Friday, April 24, 2015

Science Symposium Not Your Typical Science Fair

Lorela Hunt, center, stands with student Bill Pham and Math & Science Division Dean Nancy Morris.
The Vol State campus might be busy during the day with students, faculty, and staff trekking across campus, but that doesn’t mean the campus is free of activity at night. 

Students Lorela Hunt and Grace Borthick partnered up for a science project to see what types of wildlife roamed the campus after the sun goes down.

“We thought about how we could do this in the future to identify specific animals for social biology studies to see the reproductive and seasonal behaviors of the animals we found,” Hunt said of the project. 

Using camera traps donated to the college through the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative, Hunt and Borthick discovered a number of species that roam the campus throughout the night, including raccoons, deer, opossums, and even a lone coyote.

The study is just one of the many research projects that made up the Third Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium in the Rochelle Center on Friday. About 50 students were represented with projects that completed their studies conducted throughout the semester and the year.

Even though Hunt, who is originally from the Philippines, isn’t a science student, putting the presentation together helped her gain more confidence and communication skills.

“I thought if I do this presentation, this will boost my self-confidence, and it’ll help me talk to people,” she said.

The symposium ends Friday at 1 p.m.

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