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UIS to Host Sixth Annual Science Research Symposium

March 3, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sixth 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 21, on the UIS campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

College-level science presentations are welcome from outside UIS. Awards will be presented for the best posters and oral presentations. The presentations and a 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.

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Dr. Thomas Owens, a nationally recognized scholar from the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, is the invited speaker. Owens will discuss “Light, Photosynthesis, and Life: A Brief Walk through Biology’s Ultrafast Lane” from 3 to 4 p.m. A reception providing opportunities for informal conversation with Dr. Owens will immediately follow in the Visual Art Gallery lobby, also on the second floor of the 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 Michael Lemke, who serves as symposium coordinator, 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.”

Lemke said that 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 April 1. For details, including format, guidelines, and registration, go to www.uis.edu/biology/; click on “News and Scholarship.”  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 programs and the student Biology and Chemistry clubs.  For more information, contact Lemke by phone at (217) 206-7339 or by e-mail at lemke.michael@uis.edu.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.