EXCEL Scholars

Professor Lindsay Soh works in her lab with Christopher Verni ’15.

July 8, 2014

Prof. Lindsay Soh Receives NSF Grant for Biodiesel Research

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Lindsay Soh a three-year, $100,710 grant as part of a collaboration with Yale University and University of Pittsburgh. It will support her research on processing oils, such as those extracted from corn or algae, into biodiesel using compressed carbon dioxide as a solvent. Soh will use the NSF [...]

Donald L. Miller

June 18, 2014

Supreme City, Supreme History: Donald L. Miller’s Monumental Book about Manhattan in the ’20s

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Donald L. Miller believes that cities can be read like books. The historian thinks that histories of cities should read like novels. His latest history of a city reads like an epic novel. Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America (Simon & Schuster) is a monumental portrait [...]

Emily Crossette '15

May 21, 2014

Emily Crossette ’15 Receives Udall Scholarship for Environmental Research

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Civil engineering major Emily Crossette ’15 (Glenside, Pa.) has been awarded a Udall Scholarship recognizing her research on possible contaminants released by wastewater treatment plants. Presented to 50 students from 47 colleges and universities, the scholarship is given to recipients on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Native American healthcare, or tribal public policy; [...]

Mary Higgins '15

May 14, 2014

Mary Higgins ’15 Receives Goldwater Scholarship

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Mary Higgins ’15 (Annandale, N.J.) has many passions: genetics, music, research, and working with people with developmental disorders. Her goal is to put them all together into a career, and she is well on her way after receiving a Goldwater Scholarship. The premier undergraduate award given to students of mathematics, science, [...]

Professor Robert Kurt, Tiffany Phuong ’16, Kofi Boateng ’16, and Professor Chun Wai Liew work in the lab.

April 21, 2014

21 Students Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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Twenty-one students presented their findings at the 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at University of Kentucky-Lexington. NCUR is the largest conference of its kind in the country with approximately 2,000 undergraduates from more than 250 colleges and universities in attendance. Over Lafayette’s 27 years of participation, more than 700 students have [...]

Elizabeth Troisi '14 and Professor Justin Hines work in the lab.

April 21, 2014

Students Present Research at National Biology Conference

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Biology majors Elizabeth Troisi ’14 (Londonderry, N.H.) and Phil Nguyen ’14 (Allentown, Pa.) presented research they performed with Justin Hines, assistant professor of chemistry, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. Nguyen tied for second runner up in the undergraduate poster competition, and he and Hines were featured in the society’s [...]

Professor Lindsay Soh works in her lab with Christopher Verni ’15.

April 9, 2014

Fueling the Future: Prof. Lindsay Soh Explores Sustainable Biodiesel

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The ready availability of fuel is a double-edged sword, says Lindsay Soh, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. It has enabled development around the world, but the way fuels are harvested and the rate at which they are consumed are unsustainable. In collaboration with colleagues at Yale and University of Pittsburgh, Soh is searching for [...]

Shannon Moran ’14

February 6, 2014

Shannon Moran ’14 Gets Firsthand Look at Music of Composer Gabriela Lena Frank

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Shannon Moran ’14 is conducting undergraduate research — in person — on Gabriela Lena Frank, a Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy-winning composer and pianist, who is serving a yearlong residency at Lafayette College.

Emily Crossette ’15

January 2, 2014

Emily Crossette ’15 Receives EPA Fellowship for Wastewater Research

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By Sean Grim ’14 Civil engineering major Emily Crossette ’15 (Glennfield, Pa.) is contributing to the cleanup of the local ecosystem by helping to develop an improved metric for quantifying compounds that may cause mutations in fish. Crossette has received a $50,000 Environmental Protection Agency fellowship to fund continued work on wastewater testing that she has conducted with Art Kney, [...]

Professor Mike Butler and Melissa Homsher '14 work in the aviary in Kunkle Hall.

December 5, 2013

Biology Prof. Mike Butler Introduces Students to the Tools of Science

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The average person doesn’t care much for bird droppings, but biology major Melissa Homsher ’14 finds them pretty interesting. Under the guidance of Mike Butler, assistant professor of biology, Homsher is conducting honors thesis research into a substance that birds secrete in their waste. They have reason to think that the substance, biliverdin, which is [...]