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American Chemical Society Presents $500 in Support of Student Research

WC Students to Present Science Research in Serbia

May 1, 2012

Alfred Conklin (center) accepts the $500 check from an American Chemical Society member as WC's Jessica Veite looks on.

Alfred Conklin (center) accepts the $500 check from an American Chemical Society member as WC's Jessica Veite looks on.

Wilmington College’s participation in the fifth International Undergraduate Research Symposium this spring impressed the American Chemical Society so much that its Cincinnati Section offered financial support for their trip.

The organization gave $500 to help cover the travel expenses of several students that are presenting poster abstracts of their scientific research at Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia, this month.

Dr. Alfred Conklin, professor of chemistry and agriculture, was the featured speaker at the American Chemical Society’s April meeting held at Northern Kentucky University. He is a founder of the symposium.

Joining him at the meeting were senior Jessica Veite, sophomore Jacob Barrett and freshman Kaitlyn Stack.

Conklin described the International Undergraduate Research Symposium as “an encounter to advance international scientific interaction and collaboration between undergraduate students, faculty and the local science community, and to increase cultural understanding and peace.”

Select undergraduate students researchers (maximum of five per College) from around the world are invited to attend the weeklong symposium to present their research in a poster format. Posters at past IURS Symposia have been concentrated in the areas of agriculture, biology and chemistry.

The symposia also include opportunities for touring and cultural sharing.

The first four IURS were held in Ecuador, at Wilmington College (twice) and the Philippines. After this year’s in Serbia, future symposia will return to the Philippines, Wilmington College and Ecuador