Murdock College Science Research Conference

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The Murdock College Science Research Conference features undergraduate research from universities around the Pacific Northwest.

The Murdock Conference is a great opportunity for you to learn from other student-researchers. The annual conference typically brings together over 300 students from 30+ colleges and universities around the Pacific Northwest.

Hosted annually each fall by different participating institutions, the Murdock Conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences that has been created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research.

The 2017 conference will be held Nov. 10-11, 2017 in Spokane, WA, and hosted by Whitworth College.

The following SPU students will present their research at this year's conference:

Shun-Je Bhark. Estimating the baseline genetic diversity of an island population of Black-tailed Deer. Research mentors: Dr. Jenny Tenlen and Dr. Eric Long, Dept. of Biology.

Azariea Bonner-Harris. Human Walking Behavior at Crosswalks. Research mentor: Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

Mariah Conley and Timothy Liu. The Effects of Olfaction on Maternal Recognition in Peromyscus californicus. Research mentor: Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Dept. of Biology.

Hayley Cheyney Kane. Blood Perfusion. Research mentor: Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

Emily Deveau. Identification and Quantification of Paralytic Toxins in Shellfish. Research mentor: Dr. Karisa M. Pierce, Dept. of Chemistry.

Katelyn Eggiman. Identification and Analysis of a Highly Conserved Protein Family in the Tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini. Research mentor: Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Dept. of Biology.

Charles Mitchell. Characterization of a novel RNA tertiary interaction found in THF riboswitches. Research mentor: Dr. Wade Grabow, Dept. of Chemistry.

Cibelle Nassif. Dopamine localization by glyoxylic acid-induced histofluorescence microscopy in the marine macroalga, Ulvaria obscura. Research mentor: Dr. Richard Ridgway, Dept. of Biology.

Jack O'Hara. Coding the Split Spinach Aptamer. Research mentor: Dr. Wade Grabow, Dept. of Chemistry.

Ashton Perry. Macrophage infection assay development and the impact of IFNAR KO on Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterial load Research mentor: Dr. Kevin Urdahl, Center for Infectious Disease Research (Seattle, WA).

Oluwadamilola Sosanya. The Influence of Baby’s Position On Walking Strategies. Research mentor: Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

Alia Zieg. Comparison of male and female survivorship of Columbian black-tail deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) on Blakely Island, WA. Research mentor: Dr. Eric Long, Dept. of Biology.

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