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St. Kate's students receive Minnesota Academy of Science awards

Janet Muzulu ’14, Arianna Kooyman ’15, Morgan Stamp ’15 and Katelyn Caron ’16 participated in the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Janet Muzulu ’14, Arianna Kooyman ’15, Morgan Stamp ’15 and Katelyn Caron ’16 participated in the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Academy of Science

St. Catherine University students Arianna Kooyman ’15, Janet Muzulu ’14 and Katelyn Caron ’16 were honored for their achievements at the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 26. The students each received an Excellence in Science award from the Minnesota Academy of Science in recognition of their contributions to their fields through undergraduate research.

Kooyman presented her research on C-H activation at Au(III) to synthesis chiral sulfonium salts.  She worked with faculty advisor Daron Janzen, associate professor of chemistry.

Muzulu and Caron presented their research project, "Synthesis of C5 and C10 Vinyloxybenzene-Containing Substrates for the Enzyme Protein Farnesyltransferase." In collaboration with Assistant Professor of Chemistry James Wollack, the team researched two substrates that are predicted to be PFTase substrates but do not require the use of a copper catalyst. 

Morgan Stamp ’15 and Catherine Sutton ’14 also participated in the symposium.

Students presented more than 75 posters and 44 oral presentations at the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted at St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. The event also featured a keynote lecture by Kevin Kenow, M.S., Research Wildlife Biologist with the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, and numerous breakout sessions ranging from bluff ecology hikes to a discussion of the new MCAT format.

Students interested in participating in the 2015 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium should visit the Minnesota Academy of Science website.

May 2, 2014 by Sharon Rolenc

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