New Frog Species

Student Research Spotlight

A new species of frog (Strabomantidae: Pristimantis) from Peru

with comments on its ectoparasites (Acari: Trombiculidae)

by Alan W. Brus '12

Alan Brus describes in his research honors project how he classified a new species of frog, discovered in Peru by Assistant Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr.

Brus also examined the mites, or ectoparasites, infesting the species. Read more here.

Alan Brus '12
Alan Brus '12
Peru has a high degree of biodiversity, resulting from the complex geographic regions characteristic of the country. Continued efforts are required to classify new species so that they can be protected and the human impact on these remote environments can be better understood.
- Alan Brus

As an IWU biology student, you have the chance to design and conduct original research. By partnering with faculty and staff, you can work on an independent research project or earn credit in off-campus research (Biol 399), directed study (Biol 495), or research honors (Biol 499). Student research is showcased each spring at the John Wesley Powell Student Research conference.

Biology Honors Projects

Qualified students are encouraged to seek Research Honors during their senior year for their original student research projects. Course credit (Bio 499) may be earned for work associated with the completion of an Honors Research project.

You must seek out a project advisor and discuss interest in research honors no later than the spring semester of your junior year. Moreover, you must declare your intentions to the Associate Provost no later than the semester immediately preceding achievement of senior standing.

You may seek Research Honors in your major field (or in another field in which six course units will have been completed prior to beginning the Honors Project) provided that a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 overall and 3.50 in the field in which honors are sought has been maintained (exclusive of military science courses). You must present and defend your research to a project hearing committee. The project hearing committee, appointed by the faculty advisor with your consultation and consent, will review the completed project and determine whether or not Honors shall be granted.

May Term Courses for Travel and Research

Professor Given Harper gives highlights of the Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica.
The Biology Department offers several courses during May Term, including travel and research opportunities. For example, BIOLOGY 350 is a biannual Tropical Ecology course in Costa Rica. This course fulfills requirements for either the biology major or the Environmental Studies major.


John Wesley Powell Research Conference

Biology major Elizabeth Smith '14 is among students discussing their research at the John Wesley Powell Research Conference.

The John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference was established as an annual event in 1990. Held in April each year, the conference provides an opportunity for students who are pursuing individual research projects to present those projects in a public forum. Research projects pursued by students at any level – freshman through senior – and in any academic program throughout the University, are eligible to participate. Research can be presented either in a poster session format, or in a (15-min) oral presentation.