UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Saturday, October 30, 1993
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
* 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
* 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.
* 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 alleg.edu.
Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences
Allegheny College, October 30, 1993
_____ 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.
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
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Department of Biology
Meadville, PA 16335