Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium/Annual Meeting

85th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium & 31st MAS Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8am - 4pm
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN


Keynote Speaker:  Christy L. Haynes, Ph.D.

Dr. Haynes is the Elmore H. Northey Professor and Associate Department Head of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. The Haynes Research Group focuses on applications of analytical chemistry in the fields of immunology and toxicology. Major areas of focus include nanotoxicology and the fundamental properties of cells involved in inflammation. The Haynes lab studies pressing fundamental and and applied problems in nanoscience, environmental science, and immunology -- such as the potential biological and ecological impacts of nanoparticles added to consumer products.

What Is Winchell?
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. The keynote address and oral presentations will take place in the morning. Breakout sessions will be held during lunch. Poster sessions will run in the afternoon.

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.

Students:  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) and your research is in chemistry or biochemistry, 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 neither your institution nor ACS is paying your fee, please be prepared to pay $75 when you register.

A $10 late fee will apply to all registrations completed after March 16 at 5:00pm.

Student Participants:  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

your presentation title and abstract (250 words max.)

Questions?  Please contact

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Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!


American Chemical Society

Anonymous donation in memory of former Minnesota Academy of Science Executive Director M. I. (Buzz) Harrigan

Beta Beta Beta

Bethel University, Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Carleton College, Department of Chemistry

Hamline University, Departments of Biology and Chemistry

Macalester College, Department of Biology

St. Catherine University, School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

St. Olaf College, Natural Sciences and Math and Department of Economics

University of Minnesota  Duluth, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Pharmacology

University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Department of Biology and Biochemistry

University of St. Thomas, Departments of Chemistry and Health and Human Performance; Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Results of 2017 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium at Macalaster 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.