UT Science Day Program

If you are interested in majoring in an area of science, you and your family are invited to attend a special University of Tampa program that includes a campus tour and presentations about admissions, financial aid and student life. In addition, you may participate in one of three different departmental programs.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606



Limited space is available, so please RSVP above. You may stay overnight in area hotels. For more information, call (813) 253-6211 or email admissions@ut.edu. We hope to see you on campus for this special program!


11 a.m.

  • Registration
  • Welcome presentation – Brent Benner, Director of Enrollment Management
  • Dismiss intro groups

Noon-4 p.m.

Each of these programs will be led by departmental faculty and current students who will share some of their research activities and conduct tours of their laboratories and facilities.

  • Travel to and tour Marine Field Station (bus transportation provided)
  • Faculty and student research overview
    • Stanley Rice, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
      "Sea Urchin Hybridization – A Story of Unlikely Offspring"
    • Dan Huber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
      "Causes of Spinal Deformity in Captive Sand Tiger Sharks Carcharias Taurus"
    • Student/Faculty Q-and-A
  • Campus, residence hall and lab tour
  • Biology and pre-professional overview
  • Faculty and student research overview
    • Rebecca Bellone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and student research assistant Jorie Skutas
      "The Eyes Have It:  Night Blindness, Eye Color, and Eye Cancer in Horses"
    • Padhmanaban Mahadevan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology
      "Web Based Applications and their Utility in Deciphering Genomic Data"
    • Student/Faculty Q-and-A
  • Biology laboratories tours
    • Biological Diversity Lab: Demonstration by Mark McRae, Ph.D., and information on student mentor program
    • Virology Lab: Information on biology student organizations
    • Biological Unity Lab: Demonstration by Jeanette Gore
    • Ecology Lab: Demonstration on the diets and reproductive cycles of giant invasive lizards in Florida, by Todd Campbell, Ph.D. and student research assistants
  • Campus and residence hall tour
  • Chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science and pre-professional overview
  • Faculty and student research overview
    • Michael Crastro, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry
      "How Does Caffeine Reduce Cancer Risks?"
    • Dylan Amato, Undergraduate Researcher
      "Ester Interconversion: A New, More Efficient Approach to Biodiesel Production"
    • Eric Werner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
      "Lanthanide Coordination Compounds for Medical Imaging and Sensor Applications"
    • Kenyon Evans-Nguyen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
      "Developing New Methods for Rapid and Accurate Analysis of Drugs and Explosive"
    • Student and Faculty Q-and-A
  • Chemistry laboratories tours
    • Organic/analytical/inorganic/forensic chemistry and synthetic chemistry research lab
    • Instrumental analysis and analytical chemistry research lab
    • Advance biochemistry and tissue culture
  • Campus and residence hall tour

*Pre-Med, Pre-Vet and Pre-Dental students can choose between groups B and C.
**Faculty and Student Research Overview noted above is from last year’s program and is subject to change for Science Day 2014