Events From Previous Years

UO-REU 2015 Events

Intern Arrival Welcoming

2015 Welcoming Reception
UO-REU scholars meet UO Life Sciences faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate researchers.

First year UO Graduate student Rotation Talks

Faculty Research Seminar Series

2015 Faculty Research Seminar Series

"Visual processing in the retina"
Peter O'Day, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"The role of CagA and microbial communities on host epithelial proliferation and disease"
Tiffani Jones, UO META Center for Systems Biology

"Evolution of the craniofacial skeleton"
Jamie Nichols, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"Speech rhythm: what it is and why it matters"
Lisa Redford, UO Department of Linguistics

"“Neural stem cell proliferation and quiescence"
Sen-Lin Lai, UO Institute of Neuroscience, Institute of Molecular Biology

"Motor unit function: The curious case of adult aging"
Brian Dalton, UO Department of Human Physiology

"The synaptic interactions underlying binaural interactions in rat auditory cortex"
Michael Kyweriga, UO Institute of Neuroscience, Department of Psychology

"Tipping the Scales: Zebrafish as a model for translational research"
Jennifer Phillips, UO Institute of Neuroscience

"Understanding Heterochromatin Using the Model Organism Neurospora crassa"
Tish Wiles, UO Institute of Molecular Biology

"The second brain" - development of the zebrafish enteric nervous system"
Julia Ganz, UO Institute of Neuroscience

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Professional Development Workshops

2015 Professional Development Workshops
NCU Lounge - Thursdays
"How to Make the Most of the SPUR Summer Experience"
Peter O'Day, UO SPUR Director

"Diversity in Science Professions"
Carla Gary, UO Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

"On Being a Scientist: Cultures in Science"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

"Graduate and Professional Schools"
UO Graduate Student Panel: Christine O'Connor, Kate Walsh

"Internet Tools in Life Sciences Research"
Brian Westra, UO Science Library room 90

"Research Skills, Scientific Literature"
Peter O'Day,UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

"Responsible Conduct of Research"
Peter O'Day,UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

"Preparing and Developing Professional Scientific Platform Talks"
Alice Barkan, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology

"Topics in Undergraduate Research and Graduate Schools"
Audrey Cramer, UO Office of Multicultural Academic Support

"Navigating Careers in Science"
Panel Discussion with UO Faculty, Postdocs, and Students

"Program Evaluation"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

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Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities

crater lake
2015 Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities

Portland Visit to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

"Tide Pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon"
Jan Hodder, UO Biology and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Mount Mazama
Crater Lake

Mckenzie River
River Rafting

Oregon City
Research Station and skydiving

"Stars and Volcanos"
Newberry Crater and the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
Daniele McKay, UO Department of Geological Sciences


"Redwoods of California"
Visit to Fern Canyon at Prairie Creek Campgrounds


Oakridge (Waldo Lake Day trip)

Bend (South Sister)

"Dunes of Oregon"
SPUR excursion to Honeyman Park and Cleawox Lake

"Silver Creek Falls"
Hiking trips to Silver Creek Falls State Park

"SPUR Discussion Panel with Oregon Young Scholars (OYS)"
HEDCO 220, Oregon Young Scholars

"SPUR Speed Mentoring with OYS"
EMU South Lawn/Hamilton Dining Hall

"Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Program"
University of Oregon, SAIL Program

"Imaging the functioning human brain"
UO Lewis Center for NeuroImaging

"Fall Creek Reservoir"
Tubing and Swimming at Fall Creek Reservoir

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Research Discussion Group

2015 Research Discussion Group
Various Locations

UO-REU scholars discuss their ongoing projects, Location NCU Lounge

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Because the UO SPUR Symposium presentations include original, unpublished data from ongoing investigations, we do not release text, recordings or abstracts from the Symposium. Information may be available directly from the research directors.

Dr. Karen Guillemin, UO META Center Director

Keynote Talk

Dr. Diane Hawley , UO Institute of Molecular Biology


Lacey Lopez University of Missouri-Columbia
"Diet influences the reproductive success of Caenorhabditis elegans"
Professor Patrick Phillips , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Stephen Banse

Jackson Osaghae-Nosa University of Missouri-Columbia
"Factors that influence propensity to arrest in RNA Polymerase II of Saccharomyces cerevisiae "
Professor Diane Hawley, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Christian Burns


Sophie White McDaniel College
"How does light affect the translation of psbA mRNA in chloroplasts? "
Professor Alice Barkan, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Non Chotewutmontri


Mohammed Sahar
University of Massachusetts
"Classification of Inorganic Nanoscale Speciation Through Proton, 27Al, and 69/71Ga-NMR"
Professor Darren Johnson and Jim Hutchison, Department of Chemistry
Mentor:Brantly Fulton

Sarina Pollat-Sandoval University of New Mexico
"Evolution of Specificity for S100A5 and S100A6 Ca2+-Binding Proteins"
Professor Mike Harms, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Luke Wheeler

Kali Prescott California State University, Monterey Bay
"How does deep peat warming affect greenhouse gas porewater concentrations? "
Professor Scott Bridgham , Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Anya Hopple

Michael Hirezi Louisiana State University
"Bacteriophage T4 gene protein 32: Modelling the dynamics of the cooperative binding of gp32 onto ssDNA"
Professor Andy Marcus , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mentor: Brett Israels

Reina Betancourt Georgia State University
"The Effects of Organized Gene Expression Patterns on Bacterial Behavior"
Professor Karen Guillemin, Institute of Molecular Biology, Raghu Parthasarathy, Department of Physics, Tristan Ursell Department of Physics
Mentor: Dr Travis Wiles

Nick Jackson University of Alaska Anchorage
"Value Based Decision Making in Caenorhabditis elegans"
Professor Shawn Lockery, Institute of Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr Travis Wiles

Brian Rodriguez Texas Tech University
"A Novel Gene, CG7706, and Its Implications In Synaptic Overgrowth and Development"
Professor Tory Herman, Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mike Spinner
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