ARISE - Discovery

The Nature of Discovery Symposium

Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education | Nature of Discovery Symposium
Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education | Nature of Discovery Symposium
Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education | Nature of Discovery Symposium
Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education | Nature of Discovery Symposium

Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education

Nature of Discovery Symposium - Spring 2014

The Nature of Discovery Symposium brings together RI high school biology teachers who are participating in Project ARISE, their students, Brown scientists and graduate students for poster presentations and discussions focused on the research and discovery process as a way to connect inquiry to the relevance of science to everyday life. 

Collaboration between scientists and communication to the general public is an important part of the scientific process.  The Nature of Discovery Symposium gives high school students first-hand experience in this important aspect of science.

Students will have an opportunity to present their original ideas, including how they chose their experiments; how they determined what questions to pose;  why they designed their experiments a certain way and how they chose to collect and analyze data. 

Download the Nature of Discovery Symposium Information Sheet

When: May 18, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Warren Alpert Medical School, Auditorium and Lobby, 222 Richmond Street, Providence RI
Registration*: Registration is closed for this event. Please direct any questions to
Who Should Attend: ARISE teachers, students and their guests
View the Spring 2014 Abstract Directory

* Note: Registrations received after May 9 will be considered but not included in the event program.

Schedule of Events

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Check-in and Poster Set-up

1:30 – 2:15 PM

Keynote Lecture
Dr. Timothy Herbert, Professor
Geological Sciences, Brown University

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Graduate Student Discussion
Heather Bennett, PhD Candidate, Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology & Biochemistry graduate program
Eric James, PhD Candidate, Department of Neuroscience

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Undergraduate Panel
Michael Fernandopulle, Kohana Leuba, Nino Bevilacqua and Amanda Way

3:15 – 3:45 PM

Student Poster Presentations (odd numbered posters)

3:45 – 4:15 PM

Student Poster Presentations (even numbered posters)

4:15 – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Presentation of Certificates

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Timothy Herbert, Professor, Geological Sciences, Brown University

Dr. Herbert received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from Yale College in 1980 (Magna Cum Laude), and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Geological Sciences, in 1987. He have been recognized for his research in the area of Earth Systems History and paleoceanography which has earned him a leadership role in the paleoclimate community. Dr. Herbert's research has led to a better understanding of the history of global change. Within the University community, he has worked hard to develop strong links between the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, the Environmental Change Initiative and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology groups. Dr. Herbert teaches broad-reaching courses such as "Ecology and Climate", "Ocean Biogeochemistry", and "The Enigma of Warm Climates in the Geological Record."

Guidelines for Abstract Submission and Presenting at the Symposium

Project ARISE teachers and their students are invited to Brown University for the Nature of Discovery Symposium.  Students will be given the opportunity to present on research performed independently or with their classmates.  Student work should represent original ideas.  The process of inquiry should be the focus of the presentation. 

Content does not need to be related to topics covered during ARISE workshops (of course, with the exception of inquiry).  Emphasis should be placed on the process by which students chose their experiments.  How did they arrive at the questions they posed?  Why did they design their experiments in a certain way?  How did they choose to collect and analyze data? 


Students should submit an abstract that introduces the project they wish to present.

Students should complete the abstract submission form. 

The abstract should not exceed 250 words and should address the following points:

  • Topic  What is your research about?
  • Purpose  How did you arrive at the questions posed?  What questions did you hope to answer by doing your research? 
  • Hypothesis  What did you predict your research would reveal?
  • Experimental methods  How did you test your hypothesis?  Why did you design your experiments as you did? 
  • Results and Conclusions  How did you choose to collect and analyze data?  List the most important conclusions.  Was your hypothesis supported?


At the symposium, the majority of student work will be presented in the form of a poster.

Posters should fit onto poster boards that are 40 inches wide x 30 inches high, and should include the follwoing information:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Introduction – including purpose and hypothesis
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • References

Tips for poster preparation:

  • Posters should stimulate discussion, not give a long presentation. Therefore, keep text to a minimum and emphasize graphics.
  • Materials should be easily read at a distance of 4 feet.  Use a font size of at least 14 point and double space.
  • Place related materials (photo with accompanying text) close together.

Oral presentations

One or two students may be chosen to present their work in a 10 minute oral presentation.  Teachers can recommend a student for an oral presentation by emailing

Release and Waiver Form

The Release and Waiver Form must be completed by all who attend the symposium. Forms for students under the age of 18 require at least one signature from a parent or legal guardian and a witness.

Guest Allergy Form

If applicable, please review Brown University's food allergy policy and complete the Guest Allergy Form.

**All forms should be returned by May 9. Please see forms for return instructions.


For detailed driving directions to, please visit the Warren Alpert Medical School page.