Location, Time and Date:

The 38th Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research (WCBSUR) Conference took place on Saturday, April 20, 2013, on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, located in San Diego, California.  The WCBSURC is the oldest conference of its kind in the nation;  through its first 37 years, it has brought together student and faculty participants representing 151 institutions in 28 states.

Program Schedule

Conference History

Student Research Presentations

Undergraduate researchers presented original research that they have conducted in any area of biology or biochemistry. Research presentations were given in either a seminar or poster session format. Seminar presentations were limited to 12 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions. Poster presentations fit within a 48” by 48” square.  Cash prizes were awarded for the ten best seminar and ten best poster presentations.

Poster Session Schedule

Seminar Presentation Schedule

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Evan Miller

Speaker_Evan_Miller_photo.jpgDr. Evan Miller is a Point Loma Nazarene University alum who graduated summa cum laude in 2004, with degrees in biology/chemistry and philosophy/theology.   While at PLNU, he participated extensively in the chemistry summer undergraduate research program with Dr. Victor Heasley, under whose tutelage he coauthored  two journal articles dealing with contaminants that are produced by standard water purification procedures involving chloramine compounds.   He conducted doctoral studies in chemistry at U.C. Berkeley from 2004 through 2009 in the laboratory of Dr. C. J. Chang, producing a prodigious output of 16 journal publications during that five year interval, most of them dealing with the use of fluorescent probes to monitor oxidative biological reactions.   From 2009 to the present, Dr. Miller has performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roger Tsien of U.C. San Diego, where his primary emphasis has been on the development of fluorescent probes that enable investigators to measure and monitor membrane potentials in neurons.

In recent months, Dr. Miller has received offers of Assistant Professorship positions at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and UC Davis.   Sometime during 2013, he will be transitioning into an academic position at one of those institutions.

Dr. Miller is married to PLNU alum Liz Palmquist ‘04 and they are the proud parents of a very energetic, highly inquisitive, two year old son named Wyatt. http://www.tsienlab.ucsd.edu/

Registration Fee and Abstract Submission

The Conference registration fee for both students and faculty was $35, when postmarked by the registration deadline date of March 15th, 2013. The fee for late registrants was $45. The registration fee helps offset the costs of the continental breakfast, hot buffet luncheon, plenary speaker, awards reception and the Conference Abstract booklet.

Registration - Online registration is closed. 

Abstract Submission

Travel Information

Maps of the greater San Diego area are accessible at www.mapquest.com. For a campus map and driving directions to the PLNU campus, please visit Point Loma Nazarene University's web site at Maps & Directions.

Hotel Information

Some hotels that are conveniently located to the PLNU campus are listed below, along with their web addresses:

Bay Club Hotel (Shelter Island): http://www.bayclubhotel.com/  800-672-0800
Comfort Inn at the Harbor: http://www.comfortinnattheharbor.com/  619-223-8171
Holiday Inn (Harbor Drive): http://www.holinnbayside.com/ 800-662-8899
Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn and Suites: http://www.halfmooninn.com/ 800-542-7400
Island Palms Hotel and Marina: http://www.islandpalms.com/ 800-922-2336
Kona Kai Resort and Spa: http://www.resortkonakai.com/ 800-566-2524
The Dana at Mission Bay: http://www.thedana.com 888-809-4914
The Inn at Sunset Cliffs: http://www.innatsunsetcliffs.com/ 866-786-2543

Several of these establishments have traditionally offered discounts to guests who are attending functions on the PLNU campus, so be sure to inquire.


For further information or clarification regarding Conference details, contact Dr. Michael McConnell by phone (619) 849 2304, FAX (619) 849 2598 or email: mmcconne@pointloma.edu