Presentations and Awards

All participants in the School of Science Summer Research Program present their research findings at the Brousseau Poster Session held each fall.  Students who conduct research during the academic year or at other institutions are also welcome to present their results.

The student whose research poster is deemed the most outstanding by the research committee is presented with the Joseph P. McKenna Science Medal. Recent Joseph P. McKenna award winners are listed below.

In addition, participants in the Summer Research Program may be selected to present their results at the undergraduate student poster sessions at the annual meetings of Sigma Xi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held in various major cities throughout the United States and Canada.  SMC students have been commended by these prestigious organizations every year for the high quality of their work.  Recent attendees at Sigma Xi and AAAS are listed below.

*Please note the registration deadlines for presentation and/or attendance at Sigma Xi and AAAS, listed under upcoming meetings.

Joseph P. McKenna award winners

  • 2011
    Christopher Beck (Biology; Mentor - Professor Joel Burley)
    Remote and Urban Air Quality: Surface Ozone in the bay Area and White Mountains of CA.
  • 2010
    Gabrielle Diaz (Biochemistry; Mentor - Professor Jeffrey Sigman)
    Thimet Oligopeptidase:  Fluorescent Labeling to Investigate Structural Changes.
  • 2009
    Thomas Reynolds (Cellular and Molecular Biology; Mentor - Professor Keith Garrison).
    Novel Polymorphisms in Human Endogenous Retrovirus K113 as Observed in the Human Adenocarcinoma Cell Line MCF-7
  • 2008
    Christian Snead "Analysis of Membrane Composition and Identification of Halophilic Bacteria Using Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Profiles"
  • 2007
    Michelle Souza "Feasibility of a Real-Time PCR Assay Covering a Broad Spectrum of High-Risk HPV Genotypes"
  • 2006
    Katie Azevedo "Surface Ozone Concentration and Weekend Effect Study in Joshua Tree National Park and Surrounding Urban Locations"
  • 2005
    Ashley Martin "Influence of Global Geology on the Evolution of Animals: Breakup of Pangaea and the Molecular Phylogeny of Amphibians"

Sigma Xi attendees


AAAS attendees


  • Emily King
    "Transport Dynamics Associated with Surface Ozone Concentrations at Remote Locations in Joshua Tree National Park"
    Award: Honorable Mention
  • Michael Pisarek
    "Antimicrobial Natural Products from the Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus"
  • Jia Shen
    "Manatee Vocalization Computational Analysis"

Upcoming meetings

Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

  • 2011
    Raleigh, North Carolina

AAAS Annual Meeting

  • 2009
    Chicago, IL, February 12-16 2009
  • 2010
    San Diego, CA, February 18-22 2010
  • 2011
    Washington, DC, February 17-21 2011
  • 2012
    Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 16-20 2012
  • 2013
    Boston, MA, February 14-18 2013