Bruin Brains 2022

Research Conference

Welcome to the 7th Annual Bruin Brains Research Conference!

Bruin Brains is an annual SLCC TRIO Programs student-led research conference that is intended to support diversity in undergraduate research!


Conference agenda

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Academic and Administration Building (AAB), Room 135

Time Event
9-9:45 a.m. Check In & Light Refreshments
9:45-10 a.m. Housekeeping & Opening Remarks
10-10:45 a.m. Morning Guest Speaker- Dr. Camille Wilson
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Poster Session/Demonstration/Tabling/Oral Presentation
12:30-1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon
1:30-2:15 p.m. Afternoon Guest Speaker - Travis Tu’ifua
2:30-2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are due November 21, 2022. Submit your abstract here.

Need help getting started? View our quick guide to getting ready to present at Bruin Brains!

Guest Speakers


Dr. Camille Wilson

Dr. Camille Wilson is a professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Michigan (U-M). There, she also has the distinguished honor of being a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature. She explores school-family-community engagement and transformative leadership as they relate to urban education reform and policy. She is a qualitative researcher who draws upon critical race and feminist methodologies. She has worked individually and collaboratively to conduct research anchored in epistemological traditions that value how research participants make meaning, form identities, enact agency, and are helped or hindered as they interact with educational systems. Dr. Wilson is also the founding director of the Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, and Transformative Education (CREATE) Center at U-M's School of Education.


Travis Tu'ifua

Travis Tu’ifua is a PhD candidate in the department of human genetics at the University of Utah. Under the mentorship of Dr. Clement Chow, Travis’s thesis work is in functionally characterizing genetic modifiers of a rare congenital disorder of deglycosylation called NGLY1 deficiency. Travis received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah and an associate’s degree from the Salt Lake Community College. He is the father of three young girls and is married to the love of his life.

Explore SLCC Student Services

Faculty and staff are excited to support students and their efforts. Faculty and staff can also act as research mentors and advisors to SLCC students as students prepare to present at any conference!

Faculty can help students organize their thoughts, help coming up with a research question/topic, and resource referrals (e.g. journal articles and poster formatting).

Want research mentorship? Use the SME Research Catalog to connect with an SLCC Professor.

STEM Learning Resources

STEM Learning Resources provides free tutoring services and textbook checkout to students enrolled in various courses offered by the School or Science, Math, and Engineering. Tutoring is provided as a drop-in service only, except in certain circumstances.

InnovaBio Lab

InnovaBio® is a biotechnology contract research organization. We offer a low risk environment for students to develop productive lab skills while working on projects for real companies. The challenging research completed by our interns creates a valuable talent pool for Utah biotechnology companies.

Student Reading and Writing Center

The SLCC Student Writing & Reading Center helps you to succeed as a student by helping you to improve as a writer and a reader. We offer free, in-person and online consultations for all SLCC students enrolled in any class. We also have a variety of literacy resources for students and teachers.  

Honors Program and Interdisciplinary Studies

SLCC's Honors program is a personalized, engaging, and transformative experience open to all AA/AS students. Students in the Honors Program will sharpen their academic and scholarly skills through several rigorous Honors Courses that fulfill 9 credits of General Education: 3 in Social Sciences (SS), 3 in Humanities (HU), and 3 in the second half of Composition (EN). 


Funded by SLCC TRIO Programs and ACE (Arts and Community Events), TRIO SSS and TRIO STEM.