M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Vancouver, WA
March 2019


Dr. Michael Callahan – Boise State University, Boise, ID
Investigating Reaction Pathways Leading to Peptide Nucleic Acid Monomers under Plausible Prebiotic Conditions
Alison Fielding, Centennial High School, Boise ID

Dr. Jennifer Chase – Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID
Modeling the Effect of Estrogen on Uterine Cell Carbohydrate Metabolism
Tracey Cook, Skyview High School, Nampa, Idaho

Dr. Gautam Kumar – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Deep Learning-Based Noninvasive Brain Decoder
Pat Blount, Moscow High School, Moscow, ID

Dr. Jennifer Pierce – Boise State University, Boise, ID
Place-Based Research for a Changing Plant: Assessing Soil and Canopy Carbon Storage
Erin Stutzman, Timberline HIgh School, Boise, Idaho

Dr. Jennifer Pierce – Boise State University, Boise, ID
Using a Legacy of Wildfire, Logging, and Mining to Examine the Effect of Landuse on Soil Development in the Mountains of Central Idaho
Natalie Kulick, Idaho City Schools, Idaho City, ID

Dr. Heidi Ware Carlisle – Boise State University, Boise, ID
Insect Biodiversity Census: Gathering Pre-Restoration Baseline data for a Riparian Area at the Urban-Wildland Interface
John Schisel, Borah High School, Boise, Idaho


Dr. Jack Brookshire – Montana State University Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
Understanding Drivers of Recent Afforestation in the Northern Great Plains’ Mixed-Grass Prairie
Victoria Dille, Bozeman Field School, Bozeman, MT

Dr. Stephan Warnat – Montana State University Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
Sensor Characterization for In Situ Temperature Measurements in Ice
David Hembroff, Stillwater Christian School, Kalispell MT

Dr. Andrew Whiteley – University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Where Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Meet: An Experimental Test of Genetic Rescue in a Headwater Trout
Julia Crocker, Frenchtown High School, Frenchtown, MT


Dr. Joseph Ryan – Hermiston School District 8R, Hermiston, OR
Chemistry in Confined Spaces
Anna Reuter, Hermiston High School, Hermiston, OR


Dr. Tanya Cheeke – Washington State University Foundation, Pullman, WA
Evaluating the Role of Soil Microbes in Ecological Restorations
Allison Winward, Kamiakin High School, Kennewick, WA

Dr. Samuel Fox – Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, WA
Genetic and Physiological Characterization of Enhanced Stress Tolerance in Grafted Tomatoes
Tracy Russell, Pope John Paul II High School, Lacey, WA

Dr. Krisztian Magori – Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Investigating the Effect of Elevation, Slope, and Aspect on Tick Density and Disease Transmission in the Inland Northwest
Drake Haren, Three Springs High School, Cheney, WA

Dr. Steven Neshyba – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Investigating the Surface Morphology of Hexagonal Ice Crystals Using Scanning Electron Microscopy
Natalie Reszka, Lincoln High School, Tacoma, WA

Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens – Washington State University Foundation, Pullman, WA
Impacts of Nutrients on Algal Blooms in the Columbia River Estuary
Mariah McClesky, Jason Lee Middle School, Vancouver, WA

Dr. Cheryl Schultz – Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Do Climate-Mediated Shifts in Phenology Affect Population Viability of Northwest Butterflies?
Lisa Cavola, Skyview High School, Vancouver, WA

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