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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.

2016 SOAR Students

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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

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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

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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  

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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  

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PAIGE HART ’17  

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

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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  

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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  

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GAUTAM KANAKMEDALA ‘17

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

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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  

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SWATHI KANAKAMEDALA '17

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

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JOSH LEVANO ’17

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

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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  

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AUSTIN MATES '18

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

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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

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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

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RAYMOND MORALES ’17

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

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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  

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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

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MICHELLE POMPOSELLO '18

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

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MEEGHAN ROSSI '17

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

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KAYLI SILIMPERI ’17

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

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VISHU SOLANKI '17

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

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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

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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    

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DEVON VUKOVICH ’17

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

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MICHAELA WILSON '17

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

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