In a longstanding exchange with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil, five undergraduate students presented their research at the George H. Cook Honors Symposium on April 12. Prior to the visit of the USP students, Rutgers sent five of its undergraduate students to Brazil last October to participate in a similar forum, the USP undergraduate research symposium.
The USP students were selected out of more than 1,500 candidates through a highly competitive process at their university. In addition to the oral presentations, the students visited the campuses in New Brunswick, went to classes and social events with Rutgers student hosts, met with deans and vice-presidents, visited the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, and spent a day in New York City. The Brazilian students found it a rewarding experience, with several indicating they would consider applying to graduate school at Rutgers.
The visiting students and their research are as follows:
- Isabella Maria Davenis Armentano “Images and representations of the Tamanduatei River.”
- Thamilin Aso “Computer graphics in the artistic experimentation context: the case of the creation of interactive virtual environments.”
- Paula Aline Duraes Almeida “X-ray fluorescence analysis of the pictorial layer of Oscar Pereira da Silva paintings.”
- Fabio Jose Inforsato “Selection of fungi that produce cellulases by solid fermentation.”
- Fellipy Ferreira “Application of a graphite-polyurethane composite electrode as an amperometric Wall-Jet flow cell detector for the determination of hydrochlorothiazide.”