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10/24/2006 Linfield students present science research

MCMINNVILLE - Linfield College science students and faculty members presented research at the 15th Regional Conference on Undergraduate Research of the Murdock College Science Research Program Oct. 20 and 21 at the University of Portland.

The annual conference spotlights student and faculty collaborative science research funded by the Murdock College Science Research Program and by other sources such as college research endowments and outside research grants. Linfield students gave oral and poster presentations, and had a chance to compare their work with research by peers from other institutions.

Three Linfield students gave oral presentations at the conference. Seniors Caitlin Deane of Bend and Gerald Turner of Corvallis presented "Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and enzyme kinetics." Senior Jory Schossau of Hillsboro presented "Tour-giving autonomous robotics."

Eleven other Linfield students attended the conference including seniors Jacob Kleffner of Tigard, Werner Arntz of Burns, Leslie Grimes of Eugene, Kelly Peng of Clackamas, Mollie Skov of The Dalles, and Fan Shi of Chengdu, China; juniors Cathy Pham of Newberg, Chris Braden of Salem, Catherine Clark of Boise, Idaho, Jacob Didesch of Spokane, Wash.; and sophomore Rachel Kaneta of Hilo, Hawaii.

According to Michael Roberts, Linfield professor of biology and supervisor of some student presentations at the conference, the majority of biology and chemistry majors continue into professional or graduate school programs involving research or clinical work.

"Research with faculty members gives students great experience in putting together projects, and this conference gives them additional experience in making presentations that will be judged by fellow students and experts in their field," Roberts said.

In addition to Roberts, eight other faculty members representing chemistry, biology and physics, and two deans took part in the conference.