Nicole Lidzbarski

How can earthworms help us reduce the risk of cancer? Is your new favorite weed killer less safe than its competitors? Students explored these and other questions in an award-winning summer research project.

Dr. Marlee Marsh '02

Marlee Marsh ’02 was the first student at Converse to participate in SCICU-funded independent research under the mentorship of Dr. Edna Steele. Now Associate Professor of Biology at Columbia College researching environmental immunology, she’s mentoring a new generation of young female scientists. Together they are studying how changing environmental conditions impact the ability of fish…
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Converse College Faculty

Voice performance major and Nisbet Honors student Sarah Finley ’08 took advantage of faculty-mentored research at Converse to tie together her diverse passions in music, literature, and Latin American culture. She used that experience to help gain admission to a top Ph.D. program and now she is a professor of Latin American Colonial Literature at Christopher…
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Research at Converse College

While pursuing both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology here at Converse, Elizabeth Powell Dunaway ‘10 was also working on several integrative research projects with faculty. This type of personally-mentored research is rare at the undergraduate level but a hallmark of the Converse education. “I gained so much…
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Brandy Blanton takes on Scottish independence debate

Brandy Blanton ‘15 Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Joe Dunn, History and Politics Summer 2014 Nisbet Honors student, Brandy Blanton ‘15, witnessed history in the making as a researcher on the front lines of the Scottish independence vote of 2014. Her research project, Scottish Independence: A Youthful Voice, took her to Scotland and was funded by a…
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Kristin Jurewicz demostrates chair caning

Kristen Jurewicz ‘15 Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ruth Beals, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design Summer 2014 Nisbet Honors student Kristen Jurewicz ’15  received a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) grant for her research project, The History and Application of Chair Caning in South Carolina. Kristen was intrigued by this specialized…
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English major Kathleen Hines

Kathleen Hines ’14 Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Laura Feitzinger Brown, Associate Professor of English; Co-director of the Nisbet Honors Program Summer 2013 Kathleen Hines, class of 2014, received a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) research grant for her project entitled, Disease as Directive: Homiletic Language of Plague, 1625-1636. Kathleen’s faculty mentor for this project is Dr….
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Biochemistry major Lorita Agu

Lorita Agu was awarded funding through a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) grant to conduct research with her biochemistry professor and mentor, Dr. Jeff Brotherton. Lorita says their project, ASA3 Encoded Protein in Arabidopsis Stamen, was important to her “because nobody knew the answer to my question, ‘is ASA3 a real plant gene?’…
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Psychology major Katie Martin

Katie Martin ‘15 Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Marie LePage Summer 2013 Katie Martin received a competitive South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) grant to conduct her research project, Gender Roles and Social Comparisons: A Study Using Ecological Momentary Assessment. She worked with Dr. Marie LePage in the Department of Psychology. Katie said, “I was interested…
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Susan Ledford and Lindsay Eller Joint Research

Susan Ledford ’13, Linsday Eller ’13, Brittany Silver ’12,  Spenser Robinson ’12, Kandace Griffin ‘13 Faculty Sponsors: Dr. Richard Keen, Dr. Donald Scott, Dr. David Berry Summer 2012 Susan Ledford ’13 and Lindsay Eller ’13 were awarded a grant by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) to spend a summer researching the effects of…
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