Every year, the University of Washington features the groundbreaking and important research of UW undergraduate students at the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. At last year’s symposium, over 1,200 undergraduates participated in the symposium, with more than 3,500 people attending from the university and the greater community. At this year’s event on May 17, 2019, 33 students who referenced Burke specimens and/or were mentored by Burke curators presented their research findings at the symposium.
These students conduct research that are as diverse as the collections at the museum; from describing new species, to analyzing the impacts nuclear testing has both locally and in Oceania, the students shed important light on natural history and cultural topics across the globe.
Shanelle Wikramanayake (see this recent blog post about her research) was even featured on the poster for the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium!
Here are the undergrads that presented from the Burke and their topics. Congratulations to all of these amazing students and we’re excited to see where your research takes you in the future!
- Drake A Basso, Melaika I Andrike, Shannon Simone Chan, Elizabeth Huong Luong (Holly Barker): When the Dust Settles: Health Implications of the Marshallese after the US Nuclear Test Program
- Zola Veronica Cass, Rachael Emily Logan, Mia Thanh Le, Shelly Lin (Holly Barker): Unveiling the Effects of Radiation on the Silenced Atomic Communities of Nagasaki and Hanford
- Santiago Godoy, Olivia Peterson (Holly Barker): Underrepresented Health Disparities from Hanford’s Migrant Community
- Briana I Gutierrez (Holly Barker): Nuclear Culture in Latin America
- Corben Masterson, Dalena Kim Tran, Maybeleen Lio Saephanh (Holly Barker): Bringing Light to The University of Washington’s Involvement in Human Radiation Experiments
- Sumaiya Sathar, Jeanelle Marie Pascual Sales, Henry Felix Kamkoff (Holly Barker): Beyond the Banks of the Columbia
- Natalia Villamil (Holly Barker): Nuclear Tourism and how it Affects Perception and Society
- Jackie Yeh, Simreet Kaur Dhaliwal, Rachel Nakamura, Aditi Kumar (Holly Barker): Stay Silent or Blow the Whistle? Understanding the Motivations of Whistleblowers and Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Site
- Olivia H Witt (Sven Haakanson): The Handcraft Movement: The Subjectivity of Value
- Shanelle Ashwini Wikramanayake (Leaché Lab): A Phylogeographic Approach to the Conservation of the Rough Nose Horned Lizard, Ceratophora aspera
- Mason Gosney (Olmstead Lab): A Super-Matrix Approach to the Bignoniaceae Phylogeny
- Terrell Engmann (Santana Lab): Analysis of Sexual Dimorphism in Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
- Gabe Stedman Goncalves (Sidor Lab): A New Drepanosauromorph Species from the Chinle Formation of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
- Lianna Molas Marilao (Sidor Lab): Characterizing the Growth Patterns of Thickened Synapsid Skulls via Osteohistology
- Stokke Xu (Strömberg Lab): Investigating the Origins of the First Asian Grasslands
- Kailyn Zard (Strömberg Lab): Investigating Global Warming Impact on Phytolith Size
- Jonathan Michael Huie (Tornabene Lab): Co-Evolution of Cleaning and Morphology in Caribbean Neon Gobies
In addition to students whose mentors are curators at the Burke, students from other labs on campus utilized Burke Herbarium specimens in their research.
- Ammara Touch (Janneke Hille Ris Lambers Lab): Specific Leaf Area of Vaccinium ovalifolium across an Altitudinal Gradient
- Luke Schefke (Janneke Hille Ris Lambers Lab): Historical Masting Patterns of Plants in the Pacific Northwest