Biology Student Capstone Conference
A key component of the BSc in Biology degree is the capstone project: each student carries out an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. These capstone projects provide students with a valuable foundation for future work in graduate school or in industry, and can lead to publication or presentation at local and international conferences. Students think critically and solve challenging problems, particularly in the areas of experimental design and data analysis. In addition, students hone their skills in written/oral communication and public speaking, and increase the quality of their work via collaboration with their peers and instructors. This year, our students worked on projects related to tardigrades, bird populations, the relationship between ants and invasive weeds, development of a new experiment for the organic chemistry laboratory, and the introduction of pre-lab quizzes for the first and second year chemistry courses at StMU.
Each year, St. Mary’s biology students present their work in a poster conference at the end of the winter semester where friends, family, and members of the community are welcome to attend. See below for information on each student who presented this year. To view the poster with details of their research, click on “See my project!”