Environmental researcher featured at Coe Student Research Symposium

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2010-03-31 11:23:45 - General

Coe graduate Jeff Myrom, class of 1998, will present "Life as a Liberal-Arts Science-Based Environmental-Policy Guy" as the plenary speaker for the college's 10th annual Student Research Symposium. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 13, with more than 100 Coe students showcasing their academic projects. The event runs throughout the day in various locations on the Coe campus. It is free and open to the public.

While at Coe, Myrom earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry, environmental science and general science. He went onto Michigan Tech where he earned a master's degree in environmental policy, specializing in environmental economics. Myrom worked as deputy bureau chief of the Energy & Waste Bureau at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Currently, he serves as the senior environmental policy analyst at MidAmerican Energy, where he focuses on policy modeling and analysis of pollution reduction and generation technology scenarios.

In addition, there will a graduate and professional school panel consisting of recent Coe graduates. These alumni will discuss how Coe prepared them for graduate school and provide insight to current students regarding what they can expect when pursuing additional education.

The panelists include Laura Farmer, class of 2002, a religion and creative writing major at Coe who earned her master's in English from Syracuse University and is the writing studio director at Cornell College; Kelly Monahan, class of 2007, a biology, molecular biology and general science major at Coe who is studying medicine at the University of Iowa; Greg Ongie, class of 2008, a mathematics major at Coe who is a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Iowa; and Holly Grieder, class of 2009, an economics and history major at Coe who is in law school at the University of Iowa.

The symposium presentations, which range from academic research to artistic display and performance, are the culmination of work done by students over the past academic year. Some of the student work has been done independently, with some accomplished as part of a student and faculty team. The featured work represented in the symposium is the result of honors projects, student participation in ongoing professional research programs, and the cumulative product of an undergraduate career of achievement in the arts. Each case reflects an extraordinary effort by a highly motivated student.

The symposium will follow a format similar to that of a professional conference. There will be panels, moderated by faculty members, in which students present papers. There will also be a poster session where students will display and discuss the results of their work.

A general schedule of the day's events includes:

  • 8:30 - 10:45 a.m.: Poster session in the Perrine Gallery of the Stewart Memorial Library.
  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Plenary talk featuring Jeff Myrom in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.
  • Noon - 1 p.m.: Graduate school panel discussion in Lynch Room of Gage Memorial Union.
  • 1:15 - 3:30 p.m.: Oral presentation sessions at various campus locations.

For more information or a complete symposium schedule, call 399-8581.