ACRE | Albright College

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

Recent ACRE Recipients

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 Name ACRE Year Class Year Faculty Mentor Project
Maura SheehanInterim 2017 2017Matt FotisCover Your Mouth! Using Theatre to Teach Healthy Habits to Kids Aged 3-5
Tiffany FreyInterim 2017 2017Adam HerspergerDifferential Double-Stranded RNA Formation Impacts Immune Detection of Viruses
Elizabeth RohdeInterim 2017 2017Andrew SamuelsonThe Effects of NSAIDS in Vitro
Stephanie DeaSummer 2017 2018Steve MechEffects of Bot Flies on Survivorship & Reproduction of White-Footed Mice
Zoe Gehmansummer 2017 2019Nicholas PiroA Biomimetic Scaffold for Supporting Two Dissimilar Metal Centers to Enhance Chemical Reactivity
Theresa Shaftosummer 2017 2018Erin VentrescaCharacterization of Isoflavone Binding to the Estrogen-Related Steroid Receptor in Drosophila melanogaster Following Ingestion
Paige NaseefInterim 2018 2018Bryce BrylawskiA Nutritional Analysis of Green Beans Grown in an Aquaponics System vs. Grown Commercially vs. Grown Organically
Sandy LeeInterim 2018 2018Pam ArtzNMR Studies of the Interaction of Luciferase with Substrates (Luciferin) and Cofactors (ATP, ADP, & AMP)
Brittany SlaughterbeckInterim 2018 2018Pam 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 2018 2019David OsgoodDisturbance and Its Effect on Plant Species Diversity Within Newly Disturbed & Previously Disturbed Communities
Mara TrifoiSummer 2018 2020Erin VentrescaIncreased Sugar Ingestion Causes Premature Adult Stem Cell Loss Due to Increased PI3K-dependent Cell Proliferation in Drosophila melanogaster
Thalia WilliamsonSummer 2018 2019Karen CampbellObserving the Effect of Human Disturbance on Bird Behavior

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

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