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200 Stony Brook Students to Showcase Talents and Vie for Prizes

STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 25, 2001—A student-designed-and-built hybrid —utility vehicle, a solar-powered boat, and a performance of a Mozart Piano Concerto are just three of the highlights of Stony Brook University’s ‘Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements,” to be held on Wednesday, May ª and Thursday, May 3 at the Student Activities Center. Over 200 undergraduates will present research projects and participate in artistic performances as part of the annual event. Over $7,000 in prizes will be awarded to winners in eight categories.

Panels of distinguished judges in each of the categories—Art, Music, —Social Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Engineering, and Psychology—will view the projects and —presentations. The event begins with a keynote address by Shirley Strum Kenny, President of the University, at noon on Wednesday in the Student Activities Center followed by the showcasing of the presentations and an awards ceremony beginning at 3:30 PM. The presentations also will be displayed on Thursday.

The total number of presentations to be showcased is expected to exceed 120. Prizes include a $2,500 summer research fellowship donated by Batelle, Inc., an exhibit of a winning student’s work of art of Gallery ‘North in East Setauket, and cash awards of $250.

Among the students whose work will be displayed is a team of Mechanical Engineering majors who designed and built an automobile powered by a gasoline engine and an electric motor. A psychology major will present research analyzing children’s social fantasy play on an outdoor ‘playground, and a student from the Marine Science Research Center will examine the temperature trends of the Long Island Metropolitan area.

There also will be dance and musical performances, artistic works, exhibits, and poster presentations. In conjunction with the celebration, both the Psi Chi Honor Society of the Psychology Department and the History Department will host conferences in which students will present their research. Also included in this year’s Celebration is a website of original writings by students in the English Department. All performances will all take place on Wednesday, May 2. Many of the posters and presentations will be available for viewing on Thursday as well. Many of the students who are presenting their research were supported in their work by fellowships from Recognition Award for Integration of Research and Education, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Undergraduate Research Experiences and Creative Activities program, and the Alliance for Minority Participation, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Judges include Peter D. Salins, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Acadmic Affairs for the State University of New York system; Daniel Deutsch, director of the nationally acclaimed Student Composition Program in the Three Village Central School District and member of the Board of Directors of the Pre-College Music Program at Stony Brook University; Anil Dhundale, Director for Scientific Affairs at the Center for Biotechnology and Director for the University DNA Microarray Facility (UDMF) on the Stony Brook campus; Eduardo F. Palacio, General Manager of DEO’s AIL Defense ‘Programs and Technology Division; Melvin Pekarsky, Professor of Art and former Chair of the Art Department at Stony Brook; Dr. Louis Pena, a scientist in the Medical Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory and faculty member of the Stony Brook Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior; Ebbe Reker, Vice President and CFO of Applied Visions, Inc; and Peter J. Remch, a Stony Brook alumnus with B.A. and M.A. in English Literature, who is currently a Director of Client Services Technology at Salomon Smith Barney.

For further information, please contact Linda Pfeiffer at (631) 632-4378 or (631) 632-7114, or via e-mail at Additional information also is available at

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