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Undergraduate Research Spotlight

Summer 2018

Summer Spotlight: FCRH Mentors of the Year!

At this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium, FCRH proudly honored three faculty members for their wonderful mentorship. Dr. Eric Bianchi, from the Department of Art History and Music, was our recipient from the Humanities. Dr. Bianchi researches music and science in the seventeenth century. At the center of his research lies an eccentric Jesuit, Athanasius Kircher. Kircher is sometimes called "the last man to know everything," most of which later turned out to be wrong. Along with his mentee, Melani Shahin, Dr. Bianchi has been instrumental in helping students in the Humanities discover undergraduate research. He is a dear friend to our efforts who had this to say about mentoring:

I recently mentored Melani Shahin's project on the writings of Andreas Werckmeister, a Baroque organist, composer, and music theorist.  I have avoided Werckmeister because reading his German sends me into fits.  But Melani met the challenge head on.  So one of the joys of mentoring undergraduate research is that students go farther than their mentors and end up teaching us new things about our own subjects.

Dr. Craig Frank and mentees at the 2018 URS

Dr. Craig Frank, Nabilah Nashat, and Lauren Beglin at the 2018 Symposium

In STEM, this year's recipient was Dr. Craig Frank from the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Frank’s group is currently studying the role of fatty acids in helping bats build resistance to infections. His lab is also establishing the long-term effects of White-nose syndrome on several bat populations in New York. Dr. Frank's students noted his deep commitment to their interests and development. He has published extensively with FCRH undergraduates and is great supporter of our grants' program. 

And finally, Dr. Peggy Andover, from the Department of Psychology, and an expert on non-suicidal self-injury, was honored for her mentorship in the Social Sciences. One student summarized her beautifully:

“She has been the single most important figure throughout my undergraduate career at Fordham. She is someone whose advice has been invaluable, and her sarcastic wit has provided me with an odd sense of comfort.  I speak for everyone in our lab when I say that she has made a lasting impact on all of our lives, and we owe her so much gratitude.”

We are so grateful for the contributions and time that Drs. Andover, Bianchi, and Frank give to our students and to our efforts. A huge congrats to these extraordinary mentors.

The Scope and Impact of Undergraduate Research

Each month, Fordham College at Rose Hill is proud to share highlights from our thriving undergraduate research program. Our students are actively involved in faculty-mentored research across disciplines, participating in a range of activities including utilizing state of the art equipment in our labs, meeting with patients in medical settings, spending time in the community interviewing and surveying members to achieve a greater understanding of historical and contemporary questions, reviewing source data in New York City and even around the world, as well as collecting specimens in the field for our many projects based in environmental settings. Excitingly, our students' contributions have considerable impact in their respective fields and to their professional development.