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Students present research at conference for undergraduates

by Kiara Alfonseca - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 10:00 pm
Photos courtesy of brockport.edu and @FredoniaU on Twitter
PRESENTING TO THE NATION - Brockport students presented at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference to improve presentation skills and to expose them to the methodology of research.
Photos courtesy of brockport.edu and @FredoniaU on Twitter PRESENTING TO THE NATION - Brockport students presented at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference to improve presentation skills and to expose them to the methodology of research.

While some students at The College at Brockport were soaking up the sun at Eagle Day Saturday, April 22, other students made their way to SUNY Fredonia for the Western SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC). The third annual SURC attracts undergraduates and their faculty mentors from across the state for a day of scholarly sessions with oral presentations and demonstrations, a career fair, as well as the keynote address. 

Art displays, posters, performances and presentations; the day allows students to present their work as part of the multidisciplinary event, according to suny.edu.

Brockport brought its own set of scholars to touch on the humanities, social sciences, health and human performance, mathematics and science. Several Golden Eagles represented the college with their mentors behind them for support. 

Junior Charlotte Luft was among the group of presenters; Luft, who focused on "Hillary Clinton's image over time in the presidential spotlight", was nervous but excited to present the research she had done for her Contemporary Media Issues class, though the research she's done is still a fresh topic throughout the United States, one that relates closely to the state of the nation.

Taking topics from the classroom and putting them to work, students like Luft can grow from their experiences. Picking a topic relevant to the social and academic climate was Luft's reason for choosing to focus on Clinton's political image, helping her beyond simply earning her the good grade on her paper as it helped her understand the effect gender has in the political sphere.

"My topic is still relevant because women in politics is something that hasn't really been explored a lot and women have a difficult time getting into politics," Luft said in an interview. "So when a woman goes as far as Hillary did in the 2016 election, it's important to understand how she got that far and why she didn't win."

From "Remaining in Limbo: The Gray Space of Reproductive Futurity and Queer Time on One's Body as Demonstrated in Arturo Islas' The Rain God" by senior Rachel Campbell to "The maximum Laplacian Eigenvalue of an oriented Hypergraph" by Ouail Kitouni, the conference offered a variety of different subjects for attendees to absorb, all deep and concentrated research of students from across the SUNY system. 

"The conference is important for student success because it helps you practice your presentation skills and it exposes you to different types of research," Luft said. "You're able to see what students from other SUNY institutions are researching and relate it to your own work."

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