The Carroll Advantage: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Undergraduate research opportunities are one of the essential features of the Carroll College educational experience that give our students a distinct advantage in the prestigious opportunities they seek after graduation.

Eight Carroll students from chemistry, biology, and biochemistry/molecular biology recently presented their research at the 30th annual Murdock College Undergraduate Research (MCSR) conference November 12-13, in Vancouver, Washington. 

The Carroll representation at the MCRS conference is an indication of Carroll’s strong commitment to supporting undergraduate research opportunities. Under the direct mentorship of Carroll faculty, students grow as they are called to make meaningful intellectual contributions to scientific endeavors. The institutional commitment to support undergraduate research is strong and growing! 

“Attending and presenting at the Murdock Conference gave me a new exciting opportunity to learn research that is occurring now in many colleges and universities just like what is happening here at Carroll. I’m thankful for being invited to go and the opportunity to complete research in the first place; at a larger university I would not be completing research at this stage in my education. I really enjoy doing this project with Dr. Rowley. Our research is fabricating solar cells from material abundant in the Martian regolith.” 

In addition, Carroll student and participant Megan Radosevich also submitted an abstract to the Nanopore Community Meeting, which is a virtual conference hosted by a next-generation sequencing company. Megan was selected for a spotlight session – a special oral talk to highlight young researchers ­– which will be happening at the end of the month.

To learn more about how you can help support undergraduate research, please contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dr. Chris Aimone at (hot link email address), 406-447-5528.

Poster Presentations at the MCRS Conference included:

  • Analyzing the Role of Metabolism in Polycystic Kidney Disease by Global Metabolomic Profiling of In Vitro Renal Microcysts. (Matt Glimm)
  • Identification of Metabolic Biomarkers in Urine for Early Detection of Polycystic Kidney Disease (Eden Houske)
  • Analysis of Secreted Metabolites from Cartilage Constructs Exposed to Microgravity for Biomarkers to Assess Risk of Astronauts Developing Osteoarthritis (Annika Bergstrom)
  • Metal-oxide Photovoltaic Cells Synthesized using Materials Abundant in the Martian Regolith (Maggie Bailey and Timothy Radosevich)
  • Analyzing Regional and Seasonal Microbial Community Variation from Contaminated Montana River (Megan Radosevich)