2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium at Washington University
The 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology was held the weekend of October 28 and 29 at Washington University in St. Louis. We had planned a condensed meeting that began Friday evening with dinner at 6pm and finished on Saturday evening at 5 pm. We received mostly positive feedback from the evaluations so continuing with the shortened version will be one of the topics discussed at the Executive Meeting in the spring.
The purpose of the Symposium is to provide undergraduates from the biological sciences and psychology with a venue to present their research projects and results in either poster or oral formats to their peers and some faculty.
Oral presentations are scheduled at 15-minute intervals, allowing 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions. Poster presentations allow participants to display their experimental results on a tack board panel measuring approximately 40" square.
The weekend also included the 2011 Janet Andersen Award Lecture Award winner, Dr. William Hammer, a paleobiologist and geologist from Augustana College, whose work on fossil discovery in the arctic has earned him national and international acclaim. There was also an informative panel discussions on graduate school and careers in science.