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Summer Collaborative Research

Over the past decade, Skidmore College has sponsored a summer collaborative research program. This program has been sponsored by various private donors and the school itself. In this program, student-faculty teams design and implement a ten-week, full-time research project (usually running from late May to late July/early August). This intensive research project allows student and faculty to thoroughly delve into field and laboratory research. During the tenure of this program, students are provided with free room and board and a stipend of $1550. Research teams occasionally meet during the summer to discuss the status of their projects. Often the results of this program lead to publications and presentations.

The Summer Collaborative Research program is competitive. Applications for this program are available through the Dean of Faculty's Office and the Biology Department chairperson. They are usually due in mid-February. So be sure to investigate possible summer research projects with potential faculty mentors well before the application deadline.


2017 Summer Presentations Students & Research Titles

Sophia Moritz '18; Hannah Knoll '18; Brittany Newsome '19; Sarah Wilensky '18; Ryan Toma '18; Justin Jones '16; Abby Bryant '14; and Arianna Laszlo '14. Bernie Possidente, Professor, Biology Department and Lucy Spardy, Assistant Professor, Math Department                                           

Analyzing Social Circadian Activity Rhythms in Groups of 100 Drosophila Melanogaster  
 Sarah Wilensky

Sarah Wilensky '18; Hannah Knaul '18; Brittany Newsome '19; Sophia Moritz '18.  Bernie Possidente, Professor, Biology Department

Drug Interactinos Between Lithium and Caffeine: A Model For Biopolar Disorder 

 Hanah Knaul

Hannah Knaul '18; Brittany Newsome '19; Sarah Wilensky '18; Sophia Moritz '18; Christianel Gil '10; Ricardo Merlin '20. Bernie Possidente, Professor, Biology Department

Interactive Effects of Lithium and Alcohol on Fruit Fly Circadian Activity Rhythms: Testing A Model For Drug Interactions in Bipolar Disorder 

 Sarah Wilensky

Sarah Wilensky '18; Brittany Newsome '19; Hannah Knaul '18; Ricardo Merlin '20; Christianel Gil '20.
Bernie Possidente, Professor, Biology Department and Sarita Lagalwar, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Program 

Does Spinocereballar Ataxia Type I in Mice Alter Circadian Clock Function?