M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences

College Science Research
A group photo of nearly four hundred college students wearing blue tshirts at the 2022 MCSR Conference
2022 MCSR Conference

Each Fall, the Trust and a different Northwest private college or university co-host a research conference associated with the Murdock College Science Research Program. The conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research.

Attendance at this conference is by invitation. Oral and poster research presentations by students form the core of the conference, and a talk by a nationally recognized research scientist is also presented.

The following institutions are current members of MCSRP: College of Idaho, Gonzaga University; Lewis & Clark College; Linfield College; Northwest Nazarene University; Pacific University; Pacific Lutheran University; Seattle University; University of Portland; University of Puget Sound; Whitman College; and Willamette University.

To request an invitation or additional information, email Dr. Moses Lee, vice president for scientific research grants and programming, or call 360-694-8415.

Our Next Conference

The next conference will be held on November 8-9, 2024, and the co-host will be Whitman College. The theme of the conference will be Saving Our Planet Through Scientific Research.

Conference Information and Resources

A young woman with dark hair presents a poster at the 2022 MCSR Conference
A student presents her research at the 2022 MCSR Conference.

Presentation Instructions & Tips

Oral presentations will be divided between Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, while poster presentations will be split into the following categories:

  • A – Ecology/Evolution/Biodiversity
  • B – Developmental Biology/Physiology
  • C – Molecular and Cell Biology
  • D – Neuroscience/Psychology/Exercise Science
  • E – Biochemistry
  • F – Organic Chemistry
  • G – Analytical/Inorganic/Physical Organic/Computational Chemistry
  • H – Environmental Science/Geology
  • I – Microbiology
  • J – Physics

Instructions – specific to the Murdock College Science Research Conference

NOTE: It is not a requirement, however if you would like to use the Murdock Trust logo or College Science Research logo in your presentation, please download the appropriate logo from this page. Please contact us at mcsrp@murdocktrust.org if you have any questions.

General Tips – not specific to the Murdock College Science Research Conference

MCSR Conference Highlights

Each year Murdock presents various research awards to faculty and students across a variety of subjects. We are proud to highlight this valuable work.

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