Summer Fellows

Summer Fellows provides an excellent opportunity for Health Sciences students to focus closely and exclusively on research.

As a sophomore or junior you can pursue an independent scholarly project under a Health and Exercise Physiology faculty mentor. 

Your faculty mentor will help shape and direct your project, and meetings are scheduled to bring Summer Fellows and mentors together as an intellectual community. All fellows present their research during the last week of the program, and many fellows present at Family Day, the Celebration of Student Achievement, and at professional conferences off campus.

Learn more about the specific details of the Summer Fellows Program at Ursinus College.

Recent Summer Fellows Projects


The HaMM Lab

  • “Exploring Sex Differences in Mice Fed the Ketogenic Diet”
    Ken Sprankle (Mentor: Stephen Kolwicz)
  • “The Behavioral Alterations that a High Fat Diet has in Female Rodents”
    Mya Knappenberger (Mentor: Stephen Kolwicz)
  • “Exercise Training Rescues Impaired Exercise Capacity in Mice With Systemic Deletion of Acetyl CoA carboxylase 2 (ACC2)”  View Abstract
    Katherine Kurzinsky (Mentor: Dr. Stephen Kolwicz)
  • “The Effects of the Ketogenic Diet on Oxidative Stress in Heart, Liver, and Muscle: A Review of Literature”  View Abstract
    Brooke Segich (Mentor: Dr. Stephen Kolwicz)

The Patient Safety in Medicine Work Group

  • “Patient Safety in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)”
    Bridget Rauh (Mentor: Dr. Catherine van de Ruit)

The SkM Lab

  • “Skeletal Muscle Force Analysis in Male and Female Mice With Aging”
    John Klee and Julia Pierson (Mentor: April Carpenter)
  • “Effects of Macrophage Produced Wnts on Endotheial Permeability and Stress Fiber Formation”  Oniel Salik (Mentor: Dr. April Carpenter)
  • “Effects of Macrophage Produced Wnts on Endotheial Permeability and Skeletal Muscle Repair”  Sabrina Tusavitz (Mentor: Dr. April Carpenter)