Research Opportunities

Since 2004, associate professor Tara Kishbaugh has led research on the water quality of Blacks Run, an important but impaired local stream with over-sedimentation and elevated levels of bacteria. Students regularly analyze the health of the stream with physical, chemical and biological indicators.

The research interests of faculty and students are varied but each shares a common thread creation care and chemistry for the common good.

Chemistry and Biology majors at EMU are required to participate in independent mentored research projects. Students develop and implement scholarly projects under the direction of faculty at EMU, or participate in external programs such as NSF REU projects.

In the past three years EMU students have participated in summer research programs in Harrisonburg (at EMU and James Madison University), North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, National Institutes of Health in Beltsville, Md., and in Ghana, Africa.

Read about recent faculty-led research projects in chemistry, and in biology

Present or Publish Findings

Students who work on a project for more than one summer typically see that project through to completion and present their findings at a scientific meeting such as the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or the local student chapter of the American Society for Microbiology.

Some students co-author research papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. For example: