A group of Union students presented a range of research at the 10th New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Hosted by Colgate University, the conference featured 120 oral and poster student presentations from member schools. In addition to Union and Colgate, others in the consortium are Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College.
Nine Union students shared their research:
- Miles Ackerman ’23: “Building a Confocal Lasrer-Scanning Microscope (CSLM) and Writing GUI-based Control Software for Biological Imaging Purposes”
- Aqeel Ahmed ’23: “Interplay of Real and Pseudo Magnetic Field in the Hall Conductivity of Graphene”
- Viraj Brahmbhatt ’25: “Analyzing County-Wide Trends in Tennessee COVID-19 Rates, Median Household Income and Presence of Hospital”
- Nuo Chen ’23: “The Effect of Task Modality and Type of Stimuli on Bilingual and Monolingual Episodic Memory”
- Aydana Djoroeva ’25: “Night Sky Nomad: Preliminary Lightcurve for Koronis Asteroid (2498) Tsesevich”
- Avanti Khare ’23: “Downstream Effects of Semantic Context and Accentedness on Memory”
- Shams Qureshi ’25: “Night Sky Nomad: Preliminary Lightcurve for Koronis Asteroid (2498) Tsesevich”
- Fiona Shyne ’23: “Automatic Playtesting for Dungeons and Dragons Combat Encounters”
- Jia Wei ’23: “Constructing Spin Destiny Matrix Elements for the GlueX Experiment”
Niha Das ‘26, Hanyu Ma ‘26 and Lili Wang ‘24 also attended the conference.
Heather Watson, director of Undergraduate Research and the John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Francis Wilkin, senior lecturer and observatory manager, accompanied the students.
"It was so inspiring to see the wide variety of high quality research and activity that students across all these colleges are engaged in,” Watson said. “It was particularly enriching for the students to be able to connect with each other and experience a conference with their peers close to home. This is a wonderful event supported by the NY6 consortium, and it was exciting to be back in person again after a two-year hiatus. I am looking forward to continuing this tradition in future years.”
The aim of the conference is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to present their work at a professional meeting without the barriers of high travel and registration fees. It is also an excellent way y for faculty in the area to meet one another, foster collaborations and share the work of their research labs.