collaborative research

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Ursinus undergraduates participate in hands-on research, and work in teams with faculty. Biology Professor Rebecca (Becky) Kohn has studied how the nervous system works for 14 years. “It’s unusual at all for undergraduates to be involved at this level of research at large universities,” said Kohn. “There might be a smaller number. But even at other small liberal arts colleges they wouldn’t have these opportunities as freshman. My students are very dedicated and capable of working independently; some have truly excelled working at the level of a graduate student. With biology you can't always plan your time. The unpredictable nature of research means you have to plan your life, your exams or your papers, around the research.”

The Summer Fellows program at Ursinus allows you as a sophomore or junior to pursue an independent scholarly project under the close tutelage of a faculty mentor, when both you and the professor have more time to devote exclusively to research.

Below is a sample of the student research being conducted along side faculty mentors in the sciences at Ursinus.

Mathematics / Physics / Computer Science

Deterministic Model of VRE Dynamics: Outbreak, Sensitivity and Optimal Control Analysis
An exploration of Rydberg atom interactions
Alignment, Stabilization, and Characterization of a Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT)
Analyzing the Communication Patterns of Internet Bullies Using Computer Software
Stopping Cyber-Bullying and Pedophiles via Web-Browser
Chat Monitor
Coding Sexual Predator Dialogue
Developing Semantic Web Technologies for Biographical Data Representation
Congestion Control for Wireless Networks
Understanding term relationships via analysis of dimensionality reduction methods
Design and Testing of The Ursinus College Liquid Hydrogen Target
Geant 4 Simulations of the Impact of a Liquid Hydrogen Target on Gamma Ray Spectra

Biology / BioChemistry / Molecular Biology / Neuroscience

Capability of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes to Penetrate Cell Walls in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Molecular Wire Attachment to Carbon Nanotubes
An Analysis on Prions and Their Effect on Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Defining the cellular components and pathways that regulate prion propagation and transmission
Apoptotic rates of neuronal cells in Caenorhabditis elegans after exposure to oxidative stress
The effects of dynamic versus static stretching and warm-up on flexibility
The Effects of Bisphenol A and Estrogen on Surface Protein Expression employing a Lupus-prone Murine Model
Synesthetic Qualities in Non-synesthetes: An Electroencephalographic Investigation
The Neurocognitive Correlates of Reconstructive Memory
Searching for tiny new life: Isolation & identification of extremely halophilic prokaryotes from 3 different saline environments
Comparative Studies of Brainstem Neural Network Stability in Weakly Electric Fish
Application of the Enemies Hypothesis to Monoculture and Polyculture Alfalfa Fields
Fragmented and Continuous Forests: Examining Differences in White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) Populations

Chemistry

Modeling Active Sites of Di-Iron Carboxylate Enzymes through the Intro of 3 Mutations into a Designed 2-His Protein
Purification and Characterization of a Designed 3-His Di-iron Protein from Escherichia coli Cells
Separation of Analytes in High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) using an Octyl Stationary-Phase