Diversity Awareness Symposium Highlighting Research and Collaboration

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Location: Shelby Hall
Cost: free registration, travel reimbursments on request 

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The Department of Chemistry is hosting a Diversity Awareness Symposium Highlighting Research and Collaboration on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Shelby Hall. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and representatives of minority-serving student organizations from regional institutions are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend the event; however, registration is required. Since attendance is limited, students from under-represented groups will be given priority registration. Travel expenses for attendees will be reimbursed upon request.

The symposium features the  research contributions of STEM faculty traditionally under-represented in chemistry and biochemistry. The symposium also seeks to open a dialogue on recruitment and retention of under-represented groups through panel discussions highlighting educational and mentoring support, on the advantages of a graduate education, and on research and educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. A poster session will be held and undergraduate participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Undergraduate students at all levels, engaging in meritorious research or STEM outreach, are encouraged to present a poster at the symposium.

Guest speakers at the event include Professor Abby Parrill, shair of the chemistry department at The University of Memphis, Professor Pablo Sobrado, biochemiistry department at Virginia Tech University, and Professor Stefan France, chemistry and biochemistry department at Georgia Tech University.

This symposium is part of "Through the Doors," a year-long series of activities and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA in 1963 and honoring the courage and dedication of the two African American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963 as well as the University's ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and to continued progress in the future. For more information visit www.throughthedoors.ua.edu.



Contact Info: Dr. Laura Busenlehner, 205-348-8349,Website,

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