Coker Students Present Research at State-wide Conference

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 4, 2011 – Five Coker College students presented research at the 2011 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Student/Faculty Research Symposium, held earlier this semester in Greer, S.C.

• Emma Hayes, a biology major from Hartsville, S.C., who was advised by Biology Professor Jennifer Borgo, presented “Coyote Diet at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge.”

• Trent Edwards and Timothy Barrett, mathematics and computer science double-majors from Greer, S.C., and Langley, S.C., respectively, presented “Numerical Implementation of New Sequencing Relationships for Single-Machine Weighted Tardiness Problem.”  They were advised by Mathematics Professor Paul Dostert and Business Administration Professor James Holsenback.

• Austin McJunkins, a chemistry major from Hartsville, S.C., who was advised by Chemistry Professor Gordon Brown, presented “Room-Temperature Chirped-Pulse Fourier Transform Microwave Spectrometer.”

• Mark Williams, a biology major from Irmo, S.C., who is doing research in organic chemistry and was advised by Chemistry Professor Pramod Chopade, presented “Efficient Synthesis of Bola-amphiphilic Diaziridines.”

Coker College sees student-faculty research and partnerships with organizations such as SCICU, which are committed to the ideals of higher learning, as fundamental to fulfilling its mission of helping students learn to think analytically and creatively, and to write and speak effectively.

In 1985 Coker incorporated “Round Table Learning.”  A distinctive classroom practice that brings students and professors together in small groups for discussion and exploration, Coker’s Round Table Learning is held up in Peterson’s “Smart Parent’s Guide to College” as “a model learning experience.” 

The Student/Faculty Research Program, which was developed by SCICU in 1995, is designed to strengthen educational programs for students attending member institutions by providing quality undergraduate research experiences.

“These experiences are transforming students’ lives and encouraging them to explore a career in research,” said SCICU Executive Vice President Eddie Shannon.

On an annual basis, SCICU raises funds from donors to conduct this initiative, issues a call for grant proposals, assembles an evaluation committee of faculty members who select the proposals to be funded, issues the funds for the projects selected, and organizes a symposium at which each student presents their research findings.  Since inception of the program, SCICU has award over $1 million in research funds. 

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S.
News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. 

 
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