Graduate Student Celebration

Spring 2024 Graduate Student Symposium

Join us in-person or online on Friday May 10th for our Spring Graduate Student Research Celebration!

Memorial Union 109 and via Zoom

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Spring 2024 Graduate Student Symposium

Join us for our Botany and Plant Pathology Graduate Student Research Celebration event on May 10th, 2024 in a new hybrid format. Graduate students will present their research in-person to both a live and online audience. Our moderator for the symposium will be Diana Ruggiero (PhD) from the Leiboff Lab.

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 - 5:00 PM

Download Program

Spring Symposium Program

Time Presentations

1:00 PM

Joey Spatafora

Introduction and Opening Remarks

1:05 PM

Savannah Phipps

High-throughput phenotyping of nematode-induced plant stress in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Advisor: Inga Zasada

1:30 PM

Brooklyn Richards

Ecological Mechanisms of Gynodioecy Maintenance in Meadow Checkermallow (Sidalcea campestris)

Advisor: Andy Jones

1:55 PM

Anupa Gaire

Grapevine trunk disease management for conventional and organic production

Advisor: Achala KC

2:20 PM

Break 1

2:35 PM
Alexandria Kurowski

Characterizing transposable elements and repetitive DNA in the giant genomes of three Fritillaria species

Advisor: Aaron Liston

3:00 PM
Gabrielle (Gabby) Studebaker

Distribution and impact of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne chitwoodi and M. hapla) on potato in the Pacific Northwest

Advisor: Inga Zasada

3:25 PM
Katherine Topham

Exploring the Impact of viral Pathogens on Blueberry production

Advisor: Dimitre Mollov

3:50 PM

Break 2

4:05 PM
Harrison Bell

Pollen Grain Morphology in Zea mays

Advisor: John Fowler Jr.

4:30 PM
Kimberly Syring

Deciphering the genotype-phenotype connection: evaluating the impacts of environmental and species diversity on functional traits in Basidiobolus

Advisors: Joseph Spatafora

4:55 PM

Closing Comments

5:00 PM

Silent Auction

More information will be added and provided as it becomes available. Please check back often until the final details have been confirmed. Speakers, titles, schedule timing, and other details are subject to change. Reach out to the BPP team for any questions.

Poster Session:

  • Michele Wiseman (PhD): "Using Computer Vision Models to Detect and Quantify Two-Spotted Spider Mite Life Stages for High Throughput Laboratory Assays and Field Monitoring"
  • Andreas Guerrero (PhD): "CRISPR-Cas9 Mediated Transformation of Rhizopus microsporus and Its Endosymbionts Reveals Fungal - Bacterial Interactions"
  • Maria-Jose Romero-Jimenez (PhD): "Phylogenetic diversity of phyllosphere yeasts in Populus trichocarpa"
  • Diana Ruggiero (PhD): "Understanding leaf vascular density through quantitative genetics and high-throughput phenotyping"