Smith symposium set for Nov. 10 at Penn State York

November 08, 2012

More than 50 students and faculty members are registered for Penn State York’s fifth Smith Undergraduate Science Research Symposium (SUSR12), set for Saturday, Nov. 10, at the campus.  Science students and faculty of the 19 Penn State campuses were invited to participate and attend the SUSR12. Previous symposiums were held at Penn State York in October 2002 and 2006 and November 2008 and 2010. The symposium begins at 8 a.m. in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building.

A symposium featuring undergraduate science research was the brainchild of Haiduke Sarafian, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor of Science and professor of physics at Penn State York. The idea of the symposium was proposed in 2002 and was supported by the campus. Symposiums are held every other year.

Discipline-based science undergraduate research projects conducted by students that are supervised by faculty or projects investigated by faculty with the assistance of students are part of the refereed symposium proceedings publication. Faculty projects addressing research issues at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and beyond) were invited for non-refereed poster presentations. In addition to the poster presentations, 10 papers from four disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics and mathematical physics; are included. To view a complete schedule and list of poster sessions visit

The symposium is named to honor the late benefactors and friends, John T. Smith and Paige S. Smith. Both graduates of Penn State, they established a scholarship in their name as well as the John T. and Paige S. Smith Professorship in Science at the campus. Along with their donations to York, the Smiths have supported the colleges of agriculture, and health and human development, as well as the athletics program. 

In addition to participants from the York campus, eight other Penn State campuses are represented at the symposium: Shenango, University Park, Worthington Scranton, Schuylkill, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Greater Allegheny and Brandywine.

Two former Penn State York students who now attend University Park will be among the attendees.

For more information on the symposium, please contact Sarafian, who is chairman of the symposium committee, at (717) 771-4093 or


  • Attendees at the 2010 Smith symposium reviewed the poster displays by faculty and undergraduate students.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated November 08, 2012