ARC Mentors Your potential summer research labs

The ARC Program features a myriad of different labs to suit different interests and areas of study. Both professors and students work together in these labs to perform hands-on research, detailed analysis and reporting, and present their findings together. See something that piques your interest? Make sure to click on the professor - and their department - to learn more about them and their research!

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Nadia Ayoub (Biology):

Dr. Ayoub's Lab uses morphology and molecules to understand the evolution of spider silk proteins.

Sarah Blythe (Biology & Neuroscience):

The Blythe Lab explores how obesity affects brain structure and function.

Paul Cabe (Biology):

Students in the Cabe Lab will be using DNA sequence data from mitochondrial and nuclear genes to study a hybrid crayfish population from Lake Erie.

Gregory Dresden (Mathematics):

In Dresden Lab, we will work on matrices, continued fractions, and polynomials. We will also be drinking lots of coffee. All you need is a calculus course and an interest in mathematics

Carrie Finch (Mathematics):

The Finch Lab deals with number theory - you only need knowledge of arithmetic and curiosity!

Kyle Friend (Chemistry & Biochemistry):

The Friend Lab studies how cellular signals and nutrient status alter protein expression in mammalian cells and tissues.

Bill Hamilton (Biology & Environmental Science):

Hamilton Lab will be conducting a combination of field based and greenhouse experiments to determine the effects of bison grazing in Yellowstone National Park grassland productivity.

Joel Kuehner (Physics & Engineering):

Fluid Diagnostics Lab: Students will explore two oscillatory flows to investigate the underlying physics that causes the oscillations. We will then investigate whether these oscillations can be used as an advantage in engineering applications. Students will gain experience applying laser diagnostic methods to these flows, and no prior experience with lasers or fluid mechanics is necessary. We will also utilize the 3D printing capabilities in the IQ Center to develop portions of the experimental setup.

Fred LaRiviere (Chemistry & Biochemistry):

The LaRiviere Lab studies quality control mechanisms that degrade defective ribosomes in eukaryotes.

David Marsh (Biology & Neuroscience):

Our lab studies rare salamanders in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the factors that limit their distribution.  Participating students should be comfortable hiking in the woods and generally being outdoors.

Sara Sprenkle (Computer Science):

The Sprenkle Lab is developing tools to visualize and analyze ancient Roman graffiti; automated web application testing.

Natalia Toporikova (Biology & Neuroscience):

This summer the Toporikova Lab will be working on effect of diet on polycystic ovary development in female rats.

Gregg Whitworth (Biology):

In the Whitworth lab, we study bioinformatics.

Wythe Whiting (Psychology & Neuroscience):

Whiting Lab focuses on the intersection between physiological and attentional processes both in the context of aging and also in the distracting effects of cell phone texting.