SUNY Potsdam Learning & Research Fair to Celebrate Scholarly Achievements and Creative Efforts


Students at last year’s Learning and Research Fair admire a turtle at one display.

The scholarly work and achievements of students, faculty and staff at The State University of New York at Potsdam will be presented at the College’s 2011 Learning and Research Fair on Wednesday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union. Several awards for student research will also be presented that afternoon.

SUNY Potsdam’s annual Learning and Research Fair provides an opportunity to share the results of research projects completed by students and faculty. The event celebrates innovations in educational practices, creative efforts, scholarly achievements and developments in instructional and research support.

This year the fair, which has been a tradition at SUNY Potsdam for more than 20 years, includes more than 70 presentations from students, faculty and staff and the emphasis is on student-driven projects.

The 74 presentations address a wide range of topics, including presentations on biosensors and autism, Potsdam sandstone, exploring the musical self, and health disparities and racism, among many others.

“The presentations at the fair provide a snapshot of some of the exciting scholarly and creative projects in which the faculty, staff and students at the College are engaging,” said Dr. Nancy Dodge-Reyome, director of the Department of Research and Sponsored Programs. “The fair has grown and evolved over the years, but the primary focus and motivations remains the same: Hold an event where students, faculty and staff can gather and share their scholarly and creative accomplishments.”

Student presenters at the Learning and Research Fair will compete for the Ram L. Chugh North Country Research and Public Service Award, sponsored by the Chugh Public Service Endowment. It will be awarded to the top student researcher in recognition of excellent research on an issue relevant to the North Country. The Chugh Award is made possible by an endowment established by SUNY Potsdam Professor Emeritus Dr. Ram L. Chugh and his wife, Seema.

The afternoon event will also include the presentation of up to three Kilmer Undergraduate Research Poster Excellence Awards, made possible by a generous gift to the Potsdam College Foundation from an anonymous donor in memory of Dr. Frederick Kilmer, original science director for the Johnson and Johnson Corporation.

The posters will be judged at the fair by a panel of community experts on the basic quality of the research and the quality of the presentation. The judges for the Chugh award include: Robert Blickwedehl, instructor of civil and construction engineering technology at SUNY Canton; William Kirchgasser, faculty emeritus at SUNY Potsdam; Lori Shull, reporter at the Watertown Daily Times, and Fadi Bou-Abdallah, chemistry faculty at SUNY Potsdam. SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller will speak at the award presentation.

The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

For more information about the Learning and Research Fair, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (315) 267-2131.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 100 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training, and leadership in the performing and visual arts.