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ORIP 2022 Comes to a Close

July 29, 2022
Nurain Samantha Amier, 2022 ORIP Intern giving her final presentation titled, "Cross-Reactivity of Human Coronavirus-Specific Antibodies".

On Friday, July 15, the 2022 OSU Research Internship Program participants gave their final presentations over their summer research that spanned the duration of the program, 10 weeks. ORIP aims to provide research experiences for college undergraduates local to Wooster, Ohio. The 2022 cohort was comprised of 11 students ranging in age and experience, from high school graduates to college seniors.

The program returned in 2022 after a 2-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon its return, ORIP found itself under new management with Michelle Jones, Professor and D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Endowed Chair in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science as the Faculty Advisor, and Alexis Didinger, Administrative Associate in the Office for Research & Graduate Education, as the program coordinator. ORIP was previously run by Dr. Daral Jackwood who recently retired from the department of Animal Science.

The final presentation luncheon was held in the new Wooster Science Building and was well-attended by ORIP faculty mentors and their lab staff, and interns' family and friends. A pizza luncheon followed the event where attendees were able to mingle and congratulate the students. On top of their 10-minute presentation, which included time for Q & A, students were also required to write a report on their research and attend weekly Lunch and Learn sessions where they would hear an educational message about CFAES research and opportunities within our college, while noshing on subs or sandwiches.

2022 ORIP interns were represented in the CFAES departments of Animal Science, Entomology, Horticulture and Crop Science, Plant Pathology, the Center for Food Animal Health, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Thank you so much to the faculty mentors for opening your labs to the next generation of investigators and introducing them to the wide variety of research that takes place on our campus.

Alyson Holzworth
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steve Lyon
Department: School of Environment and Natural Resources
Research: Comparing Water Quality Variations of an Agricultural Field through Time and Space

Andrea Hamsher
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michelle Jones
Department: Horticulture & Crop Science
Research: The Effect of Caballeronia zhejiangensis strain C7B12 on Petunia x hybrida 'Picobella Blue'

Benjamin Otto
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Imed Dami
Department: Horticulture & Crop Science
Research: Impacts of Organic Mulch on Grapevine Health and Soil Quality

Emily Greenland
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Reed Johnson
Department: Entomology
Research: Impact of "No Mow May" Practices on Bee Abundance

Francis Sim
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anastasia Vlasova
Department: Center for Food Animal Health
Research: Limiting Rotavirus infection with HBGA expressing bacteria in-vitro and in-vivo

Grace Hanson
Faculty Mentor: Alejandro Relling
Department: Animal Science
Research: Metabolic, Hormonal, and Immune Responses in Sheep Experiencing Chronic Stress After Intramuscular Injection of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

Jacob Hofstetter
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Kenney
Department: Center for Food Animal Health
Research: Screening Potential Cell Lines for Rocahepevirus ratti

Katherine Jones
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Bielke
Department: Animal Science
Research: Effects of the Probiotic Ecobiolon Enterococcus cecorum survivability

Nurain Samantha Amier
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anastasia Vlasova
Department: Center for Food Animal Health
Research: Cross-Reactivity of Human Coronavirus-Specific Antibodies

Oneli Basnagala
Faculty Mentor: Zookeeper, Jeni Filbrun
Department: Entomology
Research: Dietary Habits of Australian Walking Sticks

Vansh Khatri
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sally Miller
Department: Plant Pathology
Research: Molecular and Morphological Categorization of Pseudmonas syringae Pathovars and Development of a PCR Assay

View Final Presentation Photos