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Science Symposium

Science Symposium

About Eckerd College

Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd College was founded in 1958 as a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Eckerd's 1,840 residential students from 45 states and 35 countries choose among 38 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, 1,000 students are enrolled in the Program for Experienced Learners, a bachelor's degree program for adult learners. Eckerd's Leadership Development Institute executive education program, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Road Scholar program and annual Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise identify the College as a national leader of innovative programs in continuing education and lifelong learning. A Phi Beta Kappa institution, Eckerd is one of only 40 schools listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.

The Sciences at Eckerd

The Collegium of Natural Sciences at Eckerd College brings together biologists, chemists, computer scientists, environmental scientists, marine scientists, mathematicians, physicists and those interested in the health professions—including medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine—to study science and mathematics. The mission of the Collegium is to educate students in the scientific method and the important ideas of contemporary science; impart an understanding of the social, economic and ethical implications of scientific discoveries; and prepare students through in-depth study for careers and advanced study in science, all within the context of a broad, ennobling education in the liberal arts, in the unique natural setting of Florida's Gulf Coast.

The fundamental questions that inform our teaching-learning enterprise in the Sciences are: How do we know? What is the evidence? What is the argument that interprets the evidence? Are there alternative explanations? To answer these questions, the Collegium emphasizes the development of the skills of observation, measurement, experimental design, problem-solving and research, and the study of the principles and concepts that are necessary for successful scientific investigation. The programs in the Natural Sciences provide a learning environment in which students are able to broaden and deepen their response to the beauty of ideas, methods, tools, structures, objects and living organisms, with the aim to provide students with the knowledge and techniques that will be important in solving the problems of a fast-changing global community.

The James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences

The James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences, the centerpiece of Eckerd’s successful $80 million Many Experiences, One Spirit capital campaign, is a new $25 million, 55,000-square-foot laboratory facility scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. The building will officially open in early 2013 and will accommodate the 50 percent of incoming Eckerd students who wish to study science.

2013 Symposium

The 2013 Science Symposium will take place on Saturday, February 9, and will help usher in the grand opening of the College’s new James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences.