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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Education Culminates at Third Student Research Conference

SALISBURY, MD---For many it represents the culmination of 16 years of formal education. For all, it's a chance to highlight a passion. On Friday, April 25, some 150 Salisbury University students show what they're made of academically at the third annual SU Student Research Conference.

The conference features student presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions that represent the best student work from every school of the University.

This year's conference includes a new award, the Outstanding Research Mentor Award, presented to one of many SU faculty members who inspire and guide student research The award is presented at 6 p.m. in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

The conference allows students to share their work with the campus community. This year's submissions' titles include "Who's Behind Perdue Farms Inc.?" "Virtual Simulation Saves Real Lives" and "The 2003 Session of the Maryland General Assembly: A Student Intern's Perspective."

Conference sessions are designated at specific times beginning at 1 p.m. in the new Henson Science Building and the Guerrieri University Center. A program of the sessions and poster titles will be published on the Internet at www.salisbury.edu/academic/ugresearch/program-2003.htm. The campus community, parents of students and the general public are invited to attend.

"Undergraduate research is becoming an increasingly expected norm by graduate and professional schools," said Dr. Richard England, assistant director of SU's Bellavance Honors Program. "Students also hone the critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills that they have been developing all their lives."

SU student Bryan Shone said he found himself experiencing that very process while researching his presentation, "The Poverty Thresholds and Household Members: How do Household Characteristics Relate to Poor American Households?"

"In my first experience performing research in economics, I've learned more than I expected," he said. Salisbury University's Research Conference provides me with an opportunity to be part of a conference atmosphere…."

England said this type of learning helped students top off a lifetime of education.

"This research - whether it takes the form of a scientific investigation, an exploration of a problem in a humanities or professional field, or a creative performance or portfolio - provides an unparalleled capstone experience," he said.

The 2003 edition of Kaplan's Unofficial, Biased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges lists undergraduate research as one of SU's strongest assets.

For more information 410-543-6030 or visit the SUSRC Web site, linked to the SU homepage, www.salisbury.edu.


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