GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore scientific research and innovative art by the next generation of scientists and artists at the Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

Top undergraduate students from the University of Florida, Morehouse College, Louisiana State University, Lincoln University, Furman University, The University of Puerto Rico and other schools will display scientific posters and works of visual and performing art from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For the first time, the program features student art entries including two- and three-dimensional works, videos, dance performances and music recitals.

UF College of Fine Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli said she is excited to see the variety of art students are submitting.

“This is the first time for the arts portion of the event, so we don’t know how big the art section will be,” Lavelli said. “However, it’s important as a leading university to have these opportunities celebrating art and science because the two areas together represent the diversity and dynamism of the creative mind. We have a few opportunities at UF for students to combine their knowledge of art and science and this event will make creative integration an even bigger priority.”

The event is not only an opportunity for the public to learn new science concepts and catch striking dance performances, but for students to earn scholarships. Participants will compete for several Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Undergraduate Creativity Awards of $2,500 for the most innovative project or presentation. The awards fund the travel and attendance of each winner to his or her choice of a meeting, workshop or exhibition anywhere in the world.

“These talented students also have the unique opportunity to publicize their work to staff from prestigious science foundations that sponsor research, the arts community and the general public,” said Randy Duran, a professor in UF’s chemistry department.

The event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Florida Museum, (352) 846-2000, or Harn Museum, (352) 392-9826.

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Writer: Kelly Donovan
Media contact: Paul Ramey (Florida Museum), 352-273-2054,
Tami Wroath, 352-392-9826, ext. 116,