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Catherine Schwebach Defends M.S. Thesis

Catherine Schwebach defended her M.S. thesis in Cereal Science on June 9, 2016. Her thesis is titled "Historical and Modern Hard Red Spring Wheat Comparison: Analysis of Proximate, Enzyme Activity, Phenolic Acid, and Starch Properties". She compared and analyzed 30 different Hard Red Spring Wheat varieties, released between 1910 and 2013, for health factors such as starch properties and digestibility.
Catherine Schwebach Defends M.S. Thesis

Catherine Schwebach (left) and adviser Dr. Senay Simsek

July 19, 2016

Catherine Schwebach defended her M.S. thesis in Cereal Science on June 9, 2016. Her thesis is titled Historical and Modern Hard Red Spring Wheat Comparison: Analysis of Proximate, Enzyme Activity, Phenolic Acid, and Starch Properties. She compared and analyzed 30 different Hard Red Spring Wheat varieties, released between 1910 and 2013, for health factors such as starch properties and digestibility.

The purpose of Schwebach’s research was to determine whether modern wheat cultivars are more or less healthy than historical wheat varieties. She tested the varieties in her study for differences in physical and chemical composition.

Schwebach completed her undergraduate degree in Food Science at North Dakota State University and likes the program because it is one of the few schools that offer graduate degrees in Cereal Science. She also appreciates the knowledgeable and helpful staff and faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences who help students succeed.

During her time at NDSU, Schwebach received several awards, including the CLA+ Proficient Critical Thinker award from the Council for Aid to Education. She was a National Society of Collegiate Scholars member and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was active in the Chemistry Club, St. Paul’s Newman Seraphim Choir, NDSU Intramural Soccer and FOCUS Women’s Bible Study. She also completed an internship with the Apicultural Chemicals Unit of the USDA, Agriculture Research Service in 2013.

Dr. Senay Simsek was Schwebach’s adviser and her graduate committee included Dr. Clifford Hall, Dr. Jae-Bom Ohm and Dr. Steven Meinhardt.

Source: Catherine Schwebach (contact Dr. Senay Simsek, 701-231-7737, )
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu
Editor: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971,

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