Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium/Annual Meeting

85th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium & 31st MAS Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 21, 2018
University of St. Thomas
Registration will open February 5, 2018

What Is It?

The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium prepares undergraduate students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter.

There are four main components of the event: a keynote lecture, oral presentations, breakout sessions and poster presentations.
Registration Information
  • Each attendee must register individually. The system cannot process mass registrations from institutions. 
  • You must complete all registration questions in one sitting, as the system does not save work in progress, only completed applications. 
  • If you think your institution is paying your registration fee, be sure to verify this in advance. When you register, you must provide the name, title and email address of the person who approved payment. If you or your advisor is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), ACS will pay for your registration if you are one of the first seven students to register from your institution! Just be sure to answer the appropriate questions when registering.
  • If either your institution or ACS is paying for your registration, when you get to the payment page, select "send me an invoice" and enter information that will help us bill the appropriate people.
Be sure to have the following information ready when you register:
your advisor's name and email address,
whether you'll be doing an oral or poster presentation, and
your presentation title and abstract.

Questions?  Please contact


Photography notice

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Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!






University of Minnesota Chemistry Department's Dwight C. Legler Memorial Fund







 Results of 2017 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium at Macalester College  

Out of a total of 130 registrants, 85 were students who came from 19 different schools and 30 departments scattered around Minnesota. A small number of students even came from Iowa and Wisconsin! 
Check out the projects on display here.
Look at the journal of abstracts and program from the day.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Mary Montgomery, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Macalester College, gave a talk on gene editing. Professor Montgomery studies regulation of gene expression, specifically the mechanisms underlying a form of gene silencing called RNA interference. She is starting a new research project using the genome editing tool Cas9 to study regulation of maternally expressed genes in the genetic model organism C. elegans and other closely-related nematodes. Professor Montgomery is also a Health Professions advisor. 

Courses: Genetics, Developmental Biology, Research in Molecular Biology, Clinical Genetics, Senior Seminar. Research: Animal development, molecular genetics, evolution of developmental mechanisms. BA: Immaculata College (Biology). PhD: University of Southern California (Biological Sciences). Post-doc: Carnegie Institution of Washington, Embryology Department.