Biology Department Events

Biology/Chemistry Department End of Year Party

Please join us for the 5th annual End of Year Party at the Blue Chip Casino on Saturday, April 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in The Orleans Ballroom.  This event celebrates students for their accomplishments including those being inducted into the Tri-Beta Honor Society. The evening begins with a reception where students will be hosting a poster session showcasing their research. This will be followed by buffet dinner and dessert. The evening concludes with the induction ceremony and the awards. DTBA 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

In partnership with the Porter County Parks Foundation, Purdue North Central is establishing a research site at the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary located in Chesterton, IN. This exciting project will allow a living lab environment for biology majors and faculty members to perform research and experience a developing wetland site. A project that is currently in progress is Dr. Vanessa Quinn’s Biology 288  Field Ecology Techniques class, which measures and identifies trees at the site. Other projects will be scheduled and more information will be posted as the projects progress.

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Biology Welcome Back Picnic

The annual Biology Welcome Back Picnic is held in September at the pond located on the Purdue North Central campus. Faculty, students and administrators are invited to come and enjoy an afternoon and have lunch at the PNC Pavillion at the pond. Food offerings include hot dogs, roasted ears of corn and desserts. Then the festivities move to the pond for kayak races. The winner’s name will be inscribed on the “Golden Oar ” that is proudly displayed in the department office, and the winner will have bragging rights, of course.

Coffee Creek Project

As a community service project, students in Drs. Curtis and Quinn’s lab classes took to Coffee Creek in conjunction with the City of Chesterton in an attempt to clean up and restore the waterways in Coffee Creek Park to a natural state. Coffee Creek watershed, once a pristine waterway, has suffered from flooding, neglect, and pollution.

This type of service learning provides both valuable educational experience and a service to the people living in the community and the students of PNC.