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Keene State Students Present Research to Public

March 25, 2013
Photo by Anne Miller; homepage photo by Lynn Roman
Photo by Anne Miller; homepage photo by Lynn Roman

Academic Excellence Conference Offered Variety of Compelling Research to General Public for Free

Keene State College students presented research during the 13th Academic Excellence Conference on April 6. Student research findings and presentations covered a variety of topics, from theatre and dance, to effects of air-borne pollutants, to the rescue of Danish Jews during the Holocaust. This annual event brings together student scholars and their families, faculty and staff mentors, other members of the Keene State community, area legislators, system trustees, and members of the Keene community in celebration of academic research and other forms of scholarship.

“The variety and complexity of research that Keene State students are undertaking, and the mentoring they are receiving from their faculty, is incredible. This becomes clear at Keene State’s Academic Excellence Conference amidst a great number of compelling presentations,” said Dr. Ann Rancourt, associate provost for academic affairs at Keene State College. “We encourage anyone with an interest in learning about new topics and research to come by the conference next year. You will not only leave with new information, but you will also see future leaders in action.”

One example of research that was presented this year focuses on local farms providing more food to Keene State College. The study, titled “Farm to School Initiative”, reviews attitudes toward this topic, and the geographic and logistical challenges and opportunities to increasing the supply of locally grown food to Keene State College’s dining services. The study includes interviews, GIS maps and statistical analysis.

A second example of research that was presented investigates if screen time impacts the development of elementary school children. More on this research is available online.

Interviews with faculty and students are available. Images may be available upon request.

The full schedule of presentations can be viewed here.

The AEC is sponsored by the Associate Provost's Office, the Lloyd P. Young Student Center, the Keene State College Student Assembly, Office of the President, Marketing and Communications, Keene State College Parent's Association, Advancement Division and Provost’s Office.