Stupka 2024 Symposium

We are proud to present the 18th Annual Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 4th, 2024.
The Symposium is free and open to the public.

18th Annual Symposium: April 4, 2024

The 18th 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. Simon Gilroy

University of Wisconsin Madison

Dr. Susan Marqusee

University of California Berkeley


Dr. Cory Knoot

Schedule overview:

Thursday April 4, 2024

Breakfast 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Alumni-Student Campus Tour 10:15 AM – 11:50 AM
Keynote and Alumni Reunion Lunches 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Poster Session 1 1:10 PM – 2:10 PM
Poster Session 2 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM
Opening Remarks 3:40 PM – 3:50 PM
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Marqusee 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Student Speaker: Avani Laharia 4:50 PM – 5:05 PM
Student Speaker: Austin Petfalski 5:05 PM – 5:20 PM
BREAK 5:20 PM – 5:40 PM
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Simon Gilroy 5:40 PM – 6:40 PM
Student Speaker: Preston Pellatz 6:40 PM – 6:55 PM
Alumni Speaker: Dr. Corey Knoot 6:55 PM – 7:20 PM
Poster Awards & Closing Remarks 7:20 PM – 7:30 PM
Dinner 7:30 PM

See the complete schedule for more details



2024 Stupka Symposium Planning Committee

Front Row: Kellian Dillon, Rori Wagner, Avani Laharia, Karsten Theilen, Ciaran Kelly, Braden Lewis,
Courtney Olson, Anna Schwake, Claire Kruesel (advisor)
Second Row: Letecia Herrera, Lexie Benavides, Nora Sperfslage, Emma Podlich, Hanlay Hmwe,
Elizabeth Quam, Tharindu Jayawickrama
Third Row: Sharon Tsimese, Hannah Swanson, Alison Decker, Caroline Meis, Zoey Rodriguez
Back Row: Austin Petfalski, Elizabeth Dougherty. Timothy Stanley, Prescott Jeckel, Tristan Weers, Elijah
Vanderkamp, Griffin Humphreys
Not Pictured: Rosa Anaya, Paige Davis,Luke Eggert, Mason Eisenhauer, Erin Kiewiet, Abigail Larkin,
Gustavo Macintosh (advisor), Ashley Marker, Ajla Muheljic, Preston Pellatz, Maxwell Quanrud, Chloe
Smith, Madeline Stadtmueller