ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The SUNY College at Oneonta will present Student Research Day on Thursday, April 22, in the ballroom of the Hunt College Union on campus. The event will highlight research and creative activities conducted by SUNY Oneonta students with the guidance of faculty members. Eighty-eight projects involving approximately 180 students and 50 faculty sponsors will be presented through posters, computer displays, and other exhibits from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Admission is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.
Student Research Day will feature a keynote address entitled "Which Goose in the Gaggle? Managing Science for Fun and Profit" at 1 p.m. by 1976 SUNY Oneonta alumnus Dr. James A. Hayward. His talk will explore the value of translational research in the relationships between industry, academia, and government.
Dr. Hayward received a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from SUNY Oneonta and went on to earn his Ph.D. in molecular biology and an honorary Doctor of Science from SUNY Stony Brook. He is Chairman, President, and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, which sells patented DNA security solutions to protect products, brands, and intellectual property from counterfeiting and diversion.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., students will present their research projects and creative activities covering a range of disciplines and topics, including the following:
- "Investigation of Components of Cleaning and Personal Care Products in the Environment" by Jacob Sango and Christina Vogel, who conducted research with Trudy Thomas-Smith of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.
- "Exploring the Impacts of Development of the Tourist Industry on the Route 28 Corridor in Otsego County, NY" by Erik Scrivener, who conducted research with Peter Hayward of the Geography Department.
- "Parasite Diversity in Otsego Lake Fishes" by Taylor Beasley, Christopher Swider, Tyler Smith, Nicholas Mazziota, Eric Siedner, and Patricia Rees, who conducted research with Florian Reyda of the Biology Department.
- "A Diet and Physical Activity Profile of SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Students" by Laura K. Douglas, Kirsten G. Nunez, and Luis Cruz, who conducted research with Erik Lind of the Physical Education Department.
- "Global Exchange: Radio/Web Dialogues" by Ashley Wakeman, Crystal Evans, and Courtney Cordero, who conducted research with Gayane Torosyan of the Communication Arts Department.
Many of the projects on display at Student Research Day were funded by SUNY Oneonta's 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 grants program is funded by the College at Oneonta Foundation's unrestricted endowment and administered by the College Senate Committee on Research. Student Research Day is made possible through gifts and grants to the College at Oneonta Foundation and the Fund for Oneonta. It is sponsored by the College Senate Committee on Research, the Division of College Advancement, and the Grants Development Office.
More information about Student Research Day is available from Kathy Meeker, Director of the SUNY Oneonta Grants Development Office, at (607) 436-2632.