BioCORE Scholars Research Week

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Each June, immediately following final exams, BioCORE Scholars participate in an intensive week of independent research with faculty in the Biology and Chemistry departments. The week culminates in a symposium, in which scholars present their results to the SPU community, family an friends. The Symposium allows the scholars to demonstrate how much they have accomplished in a short amount of time - developing an understanding of their project, learning and troubleshooting experimental techniques, and collecting data.

Research Week 2018


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During the week of June 11-14, 2018, ten BioCORE Scholars participated in independent research with faculty in the Biology and Chemistry departments. The scholars and their projects were:

  • Mercy Alsworth and Sawa Tecle: Exploring the Conservation of PAR proteins in Tardigrades (mentored by Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Associate Professor of Biology)
  • Beth Gebre, Marichung Duncan and Cindy Huang: The Effects of Olfaction and Arginine Vasopressin in California Mice (mentored by Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Associate Professor of Biology)
  • Mariam Alkorashy and Rasah Barem: Algae Whisperers: Determining Green Seaweed Species by Listening to DNA (mentored by Dr. Tim Nelson, Professor of Biology, and Kora Krumm, BS Ecology '19)
  • Alexandra Gonzalez, Sherion Jenkins and Israel Zamudio: Metals in Mussels: Quantifying Metals in Environmental Samples from Puget Sound By Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (mentored by Dr. Karisa Pierce, Professor of Chemistry)

Research Week 2017


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During the week of June 12-16, 2017, seven BioCORE Scholars participated in independent research with Biology department faculty. The scholars and their projects were:

  • Ketsia Kahambwe and Jennifer Tung: The Effect of Age on Renal Function In Satin Cavies (mentored by Dr. Cindy Bishop, Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Laarni Aguila and Menna Hailemariam: What genes are involved in the RNAi pathway in tardigrades? (mentored by Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Ngan Dang, Antavea Green and Lucress Saint-Louis: Human walking behavior at crosswalks (mentored by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Associate Professor of Biology)

Research Week 2016


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During the week of June 13-17, 2016, six BioCORE Scholars participated in independent research with Biology department faculty. The scholars and their projects were:

  • Cienn Joyeux and Simone Neal: AVP Regulates Mammalian Social Behavior (mentored by Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Associate Professor of Biology)
  • Adelaine Buenavista and Leslie Rodriguez-Salas: Exploring Argonaute Genes in a Tardigrade Genome (mentored by Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Hayley Cheyney Kane and Anita Karr: How do people maintain a healthy body temperature when running (mentored by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Associate Professor of Biology)