SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield's Seventh Annual Science Research Symposium – featuring presentations on applied or theoretical research by undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty in science programs at UIS and other colleges and universities in the area – will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, on the UIS campus. Attendance at the symposium is free and open to the public.
The presentations and a keynote address will be held in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. Poster displays will be located in Brookens concourse, near the auditorium.
Dr. May Berenbaum
The invited keynote speaker is Dr. May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will speak on "Webworms and Parsnips: A Case History in Chemical Evolution." Berenbaum's presentation will begin at 3 p.m.; immediately following, a reception providing opportunities for informal conversation with her will be held in the concourse.
UIS began hosting the symposium in 2001 to recognize the growing number of college students engaged in research projects. Symposium coordinator Dr. Lucia Vazquez, UIS assistant professor of Biology, noted, "The symposium aims to encourage scientific dialog and inform the academic community of scientific research conducted at UIS and neighboring campuses. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in applied or theoretical research."
Vazquez said that other goals include promoting community interest in scientific research and inviting nationally recognized scholars to share information about their own research.
Symposium sponsors at UIS are the Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Science programs and student science clubs.
For more information, contact Dr. Vazquez by phone at 217/206-7337 or by e-mail at LVazq1@uis.edu.