We met a lot of promising young scientists today at AAA Elementary School today. Over 100 students joined us to extract DNA from strawberries and to talk about DNA, inheritance, and mutations. We were impressed by their enthusiasm for science and their knowledge of DNA. Thanks to all of the Biology Undergrad volunteers and to our sponsors, the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, for making this possible!
Katie Banfitch presented our DNA extraction workshop to 50 4th graders from Cheesequake NJ as part of Kids at College Day. All of the BY424 Evolution students pitched in so that the kids could have a fun, hands-on experience. Thanks to the European Society for Evolutionary Biology for sponsoring this workshop!
Sebastian Vera was selected for the 2018 Summer Scholar’s Program sponsored by the Provost’s Office. His proposal to study differences in response to diet among mice adapted to different environments was one of only 8 projects funded from across the University. Seb will receive a stipend and research support this summer. Congratulations, Seb!
We are happy to announce that the Urban Coast Institute has funded our projects 1) using microsatellite data to determine the origins of local populations of Striped Bass collaborating with John Tiedemann and 2) testing methods for investigating historic populations sizes of Atlantic Sturgeon collaborating with Keith Dunton. Undergraduates Nikole Andre, Brian Reiss, and Anjali Tampy will be working on these projects. Come by and ask them about their work! Read more at: https://www.monmouth.edu/uci/newsletters/january2018/#Grants
We presented our first workshop at Wayside Elementary in Ms. Belasco’s First Grade Class. We had so much fun working and learning with the students. Thanks to Summer, Tiffany, Sarah, Koushik, and Arbaz for volunteering their time to help kick-off our project. Brian did a great job organizing. We are looking forward to coming back next spring to work with 4th grade classes thanks to support from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology.
We were fortunate to receive funding to bring our DNA workshop to elementary and intermediate schools in Monmouth County. Thanks to generous funding from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, we will be able to visit at least 10 classrooms over the next year. In addition, we will be able to supply participating teachers with kits to continue this workshop with future classes. This semester, Brian Reiss (Biology 2018) is coordinating our efforts.
We will be starting this program in the next month and are still looking for partner schools. Contact us if you would like to be included.
Tiffany Longo was selected for the new Summer Scholar’s Program sponsored by the Provost’s Office at Monmouth University. Her proposal to study differences in reproductive traits among mice adapted to different environments was one of only 9 projects funded from throughout the University.