Dolphin Heartbeats, Gypsy Moths, Cancer Drugs, and Much More: Wilson College’s 13th Annual Student Research Day

Women's History Month

Wilson College’s 13th annual Student Research Day is Friday, April 29. Experience some of the fantastic research and creative projects Wilson students have done this year with the guidance of their faculty mentors. From treating white nose syndrome in bats and cancer in humans to making campuses safer for all, Wilson students have contributed to our understanding of science, medicine, art, and civilization. The student researchers will present their research live or display it on posters in the library’s Lenfest Learning Commons and the Brooks Science Center. More than 70 students representing multiple disciplines will present their work.

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The presentations

The live presentations will shine spotlights on the mental health of single mothers, giraffe behavior in the wild, the presence of bacteria in cat foods, the likelihood of Lyme disease becoming a chronic infection, plastic pollution of the Conococheague Creek, and much much more. Presentations at the library’s Lenfest Learning Center will kick off at 8.50 a.m. with a welcome address by President Wesley R. Fugate. Presentations in the Brooks Science Center auditorium will kick off at 9.20 a.m. with an address by Dean of Faculty Elissa Heil. After a break for lunch around noon, oral presentations will resume in the Brooks sudatorium at 1.30 p.m. They will conclude with this year’s Disert Scholar Delaney Banzhof presenting on the efficacy of telehealth therapy.

You can view the poster projects displayed in the front lobbies of both the Library and Brooks Science Center. They will cover subjects as wide-ranging as gypsy moth infestations, potential treatments for brain cancer, suicide prevention, the effects of incarceration, and chronic conditions. The student researchers will be available to discuss their projects and answer your questions between noon and 1.30 p.m. at both locations.

The live presentations and poster sessions are free and open to the public. For a more complete schedule, go to