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Union students to present their research alongside other college students

Union will be one of six upstate liberal arts colleges participating in the Skidmore College Undergraduate Research Conference Saturday in Saratoga Springs.

One hundred students from across New York have submitted abstracts individually and in teams on a wide range of scholarly topics.

"Our aim is to give undergraduates the experience of presenting at a professional meeting without the high registration fees and travel costs of a professional conference," said Bob Turner, associate professor of government at Skidmore and conference organizer.

It was just this kind of collaboration that the six – Skidmore, Union, Colgate, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Hobart and William Smith – aimed to achieve when they launched the New York 6 Liberal Arts Consortium in 2009. This is the first academic project the consortium has sponsored, said Amy Cronin, consortium coordinator.

"Given the fantastic response to the call for presentations for this initial event, I anticipate that it will become an annual fixture in the consortium's activities," she said.

Most of the student researchers spent the summer working in labs and laboratories with their professors, who also will attend. "These experiences are providing with the sort of training and education that typically are available only to graduate students," Turner said.

An artistic highlight of the conference will be a Taiko drum performance by Amanda Laven '13 that demonstrates the impact of the West on Japanese culture.

The program, which starts at 9:30 a.m., is in Skidmore's Gannett Auditorium and is open to the public. For the conference schedule and program, click here.