By Priya Kaur – Collegiate Staff
The Biology Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College has started a new program called the Biocafe Series, a weekly event where students can listen to lectures given by various biology professors and counselors.
The topics are meant to help students make decisions in their college careers, containing not only lectures on biology, but events that focus on the students themselves and promotes their success in college.
Holly Hoare, Biology Learning Center coordinator, came up with the idea in the summer of 2015.
“One of the things that helps students succeed in college is having a personal connection,” said Hoare. “We want to provide that for the students.”
Every session will take place in the Biology Learning Center, room 106 on the first floor of the Calkins Science Center. Hoare mentioned that the center is a place that students are familiar with, and the idea is to keep the atmosphere casual and comfortable for the students. This way, the students will feel at ease to reach out to faculty for any questions they may have. Conversation is encouraged.
The first Biocafe series took place last month where the topic was job opportunities within the biology department. The next meeting is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 During this session students will be able to research careers in the biology field with Professor Bob Leunk.
Times and dates for each session vary so students can attend whichever sessions fit into their schedules. Future session dates are as follows:
“Research Careers in Biology with Dr. Bob Leunk, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 18.
“Requesting Letters of Recommendation: Do’s and Don’ts” with Kate Kryger, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 25.
“Teaching Science as a Career” with Dr. Sarah Krajewski, 11 a.m.-noon March 3.
“Biology Department Courses Overview” with Laurie Foster, 1-2 p.m. March 14.
“Careers in Biology and Medicine” with Todd Tiano, 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 24.
“Plant Doctor” with Pam Laureto, noon-1 p.m. March 29.
“Choosing a Career: How Do I Decide?” with Dr. Greg Forbes, 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 5.
“Choosing a Transfer School” with Tim Hoving, 2-3 p.m. April 12.
“Fabulous Mystery Surprise” with Kate Kryger, 1-2 p.m. April 19.
Free coffee will be provided during each conversation.
Leigh Kleinert, the biology department head, said biology professors have only been advertising these sessions via Blackboard. Only students enrolled in biology classes can see the upcoming events in their announcements. According to Hoare, there will be fliers posted around campus in a few weeks to draw in a larger crowd.