Brandywine to host regional undergraduate research symposium April 19

March 22, 2012

Select Penn State students will present their scholarly research at the Penn State Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Penn State Brandywine campus on Thursday, April 19. Anna N. Dhody, curator of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.

The Symposium, which is free and open to the public, provides students with a unique opportunity to showcase their work and interact with their peers and professors from within the Penn State system. Six student presenters will go home with top honors.

During the event, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a panel of judges will engage with the students to learn more about their research. At the end, they will choose six winners, three in each of the two separate categories: the arts and humanities (including behavioral sciences, business studies and economics) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). First, second and third place in each category will receive an award certificate and a prize.

The student researchers will be selected from about nine Penn State campuses. They will present their findings on posters or other exhibits that display their work to a general audience.

Dhody, whose talk will begin at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the campus’ annual Spring Lecture Series on Civic and Community Engagement, will discuss a few of the Mutter Museum’s current projects and explain how a nineteenth century museum can have twenty-first century relevance.

The Mutter Museum is home to some of the most amazing human anatomical and pathological specimens in the world. It is also an active research institution, and it collaborates with researchers from all over the world in a variety of disciplines, including medicine, epidemiology, anthropology and the arts. As curator, Dhody, an experienced physical and forensic anthropologist, oversees the Museum’s “disturbingly informative” collection, and works to provide a unique, informative experience for its more than 100,000 annual visitors.

Dhody has curated many exhibits; including "The Evolution of Birth, Reading the Dead: How Forensic Anthropologists Study Skeletons to Solve Mysteries and The Mutter Ossuary." She is also the author of “The Underground Crime Scene: The Use of Archaeological Excavation Techniques in the Recovery of Buried Crime Scene Evidence,” a manual currently used by law enforcement agencies in several countries.

For more information about the Symposium or Dhody’s talk, please contact Assistant Professor of Business Administration Don Taylor at

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Last Updated March 23, 2012