In the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, students have the opportunity to conduct scholarly research with faculty members in particular fields of interest. The valuable experience gained outside the classroom results in published work and presentations at regional and national conferences. The ability to complete this work at the undergraduate level prepares students for graduate school or successful employment after graduation. Below are current examples of what our students in the sciences have accomplished.
BIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES
The biology department hosts a weekly seminar series called "Biology Seminar Series." This unique program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to hear talks given by a variety of off-campus speakers, generally focusing on recent advances in biological research. This series also provides a forum for students to speak about their research projects and summer internships, and to share information and announcements with fellow biology students. Past Seminar speakers have included these:
Dawn Roellig, University of Georgia, Dept. of Infectious Diseases and Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Dept. of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, "Scavengers, Parasites, and Genes: Uncovering the Epizootiology of T. cruzi in the United States"
Dr. Ron Woodruff, Distinguished Research Professor, Bowling Green State University, "Mutation, Evolution and Human Health: Mutation is Not Just Loose Change"
Dr. Michael Owren, Assoc. Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University, "Mechanism, Function and Evolution in Spontaneous Human Laughter"
Dr. Melissa Booth, University of Georgia, Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, "The Microbial Life Aquatic: The Function of Marine Microbes from Georgia's Salt Marshes to the Polar Oceans"
Dr. Johanna Choo, Rutgers University and the Smithsonian National Institute, "Fruit for Thought: Is There Really Less Fruit Available for Animals in the Asian-Tropics Compared to the Neotropics?"
Dr. Katherin Elliott, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, "Using Fire to Restore Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata) Ecosystems Severely Impacted by Southern Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis)"
Each year the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences provides students an opportunity to highlight their research in the Council of Student Scholarship Symposium. Students present their research in a poster or oral format to other students, faculty, and administration. Outstanding research is rewarded at the dinner which follows this mid-April event.