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Students to Present at Research Conference and Exhibition

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- The School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold its 10th Annual Student Research Conference and Exhibition from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 16. The conference will take place in several locations across campus, including the Science Building, Wood Support Services Center and the Student Center. Parents, friends, alumni, corporate representatives, as well as staff from graduate and professional schools are expected to attend this event.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

The event opens in the Science Building Auditorium (Room 104) with a keynote address from Dennis Canterbury, associate professor of sociology at Eastern. More than 85 students supported by 35 faculty mentors will present nearly 80 projects and presentations showcasing 11 departments and 13 majors in the School of Arts and Sciences.

From 9:30-11:50 a.m., students will present oral presentations in the Science Building. From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., poster presentations will be on display in the Science Building Lobby, as well as visual arts exhibits in the Wood Support Services Center and Student Center. These exhibits include digital art, prints, paintings, drawings, jewelry, sculptures and books made by Eastern students.

The projects range from presentations such as "The Relationship between Social Support, Stress and Participation in Clubs and Activities" by Carline Charmelus, a junior psychology major from Norwich, to "Genetic Variation and Population Structure of Black Terns in Europe and North America" by Karl Lamothe, a senior biology major from Voluntown.

In her presentation, "The Ghana Experience: A Closer Look at Sanitation and Development in Ghana," Soncheray Hall, a senior sociology and applied social relations major from East Hartford, describes her first-hand experience in Ghana and the underdeveloped country's sanitation issues. In "The Philosophical Origin of Yoga and Eight Original Steps of Meditation Stipulated in Patanjali's 'Yoga-Sutras,'" Garrett Halstead, a sophomore English major from Bridgeport, discusses the history of yoga and its importance in Eastern philosophy.

The closing reception features Eastern's Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Joe Tomanelli, part-time professor of performing arts.

For more information on the Research Conference and Exhibition, contact Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at (860) 465-5295 or


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