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Keene State Hosts Research Conference Drawing Participation from Six Colleges

October 31, 2011

COPLAC Conference Highlights Student Research Through Presentations and Performances

Keene, NH, October 31, 2011: This past weekend, Keene State College hosted the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Northeast Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference featured presentations, posters and performances from over 150 students from Keene State College, as well as SUNY Geneseo, University of Maine Farmington, Eastern Connecticut State University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. A total of 34 Keene State College students participated, featuring a broad array of research projects that explored subjects such as affects of toxins on frog embryos, a look at biodiesel versus diesel, and a comparative analysis of the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust.

"Keene State College is a leader in undergraduate research. Our students are actively engaged in a wide range of research, which includes studies funded through the Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) within the National Science Foundation, and IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) though the National Institutes of Health," said Provost of Keene State College, Emile Netzhammer. "This conference presented the opportunity for our students and faculty to exchange information about the work that is being done among leading liberal arts colleges in the Northeast. I look forward to following the progress that our students make, and the wisdom they gain from their experience here at Keene State."

The COPLAC Northeast Undergraduate Research conference was the largest gathering in COPLAC history. For more information on COPLAC, visit

Note to journalists: Photos from the conference and interviews with student researchers and presenters are available by contacting Kelly Ricaurte.

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