Students’ summer science research honored and displayed

katie stutz with poster

Student Katie Stutz with poster

Students’ summer science research honored and displayed

Throughout the summer, 27 science students were given the unique opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty members at the University of Redlands.

Recently, the accomplishments of these undergraduates were celebrated and displayed.

Their summer projects ranged from tracking otters on the rivers and lakes of British Columbia to hands-on work with cell samples for Type 1 diabetes research, and observations in astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communicative disorders, computer science and health science.

One project used motion sensors to interact with a computer, in which users make hand gestures in front of sensors placed on four corners of a monitor and are able to manipulate images they see on screen.

Hady Wahby ’11, who worked with mice to determine the effect of environment on autism, called the summer experience a “once in a lifetime opportunity. When you’re going into science, research is integral.”

The projects, which are directly relevant to research being done by the faculty members with whom students worked, represent both academic credit and groundbreaking data.

President James R. Appleton was on hand to admire the projects and noted “some of the work from the summer is more representative of work done by masters’ students.”

The projects are also useful for the students in their conceptualization of science. “The students get to see how the things they did in class relate to the actual doing. It’s not from a textbook,” said professor Ben Aronson of the Biology Department. “This is what science is.”

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