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DON’T JUST FLY. SOAR.

We don’t put our professors on pedestals, we put them with students. SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) provides stipends and support for students in any major who is engaged in scholarly research or creative activity with a faculty member. And since the idea of “scholarship” can take on a seemingly-infinite number of forms, this faculty-student research pairing program is designed to be as inclusive as possible. Check out last summer’s SOAR projects, and click here to visit the official SOAR website to find out how researching alongside a faculty can help your education really take off.

2018 SOAR Students

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CHRISTOPHER SORICH '19

Project Title: Monitoring of Prescribed Burn Areas at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Major: Biology
Project Advisor: Dr. Diane Husic

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IRENE BONETTI '19

Project Title: Understanding the Role of Phosphorylation in Tumor-Suppressive Function of Gap Junctions
Major/Minor: Biochemistry, pre-medicine
Project Advisor: Dr. Anastasia Thévenin

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MICHAEL GALLO '19

Project Title: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Health
Major/Minor: Biochemistry, public health
Project Advisor: Dr. James Teufel

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CORINNE PHILBIN '20

Project Title: Flavor of Bethlehem: A Celebration of People and Food
Major/Minor: English, theater
Project Advisor: Christopher Shorr

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AUSTIN GRACE '19

Project Title: A Diversity Assessment of Arachnids at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Major/Minor: Environmental science, sociology (law and society track)
Project Advisor: Dr. Daniel Proud

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ALAYNA KOCH '19

Project Title: Microbiome Analysis of Soil from Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site
Major: Interdepartmental major in biology and management
Project Advisor: Dr. Kara Mosovsky

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KATIE BOYLE '19

Project Title: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Growth of Callinectus sapidus
Major: Environmental Science
Project Advisor: Dr. Josh Lord

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ROBERT SCHEIRER '20

Project Title: Effects of Seizure Susceptibility on a Complex Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster
Major/Minor: Biochemistry, philosophy
Project Advisor: Dr. Christopher Jones

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TEVO’N CAMPBELL '21 & EMMA ADAM '19

Project Title: Kinematic of Prey Handling in Arboreal Snakes
Major: Undeclared (Campbell); Chemistry, pre-veterinary track (Adam) 
Project Advisor: Dr. Frances Irish

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MADISON PURSELL '19

Project Title: Drug Analysis of Wastewater Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Major/Minor: Chemistry, biology
Project Advisor: Dr. Alison Holliday

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NOAH REISS '20 & ADRIANNA MANTZ '19

Project Title: How Nature Experiences Help Us Thrive
Major/Minor: Psychology (Reiss); Psychology, studio art (Mantz)
Project Advisor: Dr. Dietlinde Heilmayr

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ELLYCE NIEVES '19

Project Title: The Underrepresentation of Teachers of Color: Using Narrative Inquiry to Address the Imagination Gap
Major: English, secondary education certification
Project Advisor: Dr. Tristan Gleason

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ERIKA SALUS '19 & JILLIAN MCLUHAN '20

Project Title: Shadows Searching for Light: The Learning Experience of Being a Studio Assistant for Three Large-Scale Projects
Major/Minor: Studio art, Peace and Justice studies (Salus); Studio art (McLuhan)
Project Advisor: Angela Fraleigh

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ADRIANA FACCHIANO '19

Project Title: The Neuroprotective Effect of Curcumin in the Striatal 6-Hydroxydopamine Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Major: Neuroscience, Cellular Neurobiology track
Project Advisor: Dr. Cecilia Fox

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GABRIELLE STANLEY '21

Project Title: Toward Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation of the Teaching of Writing in Local High Schools
Major: English
Project Advisor: Dr. Crystal N. Fodrey

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ANDREW BAINBRIDGE '19

Project Title: Synthesis of an Anti-Tumor Rhodium Compound
Major/Minor: Biochemistry, French
Project Advisor: Dr. Stephen Dunham

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MILES LIZAK '18

Project Title: DNA Binding Rates and Cytotoxicity of Rhodium Compounds
Major: Biochemistry
Project Advisors: Dr. Shari Dunham and Dr. Anastasia Thévenin

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GABRIELLA NASTA '19

Project Title: Responsive Shared Book Reading and Early Literacy Skills in Four Year Olds: A Summer Reading Experience
Major: Psychology and Early Childhood Education Certification
Project Advisor: Dr. Jean DesJardin

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JULIA DEMARCO '19

Project Title: Individual and Peer Feedback Systems: Exploring the Effect of Recipient’s Personal Purpose Statements
Major: Health Science
Project Advisor: Dr. Robert Brill

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LAUREN STEINERT '20

Project Title: Exploring the Influence of Australian Politics, Environment, and History on Aboriginal Music and Storytelling
Major: Vocal Performance
Project Advisors: Dr. Hilde Binford and Ms. Suzanne Kompass

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KYLIE CHICHURA '19

Project Title: The Effects of Multiple Amino Acid Mutations of a Key Quorum Sensing Peptide, CSP-1
Major/Minor: Chemistry, math
Project Advisor: Dr. Michael Bertucci

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NATHANIEL RHOADS '19

Project Title: Socio-Economic Analysis of Satellite Observations to Predict Cholera
Major/Minor: Economics, Theory and Policy track; minor in mathematics
Project Advisor: Dr. Sonia Aziz

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