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Clarkson University Student Leaders Present at National AAUW Conference

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Four Clarkson undergraduate students attended and presented at the 2008 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders June 5-7 at Georgetown University.

Kimberly Cook, a May 2008 Clarkson computer science graduate from Utica, N.Y., was another student leader on the project, but was unable to attend due to work commitments.National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

The Clarkson student presentation was the culmination of a $5,000 grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to conduct salary negotiations training and a negotiations contest for students during the spring 2008 semester. The Clarkson student leaders researched the literature on gender and negotiations, and designed and presented a three-hour training program to their student peers in February. This was followed by a negotiations contest in which 10 students were awarded $2,500 in cash prizes.

The student leaders did an outstanding job presenting their project and responding to questions from conference attendees, said Associate Professor of Organizational Studies Mary E. Graham, who accompanied the students to the conference. "They have become experts on negotiations. The students took full advantage of the networking and educational opportunities at the conference. All of us are grateful for AAUW's and Clarkson's generous support of the students."

Graham and Student Support Services Director Catherine Clark were the project advisors. The St. Lawrence County AAUW liaison for the project is Laura E. Ettinger, associate professor of history.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Four Clarkson University students recently attended and presented at the 2008 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at Georgetown University. Left to right: Cara Claflin, Ashley Williamsen, Benjamin DeMuth; and Story Elliott (right). Kimberly Cook '08 (second from right) was unable to attend.

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