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The 3rd annual Natural Sciences Student Research Symposium was a great success! We had 22 talks and 21 posters by graduate and undergraduate students from 8 departments! Thank you to all of the students and faculty who participated.

Finally, thank you to the sponsors who supported this symposium: the Center for Ecology, the departments of Plant Biology, Geography and Environmental Resources, and Zoology, as well as the Core Facility for Ecological Analyses. The awardees for best presentations are as follows:

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Ecology is the study of relationships between organisms, including humans, and their environment. The purpose of these pages is to foster communication and collaboration among faculty, staff, and students with ecological interests at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and to provide information for people outside the university that might be interested in the activities of our group. Ecologists at SIUC are spread across several departments including Anthropology, Forestry, Geography, Geology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Plant, Soil & Agricultural Systems, and Zoology in four colleges (Science, Agricultural Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Engineering). Faculty members in these departments have a wide range of ecological interests and expertise.

Facilities associated with the Center include the Middle Mississippi River Wetlands Field Station and the Core Facility for Ecological Analyses, which houses state of the art equipment for processing of soil, water, and tissue samples.  The Center for Ecology supports outreach and education activities through the Graduate Research Assistants Supporting Science (GRASS) program, a group of SIU graduate students that work with local teachers and youth group leaders to promote ecological education.