Undergraduate Virtual Conference

The 2020 Undergraduate Conference is a virtual showcase of the important, high-level research Westminster undergraduate students have done. Students across various academic programs and schools participated with the approval of their faculty sponsor. Take a moment to explore all of the interesting projects students have undertaken this year.

Keynote Address

Alexa Sand, Associate VP of Research, Utah State University


Biology

Shawntel Wilson

Canine Parvovirus


Johanna Bossart

Illustrating the Great Salt Lake



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Savannah Olsen

The Genetic Link to Musculoskeletal Injury; Fact or Fiction?

Haley K. Nate, Emily G. Calhoun, Ambur M. Staab, David L. Parrott, Jr.

Characterization of Halophyte Rhizosphere Microbiomes at Great Salt Lake, Utah

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Aaron Smith

Wort Sugar Utilization during a Nine-Generation Serial Repitching Experiment

Geology

Kane Dodson & Megan Fairchild

Exploring the Use of an Experiential Seismometer Display to Improve Earthquake Preparedness


Mariah P. Slagle and David W. Goldsmith

Microfossils from the Carboniferous Ochre Mountain Limestone, Lakeside Mountains, Utah

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Calli B. Cahill, Adrik Z. Da Silva, and Bonnie Baxter, Ph.D.

Mineralogy of Great Salt Lake: An Analogue for Martian Evaporites


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History

Sarah Watterson

Magical Utah: The History of Magic in the Deseret Territory

Sean Lambourne

Hans and Sophie Scholl, The White Rose, and Why They're Important Today

Joelee Cherrington

Kido Takayoshi of Meiji Japan


Economics

Daniel Craig

The Problem with the Pharmaceutical Industry


Kevin Musar

Global Climate Change


Josie M. Stoker

The Legacy of Redlining for Black College Students


Ryan McLaughlin

Conspicuous Conservation

Sarah Jane Grundon & Hudson Schmucker

Cost Benefit Analysis of Japanese Beetle in Utah

Chris Mullin

Economic Benefits Behind Rehabilitation


Maxwell Thomas White

The Principle of Effective Demand in the 21st Century


Konrad Mitchell

Exogenous and Endogenous Growth Theories


Paul Nasca

Development' and the Habits of a Decent Life

Jaedri Wood

The Teetotalers’ Nightmare and the Consumers’ Dream: Liquor Privatization in Utah

Communication

Rebecca Blanton

Efficient Management Communication in Fast-Casual Food Service

Latin American Studies

Wyatt Merrill

Continental and National Identities in the Americas

Environmental Studies

Eliza Van Dyk

Resilient Communities Impacted by Uranium Mining in the Southwest

Psychology

Kenzie Campbell

Objectification Theory: Alternative Media Use to Disrupt OT Pathways


Neuroscience

Zia L'Ecuyer and Krista L. Todd

Homologous Neurons in Leeches are Responsible for Identical Reproductive Behavior Across Different Species

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Mathematics

Nicole Rodriguez Cavero

The Geometry of Chaos



Public Health

Madelyn Bayles

Idle-Free Schools: Perceptions and Efficacy


Mary Grace Lewis

Safe Consumption Sites: Physical and Social Harm Reduction and Economic Efficacy

Philosophy

Katie Saad

Hormone Regulation in the Olympics: For the Sake of Gender Equality, Ban it

Sammantha Rosales-Hernandez

Aesthetic Experience: A Universal Growth Model