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Petersheim Academic Exposition 2014: Share, Honor, Unite Brings Together Thousands of Members of the University
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Petersheim Photo by Fred StuckerThis year's Petersheim Academic Exposition 2014: Share, Honor, Unite brought together thousands of members of the University community for the weeklong event, from April 22 through April 26. The Expo celebrated the scholastic accomplishments and academic interests of students, and featured more than 250 graduate and undergraduate student poster presentations, as well as workshops and events. Committee co-chairs were Anthony Troha and Jose Lopez.

The opening ceremony at the Bishop Dougherty University Center attracted 178 people. President Gabriel Esteban and this year's keynote speaker Michael Zavada, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and a noted scholar and biological scientist, delivered inspiring messages on the importance of collaborative exploration and interdisciplinary research.

"The University community that we want to nurture and create is one of collaboration not competition, mutual and genuine respect for what people are and the unique perspectives and talents they have to bring to that community,” said Dean Zavada, “It is with that foundation that we can then participate and be significant contributors in the global community."

In addition, students from North Star Academy Charter School of Newark presented the work that they have been able to pursue this academic year with university support and mentoring.

"I knew I had an interest in biology, but this experience affirmed it," said Janerisa Hernandez, who under Assistant Professor Tin-Chun Chu researched bacteria and antibiotics. "I feel fulfilled now that I know I want to do something in this field."

The Expo, honoring the innovative spirit of its founder, Matthew Petersheim, associate professor of chemistry who passed away in 1998, aligns with Seton Hall University's mission by providing opportunities for individuals to grow, learn, and develop as leaders.

Michael Mann, head of school at North Star Academy, said the partnership with the university makes college seem real for his students.

"Students from our school are all college bound, but before leaving, they don’t have a connection to that reality," explained Mann. "The close relationship with Seton Hall makes the college experience more tangible and more likely that they will persist in college."

Mann has seen an increased interest in the study of science among his current graduating seniors.

In fact, Timothy Williams, who participated in the program, is headed to Temple University to pursue engineering and computer science.

"At first I thought, 'Oh boy, another project,'" Williams admitted. "But as time progressed, I saw the value and connection between this project and life in college. I learned to network, use resources, and ask for support when needed."

Williams worked with Professor Sulie Chang and colleagues to research how alcohol effects cell growth and cell development, especially with HIV.

To view photos from the event, visit here»

For more information please contact:
Jose Lopez
(973) 761-9057


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