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Science Students Travel to Research Symposium in Philippines

WC Group Presents Research, Tours Manila and Joins International Network of Scholars

August 27, 2013

Pictured from the left are Professor Alfred Conklin, Nate Godby, Nina Veite and Jacob Barrett.

Pictured from the left are Professor Alfred Conklin, Nate Godby, Nina Veite and Jacob Barrett.

A trio of Wilmington College science students joined peers from three continents in presenting research at the International Undergraduate Research Symposium held earlier this summer in the Philippines.

Sophomore Christina Veite and seniors Nathaniel Godby and Jacob Barrett were among 46 student presenters at the sixth annual IURS hosted at Tarlac State University in Tarlac City.

Veite is a biology and chemistry major from Loveland, while Godby, of Goshen, is majoring in chemistry and education and Barrett is a chemistry and mathematics major from Bethel.

Alfred R. Conklin, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and agriculture, accompanied the group. He is a founder of the symposium and currently serves as its international director.

The six-day event in the Philippines came after previous symposia were held in Ecuador, Serbia and Wilmington College. IURS is affiliated with the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology.

Student presenters came from Serbia, Germany, Puerto Rico and several colleges and universities in the Philippines and United States.

Conklin was pleased with the students’ work and how well they represented themselves, the College and the United States.

“The whole idea is for undergraduates from different parts of the world to come together, exchange their research and share results,” he said. “It’s a very synergistic interaction. Because of the types and quality of research, the students are able to form networks of scientists around the world.”

He said many WC students have maintained personal and professional ties with students met at previous symposia.

In addition to two days of oral and posters presentations of student/faculty research, the group visited such attractions as the Philippine Carabao Research Center, Fort Santiago and the Oceanarium in Manila.