Oregon SPUR Students Presenting at SACNAS Next Week

At the end of each summer, the university's SPUR students are encouraged to submit an abstract and apply to present their research at a conference. The Zemper Lab's two 2018 SPUR students, Sam and TJ, will be traveling to San Antonio in Texas next week to participate in and present their research posters at SACNAS. They will be accompanied by Dr. Annie Zemper who will represent the UO biology department at the conference.

SACNAS is the "Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science" - an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Congrats TJ on OURS (SPUR)

Congratulations to one of our stellar undergraduate students, TJ Ekstrom, for being accepted into this year's summer OURS program (Oregon Undergraduate Researchers of SPUR). The OURS program works closely with SPUR (Summer Program for Undergraduate Research) and provides fellowship opportunities to current UO undergraduates to participate in research at the university.

Graduating Seniors

Congrats to our undergraduate lab members Nick Jahahan and Alison Monahan on graduating with their bachelor's degrees this June. Nick majored in general science and has been hired to continue to work in the Zemper lab as a full time technician. Alison, a Clark Honor's College graduate, majored in biology with honors, with a minor in global health.

Best of luck to both of you in all your future endeavors!

Welcome Samantha, our 2018 SPUR student

We are fortunate again this year to have a bright and talented undergraduate student join us in the lab for the summer through the Oregon SPUR program: so a warm welcome to Samantha Soto! 


SPUR (Summer Program for Undergraduate Research) is a competitive internship program at the UofO that is open to qualifying undergraduate students from all over the country, and some internationally. SPUR students complete their own brief (8 week) research project with the guidance of a mentor, culminating in a talk and poster presentation at the end of the summer. The students each get hands on experience generating, gathering, and analyzing their data, and we're excited that Samantha can join us at the bench this summer.