The Spokane STEMposium is a FREE one-day event at WSU Spokane that provides middle and high school students throughout the region the opportunity to present their STEM projects in a conference setting.

Thank you ALL students, teachers, volunteers, and administrators that made the 2016 Spokane STEMposium a success! Stay tuned for 2017 details.


2016 Track A Superior Award Winners:

View the 2016 Journal of Superior Projects here.


Micaela Whigham, Rogers HS, Spokane, WA - Gene Knockouts and Rhodoquinone Biosynthesis in the Bacteria Rhodospirillum Rubrum

 Top student in the Spokane STEMposium.  Whigham has been accepted at Gonzaga University and will continue her work on this project. 

Superior Project, $1000 Cash Scholarship

McKenna Cutler, Ferris HS, Spokane, WA - The Effect of Energy Shots on the Human Heart 

  Superior Project; $750 Cash Scholarship

Andrew Fruci, Ferris HS, Spokane, WA - The Impact of Contingency Management on Depression and Anxiety Among Crack Cocaine Dependent Patients in Brazil: Preliminary Findings

Superior Project; $500 Cash Scholarship

Hannah Monaghan, Big Sky HS, Missoula, MT - The effect of far-red light on the absorption of chlorophylls d and f in three strains of the cyanobacterium Mastigocladus laminosus

Superior Project; $500 Cash Scholarship

Molly McKenzie, Ferris HS, Spokane, WA - The Placebo Effect

Superior Award; $3000 Scholarship, WSU College of Arts and Sciences

Sydney O’Neil, Mead HS, Spokane, WA -  The Effect of Music with or without Lyrics on Problem Solving Abilities

Superior Award; $2000 Scholarship, WSU College of Arts and Sciences

Jeremy Heng, Hellgate HS, Missoula, MT -  Analysis of Mixed Populations of Bacterial Predators and Bacterial Prey

 Superior Award

Elizabeth Walsh, Ferris HS, Spokane, WA - The Effect of Low pH in Water Environment on Male Guppies

 Superior Award

Sydney Driver, Sentinel HS, Missoula MT - Caenorhabditis elegans and the Effects of Cupric Chloride (Copper II Chloride) on the Dopaminergic Neurons

Superior Award

Olivia Delger, Mead HS, Spokane, WA - The Effect of a Visually Challenging Puzzle on the Ability to Hear Common Sayings

Superior Award

 Kyra Arland, Wilbur HS, Wilbur, WA - The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Human Interaction

  Superior Award

Chance Messer Odessa HS, Odessa, WA - Engineering Flettner Rotors to Increase Propulsion

Superior Award


2016 Track B Superior Award Winners:

Kaleigh Critchlow, Cheney HS, Cheney WA - Writing the Waves

Kaylea Moffeit & Kailee Guerdette, The Community School, Spokane WA - SIDS Alert

Reilly Sheehan, Ferris HS, Spokane WA - The Impact of Artificial Sweetener on Zooplankton

Niel Mondava, Hellgate HS, Missoula MT - Isolation and Identification of Compounds from an Acid-Mine-Waste

Rebecca Landron, Claire Ecklund & Kyra Fromm , North Central HS, Spokane WA- Analysis of Mitochondrial SNPs within Washington State Mule Deer Populations

Taylor Charbonneau, Kristen Wanke & Christina Negretti, North Central HS, Spokane WA - Analysis of the Consumption of Endangered Salmonids by California and Stella Sea Lions Using qPCR

Lindsay Roosa, Sentinel HS, Missoula MT - Mushroom Chitin as a Renewable Nitrogen Source for Algal Growth

Stuart Christiansen, Sentinel HS, Missoula MT - Properties of Extreme Structures: Sexually Selected Signals versus Prey Capture

Pamela Kang, Spokane Valley Tech, Spokane Valley WA - Determining Concentration of Tartrazine in Common Children Snacks

Gabi Crippen, Spokane Valley Tech, Spokane Valley WA - Genetic Differences between Middle Eastern and American Peanuts


Christopher Golden, North Central HS, Spokane WA - Analysis of Spokane River Watershed for Metal Utilizing Chemoautotrophic Bacteria

Avery Hughes, Homeschool - Testing the Health of Selected Forested Public Use Areas Using Infrared Technology


About Spokane STEMposium 

 Spokane STEMposium is designed to:
  • Encourage and reward innovative student research and provide professional scientists and engineers the chance to interact with some of the best and brightest young students.
  • Provide students a platform to share their projects with their peers and learn about STEM related issues.
  • Promote an understanding of STEM research among middle and high school students.
  • Enable students, through their active participation, to demonstrate their mastery of Next Generation Science Standards
How does it work?
  • Conduct scientific research on a STEM topic of choice and explore something in the field of technology/engineering or investigate a STEM career.
  • Write a technical paper about their project and submit in advance for review and acceptance to present in the conference.
  •  Design a poster or a PowerPoint to present to peers, industry experts, and area educators to compete for awards and scholarships. 

STEMposium presenters: 'Why I'm choosing a STEM path' by Spokane Public Schools