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Students Present Undergraduate Research on Lake Champlain and More

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (April 23, 2008) - On Friday, May 2 at 1 p.m. in Beaumont Hall's lobby, as many as 30 SUNY Plattsburgh students will share what they have learned in their cutting-edge experiments.

Their research presentations will enable the public to learn about a new invasive aquatic plant in Lake Champlain, about removing industrial pollution with a single-celled plant-like organism, about ancient Mayan people and more.

"SUNY Plattsburgh students are doing research that can change the world," said Dr. Christopher Martine, assistant professor of biological studies at Plattsburgh State.

Sponsored by the Plattsburgh State Chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, this research symposium connects the students' real-life scientific experiences on-campus with the greater community. In this way, the college is not only training outstanding scientists, but citizens, as well, Dr. Martine said.

And students agree.

"Personally, it has helped my confidence," said Megan Lebeau, a junior biology major with a French and chemistry minor. "Professionally, it has given me tools I can carry into my career."

Lebeau also suggests that the presentations could help prospective science students in their college search.

"Coming to this event is a great way to find out if you're interested in doing research here," Lebeau added.

Another student said the event is a great learning opportunity for the public.

"If you love the discovery channel, come to Sigma Xi's research symposium to learn and interact with student researchers," said Gina Paul, a graduating senior biology major with a chemistry minor. "It's a more personal experience."

-- Ashlie Doran, Senior, Public Relations Intern

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