ECSC:Eastern Colleges Science Conference

2017 Eastern Colleges Science Conference

The 71st annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) was held at Wilkes University on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Wilkes University

2017 Program and Schedule

Platform and Poster Presentations - Deadline: February 24, 2017.
Use the online Registration Form

Final Institutional Registration Form and Payment - Deadline: March 13, 2017.
There is no institutional registration fee.
Individual fees: Fees are $35 for each person and a separate $40 for each banquet ticket.
These fees are paid by institutions. Students and faculty need to contact their institutional representative to make sure their name is on the institutional registration form so the conference registration is complete and that fees are paid.
Use the online   Institutional Registration Form

Lodging: A block of rooms has been reserved at the
Holiday Inn, Wilkes Barre East Mountain Inn, 600 Wildflower Dr, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
for Friday March 31st and Saturday April 1st.
Our room rate is $93 per night. The hotel rate is only guaranteed until March 1st. Guests should call 1-866-298-1374 or 570-822-1011 for this arrangement.
Our group code is “ECS” and we are also listed under the Wilkes - Eastern College Science Conference.
You may also book directly at the  Holiday Inn

The banquet will also be held at this facility.

Submission of manuscripts for consideration for an excellence award - Deadline: March 1, 2017. Please follow guidelines on the website and email the final manuscript to Dr. Don Stearns at Participants wishing to submit full-length papers must follow "Full-length Paper Instructions" under the Judging tab of this website.

Driving Instructions

Please contact Dr. Anthony Kapolka at
Dr. Donald Stearns at

Since 1947, the ECSC has provided a forum for undergraduates from 20-30 colleges and universities to present their empirical research in the physical, chemical, biological, health, and social sciences, as well as education, computer technology, engineering and mathematics, using the general format of a professional meeting. Students may give platform (oral) presentations, poster presentations, and/or submit full-length papers. The conference is for undergraduates only and is modeled after a typical scientific meeting with multiple sessions. A major benefit of this conference is the opportunity not only to present one’s research in a scientific setting but also to learn as much as possible from others. The day begins with continental breakfast and welcoming remarks, followed by morning presentations, lunch, a presentation by an invited keynote speaker, and afternoon presentations. The day ends with a banquet and student awards for outstanding presentations and papers within the different disciplinary categories.