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



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.

 

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



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.

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



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





 





 

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



Mathematics

 

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



 





 

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