Summer Fellows

Spend the summer working on your own great idea: we’ll spend the money to help you pursue it. 

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2020 Summer Fellows Symposium

Friday, July 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The links below will take you to each student’s project on the Digital Commons.  The student presenter will answer your questions and comments on Friday from 10:00-2:00.

You may need a Digital Commons account for some projects — you can create one here. Click “My Account” to begin and use your Ursinus email address when creating the account.

 

Summer Fellow Project Title

Nareen Babaian

Investigating Interactions Between Proteins PAM-1 and WEE-1.3 in Regulating the Cell Cycle in Caenorhabditis elegans

David Baird

Transport of Neurotransmitters Through Carbon Nanotubes
Julian Barocas (Fun)ction: Developing Games From A Narrative Standpoint
Erica Best What Makes a Mad Genius? The Sociopolitical Role of the Mad Genius Label in United States Early Modern Dance
Courtney Burns Exploring the Effect of Neuroinflammation on Microglial Phagocytic Activity
Jason Cayetano Investigating Lunar Cratering in the Tycho Region
Ashly Chavez The Experiences of Latino Immigrants in the United States
Kyra Clark Representation and Accessibility in Patient Advocacy Organizations
Paige D’Elia Computational and Literature Analysis of Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Fluorophores Containing Nitrogen Donors
Shelsea Deravil Haitian Cinema: A Stylistic Analysis & Call for Action and Inclusion
Kevyn Dewees Altered Axon Guidance in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Review
Deborah Diaz Altered Axon Guidance in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Review
Hailey DiCicco Hoop Dreams: An Empirical Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap in Professional Basketball
Katelyn Doherty Talking About Race in The College Classroom: An Analysis of Facework
Samuel Ernst The Verge of Renaissance: A Fantasy Novella
Maggie Frymoyer Can Politicians Explain Systematic Racism in 280 Characters … or Less?
Matthew Furgele Analyzing Perceptions of the Crusades Using Timelines Available at Ursinus College
Myla Haan Tools for Change: Theatre for Social Justice in Communities of Marginalized Youth
James Haasis Spinal Cord Regeneration: Investigating the Presence of Microglia and their Morphology
Alicia Handian Many Body Localization with Rydberg Atoms
Alana Huyhn Electrochemical Properties of de novo Designed Due Ferri Single Chain Proteins Using Cyclic Voltammetry
Sarah Johns The Personification of the Perfect Citizen: The English Political Cartoon, Colonial Anxiety, and Identity During The American Revolution
Jacob Kang Refugees and Human Rights in French-Speaking Europe
Katherine Kurzinsky Exercise Training Rescues Impaired Exercise Capacity in Mice with Systemic Deletion of Acetyl CoA Carboxylase 2 (ACC2)
Sarah Marchione Investigating Lunar Secondary Cratering in the Copernicus Region
Kailey Martin Amphiphilic Oligonucleotide Nanostructures for Drug Delivery and Therapeutic Applications
Erin Mathews Altered Axon Guidance in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Review
Adam Mlodzinski “Anthropo-Dreams” - Ecopoems
Jessica Nebel-Crosson Single-Neutron Transfer to 50Ti
Regan Newman Combating Antibiotic Resistance in Escherichia coli with Carbon Nanomaterials
Paul Ravelli How True is Causal Closure?
Kathleen Saddler Fake Views? Whether, When and Why Conservative Students Express Authentic Political Views on Campus
Matthew Schmitz A View of Intelligence for Our Democratic Republic
Brooke Segich The Effects of the Ketogenic Diet on Oxidative Stress in Heart, Liver and Muscle: A Review of Literature
Alix Segil Combating Antibiotic Resistance in Escherichia coli with Carbon Nanomaterials
Morgan Sotoloff Variations in Slow-Wave EEG and Working Memory Deficits During Letter Number Sequencing Task Post-Concussion
Alyssa St. Jean Computational and Literature Analysis of Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Fluorophores Containing O/S/Se-Based Donors
Ted Studt Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Black Americans with Diabetes
Michael Tecce Geometry Aided Sonification
Danielle Terrenzio Analysis of Genetic Differences Between Yeast Strains S288C and W303 Which May Lead to [PSI+] Dependent Phenotypes
Amanda Weber The Breath of Life: Japanese Poetry & the Four Essential Questions
Madeline Wert Health is Wealth: The Correlation of Wellness Programs & Productivity in Canada and the U.S.
Zainab Williams The Black Aesthetic: Re-Directing the Gaze of the Culture to the Screen
Carver Wolfe Oppression or Occupation: Conflicting Views on the Nature of Sex Work in France and Under International Law
Jesse Wun Amphiphilic Oligonucleotide Nanostructures for Drug Delivery and Therapeutic Applications

 


Overview of the Summer Fellows Program

This is the chance for you to do something you want to do, and it can lead to truly amazing things: previous Summer Fellows have gone on to get grants, fellowships, and publications—in addition to the satisfaction of completing a project that is truly their own.

Every summer, 70-80 students spend eight weeks on campus working on research and creative projects that they have come up with or working on faculty research. They get invaluable faculty mentorship, a room on campus, and at least $2500 to do it. Unlike other schools, this isn’t just for students in the sciences: at Ursinus, it’s open to any rising junior or senior who has a good idea and the plan to pursue it.

The Summer Fellows program runs from Monday, June 1 through Friday, July 24, 2020.  The program closes with the annual Summer Fellows Symposium on the morning of Friday, July 24, 2020, where students present their work to a general audience.

Details

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.

Your project can be undertaken as independent research or a creative or artistic endeavor. You will do eight weeks of full-time study while living on campus and receive a $2500 stipend and a room on campus.

Your faculty mentor will help shape and direct your project, and weekly common hour meetings are scheduled to bring all 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.

Application

Applications now open!

Applications for Summer Fellows projects have three parts.

  1. A completed online application (available here - deadline February 10, 2020).

  2. A letter of recommendation and support from the Ursinus faculty member who will supervise the project. (The candidate faculty member will be contacted for a rec letter.) If the project is completed off campus, there must also be a letter from the off-campus mentor. If the Ursinus faculty mentor or outside mentor has financial support that can be used to support the Summer Fellow, that support should be detailed in this letter.

  3. A second letter of reference from an Ursinus faculty member unaffiliated with your project, attesting to your academic ability. (The candidate faculty member will be contacted for a rec letter.)


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