Skip to main content
SOAR

SOAR Profile Archive

SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) is a Moravian College program which provides stipends, travel allowances, and research expenses to support students, in any discipline, who are engaged in scholarly or creative activity with faculty members. Since scholarship takes different forms in different disciplines, SOAR is designed to be as general and inclusive as possible.

 

Kyle holding a bug in a jar

KYLE FROEHLICH ‘19 AND DANIEL GERRITY '19

Project Title: Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Study the Exchange of Nutrients between Myrmecophytes and their Mutualistic Ants in an Amazon Rain Forest
Major/Minor: Environmental Science
Project Mentor: Dr. John Bevington 

Molly and Erika stand in front of a whiteboard

MOLLY LOKITIS '18 AND ERIKA SALUS '18

Project Title: Moravian College presents: Exploring Peace
Major/Minor: Political Science, Sociology Law and Society  
Project Mentor: Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug 

Johnathan works in a lab

JONATHAN NADRAWS '17

Project Title: Optimizing cyclization of LamD derivatives in preparation for bioassays of Lactobacillus plant arum
Major/Minor: Chemistry  
Project Mentor: Dr. Michael Bertucci

Michael works on a computer in the library.

MICHAEL BASSIL '19

Project Title: Realism, Anti-Realism, and the Representation Problem
Major/Minor: Biology major, Ethics minor
Project Mentor: Dr. Arash Naraghi

Catalina works with another student to fix a measurement instrument.

CATALINA PEREZ '18

Project Title: The Effects of Dams on River Water Quality
Major/Minor: Biology   
Project Mentor: Dr. Frank Kuserk

Lauren works at a computer with her faculty mentor.

LAUREN CARONIA ‘20

Project Title: Synthesis, Characterization, and DNA Binding of a Novel Rhodium Complex
Major/Minor: Neuroscience & Graphic Design Majors
Project Mentor: Dr. Stephen Dunham

Maria examines a painted turtle.

MARIA MANZ '18

Project Title: Painted Turtle Inter-pond Movement, and Nest Disturbances
Major/Minor: Environmental Science
Project Mentor: Dr. Frank Kuserk

Leanna puts liquid in a test tube.

LEANNA MARIE ALTENBURG ‘18

Project Title: Transient DNA Transformation of Drosophila melanogaster Embryos Through Electroporation
Major/Minor: Biochemistry
Project Mentor: Dr. Christopher Jones

Jessica works with two elementary school kids.

JESSICA HERGENROTHER '18

Project Title: Multisensory Phonics Intervention for Students At-Risk for Reading Development
Major/Minor: Sociology with certification in early childhood education (PreK-4th grade)
Project Mentor:  Dr. Jean DesJardin

Betty Jo works with a tourist in Oregon

BETTYJO LABARE ’20

Project Title: Tourism and Poverty: The Effects of Rural Tourism on Homeless and Impoverished Communities on The Oregon Coast
Major/Minor: Major; Sociology, Minor; Mathematics
Project Mentor: Dr. Akbar Keshodkar

Makkah writes on a whiteboard.

MAKKAH DAVIS ‘18

Project Title: Analyzing Partisan Combinatorial Games
Major/Minor: Mathematics and Secondary Education
Project Mentor: Dr. Nate Shank

Joseph Hall

JOSEPH HALL ‘19

Project Title: Choral Village
Major/Minor: Music Education
Project Mentor: Dr. Joy Hirokawa

Brielle Popolla

BRIELLE POPOLLA '19

Project Title: History of the Deputy Center
Major/Minor: History (major) and Museum Studies (minor)
Project Mentor: Dr. Bardsley and Dr. Paxton

Beth Davies and Aaron Hudson

BETH DAVIES AND AARON HUDSON ‘18

Project Title: Assessing and intervening in health-harming legal needs in the Lehigh Valley
Major/Minor: Health Science on the OT track/ Public Health
Project Mentor: Dr. James Teufel 

Richard Buffone and Josh Toth

RICHARD BUFFONE & JOSH TOTH ’18

Project Title: The Delaware River Watershed Initiative: Macroinvertebrate and Fish Community Assessment in the Upper Lehigh River Watershed
Project Mentor: Dr. Frank Kuserk

Crystal Collins

CRYSTAL COLLINS ‘17

Project Title: Antibiotic Tolerance: Distinguishing between Classical Resistance and Persistence in a Macrophage Infection Model 
Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry
Project Mentor: Dr. Kara Mosovsky

Brandon Dimick

BRANDON DIMICK ’17

Project Title: The Effects of a Temperature-Sensitive Mutation on Bang-Sensitive Mutants in Drosophila melanogaster
Major/Minor: Biology  
Project Mentor: Dr. Christopher Jones  

Shelby Does

SHELBY DOES ’17

Project Title: Turtle Population Dynamics in Three Ponds at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Major/Minor: Environmental Science 
Project Mentor: Dr. Frank Kuserk  

Paige Hart

PAIGE HART ’17  

Project Title: Recapitulating Immuno-Antimicrobial Synergy against Escherichia coli infections
Major/Minor: Biology   
Project Mentor: Dr. Kara Mosovsky

Bryan Harvey

BRYAN HARVEY '19

Project Title: An Algebraic Investigation of Bandaged and Constrained Rubik’s Cubes
Major/Minor: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics 
Project Mentor:  Dr. Kevin Hartshorn  

Chris Hassay

CHRIS HASSAY ’17

Project Title: Laying the Groundwork for a Writing-Enriched Curriculum at Moravian College
Major/Minor: English major with a minor in Business Management
Project Mentor: Dr. Fodrey  

Gautam Kanakmedala

GAUTAM KANAKMEDALA ‘17

Project Title: Intergenic Effects of Bang-sensitive Mutations in Drosophila melanogaster
Major/Minor: Biochemistry
Project Mentor: Dr. Christopher Jones

Loukya Kanakamedala

LOUKYA KANAKAMEDALA ’17

Project Title: The Neuroprotective Effects of Curcumin in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Major/Minor: Neuroscience-Cellular   
Project Mentor:  Dr. Cecilia Fox  

Swathi Kanakamedala

SWATHI KANAKAMEDALA '17

Project Title: DNA Cross-linking by Antitumor Active Rhodium Compounds
Major/Minor: Biochemistry/Pre-med
Project Mentor: Dr. Shari Dunham

Josh Levano

JOSH LEVANO ’17

Project Title: 'Extreme Kinesis: A Comparative Study of Prey Handling in Snakes'
Major/Minor: Biology and Management 
Project Mentor:  Dr. Irish  

Jessica Lynch

JESSICA LYNCH ’17

Project Title: Establishing preliminary relationships between peptide structure and quorum sensing activity in Bacillus cereus
Major/Minor: Biochemistry  
Project Mentor: Dr. Bertucci  

Austin Mates

AUSTIN MATES '18

Project Title: Synthesis of Rhodium-DNA Model Complexes
Major/Minor: Biochemistry
Project Mentor: Dr. Stephen Dunham

Amanda Miller

AMANDA MILLER '17

Project Title: Polyproline folding: the effect of chain length and interactions
Major/Minor: Biochemistry and Business Management with a track in Organizational Leadership 
Project Mentor: Dr. Alison Holliday

Emily Miller

EMILY MILLER '17

Project Title: Friendship, Victimization, and Peer Interactions in School-aged Children
Major/Minor: Psychology and Environmental Science
Project Mentor: Dr. Michelle Schmidt

Raymond Morales

RAYMOND MORALES ’17

Project Title: Extreme Kinesis: A Comparative Study of Prey Handling in Snakes
Major/Minor: Biology  
Project Mentor: Dr. Irish  

Nathan Nocchi

NATHAN NOCCHI ’17

Project Title: The Nature of Free Will in Light of Contemporary Neuroscience
Major/Minor: Philosophy and Religion
Project Mentor: Dr. Arash Naraghi  

Matthew Obsazrny

MATTHEW OBSZARNEY '17

Project Title: Moravian Music: Creating Performance Editions of Anthems and Choral Works
Major/Minor: Music Education & Music Performance
Project Mentor(s): Dr. Hilde Binford and Gwyn Michel

Michelle Pompsello

MICHELLE POMPOSELLO '18

Project Title: How Do Sand Boas Capture Prey They Cannot See
Major/Minor: Biology 
Project Mentor: Dr. Irish  

Meeghan Rossi

MEEGHAN ROSSI '17

Project Title: Glycoalkaloids and False Potato Beetle Eggs
Major/Minor: Chemistry/Psychology
Project Mentor: Dr. Alison Holliday

Kayli Silimperi

KAYLI SILIMPERI ’17

Project Title: Effect of Bang-sensitive Mutations on Memory in Drosophila melanogaster
Major/Minor: Biochemistry 
Project Mentor: Dr. Christopher Jones

Vishu Solanki

VISHU SOLANKI '17

Project Title: India’s Black Economy: Origins, Obstacles & Opportunities
Major/Minor: ­Economics(Major), Sociology (Minor)
Project Mentor: Dr. James P. West

Jordan Sweeney

JORDAN SWEENEY '17

Project Title: The Role of Physical Activity in the Overall College Experience: How students and athletic directors perceive the challenges and benefits of staying physically active while in college
Major/Minor: ­Sociology
Project Mentor: Dr. Virginia Adams O’Connell

Erin Tiwold

ERIN TIWOLD ’16

Project Title: Manipulating Signal Hydrophobicity to Alter Quorum Sensing in Streptococcus Pneumoniae
Major/Minor: Biochemistry and Mathematics 
Project Mentor:  Dr. Michael Bertucci    

Devon Vukovich

DEVON VUKOVICH ’17

Project Title: Edge and Vertex Failure Games on Graphs
Major/Minor: Mathematics 
Project Mentor: Dr. Nathan Shank  

Micaela Wilson

MICHAELA WILSON '17

Project Title: Stereotype Analysis of Alternative Medicine Practices
Major/Minor: Psychology
Project Mentor: Dr. Sarah Johnson

Victoria Alupke

VICTORIA ALUPKE '17

Project Title: Teams, Tones, and Tensions
Project Mentor(s): Dr. Debra Wetcher-Hendricks and Dean Christopher Hunt

Shannon Bensetler

SHANNON BENSETLER '15

Project Title: The Impact of Land Preservation on Water Quality in the Lehigh River Watershed
Project Mentor: Dr. Frank Kuserk

William Christman

WILLIAM CHRISTMAN '16

Project Title: Honor and Masculinity: The Experiences of German Soldiers during the First World War and the Emergence of Right-Wing Radicalism, 1914-1923
Project Mentor: Dr. Heikki Lempa

David Gaspar

DAVID GASPER '16

Project Title: The American Civil War and the Lehigh Valley: A study and analysis of Primary Sources
Project Mentor: Dr. James Paxton

Adam Ghoweri

ADAM GHOWERI '15

Project Title: Intranasal Administration of DNSP-11 in a Chronic 6-
Project Mentor: Dr. Cecilia M. Fox

Dylan Grub

DYLAN GRUBB '16

Project Title: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Project Mentor(s): Dr. Daniel Jasper and Dr. Kelly Denton Borhaug

Colleen Hait

COLLEEN HAIT '15

Project Title: Sculpting in Our Community: Working Three-Dimensionally with Elementary School Children
Project Mentor: Dr. Kristin Baxter

Huy Quoc Huynh

HUY QUOC HUYNH '15

Project Title: The Economic Development of Vietnam from International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Perspective.
Project Mentor: Dr. James P. West

Caitlin Hayland

CAITLIN HYLAND '15

Project Title: Creating a Model for the Neurological Disease PCCA 2, in Drosophila melanogaster
Project Mentor: Dr. Christopher Jones

Abby Jeffries

ABBY JEFFRIES '17

Project Title: Sculpting Peace in Our Community: Working Three-Dimensionally with Elementary School Children Through a Summer Art Camp Curriculum
Project Mentor: Dr. Kristin Baxter

Alejandra Kaplan

ALEJANDRA KAPLAN '16

Project Title: The Impact of Land Preservation on Water Quality in the Lehigh River Watershed
Project Mentor: Dr. Frank Kuserk

Colton Krial

COLTON KRIAL '15

Project Title: The Politics of Place and the Freeing of Political Discussion: The Scarcity of Public Space and the Searching for Political Discourse in Bethlehem, PA
Project Mentor: Dr. Khristina Haddad

Elizabeth Mack

ELIZABETH MACK '15

Project Title: Kinematics of Prey Capture and Swallowing in Sand Boas: Balancing Conflicting Functional Demands
Project Mentor: Dr. Frances Irish

Michael McAndrew

MICHAEL MCANDREW '14

Project Title: Creating a complete edition of Hasse’s La Spartana Generosa
Project Mentor(s): Dr. Hilde Binford, assisted by Mr. David Boothoyd

Laura McBride

LAURA MCBRIDE '16

Project Title: Creation of an Annotated Bibliography of the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania as a Tool for Developing Conservation and Research Priorities
Project Mentor: Dr. Diane Husic

Christopher Ossont

CHRISTOPHER OSSONT '15

Project Title: The Role of Action Research in Reclaiming Teachers' Professional Lives in an Era of International Accountability
Project Mentor: Dr. Joe Shosh

Kayla Poole

KAYLA POOLE '14

Project Title: Executive Function in Relation to Reading Outcomes in School Age Students
Project Mentor: Dr. Jean Desjardin

Kerry Reider

KERRY REIDER '16

Project Title: Kittatinny Ridge ecological monitoring project
Project Mentor: Dr. Diane Husic

Brianne Schoolcraft

BRIANNE SCHOOLCRAFT '15

Project Title: The Role of Action Research in Reclaiming Teachers’ Professional Lives in an Era of International Accountability
Project Mentor: Dr. Joe Shosh

Ghazal Stity

GHAZAL STITY '15

Project Title: Characterization of a novel bang-sensitive in Drosophila melanogaster
Project Mentor: Dr. Christopher Jones

Leah Triber

LEAH TRIBER '15

Project Title: The Politics of Place and the Freeing of Political Discussion: The Scarcity of Public Space and the Searching for Political Discourse in Bethlehem, PA
Project Mentor: Dr. Khristina Haddad