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Martin Science Research Institute

The Dr. John W. Martin Summer Science Research Institute offers up to $5,000 for each student-faculty team to fund supervised undergraduate summer research in the natural sciences. See the application form for additional details.

In 2013, three student–faculty teams were awarded a research grant:

  • Ashley Hartman, supervised by Dr. Tracy Deem (Biology): “The immune response to psoriasis: an investigation into the role of dendritic cells in autoimmunity”
  • Christina Teter, supervised by Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger (Biology): “DNA barcoding as a tool for identifying the prey in the feces of Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis)
  • Christian Lynn, supervised by Dr. Philip Spickler (Physics): “Developing analysis software for O2 photoacoustic spectrometry.” (partial funding)

Dr. John W. Martin Jr., who taught in the chemistry department from 1961 until his retirement in 1985, was one of Bridgewater College's most beloved professors. Dr. Martin was born in Hagerstown, Md., and graduated cum laude from BC in 1944. He earned his B.S. in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1949 and his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1952.  In 1961 he joined the faculty at BC as professor of chemistry. He also was department chair. Just two years after he retired – on Aug. 1, 1987 – Dr. Martin passed away shortly after undergoing heart surgery.

Dr. Martin left a broad legacy at Bridgewater and beyond. In addition to serving on many committees at the College, including then-President Wayne F. Geisert's Council on Administration, Dr. Martin worked tirelessly to encourage students to attend graduate schools in science and medicine. He also directed the National Science Foundation's summer programs for top high-school scholars.

Outside of Bridgewater, Dr. Martin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship grant to lecture at the University of Assiut in Egypt for the 1965-66 academic year, and in 1970-71 he did post-doctoral work at the University of London. In 1986, following his retirement from Bridgewater, Dr. Martin took the post of director of the Brethren Colleges Abroad program in Cheltenham, England.

The Dr. John W. Martin Summer Science Research Institute has been established to honor his memory, expertise as a teacher and exceptional caring and mentoring for students. To help expand these important research opportunities for Bridgewater College students, please support the Dr. John W. Martin Summer Science Research Institute by clicking the button below and making an online gift.