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Susquehanna Hosts Landmark Conference Research Symposium

Published on July 25, 2013

More than 130 participants gathered on Susquehanna’s campus July 24 for the 5th Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium.Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium The daylong event brought together students and faculty from colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III Landmark Conference to share findings from their summer research projects.

This year, the symposium featured 16 academic discussions and 64 poster presentations on a variety of research, in such areas as physics, biochemistry, biology, ecology, environmental science, mathematics, history, economics and computer science.

Presentations by Lauren Beck, a rising sophomore biology and psychology major from Manchester, N.J., and Dylan Furlano, a rising senior creative writing and economics major from Avondale, Pa., were examples of the varied research interests represented by Susquehanna students during the symposium. Beck presented on the topic of visual depth perception, a topic she is researching with Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences Toshiro Kubota, while Furlano spoke on the economics of fracking, which she is studying with Associate Professor of Economics Matt Rousu.

Many Susquehanna students are collaborating together on research. For instance, rising sophomore biology majors Amanda Abrams, of Tannersville, Pa., and Karlee Goldberg, of Conshohocken, Pa., are researching sexual aggression in wolf spiders with Professor of Biology Matt Persons. Almost all of Susquehanna’s participants have performed their research in conjunction with—or under the guidance of—faculty members, and many have done so through Susquehanna’s Summer Research Partners program. Summer Research Partners are given stipends to support their full-time research work with professors.

Students and faculty from Moravian College, Juniata College, Goucher College and the University of Scranton also participated in the symposium. Their presentation topics included the chemistry of wine, women in the Civil Rights Movement, the Lake Muhlenberg Dam, and the cultural validity of an inventory that measures good character.

This is Susquehanna University’s second time hosting the conference. The first Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium was held on Susquehanna’s campus in 2009. The symposium has since been hosted by Juniata, Goucher and Moravian colleges.

The Landmark Conference is an intercollegiate athletics conference established in 2006 to bring together schools with strong academic emphases. Landmark Conference members are Catholic University, Drew University, Goucher, Juniata, Moravian, Susquehanna, Scranton, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Since the creation of the Landmark Conference, one of its goals has been to find “ways to collaborate beyond athletic venues,” said Professor of Biology Margaret Peeler, who serves as Susquehanna’s faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). “The symposium has done just that.”

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