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2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology

Event date: Fri Nov 1st 2013 - Sat Nov 2nd 2013
at Washington University in St. Louis
Event Date: Fri Nov 1st 2013 - Sat Nov 2nd 2013
Registration Deadline: Tue Sep 24th 2013 Registration Closed

Registration Deadline is September 24, 2013

The Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology will be held November 1-2, 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis.

The purpose of the Symposium is to provide undergraduates from the biological sciences and the psychology fields with a venue to present their research projects and results to their peers and some faculty. This conference is open only to students and faculty from colleges and universities that are members of the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science. To see a list of member institutions, click on “Members” to the left. Costs for participants including transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered by the Consortium.

It is important that EVERYONE presenting register. Listing the people you are presenting with DOES NOT automatically register them. Faculty members also need to register, using the same form; just leave blank any irrelevant fields.

The conference begins around 5:30 pm on Friday with registration and dinner, and wraps up at 5 pm on Saturday (with a boxed dinner to take with you). 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. Lodging will be at the Parkway Hotel.

Registration will be open until September 24th. After you register, you should receive e-mail confirmation; if you do not receive such confirmation please e-mail Brenda Kroenke at to check whether your registration was received.


The role of freshwater mussels in river systems and threats to their biodiversity.

The 2013 Janet Andersen Award Keynote Lecture

Dr. Daniel Hornbach

Departments of Environmental Studies and Biology

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.


Freshwater mussels provide a number of ecosystem services to river systems. North America houses the most diverse assemblage of mussels in the world, but they are one of the most endangered groups of animals in North America. This presentation will describe our long-term study of mussels in a national Wild and Scenic River and will discuss the factors that influence their distribution and abundance especially the impact of dams on long-term population stability.


Another keynote lecture will be given by

Dr. Elizabeth Haswell

Department of Biology

Washington University in St. Louis, MO


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