Maddie Pawlak '26 and Victoria (Pip) Pipinich '25 studied with Ray Dudek, professor of chemistry.

Featured Research Project: From Fringe Trees To Chocolate

Student-faculty research opportunities abound throughout each school year and beyond. Maddie Pawlak '26 and Victoria (Pip) Pipinich '25 studied with Ray Dudek, professor of chemistry.


Investigating Antibacterial Agents

Paige Rudolf '25 and Andy Dozal '26 studied under the direction of Daniel Marous, 化学副教授. Both are chemistry majors and worked on investigating antibacterial agents.


Derek Stinefield ’25 and Alex Callahan ’25 studied with Stephanie Eveland Parrot, 化学助理教授, to investigate the effects of heavy metal substitution in the gemstone corundum. “Our research used 开放-source software called Quantum Espresso to investigate the role of post transition metals in the stability and structure of metal-doped Corundum-type minerals,伊芙兰·鹦鹉说.

Research Project: From Fringe Trees To Chocolate

Maddie Pawlak '26 and Victoria (Pip) Pipinich '25 studied with Ray Dudek, professor of chemistry. The two of them measured the seasonal production of oleuropein (an insecticide) in fringe trees, and Pipinich measured the amount of lead and cadmium in dark chocolate as her summer project.

哲学 & 心理学

Guille del Rio Gonzalez '24 recently worked with Kelley Annesley, 哲学助理教授, on a research project that touches two academic subject areas. Del Rio Gonzalez and Kelley Annesley conducted research that works at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, a place where the student has been exploring questions about the relationship between empirical studies of character and virtue and the ethical concept of virtue.


Grace Carter '24 studied with Justin Houseknecht, 化学系教授兼系主任, measuring the effectiveness of a workshop facilitating the teaching of organic chemistry.


McKenna Boling '24 recently studied with Travis Proctor, 宗教助理教授, 在联合出版物上. “McKenna wrote a short research essay on the 'Watchers,' a group of fallen angels featured as part of ancient Jewish and Christian mythologies that, 等待同行评审, will be published on Bible Odyssey (, a public-facing collection of scholarly essays on the Bible run by the Society of 圣经文学, the leading professional organization for scholarship on the Bible,普罗克特说.

Featured Research Project: Examining tRNA

William Westermeyer ’26 collaborated with Kunal Chatterjee, 生物学助理教授, on a special class of biomolecule called tRNA. “tRNA are required by cells to make proteins. William is trying to learn what happens when tRNA are not properly made – are they repaired and/or destroyed? He is also trying to discover the proteins that participate in this tRNA quality control mechanism,查特吉说.

Featured Research Project: Urban Heat Island Effect

Deza Frega ’24 partnered with Stacy Porter, assistant professor of environmental science, this summer to quantify the urban heat island effect in Wittenberg’s hometown of Springfield and determine its possible influence on precipitation.

Featured Research Project: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Hannah Marcin '24 conducted research with Michelle McWhorter, associate professor of biological and environmental sciences, to study obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The research is a continuation of the work previously begun by two students with McWhorter.

Featured Research Project: Spotted Turtles

生物学专业的Lily Bonar, 24岁, 尼尔·博伊尔斯26岁, and Tori Hinkle ‘24 all researched spotted turtles in southwestern Ohio this summer under the direction of Associate Professor of Biology Richard Phillips. Phillips has let Bonar, Boyles, and Hinkle run the show. The trio trapped, analyzed data, and tracked the turtles.

Featured Research Project: Impacts on Dandelion Growth

Sarah Fitterer ’25 collaborated with Matt Collier, 生物学教授, 系主任, and the 2023 recipient of the University’s top faculty prize, the 校友 Association Award for Distinguished Teaching, to study the impacts of soil iron and manganese exposure on North American dandelion growth.