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BioScience Expo & Other Campus Activities

Biology Merit Exam

Biology Merit Exam

BioScience Expo - new in 2017!

The Department of Biological Sciences invites you to take a short walk over to Long and Jordan Hall immediately following the exam to enjoy special displays, hands on activities, and tours available only to BME participants and ONLY on Friday, April 28 as part of the new BioScience Expo!

Printable schedule and maps to locations

Please drop in between 11:30am - 2:00/ 2:30 (times vary on a few activities) for the following:

Wild About Wildlife
222 Long Hall - 11:30-2:00 pm
Patricia Whitener, Clemson University Cooperative Extension - Greenville County 4-H Agent
Mallory Dailey, Clemson University Cooperative Extension - Oconee County 4-H Agent

Clemson Natural Resource professionals will provide an interactive display of native endothermic and ectothermic species found in the southeast. This hands-on experience is sure to stimulate lots of ecology conversation and create some great photo opportunities!

DNA, The Polymer of Life
G26/G30 Jordan Hall - 11:30-2:00 pm
Dr. Vicki Corbin and CU Life Sciences Outreach Center staff and students

A variety of interactive activites will be available!  Tentatively planned: Isolate DNA from strawberries, experience some polymer science in action (AKA shrinky dinks) and make your own DNA models. 

Animal Encounters
The Jordan Room -11:30-2:00 pm
Hosted by the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association (a great opportunity to have your students interact with Clemson science students that are excited about science!)

Come experience different ecosystems and interact with some of the fascinating animals that inhabit them!   Animals you may get to see include chameleons, ball pythons, tarantulas, lobsters, sea urchins, starfish and much more!

Test Yourself 
1:00-2:30 - 327 Long Hall 
Dr. Bob Kosinski and Biology 1110 undergraduate students

Clemson undergraduates will help test your reaction time; record your ECG and blood pressure using our computerized physiological monitors. This is lots of fun – be sure to drop in for a visit!  

Campbell Museum of Natural History - Vertebrate and Plant Collections (now with 3-D games!)
11:30-2:00 pm - Drop in to view the exhibits! 
Campbell Museum of Natural History Exhibit Hall (the small, free-standing, brick building behind Long and Jordan Halls).  
Hosted by Dixie Damrel, Herbarium Curator, and Stanlee Miller, Vertebrate Collection Curator

Stanlee says to check out the museum's large whole mounted hooved mammal specimens (bison, eland, sable, roan, pronghorn, etc.) on exhibit in the small room (ramp access).   The larger room has about 100 heads and about a dozen whole mounts (includes a lion, tiger, cougar, leopard, jaguar, and some medium to small hooved mammals). There is an exhibit of 20 articulated bird skeletons in the main lobby. Five identical iPads are provided to help identify the specimen on display. Use the map to select (touch screen) the exhibit case and then touch the nose of the photo of the specimen you are interested in. 

Dixie Damrel will have examples of Giant Moso Bamboo, Phyllostachys pubescens, uncommon carnivorous plants, herbarium specimens, and strange cones and fruits on display in the small classroom (room 104) as well as some 3-D games she wants you to play.   Ask Dixie about her Fulbright Scholar grant to work and conduct botanical research in tropical Southeast Asia!

Entomology Museum – Arthropod Collection (newly upgraded and expanded – note new location)
11:30-2:00 pm*, outside 312 Long Hall (3rd floor, Martin/Kinard Hall side of building)
Drop in to view the exhibits – hosted by Dr. Mike Ferro (find Dr. Ferro in the museum or his office, 307 Long, for a behind the scenes tour!).  

The Clemson University Arthropod Collection contains more than 1 million insect specimens mostly from South Carolina, including endangered and possibly extinct species. Numerous fun exhibits are on display and visitors are welcome to take a behind the scenes tour of the museum. We're also happy to answer any and all "bug" related questions.  
* there are several permanent exhibits and displays out in the hall and available at all times during normal business hours


Other Tours and Activities

To add even more fun to your trip to Clemson University, consider also visiting one of these locations after the Biology Merit Exam. Please make your own arrangements in advance by following the information provided on their websites. 

  • South Carolina Botanical Garden The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. Together with distinguished education and outreach programs, a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature and culture.
  • Fran Hanson Discovery Center  Gateway to the South Carolina Botanical Garden!  Today it serves as the Fran Hanson Visitor's Center, welcoming Garden and Museum visitors and showcasing destinations throughout the Upstate.
  • Planetarium
  • Tour Historic Properties  Fort Hill, Hanover House, Hopewell Plantation
  • CU Life Sciences Outreach Center  Schedule a genetics laboratory field trip!
  • Explore Clemson  Information on departmental tours (links in left margin) and a detailed list of iconic places in and around campus to explore

Walking tour of campus:  Reserve a spot for our guided walking campus tour through the Class of 1944 Visitors Center.  High schools with groups of 10+ may reserve in advance a limited number of student-guided tours through Tracey O'Kelley at cuvisit@clemson.edu or 864-656-4789. If you can’t make a guided tour, we offer a self-guided walking tour of our campus using the University’s Walking Tour App, available on the Web (no download required).  Access the tour from clemson.edu/campus-map/tour.

High School Juniors - Visit the Calhoun Honors College!  High School juniors can schedule a meeting with one of the honors staff and potentially with one of our honors student ambassadors.  Appointments must be made one week in advance - See http://www.clemson.edu/cuhonors/prospective-students/admissions/visit.html   Tillman Hall 105, 2:00pm (by appointment only).

Check out the Clemson University Master Calendar for any special events or displays occurring on the same day of the Exam.  Go to www.clemson.edu and click on the calendar link in the top right corner.