Undergraduate Research Fellows
OFFICE HOURS: Monday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
MAJOR: Political Science and Theatre Performance
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Clarke Honors College, Honors Ambassador, NRHC Research Conference, Salisbury University’s Mamma Mia, SGA, Library Circulation Desk Assistant
I never expected to be able to conduct research as a freshman. Moreover, as a student with a liberal arts major, I was never sure whether or not I would have opportunities to do any substantial research at all. Through the Clarke Honors College I was able to start conducting and presenting my own research as a freshman. Research allows students to not only study their field, but to become a part of it. This was an incredible thing to experience as a freshman, and only increased my drive to continue to look for research opportunities. As a URF I hope to be able to help and encourage other students to jump into the world of research as early into their college careers as possible, specifically those students who come from more artistic and social science backgrounds who may not know all of the possibilities out there for research in their field.
OFFICE HOURS: Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
MAJOR: History- Secondary Education
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Eta Sigma, Posters on the Bay 2022, SU’s Student Research Conference 2021, Summer Research Project.
As a freshman in 2019, I did not know how I could get involved in research for the school. It was always something I was interested in but never knew how to get into due to Covid and being sent home for three semesters. It was not until I took Proseminar in History that I was exposed to research opportunities. The research I did on the Culper Ring, an American Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War, was such an interesting topic that I would not have gotten to look into if it were not for that class. My mentor at the time, Dr. Kristen Walton, encouraged me to share my research at the OURCA Student Research Conference in 2021 and at Posters on the Bay in 2022. I am currently creating a card game called Presidential Orders with my mentor, Dr. Alexander Pope, based on the game Phase Ten. Our goal is to create a study aid for high school students and fellow history teacher candidates to help them learn the accomplishments of our presidents. As a OURCA Research Fellow, I hope to encourage students to dive into research regardless of their major. As long as they have a question that they want answers to, there is research that can be done.
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Clarke Honors College, Honors Ambassador, Nyland Lab, Henson Summer Research Fellow, Rock Wall Supervisor
When I began my undergraduate career, I had no idea the impact my research experiences at SU would affect my future plans. After my first hands on research experience with Dr. Price studying endangered butterflies, I realized how valuable research can be. Since, I have made research a primary focus of mine, and I plan to go to graduate school in the future where I hope to continue exploring my passion. I spent last summer studying pollution on Eastern Shore waterways in Dr. Nyland’s lab, through which I have had the opportunity to present my findings and write my honors thesis. My experiences in research, although different, have refined my future career goals, expanded my skillset as a STEM major, and made me a better public speaker. My goal as a university research fellow is to help other students learn about the process of research, how they can get involved, and where it can take them.
OFFICE HOURS: Monday 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
MAJOR: Biology Pre-Medicine Concentration
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: 2022 NIH Summer Intern, President of Women in Leadership, Secretary for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Parliamentarian of Medical Career Society, Angela Freeman Lab
My first year at Salisbury University made me realize that I quickly had to adapt to numerous changes. I thought that in my first year in college, I would be able to connect with a research professor and engage in hands-on lab work, however COVID delayed my ability to start working in a lab and pushed back my plan to participate in research by a year. However, in summer 2021 when restrictions had lessened, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to shadow a doctor whose interests aligned with mine. In Fall 2021, in-person instruction resumed fully, which was a relief for me since I am more of a traditional and hands-on learner. Also, clubs started meeting in person, which prompted me to ask a Medical Careers Society club member what research was available. They directed me to Dr. Freeman, which marked the start of my research experience. I became an undergraduate research fellow so that I could help be a student ambassador and role model who connects students to faculty and mentors that implement their research of interest. My biggest goal is to help push students towards developing creative projects that will help grow and support undergraduate research at our institute.
OFFICE HOURS: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30
MAJOR: Philosophy and English
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Philosophy Teaching Fellow, Fulton Summer Research Assistant, University Ethics Bowl Team, Phi Sigma Tau Philosophers Society, University Host, Laridae Undergraduate Research Journal Editor, Philosophy Club, Mindfulness Club
Before attending Salisbury, I thought of research as something exclusive to the STEM field. With my heart set on studying English and Philosophy, I thought there were no opportunities to conduct research within my humanities discipline. However, Salisbury showed me that is not the case and I have had the honor of completing research within both of my majors. In the Spring of 2022 I presented a paper, advised by Dr. Cynthia Payne and Dr. Carolyne King, at the SUSRC on feminism and sexism, a topic I have always been interested in but thought I would be unable to formally research. In the Summer of 2022, I was accepted as a Fulton Research assistant, and collaborated with my Academic Advisor and Mentor Dr. Cristina Cammarano to complete a poster presentation on the roles of abuse and neglect within love. The experience from both of these opportunities has proved invaluable to my aptitude conducting research, the acceleration of my education, and understanding what opportunities await after graduation. I look forward to working as an Undergraduate Research Fellow to inspire humanities majors and others alike to investigate the wonderful opportunities that come with undergraduate research.
OFFICE HOURS: Friday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
MAJOR: Exercise Science – Premed Track
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: Honors Student Association President, General and Organic Chemistry Tutor, Lab of Human Performance Undergraduate Research Assistant
Life is full of opportunity – school helps to develop that crucial foundation for all of us. While classes and professors are invaluable to one's college experience, involvement elsewhere turns into something undeniably just as important. Through participation in several Honors and Major-specific activities and events, I have learned how much more I can gain from school besides that found in a textbook. The Lab of Human Performance is one place that has helped me develop my love for research – I have freedom to explore the more physiological and biomechanical benefits of exercise. Various leadership roles I’ve taken as an Honors student have also propelled me to find confidence in myself and my ability to support those I work alongside. With an ultimate goal of helping others – just as they have helped me – I hope to be someone who you can come to with anything ranging from research advice to school life. I’ll do my best to provide the guidance and support you need to achieve the greatest version of you!
Alison Wright - Graduate Assistant
- Monday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- Thursday 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
MAJOR: Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (B.A and M.A)
HONORS AND ACTIVITIES: UNESCO Graduate Research Fellow, United Nations Association of America, Phi Mu Sorority, Delta Alpha Pi, Gandhi Legacy Tour Participant.
In the Fall of 2017, when I first got to SU, my end goal was the FBI academy or some other governmental organization. When I was introduced to research by Dr. Brian Polkinghorn and Dr. Brittany Foutz, that all changed. Throughout my six years at SU, the opportunities of many different research projects made my experience one to remember. Research in the field of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution opened my eyes to seek out what else to world may have to offer. It only takes one person to make a difference.