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Students to showcase summer research projects at Clarkson


POTSDAM - Algae grown on cow manure for biodiesel production, birds as wetland quality indicators, a waste heat energy scavenger device, and using computers to design a prosthetic leg are among the 100 research projects being presented at the 15th annual Clarkson University Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

Students will make presentations on a wide variety of topics on Aug. 2 in Clarkson University’s Student Center Multi-purpose Rooms (MPR) and Educational Resources Center (ERC) atrium on the hill campus.

The young researchers will make oral presentations from 8:30-9:45 a.m., 10-11:15 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., with welcoming comments at 8:15 a.m. (all in the Student Center), and a poster session from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (in the ERC). The public is invited to attend.

Other interesting topics include antibiotic resistance of bacteria in manure and localized runoff; stepping over alligators: Sam Rivers’ American life; water quality assessment of the St. Lawrence River using high resolution sensor arrays; phytoplankton analysis in the St. Lawrence River; bioaerosol emissions from dairy manure amended land in North Country of New York state; go green! competing for a healthier more energy efficient home; vertical farming: feasibility of aeroponic growing systems; landfill leachate’s effects on algae grown for biofuel purposes; and hunger games: ant edition.

The symposium was established as a forum for undergraduate students to present the results of their scholarly experiences. The program’s goal is to recognize and encourage students who are actively participating in various research and projects.

The SURE presentation schedule and program will be available to view at by Friday. The SURE abstract book will be available by Wednesday.

If you would like a copy of the schedule e-mailed to you or you have any questions regarding SURE, please contact Rebecca Thatcher at

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