Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program brings together students and faculty from the STEM departments at SPU (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Engineering). During the summer, SPU students and faculty meet weekly to share research progress through informal talks. Through these meetings, you’ll gain experience in presenting your research to a diverse audience and receive valuable feedback about your research. The program culminates in a research symposium and barbecue.

The 2016 Symposium program is listed below. Previous Summer Research Symposia talks and photos are available here.

SPU Summer Research Symposium 2016

Slideshow LinkSummer research students and faculty

(front, kneeling): Maya Swineheart, Dr. Derek Wood and Mariah Conley. (2nd row), Loa Griesbach, Genny Roberts, Jonathan Corcoran, Emma Honeyman, Jane Paeng, Jack O'Hara, Elizabeth Knodel, Dr. Minhee Lee, Dr. Wade Grabow. (3rd row) Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Sierra Decker, Shamil Hasanov, Braeden Wiebe, Charles Mitchell. (back row) Jeb English, Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Dr. Ryan Ferrer and daughter, Eleanor, and Dr. Samantha Robinson.

August 25, 2016

Symone Tran and Jonathan Cochran (Robinson Lab). O2 Reactivity of First-Row Transition Metal Complexes with Synthesized Iminopyridine Ligands.

Mariah Conley (Bester-Meredith Lab). Exploring the Impact of Olfaction on Short-Term and Long-Term Maternal Recognition in Peromyscus californicus.

Braeden Wiebe (Tenlen Lab). Identifying homologs of Notch signaling pathway genes in the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini.

Genny Roberts (Wood Lab). Epigenetics of host-pathogen interaction: a study of Agrobacterium tumefaciens C58.

Loa Griesbach and David Salguero (Wood Lab). F5R19 Genome Closure.

Jeb English (Ferrer Lab). Effects of salicylic acid on germination.

Sierra Decker (Daane Lab). Shifts in Students' Views about Diversity in Physics.

Jane Paeng (Daane Lab). Effective Methods of Student Engagement with Energy.

Charles Mitchell and Jack O’Hara (Grabow Lab). RNA self-assembly and RNA induced fluorescence.

Emma Honeyman (Schofield Lab). Vibrational data of thioformic and thioacetic-acid water dimers.

Elizabeth Knodel (Schofield Lab). A Many Body Approach to Frequency Shifts of Solvated Systems.


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