User:Colin Wikholm

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Colin Wikholm
  Colin Wikholm
  Loyola Marymount University
  1 LMU Drive, MSB-5586
  Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659


Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

  • Major: Biology
  • Expected Graduation Date: May 6, 2017
  • Upper Division Science Courses:
    • CHEM 370 - Biochemistry
    • BIOL 318 - Principles of Ecology
    • BIOL 398 - SS: Biostat Analysis
    • BIOL 450 - Physiology of Disease
    • BIOL 351 - General Physiology
    • BIOL 361 - General Microbiology
    • BIOL 362 - Gen Microbiology Lab
    • BIOL 368 - Bioinformatics Laboratory

For more information, see resume and extended descriptions (last updated mid-2016)

Career Interests and Research

Co-Led Research Projects

Public Health
  • CPR Knowledge of Latino Farmworker Communities in Southern California
    • Mentor: Shira Shafir
    • Principle Investigator: Katherine Wikholm
  • “Ecological Implications of Heavy Metals”
    • Mentor: Dr. Victor Carmona
    • Presentation: 2016 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
  • “California Horn Snail exhibit a bimodal size distribution and size-associated dispersal patterns”
    • Mentor: Dr. Victor Carmona
    • Presentation: 2016 Loyola Marymount University Research Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
Physics Education
  • Physics Force Concept Inventory (FCI) instrument: Evaluating guessing vs. knowledge-based factors in answer changes from correct to incorrect
  • “Sleep and final exam performance in introductory physics”
    • Mentor: Dr. Vincent Coletta
    • Presentation: 2016 Physics Education Research Conference, Sacramento, CA

Major Research Interests

Public Health
  • Diabetes, heart disease, knowledge of life-saving skills, and health disparities
  • Learning, motivation, willpower, and population disparities
  • Ecophysiology and the ecological effects of climate change
  • Human health and population dynamics with respect to organisms and the environment

Career Interests

I plan to earn an MD/MBA, MD/MPH, or MD/MAS. Afterward, I will manage non-profit healthcare foundations and provide affordable care to underserved communities in California. I hope to address national issues in health disparity, nutrition, and lifestyle management, as well as oversee research endeavors in diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Other possible interests include orthopedic surgery and sports nutrition.

Leadership and Work Experience

  • Student Vice President of the Loyola Marymount University Honors Program (June 2016 - Present)
    • Responsibilities: Helping the student president and program directors allocate funding and plan all events for the Loyola Marymount University Honors Program. I work alongside the eboard and direct members in their designated positions.
    • Previously: General Member, Student Chair of Academic Events (2014-2016)
  • President of the Loyola Marymount University Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) (June 2016 - Present)
    • Responsibilities: Work with members of the ASN eboard to plan all events for LMU's Chapter of ASN, the international honor society of Catholic and Jesuit universities.
      • Will be attending 2016 ASN Leadership Summit to supplement this years' planning
  • Founder and President of Curis Educatione Iuventutis (CEI) (December 2015 - Present)
    • Responsibilities: Direct and coordinate all operations of CEI, a service-centered student organization of Loyola Marymount University.
      • Assisted in 2016 LMU Special Games
      • Assisted in organization and management of the 2016 LMU Lion Science
      • Attended Alex's Lemonade Stand Inaugural Donor Reception
      • Fundraising for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
  • Loyola Marymount University Honors Program Representative Positions (2014 - Present)
    • Responsibilities: vary; represent the Loyola Marymount University Honors Program in verious positions, whether attending conferences or presiding as a member of the LMU Leadership Council alongside the ASLMU President and other major university representatives.
      • 2014 Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Conference in New Orleans, LA
      • 2015 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference, Chicago, IL
      • LMU Leadership Council Representative (2016 - Present)
  • Volunteer for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF) and Official Co-Captain of Lemons on the Loose (2013 - Present, July 2016 - Present)
    • Responsibilities: As official co-captain, raise funds and recruit members for ALSF. As volunteer, assist in various fundraising events.
      • Raising funds and competing in 5k at 2016 Ventura Marathon for ALSF
      • Volunteer at L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade (2015 - 2016)
  • Prehealth Club Council Representative (2015 - Present)
    • Responsibilities: meet with leaders of other prehealth organizations to discuss ideas or share concerns.
  • Hands-Only CPR Instructor (2013 - 2014)
    • Description: Taught Hands-Only CPR in Santa Paula and Oxnard, CA. Taught at La Clínica FreSalud, a farmworker clinic and Reiter Affiliated Company. Instruction was in both Spanish and English.
  • General Biology Grader (2014)
    • Employer: Dr. Wendy Binder
    • Responsibilities: Grade exams and final for an introductory biology biology course. Consult with professor on controversial questions and answers.


  • Surfing
  • Skiing
  • Spearfishing
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Powerlifting
  • Triathlons
    • Competed in 2014 Mammoth Lakes Challenge Triathlon
  • Running
    • Competed in numerous short-distance races
    • Competed in Mammoth Lakes' 2015 Quake and Shake Half-Marathon

Answers to Questions concerning Biology and Computer Science

  1. What is your favorite aspect of biology and why?
    • Biology is learning about ourselves and life around us. We are studying the complexities of what makes us, us.
  2. What is your favorite aspect of computer science and why?
    • I most appreciate computer science's ability to perform man-work that would normally require thousands of individuals for hundreds of hours.


I would like to thank Isai Lopez and Anindita Varshneya for helping me with the technicalities of utilizing the template system. I used Anindita Varshneya's syntax for the journal and assignment link sections. In addition, I used Brandon J. Klein's page for wiki syntax in other sections, and as well as Kam D. Dahlquist's guidance on BIOL368/F16:Week 1 to create my page. I used Anindita Varshneya's page as a reference for working with wiki syntax. I asked my teammember Jordan T. Detamore questions about syntax and required content on our pages. While I worked with the people noted above, this individual journal entry was completed by me and not copied from another source.

Colin Wikholm 02:37, 7 September 2016 (EDT)


BIOL368/F16:Week 1 includes guidance in creating this page, and was created and provided by Kam D. Dahlquist

Important links

Bioinfomatics Lab: Fall 2016

Class Page: BIOL 368-01: Bioinfomatics Laboratory, Fall 2016

Weekly Assignments Individual Journal Assignments Shared Journal Assignments

User:Colin Wikholm