Biography: Bonnie Kirkpatrick

I am a junior at Montana State University, where I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in French and Math. As a result of having lived in Montana my entire life and of thinking that it is a beautiful state, I have provided some scenery to entice the eye while the brain is occupied with reading about the rest of my research. If you want to see a larger version of any of the pictures, just click on them.

Last summer (2001), I divided my time between two research projects. The first was the application of semistructured databases to data obtained from experiments on crickets at the Center for Computational Biology with Dr. Gwen Jacobs. Our goal was to create a database system whose schemas could be written by the average scientific user, thus eliminating the need for employing a database administrator. This work led to me attending Supercomputing 2001, where I learned about the DMP program. The second project I worked on that summer was regarding protein structure determination with Dr. Brendan Mumey. This research involved taking data we had obtained from epitopes on the protein's surface and mapping it to the one dimensional residue sequence. In this way, we were able to discover constraints that described the folded protein.

Lava Lake near Bozeman, MT

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