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BioScience Expo & Other Campus Activities

Biology Merit Exam

Biology Merit Exam

BioScience Expo!

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 26 as part of the new BioScience Expo!

Each activity can host about 30-40 students at a time, please divide your group accordingly and rotate.

Printable schedule and maps to locations

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

Wild About Wildlife
The Jordan Room - 11:00-2:00 pm
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 Fingerprinting/Crime Scene  
G26/G30 Jordan Hall - 11:00-1:30 pm
CU Life Sciences Outreach Center staff and students

  • Use micropipets to manipulate tiny amounts of crime scene sample
  • Learn how DNA fingerprints are used in forensic and other applications

Snakes of South Carolina
Location/Time TBD

  •  See some live local snake species and learn about the snakes that live in our state!

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 Melissa Fuentes, Vertebrate Collection Curator

Vertebrate Collection - Visit the museum and view life size mounts of bison, exotic African antelope, big cats, and more. The large exhibit room houses over 90 shoulder mounts of exotic and native species, and hallway displays contain over 20 articulated bird skeletons, mounted birds and other mammals. 

Melissa will host an activity center where students can experience both native and exotic wildlife with full mounts as well as hides of mammals, reptiles, and birds available to touch. Other displays will provide information on how to preserve specimens, how mounts are created, and what it takes to be a museum curator.  Be sure to find the “Bone-ified ID” area where students correctly identifying different bones can pick up a prize while supplies last!

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
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 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

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   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 and click on the calendar link in the top right corner.