Students Present Research at State Capitol

Meredith Wright '10 (top) and Cynthia Dretel '10 (middle) presented posters on their 2009 SOAR projects at the Undergraduate Research Poster Conference in Harrisburg. Conference organizers included Professors Diane Husic and Carl Salter.

Two Moravian students presented their research findings at Pennsylvania's Undergraduate Research Poster Conference, October 20 in Harrisburg. The conference showcases the research of some of Pennsylvania's brightest undergraduate students, and provides them an opportunity to discuss their work with legislators, lobbyists, and Capitol visitors.

Thirty-nine undergraduate students and 21 faculty advisors from 49 Pennsylvania colleges and universities presented their research in the Capitol's East Wing. Their projects address research questions in the physical, life and social sciences, engineering, information technology and humanities.

Meredith Wright '10, and environmental studies major, presented a poster on her summer SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) project, a bibliography of the history and restoration of the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge and Palmerton Superfund site. The project was advised by Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences. Cynthia Dretel '10, who is concentrating on sacred music and percussion performance, presented a poster on "Scholarly Editions of 18th-Century Sacred Music from the Archives of Ephrata Cloister and the Moravian Music Foundation,"a SOAR project advised by Hilde Binford, associate professor of music.

Dr. Husic, who helped organize the conference along with Carl Salter, professor and chair of chemistry and coordinator of the SOAR program, spoke at the event. As president of the Council on Undergraduate Research, Professor Husic commented on the value of undergraduate research for learning, innovation, and making contributions that enrich our lives. Professor Salter was instrumental in establishing the Pennsylvania event three years ago.

The event was sponsored by Speaker of the House Keith R. McCall, the Legislative Office for Research Liaison, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities.