UMCUR 2021 Presentations-Plenary

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021


Welcome to 2021 UMCUR!  Please watch a short "Welcome" video from Dr. Timothy Nichols, Chair of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee, and Dean of Davidson Honors College. 

Congratulations to ALL of the 2021 UMCUR presenters!  We welcome the public to view their online submissions.  
Click here to view the 2021 Virtual UMCUR Presentations. 

Note - Submissions are listed by category, oral or poster, and Title.  Click on the title to view the full submission. Most submissions have multiple files associated with their presentation, including a recorded video (MP4). Make sure to click on the blue “Download” button (upper right), as well as scroll to the bottom of each record for any additional files.

2021 Awardees Announced - Click here to view.



Jay Evans

Jay Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. Jay Evans is a Research Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences and Director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana.  Prior to joining the DBS Faculty at the University of Montana, Dr. Evans worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry for 15 years at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines (formerly Corixa Corporation) where he held various positions including Senior Scientist, Investigator and Project Leader.  While at GSK Vaccines, Dr. Evans worked on the discovery and development of novel vaccines, adjuvants and immunotherapeutics.  Dr. Evans completed is Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital working HIV immunology, stem cell transpllantion and lentiviral-based gene therapy systems. Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Oregon State University and a B.S. in biology from Pacific Lutheran University.

Dr. Evans is also the President and CEO of Inimmune, a biotech company in Missoula, MT focused on the discovery and development of new immunomodulatory therapeutics for treatment of allergic diseases, upper respiratory tract infection, topical treatment of skin diseases and other diseases targeted through innate immune receptor activation or inhibition.

Erin Landguth

Erin Landguth, Ph.D.
r. Erin Landguth’s research focus is in Computational Landscape Ecology: Developing, optimizing, and applying simulation programs for understanding relationships between biological processes and population patterns across landscapes. She is also part of UM's Center for Population Health Research and pursuing work to improve air pollution exposure models and the modeling of factors that influence respiratory health, specifically for rural populations like Montana. 

Stephanie LathropStephanie Lathrop, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephanie Lathrop is a Postdoctoral Immunologist and COVID-19 project leader for the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the University of Montana. CTM is a multi-disciplinary research center that assists faculty, staff, and students in the translation of pre-clinical research discoveries from bench to bedside. The Center works across the Montana University System to facilitate the ability of University researchers to better advance the clinical and/or commercial potential of their basic science discoveries.

Ethan Walker

Ethan Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. Ethan Walker
is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Montana studying the health effects of air pollution. He received a PhD in Environmental Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from Colorado State University in 2019. His doctoral research focused on the health effects of biomass cookstoves used in lower- and middle-income countries. Previously, Ethan graduated from the University of Kansas School of Nursing (BSN, 2010) and worked as a Registered Nurse before attending the Colorado School of Public Health (MPH, 2017).

Tony Ward

Tony Ward, Ph.D.
Dr. Tony Ward is currently the Professor and Chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences at the University of Montana.  In addition to teaching within the School, his research involves working in rural communities and schools throughout Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona on air pollution (forest fires and wood stoves) and health issues.


In addition to the Pre-recorded/uploaded Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations, UMCUR is hosting LIVE, INTERACTIVE student research sessions for each content area (i.e., Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Visual & Performing Arts).

Each of these synchronous, Zoom-based sessions will be facilitated/moderated by a faculty member(s). Students will log in to Zoom, briefly share their research projects (1-2 minutes max), and then engage in a discussion about their projects with other students. The purpose of these sessions is to provide a setting for a dynamic discussion of the research process and to create a venue in which students can engage with each other about their projects. The faculty moderator will be prepared with questions and topics to help students engage with each other. 

Preparation/Participation Instructions:

  • Create a single PowerPoint slide to introduce your project that includes:  title, authors/faculty mentors, and the main points and results that will generate interest in your project. This slide should NOT be cram-packed with info - it is intended to introduce your project, not include all the details. 

  • Prepare a 1-2 minute oral "presentation" to introduce the project in a sort of teaser format - providing just enough information about the purpose of the project to drum up interest (i.e., a teaser).

  • Be prepared to have an interactive Q&A/discussion session with your peers (facilitated by faculty mentors in your category area). You should feel comfortable talking about all parts of the project during this session and should be prepared to ask your peers questions.  We anticipate that the "oral presentations" will take 20-30 minutes and the interactive session will continue for the remainder of the hour-long session.

  • To confirm your participation and receive a Zoom link to the discussions, please upload your PowerPoint slide to the Shared UM Box Folder by the Tuesday, April 13 at Midnight deadline.  Please MAKE SURE to save your PPT with your category first (Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, or VPA) and your First Name.Last Name.  Example: Humanities-John.smith.ppt.

  • Be on the lookout for the Zoom link to join the discussions. Please email if you do not receive a link by the morning of the 16th.  Also, feel free to invite any other presenters in your group as you, the primary presenter, will be the only one receiving the invite.

Questions?  Please email the conference coordinator, Michelle Eckert.