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




Shawntel Wilson

Canine Parvovirus

Savannah Olsen

The Genetic Link to Musculoskeletal Injury; Fact or Fiction?


Aaron Smith

Wort Sugar Utilization during a Nine-Generation Serial Repitching Experiment

Johanna Bossart

Illustrating the Great Salt Lake

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

Characterization of Halophyte Rhizosphere Microbiomes at Great Salt Lake, Utah



Watch a presentation of this paper here.


Watch a presentation of this paper here.




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

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

Mineralogy of Great Salt Lake: An Analogue for Martian Evaporites


Watch a presentation of this paper here.


Watch a presentation of this paper here.



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



Daniel Craig

The Problem with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Sarah Jane Grundon & Hudson Schmucker

Cost Benefit Analysis of Japanese Beetle in Utah

Konrad Mitchell

Exogenous and Endogenous Growth Theories

Kevin Musar

Global Climate Change

Chris Mullin

Economic Benefits Behind Rehabilitation

Paul Nasca

Development' and the Habits of a Decent Life

Josie M. Stoker

The Legacy of Redlining for Black College Students

Maxwell Thomas White

The Principle of Effective Demand in the 21st Century

Jaedri Wood

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

Ryan McLaughlin

Conspicuous Conservation





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



Kenzie Campbell

Objectification Theory: Alternative Media Use to Disrupt OT Pathways



Zia L'Ecuyer and Krista L. Todd

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



Nicole Rodriguez Cavero

The Geometry of Chaos


Watch a presentation of this paper here.

Public Health


Madelyn Bayles

Idle-Free Schools: Perceptions and Efficacy

Mary Grace Lewis

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





Katie Saad

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

Sammantha Rosales-Hernandez

Aesthetic Experience: A Universal Growth Model