SUNY Oneonta News

April 5, 2011



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will be among the attendees of Student Research Day on Thursday, April 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Union ballroom. Created to recognize and promote undergraduate scholarship and creative activity, Student Research Day has become the premier on-campus event for academic student exhibition. Admission is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Participation in the event has tripled in the last five years, reflecting the college's emergence as a leader in supporting research. More than 200 students are expected to fill the ballroom, displaying projects they have undertaken while at SUNY Oneonta.

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski says the increasing popularity of Student Research Day demonstrates the college's commitment toteaching and learning. "This event is especially vital because it showcasesour core identity as an institution," she said. "It's a point of pride for our students to present their scholarly work in a formal setting, and we're equally proud of what each of them has achieved."

This year's event takes on special significance, as it is being held in conjunction with a celebration of the Fund for Science and Technology. Launched in 2007, the Fund set out to raise $4 million for STEM(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and was the college's first campaign to focus on a particular academic area.

Under the leadership of SUNY Oneonta alumna Janet Perna and Dr. William Pietraface, former chair of the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department, the Fund raised over $5 million to grant scholarships, increase research and scholarly activity, and improve scientific literacy among all of the college's students.

The event's dual themes—the vitality of undergraduate research, and the importance of the STEM disciplines—are perfect fits for keynote speaker biomedical researcher Dr. Mitchell Olman of the Cleveland Clinic. A 1978 graduate of SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Olman earned a master's degree in anatomy from Columbia University and an M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed a residency at University of Chicago Hospitals, and fellowships at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. His research has appeared within articles published by some of the most prestigious peer-reviewed scientificjournals.

Additional information about SUNY Oneonta's 2011 Student Research Day and its schedule can be found at



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