Muhlenberg Students Continue Tradition of Independent Undergraduate Research

News Image This summer, more than 50 Muhlenberg students are conducting independent faculty-mentored research in the arts, humanities and sciences.

 Tuesday, July 14, 2015 03:55 PM

Projects embody a diverse expanse of academic disciplines, including: music theory and history; the olfactory preferences and learning behavior of bumblebees; bird and amphibian stress ecology; learning and memory; prevalence of human pathogens in Lehigh Valley tick populations; and the impact of 1917 on American and American Jewish history.

Julia Burns '16 works with Amy Hark to understand the role of GCN5 in the control of Arabidopsis trichome morphogenesis

Julia Burns '16 works with Dr. Amy Hark, associate professor of biology and the co-director of Muhlenberg's biochemistry program (pictured) and Dr. Elizabeth McCain, professor and department chair of biology, to study the role of certain genes on the development of tricomes, small hair-like appendages of plants.

Undergraduate research is a realized opportunity for Muhlenberg College students. These researchers have access to some of the top faculty in their field, and their findings often result in collaborative professional publications with their faculty mentors.

Student researchers are granted a stipend and no-cost housing on campus throughout the duration of their projects. The research is made possible through grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Muhlenberg's Neuroscience Collaborative Research Program, the Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grant from the Provost's Office, academic departments and scholarships funded by generous Muhlenberg alumni and supporters.

As part of the scholarly nature of research, students present their methods and findings in a series of weekly summer seminars, culminating in an annual poster session to the campus community each fall.

To learn more about student research and funding opportunities, visit Student Research and Scholarship.