The Department of Biology has been proud to showcase our undergraduate’s research at the John Koeppe Undergraduate Honors Research Symposium since 1985.

This symposium is held twice a year – in early November during the fall semester and in early April during the spring semester.  BIOL 692H students give an oral presentation/defense of their research for their Senior Honors Thesis in Biology. Biology majors/2nd majors may choose to do their senior honors thesis in either the fall or spring semester of their senior year.  Dr Amy Shaub Maddox ( is our Biology Honors Director. BIOL 692H semester directors are Dr Amy Shaub Maddox (Spring 2019) and Dr Steve Matson (Fall 2019). Upcoming symposium dates are listed below.  These events are free and open to the public!

Spring 2019  Koeppe Biology Undergraduate Honors Symposium (Dr Amy Shaub Maddox, Spring Semester Director) will be held Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2019 in Coker 215.

Fall 2019 Koeppe Biology Undergraduate Honors Symposium (Dr Steve Matson, Fall Semester Director) – TBA in November, 2019 in Coker 215.

Spring 2019 Senior Honors Theses

Research Themes

Student Names (with links to more info)

Nuclear Dynamics Esther Kwon, Ayush Doshi, and Coco Liu
Cell Migration Ramy Sharaf, Tanya Qureshi, and Aashka Patel
Virology Claire Thefaine, Daniel Winecoff, Ashlyn Morgan White, and Sam Raines
Cellular Basis of Development Gabriel Harousseau, Abby Bergman, and Larry Yang
Kinase Signaling Meghana Ganapathiraju, Anusha Doshi, and Sydney DiDonato
Macrophages and Autoimmune Disease Sabrina Madrigal, Zac Lynch, and Amber Tang
Cell Signaling
Clara Seifert, Hope Allen, Dale Bates
Chromatin Justin Magin, Huaitong Wu, and Alyssa Guo
Basic Neuroscience Maggie Cai, Caroline Minnick, Kevin Zhou
Applied Neuroscience Madeline Watson, Chichi Zhu, Ally Dombroski
Leo Zsembik, Liah McPherson, Shivani Desai
Ecology Hannah Medford, Bailey Thomasson, Acacia Zhao
Technology and Disease
Koby Amankwah, Halle Lutz, Caroline Hopkins