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Wagner hosts Eastern Colleges Science Conference, April 25

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On Saturday, April 25, Wagner College will host the 63rd annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference, believed to be the oldest annual conference of its kind in the United States.
    At last count, 271 undergraduate science and engineering students and 49 faculty members from 21 colleges and universities had registered for the event. Aside from a very few, every registered student is involved in a paper, poster or oral (platform) presentation as either a first or second author.
    There will be 51 platform presentations and 118 poster presentations at this year’s conference, including 17 presentations by Wagner College students. Posters will be on display throughout the day in the Spiro Sports Center, while oral presentations of research papers will be made in two sessions — from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 2 to 4 p.m. — in Spiro Hall. Awards will be given for papers and poster presentations at a 7 p.m. ceremony in the Union dining hall.
    Members of the Wagner College community and the community at large are welcome to stroll through the poster display and sit in on any of the oral presentations, at no charge, without registering. Copies of the program, however, will only be given to registered participants.
    An ONLINE MAP of the Wagner College campus shows locations for the Union building (22), the Spiro Sports Center (19) and Spiro Hall (18).
    For more information about the 63rd ECSC, contact Professor Donald Stearns at 718-390-3197 or

What is the ECSC?
    The Eastern Colleges Science Conference is an association currently consisting of 26 primarily undergraduate colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island and Ohio. The main function of the organization is to stimulate interest in undergraduate research in the sciences and related fields, and to provide a lively forum for the presentation of research papers.
    The ECSC provides a forum for undergraduate students in science and engineering to present their research. The annual conference occurs in late April or May. Students may attend with their advisors, and students may present their research findings in platform or poster presentations as well as full-length papers. In recent years, student awards have been given for presentations in each of the modes.

    The first Eastern Colleges Science Conference was organized in 1947 by undergraduate Pauline Newman at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The aim then, as now, was to stimulate interest in undergraduate research in the sciences and related fields and to provide a lively forum for the presentation of research papers. Pauline Newman received her bachelor's degree in chemistry and went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale. About 22 schools attended the first conference, and the theme was “Science, Philosophy and Society.”
    The constitution of the ECSC was ratified on April 24, 1948 at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., making the conference a self-sustaining body. Today, Professor Donald Stearns of Wagner College is president of the organization.
    Over the years, interest has increased in the conference, and more than 50 colleges and universities have attended this annual event. The range of subject matter has also expanded over time and now covers computer science and behavioral and social sciences as well as the original areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering.
    Over the past 62 years, there have been 43 hosts of the ECSC. Conferences have been held at small liberal arts colleges, at state universities, and at the United States armed services academies in Annapolis and West Point. The opportunity to experience a wide variety of different locales has enhanced the ECSC experience for faculty and student participants.
    This is the second time Wagner College has hosted the ECSC. The first time was in 2000.

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