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College Represented at National Undergraduate Research Conference

03/17/2011 

More than a dozen SUNY Cortland undergraduate students will participate in the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which will be held from Wednesday, March 30-Sunday, April 2, at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.

This annual conference brings together undergraduate students from across the country to highlight undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study.

SUNY Cortland had 13 presentations accepted, including three oral presentations, eight poster presentations and two visual arts exhibits, according to Chris McRoberts, professor of geology and chair of SUNY Cortland’s Undergraduate Research Council. Presentations will be made from seven academic departments across several schools.

“The response from Cortland students was phenomenal,” McRoberts said. “We have reached a level of participation that exceeds that from most other institutions.”

These students will present at NCUR:

Joshua Baccile, a senior chemistry major from Big Flats, N.Y., will give an oral presentation titled “Synthesis of a Photocleavable Peptide.”

Thomas Breitfeller, a senior psychology major from Washingtonville, N.Y., will give an oral presentation titled “How We Created a Survey to Determine Graduate Schools Admission Criteria.”

Amanda Zezima, a 2010 graduate in psychology, from Ronkonkoma, N.Y., will be a co-presenter.

Nicole Chodkowski, a senior biology major from Westbury, N.Y., will give a poster presentation titled “Antipredator Strategies of Invasive Earthworms.”

Michael Curry, a senior psychology major from Warwick, N.Y., will give a poster presentation titled “Math Anxiety, Confidence, Self-Efficacy and Math Performance in College Students.”

Megan Fearon, a senior kinesiology/exercise science major from Smithtown, N.Y., will give a poster presentation titled “Types of Music on Motivation and Exercise Intensity While Running on a Treadmill.”

Michaela Granato, a senior speech and hearing science major from Auburn, N.Y., will give a poster presentation titled “Semantic Encoding in Adults who Stutter.”

Ji Kim, a third year student in SUNY Cortland’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program from Seoul, Korea, will present a visual arts exhibit titled “The Recollection of Zen Buddhism in Today’s Cities: Visual Expression of the Coexistence of Paradoxical Notions.”

Macey Kolczynski, a senior kinesiology/exercise science major from Savannah, N.Y., will give a poster presentation titled “Learning to Write Again: Do Left-Handers Truly Have an Advantage?”

Danielle McCarthy, a senior chemistry major from Johnson City, N.Y., will present her poster, “Synthesis and Crystallization of Characterization of Erbium Containing Zinc Silicate Germanate Films.”

Emily Oltmann, a senior studio arts major from Caledonia, N.Y., will present a visual arts exhibit titled “Abstracted landscape in Reference to Uncertainty.”

Matthew Rankin, a biology/environmental science major from West Henrietta, N.Y., will give an oral presentation titled “Sustainable Heating at SUNY Cortland Using Biomass and Geothermal Energy.”

Anthony Wind, a senior biology major from Rochester, N.Y., will present his poster titled “Testing the Interaction of Membrane Proteins with VTC3, a Gene Involved in the Regulation of Ascorbic Acid Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis Thaliana.” Chodkowski is a co-presenter.

Michael Wolfin, a senior biology major from Little Neck, N.Y., will give a poster presentation titled “Isolation and Analysis of the Trail Peromone of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).”

Information about the conference can be found on the NCUR website.

Funding for participant registration costs was paid for by grant from SUNY Cortland’s Undergraduate Research Council.

For more information, contact McRoberts by e-mail.