Two students who participated in a study abroad field course with Penn State Lehigh Valley's Professor Jacqueline McLaughlin received first place in their category at Penn State's 2011 Undergraduate Exhibition held April 13 at the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park. Amy Haupt and Michelle O'Malley's entry, "A Pilot Study of the Pollution and Eutrophication of Lake Taihu in Wuxi, China: An Analysis of Water Quality at Three Field Sites," won in the category of course-based projects and was based on research conducted during McLaughlin's 2010 CHANCE field course, Environmental Science and Economic Principles: A Field Study in China.
"I am so proud of Amy and Michelle's hard work in creating this poster about their research in China," said McLaughlin, associate professor of biology at the Lehigh Valley campus and director of the CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) program. "To be recognized at an event of this magnitude is a wonderful accomplishment for these students and a testament to the value of what they learned in the field."
Haupt, a student in the Smeal College of Business, and O'Malley, a student in the Eberly College of Science, both at University Park, received a plaque and monetary award, and will have their poster displayed in Old Main until the end of April. The research they began last year will be continued by a new group of students, including three from the Lehigh Valley campus, participating in McLaughlin's next field course in China this summer.
Penn State's annual Undergraduate Exhibition communicates and celebrates the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in research and creative endeavors. Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are invited to enter poster or performance presentations to showcase their work to a general audience.
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