This Friday, April 15, about 30 SUNY Cobleskill students will join more than 500 “thinkers and doers” from across the SUNY and CUNY systems for the Second Annual SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) here at SUNY Cobleskill. The conference will feature 190 poster presentations and 95 oral presentations and performances highlighting some of the best the SUNY system has to offer.
SURC brings together undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from across the state for a full day of panel presentations, artistic displays, poster presentations, a keynote speaker, a SUNY Graduate School Fair and Career Fair, and professional development workshops for students and faculty. The event will be hosted at a different SUNY institution each year. It aims to create opportunities for learning, engagement, collaboration and discussion outside of traditional classroom settings.
The conference will feature a keynote address by renowned cancer researcher Dr. Jill Bargonetti, Professor of Biological Sciences at Hunter College and Chair of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental PhD Subprogram in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Presentations begin at 9 a.m. across the campus, and the event runs until 5 p.m. Click here for more information, including a list of all the presentations.
Here’s a peek at some of the research SUNY Cobleskill students have been working on:
Can the Endangered American Burying Beetle be Successfully Reintroduced in New York?
The objective of this study was to determine potential reintroduction sites for the American burying beetle in New York by comparing burying beetle community composition and physical condition within specific habitat types.
The Mutation of Amyloid Precursor Protein and the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is a build-up of problematic plaques in the brain caused by the mutation of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). It is expressed in a wide range of different cell types including neurons. It can be proteolytically processed by beta and y-secretase. It has a copper binding domain and a central role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Use of Soil-dwelling Arthropods as Bioindicators Across a Successional Gradient of Norway Spruce in Schoharie, NY
This study utilizes microarthropod bioindicators to evaluate the changes that occur in soil quality during the course of forest succession. Samples of soil arthropods were obtained from three planted Norway spruce (Picea abies) plots ranging in levels of succession within the Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest in Summit, NY.