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10 undergrads to make CAA research presentations

4:17 p.m., March 29, 2006--Ten University of Delaware seniors will make presentations of their undergraduate research projects from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at the Colonial Academic Alliance's fourth annual Undergraduate Research Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

The students, Ioanna Philippou, a visual communications major; Devon Stewart, art history; Chinedu Nworu, biological sciences; Matthew Decker, chemical engineering; Khadir Griffith, electrical engineering; Jaclyn Pilette, foreign languages and literatures; Natasha Sutton, history; Janelle Konchar, mechanical engineering; Theodore Davis III, sociology; and Arielle Lee Becker, English, will be among 75 students representing CAA schools at the conference from Friday-Saturday, March 31-April 1.

A live webcast of the keynote address by Ronald G. Kander, professor and head of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University, will be available at [http://media.jmu.edu] beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 31. Recorded highlights of the presentations will be available on the website a few days after the conference.

Developed by Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Thomas E. Yeager and the provosts of the CAA member institutions, the alliance is a consortium of 12 member schools together in academic programs that benefit faculty and students.

“With the success of the CAA in the NCAA basketball championships this month, everyone has had a chance to see the high level of athletic achievement in the conference,” Yeager said, in reference to George Mason University, whose basketball team has ascended to the NCAA Final Four in a bid for the championship. “With the alliance, we're spotlighting the high level of academic achievement, as well.”

“We are competitors on the field and on the court, but we're collaborators in the academic realm,” Mary Frances Forcier, alliance director, said. “The institutions that make up the CAA are an incredible resource. Collectively, they comprise more than 200,000 students and nearly 10,000 full-time faculty, including four Nobel Prize-winning faculty. Through the alliance, we can leverage these strengths by developing innovative, collaborative programs that improve the quality of teaching, learning and research at each of our member institutions.”

The other CAA members are Drexel University, Georgia State University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, Northeastern University, Old Dominion University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Towson University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William & Mary.

In addition to undergraduate research, other areas of CAA collaboration include student life, study abroad programs, foreign language study and assessment of student learning.

Article by Martin Mbugua

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