Student Research Day includes oral presentations, poster session

Alumna Megan Dethlefsen is featured speaker

Megan Dethlefsen
Megan Dethlefsen

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Alumna Dr. Megan Dethlefsen is the featured speaker at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s annual Student Research Day.

A pharmacist and clinical coordinator for pharmacy services at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, Dethlefsen will present at noon Wednesday (April 15) in the Ponderosa Room inside UNK’s student union.

The talk and luncheon is a private event by invitation only.

In its 17th year, UNK’s Student Research Day is presented by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. More than 120 students will present posters, oral presentations and music performances.

Oral presentations and performances, and the open poster session, is open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. An awards ceremony and reception will follow.

Dethlefsen is a 2006 UNK graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and 2010 University of Nebraska Medical Center grad with a doctor of pharmacy.

Dethlefsen’s duties at CHI Health include work as an investigational pharmacist involved in clinical drug trials.

She also precepts students from Creighton University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and pharmacy residents at CHI Health-CUMC, which includes teaching and mentoring them on possible research projects.

As a pharmacy student and resident, Dethlefsen’s research focused on the delivery of healthcare to indigent populations and control of diabetes and hypercholesterolemia in the veteran population.

At UNK, she completed research on characterizing the antimicrobial compounds in the oral secretions of nicrophorus marginatus, or burying beetle. She also received the Senior Research Award from the Department of Biology in 2006.

For a complete list of students presenting and their topics, view the Student Research Day program and abstract booklet:


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,
Contact: John Falconer, Honors Program Director, 308.865.8702


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