The Future of Research

May 31, 2019
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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!

Shanelle Wikramanayake on the poster for this year's UW Undergrad Research Symposium

Shanelle Wikramanayake on the poster for this year's UW Undergrad Research Symposium. Poster: UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

Terrell and Rochelle with Terrell's research poster

Terrell Engmann presenting his research at the UW Undergrad Research Symposium with mentor Santana Lab PhD student Rochelle Kelly. Photo: Sharlene Santana/Burke Museum.

A crowd of people at the 2018 UW Undergrad Research Symposium

A crowd of people at the 2018 UW Undergrad Research Symposium. Photo: UW UAA.

Lianna Molas Marilao from the Sidor Lab presents her research poster

Lianna Molas Marilao from the Sidor Lab presents her research poster. Photo: Burke Museum. 

Mason Gosney from the Olmstead Lab presents his research poster

Mason Gosney from the Olmstead Lab presents his research poster. Photo: Burke Museum.

A group of students mentored by Holly Barker present their research poster

A group of students mentored by Holly Barker present their research poster. Photo: Burke Museum.

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!

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 presents her research poster

Ammara Touch from Janneke Hille Ris Lambers Lab used herbarium specimens for her undergrad research project. Photo: David Giblin/Burke Museum.

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