Five students from Bemidji State University will have the opportunity to continue their undergraduate research after being named recipients of the Dr. Richard Beitzel Biochemistry Student Research Fund.
Established as an endowment gift from Bemidji State University alumnus Dr. Elwood Largis (’65), this scholarship is awarded each spring to biochemistry students conducting research on campus. The five recipients and their projects are:
- “Time-dependent effect of antioxidants on equilibrium levels of reactive oxygen species in injured human dermal fibroblasts” by Jessica Carneysenior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.
- “Creating NHE1 Knockout Cells to Advance Ovarian Cancer Research” by Rumer Flatnessjunior biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and Taylor Kotsenior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.
- “Subcellular Colocalization of Rho GTPase TCL with Rab Family GTPases” by Simone Intriagosenior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.
- “Mapping of transposon insertion locations that cause transformation of euchromatin to heterochromatin by reverse PCR” by Madeleine Gruysa senior in biology.
Led by several professors from the BSU Department of Science, these research projects focus on the smallest cell to the largest organ. Many scholarship recipients aim to continue in graduate school or medical school to further their careers in this field.