Summer 2015 Student Research Projects
Brandon Moretti - Biology
"My project, a continuation of research started by past Albion College students, involves testing the efficacy and the possible mechanisms by which vanadium complexes inhibit cell growth and induce cell death in colon cancer and breast cancer cells."
Danielle Nelson - Ford Institute
"I’m creating a user-friendly guide for local municipalities to complete their sections of the Great Lake-to-Lake and the Iron Belle trails.”
Melanie Fodera - English
"My project was going over my years of personal journals about my life with my autistic brother and turning them into a novel-length work. During this project, I was able to work on my editing, interviewing, and writing skills."
Kevin Claucherty - Physics
"To reduce the size and cost of PET machines (cancer and tumor scanner machines), we are attempting to replace the metal shields that protect the detectors of these machines with a thin layer of metal coated directly onto the detectors. Since the detectors are made of glass, the best way to do this is through vapor deposition, which is accomplished by evaporating metal inside of a vacuum chamber while under vacuum. Since I want to become an engineer, the problem solving, laboratory work, and experimental research work I am doing here will give me valuable experience for my future in this career field."
Audrey DeGroot - Photography
"My FURSCA project involved an overview of Albion's history, learning the use of a large format film camera, and familiarizing myself with a professional lighting studio, all of which led up to creating glass plate collodion negatives, a process invented in the mid 1840s. Mastering this process allows to me focus my photography major, creating a niche for myself in the photographic world, as well as providing the basis for a senior thesis."
Lauren Rasmussen - Biology
"Growing up in Ann Arbor, an ecologically-minded community, has conditioned me to focus on the preservation of a healthy environment and I would like to help continue finding useful information to protect it."
Jessica McKindles - Psychology
“My project examines why family cohesiveness is related to prejudice toward others seeking counseling. Specifically, I found that locus of control and self-stigma are two reasons why family cohesiveness predicts prejudice toward others seeking counseling.
“The research I have done this summer has given me a strong basis to start building my thesis. FURSCA has been extremely beneficial in giving me extensive research experience that will help me immensely in graduate school. I now feel more confident about achieving my academic goals.”
Alex Kuligowski - Economics and Management
"Through FURSCA, I was able to continue a cross-course research project on the Albion Makerspace in a one-on-one setting, with a mentor that had my professional development and best interest in mind. Together, in Albion, we were able to assess community need, identify community partners and potential programming to fill that need, and construct methods to gather data that will be useful for funding strategies in the near future."
Emily Ebaugh - Geology and Paleontology
"For my FURSCA project, I am preparing and describing fossil turtles of the Family Dermatemydidae from the Eocene of Wyoming, a group that has been around since the late Cretaceous. My main objective is to determine how many dermatemydid species were present in North America during the Eocene. As a geology major and paleontology minor, this research will provide me with experience that will be beneficial for my future career path."
Alena Farooq - Ford Institute
Albion is a small town, but visiting each city park twice a day is no small task. "There are 17 city parks, which per capita might be the most in the United States,” says Alena Farooq, '18, who found herself charmed by a lot of Albion while completing a summer public policy research project on the city’s recreation plan. Read the full story
Taylor Shell - Art
"I explored sculptural forms based on my own personal vulnerability. Through this exploration I was able to hone in on my artistic signature for future works and opportunities."
"This project, An Examination of Relationship Development Using Tinder, explores the motivations for using the mobile dating app, Tinder, and the communication strategies employed while using it. It expanded my understanding of the Communication Studies field which will benefit me in graduate school."