Jin Hong Kuan

With the rise of blockchain-based decentralized finance (DeFi), many core assumptions that inform existing theories of money are actively challenged. In particular, as automated market making (AMM) technologies and asset fractionalization achieve greater adoption in the crypto space, allowing for near-instant and low-friction swaps between different on-chain assets, the line between assets and money is becoming increasingly blurred. In this paper, we detail one attempt at defining what constitutes money on the blockchain by explicitly modeling transaction friction (e.g.

Marie Lundgren

This paper will focus on the primary mechanisms which have uniquely shaped the reverberations of the Armenian genocide and diaspora in the midwestern United States, in order to elucidate the work that the Armenian genocide and diaspora ask of Armenian Americans living today. I am interested in how the “baggage” of Armenian ethno-religious-cultural background instructs identity within an Armenian collectivity, an American collectivity, as well as individual identities across these often competing categories.

Sarah Kamsin

This project researches the impact of government regulation on cryptocurrency investors. The research suggests that cryptocurrency will continue to evolve to include banking, retail payments and legal tender.

Connor Corsini

As autotrophic organisms, plants are able to take up inorganic forms of nitrogen and carbon from the environment and synthesize organic compounds. The main forms of nitrogen that plants take up are nitrate (NO3-) and ammonium (NH4+). Plants take up ammonium using transporter proteins in the AMT/MEP/Rh family. In this study we analyzed the transport function of a previously uncharacterized AMT, which we termed SmAMT1. This transporter is from the lycophyte Selaginella moellendorffii.

Anders Cameron

Organelles serve to compartmentalize cells and allow for highly regulated and specialized functioning. While most Eukaryotic organelles are contained using lipid bilayers, it has been discovered that some organisms also contain organelles that lack a lipid membrane. Instead, these organelles rely on the phenomenon of liquid-liquid phase separation of so-called intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) to form droplet-like structures called coacervates.

Mrinalni Iyer

Organic photovoltaics (OPV) can be used to supplement the areas in which conventional solar panels cannot such as on windows or backs of phones. Certain organic molecules such as copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) have become areas of interest due to their photostability, accessibility, and inexpensiveness for uses in OPVs.

Ethan Robertson

Enterococcus faecalis, a Gram-positive bacterium, has been characterized as a commensal organism in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of humans capable of migrating and transitioning into a pathogenic state. Pathogenic strains of E. faecalis are a leading cause of nosocomial infections in the United States, treatment of which is complicated by the formation of biofilms which protect the bacteria from antimicrobial agents. A transposon (Tn) mutant library was created to identify genetic determinants of biofilm formation.

Kelsey Skoog

There is a need for protection for anesthesiologists, nurses, and patients during preoperative intramuscular injections, especially when the patients become combative. Currently, clinicians enter and leave the patient's room with the needle completely exposed, putting both the patient and clinician at risk. In partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital under the direction of Dr. Klossel and Dr. Horvath, research was done by a team of Biomedical Engineering Students to create an Intramuscular Injection Device.

Anna Karos

There is a need for protection for anesthesiologists, nurses, and patients during preoperative intramuscular injections, especially when the patients become combative. Currently, clinicians enter and leave the patient's room with the needle completely exposed, putting both the patient and clinician at risk. In partnership with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital under the direction of Dr. Klossel and Dr. Horvath, research was done by a team of Biomedical Engineering Students to create an Intramuscular Injection Device.