2018 Stupka Symposium

April 5, 2018

The 13th 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. Douglas B. Weibel

Mechanical genomics reveals new bacterial biochemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Virginia A. Zakian

Stressing at the ends: telomerase regulation in fission yeast
Princeton University


Anthony Cyr M.D., Ph.D.

Mitochondrial responses to traumatic injury in cells of the innate immune system
University of Pittsburgh

Schedule overview:

Breakfast 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Alumni Reception 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Speaker/Student Lunch Sessions Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Speaker Program 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

See the complete schedule for more details.


Registration & Poster Submission

Registration is now closed.


Thank you to our 2018 donors!

2018 Photo Gallery

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A huge thank you to all our volunteers for helping us make this another great symposium!

Committee Chairs & Coordinators

Symposium Chairs: Julia Nguyen, Lauran Chambers
Secretary: Spydel Nardy
Treasurers: Bailey Mooney, Laura Kurr

Sub Committee Coordinators:

Speaker: Emily Juhl, Samuel Tufts
Publicity: Jackie Ehrlich, Kennedy Goodell
Funding: Emily Knuth
Sponsorship: Matt Cook
Alumni: Alex Donelson
Operations: Dirk Winkelman
Food: Sarah Zelle
Website: Brittany Bolerjack, Christian Johnson
Registration: Alyssa Lantz, Tiffany Farrell
Poster: Kayla Uthe
Volunteer: Lisa Warnock
T-Shirt: Olivia Gray, Isaac Stine

Advisers: Desi Gunning, Gustavo MacIntosh