Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Outstanding Master's Thesis Award presented to former biology graduate student
Rikli’s thesis was entitled “The Electrophysiological Effects of Poneratoxin (PoTx) and Two Novel, Structurally-Similar Analogs on the Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Nav1.7.” Her thesis chair was Stephen Johnson, UIS assistant professor of chemistry.
Rikli grew up in Highland, IL and majored in chemistry as an undergraduate student at UIS. Following graduation in 2012, she continued her education as a graduate student in biology. She earned her master’s degree in 2015.
She now teaches at UIS as an adjunct professor of chemistry and is continuing her research with Professor Johnson. The two are currently working to acquire preliminary data for the submission of an NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award in the spring of 2016.
The following students received their departments’ Outstanding Thesis or Project Award for 2014-15 and were nominated for the UIS Outstanding Master’s Thesis/Project competition:
“Building True Immersion: How Skyrim Creates a Reality for Players.”
Thesis Chair: Tena Helton
“A Nationwide Evaluation of the Hacking Programs for Osprey Pandion Haliaetus.”
Thesis Chair: Tih-Fen Ting
StaLynn Wanora Davis
“The Cross, the Way of Freedom.”
Thesis Chair: Holly Kent