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November 22, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU researchers capture PASSHE awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students Megan Graubard and Caleb Sykora-Bodie, geology majors from Mechanicsburg and Harrisville, won first place awards in the papers category at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Undergraduate Research Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

SRU hosted the inaugural conference last weekend with more than 80 undergraduates statewide presenting.

Graubard and Sykora-Bodie won for "Recognition of Reinjection Events in Igneous Intrusions: Successes and Challenges."

"The purpose of the study was to create a model of what reinjection events look like in a sill [rock intrusion] and to summarize the supporting microcosmic and chemical data," Graubard said. "The model has economic applications for mining nickel and copper ores."

Graubard said she and Sykora-Bodie worked closely with her adviser Michael Zieg, SRU associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, during the research. Zieg showed them how to use the petrographic microscope, she said.

IUP students Benjamin Lenze and Alyssa Nelson won second place for physics research. Millersville students Matthew Zak and Katie Hammond won third place for biology research.

California students Nicholas Patton, Carl Jurkowski and Courtney Killian won first place for posters for chemistry; Shippensburg student Chris Nelson won second place for exercise science; Bloomsburg's Renee Risaliti won third place for biology.

SRU faculty served as paper and poster judges.

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