April 7, 2016

The Eleventh 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
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. John Kuriyan
Protein kinases as highly adaptable molecular switches
University of California, Berkeley


Mariah Lawler
Defining miRNA in motor neurons in ALS
Washington University, St. Louis

Schedule overview:

Breakfast 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Speaker/Student Lunch Sessions noon – 2 p.m.
Poster Sessions 2 – 4 p.m.
Speaker Program 4 – 7 p.m.
Dinner 7 p.m.

See the complete schedule for more details.



Registration for this year’s Stupka Symposium is now closed.

Poster Submission

Poster submissions are now closed.

Volunteers Needed

Thank you to our 2016 volunteers!

Committee Chairs & Coordinators

Symposium Chairs: Amanda Gorniak, Flora Yen
Speaker Chair: Adrienne Smith, Tyler Gilbreath
Publicity Chair: Morgan Barrett
Funding Chair: Victoria Ridout
Operations Chair: Lauran Chambers
Food Chair: Natalie Whitis
Risk Management Chair: David Rosenthal
Secretary: Jeff Carley
Web Master: Drew Tonsager
Poster Coordinator: Kia Barry
Volunteer Coordinator: Julia Nguyen
Registration Coordinator: Drew Tonsager
T-Shirt Coordinator: David Rosenthal
Advisers: Desi Gunning, Gustavo MacIntosh

Front: Amanda Gorniak, Lisa Warnock, Flora Yen, Joseph Washington, Victoria Ridout, Samuel Tufts, Morgan Barrett
Middle: Kia Barry, Alissa Mathisen, Lauran Chambers, Alex Donelson, Natalie Whitis, Tyler Gilbreath
Back: Brittany Bolerjack, Drew Tonsager, David Rosenthal, Adrienne Smith, Ben Brown, Jeff Carley