SURE Symposium 2012

September 19, 2012 5:00 PM
Aquinas Atrium

SURE Student Researchers 2012The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Symposium 2012 will be held on Wednesday, September 19, starting at 5 pm in the Aquinas Atrium. This event is open to the public, and we encourage all students, faculty, and staff  to attend.

Symposium Schedule

5 pm: Student poster presentations
6-7 pm:  Keynote Speakers Dr. Sam Bowser and Laura Von Rosk in Aquinas 163

About SURE

Through the Mount's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program, all Mount Saint Mary College students have the opportunity to apply for paid summer research positions with participating faculty mentors.

Students who are chosen for this program work closely with faculty members to carry out a research project, and analyze and present their results. While participating in this summer program, students and their mentors have many opportunities to interact with participants across disciplines, both academically and socially, through weekly progress updates and activities such as hikes, picnics, and volleyball.

This year we have students and faculty participating from the divisions of Arts and Letters, Education, Business, Math and IT, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Keynote: “Art, science, and understanding Antarctica"

Dr. Sam Bowser is a polar biologist and art/science enthusiast specializing in "forams," unicellular creatures that play a crucial role in marine environments. His work has shown that Antarctica is populated with forams that evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. These Antarctic species are well within the reach of scuba divers – a fact that has taken him to McMurdo Sound 20 times where he has logged over 180 dives under ice-covered waters. Some may recognize him as one of the characters featured in Werner Herzog's documentary, "Encounters at the End of the World."

Painter Laura Von Rosk traveled to Antarctica last fall to work with Dr. Bowser and his research team. She was there to assist with the scientific research and dive teams and, in one way or another, incorporate this experience into her own work as a visual artist. Von Rosk is well known for her small surreal paintings of expansive landscapes. By recombining, emphasizing, manipulating, or inventing elements of the landscape she explores the tension between natural forms and memory. She will show images from a series of recent paintings depicting her interpretation of the Antarctic landscape.

Dr. Bowser and Ms. Von Rosk will share their experience of working in Antarctica, and discuss how artists and scientists can inspire each other, as well as collaborate on projects that enhance their ideas and practices.

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