Diebold Symposium

The Diebold Symposium is an annual scientific meeting sponsored by the Biology Department of Kalamazoo College and is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Frances “Dieb” Diebold (1900-1989), a member of the Kalamazoo College Biology Department for 44 years. Senior biology majors present the results of their Senior Individualized Projects (SIPs) at the Diebold Symposium. Presentations are made as short seminars or as posters, and the entire symposium is open to the public. Various activities are also planned around the visit, including a keynote address by a prominent biologist (see speaker list below) and a closing banquet. An endowed fund established by the College in honor of Dr. Diebold provides support for the symposium and for student research stipends.

Archive of biology SIP theses and poster presentations (searchable; abstracts available to public) 

Archive of Diebold Symposium programs from 1999 through the most recent

Invited keynote speakers

Dr. Frances "Dieb" Diebold
  • 2019 – Dr. Maanasa Raghavan, University of Chicago
  • 2018 – Dr. Brendan Bohannan, University of Oregon
  • 2017 – Dr. Sonia Sultan, Wesleyan University
  • 2016 – Dr. Brian Freeman, University of Illinois
  • 2015 – Dr. Richard Lenski, Michigan State University
  • 2014 – Dr. Greg Dwyer, University of Chicago
  • 2013 – Dr. Jay F. Storz, University of Nebraska
  • 2012 – Dr. Naomi Pierce, Harvard University
  • 2010 – Dr. Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School
  • 2009 – Dr. Daniel Dennett, Tufts University
  • 2008 – Dr. Neil Shubin, University of Chicago
  • 2007 – Dr. Sean Carroll, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 2006 – Dr. Ulrich Mueller, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005 – Dr. Jose Cibelli, Michigan State University
  • 2004 – Dr. Lynn Margulis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 2003 – Dr. Rosemary Grant, Princeton University
  • 2002 – Dr. Warren Burggren, University of North Texas
  • 2001 – Dr. Kathryn Vandenbosch, University of Minnesota
  • 2000 – Dr. Paul Ewald, Amherst College
  • 1999 – Dr. Averil Ma, The University of Chicago
  • 1998 – Dr. James Spotila, Drexel University
  • 1997 – Dr. Wayne Becker, The University of Wisconsin
  • 1996 – Dr. John Alcock, Arizona State University
  • 1995 – Dr. Raymond Huey, The University of Washington
  • 1994 – Dr. Michael LaBarbera, The University of Chicago
  • 1993 – Dr. David Dawson, The University of Michigan
  • 1992 – Dr. James Teeri, The University of Michigan Biological Station
  • 1991 – Dr. Alan Templeton, Washington University
  • 1990 – Dr. Barbara Block, The University of Chicago
  • 1989 – Dr. John R. Pappenheimer, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
  • 1988 – Dr. C. Richard Tracy, Colorado State University
  • 1987 – Dr. Roy Curtis III, Washington University
  • 1986 – Dr. Steven Aust, Michigan State University
  • 1985 – Dr. Robert Wetzel, Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station
  • 1984 – Dr. Moo J. Cho, The Upjohn Company
  • 1983 – Dr. Bijoy Bhuyan, The Upjohn Company