Stupka 2017 Student Speakers

Morgan Barrett* is a senior undergraduate student double majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics.Throughout her time at Iowa State, she has been actively involved in the BBMB Undergraduate Club, the Learning Community as a Peer Mentor, and the Stupka Symposium Planning Committee where she is currently Co-Chair. She has also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Eric Underbakke’s lab since spring 2014. After graduating from Iowa State this spring, Morgan plans on pursuing further education in forensic science with the ultimate goal of working as a DNA analyst/criminalist.

Jeff Carley^ is a senior, studying Biochemistry and Spanish. He has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Eric Underbakke’s lab since the spring of 2014. Within the department, Jeff has been involved as a Peer Mentor for the Learning Community, former President of the BBMB Club, and Co-Chair of the Stupka Symposium Planning Committee. He also serves as the Vice President of Iowa State’s Student Admissions Representatives (STARS), organizing campus tours for prospective students. Next fall, Jeff will begin medical school, aspiring to a career in academic medicine that integrates clinical practice with research.

Lauran Chambers*^ is currently a senior at Iowa State pursuing a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Nutrition. She currently is researching in Dr. Olga Zabotina’s laboratory studying the addition of hydrolases to the plant cell wall and their effects on plant fitness. Lauran is the president of the Biochemistry Biophysics and Molecular Biology Club, Operations Chair of the Stupka Symposium Planning Committee, and is a volunteer at LifeServe Blood Center of Des Moines. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school.

Cody Lemke is a senior at Iowa State University concurrently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Microbiology. Cody conducts research on Class II diterpene cyclases in the Laboratory of Reuben Peters. He was admitted to Iowa State University as a transfer student from the College of Lake County and is also currently the Vice President of the Gymnastics Club.

* Denotes Stupka Scholar

^ Denotes Linder Scholar