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Annual Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Undergraduate Summer Symposium to highlight summer projects

Since May, some 35 undergraduate students have been living, learning, and conducting research and other professional projects at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. Members of the community can learn about those projects and their outcomes at the annual Undergraduate Summer Symposium, set for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the auditorium (Room 312) of the KBS Academic Building, located at 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, in Hickory Corners.

The symposium highlights student projects and celebrates the end of their summer programs. Each year, KBS faculty, staff and graduate students mentor undergraduates in internships, part-time Undergraduates Research Apprenticeship—URA—or full-time Research Experiences for Undergraduates—REU—programs.

“We are grateful to be hosting the undergraduate symposium this year,” says Lindsey Kemmerling, KBS academic programs coordinator. “We went from being unsure if we could host students, to having students at KBS under strict COVID-19 regulations, to opening up our doors for the community to hear about their impressive work this summer.

“I’m amazed at the successes of our KBS summer 2021 students, and I’m looking forward to celebrating their work at the symposium.”

The inquiries at the heart of this year’s student projects are wide-ranging and include interns describing their professional experiences and projects completed at Kellogg Farm and Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, as well as student research done in collaboration with KBS faculty at the KBS Long-term Ecological Research site and the KBS Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center plots.

Students are preparing posters describing their research or professional projects, and will be present to share their work and answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to walk through and learn about their endeavors. This event is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged.

To learn more about KBS undergraduate summer programs, visit kbs.msu.edu/education/undergraduate-program. Direct questions about the symposium to kbssummer@kbs.msu.edu.