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Explore the Sciences

Explore the Sciences

The summer research experience at Greenville College allows undergraduate students to gain a deeper understanding of key topics in their field. This summer, students used state-of-the-art equipment and stretched their problem solving skills to tackle projects like DNA sequencing and molecule synthesis.

"The summer program opened my eyes to a true research environment which is certainly essential for my future career in the medical field," said Ben Brown.

Ben worked with Mandy Nappa and Dr. Jake Plummer to synthesize a set of organic compounds that will be used in further research at Harvey Mudd College in California. Overall, seven students worked on five projects spanning a variety of disciplines. Two groups wrote articles describing their research and submitted the articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. Some will continue their research next summer.

"The faculty were able to devote significant time and effort to important and original research in their fields," said Dr. Eugene Dunkley, associate professor and chair of biology. Professors from Greenville College's biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics departments worked closely with students throughout the summer.

"My research project brought about more than just new information; I think I most enjoyed working for Dr. Iler. He put forth so much effort into my project, teaching information, modeling hard work, and demonstrating patience. He also made the research experience fun," said Amber Brown.

Watch as students present a summary of their findings for each project.


The Examination of a Mathematically Stiff System through the Numerical Analysis of a Classical Kinetic Model (FRAP)
Student Researcher - Amber Brown,  Faculty Mentors - Dr. Darrell Iler and Dr. George Peters


Discovering NMR and IR Spectroscopy in General Chemistry Curriculum
Student Researcher - David Justice,  Faculty Mentor - Dr. Darrell Iler


Target Molecule Synthesis
Student Researchers - Ben Brown and Mandy Nappa,  Faculty Mentor - Dr. Jake Plummer


Use of Wavelets in Computational Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics
Student Researcher - Brian Stratton,  Faculty Mentors - Dr. Richard Lombardini and Dr. George Peters


DNA Sequencing for Salmonella
Student Researchers - Stephen Swarm and Carisa Wilson,  Faculty Mentor - Dr. Eugene Dunkley

This story was published on August 16, 2011

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