SJC Hosts First Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 24, 2013

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. APRIL 25, 2013 St. Josephs College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it recently hosted its first Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, April 20 on its Long Island Campus. The symposium offered students from all disciplines an opportunity to share and celebrate their scholarly and creative accomplishments with nearly 200 attendees.

"This was a very exciting and successful day at the college, both in terms of the number of students presenting, the quality of their work and the number of attendees, said Dominique Treboux, Ph.D., director of undergraduate research and associate professor of psychology at SJC. "We are looking forward to, and already getting ready for, next years event.

Sponsored by all academic departments at SJC, 75 students exhibited 51 presentations, such as research papers, art exhibitions and posters that were completed as part of an independent study, honors project, research project or other analytical activity.

"There is vigorous debate about the value of a college education and what students are really learning, said Christopher Frost, Ph.D., academic dean of SJCs Long Island Campus. "At St. Josephs College, we aim to provide experiences that fully engage our students. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an example of a high impact event that allowed students to live the learning experience, and we are so proud of what they have accomplished.

The wide variety of presentations included in-depth studies on topics such as the effects of plant-derived chemicals on breast cancer cells, the relations of Native Americans to the Earth, projective geometry and the use of perspective art and the effects of induced frustration on creative thinking.

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