Students present senior research projects

Students present senior research projects

At the conclusion of the academic year, biology, chemistry, agriculture, and engineering students present their senior research projects. The community is invited to attend the following events:

Biology and Chemistry Presentations. Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center classroom SB 1637.

Students spent a semester creating a proposal and the next semester conducting research. At this event, five students will present proposals and three will present research findings. Each presentation will be 10 to 15 minutes long, followed by five minutes for questions and discussion.

  • The Effect of Gestational Diabetes in Nr3c1 and MEST Methylation in Newborn Rat Brains. Julia Bos (Rockford, Michigan)
  • Designing a Quantitative Assay to Identify Bacterium in a Probiotic Culture. Leah Breon (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
  • Lower Body Symmetry in Female Athletes. Erica De Schiffart (Nanaimo, British Columbia)
  • Verifying a Novel Protein Interaction between Myosin-Va and PACSIN3: A Colocalization Approach. Maddie Vande Kamp (Blaine, Minnesota)       
  • The Role of BstUI Polymorphism on COL5A1 Gene in Tendon Injuries and Range of Motion. Kasey Vanden Bosch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Creating a CD11b Knockout in Mouse Macrophages. Paul Greidanus (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  • Measuring Faith and Perspectival Development in Undergraduates at Dordt College. Lydia Marcus (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
  • Investigating the Genetic Diversity of Canada Wild Rye Across Iowa and Minnesota. Ross Van Gaalen (Sioux Center, Iowa)

Agriculture Presentations. Thursday, April 27, beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center classroom SB 1606.

  • The Life of the Modern Pig. Cameron Gingerich (Riverside, Iowa), Reggie Hostetler (Kalona, Iowa), Jordan R. Van Maanen (Doon, Iowa)
  • ​Stakeholder Views of the Plant Science, Animal Science and Agribusiness Emphasis Options (at Dordt College). Matthew Burgsma (Seaforth, Ontario), Andrew Koetsier (Listowel, Ontario), Marjia Korevaar (Springfield, Ontario), Kelsey Lewis (Lachine, Michigan)
  • TMR Audit and Dairy Herd Production Correlation. Deianira Felts (Sioux City, Iowa), Brent Kamper (Sioux Center, Iowa), Logan Renes (Rock Valley, Iowa)
  • The Effects of Oregano on Average Daily Gain Feed Efficiency in Swine. Andrea Borup (Saranac, Michigan), Devin Holesinger (Fulton, Illinois), Gretchen Rops (Davis, South Dakota)
  • The Implementation of Hydroponic Systems in Grocery Stores. Jacob Beyer (Knoxville, Iowa), Daniel Brown (Big Rock, Illinois), Bryce Lidtka (Grinnell, Iowa)

Engineering Presentations. Wednesday, May 3, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center classroom SB 1606.

Presentations include:

  • Hybrid Stump Cutter
    Spencer Fynaardt (New Sharon, Iowa), Adam Howerzyl (Pella, Iowa), Josh Van Gorp (Hull, Iowa), Austin Ver Meer (Leighton, Iowa)
    Project Sponsor: Vermeer Corporation, Pella, Iowa
  • STEMM Solar Powered Water Pump
    Ryan Christensen (Waconia, Minnesota), Sean Quinlan (San Antonio, Texas), Nick Vander Kooi (Fremont, Michigan)
    Project Sponsor: Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries, Arusha, Tanzania, Africa
  • Air Compressor Design
    Michael Grady (Granville, Iowa), Jacob Moats (Knoxville, Iowa)
    Project Sponsor: CIVCO, Orange City, Iowa
  • Seed Sorting by Aerodynamics
    Mark Brauning (Venice, Florida), Andrew Cammenga (Midland, Michigan), Daniel Lucht (Bozeman, Montana)
    Project Sponsor: The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas
  • Wind Tunnel Drag Module
    Kolter Bradshaw (Stony Creek, Virginia), Mark Comfort (Shoreview, Minnesota), Timothy Rohda (Waverly, Nebraska)
    Project Sponsor: Dordt College Engineering Department, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Bridge Load Indicator
    Hyun Myeong Goo (Luverne, Minnesota), Cheong Hun Kim (Japan), Sam Van Bruggen (Luverne, Minnesota)
    Project Sponsor: Dordt College Engineering Department, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Structures Based Teaching Sculpture
    Kelli Johnston (Ames, Iowa), Jake Thayer (Littleton, Colorado), Breanna Veltkamp (Lynden, Washington)
    Project Sponsor: Dordt College Engineering Department, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Human Cardiovascular Model
    Rebekah De Penning (Eagan, Minnesota), Stephanie Pausma (Melvin, Iowa), Eric Rowe (Renton, Washington), Josh Susman (Danville, Illinois)
    Project Sponsor: Dordt College Nursing Department, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Spike Force 3.0
    Chad DeGraaf (Hudsonville, Michigan), Boone DeKramer (Canistota, South Dakota), Dylan Schmitz (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Glen Thompson (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
    Project Sponsor: Dordt College Engineering Department and Volleyball Team, Sioux Center, Iowa

Following the presentations there will be refreshments, informal displays, and Q & A with teams in the Science and Technology Center Lobby.