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By Greta Petry (April 5, 2007)

Undergraduate Research on Display April 13-14

University at Albany students will showcase their research and creative work on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the Life Sciences Research Building auditorium.

A series of panel discussions and poster presentations will highlight this exciting two-day event, from noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Barbara Weinstein, Ph.D., president of the American Historical Association, is the plenary speaker at 4:15 p.m. Friday. The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Whitening of Brazilian Regional History will be the topic of her talk, which is followed by a reception.

The next day at 11:15 a.m., Bryant Simon, Ph.D., professor of history at Temple University, will be the plenary speaker. Simon will discuss Why Pay $4 for a Grande Extra Hot No Whip Vanilla Latte, or, Starbucks and the Predicament of Modern America. Lunch will follow.

Jeffrey J. Haugaard, Ph.D., assistant vice provost for Honors Programs, said, "Research participation should be an important part of the education of many UAlbany undergraduates. Students involved in research help to create new knowledge as they work with a professor and other students investigating a topic of mutual interest. Research helps to prepare students for graduate work and enhances their applications to graduate school and their job applications."

Students from many majors will be presenting at the Undergraduate Research Conference, including anthropology, atmospheric sciences, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, classics, computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, English, history, Japanese studies, journalism, Judaic studies, mathematics, physics, psychology, political science, public health, social welfare, sociology, Spanish, theater arts, and women's studies.

All UAlbany undergraduates are encouraged to attend one or both days of the Undergraduate Research Conference. By attending, students can see the types of research being conducted by undergraduates, can learn about becoming involved in research, and can support their friends and fellow students who are exhibiting their research. Each day will feature a plenary speaker; all members of the UAlbany community are invited to these talks.

Admission is free for all conference activities. For more information, contact Melissa Tacke.


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