Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daniel Steinhauser receives poster award at SVURS

Daniel Steinhauser, a double major in biology, environmental biology option and philosophy and minor in Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems, earned a prize for top poster in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Category at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium (SVURS). Daniel's poster presentation was entitled "Quantification of the Spatial Extent and Water Quality Improvement Functions of Alluvial River Islands in the North Branch Susquehanna River Basin." He was mentored by Dr. Matthew Ricker in the Department of Environmental, Geographic and Geological Sciences. Daniel's research examined the content of coal sand and the concentrations of lead, arsenic and zinc in soil samples from two islands in the north branch of the Susquehanna River. Their  results revealed elevated levels of lead and zinc in the soil, suggesting that the islands continue to play a role in improving the water quality of the Susquehanna River. 

The 6th annual SVURS was hosted by Bloomsburg University and  was  co-sponsored by Bloomsburg University, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Geisinger Health System, and Susquehanna University. Undergraduates from all disciplines were invited to present their research at the symposium in the following areas: biological science, clinical and translational research, natural science and engineering, and social science and humanities.Nearly 100 students presented research posters. Congratulations Daniel!

Daniel Steinhauser with his award winning poster at poster award winner at SVURS