Fall 2015 marked the fourth year of our Science Horizons program and the beginning of a science adventure for our 2015-16 students. Our fourth group of freshman included 4 men and 16 woman, and through lunch meetings and discussions they got to know each other and about research in the sciences. During interim 2016, all our scholars participated in research, doing either group projects or working with junior and senior biology students. Students stayed in the dorms and were paid for the three weeks of research. The students and their mentors also had lunches together on Fridays. During the spring semester they continued to meet for lunch and met with alumni who were on campus to give a presentation. The Science Horizons students attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences meeting in April. Seventeen of our Science Horizons students were coauthors on research posters of their interim research. All of the Biology students attending took a bus to Delaware Valley University, where the meeting was held, attended talks and poster sessions and had a great weekend together. Pictures of the students are below.
Five students from the 2015-16 cohort are continuing with interdisciplinary research projects at Lafayette this summer while others students are working at home or have other research opportunities. All of the 2015-16 students hope to meet periodically in a social context to keep in touch and continue the adventure together.
Science Horizon 2015-16 students: Alexander Bae, Adam Bothwell, Jacquelyn A. Cobb, Luisa Filpo, Stephan Geneus, Nicholas R Grams, Blossom J Jiang, Kwanho C. Ki, Morgan S Levy, Megan A Mauriello, Meagan M McGurl, Erin M Murray, Laura Polanco, Leslie D Seitz, Lauren N Steinitz, Xaviera Thomas, Nicole E. Wamser, Yilin Wang, Julie Wadja, Ashley Zamichieli.
Faculty mentors: Megan Rothenberger and Robert Kurt
Peer mentors: Ashley St. John and William Hunter Greis