Corrie Moreau, associate curator of the Field Museum of Natural History, will deliver the keynote speech on Friday, Sept. 26, as Northeastern Illinois University’s Student Center for Science Engagement will host its Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium.
The symposium showcases the research conducted through the SCSE’s summer internship program during which Northeastern science students work with faculty on a broad array of research projects.
Student oral presentations will take place in the Golden Eagles room from 9:15 a.m.-noon and are open to the public. The lunch and keynote speaker are by RSVP only, but the afternoon student poster session, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Village Square, is open to the NEIU community. There will be snacks and a DJ.
Moreau, who joined the Field Museum in 2008, researches the evolution and diversification of ants and their endosymbiotic bacteria leverages as well as their molecular and genomic tools to address the origin of species and how co-evolved systems benefit both partners.
The title of her luncheon keynote is “DNA, Climate Change, and Microbiomes: How Research on Ants Can Address Important Biological Questions.”
Moreau will offer a public presentation on getting into graduate school from 4-5 p.m. in the Golden Eagles room.