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Trent University to Host 32nd Southwestern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference: March 20

Eight Trent University students to be among delegates

Wednesday, February 25, 2004, Peterborough


Chemistry students from across southwestern Ontario will showcase their research findings at Trent University as it hosts the 32nd Southwestern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC) on Saturday, March 20.

The conference provides an opportunity for close to 80 undergraduate students to present their leading honours research work to fellow students, faculty members and local industry representatives. Trent University has a long history of attending the conference and faired extremely well at last year's event, earning three of 20 awards. Eight Trent students will be among this year's presenters.

Students participate in one of five divisions including organic and polymer chemistry, inorganic and materials chemistry, biochemistry, analytical/environmental chemistry and physical/theoretical chemistry. Participants can earn first, second and third place as well as honourable mention awards. Each student presentation is 15 minutes in length and is followed by a question and answer session.

"The conference is an opportunity for these students to present their research findings to a wider audience," says Dr. Andrew Vreugdenhil, Trent Chemistry professor and conference organizer. "A lot of effort is put into this research work and it's important that it receives the recognition it deserves."

Prof. Vreugdenhil explains the conference is in some sense, a warm-up for the students, who will present their research findings to their own university audiences at the end of the term. He adds Trent is honoured to be hosting the highly-regarded conference and will have the opportunity to offer tours of the new Chemical Sciences Building.

The day will wrap up with an awards banquet. This year's conference is sponsored by Trent University and the Canadian Institute for Chemistry. Industrial sponsors for the event include R&R Labs, SGS Lakefield Research, Brantford Chemical, Bruker Canada, Varian, Merck Frost and Prospect Scientific.


Media contacts for further information:

Prof. Andrew Vreugdenhil, Department of Chemistry/Conference Organizer, 748-1011, ext. 7467

Prof. Steven Rafferty, Department of Chemistry/Conference Organizer, 748-1011, ext. 7309


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