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January 22, 2008

St. Francis Science Students Present Research in Albany

Inaugural Research Showcase for New York Independent Colleges

St. Francis College students Michael Estrella and Nicole James were two of the more than 100 students who presented their science research at the Inaugural Independent Sector Undergraduate Research Exposition in Albany on Tuesday, January 22.

More than 70 student teams from 27 schools participated in the one-day event which featured student research posters, special presentations, and networking opportunities. Students also met with state lawmakers throughout the day.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) is hosted the one-day event to show the high quality undergraduate research projects being done on New York State's more than 100 independent colleges and universities.

CICU represents the chief executives of New York's private, not-for-profit colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (57%), master's degrees (72%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (81%) earned in New York State.

Member campuses enroll more than 460,000 students, including 290,000 New York State residents. One in three (33%) New Yorkers enrolled full time at independent colleges and universities in the state comes from a family earning less than $40,000 annually. And most (53%) African-American and Latino students who earn their bachelor's and graduate degrees in New York State are Independent Sector alumni.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
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