Dr. Michael McConnell taught biology and chemistry at PLNU from 1978 through 2018. The biology summer research program he established in 1979 has operated for over 40 consecutive summers, giving 600+ PLNU undergraduates an opportunity to engage in original research. Although now retired from teaching, McConnell continues to mentor PLNU students in summer research. In addition, he works to build relationships with science alumni (Research Associates) and San Diego County science teachers (Perspectives on Science), as well as with undergraduate research mentors and their students nationwide (West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference). He also serves as a liaison for PLNU with CONNECT and BIOCOM, two organizations that promote the growth and economic health of San Diego.
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