The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville hosted the 16th Annual Penn-York Undergraduate Research Association Conference on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

The Penn York Conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from regional colleges and universities in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern  New York to present their work for faculty and students from area schools.

Students were invited to submit research in progress or finished papers for fifteen minute oral presentations or poster presentations.  Projects from all disciplines in the social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, and humanities were welcomed.  This conference serves an ideal milieu for students to interact with other students and faculty.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference was Cindy Andes who discussed The Art of Science.  Andes, originally from Trenton, NJ, is a retired Assistant Professor of Humanities and English from Pitt-Titusville.  She received a BA in English from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and a MA from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO.  She has been working in a variety of art mediums for the past several years.  Originally a traditional watercolorist, Andes now works in fiber arts, designing original quilts often incorporating non-traditional fibers and embellishments.  Many of her pieces are either rust-dyed or are made from rusted objects.  She works with handmade and commercially made  paper pulp which she uses in both two and three dimensional work, and with natural and manmade found objects integrated into her pieces.  Although her permanent residence is in rural Pennsylvania,  Andes travels to the coasts of New Jersey, where she grew up and to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to continually gain inspiration and materials for her work.