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Partners in Discovery

Research

As a Bridgewater student, you can work closely with a faculty member to conduct cutting-edge research. And you don’t have to wait until you’re a junior or senior—you can get started almost immediately.

The easiest way to get started is to ask your professors if you can help with their research. Many of them have their own academic projects and labs at Bridgewater, and they’re always looking to add students. Research is often critical preparation for graduate school and a great way to apply what you’ve learned.

BC awards money every summer to faculty/student pairs working on collaborative research. You could be part of the next group of summer researchers!

Research for Academic Credit

To receive credit for research or independent projects at Bridgewater, you’ll need to follow the requirements and register for one of the following:

  • Internship (480)
  • Independent Study (490)
  • Independent Research (491)
  • Honors Project (500)

See the current academic catalog and talk to your advisor for more details.

The Research Experience @Bridgewater

The Research Experience @Bridgewater is a donor-funded initiative providing support for teams of BC faculty and undergraduate students to spend the summer in collaborative research and creative, scholarly work in any discipline. Faculty members invite undergraduates to participate as a collaborator in their summer scholarly work. Students are provided with a stipend and free housing on campus during the course of the research.

Interested in stream restoration and habitat contamination? How about combining laser Doppler vibrometry and mathematical models to identify individuals at a distance? Have you wondered whether addicts view the causes of their addictions differently than do healthcare providers?

Bridgewater faculty and students worked together to explore these important questions, and more. Think what you might discover. Start planning your project now!

See the application form (.pdf) for additional information.

2019 Recipients and Projects:

  • Lauren Buckhout (with Dr. Timothy Kreps), “Addressing Food Insecurity in Rockingham County with an Organic Garden and complementary Education Program”
  • Olivia Heeb-Wade (with Dr. Anna Leal), “The Effects of Prenatal Probiotics on Physical Endurance in Rats: Introduction of a Probiotic Supplement Early in Life”
  • Iyad Hmidat (with Dr. Bobbi Gentry), “Anti-BDS Legislation: What Motivates it on the State Level?”
  • Joan Lee (with Dr. Beth Lehman), “The Literary Canon and Other Forces Impacting Text Selection and Ideology in High School English from the 19th to 21st Century”
  • Robert Marenick (with Dr. Sam Hamilton), “Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach: The Creation and Implementation of Secondary Teacher Recognition Program at Bridgewater College”
  • Luke Morgan (with Dr. Bobbi Gentry), “The Relationship between Evangelical Christianity, Political Ideology, and Values”
  • Noah Robertson (with Dr. Kyle Kelleran), “The Effects of Physical Exercise on Salivary MicroRNA Levels”
  • Patrick David Sly (with Dr. Eric McGregor), “Using D3.js, an Online Textbook”
  • Angela Tolomei (with Dr. Scott Cole), “Brecht’ The Caucasian Chalk Circle: A Study in Translation and Adaptation”
  • Tyler H. Townsend (with Dr. Geraldine P. Suter), “Art Is and Remains a Rare Thing”: Alfred Döblin’ Drama through a Marxist Lens”

2018 Recipients and Projects:

  • M’Kala Blue (with Dr. Stephen Baron), “Cloning and Overexpression of the Plyhydroxyalkanoate Depolymerase Gene of Streptomyces sp5a in Escherichia coli
  • Briana Moore (with Dr. Chris James), “Mapping the Cathedral: Huysmans & Chartres”
  • Joshua Stein (with Dr. Martin Kalb), “A World at War: Through the Eyes of a Timberwolf”
  • Simon Sawyer (with Dr. Verne Leininger), “Midy Sequences in Powers of Integers in Various Bases”
  • Joshua Carpenter and Marc Lopez (with Dr. Kevin Pallister), “Regime and Militarization:  Does a state’s regime type affect its level of militarization?
  • Jazzmyn Proctor (with Dr. Sam Hamilton),“Metacognition and First-Year Writing”
  • Angela Tolomei (with Dr. Scott Cole), “Mike Daisey’s “Great Men of Genius””
  • Tori Smith (with Dr. Jennie Carr), “Student perceptions and preferences related to asynchronous online discussion forums and instructor feedback”
  • Danielle Warner (with Dr. Jenny Martin), “Digital Internships: Engagement with Western Expansion and 1920’s Radio broadcasts”
  • Kristen Lilly and Samantha Good (with Dr. Brian Kelley),“Comparison of Anxiety and Depression in Adolescent Mice Exposed to Hormonal Contraceptives”
  • Sydney McTigue (with Dr. Tim Kreps), “Addressing Food Insecurity in Rockingham County with an Organic Garden”
  • J. Elizabeth Liebl (with Dr. Stan Galloway), “The Small Scale Publication Process: an Exploration of Manuscript Creation and literary Anthology Publication”

Martin Science Research Institute

Through the Martin Science Research Institute, student and faculty teams receive up to $5,000 to conduct a summer research project in the natural sciences. A stipend and free housing on campus enables students to make their summer job one of research and exploration.

You never know what you might discover. You’ll be guided by faculty in an area they know well and have opportunities that go way beyond a typical class. Think what you might explore.

2019 Recipients and Projects:

  • Melissa Lempicki (with Dr. Stephen Baron), “Use of a Gene Library of Streptomyces sp. SFB5A to Restore Phenotypic Characteristics of a Bald Mutant”
  • Sarah McIntyre (with Dr. Moshe Khurgel), “A comparative study of regeneration blastema in vitro and in vivo
  • Rachel Zarin (with Dr. Jason Ybarra), “Improving Low Cost 3D Printed Prosthetics with Sensors”

2018 Recipients and Projects:

  • Laurel Marie Glover (with Dr. Tamara Johnstone-Yellin),“Effects of Landscape Heterogeneity and Forest Management on Digestibility of White Tailed Deer Diets”
  • Parker Cline (with Dr. Deva O’Neil), “Simulating In-fall Stages of Compact Object Mergers (i.e. Black Holes, Binary Neutron Stars)”
  • Sarah McIntyre (with Dr. Moshe Khurgel), “Proteomic Study of the Early Stages in Axolotl Limb Regeneration”
  • Jeremy Gingrich (with Dr. Jason Ybarra), “The Probability of Jet-Protostar Collisions”

Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship

The VFIC awards $2,000 for a supervised undergraduate summer research project in the sciences. Applications are typically due in March. Contact your advisor for additional information.

2019 Recipients and Projects:

  • Melissa Lempicki (with Dr. Stephen Baron), “Use of a Gene Library of Streptomyces sp. SFB5A to Restore Phenotypic Characteristics of a Bald Mutant”

2018 Recipients and Projects:

  • M’Kala Blue (with Dr. Stephen Baron), “Cloning and Overexpression of the Plyhydroxyalkanoate Depolymerase Gene of Streptomyces sp5a in Escherichia coli
  • Parker Cline (with Dr. Deva O’Neil), “Simulating In-fall Stages of Compact Object Mergers (i.e. Black Holes, Binary Neutron Stars)”

Southern Education Leadership Institute Fellowship

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is offering to fund 20 juniors, seniors, and graduate students from 42 private liberal arts colleges like Bridgewater, to participate in the Southern Education Leadership Institute. Awardees will work for eight weeks during June and July in a nonprofit organization concerned with equity and excellence in education. A stipend of $4,500 plus travel expenses will be paid, and Fellows will work on challenging research, education policy, and nonprofit program–related projects. Applications will be due in February, and additional information on application processes will be forthcoming. More information is available here.

Presentation and Publication

You might present your research at state and national conferences. Or publish your research as a paper in a prestigious publication. All as an undergraduate! Contact your department chair or academic advisor for opportunities in your field.

Faculty Research Opportunities

Find out more about the research opportunities for BC faculty.