Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research

Research students at a conference.

Seventeen Redlands students had an opportunity to share the findings of their research projects during a prestigious undergraduate conference designed to encourage student research and to provide students with information on research-related careers.

Students participated in the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research, which was hosted by Cal State Dominguez Hills. The event was held in late November, also provided students with information on graduate school opportunities.

The symposium features presentations from both student scholars and faculty. Work from more than 50 Southern California educational institutions was showcased at the conference.

The event is structured to provide opportunities for students to share their work across disciplinary boundaries – formally in their 15-minute oral or poster presentations, as well as informally over lunch or in small group gatherings held throughout the day. Fields of study included the arts, sciences, engineering, humanities and health and human services.

Redlands students conducted research and did presentations in fields including biology, chemistry, inorganic chemistry, marine biology, genetics, autism and other areas.

Projects examined the 2003 bark beetle outbreak, elements of Down Syndrome, autism, otter behavior and anesthetics, among other areas. Specific presentations included:

  • Jerald Chavez, studying the Xwnt-3a gene’s expression and its effect on ear development. He was mentored by Professor Caryl Forristall.
  • Andy Burris engaged in a study that found a correlation between peptide functional groups and migration times in open tubular capillary electrochromatography. He was mentored by Professor David P. Schrum.
Other students completing research projects and attending the conference included Ross Blanchard, Marshall Chaffee, Rebecca Dehart, Jessika Griganavicus, Christina Hess, Nicolette Jonkhoff, Catherine Koch, Mary Krendel, Jon Mejia, Roxann Merizan, Brian Monk, Martin Morin, Tenley Rawlings, Cezar Rodarte, and Marisa Weaver.

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