SYMPOSIUM: Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences

Ron Mumme rmumme at
Wed Oct 6 19:29:37 EST 1993

                    A Symposium
             Saturday, October 30, 1993
                 Allegheny College
              Meadville, Pennsylvania

        Announcement and Call for Posters

Allegheny College has recently completed construction of its new biology  
facility, the Hall of Advanced Biology.  To celebrate this occasion, the  
Department of Biology is hosting a symposium on "Undergraduate Research in  
the Biological Sciences", to be held on Saturday, October 30, 1993.  The  
goal of the symposium is to address a broad spectrum of issues related to  
undergraduate research experiences in biology:

* What role should undergraduate research play in the curriculum? 
* How can we encourage our students to become actively engaged in the  
research process? 
* What are the most effective ways to foster meaningful student  
participation in faculty research?
* Can undergraduate research opportunities be helpful in attracting  
students from groups who are traditionally under-represented in science? 
* How can research experience at the undergraduate level make our students  
better prepared, not only for graduate training in biology, but also for  
positions in private industry, government, the health professions, or in  
careers outside of science? 

* Presentations by Invited Speakers.  Invited speakers include  
representatives from the National Science Foundation and private industry,  
as well as research biologists with outstanding track records in fostering  
undergraduate research.
* Roundtable Discussions.  Symposium attendees are encouraged to  
participate in these open and informal discussions.  Participants can  
share their ideas and experiences concerning undergraduate research, and  
discuss issues raised by the invited speakers.  
* Contributed Poster Session: Investigative Laboratory Experiences in  
Biology.  Attendees are invited to contribute a poster describing their  
favorite investigative laboratory exercises that they use successfully in  
their own teaching.  Posters describing lab exercises that are either not  
found in standard laboratory manuals or are spin-offs of faculty or  
student research would be especially desirable.
* Workshop: Computing in the Curriculum.  In this workshop, Allegheny  
faculty and staff will describe the college's philosophy and recent  
experiences in educational computing.  Included will be demonstrations and  
discussion of faculty-designed computer applications using NeXT  
               SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30,  1993
8:30-10:00 a.m.	 Registration and coffee; Self-guided tours of new  

10:00-10:15 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Address.  Daniel F. Sullivan,  
President, Allegheny College.

10:15-10:55 a.m.  Duncan McBride, National Science Foundation.  Research,  
Teaching, and Their Relationships.

10:55-11:35 a.m.  James M. Gentile, Dean of Natural Sciences, Hope  
College.  Parasites, Cancers, and Undergraduates.

11:35-12:15 p.m.  Sue Steven, SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories.   
Doing More With Less: How a Liberal Arts Education Can Help.

12:15-1:30 p.m.	Lunch.

1:30-2:10 p.m.	Douglas W. Tallamy, Department of Entomology and Applied  
Ecology, University of Delaware.  Mating Behavior and Other Undergraduate  

2:10-2:50 p.m.	Warren G. Abrahamson, Department of Biology, Bucknell  
University.  Trophic-Level Interactions and Speciation: Goldenrods,  
Herbivores, Natural Enemies, and Undergraduates.  

2:50-3:20 p.m.	Coffee break.

3:20-5:30 p.m. 	
* Roundtable Discussions: Enhancing the Undergraduate Research Experience.
* Workshop: Computing in the Curriculum.
* Poster Session: Investigative Laboratory Experiences in Biology.

5:30-7:00 p.m.	Dinner.

7:00-8:00 p.m.	Keynote Address.  Mary E. Clutter, National Science  
Foundation.  Science at the Millennium.

8:00-8:15 p.m.	Concluding Remarks.  Daniel F. Sullivan.

David Mean Inn, $41-$50,  (814) 336-1692
Days Inn of Meadville, $65-$70, (814) 337-4264
Fountainside Bed and Breakfast, $50-$55, (814) 337-7447
Super 8 Motel, $46-$50, (800) 848-8888

For additional information on the symposium, please contact:  Ronald L.  
Mumme, Department of Biology, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA  16335.   
Telephone: (814) 332-2382.  Electronic mail: rmumme at


   Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences
         Allegheny College, October 30, 1993
                 REGISTRATION FORM

_____ Number of persons attending (No charge)

_____ Number of luncheon tickets @ $8/person*  $ ______

_____ Number of dinner tickets @ $10/person*   $ ______

      Total (please make check payable to
      Allegheny College)                       $ ______

* Vegetarian dishes will be available. 

Name: __________________________________________________

Institution: ___________________________________________


Address: _______________________________________________



Telephone: _____________________________________________	

Electronic mail:  ______________________________________

I would like to contribute to the poster session on Investigative  
Laboratory Experiences in Biology: 

Yes _____   No _____

Title of Poster:________________________________________



Please respond by October 25, 1993.  Luncheon and dinner tickets will NOT  
be available after that date.  Mail completed application form and  
remittance to:

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Department of Biology
Allegheny College
Meadville, PA  16335

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