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Past Conferences and Events

The 12th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference, sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County (Albright College, Alvernia College, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks, Reading Area Community College), will again be offered in the spring 2013 semester. The 2012 event was hosted by Penn State Berks on Saturday, April 21, 2012. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to present their scholarly accomplishments in the form of: - Paper presentations - Poster displays - Films - Art exhibitions - Performances

Hosted by the Saint Joseph's University Chapter of Sigma Xi

"A Celebration of Student Research"

The 23rd Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium was held on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Undergraduate and graduate students working in the areas of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, the Natural, and the Social Sciences were invited and encouraged to present the results of their work in the poster sessions.

The Symposium commenced at 5:00 PM on the Saint Joseph's University Campus in Philadelphia, PA. It opened with the keynote address in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Gordon Burghardt from the Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. His talk was entitled "The Origins and Biology of Play." Dr. Burghardt was also the 2012 recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. award. This award recognized the work of inspirational scientists, researchers and policy makers. Clavius, a Jesuit mathematician and astronomer is best known as an architect of the modern Gregorian calendar and as an inspiration to such thinkers as Kepler, Descartes and Leibniz. Dr. Burghardt was particularly deserving of this award. He has authored over 160 journal articles, and has edited or authored 6 books on various aspects of animal behavior and cognition. He has received awards and grants from numerous organizations and agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation, and has served as P resident of the American Psychological Association's Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), as well as the Animal Behavior Society.