GEEB Symposium 2022

The 2022 GEEB Symposium will be held on at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at Cafeteria and Company (208 W Main St., Urbana, IL 61801). In order to accommodate a shorter and more flexible event, we will only have posters and lightning talks (5 minutes) this year. You can present both a talk and poster, or select both options if you are unsure at this point.

Currently, this event is planned as a hybrid in-person and virtual event, with spectators having the option to view from home. Masks will be required at all times, and occupancy will be limited to allow for adequate spacing within the venue. Due to the recent Omicron surge, we want to stress that we may feel it is safest to transition from this hybrid format to a fully virtual format. We will keep the entire GEEB community updated, and we will announce our final decision no later than January 28th, one week prior to the symposium.

Please submit an application to present at the GEEB Symposium here. The link to sign up as a faculty or peer judge is here.

Please direct any questions to our Symposium coordinators Chuck Hyde (cahyde2(at) and Jules Chabain (chabain2(at)

2019 GEEB Symposium Slideshow

Remember when you found that cool plant/insect/organism in the field? Or that really great photo of you doing your science in the lab? Or how about that ingenious experimental design that you created? 

We want to show off YOUR hard work and photos at the 2019 GEEB Symposium! 

The GEEB symposium is quickly approaching and is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd. 

Please send us photos of you doing what you do best – your scientific work! These will be displayed in a slideshow during the GEEB symposium for attendees to see the large variety of work done throughout our biology departments. 

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New Grad Student Party!

It’s finally happening!

Comb your hair and put on your dancing shoes, we’re having the new grad student party this Friday, September 21st at 7PM! Cody and Kevin have graciously agreed to host. Please check your email for the location.

Please don’t forget your $5 donation😉. Feel free to bring other drinks, more snacks, or just your fun, fabulous self. And of course +1’s are welcome. I’ve made a Spotify playlist for the dance floor, if you want to add to it go right ahead.

See you Friday,

Samantha Capel
GEEB Social Coordinator

18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Talk Schedule

Hello All,

The Annual Graduate Student Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 and will run from 8:15am – 4:15pm followed by a reception/ poster session at Array Cafe from 4:15 – 6:30pm!

Presenting author and titles are listed below for both the talk and poster sessions. To see the entire program CLICK HERE


Talk Session (8:15-4:15 in B102 Chemical and Life Sciences Lab B.):

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Poster Session (4:30-6:30 in the Concourse Cafe space on the first floor of IGB):

Jaime Coon: Grassland bird community response to an invasive grass and management using herbicde

Joshua Gibson: Comparative functional morphology and kinematics of miniature trap-jaw ant (Strumigenys spp.) mandible strikes

Katie Heineman: The importance of wood nutrient storage in tropical forest nutrient cycles: insights from a sapling defoliation experiment in Panama

Janice KellyDensity dependent effects on conspecific cue use for habitat selection and reproductive success in yellow warblers (Setophaga petechia)

Nicholas LaRacuente: Timescale separation and functional response in consumer-resource dynamics

Kelsey Low: Thermal challenges of overwintering eastern box turtles (Terrapene c. carolina) in eastern Illinois

Bailey Morrison: The post-glacial species velocity of Picea glauca following the last glacial maximum in Alaska

Scott Nelson: A systematic review of the impacts of invasive plants on avian ecology

Tolulope Perrin-Stowe: The evolution and phylogeography of African elephant mitochondrial genomes

Christina Vercillo: Effects of prairie management on soil characteristics and bees



Change in venue: happy hour at Quality this week!

In light of the Unofficial festivities on Friday, we are migrating our own festivities to Champaign to avoid the tomfoolery that will be underway in Campustown. (Plus, Quality has a better beer selection and free pub mix so its hard to argue with that.) See you there at 5!

Happy hour today at 5

Yesterday as I was walking home from campus I thought to myself, “Soon enough we’ll be having happy hour outside on the patio again!” And what a lovely thought it was. Then the skies opened and the streets flooded and my boots were full of water by the time I reached my house. On top of the tornado watch, the thunder snow, the sleet, and hail of this past week, I suppose we’re not quite ready for patio happy hours yet.

See you at Legends!

Science Night at Leal Elementary School



Our recent outreach events (Fruit Forensics and Backyard Ecology) at the Urbana Library have been a lot of fun. The kids in attendance have really enjoyed them, and I am grateful to all of you who volunteered.


Our next scheduled event will be the annual Leal Elementary School Science Night on April 4th. This has been a great event the past few years. Though we have been a bit cramped, as there are many groups present. This year we will have plenty of room to spread out (1/3 of the cafeteria), which means we can have even more activities.


Anyone interested in volunteering, and/or coming up with an interactive activity, please let me know so we can start planning our layout. If you have been kicking around an idea for a new kid’s activity this is a great chance to try it out. Likewise, if you already have an activity that has worked well in the past, feel free to break that out too.