URETA awards promote student conference attendance

December 16, 2013
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Each semester, the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) program helps make student travel possible with the Undergraduate Research Experience Awards (URETA). These awards help fund student participation in meetings and conferences held away from New Paltz.

With assistance from URETA, Samantha Schiffman ’13 (Psychology/Disaster Studies & Sociology) presented her research at the 6th Annual Conference on Emerging Adulthood in Chicago, Ill., along with her mentor, Professor Tabitha Holmes (Psychology). Her project is titled Single and (sometimes) Stigmatized: The Experiences of Emerging Adults Who are Not in Committed Relationships. Schiffman was awarded a 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Award (SURE) to perform her research in psychology.

Rachel Silverbloom ’14 (Philosophy) presented her research at a conference titled Albert Camus & Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity in Erie, Penn., along with Professor Dan Werner (Philosophy). Silverbloom, who was awarded a 2013 SURE award to perform her research in Philosophy, presented “Sisyphus Smiles.”

Students from Newburgh Free Academy attended the NYSEC conference participated in a workshop presented by Jordan White ’14 (Secondary Education/English)

Students from Newburgh Free Academy attended the NYSEC conference participated in a workshop presented by Jordan White ’14 (Secondary Education/English)

Jordan White ’14 (Secondary Education/English) attended the New York State English Council’s (NYSEC) annual conference for secondary English teachers in Albany, N.Y., where she presented her project “Narrative Strategies and Fictional Minds in Young Adult Literature.”  She attended the conference with Professor Mary Sawyer (Secondary Education) and students from the Newburgh Free Academy.

White stated, “We had a large group of teachers at our workshop, and many of the teachers found that my research can be applied to their classrooms.” She received a 2013 SURE award to research her subject matter with her mentor, Professor Andrew Higgins (English).

Jonathan Valle ’14 (Geology) presented his research at the Geological Society of America’s 125th Conference, held Oct. 27-30 in Denver, Colo., with his mentor, Professor Alex Bartholomew (Geology).

Ryan Taylor ’13 (Chemistry) represented New Paltz with the results of his research at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Northeast Regional Meeting in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 23-26. “I was able to present my research for a large crowd of my peers, which gave me an awesome experience for showing my work,” he said.

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