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Summer Collaborative Research

Collaborative student-faculty research is an integrated part of the Earlham academic curriculum, but for students who are interested in a more immersive experience, our faculty offer the opportunity to engage in summer collaborative research. Such projects permit students to pursue cutting-edge research under the mentorship of subject area experts, review current literature in the field and present results at conferences, such as the EPIC Expo, as well as regional and national professional events.

The summer collaborative research experience exposes participants to authentic research and prepares them for their next steps after college, whether they choose to pursue graduate school or employment. Often, the research experience helps students decide on a future career path.


"Before working with Dr. Rosenberg this summer, I never considered graduate school. I realized that I love doing research and would definitely consider graduate school as an option after college."

– Leonora Akporyoe ‘19


Earlham has offered collaborative research experiences during the summer since 1988. From 2008-2017, more than 275 students participated in projects spanning 4-8 immersive weeks.

2019 Projects

Biology

Plant Physiology: Carbon Sequestration and the Evolution of Competitive Ability Dan Atwater with Hyunseong Ahn ’21, Evan Hill ’21, Amelia Richardson ‘22, Samuel Russo ’21 and Wesley Smith ’21

Bioinformatic Exploration of Codon Bias within Malaria Genomes and Phylogenetic Analysis of Regional Trematode Parasites – Peter Blair with Ruth Reichman ’22 and Abigail Zanatta ’22

The Effects of Bacteriophage Hybridization on Host Range – Lindsey McGee with Yazid Barhoush ’21 and Drenushe Krasniqi ’21

Ant Caste Determination - Chris Smith with Mahbuba Akhter ’21 and Sven-Erik Nilsson ’20

Examining Avian Malaria Prevalence along a Tropical Elevation Gradient in Papua New Guinea - Wendy P. Tori with Sam Pigott ’21 and Ian Shriner ‘21

Chemistry

Method Development for Chitin Content Determination in Crustacean Shells - Patrick Barber with Jared Ammon ’21 and Tyler Le ’21 (v)

Determining Lipid Vesicle and Exosome Size Distribution using NanoTrackJ - Kalani Seu with Spencer Owen ’20 and Isaiah Shake ’20

Continued Study of Mitsunobu Reactions Involving Cyclic beta-Hydroxy Tertiary Amines - Mark Stocksdale with Alec Bryan ’20

Synthesis, Characterization and Computational Modeling of Unsaturated Organometallic Complexes – Lori Watson with Ngan Nguyen ‘22, Grace Olive ’22 and Garris Radloff ’22

Computer Science

Integrating Semantics into Automated Analogy Detection - David Barbella with Ali Gokcelioglu ’20, K. Aditya Karan ‘ 20, Davit Kvartskhava ’21, and Phi Hung Nguyen ’21

Economics

Art of Pricing and the Pricing of Art - Rajaram Krishnan with Dong Cao ’22 and Jus Tavcar ‘22

Environmental Sustainability

Zero Waste Planning for Earlham - Jamey Pavey with Zachary Brake ’20, Melissa Ellas ‘22 , Madeline Gullion ‘21 and Trevor Marimbe ’22

Geology

Landscape Paleoanthropology of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania - Cynthia Fadem with Ethan Thompson ’20

Searching for Tsunami Deposits in Maritime Canada – Andy Moore with Zoe Kerchen ’22 and Bibi Mohamed ‘22

Global Management

Brand Anthropomorphization and Line Extensions in Socially Responsible Sectors- Terrence Motsi with Hephzibah Okorie ’22 and Juana Maria Serna ’22

History

Race and Health Dsiparities: American Epidemics - Betsy Schlabach with Kofi Ayensu ’22, Ahmed Omer ’21 and Harrison Rice ’21 (McNair Scholar)

Music

Assistant Conductorship for the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company – Alex Grabrachuk with Julian Sun ‘20

Neuroscience

Perineuronal Nets in Long-term Memory - Michelle Tong with Starsha Davis ’21 (McNair Scholar), Tynan Gacy ‘20, Joshua Maclin ’21 (McNair Scholar), Kendra Parker ’21 (McNair Scholar) and Tyrique Richardson ’21 (McNair Scholar)

Physics and Astronomy

Numerical Techniques for Modeling Gravitational Waves – Seth Hopper with Micah Chabwoski ‘21, Nhat Le ’20, Xingxin Liu ‘20 and Emmett Salzer ’21

Psychology

Using Eye-Tracking to Understand Attention in Bullying Situations - Rachael Reavis with Robert Alba ’20, Rance Albert ’21 (McNair Scholar), Jerilyn Gillenwater ’20 and Thuong Nguyen ’22

Sociology/Anthropology

Soundscapes of White Belonging – JoAnn Martin with Aza Hurwitz ‘22, Kiara Kamara ’22, Evan Saito ‘22 and Della Walters ‘20

 

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Contact Information

For more information on Summer Collaborative Research at Earlham, contact Sara Paule, Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations, at 765-983-1431 or email her at paulesa@earlham.edu.

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