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Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair attracts 41 presenters

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Participants viewing posters at the Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair.
Participants viewing research posters at the Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair.

May 20, 2010

The Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair, held on April 23 in the Hildebrand Student Learning Center and Library, attracted 41 student presenters and a large inquisitive crowd.

The research fair was the brainchild of Undergraduate Dean Marcin Majda, and was organized with the assistance of undergraduate advisor Joey Wong. Says Majda, “In previous years we have held small Honors Teas for our outstanding students in the chemistry and in chemical engineering, but a research fair provides a greater opportunity to highlight the work of a broader group of undergraduate researchers as well as to promote research as an important element in our undergraduate curriculum among all our students.”

The 41 presenters represented 27 different research groups, including three from other Berkeley schools and colleges. Approximately 200 students and faculty members attended the event, viewed the posters and kept the presenters busy answering questions. Topic presented varied from Rosanna Lim’s “Silicon Carbide Graphitization” to Peter O’Reilly’s “Site-directed mutagenesis of a minimal lipoxygenase from Anabaena noctos.”

Approximately 200 students and faculty attended the Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair held on April 23.
Approximately 200 students and faculty attended the Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair held on April 23.

Funding for the Saegebarth Undergraduate Research Fair is provided by Dr. Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth, who have donated to the College in honor of Klaus’s father, a Chevron chemist, and his mother.

At the research fair, Dean Majda presented 24 College of Chemistry undergraduates with summer research stipends. The awards of at least $1,500 are provided through the generosity of several college donors to allow undergraduates to conduct research at the college during summer months. Most of the stipend winners also presented research posters.