October 23, 2002

PLATTEVILLE - It's the time of year when graduating high school students are asked, "Where are you attending college next year?" Many are undecided, while others have a set course. UWP will host the "Meet the Scientist," Monday, Oct. 28, a program dedicated to introducing the students to careers in science and giving them a look at what UWP has to offer.

UWP alumnus Dr. Tom Zinnen will address junior and senior high school students Monday morning concerning the challenges for the agriculture sciences. Following the presentation will be a question and answer session.

"High-school students get few opportunities to meet face-to-face with a scientist," said Elizabeth Frieders, professor of biology. "We get to bring our alumni back, and high school students can see that they can go to UW-Platteville and get a quality education and a good job."

The program will consist of morning and afternoon sessions dedicated to exposing the students to campus and to showing the students that success can start on a smaller campus, like the one at UW-Platteville.

"I'm amazed at the number of alumni who have went on to pursue master's degrees and have become very successful," said David Allen, member of the Agriculture and Biology Alumni Board. "UWP has some state-of-the-art facilities and we hope to expose the students to what the University has to offer.

The 75th anniversary of the bachelor of science degree in agriculture encouraged the Agriculture and Biology Alumni Chapter to make plans to highlight the program by organizing the "Meet the Scientist" program. This allows the current students, alumni, potential students and the general community to get involved.

Zinnen's scheduled presentation is sure to percolate the interest of the community later in the evening with the topic of "Biotechnology and Genomics: Changing How We Look at Life and Lead Our Lives," which will be held in the Beaux Arts Room of the Ullsvik Center at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.


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