Fall 2020 VIRTUAL Undergraduate Research Symposium

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Virtual Poster Session!

Thank you for attending! The symposium will be open for view and comments from December 1 - December 3. The symposium includes posters from Department of Biology students involved in undergraduate research, internships or field courses. Presenters will be available during this time period to respond to comments on their posters. After December 3rd, posters will remain publicly available as an archive. 

BURS
fall 2020
Biology
We saw that spring events happened earlier in warmer years. This is similar to what other studies have found (Cleland 2007).
Prediction of Phenological Events Using Historical Data

Prediction of Phenological Events Using Historical Data

We saw that spring events happened earlier in warmer years. This is similar to what other studies have found (Cleland 2007).

fall 2020
BURS
Biology
Future experiments will assess physiological and behavioral changes in B. impatiens after miR-13b is inhibited.
Understanding the Role of Small Non-coding RNA in Bumble Bee Reproduction - Survival Analysis

Understanding the Role of Small Non-coding RNA in Bumble Bee Reproduction - Survival Analysis

Future experiments will assess physiological and behavioral changes in B. impatiens after miR-13b is inhibited.

BURS
Biology
fall 2020
Supplementing rabbit feed with mesobiliverdin-enriched microalgae extract lowers serum cytokine IL-6 levels when fed to rabbits without affecting body weight.
Mesobiliverdin-Enriched Feed Supplement Benefits Rabbit Gut Health

Mesobiliverdin-Enriched Feed Supplement Benefits Rabbit Gut Health

Supplementing rabbit feed with mesobiliverdin-enriched microalgae extract lowers serum cytokine IL-6 levels when fed to rabbits without affecting body weight.

fall 2020
Biology
BURS
From this study we found that like the 2013 and 2016 studies1,2, more juvenile birds fatally collided with windows at the C&SS building.
Examining Ages of Birds That Have Fatally Collided With Windows at USU's C&SS Building, Brigham City, UT

Examining Ages of Birds That Have Fatally Collided With Windows at USU's C&SS Building, Brigham City, UT

From this study we found that like the 2013 and 2016 studies1,2, more juvenile birds fatally collided with windows at the C&SS building.

Biology
BURS
fall 2020
Results have yet to be determined and make this study inconclusive for the moment. Further research is needed to establish a significant conclusion.
Testing Novel Drug Efficacy with Immunohistochemistry of Mouse Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA)

Testing Novel Drug Efficacy with Immunohistochemistry of Mouse Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA)

Results have yet to be determined and make this study inconclusive for the moment. Further research is needed to establish a significant conclusion.

BURS
fall 2020
Biology
Plants in Hawaii's forest areas depend on avian seed dispersers to distribute their seeds. However, due to extinction only a few native birds still exist, so the role of seed dispersal has also been taken on by introduced, non-native birds. Reintroducing
Importance of Experiment Replication in Understanding Distribution of 'Alalā Seed Retention Time

Importance of Experiment Replication in Understanding Distribution of 'Alalā Seed Retention Time

Plants in Hawaii's forest areas depend on avian seed dispersers to distribute their seeds. However, due to extinction only a few native birds still exist, so the role of seed dispersal has also been taken on by introduced, non-native birds. Reintroducing ...

fall 2020
Biology
BURS
Lygus required higher concentrations of chlorpyrifos and lambda-cyhalothrin to reach LD50 and LD90 when compared to the alfalfa weevil larvae.
Insecticide Resistance of Afalfa Pests, Hypera Postica and Lygus Spp. Using Adapted CDC Bottle Assays for an Agricultural Setting

Insecticide Resistance of Afalfa Pests, Hypera Postica and Lygus Spp. Using Adapted CDC Bottle Assays for an Agricultural Setting

Lygus required higher concentrations of chlorpyrifos and lambda-cyhalothrin to reach LD50 and LD90 when compared to the alfalfa weevil larvae.

fall 2020
Biology
BURS
We hypothesize that L-368,899 will bind selectively to human oxytocin receptors and will not show a high affinity to human vasopressin receptors.
Is L-368,899 Able to Replace ALS-II-69 as a Human-Selective Oxytocin Receptor Antagonist?

Is L-368,899 Able to Replace ALS-II-69 as a Human-Selective Oxytocin Receptor Antagonist?

We hypothesize that L-368,899 will bind selectively to human oxytocin receptors and will not show a high affinity to human vasopressin receptors.

Biology
fall 2020
BURS
The research is nearing the stage of Cryo EM, having made significant procedural adjustments that have streamlined and modernized protein purification. Yet to be identified is the concentration of salt that specifically targets the purification of VP1 p
Synthesizing Octahedral Polyomavirus Capsids for Cryogenic Electron Microscopy

Synthesizing Octahedral Polyomavirus Capsids for Cryogenic Electron Microscopy

The research is nearing the stage of Cryo EM, having made significant procedural adjustments that have streamlined and modernized protein purification. Yet to be identified is the concentration of salt that specifically targets the purification of VP1 p

fall 2020
Biology
BURS
The need for creativity in allowing the animal life at a zoo to thrive and not only survive.
Zootah Internship

Zootah Internship

The need for creativity in allowing the animal life at a zoo to thrive and not only survive.

BURS
fall 2020
Biology
The uses for the hagworm silk are numerous, including medical equipment, military uses, and clothing.
Hagworm Silk Synthesis and Strength-2

Hagworm Silk Synthesis and Strength-2

The uses for the hagworm silk are numerous, including medical equipment, military uses, and clothing.

Biology
fall 2020
BURS
This specimen will need to be named. It will be placed in its own subgenus, and because it is a new species will be given a new specific epithet. We intend to name it Anoplius (Aridestagetes) shimizui.
Cleptoparasitic Spider Wasps (Pompilidae): An Interesting Case of Convergent Evolution

Cleptoparasitic Spider Wasps (Pompilidae): An Interesting Case of Convergent Evolution

This specimen will need to be named. It will be placed in its own subgenus, and because it is a new species will be given a new specific epithet. We intend to name it Anoplius (Aridestagetes) shimizui.

Biology
BURS
fall 2020
Oxytocin is a hormone that mediates multiple social behaviors such as social recognition, maternal behaviors, and pair-bonding.
Characterization of a New Pharmacological Tool for Targeting the Canid Oxytocin Receptor

Characterization of a New Pharmacological Tool for Targeting the Canid Oxytocin Receptor

Oxytocin is a hormone that mediates multiple social behaviors such as social recognition, maternal behaviors, and pair-bonding.

BURS
Biology
fall 2020
Our research aims to create a new staining method that will selectively visualize the Oxytocin Receptors (OXTR), a GPCR. We will be performing this research on Prairie Vole brain tissue.
A New Approach to Staining Oxytocin Receptors in Prairie Vole Brain Tissue

A New Approach to Staining Oxytocin Receptors in Prairie Vole Brain Tissue

Our research aims to create a new staining method that will selectively visualize the Oxytocin Receptors (OXTR), a GPCR. We will be performing this research on Prairie Vole brain tissue.

Biology
fall 2020
BURS
While previous studies were largely qualitative, these planned analyses will provide quantitative results, characterizing the oxytocin receptor distribution for the first time.
Quantitative Analysis of Oxytocin Receptor Densities in the Brain of the Coyote (Canis Latrans)

Quantitative Analysis of Oxytocin Receptor Densities in the Brain of the Coyote (Canis Latrans)

While previous studies were largely qualitative, these planned analyses will provide quantitative results, characterizing the oxytocin receptor distribution for the first time.

BURS
Biology
fall 2020
The objective of the present study is determine the contribution of the gut microbiome to intestinal inflammation and progression to CAC using a mouse model of fecal microbiome transfer (FMT) in mice consuming a Western type diet (the total Western diet)
Mouse Model for Colorectal Cancer, Microbiome and Nutrition Research

Mouse Model for Colorectal Cancer, Microbiome and Nutrition Research

The objective of the present study is determine the contribution of the gut microbiome to intestinal inflammation and progression to CAC using a mouse model of fecal microbiome transfer (FMT) in mice consuming a Western type diet (the total Western diet)...

fall 2020
Biology
BURS
Our data suggests that alfalfa has a higher nutritional composition than meadow bromegrass. Our data also suggests that the long sunny days and cool nights typical of the Mountain West, which are ideal for the growth of irrigated alfalfa, lead to the high
Development and Nutritive Value of High Altitude-Grown Alfalfa and Meadow Bromegrass

Development and Nutritive Value of High Altitude-Grown Alfalfa and Meadow Bromegrass

Our data suggests that alfalfa has a higher nutritional composition than meadow bromegrass. Our data also suggests that the long sunny days and cool nights typical of the Mountain West, which are ideal for the growth of irrigated alfalfa, lead to the high...

Biology
BURS
fall 2020
Evolved life-history differences in the CA and SI populations (due to different ancestral hosts) did modify some estimates of plant resistance.
How Does Life-History Variation in a Pest Insect Affect Estimates of Host-Plant Resistance?

How Does Life-History Variation in a Pest Insect Affect Estimates of Host-Plant Resistance?

Evolved life-history differences in the CA and SI populations (due to different ancestral hosts) did modify some estimates of plant resistance.

fall 2020
Biology
BURS
Overall, I did not achieve my goal of developing a Remdesivir resistant stock of Severe Acute Respiratory Coronavirus 2.
Study of In Vitro Remdesivir Resistance for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19) (Meyer)

Study of In Vitro Remdesivir Resistance for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19) (Meyer)

Overall, I did not achieve my goal of developing a Remdesivir resistant stock of Severe Acute Respiratory Coronavirus 2.

Biology
BURS
fall 2020
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Utah State University's Department of Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium Program.