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Research Symposium at WC Attracting Students from Three Continents

Annual Event Held at WC Second Time in Four Years

February 8, 2011

Students from Ecuador and the Philippines discuss scientific research with their WC counterparts at the second International Undergraduate Research Symposium held in 2009 at the College.

Students from Ecuador and the Philippines discuss scientific research with their WC counterparts at the second International Undergraduate Research Symposium held in 2009 at the College.

College students from Ecuador, Serbia and the Philippines will join those from Wilmington College in presenting their scientific research later this month when WC hosts the fourth annual International Undergraduate Research Symposium (IURS).

The eight-day event, Feb. 19 through 26, follows last year’s symposium in the Philippines at which several Wilmington students participated. IURS is affiliated with the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology.

Alfred R. Conklin, Jr., professor of chemistry and agriculture at WC, is organizing the symposium with several faculty colleagues and students. He helped found the symposium in 2008.

“The whole idea is for undergraduates from different parts of the world to come together, exchange their research and share results,” he said. “It’s a very synergistic interaction. Because of the types and quality of research, the students are able to form networks of scientists around the world.”

Conklin said many WC students have maintained personal and professional ties with students met at previous symposia.

After arriving, the international delegation will be immersed in Wilmington and the College., including a welcome dinner hosted by WC President Dan DiBiasio. The visitors will tour Alkermes Corp., a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Wilmington, as well as become introduced to American consumerism via a visit to a shopping center.

The research presentations are scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23 with poster displays and several research discussions planned. In addition, a chemistry lab workshop using instrumentation and equipment will be held.

Also, several cultural exchange programs will feature the international students sharing information about living in Serbia, Ecuador and the Philippines, respectively, while contrasting it with the United States.

The group is planning a day trip to Columbus to visit the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and they will have an opportunity to attend WC theatre’s production of Spinning into Butter.