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Student Research Event Set for April 4-6

(Posted April 1, 2003)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College's Tri- Beta Honor Society will host the college's sixth annual campus-wide research symposium from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. A total of 62 research presentations will be made from students across a variety of academic disciplines. The research projects all were conducted through cooperative research with faculty members during the course of the 2002-2003 academic year.

The research symposium is free of charge and open to the public.

At 9 a.m., Friday, the symposium will open with a keynote speech by Susannah Barsom, a postdoctoral researcher in Penn State's anthropology department. Her area of expertise is on the demographics of aging.

The research presentations and poster presentations include projects from the liberal arts such as art history, communications, politics, philosophy and language. In addition to chemistry, biology and physics, there will be presentations on subjects in geology, psychology, computer science and sociology.

On Friday, April 5, oral presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 1098 in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata College campus. On Saturday, April 6, oral presentations will continue in Room 1098 von Liebig from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There are 30 oral presentations scheduled over Friday and Saturday.

A poster presentation is scheduled for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be in the atrium of the von Liebig facility. The presentations are organized in three categories: sociology, chemistry and biology. A second Saturday poster presentation session focusing on biology and geology will run from 2:30 to 5:50 p.m. There will be a final poster session for physics researchers, Sunday, April 6 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. All poster presentations are in the atrium of the von Liebig building. There are 32 poster presentations in all.

Tri-Beta, the honorary society for biology, has organized the exhibit to highlight the quality of student research at Juniata. There are about 60 members in the Juniata College chapter of Tri-Beta. The William J. von Liebig Foundation sponsors the event.

An additional goal of the symposium is to increase awareness of the research opportunities at Juniata to the alumni, prospective students, and the public at large.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.