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.

2019 Murdock Conference Attendees

(from left to right) Israel Zamudio, Menna Yohannes Hailemariam, Sami Hoiland, Andrew Metz, Callista Nackviseth, Jensen Burton, Alyssa Broberg, Ngan Dang, Francesca Giraudo, Caroline Kim, Meg Lunn, Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Carly Kano, Christine Spatacean, Hayley Cheyney Kane, John Hemenway

The 2019 conference was held Nov. 8-9, 2019 in Vancouver, WA, and hosted by George Fox College. Student presenters from SPU were:

Jensen Burton and Alyssa Broberg. Alterations in Anxiety and Arginine Vasopressin in Response to Motherhood in the California Mouse (Peromyscus californicus). Research advisor: Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Dept. of Biology.

Minh (Ngan) Dang and Christine Spatacean. Anosmia induced by zinc gluconate lowers aggression in Peromyscus californicus. Research advisor: Dr. Janet Bester-Meredith, Dept. of Biology. (oral presentation)

Francesca Giraudo. Pedestrians speeding up when crossing streets. Research advisor: Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

John Hemenway. Survivorship of Columbian Black-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) On Blakely Island, Washington. Research advisors: Dr. Eric Long and Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

Samantha (Sami) Hoiland. Homologous recombinant siderocalins bind an unexpected yellow chromophore. Research advisor: Dr. Ben McFarland, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Hayley Cheyney Kāne. Benefits of taking breaks during exercise differ between women and men. Research advisor: Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Dept. of Biology.

Carly Kano. Survivorship of Harvested Male Odocoileus hemionus columbianus on Blakely Island, WA. Research advisor: Dr. Eric Long, Dept. of Biology.

Caroline Kim. Immune evasion mechanisms of Mycoplasma genitalium in infected men and primates. Research advisor: Dr. Gwendolyn E. Wood, University of Washington.

Margaret (Meg) Lunn. Epitope mapping and the kinetic signatures of antibody binding for the mycoplasma adhesion protein MgpB. Research advisors: Dr. Ben McFarland, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Gwendolyn E. Wood and Dr. Patricia Totten, University of Washington.

Andrew Metz. Manduca sexta Attraction and Stimulation to Floral Odors. Research advisor: Dr. Ryan Ferrer, Dept. of Biology.

Callista Nackviseth. Assessing juvenile survivorship of an island deer population using DNA from bone. Research advisors: Dr. Eric Long and Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Dept. of Biology.

Menna Yohannes Hailemariam. Identification and characterization of Hedgehog pathway proteins in the tardigrade species Hypsibius exemplaris. Research advisor: Dr. Jenny Tenlen, Dept. of Biology.

Israel Zamudio. Identification and Quantification of Metals in Marine Organisms. Advisor: Dr. Karisa Pierce, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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