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    Issue 3                                                                                                                                         Spring Semester 2012

    Contents

    A Note from the Collaborative Director

    Undergraduate Research: Adjusting to Life at a Liberal Arts College

    2012-2013 McNair Scholars

    Fall-Summer Collaborative Grants

    Convention Spotlight

    NCUR

    AACR

    • Kaela Gedda
    • Jens Paasen
    • Gretchen Panzer
    • Hannah Schmitt
    • Luanne Spence
    • Sarah Titus

    Collaborative Research Stories 

     

    Important Dates

    May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due


    National Conference on Undergraduate Research

    Field Notes from NCUR

    Dr. Anindo Choudhury

    Professor of Biology & Environmental Science

    The students, Sarah, Steven and Eric, are enjoying themselves thoroughly at the conference. The Weber State U campus is wonderful and the view of the mountains all around is spectacular (see attached pic). There are some 3000 people here at the conference, with strong representation across the country. Almost all states are represented and even students from abroad! Lots of people from Wisconsin: met some of them (UW Eau Claire has 30, UW Milwaukee some 30+, UW Madison also has about the same). Things got started yesterday with a rare treat: Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi spoke to the conference (packed hall of over 2500 undergraduates in a splendid new auditorium). He was unassuming, humble, and uncomfortable talking about himself, but was incredibly inspirational and masterful. He talked about his work (knock-out, gene targeting) that earned him the Nobel prize, why he does what he does, its joys and challenges, his grandmother (who was a well-known painter), his uncle who has a role in inventing the television, the influence of his mother, her ordeal at Dachau, his childhood, his coming to America at age 3, his academic preparation, and his "trip to Sweden." At one point, in a rather matter-of-fact manner, he threw a slide up on the screen of his PhD mentor JancurACstudentsmes Watson!  Powerful stuff. At the end, the entire auditorium gave him a standing ovation. What a story. What an experience for these students. 

     

     

     

    Students Steven Garza, Sarah Lottes, & Eric Gale

    Sarah presented her poster yesterday. She had quite a few visitors to her poster and did an excellent job. Her poster and the quality of the work stood out. The entire hall was packed with people and there were over a hundred posters in that one session alone. Kudos to Sarah for handling herself so professionally and ably. In the afternoon, we watched Steven Garza present his talk on international law, compliance, and human trafficking. He was also outstanding: fluent, energetic, knowledgeable, and he fielded a lot of questions really well. His talk generated so much interest that the moderator had to, reluctantly, cut off the Q&A! His talk was easily the best of the session. He got lots of kudos from the faculty in attendance, and the moderator who also sought him out at the end of the session for words of felicitation--he was curious to know where SNC was! So, in all, a great day for our students and SNC, and wonderful testimony to the splendid work of our students and their faculty mentors.

    In the evening, it seemed that most of us attendees descended upon the historic and pretty downtown 25th Street (Ogden's equivalent of Madison's State Street). The four of us walked the street, took in the sights, checked out some of the stores and ate at one of the recommended microbreweries (Rooster's). It was rather funny because one of their signature beers is called  Polygamy Pale Ale, named so because "if you try it once, you will want to try it again, and again and again . . . .”  The food was excellent. We had a great time.

    Eric presents his poster in about an hour. He is calm and confident and his poster looks pretty good. So, I am expecting another great performance shortly.

    That's the report from the field, for now.


     

     

     
     


    St. Norbert Collaborative

    Phone: (920) 403-3147
    Fax: (920) 403-4086
    E-mail: collaborative@snc.edu


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