Eight Mount Marty College Students to Participate in Summer BRIN Research
May 23, 2019
The Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) will sponsor eight undergraduate students at Mount Marty this summer. The students will conduct research under the supervision of several BRIN mentors.
Student research assistants include Christopher Wixon, a sophomore Pre-Professional major from Centerville, South Dakota; Shelby Fasching, a junior Biology/Forensic Science from Winsted, Minnesota; Adam Roskam, a sophomore Pre-Professional major from Canton, South Dakota; Aaron Koupal, a sophomore Pre-Professional major from Elk Point, South Dakota; Mitchell Lonneman, a sophomore Pre-Professional major from Adrian, Minnesota; Ali Kuca, a junior Exercise Science major from Wagner, South Dakota; Katherine Glenn, a junior Nursing major from Canton, South Dakota; and Jonathon Urroz, a Sophomore Nursing major from San Francisco, California.
Four students will participate on the Mount Marty campus, three at the University of South Dakota, and one at Augustana University and topics will range from DNA Shuffling to a study on Child and Adolescent Diabetes and Obesity in a Native American Population.
The Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded program designed to earmark research funds for historically low-funded states to develop infrastructure that will enhance the state's ability to attain competitive research funding. One of the objectives of the 10-week paid fellowship is to encourage undergraduate students to follow research careers by exposing them to bench research.
Virtually all former BRIN students have been successful in gaining acceptance to graduate and professional schools. Part of the experience includes hands-on laboratory experience in research labs; daily interactions with research faculty, staff, and students; weekly seminar programs; and presenting research at a poster session.
For more information about science-based programs at Mount Marty, visit www.mtmc.edu.