Record Number of Students Offer research

Kirk Fetters, a triple major in biology, chemistry and kinesiology, explains his research in 2015

Kirk Fetters ’16, a triple major in biology, chemistry and kinesiology, explains his research in 2015

The 20th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium celebrates a record 41 research projects by a record 60 students on Thursday, April 21, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Winter Hall Atrium.

The event, which highlights the noteworthy work by students from the humanities, social sciences and the natural and behavioral sciences, is free and open to the public.

Students will present their findings on poster boards and be available to answer questions during the reception.

Megan Korff, a double major in chemistry and biology, presents her research in 2015

Megan Korff ’16, a double major in chemistry and biology, presents her research in 2015

One of the hallmarks of Westmont College’s academic program consists in the opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with faculty on research and scholarly projects. Westmont professors encourage students to experience the life of a scholar by engaging in research, often including students in their own work.

Many of the projects represent technical work in biology, chemistry, kinesiology, psychology, sociology, neuroscience and computer science.  This year’s projects include: “Who Would Jesus Date?” (economics and business), “Reduced Innate Immune Response in California Channel Island Reptiles” (biology), “Proximal Lower Quarter Kinematics During Sport Related Movements in Female Collegiate Soccer Players Who are at a Return to Play Status After ACL Reconstruction” (kinesiology) and “The Role of Tau Protein Oligomerization in Neurodegenerative Disease” (chemistry).