Rob Stupka was an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry at Iowa State University. His passion for science and research led the effort to establish the BBMB research symposium. His unparalleled enthusiasm propelled the planning process forward. As chair, Rob led fellow students Tony Cyr, Claire Kruesel, Adam Krupicka, and Jordan Witmer in planning the first symposium for spring 2006. Their vision for this symposium was for it to be a medium for scientific research interactions between undergraduates and professionals. Rob also wanted this to be a place where undergraduate researchers could be recognized for their achievements in science.
On November 30, 2005, Rob’s life was tragically cut short after a pedestrian vehicle accident in front of the Molecular Biology Building. In tribute to Rob’s drive and passion to create this event, the BBMB Undergraduate Symposium bears his name. BBMB undergraduates, who are inspired by Rob’s story, continue to organize this event. We believe that through your attendance and participation, we continue to honor Rob’s memory.
Thank you for being here and we hope you enjoy the wonderful research presented by our promising young scientists.