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Largest Ever Student Research Symposium April 24

Date Released: 4/7/2010

The 29th Annual Natural & Social Sciences Student Research Symposium includes over 90 senior research presentations. Free. Natural Sciences Building 8:45 AM-1 PM.

Scientific research conducted by nearly 100 Purchase College students will be showcased at the 29th Annual Natural & Social Sciences Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 24 from 8:45 AM to 1 PM in the Natural Science Building on the Purchase College campus.  This is the largest scientific meeting of its kind at Purchase since the symposium was first introduced.


Distinguished alumni will join seniors and faculty members at this forum for the presentation of original scientific research. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. Call 914-251-6631 for information.


The program represents the best of the science programs offered at Purchase College with undergrad students reporting on year-long research conducted collaboratively with senior science faculty members.


Topics to be presented this year include:

Movements of White Tailed Deer in a Suburban Ecosystem; Factors that Contribute to Coliform Levels in the Bronx River;  Research on diseases that affect lobsters; Screening of mosses and lichens for their anti-fungal properties; Saltwater intrusion of Groundwater in New York City; Do the Poor Pay More?; Our Bodies: a Petri Dish for Profit?; Property Rights and Economic Development; Water Quality Assessment of Blind Brook and its Tributaries; Claw Morphology and Crushing Force of the Non-Native Asian Shore Crab; 2D Game Implementation; The World of Online Dating and the Objectification and Commodification of Emotion; Why Nobody Pays for Music Anymore: How the Internet has Affected Music Consumerism;   Socialized Medicine versus Market-Based Medicine; A Comparative Study of Health Care; The Effects of Stress on Insight Problem Solving; Social Action Within Cancer Alley Louisiana.


The science program is unique for it allows undergraduate students to report on their research as scientists from major research laboratories do at national conferences.  Unlike many larger research institutions, Purchase students have opportunities to conduct research for their senior thesis by working closely with faculty members on original research individually or in small groups.


Purchase students also have opportunities to present their findings at national scientific meetings and also to publish their results in scientific journals.


The Symposium consists of concurrent sessions in anthropology, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, economics, math, computer science, political science, psychology, sociology, women's studies, media, society & the arts.


Students describe their research during 15 minute oral presentations followed by 5 minutes of questions from the audience.  Other students participate in poster sessions, in which presenters display their research results with a combination of words, images and graphics.


Afterwards, awards are presented to students for academic excellence, outstanding research and service to the School of Natural & Social Sciences.


The Symposium is sponsored by the Joseph & Sophia Abeles Foundation, John & Jweanette Ambroseo, Robert & Edith Fehr, The national Science Foundation, Sigma Xi:The Scientific Research sopciety, Purchase College STEP & CSTEP, Lucille Werlinich, Catherine Ziegler, and the School of Natural & Social Sciences.