Pavlis Honors College

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Overhead view of Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Friday, March 29 in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts from 1-5pm. The Symposium highlighted the amazing cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech's campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students.

The Pavlis Honors College hosts undergraduate researchers and scholars from all departments, schools and programs to present abstracts for presentation at our annual symposium.

Undergraduate researchers and scholars from all departments, schools and programs are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the symposium each year. 

The symposium gives undergraduate students the opportunity to:

  • present posters describing completed or ongoing research
  • receive feedback from faculty judges
  • learn from experience

The winners of the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium were:

1st Place: Ceily Fessel Doan, Environmental Engineering for "Comparison of Nannochloropsis and Chlorelle Vulgaris Algae to Energy Efficiency in the Rio Grande Watershed" working with Alex Mayer 

Ceily Fessel Doan

2nd Place: Jacob LeBarre, Chemical Engineering for "Improvement of Virus Purification Method using Cation Exchange Chromatography" working with Caryn Heldt

Jacob LeBarre

3rd Place: Kaylee Meyers, Biomedical Engineering for "Nitric Oxide Releasing Composite Hydrogels for Tendon Repair Via Matrix Metalloproteinase Controlled Pathways" working with Rupak Rajachar

Kaylee Meyers

We would also like to recognize two students in the Honorable Mention category:

  • Brenna Rosso, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology for "Assessing the Expression and Purification of Arg-Tagged MS2 Coat Protein by Cation Exchange Chromatography" working with Ebenezer Tumban
  • Elizabeth Polega, Biomedical Engineering for "Antibacterial Properties of Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Coatings Prepared by Simple Two-Step Shaking-Assisted Method" working with Bruce Lee

Congratulations to all of our winners and honorable mentions!
Thank you to all of the faculty, staff and students that judged and attended the 2019 Symposium.

If you would like to view and download photos from the 2019 Symposium please visit the Pavlis Honors College Flickr page. You can also view the 2019 URS booklet that details all of the Symposium participant abstracts.