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UIS will host Fifth Annual Science Research Symposium

April 8, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The Fifth Annual UIS Science Research Symposium, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Millicent Firestone from the Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research centers. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Firestone’s presentation, “Nanostructured Protein-Based Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion,” is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m.  A reception providing opportunities for informal conversation with Dr. Firestone will immediately follow.

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The reception will cap a day of presentations on applied or theoretical research by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in science programs at UIS and other four-year colleges in the area.  A Junior Scientist category will also showcase the work of area high school students.

Oral presentations and the keynote address will be held in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. A poster session will be held on the second floor of UIS’ Health and Sciences Building. 

UIS began hosting the symposium in 2001 to recognize the growing number of college students engaged in research projects. UIS Associate Professor of Biology Nada Chang, who serves as symposium coordinator, noted, “The aim is to encourage scientific dialog and to inform the academic community of the scientific research conducted at UIS and neighboring campuses. We particularly encourage presentations by students.”

Chang said that other goals include promoting community interest in science research and inviting nationally recognized scholars to share information about their own research.

To qualify as a Junior Scientist, students must be science fair finalists or have had their projects coached by college faculty engaged in scientific research or by professional scientists affiliated with research labs.

Symposium sponsors at UIS are the Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs and the student Biology and Chemistry clubs.  For more information, contact Chang by phone at (217) 206-7338 or by e-mail at chang.nada@uis.edu

  

 

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