SUNY Oneonta News

April 8, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Seventeen students from the SUNY College at Oneonta have been selected to present the results of the research projects that they conducted with guidance from faculty members at the first SUNY-wide symposium of undergraduate research and creative activities. "SUNY Undergraduates Shaping New York's Future: A Showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capitol" will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, in the well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Sponsored by the Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Committee of the SUNY University Faculty Senate, the event will emphasize undergraduate student research and its impact on New York State. Approximately 100 posters will showcase research, scholarly, and creative activities by undergraduate students from all 64 SUNY institutions.

SUNY Oneonta students will present five poster sessions at the event:

  • "Ethyl lactate as a tunable solvent for green synthesis of aldimines," presented by Anyango Kamina, Alyson Marmet, Gwendolyn Nieves, Miyeon Presky, and Kaitlyn Charles, based on their research with Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Jacqueline Bennett;

  • "An investigation of the gregarine parasites of damselflies and dragonflies in Otsego County, New York," presented by Crystal Wiles, based on her research with Assistant Professor of Biology Florian Reyda;

  • "The North-East CIDR Array: A chain of ionospheric tomography receivers for studying the equatorward edge of the auroral oval and the mid-latitude trough," presented by Peter Anderson, Luke D'Imperio, and Timothy Kelley, based on their research with Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Hugh A. Gallagher, Jr.;

  • "Water quality monitoring in the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, Otsego County, New York," by Molly Reed, based on her research with Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Devin Castendyk; and

  • "Comparison of: a) Skin Folds and Air Displacement Plethysomography, b) Saliva Osmolality and Urine Refractometry, and c) Taste Perception and the Three Factor Eating Scale with College Wrestlers," by Corey Ranno, Austin Fox, Adam Guillaume, Michael Toomey, Rebekah Cramer, and Joseph Efrein, based on their research with Professor of Psychology Lawrence T. Guzy and Associate Professor of Human Ecology William Proulx.

A sixth project from SUNY Oneonta was selected for presentation but will not be presented because of a scheduling conflict:

  • "Rise of the B'Hoy: The Emergence of New York's Violent Working Class Masculine Identity," by Scott Nichols, based on his research with Assistant Professor of History Thomas Beal.

The SUNY College at Oneonta emphasizes engaging students in applied learning opportunities such as undergraduate research. At its annual Student Research Day on campus last year, 80 projects were presented that involved approximately 150 students and 60 faculty sponsors from 25 different departments. Many undergraduate research projects at SUNY Oneonta are supported by the Student/Faculty Grant Program for Research and Creative Activity, which enables students to conduct in-depth research in a major area of interest under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The grant program and Student Research Day are funded through the College at Oneonta Foundation.

A liberal arts college with a pre-professional focus, SUNY Oneonta features outstanding and accessible faculty, students committed to academics and community service, exceptional technology, a modern fieldhouse and athletic facilities, and a beautiful campus. The College enrolls over 5,800 students in its academic programs, several of which are nationally accredited.



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