Emily Burton


Senior Biology major Emily Burton, used her VURF Travel grant to attend the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s (SICB) annual conference in San Francisco this past January.

On her experience:  

The SICB conference is one of the largest basic science conferences, with researchers presenting from across the globe on topics ranging from predator/prey interactions to locomotion and morphology.

At SICB, I presented my undergraduate senior thesis research on extra-pair paternity in hybridizing songbirds during one of the poster sessions. I was able to talk to faculty and student researchers about my project, and receive feedback and advice for how to make my project stronger. Throughout the conference, I met a variety of researchers in different stages of their careers and was able to get general career advice and “tricks of the trade” on how to apply to graduate programs.

Overall, attending SICB was an extremely beneficial experience for me, as it not only gave me the opportunity to get advice on my current research at Villanova, but meet professionals who gave me guidance in how to pursue a successful career in research.

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 38
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Fax: 610-519-6623

Dr. Michael T. Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program

Catherine M. Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

John J. Shanley
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships

Chelsea T. Benincasa
Program Coordinator, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program