Middlebury

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 LisaD@cur.org
or 202-783-4810.