Students Present Research at Summer Science Poster Session

Posted October 3rd, 2013 at 11:37 am.

Research findings from more than 40 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program were on display in the Campus Center last month, where a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff stopped by to ask questions and find out more from the participants during the program’s annual poster session.

Among the students taking part in this year’s poster session was Shohini Bhattasali ’14, a linguistics major minoring in computer science and Chinese.

With guidance from her advisor, Computer Science Professor Deepak Kumar, Bhattasali did a “sentiment analysis” of several top movies.

“Through sentiment analysis, we can track attitudes and feelings on the web through posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.,” wrote Bhattasali in her research abstract. “Businesses can track the reviews, ratings, recommendations and other forms of online opinion to follow new product perception, track negative feedback, identify new opportunities and manage their reputation.”

Alicia Makepeace ’14 also participated in the poster session. A chemistry major, Makepeace is part of Assistant Professor Jason Schmink’s research group, which employs transition metals to develop new synthetic approaches to organic chemistry.

Other research topics looked at by students who took part in the Summer Science Research Program included epigenetics and genomic imprinting, the possible effects of climate change on marshes, carbon nanotubes, the geology behind the formation and location of British Columbia, applying mathematical modeling to examine renewable energy issues, physics research, memory and aging, and much more. For abstracts on each project, visit the Summer Science Program website.

“Both written and oral communication are essentials components of scientific research,” says Biology Lecturer Michelle Wien, coordinator of the Summer Science Program. “Through the poster session, the summer research students had the opportunity to gain experience with both of these skills. One of the best things a student said to me afterward was ‘I know what I would do differently next time.’”

Since 1989, the Summer Science Research Program has provided students with 10-week research stipends to conduct independent research under the guidance of Bryn Mawr faculty members in the sciences and mathematics. For more information, visit the Summer Science Program website. Students interested in applying to take part in the program during the summer of 2014 can check the website at the start of the spring semester for more information.

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