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Smith Science Symposium set for November 2010 at Penn State York

2/3/2010 —

Science students and faculty at Penn State's 19 undergraduate campuses outside of University Park can participate in the Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium (SUSRS10), which will take place at Penn State York on Nov. 6. Previously, Smith symposia were held in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

“The objective of the Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium is to promote undergraduate science research within the University College,” said Haiduke Sarafian, Ph.D., John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor of Science and chair of the symposium committee.  “It is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research and have their articles published in symposium proceedings.”

The idea for the symposium was Sarafian’s back in 2002 and was supported by the campus.  The symposium is held every other year and is free for participants.

Discipline-based science undergraduate research projects conducted by students that are supervised by faculty, or projects investigated by faculty with the assistance of students, will be considered for refereed symposium proceedings publication. In addition, faculty projects addressing research issues at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and beyond) can give non-refereed poster presentations. The symposium proceedings will include the refereed and non-refereed abstracts and articles. In addition to the poster presentations, papers from each discipline will be selected for oral presentations.

The deadline for initial proposals is May 21; notification of acceptance or rejection will be given by the middle of July. Full papers should be completed by the middle of September.

A limited amount of funds for travel support and overnight stay expenses for participating students will be available. Requests for travel support will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and the merit of the request.

The symposium is named to honor benefactor and friends, John T. Smith and the late Paige S. Smith.  Both graduates of Penn State, they established a scholarship in their name as well as the John T. and Paige S. Smith Professorship in Science at the campus.   In addition to their donations to York, the Smiths have supported the colleges of agriculture and health and human development, as well as athletics. 

For more information on the symposium, visit the website, or contact Sarafian at (717) 771-4093 or has2@psu.edu.

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