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Scientific Research

Biology and Chemistry students at Rosemont College actively conduct undergraduate research with faculty mentors. We recognize that undergraduate research enhances student learning by providing opportunities to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom. Research not only promotes creative independent thinking, but also advances the ability to solve problems.


 As a result of research, students gain the research skills and confidence needed to pursue internships, post-graduate studies, or employment opportunities in their field. Students not only “do” experiments but also develop oral communication skills by presenting their work in both regional and national conferences.


Genetics and Cell Biology

The regulation of meiosis in the yeast, S. cerevisiae

Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas

Collaboration with Dr. Edward Winter at
Jefferson University

Cell research with Dr. Skokotas in lab.
Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas conducts research in collaboration with Dr. Edward Winter, a yeast geneticist at Thomas Jefferson University. The main goal of their joint study is to examine the regulation of meiosis in the yeast, saccharomyces cerevisiae. Becom a member of the research team and learn current laboratory techniques, improve your problem solving skills.

Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a scientist. Students who study with Dr. Skokotas won first prize three years in a row at The Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at UMBC (Biological Science Section).


Ecology Research

Environmental Biology: Aquatic Ecology Research

Dr. Jeannette Dumas

Stream Team undergraduate research.

If you have an interest in aquatic biology, environmental science and/or sustainability, you can join Dr. Jeannette Dumas and her research team, AKA the Stream Team, to study the health of the campus stream, a tributary of Mill Creek. You can assess the water quality by measuring the amount of pollutants, and quantifying the abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates living in the stream.

Dr. Dumas collaborates with a local conservation organization, the Lower Merion Conservancy. Conducting research in the field promotes creative independent thinking, advances your problem solving skills and exposes you to the process of scientific discovery. 

The Sream Team Facilitated by Dr. Dumas, who is recognized by the as an outstanding educator by Lower Merion Environmental Council with the "Go for the Green Award". She is featured on LMTV speaking about Environmental Science at Rosemont.


 Rosemont College Coral Reef Project

Dr. John Ullrich

The Rosemont College Coral Reef was built in 2013 to bring the exciting and beautiful world of coral reefs to our students while demystifying the intricate complex chemistry involved in a marine ecosystem.

If you want to learn more about the chemistry of coral reefs, you can join Dr. John Ullrich and his research team and investigate the taxonomy of Captive raised Mushroom Anemones. This research project works in conjunction with Professor Adam Lusk in the Political Science Department. To learn more about the project, watch this video.


Synthesis and Characterization of Metallic Nano-materials with interesting structural and physical properties ​

Dr.  Xiuni Wu

Collage of Rosemont chemistry students doing research and winning awards.Nano-materials have received much interest in the last two decades, as they often exhiit unique electronic, catalytic, optical, and magnetic properties. In Dr. Xiuni Wu's research lab, students are working on green synthesis and characterization of Au-Ag bimetallic nanoparticles using plant extract such as green tea and cinnamon. 

Dr. Wu and her students are also testing the stability and antibacterial properties of these nanomaterials. Students Bianca Paranzino and Krushna Mantri won an Outstanding Poster Award for their work with Dr. Wu  at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The meeing was held at University of the Sciences in 2017.