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08-06-2001

Student Research Projects Presented At Clarkson

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Fuel cells, methods of statistical analysis, and pesticide resistance in fruit flies were some of the topics of conversation among faculty and students at Clarkson University recently during a symposium on student research.sure

Each summer, students from universities around the country come to Clarkson to participate in research guided by Clarkson faculty mentors. They present the results of their work at the Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences, a full day of presentations and poster displays covering projects in a wide range of academic disciplines, from bio-molecular science to chemistry to mechanical engineering.

“Undergraduate research projects such as these are about intellectual challenge, the discovery of knowledge, and cooperation between faculty and students,” said Provost Anthony G. Collins. “Clarkson provides a unique environment for learning; its small size brings faculty and students together on research projects at a level not commonly found at universities.”

This year 87 students from 24 different universities participated in the summer research projects.

Lisa Venditte, a chemical engineering and chemistry senior at Clarkson, analyzed the composition of particulates in air quality samples collected from numerous sites in Finland. She found the experience invaluable. “It has taught me what research is all about. My advisor showed me all the steps, how to go through them, how to make things work.”

Amarda Shehu, a math and computer science junior in the Clarkson Honors Program, tackled a complex mathematical problem. With plans to continue studying math and computer science in graduate school, Amarda feels the summer research experience gives her an advantage: “Designing a research project takes you beyond what you learn in the classroom. I had to learn so much background just to look into the problem, and then I had to look at it from new perspectives, new directions.”

The students’ research activities, which are conducted over a period of five to ten weeks, are funded through a variety of grants, including the National Science Foundation and the McNair Program. Students in the Clarkson Honors Program also participate.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sarah Kenney, a mechanical and aeronautical engineering junior at Clarkson University, describes her research on chemical mechanical polishing techniques at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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