March 15, 2001

Middlebury College senior among 70 students to present scientific studies in Washington, D.C.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—John Colianni, a Middlebury College senior physics major from Minnetonka, Minn., will present his study, "Identification of UV Light Bulbs for Spectroscopy of Supernova Remnants," on March 29 in Washington, D.C., at an annual meeting sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). He and his advisor, Professor of Physics Frank Winkler, will both attend the event, titled "Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill." CUR is a national professional association representing the faculty, administrators and students of more than 850 academic institutions.

Along with Colianni, more than 70 bright and eager college juniors and seniors will present the results of their independent research in science, engineering and mathematics. CUR chose this group from among the growing number of American students who are given the opportunity to do original research while still in college. They represent all regions of the country, a wide diversity of origins, and all types of colleges and universities―public and private, large and small. A number of students will be accompanied by their faculty mentors.

Many of the students received support for their work from federal programs, including those of the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. Some have also served as interns at one of the national labs.

CUR joins with federal, state and private partners to facilitate research by students and faculty in undergraduate settings. The council works to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to learn science by doing it, and to offer faculty increased opportunities to remain active in research while improving teaching skills. Students with research experience as undergraduates go on to leadership positions in science and industry, and are highly sought after employees.

For further information contact Lisa Driver, CUR meetings manager, at or 202-783-4810.