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Science Major Attends Undergraduate Research Day in Harrisburg

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Posted: Thursday Apr 4, 2013

April 4, 2013

Benjamin Delle Donne, left, a senior environmental science major and politics minor at Saint Vincent College from North Huntingdon, participated in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg on March 19. He was accompanied at the conference by Dr. Stephen Jodis, right, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing. Welcoming them to the East Wing Rotunda was Senator Kim Ward, center, of Pennsylvania’s 39th District. They also met legislators Richard Saccone, George Dunbar and Joseph Petrarca. The conference is an educational event allowing undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities to showcase their research talents to the Commonwealth’s key decision-makers. Delle Donne had an opportunity to spend the day in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building, share experiences and ideas with his counterparts from other schools and enlighten state legislators on the topics that are important to him and society. Special guest speaker during the opening session was Dr. Richard Alley, Nobel Prize Laureate, and an Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. The title of the research poster that Delle Donne presented was “A Study of Terrestrial and Aquatic Contamination from Solubilized Metals Associated with Abandoned Bituminous Coal Mine Lands.” His research advisor is Dr. Cynthia Walter, associate professor of biology.


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