Murdock College Science Research Conference

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

2018 Murdock Conference Attendees

(Front row: Hayley Cheyney Kane, Callista Nackviseth, Arik Espinelli, Kara Eckley; Middle row: Dr. Derek Wood, Emily Stohler, John Hemenway, Jonathan Mahlum, Urim Kim; Back row: Bailey O'Connor, Shun-Je Bhark, Jennifer Tung, Laarni Aguila)

The 2018 conference was held Nov. 9-10, 2018 in Vancouver, WA, and hosted by Linfield College. Student presenters from SPU were:

Laarni Aguila. The novel protein MG032 and its effects on genetic recombination in Mycoplasma genitalium. Research advisors: Dr. Gwendolyn Wood and Dr. Patricia Totten, University of Washington.

Shun-Je Bhark and Callista Nackviseth. Extracting DNA from deer skulls to determine population fitness of an island deer population. Research advisors: Dr. Eric Long and Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Dept. of Biology.

Kara Eckley. Effects of salinity on alarm signaling in Anthopleurine elegantissima. Research advisor: Dr. Ryan Ferrer, Dept. of Biology.

Arik Espinelli. Physics of lead climbing. Research advisor: Dr. Lane Seeley, Dept. of Physics.

John Hemenway and Urim Kim. Survivorship of Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus on Blakely Island, Washington. Research advisor: Dr. Eric Long, Dept. of Biology.

Hayley Cheyney Kane. The use of resting breaks changes blood perfusion during paddling bouts. Research advisor: Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

Jonathan Mahlum. Mapping the binding of fibronecting and plasminogen to the immunodominant adhesin domain of Mycoplasma genitalium. Research advisors: Dr. Gwendolyn Wood and Dr. Patricia Totten, University of Washington; Dr. Ben McFarland, SPU Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Alexandria Naftchi. Correlating reactive oxygen species release, microglial movement, and regenerative outgrowth of an identified neuron in Lymnaea stagnalis. Research advisor: Dr. Rick Ridgway, Dept. of Biology.

Bailey O'Connor and Emily Stohler. Investigation of gene evolution in Agrobacterium using CRISPR-Cas9. Research advisor: Dr. Derek Wood, Dept. of Biology.

Jennifer Tung. Role of MG032, MG096 and MG288 in recombination in Mycoplasma genitalium. Research advisors: Dr. Gwendolyn Wood and Dr. Patricia Totten, University of Washington.

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Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference

The annual Erickson Conference showcases the outstanding research contributions our students are making in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics. 

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