Fifteen Eastern students and alumni were among more than 140 presenters at the Third Annual Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, held on Oct. 26 in the Betty R. Tipton Room. The conference was sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
Thomas Farnsworth, '13 of Northford, was one of the participating students. With the support of Psychology Professor James Diller, Farnsworth presented "Attentional Factors Influence Probability Discounting." Farnsworth's major is Psychology.
Eastern President Elsa Núñez greeted the conference participants, telling the young scholars, "I see a sea of explorers all on a quest," adding that undergraduate research benefits both students and faculty, "whether it is because it allows faculty to have research support that they otherwise might not have; whether it is that students provide perspectives and an intellectual context that pushes faculty to strengthen their research; or whether it is that faculty are inspired and motivated by working with young, curious, intelligent minds. At the end of the day, everyone benefits from having faculty work closely with their students on their research and creative activity."
"This conference presents a unique opportunity to share scholarly and creative work with peers and faculty members," said COPLAC Director William Spellman. "Board support for high impact, real world experiences like undergraduate research is part of a larger effort to provide opportunities that are integral to long-term professional success."
Founded in 1988, COPLAC has 25 members. Institutions participating in the conference included Keene State College, The State University of New York at Geneseo, University of Maine-Farmington, Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Eastern.
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