dr. Nimanthi Atukorala (Computer Science)

Sehan Adan, Correlation between Race, Income, and Diabetes in Minnesota, Dr. Jessica Bell (Century College, Biology)

Salma Aden, Synthesis of 4-Aryl-7-methyl-3,4-dihydropyrano[3,4-e][1,3]Oxazine-2,5-Dione Through Biginelli-type Condensation Reaction, Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry)

Cipher Ayala, Identifying Synapses in Differentiated SH-SY5Y Cells and Planaria, Dr. Matthew Beckman (Biology)

Jazzmin Johnson, Sustainable Polymer Teaching Materials in the Wentzel Lab, Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry)

Millicent Orenge, Labeling stem cells in the regenerating planaria body parts, Dr. Matthew Beckman (Biology)

Jose Orozco Islas, Daphnia locomotion, Dr. Moumita Dasgupta (Physics)

Mark Ortega-Ponce, Using Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Navigation: Working Towards Self-Aware Robots, Dr. Amy Larson (Computer Science)

Jasmin Ramales Venegas, Effects COVID-19 Pandemic Had on Individuals With Tourette’s Syndrome, Dr. Jessica Bell (Century College, Biology)

Anzal Sahal, Activation of Carboxylic Acids using Ionic Liquids in the Synthesis of Amide Bonds, Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry)

Knaunong Xiong, Manganese Toxicity in SH-SY5Y Cells, Dr. Matthew Beckman (Biology)

Visit the link below for more information on LS-NSSA.

North Star STEM Alliance Website