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COSAM’s Open House Welcomes Students and Shares a Passion for Conservation

Published: 09/04/2018

By: Maria Gebhardt

The annual Open House for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) brought together students from an array of majors to meet advisors, check out student organizations and clubs, and learn more about animals from Wild Animal Safari in Georgia.

Students love seeing different types of animals, however, these specific guests were here to increase awareness of conservation.  “It is important to showcase conservation and the need to preserve the natural world,” explains Dr. Robert Boyd, an alumni professor in Biological Sciences. As he was showing students species such as the coatimundi, a member of the raccoon family, and the New Guinea singing dog, he connected with many students about why they should learn about conservation.

Dr. Boyd is Faculty Advisor for the Society for Conservation Biology, Auburn University Chapter, which is dedicated to the study of maintenance, loss and restoration of biology diversity.  “Students have an essential role in conservation and are future scientists who will make an impact for generations,” Dr. Boyd adds.  Even Aubie made an appearance at noon, taking photos with the students and animals. 

“I am proud of all of the hard work that goes into the COSAM Open House each year to connect with our students and create lasting relationships that will help them not only succeed with their educational goals, but their future career paths,” shares Meredith Jones, academic advisor and open house coordinator.

In addition to the Society for Conservation Biology, numerous student organizations and clubs shared information with COSAM students with information tables that lined the hallways.  The Pre-Veterinary Medical Association helps students obtain experience with both small and large animals before graduate school.  The Microbiology Club offers opportunities to undergraduates to connect with research opportunities and participate in field trips. The STEM Coalition of United Learners offers opportunities for outreach to rural areas.  The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers ensures students have professional development opportunities throughout the year.  Students could also learn about study abroad opportunities and how to become COSAM Social Media Ambassadors.

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