Wells College Recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research

March 25, 2015

Wells is pleased to have participated in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research consistently for over 25 years! The conference, hosted annually by various colleges, presents a forum for presentations and posters showcasing research in all disciplines performed by undergraduate students at colleges and universities around the country.

Wells’ longstanding participation was recently recognized by NCUR’s organizational body, the Council on Undergraduate Research, among 56 other institutions who have provided “significant numbers of their students with an opportunity to present their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the leading national venue for the presentation of undergraduate research for the past 28 years.”

Wells Professor of Chemistry Chris Bailey has coordinated our student and faculty participation and attended all but one conference since 1989. In that time, 139 Wells students have presented the results of their research to this national audience. This year, an additional two students are preparing to share their research work at Eastern Washington University for NCUR 2015:

  • Courtney Fesko ’15 will give a presentation entitled “Computational Investigations of an Intramolecular, Hetero-, Inverse-Electron Demand Diels-Alder (Imhda) Reaction.” This research was conducted with fellow students Angelo A. Papagelos ’15, Levi M. Christman ’15, and Lorelei E. Meier ’13, with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lauren O’Neil as advisor. Courtney is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and minoring in both mathematics and physics.
  • Katie Sweeney ’15 will discuss her project “Bioassessment of the Water Quality of the Tioughnioga River in Relation to Surrounding Land Use, Cortland County, NY,” prepared with Professor of Environmental Science Niamh O’Leary. Katie is majoring in environmental sciences and minoring in sustainability.

In 2014, members of the Wells Class of 2014 Molly Baillargeon, Caroline Clabaugh, Jillian Fields, Judith Lavelle, Rebeccah K. McKalsen, and Valerie Provenza presented work in psychology, environmental science, and English. Read more about undergraduate research at Wells.

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