Mount Saint Mary College student Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y. (shown) and Charles Benfer of Milton, N.Y. worked with Bishop Dunn Memorial School to create fun math problems centered on the school’s Sensory Garden.
From advances in healthcare to mixing Mathematics and Mother Nature, Mount Saint Mary College students will showcase their summer research on Thursday, September 27 at 5 p.m. in the Aquinas Hall Atrium.
The college is located at 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, N.Y. The public is invited to attend the free event.
Nearly two dozen students will present their Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) findings in poster format, featuring a plethora of subjects. Faculty mentor James Moran, associate professor of Biology, oversaw Kassidy Hallum of Lake Grove. N.Y. and Elizabeth Halpin of LaGrangeville, N.Y. on their project, “Development of an Antibody-Based Detection Method for OxyVita Blood Substitute.” Charles Benfer of Milton, N.Y. and Vita Bosco of Chester, N.Y., both Mount Mathematics majors on the Education track; and faculty mentor Mike Daven, professor of Mathematics, fused numbers and nature in “Designing Mathematical Activities for the Bishop Dunn Memorial School Sensory Garden.”
Other SURE projects include “The Development of Easier Parkinson’s Disease Terminology to Improve Family and Patient Education,” by student Kathleen Abbott of Oakville, Conn. and faculty mentor Anne-Marie Uebbing, associate professor of Nursing; a plant and animal survey of the Hoyt Foundation forest in Walden, N.Y. by student Raymond Shepherd of Red Hook, N.Y. and faculty mentor Douglas Robinson, associate professor of Biology; and “Development of Edible Vaccines for Candida Albicans, the Causative agent of Candidiasis” by students Allison Dionne of Burlington, Conn., Thomas Hofbauer of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Sarah Waleck of Glenwood, N.J., and faculty mentor Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of Biology.
At 6 p.m., SURE keynote speaker Scot Rademaker, chair and assistant professor in the Division of Education at the College of New Rochelle, will present “Know Thy Selfie: Endeavoring to Research with Reason and Produce with Passion in Academia and Beyond.”
“To be able to connect with and, hopefully, learn to love your subject and your discipline is something that is not often considered in the world of higher education research,” said Rademaker. “However, understanding one’s self in their research is vital if we are to become life-long learners.”
Rademaker has worked extensively with undergraduate students on research projects within the Honors College and with the McNair Scholars program at his former university. His work with students has led to presentations at local, state, and national conferences as well as co-authored publications.