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Dordt research presented at national conference

April 21, 2009

Student Research Presenters

Six Dordt College students presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), after having their abstracts accepted for this honor. The NCUR conference took place April 16-18 at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

David Christensen, a senior biology major from Waconia, MN, presented “Biodiesel Synthesis via Transesterification Using Sulfonated Charcoal Catalysis.” His faculty advisor for the project was Dr. Carl Fictorie. Also presenting was Rachel Antvelink, a Dordt alumna who is now attending Michigan Technological University.

Adrian de Lange, a junior theology major with an emphasis in youth ministries from Aylmer, ON, presented, “Revelation Revealed.” His faculty advisor for the project was Professor Jason Lief.

Siam Grobler, a senior biology major from Red Deer, AB, presented, “Shoaling Behavior Determined by Olfactory Cues based on Different Diets in Juvenile Guppies (Poecilia reticulata).” His faculty advisor was Dr. Tony Jelsma.

Melissa Kroll, a senior biology major from Sioux Center, IA, presented, “The Cyclic Expression of Cux-1 in the Mouse Testes.” Her faculty advisor was Dr. Tony Jelsma.

Justin Krosschell, a junior engineering and physics double-major from Sioux Falls, SD, presented, “Solar Occultation and Limb Sounding Satellite Data Analysis of Trace Gases in the Stratosphere during the Arctic Winter.” His faculty advisor was Dr. Doug Allen.

Michael Olthoff, a senior biology major from Sioux Center, IA, presented, “Reduction of Parasites and Diseases in Honeybees.” His faculty advisor was Dr. Ed Geels.

NCUR is an annual, national conference now in its 23rd year that recognizes and promotes undergraduate student achievement. Student presenters are selected to provide models of exemplary research and scholarship in all discipline, and raise the caliber of undergraduate education.

“Our students did a fine job presenting their work and representing Dordt College,” commented Dr. Fictorie, who accompanied the students. He said the conference benefits students both by placing them in a professional setting and exposing them to work from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, “which allows them to see that their work is genuinely on par with that being done elsewhere.”

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