Biological Sciences Seminars Available for Viewing

The Biological Sciences Seminars are now available for viewing. The presentations have been transcribed and the transcriptions with PowerPoints are available online.

Donor Impact Report now available.

Student Research Symposium

The Eighteenth Annual Biological Sciences Student Research Symposium will be held on May 9, 2014. We invite both graduate and undergraduate research done independently or in conjunction with a class.

Projects must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Direct application of the scientific method to investigate a biological question.
  2. Development of a method or the collection of observations that could lead to an 

Posters will be grouped and evaluated within five divisions:

  • Undergraduate Independent/individual research projects (includes Biol 399)
  • Class projects - lower division
  • Class projects - upper division (includes 399, 398)
  • Class projects - graduate (includes 697)
  • Master's Thesis (projects in-progress or completed this semester)

Poster areas will be open for public viewing between 1 and 4 PM. Student investigators are required to have their posters in place by 11AM and are requested to be present at their posters between 2:00 and 3:30PM for informal discussions with symposium attendees. The poster session will be followed by an Awards Seminar at 4 PM in Holt 170.

Submission of Abstracts

Electronically submit an abstract to the Department of Biological Sciences by May 2, 2014. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Abstracts of greater length will be returned to author(s). A program of all abstracts will be printed and available to participants and the public.

Abstracts must contain the following information to be accepted:

  • Title of the research project
  • Author(s) names and e-mail addresses
  • Sponsoring faculty member name and email address
  • Course number if applicable (Ex. Biol 209, Biol 398, etc)
  • Category (choose one of the following):
    • Individual project (undergraduate)
    • Class project (lower division)
    • Class project (upper division)
    • Class project (graduate)
    • Thesis project (graduate)

* Brief description of the significance of the research, the experimental hypotheses, methods employed and significance of conclusions.

Send abstracts as an e-mail message or MS Word File attachment to:

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not receive e-mail confirmation that your abstract was received, please send it again or contact Dr. Wolfe (898-4256).

Poster Guidelines

The purpose of a scientific poster is to communicate your research and to initiate discussion. Posters should be self-explanatory and should convey research results in a clear, concise fashion. Your poster should contain all the major sections of a scientific paper: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions/Discussion. Sections should be clearly identified and arranged in columns. It is suggested that section headings be printed at 10 mm height. All other text should be legible from a distance of 4 feet (5 to 10 mm height). (Example 1Example 2)

Poster Space

4 feet by 6 feet bulletin board space will be available for each poster. You may tack up individual sheets of paper in your poster space or tack up a large printout of your entire poster.


  • Title and Authors: Place the title and names of authors at the top center of the poster. For readability the title should be 15 mm in height (Legible from 10 feet).
  • Introduction: Give a brief background/foundation, then state the purpose of your research as either a question or hypothesis.
  • Methods: Brief description of the techniques, data collection, replicas and statistics you used. Omit unnecessary detail.
  • Results: Professionally prepared tables and graphs that are easy to read and understand.
  • Conclusions: What did you find out? Did you accept or reject your hypothesis? Describe results in terms of general biological principles. What is the significance of the findings?How to Make a Full size poster

Dr Wolfe has prepared a guide to help those who wish to make a full-sized poster at a reasonable cost (less than $10 for black and white). Basically, you create the poster in Powerpoint (using one of the templates below), convert it to a PDF file (following the instructions below), then have it printed at Kinko's (or another commercial printer). The steps are:

1. Select the Powerpoint template size you wish to work from. You can cut and paste your own text and graphics into the template. The 3x4 Template is the most user friendly:
3x4 Template3x5 Template3x6 Template

2. Convert the Powerpoint to a PDF file:

3. Have the PDF file printed at a commercial printer.

IMPORTANT: You must designate to the printer that you want the poster printed on Black and White, otherwise they may print it in color and charge you for color printing.