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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Seventh Annual SU Student Research Conference April 27

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 seventh annual Salisbury University Student Research Conference (SUSRC) from 1-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Henson Science Hall, Devilbiss 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 “Integration in Wicomico County Compared to the Integration of the Rest of the Nation,” “Northern Pine Snake Reintroduction,” “Wicomico River: A Graveyard For Abandoned Watercraft” and “The Current Status of Delmarva Fox Squirrel Conservation,” among others.

“SU has established a reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate research, and as our Student Research Conference exemplifies, many faculty at SU have given their time and experience to help students develop and complete excellent research and creative projects over the past year. We are pleased the see the growth of this conference from both students and faculty at the university, and are looking forward to the diversity of research to be presented by our students,” said Dr. Jill Caviglia-Harris, conference co-director.

“We are also excited to announce that a new and exciting aspect of the conference this year will be our poster session and art exhibit,” said Dr. Mike Bardzell, co-director. “For the first time we will include art pieces among our posters along with live music.”

The SUSRC celebrates student scholarship, artistic and professional achievement and gives them a chance to share their knowledge and ability. 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 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, www.salisbury.edu/academic/ugresearch/susrc.htm. The conference is free and the public is invited.
For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SUSRC Web site.



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