Sigma Zeta Student Research Awards

Sigma Zeta KeySigma Zeta members!! We encourage you to apply for the 2021-22 Research Awards. Last year 18 research proposals were reviewed at the Nov. 4 officers meeting and 17 proposals were awarded. 

Research awards are an opportunity to seek funding for your research with the expectation that you will present your research at the National Convention.  2021-22 Applications will be due prior to October 22, 2021.  Plan ahead to apply now!

Research Award Information &  Application


Recipients of 2020-21 Sigma Zeta Research Awards

Sigma Zeta iconCaleb Beimfohr. Gamma Eta.
SEMA3F Effects on Macrophage Migration and Differentiation in a Wound Assay.

Sigma Zeta iconAdrianna Coil, Kelsey Lang. Gamma Eta. 
Role of OCTOPUS-Like 2 Protein in FLS2 and BR Signaling Pathways in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Sigma Zeta iconAshleigh DeWees. Gamma Kappa.
 Cortisol Research for Southwest Baptist University.

Sigma Zeta iconCaitlin Diepenbrock. Gamma Kappa.
 Cortisol Release During Weaning and its Effects on Physical Behavior.

Sigma Zeta iconLauren Geiger. Alpha Gamma.
A Potential Role of the CDH11 Gene in the Development of Navicular Syndrome in Stock Breed Horses.

Sigma Zeta iconBreea Liette. Gamma Eta.
 Elucidating the Physiological Role of HOXA5 as an Essential Metastatic Regulator.

Sigma Zeta iconLiza Lewis, Kaitlyn Andreoni. Gamma Eta.
 Invitro Model of Rhabdomyolysis Induced with Rosuvastatin and Metformin.

Sigma Zeta iconAllyson McAtamney, Alexis Fohl, Tyler Jobe, and Emily Varraso. Gamma Eta.
 Experimental Study of Stress-reducing effects of Ashwagandha on C. Elegans.

Sigma Zeta iconGrace McIntyre. Gamma Eta. 
 Using a Lipidomics Approach to Analyze the Role of Ceramide in Aging C. Elegans.

Sigma Zeta iconLauryn Petrich, Vanessa Petrich. Gamma Gamma. 
 Differentiating White-Footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) from Deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) through the analysis of their Salivary Amylase and Cellulose Acetate Gel Electrophoresis.

Sigma Zeta iconPayton Price. Beta. 
 The Association Between PER3 VNTR Polymorphisms and Morning/Night Sleep Preference.

Sigma Zeta iconEliana Rutherford, Faith James. Gamma Gamma.
Examining Anthropogenic Impacts on Foraging Behaviors of Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)and Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus).

Sigma Zeta iconNicholas Schulte. Gamma Kappa.
Immune System Response to Vaccinations and Stress in Weaning Beef Calves.

Sigma Zeta iconHaley Stoner. Gamma Kappa. 
 The Impact of Cortisol on Killed Vaccine Effectiveness in Bovine.

Sigma Zeta iconKailey Weiskopf. Gamma Kappa.
Free Cortisol Levels in Saliva Samples vs Total Cortisol Levels in Blood Serum Samples.

Sigma Zeta iconKatherine Woller. Beta Iota.
The Role of FFAR4 in the Progression of NAFLD.

Sigma Zeta iconMegan Worthington. Gamma Kappa.
Analysis of cortisol and IGg levels in Calves.


Recipients of 2019-20 Sigma Zeta Research Awards

Sigma Zeta iconAlexis Felty, Taylor Kowalski, and Parker Williams. Gamma Eta.
 The Effects of Saccharin on Lactobacillus Casei and Bacteroides Thetaiotaomicron.

Sigma Zeta iconAndre Schaum. Gamma Gamma.
 Detection and Determination of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Minnesota/North Dakota Honey Bee Pollen Using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry & Electron Capture Detection.

Sigma Zeta iconArlene Lopez. Sigma.
 Effects of Toxicants on C. Elegans Based on Differences in Diet.

Sigma Zeta iconFaith James. Gamma Gamma. 
 Competition for Habitat and Space in American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), and Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) on the Concordia College Campus.

Sigma Zeta iconEvelyn Diagostino. Gamma Eta.
 Studies Toward the Identification of a Ketone Reductase in Lens Culinaris.

Sigma Zeta iconHailey Larson. Beta Iota. 
 Sandwich-Type Polyoxometalates as Nanoscale Building Blocks.

Sigma Zeta iconJacqueline Benitez and Abigail Rost. Gamma Eta.
 The role of lipolysis and lipophagy in NAFLD.

Sigma Zeta iconKristen Buss. Gamma Eta.
 Identifying the Effects of Penicillin and Essential Oils on the Viability of Staphylococcus Aureus.

Sigma Zeta iconJasmine Pardo. Sigma. 
 The Effect Exposure Pesticides Have on C. elegans Lifespan.

Sigma Zeta iconJessica Skindelien. Gamma Gamma.
 Analyzing Energy Allocation in Native and Invasive Elodea Species.

Sigma Zeta iconLauryn Hinckley. Gamma Gamma. 
 Determination of the Efficacy of Chitosan-Alginate Bioplastics as a Delivery System of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.

Sigma Zeta iconLauren Bahr. Alpha Chi.
Construction of an Infectious Clone of the Cotton Leaf Curl Gezira Virus, an Important Pest in Food and Fiber Crops in Africa and Asia.

Sigma Zeta iconLogan Mays. Beta Eta.
Development of Biobrick Device that Test Terminators and Developing a New Terminator.

Sigma Zeta iconMelissa Staley. Alpha Chi.
 Detection and Viral Kinetics of TYLCV in Tomatoes, Okra, and Tobacco, and Potential for Seed Transmission.

Sigma Zeta iconMegan Worthington. Gamma Kappa.
Analysis of Evidence Laboratories & Instrumentation Method Development.

Sigma Zeta iconOlivia Vergin, Vanessa Petrich, and Lauryn Petrich. Gamma Gamma.
The Differentiation of White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) From Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) Using Salivary Amylase and Cellulose Acetate Eectrophoresis.

Sigma Zeta iconMorgan Raines and Jonathan Waldron. Gamma Eta. 
Potassium Permanganate as an Inhibitor of Clostridium Perfringens Growth.

Sigma Zeta iconRoja Baruwal. Beta Chi. 
Functional Implications of NAA10 Variant E100k on Protein-Protein Interaction.

Sigma Zeta iconSarah Banning. Beta.
Effect of Pollination on Seed Set in a Common Prairie Species.

Sigma Zeta iconVictor Ariel Cardozo Quinteros. Beta. 
The Abundance and Distribution of Stingless Bees in an Intact and Restored Forest in Tati Yupi.


Recipients of 2018-19 Sigma Zeta Research Awards

Sigma Zeta iconAbigail C. Burnett, Nicole Lisek, Anthony Wilson, and Adam Travis. Gamma Eta.
 An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Echinocandins and Triazoles on Reducing the Viability of Quiescent C. albican.

Sigma Zeta iconAlexis Guttormson. Gamma Gamma.
 Identifying white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) and deer mice (P. maniculatus) using cellulose acetate electrophoresis of salivary amylase.

Sigma Zeta iconElli Strand. Gamma Gamma.
 Use of Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis for Salivary Amylase to Differentiate Between White-footed (Peromyscus leucopus) and Deer (P. maniculatus) mice.

Sigma Zeta iconJohn Migliore. Beta Iota
 Screening for naturally occurring antibiotics.

Sigma Zeta iconJoshua Yount. Gamma Kappa.
 3D Printing of Habitable Aerodynamic Structures.

Sigma Zeta iconKegan Main and Jonas Smith. Gamma Eta
 Categorization of Head and Neck Cancer Cell Lines Through Phenotypic Specific Migration.

Sigma Zeta iconKorbyn Dahlquist. Beta Iota.
 The role of lipolysis and lipophagy in NAFLD.

Sigma Zeta iconKristen Buss. Gamma Eta.
 Correlation of Low Doses of Actinomycin D Chemotherapy on Multiple Human Cancer Cell Lines with Increased Nucleolar Amplification.

Sigma Zeta iconLeah Noe. Gamma Eta.
 Selective Inhibition of Aspartate Aminotransferase by L-Cycloserine in the Presence of Vitamin B₆ to Test Glutamate Concentration Levels.

Sigma Zeta iconLevi Coyle. Beta Eta.
 Comparison of the effects of tilapia and bluegills in a small-scale private aquaponics system.

Sigma Zeta iconMaggie Crider and Megan Andersen. Beta Eta.
 Isolation, identification and antimicrobial activity of local fungi in the context of middle school STEM mentorship and outreach.

Sigma Zeta iconMegan Desoriers. Gamma Eta.
Isolation and Identification of Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Bacteria in an Urban Wetland Ecosystem.

Sigma Zeta iconMollie Francis. Gamma Gamma.
Comparative Analysis of Squirrel Behavior and Habitat use in Light of Climate Change.

Sigma Zeta iconNicholas Arroyo. Gamma Sigma.
 Reversing cancer phenotypes in Vero cells by overexpressing tumor suppressor, p16INK4a.

Sigma Zeta iconRachel Hurrell, Christopher Jones, Jackson Miller. Rho.
High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

Sigma Zeta iconSonja Gilje. Gamma Gamma.
Using Radio Telemetry to Assess the Behaviors and Habitat Use of Urban Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) and Potential Competition with Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).

Sigma Zeta iconAaron Williams. Sigma.
Caenorhabditis elegans Health and Longevity on the Bacteria Citrobacter freundii in Comparison to Escherichia coli.

Sigma Zeta iconStephanie Martinez. Sigma.
Dietary Effects of Bacillus cereus and Escherichia coli on C. elegans Health.

Sigma Zeta iconWuShuang Yang, Htoo Thu, Brittany Fahringer, and Mason Mockobee. Gamma Eta.
Supplementation of Metformin with Vitamin D to Improve Glucose Uptake and Lower Triglyceride Levels in Drosophila melanogaster.

Sigma Zeta iconIsaac Lies. Gamma Mu.
Comparison of different engineering models of Narrow Bipolar Pulses.

Sigma Zeta iconOlivia Sirpella. Beta Chi.
Functional Aspects of SOX18 variant E137K on Transcriptional Activity.

Sigma Zeta iconShannon Taylor, Kyle Palermo, and Adam SchuderGamma Eta.
Elucidating L-Leucine Protein Synthesis Pathways in Yeast Using Gcn4 Depletion Strain and Rapamycin.

Sigma Zeta iconAbbegale ReevesGamma Kappa.
3D Printing of Upper Extremity Prosthetics and Translation of Pressure Sensors to Activation.


Recipients of 2017-18 Sigma Zeta Research Awards

Sigma Zeta iconLucinda Adams, Beta Chapter
An Analysis of Human Salivary Protein in response to Olfactory Stimuli

Sigma Zeta iconJessica Agama and Hannah SproullBeta Eta Chapter
Binding Affinity of CYP4X1 with Arachidonic Acid and Anandamide 

Sigma Zeta iconCheyenne AndersonGamma Lambda Chapter
Developing a protocol to preserve long-term viability of the microalgal species, Chlorella protothecoides UTEX 25

Sigma Zeta iconKristen Bricker Beta Chi Chapter
Generation of Native and Mutated pEF1/SOX18 Myc-His Expression Constructs to Determine the Impact of a Glutamic Acid to Lysine Amino Acid Exchange on Nuclear Localization

Sigma Zeta iconLuke Elsener and Paige SwanGamma Eta Chapter
Effects of available L-Arginine on β-Amyloid plaque formation in C. elegans model of Alzheimer’s disease 

Sigma Zeta iconMollie FrancisGamma Gamma Chapter
Comparative Analysis of Squirrel Behavior and Habitat use in Light of Climate Change

Sigma Zeta iconMarcel Gonzalez, Osvy Rodriguez, Sabrina Romero, Gamma Rho Chapter
Image Segmentation Ensemble via Clustering

Sigma Zeta iconRuthann GorrellGamma Eta Chapter
Developing novel strategies to reduce age- related bone loss

Sigma Zeta iconBritta Lokken, Alpha Chi Chapter
A Newly Emerging Pathogen: Analysis of Cotton Leaf Curl Gezira Virus Within Plants Using Fluorescent Tagged Protein”

Sigma Zeta iconCharissa LordBeta Eta Chapter
Expression and purification of transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2) to determine crystal structure

Sigma Zeta iconKegan Main and Aidan Washer, Gamma Eta Chapter
The Effects of Nitric oxide and Lactate on Human Keratinocyte Proliferation

Sigma Zeta iconKatelyn Parsons, Gamma Gamma Chapter
Differentiation between Elodea canadensis and Elodea nuttallii using known ITS DNA sequences and morphological characteristics

Sigma Zeta iconRebecca Riley, Rho Chapter
Examination of cellular-based mechanisms by which anthrocyanin changes occur in Saponaria officinalis during transition from male to female

Sigma Zeta iconBianca StockmeierGamma Eta Chapter
Low Doses of Actinomycin D Selectively Inhibit Cancer Cells with Nucleolar Amplification

Sigma Zeta iconMatthew ThiemsenAlpha Chi Chapter
Visualization of coat proteins from cotton leaf curl Gezira virus in infected plant tissue

Sigma Zeta iconLaura Tweedie, Alpha Gamma Chapter
Improving Metabolic Analysis using GC-MS


Research awards are an opportunity to seek funding for your research with the expectation that you will present your research at the National Convention.  2019 Applications will be due prior to October 21, 2019.  Plan ahead to apply now!

Research Award Information &  Application