Local Students Present at Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium

Three local Penn State students and their professor recently presented at the Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium, held at Penn State York.

Liam O'Sullivan, Alecia Wagner, Andrea Befumo and Dr. Phuong-T. Pham, assistant professor of chemistry, attended the research symposium to present their undergraduate chemistry research project, "The Impact of Torsion Angles on Electronic Structure of Phenylene-Thiophene Oligomers: A Density Functional Theory Study."

The Worthington Scranton group was one of 11 groups that presented at the one-day event and represented one of four chemistry presentations that were made that day.

The Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium centers on science students and faculty of Penn State's 19 commonwealth campuses. Subject areas include biology, chemistry, forestry and physics.

Discipline-based science undergraduate research projects conducted by students that are supervised by faculty, or projects investigated by faculty with assistance of students, are part of this refereed symposium proceedings publication.

In addition, faculty projects addressing research issues at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and beyond) are part of the non-refereed poster presentations. The symposium proceedings include the refereed and non-refereed abstracts and articles. In addition to the poster presentations, part of the selected papers from each discipline will be presented.

Prior Smith Symposiums have been held in October 2002 and 2006.