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April 21, 2006

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SUNY Brockport Students and Faculty Present at National Conference

The focus was on undergraduate student research

Brockport, NY -- Twenty-five students, and 11 faculty members from the State University of New York College at Brockport were among the nearly 2,300 students who gave presentations at the 20th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held in Asheville, NC, on April 6-8.

The conference focused on undergraduate scholarly work in a wide range of academic disciplines. Participating SUNY Brockport students represented the Departments of Biology, Business Administration and Economics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, Health Science, History, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education and Sport, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and the Ronald McNair Program.

Students papers and poster presentations were selected by a NCUR review committees. SUNY College at Brockport ranked ninth among the more than 80 universities and colleges nationwide who had more than six abstracts accepted. Presentations included:

Crystal Allen gave a poster presentation on “The Role Of Clu1p In Mitochondrial Genome Stability And Morphology In Budding Yeast.” Mentored by Rey Antonio L. Sia PhD, biology

Dijana Delibegovic presented “Emulating Ireland: Lessons For the Bosnian Economy.” Mentored by Sandeep Singh PhD, business administration and economics

Zhivko Georgiev presented “EU Integration: Implications For Bulgaria.” Mentored by Jeffrey C. Strieter PhD, business administration and economics

Gabriela Peeva presented “Credit Risk Reduction in the Auto Industry: A Case Study of Derivative Securities” Mentored by Ralph R. Trecartin PhD, business administration and economics

Peter Apps presented Trihexyltetradecylphosphonium Bis(Trifluoromethylsulfonyl)Amide In Supercritical CO2.” Mentored Mark P. Heitz PhD, chemistry

Michelle Sullivan presented “2,2-Dimethoxypropane As Potential Drying Agent For Green Solvents.” Mentored by Markus M. Hoffmann PhD, chemistry

Jacqueline Simson presented “The Synthesis Of Amino-Substituted Alkylaryltelluride Phosphonium Salts.” Mentored by Margaret E. Logan PhD, chemistry

Momchil Kyurkchiev presented “Impact Of Multipath Routing And Path Selection In Wireless Mobile Ad Hoc Networks” and “A Comparison of Reactive And Proactive Routing Algorithms For Wireless Mobile Ad Hoc Networks.” Mentored by Vishal Anand PhD, computer science

Borislava I. Simidchieva and Stefan C. Christov presented “The Role Of Iteration In The Early Phases Of A Traceability-Oriented Software Development Process.” Mentored by Sandeep Mitra PhD, computer science

Vasil Denchev presented “Measurement And Control System With Labview Signal Generation And Acquisition” and “Stabilization Of Single Photon Interferometer For One-Way Quantum Key Distribution Systems” (from work done at MagiQ Technologies, Inc.; Boston, MA). Mentored by Mohammed Z. Tahar PhD, physics

Christina Walsh and Catherine DeAngelis performed a dance Where Is The Line. Mentored by James P. Hansen, dance

Reginald R. Clark presented “Substance Use and HIV Risk Behavior among Gay Men.” Mentored by Douglas M. Scheidt PhD, health science

Joshua Baker and Tricia Peone presented “Providentialism, the Devil, & the Salem Crisis: Religion and Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century New England.” Mentored by Paul B. Moyer PhD, history

Kim Kamats presented “Intervention Without Consent: What Women Want.” Mentored by Barbara J. Thompson, CSTEP/McNair Program

Sandra Lacea presented “Modeling The Gravitational Potential Of The Earth Using Symbolic Computation Systems.” Mentored by Mihail Barbuso PhD, mathematics

Joseph Murphy presented “Chaos In A Resistor-Inductor-Diode Circuit.” Mentored by Richard V. Mancuso PhD, physics

Michael Daino presented a poster “A Search For CIV Absorbers In The Sloan Digital Sky Survey.” Mentored by Eric M. Monier PhD, physics

David R. Rhodes presented “3He and 4He Dilution Refrigeration.” Mentored by Mohammed Z. Tahar PhD, physics

Roxanne Nash’s poster presentation was “Methods Of Quantifying The Glycemic Index Of Raisins In Three Populations” Mentored by Craig O. Mattern PhD, physical education and sport

Voytek Kuchciak presented “Turkey And The European Union: An Examination Of The Prospects And Implications For Accession.” Mentored by Cynthia A. Boaz PhD, political science

Kiera Slye presented “Rehabilitation of the Criminal Culture.” Mentored by Cynthia A. Boaz PhD, political science

Chalisse Sharp’s poster presentation was “Parental Involvement and College Student Academic Engagement” Mentored by Jeffrey T. Lashbrook PhD, sociology

SUNY Brockport faculty members in attendance included: Cynthia A. Boaz, Jeffrey T. Lashbrook, Margaret E. Logan, Richard V. Mancuso, Craig O. Mattern, Eric M. Monier, Paul B. Moyer, Douglas M. Scheidt, Barbara J. Thompson, Ralph R. Trecartin, and Mohammed Z. Tahar, SUNY Brockport NCUR coordinator. Tahar oversaw the abstract submissions and trip logistics, as well as providing guidance to students while at the conference.

“The conference afforded many benefits for the students,” said Tahar. “In addition to the obvious value gained by preparing their material, presenting it, and answering questions about their work, our students helped each refine their presentations and they experienced the value of teamwork and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with peers from institutions all over the country,” he added.

The NCUR was established in 1987 to promote support for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study and provide opportunities for students to experience firsthand the processes of scholarly exploration. Learn more about NCUR at ###

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