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If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Do Ants Care?

Posted July 21, 2015
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“Ants work hard,” explains Tess McCabe ‘16. “In fact, a single leafcutter colony can consume more than the average cow.” During her summer internship at Harvard Forest and Black Rock Forest, McCabe got a close-up look at just how hard members of the Formicidae family have to work these days just to survive. “Our forests […]

Students Present at American Chemical Society Conference

Posted June 30, 2015
Alexandra Nagelski ’17 and Shengjia Zhu ’16

Bryn Mawr Students Shengjia Zhu ’16 and Alexandra Nagelski ’17 recently attended the 2015 Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Ithaca, New York, where they presented a poster presentation titled: “Molybdenum Pyranopterin Dithiolene Complexes: Modeling the Molybdenum Cofactor.” The students conduct their research in the lab of Chemistry Professor Sharon J. Nieter […]

Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows

Posted June 9, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program has announced the Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows: Paola Bernal of Houston, Texas. Paola is a Sociology major. Sofi Chavez of Seattle, Wash. Sofi is an English major. Crystal Des-Ogugua of Lewisburg, Pa. Crystal is a sociology major with a concentration in African-American studies. Kiran Pizarro […]

Class of 2016 Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows

Posted May 22, 2015

Fifteen members of the Class of 2016 will be spending a portion of their summer doing independent research as Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given Bryn Mawr College a grant in honor of Bryn Mawr alumna Hanna Holborn Gray, ’50 who served as chair of the foundation’s Board of […]

Faculty and Students Travel to Belize to Study Tropical Environments

Posted April 9, 2015
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The 12 students enrolled in this year’s Coasts in Transition 360° joined Bryn Mawr faculty members Thomas Mozdzer (Biology), Maja Šešelj (Anthropology), and Don Barber (Geology) on a spring break trip to Belize where they examined tropical environments and conducted marine ecology research. While in Belize, the group was immersed in two distinct tropical ecosystems […]

Piper Martz ’16 Goes from Doing Research in Bolivia to Representing the U.S. at the World Expo in Milan, Italy

Posted March 10, 2015
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Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain-like food which just a few years ago was relatively unknown outside of old-school health-food stores and the regions of South America where it’s harvested. But now quinoa can be found everywhere from the fanciest restaurants to family picnics. While many have come to enjoy quinoa’s distinctive nutty taste, chances […]

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Students Serve as Valuable Mentors

Posted February 5, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s liberal arts focus and small classes create the perfect environment for mentorship to flourish. In one chemistry lab, Ben Williams, Ph.D. ’15 has been like “the older brother” who shows undergraduate researchers the ropes. By Kathy Boccella About five years ago, Meredith Skiba ’12 arrived on the Bryn Mawr campus as a transfer […]

From the Medieval to the Modern: Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 explores Bryn Mawr’s Levine Collection

Posted October 29, 2014
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A doctoral candidate in the history of art, Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 is a Medievalist, specializing in the Byzantine era. Her master’s theses—she holds two, one from the University of Texas and one from Bryn Mawr—focused, respectively, on Byzantine pilgrimage tokens from Syria and on the glass fragments affixed to burial sites in the Roman […]

Physics’ Xuemei May Cheng’s Research Group Studies Spintronics

Posted October 13, 2014
Yilun Tang, Alena Klindziuk, and Leqi Liu at the Argonne

This summer, Class of 2017 members Leqi Liu, Alena Klindziuk, Yilun Tang, and graduate student Xiao Wang went to the Advanced Photon Source of  the Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, a massive facility that generates the brightest hard X-ray beam in the Western Hemisphere, to study the magnetic properties of platinum-magnetic insulator bilayer thin […]

Biology’s Thomas Mozdzer asks, Are our front lawns killing the wetlands?

Posted October 1, 2014

Fertilizers keep farmland productive and suburban lawns lush, but what happens when the fertilizers we rely on find their way into the watershed? Scientists working out of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole are looking to answer that question—with the help of Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Mozdzer and his research group including undergraduate students […]

Students Present Research Findings at Poster Session

Posted September 11, 2014

Research findings from 45 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program will be on display in Thomas Great Hall from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. this Friday for the program’s annual poster session. Since 1989, the Summer Science Research Program has provided students with 10-week research stipends to conduct independent research […]

Class of 2016 Mellon Mays Fellows

Posted July 17, 2014
Rachel Weissler, Maria Morrero, Lucy Carreno-Roca, Rochelle Waite and Kat Abraham

Celebrating its 25th year, the MMUF program identifies and supports students of great promise with the goal of helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction who go on to transform the academy. The new fellows above will join those from the class of 2015, who are beginning their second year with the program.

Send Bryn Mawr a Virtual Postcard this Summer

Posted May 15, 2014
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Last summer we loved finding out what you were up to via the Summer at BMC blog, which showcased virtual postcards and recurring blog posts from Mawrters on summer break. This year, we hope to again hear about your internships, beach reads, funded research, science hypotheses, archaeological digs, and time spent relaxing with friends, too! […]

Katherine Marcoux ’14 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Andorra

Posted May 8, 2014
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Katherine Marcoux’s passion for  learning languages began at a young age. As a child, her family moved to Italy and then Japan, where she immersed herself in the different cultures and languages. In high school, she studied French and Spanish, took a semester of Mandarin, and continued to study Japanese. “I think being exposed to […]

NSF Funding Allows Geology Chair Arlo Weil and Students to Study Andes Mountains

Posted April 30, 2014
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Professor Arlo Weil, chair of the Geology department, and long-time colleague Adolph Yonkee of Weber State University have received approximately $325,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow them to study the tectonic and deformation history of the portion of the Andes mountains found in Argentina. Much of the funding from the […]

2014 Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows Named

Posted April 17, 2014
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Thirteen members of the Class of 2015 have been named Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows and will spend their summer on research interests spanning Medieval Iberia to 2020 Tokyo. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given Bryn Mawr College a grant in honor of Bryn Mawr alumna Hanna Holborn Gray, ’50 who served as chair […]

Angie Chen ’16 Develops Blue Bus App for Android Phones

Posted April 17, 2014
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Angie Chen ’16 has developed a free Blue Bus app that is currently available for Android phones. The app provides users with access to each day’s updated Blue Bus schedule, as well as an option to search for a pick up at a specific time and date. Angie, a computer science major who created the […]

Psychology’s Marc Schulz and Students Continue Work With Long-Running Study of Human Development

Posted April 3, 2014
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Starting in 1938 and continuing to this day, The Study of Adult Development is one of the longest-running and influential longitudinal studies of human development ever undertaken. For 76 years, two groups of men have been studied from adolescence into late life to identify the predictors of healthy aging. For more than 12 years, Bryn […]

Community is Key for Aspiring Advocate and Watson Fellowship Awardee Ashley Hahn ‘14

Posted March 20, 2014
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Ashley Hahn’s lifelong passion for community service began when she was barely a toddler, tagging along with her father at local fire department events in her hometown of Allamuchy, N.J. At Bryn Mawr, the same commitment to community drew the psychology and political science double major to the Praxis program, where she was able to […]

Marian Bechtel ’16 Presents at TEDxTEEN Event in NYC

Posted March 12, 2014

Marian Bechtel ’16 was selected as a presenter at the TEDxTEEN event held in New York City on March 1. Her presentation, “Banjos, Landmines, & Saying Yes,” described her research; combining a love of music with an interest in landmine detection, and the decisions she made to make it all happen. “The minute I walked on […]

Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer Receives NIH Grant to Continue Researching the Impact of Molybdenum on Human Health

Posted February 26, 2014
Professor Sharon Burgmayer and the members of her 2013-14 Research Group

Since the year 2000, Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer and her research team have been looking into the relationship of the metal molybdenum to human health. Burgmayer and her team recently received an additional grant of nearly $285,000 to continue the research for three more years. All the funding for the research has come from the National Institutes of Health.

Physics Majors Chronicle Summer Research and Internships

Posted October 3, 2013

The fall semester may be in full swing but students continue to share the many exciting research and internship opportunities they participated in over the summer. The Department of Physics has posted blog entries from several seniors who took part in summer research programs and internships. Elisa Yang, worked in the Magnetoelectronics and Spintronics group […]

Students Present Research at Summer Science Poster Session

Posted October 3, 2013

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. […]

Inaugural Pensby Center Internship Honors the History of Diversity

Posted June 24, 2013
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A luncheon and discussion group served as the kickoff event of the inaugural Pensby Center summer internships at the College. The two interns, Alexis De La Rosa ’15  and Lauren Footman ’14, discussed their planned research and projects, centered on uncovering the history of diversity at Bryn Mawr College. The internships are the result of […]

Sakina Abdus Shakur ’13 Awarded Fulbright Research Grant to Greece

Posted June 20, 2013
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Sakina Abdus Shakur ’13 has received a Fulbright Research Grant to travel to Greece, where she will study the works of Camus, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and others while conducting interviews with a diverse group of Athenian youth, ages 20-27. Shakur’s project will explore the emotions of these young people in the context of Camus’ idea of absurdism. […]

Bryn Mawr Geologists and Students Study the Causes of Key Biodiversity Event

Posted May 2, 2013
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After looking to better understand Earth’s most devastating mass extinction, Assistant Professor of Geology Pedro Marenco and his students have now turned to a period in which life flourished dramatically. “Contrasting long-term global and short-term local redox proxies during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: A case study from Fossil Mountain, Utah, USA” is the second […]

Melanie Rowe ’13 Focuses Thesis Research on Personal Experiences

Posted March 21, 2013
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Growing up in a rural, working-class family, Melanie Rowe ’13 never imagined that she would be graduating from Bryn Mawr College and pursuing her MBA/MPH at Case Western Reserve University. Her parents instilled in her a strong respect for hard work and an understanding that some people may relate certain mannerisms or appearance to a person’s […]

Students Use Math to Make Bryn Mawr and Surrounding Community Greener

Posted January 16, 2013
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Bryn Mawr students, faculty members and administrators, as well as representatives from Lower Merion Township (home of the College), gathered in a Park Science building lecture hall at the end of last semester to hear presentations from senior math majors who spent the fall semester looking at the numbers behind several possible environmental initiatives. Three […]

Geology Students and Professor Explore Arctic Sea Floor

Posted October 18, 2012

Last fall Evan Rivers was a sophomore who had planned on being a chemistry major but was thinking about switching to Geology. At the same time, Kelsey Meisenhelder, a Haverford student majoring in Geology at Bryn Mawr, was spending a semester in Hawaii, led by her interest in volcanoes. An article on Bryn Mawr’s website […]

Students Present Findings in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference

Posted October 18, 2012
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Fourteen students presented research in the humanities and social sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference held in the Ely Room on Friday, Sept. 28. This is the first year that the Hanna Holborn Gray Program held a formal conference for its fellows to present their findings. The idea came from graduate student mentors Jessica […]

Students Present Research Findings in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science, and More at Poster Session

Posted September 20, 2012

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 week, 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. […]

Bryn Mawr Geology Team’s Experiment in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Program Chronicled in New Video

Posted September 13, 2012

As we reported in July, a team of six geology majors and their faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Selby Cull, were in Houston this summer taking part in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, in which student researchers are able to do experiments in near-zero gravity aboard a specially modified Boeing 727 that’s been dubbed “The […]

Geology Majors Test “Martian Soil” With NASA Microgravity Program

Posted July 26, 2012
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A team of six geology majors and their faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Selby Cull, were in Houston this month taking part in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, in which student researchers are able to do experiments in near-zero gravity aboard a specially modified Boeing 727 that’s been dubbed “The Vomit Comet.”

Making up the team was Alice Clark ’12, Simona Clausnitzer ’14, Hannah Gatz-Miller ’12, Christina Lee ’12, Danyelle Phillips ’14, Mary Schultz ’12, and Anna Woodson ’12. Woodson was unable to travel to Houston.

Collaborative Effort to Measure Food Waste Moves BMC One Step Closer to Composting

Posted May 17, 2012
Daniele Arad-Neeman and Karen Leitner sponsored a Plenary resolution supporting the composting of food waste

Letting nature take its course sometimes requires a surprising level of effort. Bryn Mawr College produces a substantial quantity of food waste, and composting it—allowing natural processes to transform it into nourishment for growing plants—has long been an appealing prospect to environmentally conscious members of the college community. Last year, a group of students investigated […]

Johanna Best, Ph.D. Candidate, Receives Fulbright Research Grant to Greece

Posted April 26, 2012
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Archaeology Ph.D. candidate Johanna Best has received a Fulbright Research Grant to Greece, where she will continue her dissertation on sacred spaces along roadways in ancient Attica. “The Fulbright has made my dissertation work possible by allowing me to see the sites that I am studying with my own eyes,” she says. “It provides me […]

Bryn Mawr College Fulbright Tally at Seven: Recipients to Travel to Austria, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea

Posted April 5, 2012
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Updated May 10, 2012, with profile of Sherella Williams Last year, Bryn Mawr was among the top producers of Fulbright recipients among all colleges and universities nationally, and it appears that our students are on track for the same sort of success again in 2012. So far, seven Bryn Mawr students have decided to accept […]

Anna Melker ’12 Continues Her Quest for the “Holy Grail” of Clean Energy With Fulbright Research Grant to Sweden

Posted April 5, 2012
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Bryn Mawr chemistry major Anna Melker ’12, recipient of a 2012-13 Fulbright Research Grant, will travel  to Sweden’s Uppsala University this fall in search of what she calls the “holy grail” of clean energy. “I chose to apply for the Fulbright so I could continue my study of hydrogen fuel research, the ‘holy grail’ of […]

Sara Neidorf ’12 Receives Fulbright Research Grant to Study German Cinema at Humboldt University in Berlin

Posted April 5, 2012

Sara Neidorf ’12, a Comparative Literature/German double major with a minor in Film Studies, has received a Fulbright Research Grant to study at Humboldt University in Berlin for the 2012-13 academic year. Neidorf will study film theory, history, and exhibition history, and conduct independent research on the state of cinema-going in Berlin today.  She will […]

Kayla McDaniel ’12 Combines Many Passions in Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Mexico

Posted April 5, 2012
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Although she grew up only an hour north of the Mexican border in Tucson, Arizona, Kayla McDaniel’s interest in Spanish didn’t solidify until she came to Bryn Mawr. “I took elementary intensive my freshman year with Profesora Ines Arribas and I was hooked,” says McDaniel ’12, who is a biology major with a focus on […]

Andrea Tang ’12 to Study Korean Language, Culture, and Politics As Fulbright Teaching Assistant in South Korean

Posted April 5, 2012
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As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, Andrea Tang ’12 will not only be able to pursue her interest in the Korean language and the culture and politics of the area, she’ll also have an opportunity to get closer to some of the family she’ll leave behind here in the United States. “Within […]

Tri-Co Hosts Second Annual Digital Humanities Symposium March 29-30

Posted March 22, 2012

Students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swathmore Colleges have organized the second-annual “Re: Humanities” symposium, which will take place March 29-30 at Swarthmore College. The “Re: Humanities” symposiums offer a unique outlet for undergraduates from throughout the country to present their original digital-humanities research. “Re: Humanities ’12″ will include a wide array of presentations from […]

New Geochemistry Lab Allows Faculty and Students to Complete Cutting-Edge Research in a Liberal-Arts Setting

Posted March 8, 2012
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Bryn Mawr’s new Geochemsitry Lab Suite brings the latest technology to students and faculty as they work to unlock answers to everything from climate change to the Earth’s most severe known extinction event.

BMC Archaeologist, Students Unearth Evidence of Early Camel Domestication in Arabia

Posted January 10, 2012
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The recent excavation work of Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archeology Peter Magee and a group of Bryn Mawr students may lead to a better understanding of the expansion of human settlements during the Ancient Near East Bronze Age, according to an article in The National, an English-language newspaper published in the United […]

Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship Inspires Bryn Mawr’s Intellectual Community

Posted December 8, 2011
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For many at Bryn Mawr, Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship was a prime example of the excitement of belonging to a community focused on intellectual enterprise. The eminent philosopher and critical theorist drew overflow crowds to her public lectures, engaged in discussion with more than 80 scholars from around the region, and spent time with scores of Tri-College students, both in and out of the classroom … Read more»

Geologist’s Grant Offers Bryn Mawr Students Several Research Opportunities, Including a Trip to the Arctic

Posted November 17, 2011
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Two Bryn Mawr students will have the chance to join Geology Lecturer Lynne Elkins on a trip to the waters north of Iceland next summer as Elkins and her fellow researchers try to better understand volcanic activity in the area. The researchers plan to explore the mechanisms driving the production of new ocean crust occurring […]

Grad Group to Host Eighth Biennial Symposium, Titled “Feed Your Head: Food as Material and Metaphor”

Posted November 3, 2011
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Darra Goldstein, a pioneer in the field of food studies, will deliver the keynote address at “Feed Your Head: Food as Material and Metaphor,” the eighth biennial graduate-student symposium organized and hosted by graduate students in Bryn Mawr College’s interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. Scheduled for next Friday, Nov. 11, […]

Opportunity May Knock at Summer-Funding Fair

Posted October 27, 2011

Last summer, some Bryn Mawr students traveled to Wyoming to collect data that may help determine how mountain ranges came to be distributed across western North America. Another spent time in Paris and Chicago, comparing the effects hosting World’s Fairs in the late 19th century had on the two cities’ development. Others worked to improve […]

Hanna Holborn Gray Fellows Present Research on Thursday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 22

Posted September 14, 2011
Rachel Kesselman

Each summer, the college offers up to 15 Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellowships, which give rising juniors and seniors $3,600 grants to pursue specialized research projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The work can be the beginning of a senior thesis or a project that stands alone. The summer 2011 Hanna Holborn Gray […]

Bryn Mawr’s Summer Bloggers Are Going Places

Posted June 9, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Women Go Places in the Summer. That’s a fact—and it’s also the name of a blog by Bryn Mawr students about research and internships they’re conducting during the College’s summer vacation. They’re writing from (among other places) Washington, D.C.; Lusaka, Zambia; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago; upstate New York; and Paris—Paris, France, that is—not the […]

2011 Fulbright Tally: Seven Grants to Bryn Mawr Students

Posted May 16, 2011
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Update: In June, the Turkish Fulbright Committee, the last to make its awards, announced that Didem Uca ’11 had been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. In  August, we learned that Sarah Watson ’11 had also raising been awarded a Fulbright ETA, raising Bryn Mawr’s 2011 total from five to seven. By year’s end, five […]

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