Student Researchers Honored at Science Festival

Augustana student researchers were honored at the second annual "It's All About Science" festival held Saturday, June 8, at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls.

Research done by biology major Sarah Zokaites, a 2012 graduate, took first place in the undergraduate poster session. Her poster, "Histological Examination of NMDAR NR3 Subtypes in the Rat Kidney," described her work done in the lab of Dr. Karen Munger at Avera Research while Zokaites was a student at Augustana. Zokaites received a $750 prize for her first-place finish.

Senior Matthew Anderson took second place in the undergraduate poster session for his poster, "Characterization of Antimicrobial Products Produced by a Bacterial Symbiont of the Burying Beetle Nicrophorus marginatus." Anderson's co-authors were Courtney Moore '14, Dr. Carrie Hall (Biology) and Dr. Paul Egland (Biology) and his work was done in the Biology Department at Augustana College. Anderson received a $500 prize for his second-place finish.

The "It’s All About Science" festival is intended to be "an annual celebration and exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for all ages." The mission of the festival is to "promote a science-centric community by showcasing all things science to the Northern Plains community." The one-day festival featured hands-on science activities, talks, demonstrations, and exhibits from student groups, educators, and STEM industries.