Biology Student Research & Internship Opportunities

Students majoring in biology have the opportunity to participate in research through ongoing projects initiated by faculty, where three to four students are paired with and supervised by an individual faculty member. During the spring semester of the junior or senior year, students can present their research findings with a capstone presentation held at Misericordia University.

Students are invited annually to present their work at venues outside of the University, exposing their research to a more broad scientific community outside of the northeastern Pennsylvania region.

Interested in learning more about student research opportunities at Misericordia University? Request information.

Research Internships

In addition to research performed throughout the academic year, students also have the opportunity to participate in research internships at academic institutions and organizations outside of the University.

Misericordia biology majors have held summer research internships at institutions including Johns Hopkins University, Emory University School of Medicine, Brown University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. These internships lead to careers in graduate school, medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, forensics, physician assistant, and professional degree programs.

Students may also seek summer internship opportunities at organizations including the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences(NIH).

Summer Science Fellowship

The Misericordia University Summer Science Research Fellowship is a 10-week program funded by a Misericordia University grant that provides a $4,000 stipend to each student fellow.

The 2016 Misericordia University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program mapped historic Pittston, examined Schwann cell lines, measured social participation improvement in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and much more.

More importantly, though, it engaged 39 students and 19 faculty mentors in complex scientific and scholarly research in traditional laboratories on campus, and at various locations in the field. Furthermore, the program provides fellows with opportunities to grow by collaborating with other students, faculty and outside scholars. Critical thinking and independent learning skills are developed further as they explore beyond their current boundaries while seeking to develop new knowledge using innovative technology and methodology.

Research Presentations

American Association for Cell Biology 2016, San Francisco, CA

American Assoc. of Cell Biology 2016, San Francisco, CA

Junior biology majors Michael Blazaskie of Hanover Township and Atasha Rehrig of Lehighton, and senior biology majors Grace Emmett of Mountain Top and Andrea Nale of Gilbert, along with faculty members Jeffrey Stephens, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, and Angela Asirvatham, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Biology, presented their research, “Expression of Anchoring Proteins and Phosphatases Correlates with cAMP Levels in Immortalized Rat Schwann Cell Lines.” The interdisciplinary project, which studied the regulation of Schwann cells in rats, involved the departments of biology and physics.

Michael Blazaskie

Atasha Rehrig

Michael Rehrig, Atasha Blazaskie and Dr. Asirvatham presented their research, “Are A-Kinase Anchoring Proteins Involved in Myelination?,” a study of how Cyclic AMP – the universal second messenger – coordinates the balance between Schwann cell differentiation and its proliferation.

Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 2016

In April of 2016, students and faculty presented their research at the 92nd PA Academy of Sciences (PAS) meeting at Delaware Valley College, in Doylestown, PA.

Corinne Breymeier

Noelle Mondulick

Zachary Sabaday

Corinne Breymeier, Biology major, along with Dr. Cosima Wiese, Associate Professor of Biology, presented their research, "The Effects of acid on chlorophyll production of common duckweed (Lemna minor L.)."

Noelle Mondulick, Shawna Stevens, both Biology majors, and Dr. Angela Asirvatham, Chairperson of the Biology Department & Associate Professor of Biology, presented, "Phosphodiesterase 7A Expression and Location within Immortalized Schwann Cells."

Biology major, Zachary Sabaday, and Dr. Cosima Wiese presented, "The Effect of Copper Accumulation on Common Duckweed (Lemna minor)."

Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 2015

In April of 2015, students and faculty presented their research at the 91st PA Academy of Sciences (PAS) meeting at Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, PA.

91st PA Academy of Sciences Conference
53 presenters represented 20 institutions in the poster competition and 20 presenters represented 9 institutions in the oral competition.
Misericordia University biology major, Zachary Murphy

Biology major, Zachary Murphy, took first place for his poster presentation, “Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Alters Oleolyethanolamide (OEA) Mediated Ingestive Behavioral Responses” and was presented the Anne Spychala Award, which is given to the top undergraduate and graduate student-authored posters and oral presentations.

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