Sunlight’s Healing Effects Help Green Sea Turtles With Tumors
A new study by Florida Atlantic University researchers is literally shedding “light” on a way to improve the health of endangered green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) prone to a disease called fibropapillomatosis, which affects about 60 percent of sea turtles in some sub-populations. Read more.
Head Out On Research Excursion to Big Cypress National Preserve
Researchers Katie Buckman and River Vanderveer visited remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve by helicopter to survey vegetation, bird nesting sites, and use a hollow box to sample fish populations in the wetlands. Katie was the crew lead on this research excursion. River is an undergraduate researcher studying Environmental Science. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, bring an appetite for adventure, waders and sun protection, and click here to learn more.
The Road to Popularity Can Be Paved With Unpleasantness
A longitudinal study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University tested the novel hypothesis that aggressive and disruptive children engage in frequent conflicts with classmates to strengthen their position in the group and enhance their popularity. Read more.
Undergraduate Research Day
We're proud of our strong community of undergraduate student researchers who shared their studies at the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium! Congratulations to the winners from the Schmidt College of Science! See more photos and the list of winners.
Graduate and Professional Research Day
Congratulations to all of our graduate student researchers who presented their studies at the 13th annual Graduate and Professional Research Day on April 12! See more photos.
FAU Data-Driven Science and AI Conference
Saturday, May 21, 2022  
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Student Union, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus
Join the data-driven revolution! Purchase tickets.

Data and AI Research Exhibitions Event
The Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox Data and AI Research Exhibitions event on April 21 brought students and faculty together from around Florida Atlantic University to explore the new AI collaboration space. See more photos.
Congratulations Spring 2022 Graduates
Congratulations to our inspiring Spring 2022 graduates! See more photos.
New Funding Supports Scientists as They Tease Out Clues to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
Carmen Varela, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, received the Alzheimer’s Association’s Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity. The $149,871 award will fund research in her lab on the relationship between sleep and memory. Read more.
History Channel Show Features Florida Atlantic Faculty Expert
Watch featured guest expert Michael Zourdos, Ph.D., FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Chair and Professor for the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion, who was interviewed on the History Channel’s “Ancient Workouts” show. Did ancient Apache warriors encounter some of the same training issues as modern athletes? Read more.
Summer 2022 Science Continuing Education Courses
The Schmidt College of Science offers continuing education courses that are available to students and community members. Each course promotes education and academic success for future careers in health and medicine.

Application Preparation for Pre-med Students (APPS) (In-person/Hybrid: May 9-13, and Interview Sessions: May 16-19)

Certified Nursing Assistant Test Prep Course (May 14-May 21)

Electrocardiogram (EKG-12 Leads) Technician Course (May 16-31, and June 2-17)

Assisted Reproductive Technology Certificate Course (Summer: Jun. 28-Jul. 28; Fall: Oct. 18-Nov. 17)

DNA Forensics Certificate Course (Summer: Jun. 28-Jul. 28; Fall: Oct. 18-Nov. 17)
Social Media Spotlight: @sharkmigration
@sharkmigration on Instagram: First day of a research cruise operated by @fio_stpete with @fauscience #students being exposed to a variety of fisheries techniques including longline, trawl, and drumline fishing. Caught and released a couple of sharks and looking forward to doing more tomorrow.
Apply to Be a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Ambassador
Apply to be a Schmidt College of Science Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Student Ambassador! This new student organization will assist the college's DEI committee (comprised of faculty and staff) in the coordination and maintenance of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Learn more and apply.
53rd Honors Convocation Winners Announced
Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly and Provost Bret Danilowicz hosted the University’s 53rd annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 13, to recognize the University’s most outstanding students and faculty. Congratulations to the winners in the Schmidt College of Science! Read more.

2022 Florida Atlantic University Honors Convocation Awardees

University Scholars
Jo Laura, Honors Chemistry Student

Undergraduate Researchers of the Year
Satviki Singh, Biological/Physical Sciences, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, with a double concentration in biology and mathematics
Research Core Winner and Beauty of Science Profile
Maciej Stawikowski, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and member of the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute, was awarded a Research Cores Internal Pilot Program grant. Stawikowski will utilize the FAU Advanced Cell Imaging Core for this award. Learn more about Stawikowski's research in a recent profile called, "The Beauty of Science" that details his studies on neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's disease.
Congratulations to New Biological Sciences Graduate Jared Foster
The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to congratulate senior Jared Foster on his recent May graduation, and his acceptance into the prestigious University of Florida College of Pharmacy program. “FAU has given me the tools to embark on this new journey,” said Foster. Read more.
Summer MCAT Test Prep Course
The Summer Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Test Prep Course begins June 2, 2022. FAU Test Preparation, in alliance with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, has developed FAU's MCAT Course to prepare students for the successful completion of the MCAT. Learn more.
The Road to Summer Success
Registration is open! Over 1,000 summer classes are online and on campus in Davie, Boca Raton, and Jupiter. Learn more and register.
In Memoriam: Emmanuelle Tognoli, Ph.D.
Sadly, Dr. Emmanuelle Tognoli passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 23, 2022, following a valiant struggle to overcome a rare and aggressive cancer, which ultimately took her life. Dr. Tognoli was a Research Professor in the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and Research Affiliate Professor in the Department of Physics. Her passing is a great loss for both programs.

Dr. Tognoli was a very talented scientist, a respected colleague, and a beloved mentor and role model for her many students. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Read more.
In Memoriam: Dean J. Monette, Ph.D.
Dean Monette (April 12, 1968 – April 7, 2022) was a true FAU Owl. He graduated with three degrees from FAU, a B.S. in Biological Sciences (2004), an Environmental MBA (2006), and a Ph.D. in Geosciences (2014).

He was passionate about the academic environment at FAU, making the most of the opportunities FAU provided, and encouraging his graduate student peers and the undergraduate students he taught and mentored to follow his lead and achieve to their fullest potentials. Read more.
In the News
FAU Geoscience Ph.D. Students Win at Annual Florida Society of Geographers Conference

Two FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science students were winners of the 58th annual Florida Society of Geographers Awards. Department of Geosciences Ph.D. candidates Asha Paudel won the “Outstanding Oral Presenter, Ph.D.” award, and David Brodylo received the “Outstanding Poster Presenter, Ph.D.” award. Read more.
NIH Grant Awarded to Target RNA Through Drug Design
Ilyas Yildirim , Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded $419,485 through the National Institutes of Health to study "In Silico Drug Design Targeting RNA Repeat Expansions." Read more.
Spring 2022 Chemistry Student Poster Presentation Winners 
Congratulations to all 2022 Schmidt College of Science student poster presentation winners! We are so proud of our student researchers! Read more.
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