Four Mansfield University students present at COPLAC Northeast Regional Conference

(L-R) Elly Franz, Kaitlin Tewell, Kory Wolfe, Gretchen Sechrist, and Samantha Rutledge

KEENE, N.H. – Four Mansfield University students presented their work at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference on Nov. 8 and 9 at Keene State College (N.H.).

The students, representing three departments (Art, Biology, and Chemistry), presented their scholarly and creative activity with students from six other COPLAC universities. The group was led by Dr. Gretchen Sechrist of the Department of Psychology. 

“This annual conference is a great opportunity for our students to share their research/creativity activity with their peers from other COPLAC schools and to learn about the work of students from other universities and disciplines,” said Sechrist.

The students that presented at conference were:

  • Elly Franz (Senior, Department of Art) – Mindscape
  • Samantha Rutledge (Junior, Department of Biology) – Master Illusionists or Careless Mimics: Do the Brown-headed Cowbird’s (Molothrus ater) Parasitic Eggs Resemble the Eggs of Host Species?
  • Kaitlin Tewell (Senior, Department of Art) – The Alphabet of Weird and Wonderful Artists & Alphabet Bodies
  • Kory Wolfe (Senior, Department of Chemistry) – Investigating Tardigrade Metabolic and Morphological Reactions to Osmotic Stresses

The 2020 conference will be held at Eastern Connecticut State University on Nov. 6 and 7.

Anyone interested in learning more about the conference or additional research opportunities offered by the COPLAC consortium, should contact Dr. Sechrist at