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Summer Scholars Show Research

The second edition of the Summer Scholars Program yielded a Sheldon Ballroom-full of projects from students practicing a variety of creative and scientific pursuits Sept. 9.

Gus Silveira Jr.

The Fund for Oswego-supported Summer Scholars team up with a faculty member for a special research project in their discipline, ranging from a PR campaign for WRVO-FM to facial analysis of ancient statues.

"I knew my professor pretty well before this experience, but I believe I really gained a friend and mentor," said Sandy Rookey '11. The recently graduated biology major archived more than 600 electronic micrograph images of fungi with the help of Professor Sophia Windstam.

"These negatives were sitting in a box in the basement in Piez," Rookey said. Now they are preserved and shared with the world via the Internet.

Matt Anderson '09, M '13 came to Oswego from Boston to pursue dual degrees in economics and information science. His graduate work is in the new human-computer interaction program.

"There's a lot of opportunity for hands-on research here," said Anderson, praising the faculty support at Oswego. "It's all about that good group of people pushing you in the right direction."

He admits his project involving biometric facial recognition is a little unusual. Over the summer, he and human-computer interaction program Director Damian Schofield compared molecular-level renderings of first-century statues to real human features.

"We're seeing how accurate these artists were in creating the work they considered to be perfection," Anderson explained. "It's a good collaboration between science and art."

In a keynote speech, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Augustine Silveira Jr., who himself worked with recent Nobel Prize winner Ei-ichi Negishi, named a number of science graduates who have gone on to interesting studies and incredible accomplishments.

"Wherever I go — China, Newport Beach, Cape Cod — alumni come up to me, excited that they graduated from Oswego and excited about their experience here," Silveira said.

— Shane M. Liebler

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Augustine Silveira Jr. views a project by Matthew Shampine, a junior at Syracuse Academy of Science.

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