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Associate Dean Alison del Rossi, left, with Jennifer Thomas '12
Twelve St. Lawrence University students participated in the first Undergraduate Research Conference, a collaboration of the New York Six liberal arts institutions. Over 100 students from the six schools presented their research at the conference, held October 1 at Skidmore College.

"Our aim is to give undergraduates the experience of presenting at a professional meeting without the high registration fees and travel costs of a professional conference," said Bob Turner, associate professor of government at Skidmore and conference organizer.

It was just this kind of collaboration that six upstate colleges - Skidmore, Union, Colgate, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Hobart/William Smith - aimed to achieve when they launched the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium in 2009. This is the first academic project the consortium has sponsored, said Amy Cronin, consortium coordinator.

"Given the fantastic response to the call for presentations for this initial event, I anticipate that it will become an annual fixture in the consortium's activities," she said.

Most of the student researchers spent the summer working in labs and laboratories with their professors, who also attended. "These experiences are providing with the sort of training and education that typically are available only to graduate students," Turner said.

Edward Richter '12, right, discusses his research with conference organizer Bob Turner
St. Lawrence students participating, with their project titles, and sponsoring faculty were:

- James Curro '12, "Analysis of NHL Hockey Players," Michael Schuckers and Ed Harcourt
- Nicole Beers '13 and Amy Callahan '13, "Speaking of Smells: The Relationship Between the Verbal Description of Odors and Memory Recognition," David Hornung
- Edward Richter '12, "Ecology of Roadside Mosses," Karl McKnight
- Jasmine Wallace '13, "'Her Happiness Would Derive From Her Marriage With The Beast': Defining and Exploring the Subgenre of Animal-Human Transformation Fairy Tale," Caroline Breashears
- Jennifer Thomas '12, "Neology in William Faulkner's Light in August," Paul Graham
- Nicholas Hugh '12, "Negotiating with the Enemy: Analyzing the Effectiveness of the United States' Foreign Policy Toward North Korea," Grace Huang
- Elle Rathbun '12, Carlos Gomez '13 and Matt Parker '12, "Novel Application of Cerium Nanoparticles in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis," Joe Erlichman and William DeCoteau
- Philip Evangelista '13, "Leaves of a Flower: A Latvian Woman's Tale," Elun Gabriel
- Fatima Sall '13, "Women's Work: Examining the Indispensable Role of the Women of the Chipko Movement and the Niger Delta Protests in Combating Environmental Destruction," Andrew Jones

Click here for the conference schedule and program.


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