ACRE | Albright College


Through the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE), Albright students have the opportunity to conduct research or creative activity in partnership with nurturing faculty mentors..

How ACRE Works

  • Students from all majors are invited to submit an application for the ACRE program.
  • A faculty committee reviews the proposals and recommends awards.
  • Accepted participants receive a stipend and free room and board during the summer or January interim.
  • Students and faculty from all disciplines meet each week to share their experiences and learn from each other.
  • Many collaborative teams of students and faculty present their research at academic conferences and publish their results in professional journals.

For more information, please contact Dr. Matt Fotis, Assistant Professor of Theatre, at (610) 921-7873 or, or contact Director of Experiential Learning, Kim Justeson at or 610-921-7630.

Deadlines (2016-2017)

ACRE Interim

  • Application deadline: October 27, 2017
  • Notification date: November 17, 2017

ACRE Summer

  • Application deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Notification deadline: March 23, 2018

Student Travel Grants

  • 9/15/17
  • 10/15/17
  • 11/15/17
  • 12/15/17
  • 1/15/18
  • 2/15/18
  • 3/15/18
  • 4/15/18
  • 5/15/18*

Applications submitted after the event attended will not be processed.

*The May 15 deadline is the last date to apply for activities through Sep 15 of the next academic year.
Download the Student Travel Expense Form

Recent ACRE Recipients

Interim 2017 ACRE Projects




Maura Sheehan Matt Fotis Cover Your Mouth! Using Theatre to Teach Healthy Habits to Kids Aged 3-5
Tiffany Frey Adam Hersperger Differential Double-Stranded RNA Formation Impacts Immune Detection of Viruses
Camille Fuller MeeAe Oh-Ranck Genuine Color: An Exploration of Natural Dying
James Allen Nicholas Piro Two New Guanidine Ligands and Their Complexes with Late Metal Ions: Synthesis and Characterization
Shannon O’Hara Keith Feignson Differences in Kinesthetic and Visual Memory for Abstract Shape Sense
Toe Aung Susan Hughes Do US County-Level Sex Ratios Predict Binge Drinking Behaviors?
Gwenievere Birster Justin Couchman Self-Agency During Simulated Partial Seizures
Trey Eberly Pamela Artz Fluorescence Studies of Putative Inhibitor Binding Interactions with Liver Glutaminase (LGA) for Specific Metabolic Control of Cancer Proliferation
Trevor Mastria Pamela Artz Investigation of Drug Delivery Options for Putative Glutaminase Inhibitors  Implicated as Cancer Therapeutics
Megan O’Brien David Tran Uber’s Inovative Business Model: Global Opportunities and Challenges
Leah Williams Karen Jogan/Paul Clark Revolution & Art in the 1980s: Nicaragua and Cuba
Mark Duffy Guillaume de Syon Ukranian Collaboration with Nazis in the Holocuast
Zoe Jacobs Guillaume de Syon Unexplored Intersectionality: Deaf Jews of the Holocaust
Eric Hantz Christian Hamann Synthesis of the Cis-Isomer of p-Anisalacetophenone
Kristina Schnell Guillaume de Syon Disproving Myths Surronding Sisterhood in Nazi Concentration Camps
Kristina Goshorn Guillaume de Syon The Preservation of Memory in a Post-Dictatorship Society: Chile’s Remembrance of Its Past
Sydney Baybayan Gwendolyn Seidman Narcissism and Perceptions of Self & Partner: The Importance of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Traits in Relationship and Partner Satisfaction for Narcissists and Non-Narcissists
Elizabeth Rohde Andrew Samuelson The Effects of NSAIDS in Vitro
Elizabeth Weinelt Jayanthi Rajan A Comparative Analysis of Marketing Strategies Adopted While Targeting Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Consumers: Reading PA USA vs. Rural Mysore, India

Hearst Scholars

Students who apply to the ACRE program who are the most outstanding in terms of quality of project and academic standing in the Sciences, will be selected as Hearst Scholars. These students will be recognized as such at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, when all scholarship recipients and their families are invited to campus to celebrate their success.



Class year

ACRE Advisor


Miller, Noelle Summer 2013 2014 Susan Hughes How the Perception of Voice is Influenced by Pitch and Facial Information
Simpson, Francesca Summer 2013 2015 Ian Rhile Investigating the Relationship between Geometry and Rate Constant for Isomers and Near Isomers in a Concerted Proton-Electron Transfer Reaction
Tia Camarata Summer 2014 2017 Karen Campbell Exploring the correlation between mammary cancer & other reproductive factors in female cats and dogs
Kaitlin Leffler Summer 2014 2015 Karen Campbell Bat populations and habitat use in National Parks:  the effects of white nose syndrome (WNS)
Francesca Simpson Summer 2014 2015 Ian Rhile A comparison of planar and nonplanar base-appended radical cations
Kayle Smith Summer 2014 2016 Steve Mech Small mammal behavior and population dynamics in a reconstructed forest
Melissa Vettleson Summer 2014 2015 Ian Rhile Insulation of the Proton and Electron Accepting Components of a CPET Reagent.
Keynu Carter Interim 2014 2015 Wolbach, Jeff Model New Base-Appended Radical Cations for Concerted Proton-Electron Trsfr
Raven Carter Interim 2014 2015 Wolbach, Jeff Modeling of Internal Hydrogen Transfer: CPET or Not?
Tyler Bernadyn Summer 2015 2016 Keith Feigenson Comparison of Cortisol Levels and Delusional Ideation Examined with Probabilistic Reasoning
Tia Camarata Summer 2015 2017 Andrew Samuelsen Profilin Studies in Ectromelia virus and Mouse Cell Cultures
Tiffany Frey Summer 2015 2017 Stephen Mech Comparison of Small Mammal Population Estimations Before and After Logging
Maura Sheehan Summer 2015 2017 Adam Hersperger Elucidation of the Immune Modulatory Mechanism of Ectromelia Virus Protein B22
Aida Diouf Interim 2016 2016 Pam Artz Inhibitor Binding in Carbonic Anhydrase Protein Investigated by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methods
Colton Ryan Interim 2016 2016 Adam Hersperger Mechanisms of Immune Evasion by Mousepox Virus in Mammalian Cells
Tyler Bernadyn Interim 2016 2016 Keith Feigenson Induced Stress via Oculus Rift and Its Effects on Probabilistic Reasoning
17 total awards
14 students awarded

Mellon Scholars

Students who apply to the ACRE program who are the most outstanding in terms of quality of project and academic standing in the Humanities, will be selected as Mellon Scholars. These students will be recognized as such at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, when all scholarship recipients and their families are invited to campus to celebrate their success.



Class year

ACRE Advisor


Alfredo Diaz Interim 2016 2016 MeeAe Oh-Ranck The Magic of Geometric and Organic Shapes in Fashion: A Study in Haute Couture
Rabiul Sany Interim 2016 2016 Guillaume de Syon Of Paperclips, Astronauts, and Medicine: Hubertus Strughold and  the Moral Responsibility of the Physician, 1940-1960

Animal Care and Use Committee

Mission Statement


The advancement of both pure and applied knowledge requires scientific experimentation and educational instruction using animals. The necessary use of animals requires proper oversight and ethical considerations.


The Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) of Albright College is charged with the institutional oversight of animals and animal care personnel involved in research and teaching. The goal of the ACUC is to verify, on sound scientific and ethical principles, the prudent use of animals and minimize the pain and discomfort of animal subjects in experiments and teaching exercises. ACUC is also responsible for ensuring all personnel involved in such experiments are informed of, and in compliance with, approved protocols and applicable guidelines for humane care and use of animals.


Any project involving vertebrate animal use by faculty, staff or students of Albright College must receive approval by ACUC.

Further information may be found at

Complete the ACUC Protocol Form