Nov. 09, 2012

Students Present Research at COPLAC Conference

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GENESEO, N.Y. - Ten SUNY Geneseo students presented their research projects Oct. 26-27 at the Council of Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Northeast Undergraduate Research Conference in Connecticut.

Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn., hosted the conference, where students from six colleges featured their research in the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences. The students discussed their work with other presenters, faculty members, deans and provosts in their discipline from other COPLAC colleges.

"Undergraduate research is a hallmark at Geneseo that carries innumerable benefits for our students and our presenters did a terrific job," said Geneseo Provost Carol Long. "I commend COPLAC for providing these opportunities for students to present their research and engage in dialogue with fellow scholars for further understanding of their discipline."

The following Geneseo students presented at the conference:

Jared Deck, a senior biochemistry major from Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Project title: "Synthesis and Characterization of 2-(furan-2-yl)-1-(furan-2-ylmethyl)-Benzimidazole." Faculty mentors: Christina Geiger, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, and David Geiger, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry.

Noah Dukler, a senior mathematics major from New Paltz, N.Y. Project title: "Modeling the Spread of Disease on Small-World networks with Adaptive Host Behaviors." Faculty mentors: Chris Leary, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, and Gregg Hartvigsen, professor of biology.

Bridget Kelly, a senior geography major from Bayport, N.Y. Project title: "Legacies of Colonialism: Retrospect and Prospect in Namibia's Ghost Town Mining Landscape." Faculty mentors: David Robertson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Geography, and Darrell Norris, professor of geography.

Josh Kent, a senior anthropology major from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Project title: "Perceptions and Practice of Development in Rural Haiti." Faculty mentor: Rosemarie Chierici, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Michael Nellist, a junior chemistry major from Rochester, N.Y. Project title: "Crystal and Molecular Structures of Two Novel Chloro-substituted Benzimidazole Derivatives." Faculty mentor: David Geiger, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry.

Justin Shapiro, a senior history from Buffalo, N.Y. Project title: "The Preservation of Tradition: Religion and Society in Seventeenth Century New France." Faculty mentor: Michael Oberg, professor of history.

Kimberly Showalter, a senior communication major from Niagara Falls, N.Y. Project title: "Conventional Gender Roles Attempt to Normalize Homosexual Relations in Advertising." Faculty mentor: Atsushi Tajima, assistant professor of communication.

Julie Williams, a senior communication major from Penfield, N.Y. Project title: "Diploma for Sale: How Universities Use Branding to Communicate with Potential Students." Faculty mentor: Atsushi Tajima, assistant professor of communication.

Cory Young, a senior history from Pittsford, N.Y. Project title: "American Diplomacy During the Haitian Revolution." Faculty mentor: Justin Behrend, assistant professor of history.

Madeline Zebertavage, a junior communication major from Williston, Vt. Project title: "Advertising to Chinese and Hispanic Immigrants." Faculty mentor: Atsushi Tajima, assistant professor of communication.

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