2019 Stupka Symposium

April 4, 2019

The 14th 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. Craig Pikaard

Mechanisms of selective gene silencing in plants
University of Indiana

Dr. Joan Steitz

The Enigma of Viral Noncoding RNAs
Yale University


Dr. Matt Mead

To kill or not to kill: Characterizing evolutionary differences between pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi
Vanderbilt University

Schedule overview:

Breakfast 9:00 – 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 7:15 p.m.

See the complete schedule for more details.


Registration & Poster Submission

Registration is now closed.


Thank you to all our donors!

2019 Photo Gallery

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Thank you to all of our 2019 Volunteers!

Committee Chairs & Coordinators

Symposium Chairs: Alyssa Lantz, Emily Knuth
Secretary: Spydel Nardy
Treasurer: Laura Kurr

Sub-Committee Coordinators:

Speaker: Emily Juhl, Makayla Villela
Alumni: Bailey Mooney, Samuel Tufts
Alumni Newsletter: Paiton McDonald, Zachary Olsem
Publicity: Jacqueline Ehrlich, Bailey Mooney, Meghan Collett
Media: Sarah Zelle
Registration: Natalie McClure
Operations: Immaculate Edwin
Sponsorship: Grace Trembath
Fundraising: Kayla Uthe, Ana DiSpirito
Poster: Madeline Farringer
T-shirt: Olivia Gray, Isaac Stine
Food: Jacob Schmieder
Volunteer: Rick Weerts

Advisers: Desi Gunning, Gustavo MacIntosh