Graduate Student Celebration

Spring 2023 Graduate Student Symposium

Join us in-person or online on Friday May 5th for our Spring Graduate Student Research Celebration!

Memorial Union 109 and via Zoom

1:00PM - 7:00PM

Spring 2023 Graduate Student Symposium

Join us for our Botany and Plant Pathology Graduate Student Research Celebration event on May 5th, 2023 in a new hybrid format. Graduate students will present their research in-person to both a live and online audience. More details coming soon.

Please register if you are planning to attend this event. Zoom link will be sent in a follow-up email. All registrants will be entered into a raffle drawing for various prizes.


Thesis Proposal Presentations

Presented in a Hybrid Format

1:00 - 7:00 PM

Download Program

Spring Symposium Program


Time Presentations

1:00 PM

Joey Spatafora

Introduction and Opening Remarks

1:05 PM

Hannah Suli

Sudden Oak Death & Mycorrhizal Communities

Advisor: Jared LeBoldus

1:30 PM

Lester Nuñez Rodríguez

Nematodes in hop and hemp of the Pacific Northwest

Advisor: Inga Zasada

1:55 PM

Kameron Blair Kilday

Characterizing virulence in a diverse collection of the EFB pathogen, Anisogramma anomala

Advisors: Kenneth Johnson

2:20 PM

Break 1

2:35 PM
Kyle Mondron

Modulation of the sexual development of Linnemannia elongata by endohyphal bacterial symbionts

Advisor: Jessie Uehling

3:00 PM
Brian VerWey

'Mixing it up: the effect of ocean storms on phytoplankton, bacteria, and viruses

Advisor: Jason Graff

3:25 PM
Daniella Echeverria

Digging deeper: Identifying biotic characteristics of soils that supress powdery scab of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)

Advisor: Kenneth Frost

3:50 PM

Break 2

4:05 PM
Melissa Vergara

Harnessing beneficial microbes in cereal crops

Advisors: Posy Busby

4:30 PM
Harrison Flieg

Genetic characterization of mutations provides insights into functions of the conserved sperm cell-specific GAMETE EXPRESSED2 (GEX2) gene

Advisor: John Fowler Jr.

4:55 PM

Closing Comments

5:00 PM

Silent Auction

Poster Session:

  • Sebastian Mortimer
  • Abbey Neat
  • Michelle Wiseman
  • Savannah Phipps
  • Alex Wong
  • Jessie Zimmerman
  • María-José Romero-Jiménez
  • Kyle Gervers