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Ohio Wesleyan University to Hold Summer Science Research Symposium Sept. 19
Nearly 40 Students Will Present Posters, Answer Questions About 10-Week Research Experiences

September 12, 2011

Ohio Wesleyan’s annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium will be held at noon Sept. 19. Students, including Bhavna Murali, will present posters about their research and answer questions. Murali, a senior from India, spent the summer studying plant growth in the laboratory of Chris Wolverton, Ph.D., associate professor of botany/microbiology.
Photo by John Holliger
DELAWARE, OH – For nearly two decades, Ohio Wesleyan University science students have been able to expand their classroom learning by participating in the university’s intensive 10-week Summer Science Research Program. Each fall, these student-scientists share the results of their hands-on research with the community.

On Sept. 19, Ohio Wesleyan will host the 2011 Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium. The free public event will be held at noon in the atrium of the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, 90 S. Henry St. During the symposium, nearly 40 students—including OWU students and students from other universities—will present their research in poster format and answer questions.

Barbara Andereck, Ph.D., director of Ohio Wesleyan’s Summer Science Research Program, said the program and subsequent symposium prepare students to become lifelong scientists.

“They participate in all the steps of the research process, taking ownership of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge gained,” said Andereck, also an OWU professor of physics and astronomy. “Throughout this process, they grow into mature, self-directed, confident investigators who add their own pieces of knowledge to the greater body of scientific understanding.”

The symposium also helps the students to become more comfortable and adept at explaining complex research to scientists and nonscientists alike.

“As you talk with the students, you will appreciate the depth of their understanding,” Andereck said. “They can explain their work because they understand the fundamentals of the project and have recognized and pondered its nuances.

“It’s probable that many of these students will present again at major meetings of national scientific societies, interacting the most prominent scientists in their fields of interest and making the connections that will help them as they further their work in graduate school or in an immediate scientific career,” she concluded.

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Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.