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What is Biology Colloquium?

It is a student-run “sampler” course that helps students explore the diverse areas of biological study and encourages beginning students to participate in the research enterprise through the Project option. It also provides a social environment and encourages interaction among students interested in the life sciences.

Who are Biology Colloquium students?

They are primarily freshmen students who have had little college-level biology coursework, but are very interested in biology and biology careers, including health science careers.

How can faculty interact with the Biology Colloquium Program and students?

  • Serve as a large-group speaker: Giving a single talk to one of the sections. The talk usually includes a short reminiscence of the faculty’s career, why you became interested in your field of science, and information about the faculty member’s research. Since most of the students are freshman with little college biology coursework, research information needs to be conveyed without extensive jargon or acronyms. Students also appreciate hearing about opportunities for undergraduates. The large-group section is led by a Student Coordinator (undergrad TA).
  • Provide small group tours of your laboratory or facility: Giving a single “guided tour” in the faculty member’s laboratory to 5-10 students. The tour usually includes information about the faculty member’s background, how they became interested in their field of science, telling a little about the research conducted (don’t try to cover it all), and showing/doing a hands-on activity. Tours are arranged by a Student Leader.
  • Serve as a faculty sponsor of a Biology Colloquium Project: An extra credit (BIOL 1093) taken by a Colloquium student who works on an individually designed project under the sponsorship of a faculty member. These experiences are one semester in length and typically require at least 45 hours of student effort. Projects allow students to gain hands-on experience in a lab while “testing the waters” to see if research is in their future.

Where do I get more information?

Contact the faculty advisor of the program:

  • Dr. Valery Forbes, Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Dean of the College of Biological Sciences