In June, the rhythms of daily life at the Loyola Science Center shift. The building gets quieter, fewer classes are taught… but there is still a lot happening here. Much of the action moves into the labs, where faculty and students are busy carrying out cutting-edge research.
Every Tuesday, the students and faculty doing active research in the natural sciences on campus gather for lunch and discussion. It’s an opportunity to network, learn what other labs are doing, and practice communicating about science. (And it’s excellent free food!)
These students are investigating a wide range of questions, with research experiences ranging from a few hours a week to full time. Some are volunteers, but many are fully funded positions. Faculty can fund students using internal or external grants, including money from the National Science Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Stay tuned for a future post on Dr. Marc Seid’s current NSF-funded project). The Biology Department also has an excellent record of obtaining University of Scranton Presidential Fellowships, with several students currently supported by this prestigious internal grant.
Want to get involved? Check out posts under “Research Opportunities,” or approach a faculty member to ask about projects in their lab.