Research Partners Program
The program provides stipends for students to participate in research projects during the summer. The program enhances student learning by providing students the opportunity to actively participate in a research project on a full-time basis. Faculty members serve as mentors to the students, creating a “community of learners” at Susquehanna. Since the program began in 1996, more than 100 students have taken part in summer research projects thanks to funds provided by the Office of the Provost.
Recent Research Partners Projects
- Steven Bair studied under the direction of Matthew Persons, professor of biology. The title of their project was “The Effect of Female Age, Eggsac Age and Eggsac Damage on Eggsac Abandonment and Filial Cannibalism in the Wolf Spider Pardosa milvina.”
- Kevin Bleistein worked with Erin Keen-Rhinehart, assistant professor of biology, on the effects of prenatal nutrition on gonadotropin-releasing hormone neuronal function.
- Doug Gromek, under the direction of Margaret Peeler, professor of biology, studied the role of JNK in sea urchin gastrulation.
- Aaron Jones worked with Renuka Manchanayakage, assistant professor of chemistry, studying electrosynthesis in room temperature ionic liquids: Reductive coupling reactions.
- Debra Losey, under the direction of Jan Reichard-Brown, associate professor of biology, studied the effect of sperm pretreatment with thalidomide on sea urchin embryonic development.
- Brian Lysy worked with Lou Ann Tom, assistant professor of chemistry, investigating several different polymerization techniques for preparing molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the desulfurization of 4,6-dimethodibenzothiophene from fuel.
- John Panas, under the guidance of Jonathan Niles, assistant professor of biology, and in collaboration with Dr. Jack Holt, professor of biology, studied benthic macroinvertebrate assessment of Loyalsock Creek drainage.
- Adam Petrone worked with David Richard, professor of biology, studying the role of Chico and Dynamin interactions in vitellogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster.
- Samantha Price, under the direction of Thomas Peeler, associate professor of biology, studied the role of beta-8 integrin in Schwann cell migration.
- Ian Quinlan studied under the direction of Ahmed Lachhab, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences. The title of their project was "Seismic Refraction Survey to Determine the Bedrock and Water Table within the Alluvial Aquifer in Montandon Marsh."
- Sam Silknetter worked with Jonathan Niles, assistant professor of biology, studying the assessment of wild-trout waters in Pennsylvania.
- Lauren Strella worked with Jennifer Elick, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences studying the mineralogy and chemistry of the Marcellus shale and it's influence on frack water.