Middlebury College senior among 70

students to present scientific studies in Washington,


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.