2020 Stupka Symposium

Dear Friends, Family and Stupka Attendees,

It is with deep sadness that we have decided to postpone the 15th Annual Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium until April 9th and 10th, 2021 as a caution to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). We understand how much this symposium means to everyone who was planning to attend. We know that it is disappointing for the talented scientists who planned to present their research, as well as the faculty and mentors who supported that work. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may create, but we hope to see you in 2021 at the Annual Stupka Celebration.

Best wishes,
The 2020 Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium Planning Committee

April 3-4, 2020

The 15th Annual Stupka Symposium is entirely organized and run by the undergraduate students in the biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology areas of study. This event was the inspiration of Robert John Stupka III, an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry at Iowa State University. Rob believed in the power of research, allowing the extraordinary to be possible, and strived to connect students and faculty for the purpose of scientific investigation.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Elizabeth S. Haswell

Mechanoperception in the Green Lineage
Washington University in Saint Louis

Dr. Gaya Amarasinghe

Viral Immune Evasion Mechanisms
Washington University in Saint Louis


Tony Cyr, M.D./Ph.D.

Luke Helgeson, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Rivas, Ph.D.

Mariah Lawler-Hoye, Ph.D.

Samson Condon

Denis Tamiev

Jennifer Gribble

Lauran Chambers

Schedule overview:

Friday April 3, 2020

Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Alumni & Stupka Family Reception 11:00 a.m.
Speaker/Student Lunch Sessions 12:10 – 2:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions 2:10 – 4:00 p.m.
Speaker/Keynote Sessions 4:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Saturday April 4, 2020

Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Welcome 9:15 a.m.
Speaker/Keynote Sessions 9:20 – 11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks 11:45 a.m.

See the complete schedule for more details.


Registration & Poster Submission

Registration is closed


Thank you to all our donors!

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Thank you to all our volunteers!

Committee Chairs & Coordinators

Symposium Chairs: Jacqueline Ehrlich, Kayla Uthe
Secretary: Spydel Nardy
Treasurer: Laura Kurr, Emily Boettger

Sub-Committee Coordinators:

Speaker: Makayla Villela, Maddie Farringer
Alumni: Paiton McDonald, Zach Olsem
Publicity: Jacob Schmieder, Meghan Collett
Media: Sarah Zelle
Registration: Sarah Grambo, Trishtin Baring, Ally Radermacher, Matt Shafer, Moises Garcia, Justyne Crawford
Operations: Immaculate Edwin
Sponsorship: Grace Trembath, Jared Sorensen
Fundraising: Ana DiSpirito
Poster: Patricia Gallardo-Carrizo, Matthew Palizzi
T-shirt: Audri Ruble, Isaac Stine
Food: Liam Campin
Volunteer: Rick Weerts

Advisers: Desi Gunning, Gustavo MacIntosh

Stupka 2020 Committee