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12th Annual Penn York Undergraduate Research Conference

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Clarion University–Venango Campus was pleased to host the 12th Annual Penn York Undergraduate Research Conference on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

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Thirty students and their faculty mentors participated in the 12th Annual Penn York Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by Clarion University–Venango Campus on November 5, 2011. Chaired by Dr. Ellen Foster, associate professor of English and coordinator of the Venango Campus Honors Program, the conference included representatives from Houghton College and Hilbert College in New York, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Clarion and Venango campuses of Clarion University. It is the first time that the conference was hosted by the Venango Campus, where undergraduate student research and scholarship is growing.

"It was so rewarding to offer students from northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York this opportunity to share their undergraduate research with other students and faculty, said Dr. Foster. "For many, this is their first professional conference, and a great learning experience."

"It is truly an honor for our growing Honors Program, now in its fifth year, to host this outstanding annual regional event that highlights student research," said Dr. Christopher Reber, executive dean of Venango Campus. "My colleagues and I salute the work of these students and their faculty advisors and congratulate them on their well-prepared research."
Students delivered twenty-two oral presentations, with topics such as "Medical Alternatives to Blood Transfusions," "Economic Voting in New Democracies: How Globalization Conditions Electoral Accountability"and"Tracing the Tunes: The Progression and Impact of Civil War Music in and After the War."Penn York 3

Penn York 2Poster presentations explored a wide array of subjects, from "The Effects of Acetylcholine on Heart Function in an Invertebrate Bivalve Mollusk" to "Does Family Type Have an Effect on Academic Performance?"

The Honors Program at Clarion University–Venango Campus is a learning community geared toward academic achievement and scholarly pursuits. The program offers students the opportunity to expand intellectual capacities through stimulating coursework and out-of-classroom activities.

Clarion University–Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University–Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.