Undergraduate Research: Unique experiences previously reserved for university students now available at Anoka-Ramsey

Undergraduate Research: Unique experiences previously reserved for university students now available at Anoka-Ramsey

student at OSCARS Event

July 05, 2016

An article from the Summer 2017 Issue of the Anoka-Ramsey Community Newsletter

Community Newsletter

Anoka-Ramsey offers a wide variety of Undergraduate Research opportunities in biology, chemistry, geography, communication studies, philosophy, political science and sociology.

For example, through the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative supported by the National Science Foundation, Anoka-Ramsey students conduct leading-edge scientific research in chemistry and computer science.

Chemistry instructor Christopher Lutz oversees research using a Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometer. This experience is valuable for students like David Schiller and Benjamin Burdorf. “Getting hands-on experience with the MALDI technique will really help me analyze things later on,” Schiller says. Burdorf also enjoyed MALDI research. “It broadened my education experience.”

In January 2016, Biology instructor Melanie Waite-Altringer with three of her undergraduate research students, Cassandra Bauer, Cassie Keocher and Maxwell Waite, presented their research work titled “Beneficial Pollinating Insect Study on Various Flowering Fields: Wildflowers, Restored Prairie, and an Energy Crop of Canola,” to Bayer CropScience at their headquarters in Durham, N.C.

Biology instructor Kristen Genet sums up the need for undergraduate research this way:

“Research is a way of life for a scientist.”


In Spring 2016, students were recognized for exceptional work. Winners at the first annual Outstanding Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research Symposium (OSCARS) included the following scholars and subjects:

Cambridge Campus

  • Sarah Larson and Vicki Larson researched The Effect of “Socialization on the Elderly in Nursing Homes”
  • Deborah Lund, Ben Coleman and Kelly Waller described “Media Effects on Young Adults’ Perceptions of Police Officers”
  • Jason Freiberg, Thomas Johnson and Madison Spencer researched “Kinetics of a Chemiluminescent Reaction”

Coon Rapids Campus

  • Dyllon Degler and Jasmine Johnson conducted a comparative genomics analysis of Drosophia ficusphila heterochromatic chromosome 4 contig 6
  • Ariel Lopez examined how human influences affect frogs in three Minnesota regions
  • Rebekah Larson investigated resistance to Tetracycline and Erythromycin antibiotics in a captive wolf’s intestine

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