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Smith Symposium set for Nov. 6

Smith Symposium at Penn state York
Students present their research finding during the Smith Symposium in 2008.
11/4/2010 —

More than 50 students and faculty members are registered for Penn State York’s Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium (SUSR10) set for Nov. 6 at the campus. Science students and faculty from the 19 commonwealth campuses were invited to participate and attend the SUSR10. Symposiums were held at Penn State York in October 2002 and 2006, and November 2008. The symposium begins at 9 a.m. in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building.

“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 assistance of students are part of the refereed symposium proceedings publication. In addition, faculty projects addressing research issues at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and beyond) were invited for 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 were selected for oral presentations. To view a complete schedule and list of poster sessions visit http://www2.yk.psu.edu/smithsym/index.html

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, please contact Haiduke Sarafian, Ph.D., John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor of Science and chair of the symposium committee, at (717) 771-4093 or has2@psu.edu.

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