Dean of Academic Life

Summer Research Grant Recipients

Christopher Baumgartel, Jr.
Ecological Change & International Water Management Policy: Challenges for the Mekong Delta and the Jordan River Basin

Steven Feldman
A Reexamination of Schubert's Der Erlkőnig with a Female Erkling

Jacqueline Harrison
Songs of the Night: The Role of Music's fascination with Imaginary Creatures and Its Effect on the modern Listener

Jadmin Mostel
The Effectiveness of Crushed Limestone Remediation of Simulated Sulfuric Acid Rain

Zachary Winchell
Is novelty crucial to memory reconsolidation? The introduction of altered stimuli in animal testing of the updating consolidation theory of memory

Kelley Annesley '15
"Using Dialectical Thinking to Ameliorate Problems in Moral Deliberation"

Melanie Ferrara '15
"Intersex Medicalization"

Rachel Gonsenhauser '15
Declined award to participate in a REU funded by the National Science Foundation

Kerry McGowan '15
A survey of the epibionts on common gastropod (snail) species of the San Juan Islands, Washington

Kelly Ann Osborne '15
Exploring William Blake's Verbal and Visual Narratives

Emily Scarf '16
Colored Chords: The Neurological Connection Between Synesthesia and Art

Kyra Rose Smith '15
The Family Tree: An Oral History of Allentown's LGBTQ Population

Tatiana Patterson '15
Prison-Industrial Complex in the Lehigh Valley Case Study

Joshua Clement '14
"Community-Led Development in Bulongwa, Tanzania"

Max Greenberg '15
"The influence of estradiol and progesterone on the phonotaxal behavior of the Scaphiopus holbrooksi"

Cyrus Kuschner '14
"Uncovering GCN5's pathway of epigenetic control of cell differentiation in Arabidopsis thaliana "

Dominic Lapadula '14
"Investigation of Potential Upstream Regulators of nhr-67 in C. elegans"

Elizabeth Neary '14
"George Egerton"

Cimarron Sharon '14
"Are fear memories linked? The extinction of fear memories following sensory pre-conditioning in an animal model of PTSD"

Kenn Andersen '13
"The Investigation of Fatty Acid Transport Protein and its Function in the Regulation of Juvenile Hormone Synthesis in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes"

Brianna Brown '13
"Chester:  A Study of Environmental Racism"

Jaclyn Durkin '13
"The Effects of Distraction on Consolidation of Traumatic Memory in an Animal Model of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)"

Garrett Gallinot '13
"A Study of Political Apathy and its Effect on the Political Process"

Gillian Irwin '13
"Balinese Gamelan and Perceptions of Time"

Jenna Kotak '13
"The Effect of GCN5 on the Expression of Trichome Genes"

Evan Lovas '13
"Conflict in Africa:  The Impact of Intrastate Conflict upon State-Capacity"


  1. Stephanie Bayruns '12
  2. “The Effects of Exogenous Estrogen Hormone on the Phenotypic Plastic Response of Ambystoma maculatum Larvae to Predation by Notophthalmusviridescens”

Caitlin Burgdorf '12

  1. "Effects of Manzate on odor discrimination of floral odorants in bumblebees ”
  2. Declined award to participate in Mount Sinai School of Medicine Research Program

Alexander Kossar '12
"Conferring Neurosteroid  Sensitivity to the Glycine Receptor: The Elucidation of a Putative Binding Site in the GABAA Receptor” 

Karissa McCarthy '12

  1. “Farm to School: Profiling an Emerging Movement”

Amanda Meier '13

  1. “Among Plant Differences in Volatile Chemistry in Lindera benoin: Are Different Phentypes of Scent?”

Jonathan Morgan '12

  1. “The Good of Moral Goodness”

Sara Romanello '12

  1. “Muslim and American: A Qualitative Examination of Potentially Conflicting Identities”

Brittany Sherman '12

  1. “An animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder: Alleviating stress using post-reactivation propranolol”


  1. Darren Cole-Henry '11
  2. “Electronic Life:  A Mimetic Exploration of the Value of Technology”

Steven Finkelstein '11

  1. “Der Tod und Das Mädchen:  Translation of Character from Old to New”

David Gasalberti '11,
"Evaluation of Lmbx in Lincomycin Biosyntheses” 
Declined Award to intern at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Samuel Gottheim '11

  1. “The Generation and Study of Cyclic Polyynes”

Erika Liljestrand '11

  1. “Swim:  A Short Film”

Christopher Maher '11

  1. “Digital Frontier:  Social Hierarchies in Anonymous Online Communities”

Caitlin Norcross '11

  1. “Synthesis of a Lead-Trapping Fluorescing Cryptand”

Sheelagh Pousatis '11
“Regeneration of Streblospio benedicti head appendages:  Visualization of nerveregeneration using immunohistochemistry”
Declined Award to take the Dr. James Vaughan Award

Patrick Scheid '11

  1. “Thwarted:  the Scandal over Burgoyne’s Good Name”

Thomas Bertorelli '10
"The Perceptions of Immunization"

Joshua Cohen '11
"Reversing Frustration Using Protein Synthesis Inhibition: A New Model and Approach to Studying Mental Illness"

John DiMeglio '10
“Synthesis and Characterization of Chiral C2-Symmetric Imidazole-Based Deoromatization Agents”

Kathleen Henley '11 and Diana Ortiz '11
“The Efficiency of Solar Panels as an Alternative Energy Resource for Muhlenberg College”

Paul Herod '10

“Investigating Neural Substrates of Behavior Elicited by Naturalistic Motion in the Hawk Moth Manuduca sexta

Sarah Messbauer '11
“Songs of Saudade: Portuguese Fado and the Culture of Song”

Michael Petriello '10

“The Effects of Pesticide Use on Earthworms: A Metabolomics Experiment”

Kaitlin Ritter '10
"Olfactory Navigation in Bombus impatiens"
Declined Award to take the Dr. James Vaughan Award

Michelle Bielko '09
“Agents of Desensitization: Disabling Male Resistance to Brutal Duels in the Antebellum South”

Stephanie Bywaters '10
“Electron Microscopic Analysis of Uterus Development in the Nematode Worm”

Eirinn Disbrow '10 and Avivah Furman '10
“Exploring the Ethical Dilemmas Behind Cross-Cultural Volunteerism”

Zachary Kuschner '09
“GCN5 Activity in Arabidopsis Flowers”

Colleen McDonald '09

“Bringing the Music of Vítězslava Kaprálová to Life”

Emily Petchler '09
“Costs and Benefits of the symbiotic interaction between Crepidula adunca and
Calliostoma ligatum

Ilya Slizovskiy '09
“Surfactant Facilitated Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils”

Margaret Bruskewicz '08
"Dance As Embodied Culture: How Contemporary Modern Dance Choregraphers Are Influenced By American Culture"

Katherine Conrad '08
"Sex Sells: A Comparison Study Examining the Legal Standing of Sex Work and Its Impact on Public Health"

Emily Hanlen '08
"Bridging the Gap: HIV/AIDS Prevention Education in South Africa"

Chelsea Lobdell '09
"Assessment of Data Management Systems for Muhlenberg's Peer Tutoring Program"

Jaclyn MacFarlane '09
"Historical and Empirical Overview of Autism as a Special Education Category"

Emily Petchler '09
"Costs and Benefits of the symbiotic interaction between Crepidula adunca and Calliostoma ligatum"

Jacqueline Starner '08
"Public Performance of my Choregraphy based on Analysis of Jack Kerouac's On The Road and Dharma Burns"