Month-Long Research

Get a feel for what it's like to work on real research with a college professor, earn college credit and build important research skills that will put you ahead of your peers. You'll spend a month on campus, living in residence halls where you'll get a taste of college life.

Research Experience

Under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor, students will have the opportunity to be part of a small research group investigating a question in a particular field of science. This course will introduce students to the scientific literature and encourage them to think scientifically. It will also engage them in scientific inquiry so that they can discover information about the topic not previously known. Topics will vary and are posted on the College's website as part of the application process. Limited positions are available in each topic area.

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2020 Summer Academy Research Descriptions

Political risk for businesses in the Middle East and North Africa
Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef, Public Affairs

This is an interdisciplinary project involving scholars from the fields of International Relations, Political Science, International Business, Finance, and Comparative Politics. The student team will participate in coding interviews conducted with managers in Turkey and Tunisia. In this process, the students will learn about the political activities of firms and about working with data in the social sciences. The coding process is essential to the project and the research assistants’ contributions will be acknowledged in subsequent publications.

Developmental Biology in Zebrafish
Dr. Chris Lassiter, Biology

My lab studies how a single cell becomes a functioning animal through the process of embryogenesis. In particular we study how the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, affect embryonic development. Some projects study the absence of these hormones while others look at endocrine disrupting compounds from the environment and their effect on embryonic development. Recent projects have investigated the developing heart and jaw after embryos were exposed to environmental endocrine disruptors.