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Monday, April 20, 2009

Eighth Annual SU Student Research Conference Friday, April 24

SALISBURY, MD---With topics ranging from science to science fiction to local history, more than 100 Salisbury University students from all majors present their independent scholarship at the eighth annual SU Student Research Conference (SUSRC) from 12:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Henson Science Hall and the Guerrieri University Center.

Students from all four of SU’s schools share their work in presentation and poster sessions. In addition, the Outstanding Research Mentor Award will be presented to a faculty member for excellence in guiding student research. Topics of local interest include “The Ebbing Culture of Smith Island Watermen,” “Canning on the Eastern Shore,”  “Economic Diversity in Colonial Somerset County,” “The Forest Fire History of Wicomico County (1935-1955)” and “Measuring Human/Farming Effect on Heavy Metal Levels in the Eastern Shore of Maryland Soils,” among others.

The SUSRC celebrates student scholarship, and artistic and professional achievement and gives students a chance to share their knowledge and developing abilities. Presentations are organized into themed sessions, ranging from molecular biology to music composition, education to economics.

Student research is an international movement in higher education, broadly recognized for giving undergraduate and graduate students a chance to focus their enthusiasm for a subject into the capstone experience of an independent project. This can take the form of a case study, a creative performance or portfolio, or an in-depth study of a problem in any academic discipline.

Faculty increasingly are called on to guide students’ research and creative projects. In recognition of this, the SUSRC presents an annual Outstanding Research Mentor Award, announced at the conference at 6 p.m.

A program of the sessions and poster titles is available at the SUSRC Web site, Chaired by Drs. Chrys Egan of the Communication Arts Department and Eugene Williams of the Biological Sciences Department, admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SUSRC Web site.

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