Local residents participate in SUNY Oswego Global Laboratory

OSWEGO, NY – Several area residents are among nearly 60 college and university students who took part in hands-on learning in SUNY Oswego’s Global Laboratory network at science labs around the world this summer.

Zachariah Schrecengost of County Route 4 in Oswego, a sophomore in physics snd computer science at SUNY Oswego, is conducting research at the National Central University in Taiwan. He is the son of Steve and Kathy Schrecengost of Oswego. After earning his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend graduate school.

Katrina M. DeBaun of Fourth Street in Oswego, a sophomore in zoology at SUNY Oswego, is conducting research at the Universidade do Planalto of Catarinense in Brazil.

The 56 students are scattered among research institutions in Brazil, Congo, Costa Rica, France, India and Taiwan. The home campus for most of the Global Lab students is SUNY Oswego, with others from the SUNY centers at Albany, Binghamton and Buffalo, the SUNY College at Geneseo and private institutions.

Research projects for SUNY students this year include puma conservation in Brazil, bioprospecting in Costa Rica, investigating medicinal plants used to treat diabetes in Congo, studying medical decision support systems, variable stars, and more.

Funding to help support the students’ research experience abroad comes from a variety of sources, including external grantors such as Banco Santander and the National Science Foundation, the student’s home campus (including private donations) and the international partner campus.

For more information, see http://www.oswego.edu/academics/research/global_laboratory.

The Global Laboratory is one of a variety of study-travel options that further SUNY Oswego’s goal to cultivate an expansive understanding of the world and its peoples and cultures. Others include short-term opportunities during breaks, quarter courses, traditional full-semester study-abroad programs and more. The college also offers alternative winter and spring breaks, assisting with humanitarian projects around the United States and the world.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2013, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2013 college guidebook “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” as well as its 2013 list of “best value” colleges and universities nationally.

A 152-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

Visit oswego.edu for more information.