SUNY Potsdam Language Students Present Work at National Conference on Undergraduate Research


The student researchers pose with Dr. Liliana Trevizan and Dr. Oscar Sarmiento at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Undergraduate students from SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Modern Languages attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which took place at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., from March 31 through April 2.

The six students, all Spanish majors at SUNY Potsdam, included junior Katherin Williams, freshman Kristian Einstman, junior Andrew Bentley, senior Madeline Phillips, junior Breanna Murphy and junior Robert Leabo. Professors Dr. Oscar Sarmiento and Dr. Liliana Trevizan of the modern language department accompanied the students at NCUR.

Of the six students in attendance, four presented their research. Highlights of the research topics presented include “Gay Marriage in the USA and Argentina” by Robert Leabo; “Desaparecidos Grandchildren in Argentina” by Breanna Murphy; an analysis of the Spanish literary work “Pedro Paramo” by Madeline Phillips, and “Abuse of Women in Small Towns, Comparing Potsdam, N.Y., and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,” by Kat Williams.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum.

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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.