NORTH ADAMS -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its 11th annual Undergraduate Research Conference today.
The event, which recognizes students for their hard work and dedication for their academic projects in a variety of disciplines, is free and open to the public.
This year's keynote speaker will be Evan S. Herrmann ‘07, who will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium on "Becoming a Behavioral Scientist."
Posters will be presented from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Venable gym, and paper presentations and exhibits will take place in sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Murdock and Bowman halls.
Herrmann's presentation will provide students with a chronological summary of his academic and research activities, and will focus on how his research at MCLA helped his acceptance into graduate school and inspired his current projects.
His projects are related to smoking cessation and nicotine withdrawal in pregnant women and HIV risks among drug users. Herrmann graduated from MCLA with majors in psychology and sociology. He recently completed a master's degree in psychology from the University of Vermont in Burlington, and expects to receive a doctorate in psychology in June from the University of Vermont.
Approximately 115 students will present their work during the all-day event. The conference is part of the college's expanding undergraduate research program, which emphasizes individual opportunities for students to work with faculty.
In addition to the conference, students from MCLA present each year at the regional Undergraduate Research Conference of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference held each year in Amherst, and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, held in March.
For more information, including descriptions of all of this year's projects and presentations, go to http://www. mcla.edu/urc.