June 09, 2006


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Juniors Risa Wright, left, and Jennifer Bohrman
work with macaques in the Animal Behavior Lab.

Junior Jessica Scott at Animal Behavior Lab

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell undergraduate students are engaged in nearly 50 thought-provoking research projects this summer.

The broad-ranging projects cover a variety of academic disciplines, ranging from the study of childhood obesity in Central Pennsylvania and picture recognition of food by short-tailed monkeys to an analysis of electrical impulses in human and mice hearts and designing ground-penetrating radar to detect landmines.

"Bucknell's comprehensive undergraduate research program is one of the attributes that sets us apart in American higher education," said Provost Mary DeCredico. "Summer here is no different, as these students spend what might otherwise be time off instead sharpening their research skills alongside the faculty and becoming even more prepared for the challenges they will face during their careers."

A sampling of student summer research projects include:

  • Sophomore Mallory Pierre is hoping to determine the effects of prenatal exposure to the chemical dexamethasone on rat behavior while improving the behavioral focus of the research by redefining and expanding testing procedures.

  • Junior Christopher Brown is examining the retention of human capital in Pennsylvania urban centers and how urban planners and architects might facilitate the diffusion of human capital into their cities.

  • Senior Aubri Jenson's summer research will look at the effects of radioactive decay on the crystalline structure of rare-element minerals with an eye toward identifying stable materials that can be used to contain radioactive waste.

  • Junior Jennifer Bohrman is investigating whether lion-tailed macaques are capable of two-dimensional picture recognition of food.

  • Senior Heather LaMont is researching a new invasive species of fish in the Great Lakes and determining the potential of invasion of inland streams by the fish population.

  • Senior Daniel Heurer will be in the Sante Fe Range of North-Central New Mexico to collect and analyze minerals from the relatively unstudied area to determine when partially melted rocks were formed.

  • Junior Nishan Rajakaruma's research goal is to successfully produce a special molecule that is hypothesized to be a successful anti-malarial agent and the conditions under which the highest yield of the molecule can be produced.

  • Senior Elena Augustine's project will examine the development of early Christian notions of kingship in Western Europe in relation to literature of the early Middle Ages involving kings, land, and feminine authority figures.

ReadRead more about undergraduate research at Bucknell.

Posted June 9, 2006

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