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UIS to host eighth annual Science Research Symposium

February 27, 2008

Contact: Rebecca Landsberg, 217/206-7338, rland3@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield's Eighth Annual Science Research Symposium – featuring 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 – will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 18, on the UIS campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

College-level science presentations are welcome from outside UIS and awards will be given for the best student posters and oral presentations.

The invited keynote speaker is Dr. Leonard MacGillivray, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa, who will speak on "Supramolecular construction of functional materials" from 3 to 4 p.m. in room 2034 of University Hall. A reception providing opportunities for informal conversation with Dr. MacGillivray will immediately follow.

UIS began hosting the symposium in 2001 to recognize the growing number of college students engaged in research projects. UIS Assistant Professors of Biology Rebecca Landsberg and Jim Bonacum, who serve as symposium co-coordinators, 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. We particularly encourage presentations by students."

Other goals include promoting community interest in scientific research and inviting nationally recognized scholars to share information about their own research.

The deadline to submit an abstract is March 28. For details, including format, guidelines, and registration, go to www.uis.edu/biology/. The registration fee for presenters is $10; however the fee is waived for students who are members of biology or chemistry student clubs.

Symposium sponsors at UIS are the Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Science departments, the Speakers' Fund, the Research Board, and student science clubs.  For more information, contact Dr. Landsberg by phone at 217/206-7338 or by e-mail at rland3@uis.edu, or Dr. Bonacum at 217/206-6035 or jbona1@uis.edu.†††††



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