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PC to Host Undergraduate Sciences Research Conference

Approximately 270 undergraduates from 17 schools in the Northeast are expected to attend the 67th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) on Saturday, April 20, at Providence College.

More than 50 students from PC will present their research during the conference, which the College is hosting for only the second time and for the first time since 1984. 

The ECSC aims to support student and faculty interest in undergraduate research in the sciences and related fields and to provide a lively forum for the presentation of papers.  Undergraduates present empirical and discovery-based research in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, and the behavioral, earth, environmental, health, and social sciences.

Planning for the conference began two years ago. The College’s conference committee is comprised of Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., associate professor of biology; Dr. Jay Pike, assistant professor of chemistry; and Dr. John Breen, associate professor of chemistry, with assistance from the Office of College Events, the Office of Safety and Security, the Department of Information Technology, Academic Media Services, the Copy Center, the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts & Science, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Breen said that, as host, the College is responsible for a wide range of responsibilities, including arrangements for lodging, registration, the awards banquet, event logistics, and developing the day’s programming.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, professor of biology in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry at Brown University.

“The ECSC offers an outstanding opportunity for students to present their research as either written papers, oral presentations, or poster presentations in a hospitable and supportive environment,” said Breen.

— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14

 

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