Dean's Research Scholars 2017-18

The Dean’s Research Scholars are a group of outstanding undergraduate students who represent the nearly 5,000 hard-working science and mathematics majors in the College of Natural Science.

Anna Baghdadi
Anna Baghdadi

Chemistry '19
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

"I work on red blood cells and how they are affected by molecules in the blood stream in diabetes patients. The goal is to discover better therapeutics for diabetes."

Audrianna St. Germain
Audrianna St. Germain

Physiology '18
Brighton, Michigan

"This research could lead to a better understanding of the common cellular, synaptic and molecular pathways’ dysfunctions in addiction and mood disorders, and potentially provide novel targets for therapeutic intervention in these diseases."

Brendyn Smith
Brendyn Smith

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology '19
Dexter, Michigan

"My research focuses on exploiting the chemistry that happens in nature and making it useful to society in the form of medicines or other chemicals. It bridges the gap between synthetic chemistry and nature’s chemistry."

Cody Madsen
Cody Madsen

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology '18
Battle Creek, Michigan

"“My research involves genetically modifying bacteria to produce electrical current for bioenergy, chemical production and water treatment technology."

Emily Steffke
Emily Steffke

Neuroscience and English '20
Beal City, Michigan

"My research focuses on how the brain changes in drug addiction and how contextual drug-related memories form. More specifically, I investigate the role of the protein SGK1 in the neurobiological pathways underlying addiction."