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Fall 2019 SBS Research Night

By: Lauren Matheson

School of Biological Sciences’ Research Night 2019 was a success! Students showed up to Eastlick Student Lounge at 5 pm to enjoy pizza and refreshments before the faculty presentations. This year was the biggest turnout we’ve seen yet!

Research Night is a great way for undergraduates to hear faculty discuss the work being done in their labs and learn about the ways that they can get involved. Each faculty member prepared a brief summary of their studies which ranged from topics such as the ecology of infectious disease, marine biology, animal physiology and much more.

After the presentations faculty and students broke into small groups for one-on-one discussions. Students can ask specific questions about their lab work and how they could get involved.

“Research night is really beneficial to students and allow us explore the different avenues within biological research,” said Sara Bruner.

Research Night is an annual event held for all students and is a great way to get to know faculty members, other biology students and learn more about the SBS research labs.

Small group discussions allow face to face interactions between faculty and students.
Many biology students seized the opportunity to learn more about various studies being conducted throughout the School of Biological Sciences.
Faculty love the opportunity to share their work with students.

SBS graduate students awarded endowment scholarships

Congratulations to the following SBS graduate students for being awarded endowment scholarships based on research, teaching, service, notable achievement, or strategic support for Spring 2019:

Austin Patton
Carsten Voelkner
Chris Duke
Clay Bailes
Erin Wiese
Kimberly Cook
Larry Collins
Marci Parra
Mark Smithson
Milica Radanovic
Nolan Scheible
Olivia Smith
Robyn Reeve
Samantha Bussan
Tom Sexton
Zoie Lopez

In addition, Johnna Eilers and Adam Becker were awarded grants from the Smoot Hill Graduate Research Fund in support of research projects at the Hudson Biological Reserve at Smoot Hill.

SBS Graduate Students Take Top Honors

Pictured: Erika Serrano

2017 Undergraduate Research Night

By: Sophia O’Brien

School of Biological Sciences hosted a very rewarding Research Night on Thursday, October 5th. Research Night was an opportunity for faculty and undergraduate students to come together to find shared research interests. The night included five faculty presentations as well as free pizza and mingling between faculty and undergrads. The faculty who presented was Dave Evans, Erica Crespi, Joanna Kelly, Jesse Brunner, and Wes Dowd.

Undergraduate research experience is a priority at SBS as a R1 PAC 12 research school. Students were interested in learning how to get started in research labs and the first steps that need to be taken.

“Undergraduates contribute immensely to my research programs looking at how the environment affects early development. Having undergrads in my research lab benefits myself, but also the students because it helps teach them how to think critically. I have had many undergrad students as co-authors on my papers and then go off and do great things,” said Dr. Crespi.

Since the first Research Night had such a successful turnout of about 50 students, there will be another Research Night sometime in the near future. It will be bigger with more faculty lab presentations, and different research opportunities.