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Ohio Wesleyan University’s Summer Science Research Symposium Set for Sept. 21

September 7, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – From the potential of older cosmetics to breed bacteria, to the types of parasites affecting fish in local streams, to the reasons why college students do or don’t get flu shots, Ohio Wesleyan University students will share results of their recent research at noon Sept. 21 in the atrium of Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, 90 S. Henry St. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 40 young scientists will present information during Ohio Wesleyan’s 17th annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium. Their research will be summarized in poster format, and students will be on hand to answer questions about their 10-week research projects.

Laura Tuhela-Reuning, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan’s scanning electron microscope technician and Summer Science Research Program events coordinator, said the program provides students with an opportunity to think, act, and speak like scientists—to literally become scientists.

“A person must ‘do science’ in order to truly learn science,” Tuhela-Reuning said. “The Ohio Wesleyan Summer Science Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to put the theory they learn in the classroom into practice in the lab and in the field.”

The success of Ohio Wesleyan’s student-scientists, she said, is evident in the caliber of their work. “In the past two years,” Tuhela-Reuning said, “over 40 OWU students attended national and international scientific meetings to present their research.”

For more information about the summer science research program and upcoming symposium, visit ssrp.owu.edu. Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 39 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.