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Student work showcased at 12th annual Honors Day

By : Daniel Richards

President Lois B. DeFleur shares a laugh with School of Management students last week during Honors Day in the Mandela Room. From left, Sue Schwartzberg, Rachel Robinson, DeFleur, Kellie Allen and Karen Chon.
The 12th Annual Honors Day and its undergraduate showcase last week were a celebration of the talents and achievements of Binghamton University’s best students.

With display tables outlining the Mandela Room’s walls, the showcase exhibited research projects, independent studies and honor theses of students from four of the University’s five schools. Students were present to discuss their work.

Among the presentations, biology and chemistry students explained their independent study involving sensors and the environment, and a group of BU scholars discussed their exploration into improvements and upgrades to make the Nature Preserve more accessible to the campus and local community.

The day also included an awards ceremony, where recipients included the University Student Excellence Award winners from each school, Foundation award winners and the Who’s Who in American College and Universities honorees.

President Lois B. DeFleur said she was honored by the high level of student achievement represented and she was impressed by the wide range of topics, which she sees as a valuable characteristic of the types of experiences and opportunities available to students at Binghamton.

“I’m really glad I had the opportunity to share my work with everyone at the event,” said Clare Marks, a junior psychology major, who received a University Student Excellence Award and presented her study “Deviance on Psychometric Laboratory Measures as a Predictor of Familiar Psychiatric History.” Marks had conducted a number of psychological tests on a population sample and determined that poor eye tracking is a liability indicator specific to schizophrenia.

Kristina Seekamp, a senior art history major in the BU Scholars Program, said she hopes her carefully assembled online exhibition of Marcel Duchamp’s work will “broaden dialogue and exchange and renew the shock of Duchamp’s objects beyond the boundaries of purely academic study.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08