Nine Students Will Present Academic Research at State Capitol Event, March 17

Nine Bemidji State University students will present results of their undergraduate research during the third annual Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars presentation, “Posters in St. Paul,” at the Minnesota state capitol building.

The March 17 academic showcase highlights work from students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and provides those students with an outlet to share the results of their scholarly activity with legislators and other government officials. The event will draw attention to the work being done on the MnSCU campuses around the state and provides another opportunity to elevate the system’s reputation as a leader in undergraduate research and creative works.

The application process is a competitive process, with participants from the seven MnSCU Universities. Campus contact persons help publicize the event at on their campus and coordinate student selection for participation. Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars will display, in poster format, the work of 25-30 exceptional undergraduates from seven MnSCU Universities and 5 Community Colleges at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

The nine BSU students participating are: Emily Francisco, a senior criminal justice major from Bemidji; Kelli Kavanah, a senior psychology major from Monticello; Amanda Kooiker, a sophomore biology major from Pipestone; Roma Korzinksi, a senior applied engineering and technology management major from International Falls; Daniela Maltais, a pre-medicine, psychology major from Bemidji; Taylor Manzella, a sophomore pre-medicine, biology major from Sartell; Katelyn Mohagen, a senior psychology major from St. Cloud; Tayler Smith, a freshman biology major from Moose Lake; Kenia Torres, a junior psychology major from Milan.

Palmitoylation of Na+- H+ Exchanger Isoform I (NHE1) as a Novel Regulator of Metastasis in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Student: Amanda J. Kooiker
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mark Wallert, Biology

The Role of Na+- H+ Exchanger Isoform I (NHE1) Phosphorylation in Cancer Development and Progression in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Students: Taylor M. Manzella, Taylor M. Smith
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mark Wallert, Biology

Implementing Quality Control and Quality Assurance for a Local Service industry
Student: Roma Korzinksi
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Mahmoud Al-Odeh, Technology, Art and Design

The Effects of Differential Doses of Human-Animal Interaction on Mood
Students: Daniela Maltais, Kenia Torres, Kelli Kavanah, & Katelyn Mohagen
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Angie Fournier, Psychology

Effects of the “War on Drugs” in Minnesota
Student: Emily Francisco
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stacie Jergenson, Criminal Justice


  • Dr. Angela Fournier, associate professor of psychology; (218) 755-2530,

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars participants, by hometown

Bemidji |56601| Emily Francisco, senior; criminal justice
Bemidji |56601| Daniela Maltais, junior; psychology, pre-medicine
International Falls |56649| Roma Korzinksi, senior; applied engineering, technology management
Milan |56262| Kenia Torres, junior; psychology
Monticello |55362| Kelli Kavanah, senior; psychology
Moose Lake |55767| Tayler Smith, freshman; biology
Pipestone |56164| Amanda Kooiker, sophomore; biology
Saint Cloud |56301| Katelyn Mohagen, senior; psychology
Sartell |56377| Taylor Manzella, sophomore; biology, pre-medicine