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Seventh Annual UMW Research Symposium April 26 & 27

 MG 8252The Seventh Annual University of Montana Western Research Symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the UMW campus.

The symposium is presented by the UMW Biology Club but also features cross-disciplinary research by Montana Western students from a variety of majors. The Biology Club received 35 abstracts this year, and the symposium will feature 20 talks and 15 posters detailing a diverse cross section of novel undergraduate research.

Student research will represent the University of Montana Western Departments of Biology; Environmental Sciences; English; Mathematics; History, Philosophy and Social Sciences; and Health and Human Performance.

Presentations will include a variety of topics, including internship experience analyzing soils for the Pace Analytical environmental lab, obesity in the U.S., study abroad experiences, research on the performance and contribution of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics football players and much more.

On Friday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., Sarah O’Neal will deliver the keynote address on conservation issues facing trout and salmon populations around the world.

On Friday from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., Sarah O’Neal will deliver the keynote address on conservation issues facing trout and salmon populations around the world.

O’Neal was the associate director of fisheries research and consulting with Pebble Science. While at Pebble Science, she worked to provide fisheries and aquatic sciences expertise to non-profits and tribal groups in Bristol Bay, Alaska. O’Neal has 15 years of experience working in lakes and rivers around the world, primarily within salmon and trout habitats. She has specialized in water quality, aquatic plants, salmon and trout ecology, as well as pubic outreach on these topics.

O’Neal received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station.

The Research Symposium begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Appetizers will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and there is a reception immediately following the keynote speaker. The symposium will continue on Saturday, April 27 with a breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by presentations and a lunch at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.