SKC Undergraduate Research Symposium

August 1-2, 2020

The second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Life Sciences Department, Salish Kootenai College will be held August 1-2 in the summer of 2020. Oral presentations will be given by undergraduate students and their mentors. Poster presentations will be given by undergraduate researchers on their work in their respective laboratories. Presenters are expected from multiple undergraduate research institutions including Montana State University, the University of Montana, the University of Washington and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. If you would like to represent your University please submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation. Please follow this link to submit an abstract.

Awards will be presented to the top two posters and the top oral presentation given by undergraduate students. Last year’s winner, Kyle Montgomery, from Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell presented on “the Cytotoxicity Testing of Lichen and Byrophyte Extracts.” Please see the link to read last year’s abstract book.

Presentation categories for the 2020 summer symposium are:
Life Sciences
Environmental Health and Toxicology.

In addition to the poster and oral presentations, the symposium event will encompass two days and will host local science vendors throughout the Flathead Valley. The vendors will represent biotech companies in the Flathead. Activities throughout the Flathead valley will be offered to attendees including white water rafting on the Flathead River, Kayaking on Flathead Lake, the Bison Range Tour and Cultural activities at SKC. Please see below for the two-day event schedule.

Register for the symposium and its events and submit presentation abstracts using the appropriate links below.

Undergraduate Research Symposium Schedule

Friday, July 31, 2020

Travel to Polson, Montana


Red Lion (406) 872-2200 $220.40/night/two queen beds

Port Polson Inn (406) 883-5385 $162/night/one queen bed

Kwataqnuk Resort and Casino (406) 883-3636 $170/night


Saturday, August 1st

9:00-9:50 am Breakfast at SKC/meet and greet, poster set-up

10:00-10:20 am Oral presentation (group 1)

10:30-10:50 am Oral presentation (group 2)

11:00 am -12:20 pm Poster session 1

12:30- 1 pm Break

1:00 pm – 2:20 pm Poster session 2

Lunch served from noon – 1:30 pm

Vendor tables open from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

3:00 – 3:20 pm Oral Presentation (group 3)

3:30 – 4 pm Oral Presentation (group 4)

4:00 – 5:00 pm Break

5:00 – 6:00 pm Social at Red Lion Inn

6:00 – 7:00 pm Buffet dinner at Red Lion Inn

7:00 – 8:00 pm Keynote Speaker


Sunday, August 2nd

9:00-9:50 Breakfast at SKC

10:00-10:20 Oral presentation (group 5)

10:30- 11:00am Oral presentation (group 6)

11:30 am– 3:00 pm Activity from list (rafting, hiking, reservation tours, cultural activity on campus)