Selected to Receive "Best of Category" for Presentation on Primates

In early June, Thomas Quinn became SUNY Orange’s first “Best of Category” award recipient at the prestigious Beacon Conference, a gathering of the top community college students from the Mid-Atlantic states.

The Beacon Conference showcases the achievements of outstanding two-year college students in academic research and writing. Students work with mentors from their colleges to prepare and submit papers that demonstrate outstanding scholarship and originality.

The topic of Quinn’s winning paper was “Primates and the Way they Learn,” with special emphasis on chimpanzees. Instructor Dr. Cory Harris was his mentor on the project. Quinn, of Slate Hill, N.Y., graduated in May with a degree in liberal arts. Presentations are judged on originality and quality of research, written work and the oral presentation. Winners and their mentors each receive a $100 honorarium.

Quinn was only the second SUNY Orange student to participate in the conference, following Kathryn Defazio a year ago. The conference, founded in 1993, will be held at SUNY Orange on June 4, 2010.

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