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Summer Research Poster Session 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, the student participants of Wellesley’s Summer Research Program presented their research to faculty, friends, and the community with presentation posters in the Science Center Library. This week marks the final week of the program.

The Summer Research Program provides the opportunity for Wellesley students to work fully-funded in on-campus labs on a variety of projects. Students apply in February; if accepted, they receive a housing and transportation allowance, a summer stipend, and the chance to get hands-on experience in scientific and social science research. Projects range in discipline from Africana studies to mathematics to women's and gender studies; the research produced during the summer often contributes to students’ senior theses and leads to published articles and professional conference presentations.

More than 100 posters shared the findings of the students' research, on topics like "Culture of Cancer in Turkey" by Gul Ayhan '16; "Effects of Developmental Pollen Stress on Foraging by Honey Bee Adults" by Anita M. Yau '17, Amina Ziad '17, and Anne Shen '17; "3D Computer Graphics on the Web" by Stephanie Contreras Moran '16 and Kelsey M. Reiman '15; or "The Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Attention" by Jessica Kelemen '16 and Nour Azzouz '15, to name a few at random.

Experiences like these prove enormously helpful to students as they progress in their careers. In 2013, the NSF ranked Wellesley as the number one liberal arts institution for producing women earning Ph.D.s in science and engineering.

This summer, 122 Wellesley students participated in the program. They were joined by one student from Olin College of Engineering, one from Bowdoin College, two from the University of Washington, eight students from nearby Framingham High School, and 16 Upward Bound participants. In addition to working on the research, each high school student was paired with a Wellesley student mentor.

Wellesley in the News

Campus News

  • potted plants

    Preparation for next month's arrival of new students on campus is in full swing. New students are invited to visit the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses during orientation and select a houseplant of their own.

    July 30, 2014
  • Burns and 5 students in green shirts hold excavation tools

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies Bryan Burns is a co-director of an organization leading fieldwork in an area of Greece believed to be one of the earliest inhabited regions in ancient times. Three Wellesley students and two alums joined Burns at the dig this summer.

    July 25, 2014
  • Helena McMonagle with headlamp

    A Wellesley Center for Work and Service Global Engagement Internship with Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust in Puerto Rico energizes and inspires this biological sciences major.

    July 22, 2014





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