The Goucher Summer Science Research Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on research projects. In addition to the opportunity to conduct research on-campus, students also have the opportunity to present their research findings to students and faculty from colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III Landmark Conference. The Landmark Conference is an intercollegiate athletics conference established in 2006 to bring together schools with strong academic programs. Landmark Conference members are Catholic University, Drew University, Goucher, Juniata, Moravian, Susquehanna, Scranton, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

For the past 5 years, students from Goucher College have participated in the Landmark Conference's Summer Research Symposium. In 2011, Goucher College hosted the Third Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium. 

Below are the summer research projected completed by Goucher College students during Summer 2013.  The research projects represent work from a variety of departments, including biological sciences, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, economics, environmental studies, physics and psychology. A number of the projects were interdisciplinary in collaboration and focus, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of a Goucher College educational experience.  In total, 23 students completed summer research projects with faculty members in 2013.

Please click on the titles below for abstracts and PowerPoint presentations or posters presented at the Fifth Annual Summer Research Symposium held at Susquehanna University on July 24, 2013.

Biological Sciences and Chemistry

An Investigation of Herbivory on the Invasive Grass Phragmites australis subspecies australis

Development of a Photochromic Nitroxyl Delivery System

Drug Delivery of Nitroxyl Using Photochromic Switch

Formation of PCB degrading biofilm on sorptive surfaces by Burkholderia xenovorans strain 

Metabolic Profiling of Xenopus leavis

Protein-protein interactions between widely-expressed and testis specific subunits of TFIIA and TFIID in Drosophila melanogaster

Pyroelectric Crystals as Electrostatic Accelerators

Studies of Structure-Function Relationships in Transcriptional Pausing by Escherichia Coli RNA Polymerase

The Fluorescent Applications of Silver Island Films

The Isolation and Characterization of a tfiia-s-2 mutant in Drosophila melanogaster

The Role of Zinc in the Interaction of TAX1BP1 and Itch Studied by Fluorescence Anisotropy and Structural Modeling

The Synthetic Methodology Towards the Construction of Spirocyclic Ethers

Understanding the Interaction Between Itch and TAX1BP1: What Does Zinc Have to Do With It?

Economics and Environmental Studies

Economic Assessment of Hydroponic Lettuce Production at Goucher College

Examining the Influences of Various Demographic Factors on the Location of Gas Wells in Pennsylvania

Market Offers Wealth of Tradition-and Veggies-for Immigrant Farmers and Shoppers

Summer Degassing Rates of Carbon Dioxide from First Order Streams in the Towson Area, Maryland


Good Character: Cultural Validity Study of VIA Inventory of Strengths (VIA survey) Justice Scales