Carroll Students Present at the Murdock Undergraduate Research Conference

Students stand in front of posters presenting biology results

Last weekend six research students from Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology attended the 31st annual Murdock Science Research Conference in Vancouver, WA.

The Murdock Student Research conference is unique amongst scientific conferences because it is exclusively focused on displaying the depth, breadth, and quality of undergraduate research. Carroll was one of the elite 30 private schools invited to the undergraduate research conference. All of our students presented their research posters on topics that ranged from nanopore sequencing of microbial communities to the characterization of cartilage explants exposed to short-term simulated microgravity.

The Murdock College Science Research Conference presented us with a platform to explain our research to both our peers and the world at large. I was honored to have been able to attend; the energy, the diverse backgrounds and feeling of One Earth, one Scientific Community truly shined through. I'll never forget the experience of talking to my academic peers, and the true feeling of hope for the future that came from those conversations and questions.

Alex Flynn Senior, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


The Murdock Charitable Trust is a generous and long-term supporter of undergraduate research at Carroll. The Trust has provided support for faculty start-up research, scientific instrumentation, and natural science research grants.

It was an incredible experience to not only get to present our research but to learn about what other students are doing in the Pacific Northwest. It helped me to understand the impact and importance of research as a whole.

Marrin Chapman Sophomore, Biology

We are extremely thankful to the Trust for this special opportunity to show off the incredible work of our students under the mentorship of our faculty. Carroll looks forward to future collaborations with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust that result in increasing the number of undergraduate research experiences we provide our students.

This experience truly opened my eyes to what the future of so many areas of study will look like, from medicine to bioinformatics to astrophysics. Being surrounded by great people who want to improve the world around us was inspiring, and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this conference as a representative of Carroll College’s undergraduate research program

Matt Cortner, Senior Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

You can help provide these impactful opportunities for Carroll College students. To learn more about supporting student research opportunities and student scholarships, or creating an endowed faculty professorship, please contact Chris Aimone, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at, 406-447-4445.