FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               Date:  April 25, 2001

                                                                        Contact:  Lezli Austen

UIS to host first annual science research symposium

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Dan Mott, chair of Lincoln Land Community College’s Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, will be the keynote speaker at the first annual UIS Science Research Symposium. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the University of Illinois at Springfield's Health and Sciences Building (HSB). Mott, a recognized expert on spiders, will present “The Biology of Spiders from Front to Back” at 11:20 a.m. in HSB 302. The symposium is free and open to the public.

An increasing interest of undergraduate students in applied research projects and significant student research output from the biology and chemistry programs prompted the UIS biology faculty to host the campus’ first research symposium. The symposium is designed to inform the academic community of the scientific research being conducted at UIS, especially the collaborative efforts between the faculty and their undergraduate or graduate students.

Students, faculty, and guests will make oral and poster presentations. Presenters are from the astronomy-physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics programs. The oral presentations will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in HSB 302 and the posters will be displayed in HSB’s second floor hallway all day.

The event is sponsored by the UIS biology and chemistry programs and the student Biology Club. For more information, call Dr. Nada Chang at 206-7338 or email at

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