Bridgewater College Announces Summer Research Awards Recipients

May 21, 2015

More than $55,000 in funding for faculty-student summer research projects has been awarded to 14 Bridgewater College students who will live and work at the college throughout the summer.

Funding was provided by the Dr. John Martin Summer Science Research Institute, The Research Experience @Bridgewater and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC). The awards, plus free housing on campus for the summer, enable students to devote their summers to research and exploration on a wide variety of projects.

“These students have worked hard to develop compelling, competitive proposals,” said Jada E. Blinn, who administers the college’s summer research program. “Now they have the chance to work one-on-one with a faculty member who is an expert in the field, and the students can take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to a new problem or question. We are delighted to be able to offer opportunities like this to so many students.”

The Dr. John Martin Summer Science Research Institute is named for one of Bridgewater’s most beloved professors, who taught in the chemistry department from 1961 until his retirement in 1985.

The Research Experience @Bridgewater is a donor-funded initiative providing support for teams of Bridgewater faculty and undergraduate students to spend the summer in collaborative research and creative, scholarly work in any discipline.

The VFIC awards student stipends for supervised undergraduate summer research projects in the sciences.

The Dr. John W. Martin Summer Science Research Institute fully funded the following projects:

Research Experience @Bridgewater awards were made for the following projects:

The VFIC made awards to the following projects, which were supplemented with funding from the Martin Institute or The Research Experience @Bridgewater:

    Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate students.