2020 Symposium

Wetterhahn Science Symposium

Due to the campus response to COVID-19, the 29th Annual Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium is CANCELED for 2020.  We look forward to next year's symposium in May 2021.

Keynote address: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The 2021 keynote, "The Power of FeMANists on Influencing Gender Equity," will be given by Dr. Mikki Hebl PhD '97.


Undergraduate research poster session: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Undergraduates, from first-year to senior, present their scientific research. Students presenting participated in a wide variety of programs, including Women in Science Program, Sophomore Science Scholar, Junior Scholar, Presidential Scholar, and Senior Honors Thesis.  Students have faculty mentors from a wide range of scientific disciplines.  Visitors can find posters in various classrooms and in the main corridors of both the first and second floors of the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. A list of this year's poster presenters will be in the program distributed at the symposium. 

The Christopher Reed Science Competition

The Competition will be judged on the day of the symposium by a panel of Sigma Xi members. The judges' evaluations are based on the quality and quantity of research and the effectiveness of the student's presentation.

The winners of the competition were announced at the start of the keynote address. The award-winning posters from the competition are framed and put on display for the year in Kresge Physical Sciences Library student science research exhibit. The winners also receive cash awards.

All seniors who participate in this competition and complete their thesis are nominated for Associate Membership in Sigma Xi. The competition is sponsored by the Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

The 2019 Sigma Xi first place winner:

A statistical study of the spatial extent of relativistic electron precipitation events by Claire Gasque, '19.



Library Research in the Sciences Prize

The submissions are judged prior to the symposium by a panel of Dartmouth College librarians. The judges look for development as a researcher and hear the researcher's own words about the research process. The panel's evaluations are based on a brief essay and bibliography and the effectiveness of the student's submission. The winners of the competition are announced at the Symposium. A certificate recognizing the award winners, along with their posters, are displayed in Kresge Physical Sciences Library; the winners also received a $125 or $100 cash award.

The winners:

Synonymous genetic variation dysregulates Parkinson's-associated protein a-synuclein, Katharina Horn, '19

Elucidating the role of Atg11 CC3 in selective autophagy initiation, Hannah Margolis, '20

Biofilm production strategies of Vibrio cholerae impact bacterial fitness in marine environments, Olivia Hunter, '19

WISP Research Engagement Award

The WISP Research Engagement Award recognizes WISP Interns who have exhibited sustained engagement and enthusiasm about learning through research. The 2020 winners will be posted after the symposium.