Using Math to Combat Pests in Agriculture

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Cara Sulyok 2015 didn’t love math as a middle school student. But one of her teachers saw Sulyok’s potential, applied innovative teaching techniques to spark her interest, and soon math was a passion. Now a rising senior, Sulyok wrestles with complex mathematical methods including, non-linear systems of differential equations, scramble competition approaches, sensitivity analysis, Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle, computer simulations, and optimal control theory (OCT). Read More»


Examining Water Quality in Ocean City Lagoons

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The lagoons of Ocean City, N.J., surround waterfront homes where families enjoy spending time in – and on – the water.  Summer fellow Michael Gasbarro is studying the man-made lagoons with a focus on water quality and bacterial levels. Read More»


Manatee Conservation

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If it’s possible for an animal to be both lumbering and graceful, it is the buoyant and endearing manatee. It’s the creature that captured the imagination of Summer Fellow Xy Serafy after an encounter at the beach with her family. Serafy, an Environmental Studies and Spanish dual major, will focus her research on the Antillean manatee, a subspecies that is working to survive in the coastal waters of Mexico. Read More»


A More Enriching Experience Through Art

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Tucked in a corner of campus in a white house on a leafy street are seven works of art that are not as visible as the art in the Berman Museum or as apparent as the outdoor sculpture dotting the campus. But Olivia Schultz’s Summer Fellows project will call attention to this small collection in the Hillel House. Read More»


Studying Alternative Methods to Pesticides

Jamie Faselt 2015 and Phoenixia Rene 2017

When Cory Straub, Associate Professor of Biology, walks out into the fields of rolling alfalfa he notices the smallest things. Footsteps cause certain insects to scatter, among them, the tiny and very destructive Potato Leafhopper. Read More»


Examining Pests on a Barley Farm

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Organic farming can produce an increase in species richness and in the abundance of predatory insects and weeds. But does a rise in biodiversity have an impact on pest control? Biology majors Cody Nagy and Mark Gapinski studied the impact of organic agricultural practices on insect pest control as part of their Summer Fellows research in Sweden Read More»


Composing an Original Symphony

David Nolan

For his Summer Fellows research, David Nolan composed an original Sonata Allegro movement of a Neo-Romantic symphony.  The piece is written for an array of instruments, he says, and features hints of atonality and non-diatonic music. Read More»


Gaining Valuable Software Development Experience

Summer Fellows working on Apps Project

Developing software systems is becoming standard fare in college computer science classes, but Ursinus College students have taken their classwork a step further: These undergraduates are working as a development, programming and entrepreneurial team to produce two new mobile phone apps. Read More»