The Biological Sciences department offers many exciting opportunities for students to become involved in research.
During their sophomore year, students take Introduction to Scientific Research, where they learn how to design an original research project. Working in collaboration with a faculty member, they complete this research during their junior year. In their senior year, students participate in Senior Thesis and present their findings to the department in a poster session.
In addition, some of our students go on to present their work at regional meetings, such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences annual meeting, the Ecological Society’s local meeting and the Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society’s local meeting.
Faculty members are involved in a wide range of research activities and are always eager to involve students. Faculty and student research has covered a variety of topics from questions investigating how to fight cancer to understanding how saw-whet owls migrate.
Students presenting their research projects at the senior thesis poster session held at the end of fall and spring semesters.
"Testing the specific IgY antibody-based delivery of an siRNA expression vector into target cells." T. Kegan Brumagen and Jeffrey P. Thompson, Ph.D.
"Detecting the interaction between human interleukin 13 receptor α-2 and its ligand human interleukin 13 using a FRET system." Joshua Raudebaugh and Jeffrey P. Thompson, Ph.D.
Kegan Brumagen (left) and Joshua Raudebaugh (right) present their research at the American Chemical Society Conference in San Diego, March 2012.
"Do Northern Saw-whet owls (Aegolius acadiucus) maintain kin associations during the fall migration?" Caitlyn Stromko and Karl Kleiner, Ph.D.
"The Effects of the Alpha-2 Adrenoceptor Antagonist Yohimine on Ethanol Preference in CD-1 Male Mice." Rafael Perez and Meda Higa, Ph.D.
Professor Meda Higa (left) and Biology major, Rafael Perez (right) attended the Society for the Advancement for Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS) conference in Seattle, Washington in October, 2012. While in Seattle, Rafael enjoyed the sights from the Seattle Space Needle.
Twelve York College biology majors presented their research at the 89th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science in April 2013. York College students were awarded top honors! Alexa Kunch was awarded first place for her research and Rob Harvey's research received a third place award. (L-R Alexa Kunch, Robert Harvey)
While attending the PAS meeting in Bradford, PA student presenters had the opportunity to explore the countryside.