Students Showcase Research and Digital Creativity at SUNY Canton’s Scholarly Activities Celebration


From peat moss water filtration to exploring Public Health’s function in the COVID-19 pandemic, students presented new research during SUNY Canton’s Scholarly Activities Celebration.

The college held an online version of the annual student-research symposium to correspond with the semester of remote learning. 

“The wide span of our academic programs leads to a variety of oral and poster presentations,” noted Scholarly Activities Chair Christina Lesyk. “Instead of an exhibition limited to a few hours on one day, this year's submissions may be viewed on any digital device 24/7 for the rest of the semester.”

The majority of the presentations were submitted by students in the Canino School of Engineering Technology, including one by Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major Logan Mead. Mead suggests peat moss as an effective substitute for roadside water runoff filtration systems. “Making use of this effective natural material would help decrease the use of man-made artificial filtration systems,” Mead said.

Screenshot of the Virtual Scholarly Activities website.

The effects of road-side run-off include wildlife habitat deterioration and decreased freshwater purity, among other detriments.

In a timely and topical oral presentation, Healthcare Management major Megan Mills gave a comprehensive presentation on the role of public health during the pandemic response. “Public health agencies and initiatives will guide Americans to overcome the virus, as long as the public health measures are not taken lightly,” Mills said.

Winners of this year’s Scholarly Activities Celebration include:

  • Tucker Ainslie, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Alyssa Attardo, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Carl Baronville, Graphic and Multimedia Design
  • Kimberly Collins, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Adam Lashomb, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Kyle Lorey, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Jonathan Luse, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Tyler Moraski, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • James Morehouse, Graphic and Multimedia Design
  • Sara O'Duffy, Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mary Schneider, Graphic and Multimedia Design
  • Caeley Smith, Sports Management

All student presentations can be viewed via the Scholarly Activities webpage.

Artwork Online

The college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program also pushed its spring exhibition online to showcase student work. Students launched an “Artsteps” page with their biographies and mission statements. Users can also choose to view their senior-level design, photography and other work.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.