ACRE

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 mfotis@albright.edu, or contact Director of Experiential Learning, Kim Justeson at kjusteson@albright.edu or 610-921-7630.

Deadlines (2018-2019)

ACRE Interim

  • Application deadline: October 26, 2018
  • Notification date: November 16, 2018

ACRE Summer

  • Application deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Notification deadline: March 29, 2019

Student Travel Grants

  • 9/15/18
  • 10/15/18
  • 11/15/18
  • 12/15/18
  • 1/15/19
  • 2/15/19
  • 3/15/19
  • 4/15/19
  • 5/15/19*

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

Research Presentation Schedule for Summer 2019

Student NameFacultyPresentation DateProject
Ryan BrettStephen MechJuly 24Regional Differences in Ectoparasite Density and Survivorship and Reproduction of Peromyscus leucopus
Maya FaresNicholas PiroJune 19Reaction Profiles of an Oxygenated Copper Intermediate
Zachary HendricksJustin CouchmanJune 12Cross-Cultural Differences in Memory, Beliefs, and Mental Schemas
Ashley HillegassMeeAe Oh-RanckJuly 24A Study in Japanese Couture Techniques: Sustainability and the Geometric Organic Shapes of the Japanese Aesthetic
Sarah HoslerJacque FetrowJune 26Exploration of the Phosducin Superfamily and its Categorization by the MISST Method
Samantha KingKeith FeignensonJuly 31Examining Stress Markers During Restricted Environmental Stimulation
Madelyn LoftusMatt SonntagJuly 17Synthesis of Noble Metal Nanoparticles for Single-Molecule Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Joey LoveMatt FotisJuly 17The History & Practice of Sketch Comedy
Nhu NguyenAmy GreeneJuly 10Chemical Crosslinking of Magnetic Beads for Studies of Feeding Preference in Vorticella Convallaria
Stephanie PinelElizabeth KiesterJune 26How Do Colors Effect Political Opinion?
Mikhayla ReillyAmy GreeneJuly 10Temperature Effects of Vorticella convallaria Endocytosis and Contractile Vacuole Formation Rates – Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute Mentorship
Julie SchreyChristian HamannJuly 31Sesquiterpenes Database
Caitlyn VerhaarenLennie AmoresJune 19Teaching Global Hispanophone Literature in High School Spanish Classroom
Abbi WaltzStephen MechJuly 24The Short and Long-term Effects of Anthropogenic Habitat Disturbance on the Geographic Range Distribution of Terrapene carolina
Alexis WillisJayanthi RajanJuly 17The Conscious Consumer’s Catwalk: Sustainability of Thrifting and the Consumer Profile of Second-Hand Shoppers
Cecilia WishneskiSusan HughesJuly 31The Age of Neoteny: The Retention of Childhood Cuteness as Related to the Solicitation of Care

 

Interim 2019 ACRE Projects

StudentFacultyProject
Alyssa KatesKeith FeigensonThe Effect of the Hollow Mask Illusion on Children
Anthony CasselliBonnie RohdeTransformational Leadership in Smart City Collaboration
Ashley HillegassMeeAe Oh-RanckCurating the Couture Corset: Victorian Couture Methods Meets Modern Day Sustainable Fashion
Carolyn CortesKennon RiceBeach Community Representation by Individuals and Municipal Actors
Claire KilpatrickHuy TranCorporate Social Responsibility & Firm Performance: The Moderating role of National Culture
Cody StetsonFarhad SabooriAn Economic & Political Analysis of the US-China Trade Relationship
Dominic MarfisiBonnie RohdeLessons Learned in Public Private Partnerships for Small Smart Cities
Drake JacobsFarhad SabooriAn Economic & Political Analysis of the US-China Trade Relationship
Emily CurleyTeresa GilliamsUnsung Voices: The Othering of Japanese Americans Post World War II
Emily DurellHeidi MauLes Petities & Die Postkarten: Children & Family in Great War Postcards
Francis MeleAndrew SamuelsenEvaluating Rhamnose Promoter Leakiness Using the Green Fluorescent Protein
Hei Tung(Tiffany) NgJay RajanTapping into the Craft Beer Trend
Joseph HolowkoElizabeth KiesterAssessing the Co-Creation of an FYS
Karen AlejandresBridget HearonPhysician & Limited English Proficiency in Parent’s Perception on Childhood Asthma in Primary Care
Kaylyn HaanAdam HerspergerCharacterization of the Growth Factor Analog Expressed by Ectromelia Virus
Lauren HudakGwen SeidmanThe Motivations for and Effects of Active and Passive Social Media Use
Maya FaresNicholas PiroCharacterizing an Oxygenated Intermediat in O-atom Transfer Reactions of a Bis(guanidinyl)pyridine Copper Complex
Mckenzie DerbyKennon RiceBeach Community Representation in Commercial Media
Nhu NguyenAmy GreeneVorticella endocytosis rates with magnetic beads conjugated to different food sources
Sarah HohlJustin CouchmanFantasy and Reality Distinction in Young Children
Sarah HoslerJacque FetrowExploration of Thioredoxin Fold Superfamilies and Their Molecular Function
Zoe GehmanNicholas PiroAn Asymmetrical Ferrocene-Bridged Ligand to Hold Dissimilar Metal Ions

Summer 2018 ACRE Projects

Student

Faculty

Project

Allison UlakyLennie AmoresNuestra Comunidad Latina: An Open Source Spanish Textbook for the Liberal Arts
Frank KobeJustin CouchmanMeditation for Memory Recall & Focus
Rebecca DavisKeith FeigensonThe Effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation on Optical Illusion Perception
Joseph HolowkoBeth KiesterCo-Creating an FYS: ‘Star Wars: The Good, The Bad, and The Sociology’
Joey LoveMatt FotisThe Streets are Paved in Gold: History & Practice of Satiric Fake News
Allison RobertsGwen SeidmanThe Role of Narcissistic Admiration & Rivalry in Perceptions of Romantic Partners & Relationship Outcomes
Thalia WilliamsonKaren CampbellObserving the Effect on Human Disturbance on Bird Behavior
Sayge MartinSamira MehtaWomen, Print Media, and the Searchable Database: A Digital Humanities Archive
Alexandra CloseJesse ClarkSourcing Non-Western Inspiration for American Popular Music
Soloman BaileyBrian BuerkeCollective Motion Using Drones
Mara TrifoiErin VentrescaIncreased Sugar Ingestion Causes Premature Adult Stem Cell Loss Due to Increased PI3k-Dependent Cell Proliferation in Drosophila melanogaster
Briana SamuelBridget HearonHealth Halo Effects & Misperception of Calorie Content
Lauryn GwathmeyDavid OsgoodDisturbance & Its Effect on Plant Species Diversity Within Newly Disturbed & Previously Disturbed Communities
Rebecca MorgisAdam HerspergerMHCII Cross-Presentation as a Driver of CD4 T-cell Responses to Poxviruses

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.

Student NameACRE YearClass YearFaculty MentorProject
Maura SheehanInterim 20172017Matt FotisCover Your Mouth! Using Theatre to Teach Healthy Habits to Kids Aged 3-5
Tiffany FreyInterim 20172017Adam HerspergerDifferential Double-Stranded RNA Formation Impacts Immune Detection of Viruses
Elizabeth RohdeInterim 20172017Andrew SamuelsonThe Effects of NSAIDS in Vitro
Stephanie DeaSummer 20172018Steve MechEffects of Bot Flies on Survivorship & Reproduction of White-Footed Mice
Zoe Gehmansummer 20172019Nicholas PiroA Biomimetic Scaffold for Supporting Two Dissimilar Metal Centers to Enhance Chemical Reactivity
Theresa Shaftosummer 20172018Erin VentrescaCharacterization of Isoflavone Binding to the Estrogen-Related Steroid Receptor in Drosophila melanogaster Following Ingestion
Paige NaseefInterim 20182018Bryce BrylawskiA Nutritional Analysis of Green Beans Grown in an Aquaponics System vs. Grown Commercially vs. Grown Organically
Sandy LeeInterim 20182018Pam ArtzNMR Studies of the Interaction of Luciferase with Substrates (Luciferin) and Cofactors (ATP, ADP, & AMP)
Brittany SlaughterbeckInterim 20182018Pam ArtzAnalytical chemistry methods to investigate the identity and levels of paraben preservatives in cosmetics including a comparison with regulation levels in the European Union
Lauryn GwathmeySummer 20182019David OsgoodDisturbance and Its Effect on Plant Species Diversity Within Newly Disturbed & Previously Disturbed Communities
Mara TrifoiSummer 20182020Erin VentrescaIncreased Sugar Ingestion Causes Premature Adult Stem Cell Loss Due to Increased PI3K-dependent Cell Proliferation in Drosophila melanogaster
Thalia WilliamsonSummer 20182019Karen CampbellObserving the Effect of Human Disturbance on Bird Behavior
Francis MeleInterim 20192019Andrew SamuelsenEvaluating Rhamnose Promoter Leakiness Using the Green Fluorescent Protein
Sarah HoslerInterim 20192020Jacque FetrowExploration of Thioredoxin Fold Superfamilies and Their Molecular Function
Zoe GehmanInterim 20192019Nicholas PiroAn Asymmetrical Ferrocene-Bridged Ligand to Hold Dissimilar Metal Ions

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.

Student NameACRE YearClass YearFaculty MentorProject
Alfredo DiazInterim 20162016MeeAe Oh-RanckThe Magic of Geometric and Organics Shapes in Fashion: A Study in Haute Couture
Rabiul SanyInterim 20162017Guillaume de SyonOf Paperclips, Astronauts, and Medicine: Hubertus Strughold and the Moral Responsibility of the Physician, 1940-1960
Brittany MayneSummer 20162017Victor ForteA Graphic Novel of the Historical Buddha’s Early Life and Renunciation
Leah WilliamsSummer 20162017Karen JoganRevolution and Art in the 1980’s: Nicaragua and Cuba
Kristina SchnellInterim 20172017Guillaume de SyonDisproving Myths Surrounding Sisterhood in Nazi Concentration Camps
Kristina GoshornInterim 20172018Guillaume de SyonThe Preservation of Memory in a Post-Dictatorship Society: Chile’s Remembrance of Its Past
Elizabeth EberweinSummer 20172018Lesley GoodmanKids These Days-An American Tradition of Ephebiphobia
Natalie TorpeySummer 20172019Jeff LentzThe Constellation Project-Charting a Course for the Future of Acting
Emily DurellInterim 182019Guillaume de SyonThe Fatherland and Fatherhood: German Postcards depicting Family and Children during the Great War
Kiersten StarkInterim 182018Lawrence MorrisA Typological Geography of Irish Irreführen Stories
Joey LoveSummer 20182020Matt FotisThe Streets are Paved in Gold: History & Practice of Satiric Fake News
Sayge MartinSummer 20182020Samira MehtaWomen, Print Media, and the Searchable Database: A Digital Humanities Archive
Ashley HillegassInterim 20192021MeeAe Oh-RanckCurating the Couture Corset: Victorian Couture Methods Meets Modern Day Sustainable Fashion
Emily CurleyInterim 20192020Teresa GilliamsUnsung Voices: The Othering of Japanese Americans Post World War II

Animal Care and Use Committee

Mission Statement

Principle

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.

Mission

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.

Jurisdiction

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 http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm.

Complete the ACUC Protocol Form