EIU faculty and students plan “A Celebration of Mentoring” for this year’s ScienceFest, held by Eastern Illinois University’s College of Sciences.
ScienceFest activities, including panel discussions and award presentations, are planned for 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the University Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Activities are free and open to the public.
“ScienceFest is an event at which the faculty and students in the College of Sciences celebrate their success,” said Mary Anne Hanner, dean of the College of Sciences. “Student-faculty research partnerships are a hallmark of the college, and we enjoy showcasing their work each year.”
ScienceFest, held annually since 1996, recognizes undergraduate and graduate students and their faculty mentors for research accomplishments. Faculty members’ research, teaching and services are also honored.
Events are to begin at 1 p.m. with remarks from Godson Obia, associate dean.
Two student panels, one on experiential mentoring and the other on research-based mentoring, are to be held at 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
A student poster session will follow, with discussion of student research projects in the Scholars in Undergraduate Research at Eastern and Graduate Student Investigator programs. Refreshments will be provided.
At 3:15 p.m., Hanner is to present the State of the College of Sciences address, followed by the presentation of awards.
This year’s planning committee is comprised of department chairs Andrew Methven, Gail Richard and John Stimac.