BUFFALO, N.Y. – Three University at Buffalo students
presented original research to State University of New York (SUNY)
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, New York State Senator Michael
Ranzenhofer and other elected officials on April 1 in Albany.
The presentations were part of an event called the
“Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New
York State's Public Higher Education System.”
The showcase allowed 125 of SUNY’s most talented
undergraduate scholars and 40-plus faculty research mentors to
introduce more than 90 research projects to New York State
legislators and SUNY administrators.
The bi-annual symposium was sponsored by the SUNY Faculty Senate
and UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative
“The statewide research symposium allows each campus to
show the success and the return on investment of the state support
each receives,” says Timothy Tryjankowski, director of CURCA
and co-chair and architect of the symposium.
“Students working on their undergraduate degrees at UB
showed the audience how prepared they are for careers and further
studies,” Tryjankowski says. “It was evident to our
state leaders that new discoveries, new businesses and our future
leaders are being molded here at UB.”
The UB student participants and their projects were selected by
faculty members and administrators from across UB’s campuses
who conducted a comprehensive review of student proposals.
Those chosen included:
- Susan Little, a senior environmental geosciences major, who
presented “Combined Sewer System Impact on the Integrity of
an Urban Waterway.” Her faculty mentor was Chris Lowry, PhD,
assistant professor in the Department of Geology.
- Nigel Michki, a sophomore computational physics major and 2014
Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient, who presented “Method
for Electrostatically Aligning Proteins in Solution.” His
faculty mentor was Andrea Markelz, PhD, professor in the Department
- Phillip Tucciarone, a senior chemical and biological
engineering major and 2014 Marshall Scholarship recipient, who
presented “Silicon Nanoparticles: Synthesis and
Applications.” His faculty mentor was Mark Swihart, PhD,
professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological