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05-24-2011

Northern New York Section of American Chemical Society Hosts Research Symposium

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The Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) presented its second annual undergraduate and graduate research symposium in April at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, N.Y.

The following undergraduate and graduate students were awarded prizes at the second annual research symposium sponsored by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Left to right: Gwendolyn Burkey (Clarkson University), Stefanie Kring (Clarkson), Stephanie Robertson (Clarkson), Fiona Moseley (Clarkson), Justin McNally (SUNY Potsdam), Tyson Terpstra (Potsdam), Robert Wallace (Potsdam), Kawalpreet Kaur (Clarkson), Joshua Knapp (Clarkson) and Shane Lanahan (Clarkson).The event brought together faculty and students from diverse chemical and biological backgrounds of study to communicate interdisciplinary research and to increase interactions and collaborations.

Students presented their work in poster or short oral presentations, with prizes awarded to the best.

Prof. Ariel Fenster of McGill University in Montreal delivered the plenary lecture “Genetically Modified Food: Boon or Bane?”

Justin McNally of Skaneateles, N.Y., a senior chemistry major at SUNY Potsdam, won best undergraduate poster presentation.

Joshua Knapp of Smithtown, N.Y., a senior chemistry major at Clarkson University, won best graduate poster presentation

Gwendolyn Burkey of Apalachin, N.Y., a senior chemistry major at Clarkson University, won best undergraduate oral presentation.

Stefanie Kring of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., an environmental science & engineering graduate student at Clarkson University, won best graduate oral presentation.

This symposium was organized by Fadi Bou-Abdallah (treasurer of the NNY section, ACS) of SUNY Potsdam. He received support from the other ACS section officers: Devon Shipp (chair) of Clarkson University, Ewa Pater (vice chair) of SUNY Plattsburgh, Dana Barry (secretary) of Clarkson University, Richard Partch (councilor) of Clarkson University and Martin Walker (alternate councilor) of SUNY Potsdam.

 Additional on-site support came from SUNY Potsdam seniors Amanda Dickson and Aimee Kellicutt, and poster judges Costel Darie, Barry, and Michael R. Twiss of Clarkson; Pater  and V. Likhite of SUNY Plattsburgh; and Walker, Robert Ewy, Raymond Bowdish, Cliff Rossiter and Tony Molinero of SUNY Potsdam. 

The symposium was sponsored by an ACS Innovative Project Grant program and by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The following undergraduate and graduate students were awarded prizes at the second annual research symposium sponsored by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Left to right: Gwendolyn Burkey (Clarkson University), Stefanie Kring (Clarkson), Stephanie Robertson (Clarkson), Fiona Moseley (Clarkson), Justin McNally (SUNY Potsdam), Tyson Terpstra (Potsdam), Robert Wallace (Potsdam), Kawalpreet Kaur (Clarkson), Joshua Knapp (Clarkson) and Shane Lanahan (Clarkson).

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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