Bristol-Myers Squibb expands research opportunities for DelVal students

Credit: Delaware Valley College

Apr 28, 2014

Thanks to funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb, a leading specialty care BioPharma company, more Delaware Valley College students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate student research. The company provided grant support for Student Research, a course at the College that allows students to explore a topic of their choice for a semester under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The spring 2014 participants will present their projects Wednesday, April 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Life Sciences Building. The presentations are open to the public. Guests are also welcome to attend a poster session in the Life Sciences Building’s Joseph F. Umosella '63 Atrium from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Students designed research projects for the course exploring topics such as: solar cells, three different religions and science, primate behavior, stink bugs, natural gas extraction, spore survival in dairy cow rumen, fear in chickens and sustainable energy use.

“All the faculty mentors, the students and the College acknowledge Bristol-Myers Squibb for supporting our student research program for the past three years and helping it to develop and grow,” said DelVal Associate Professor Dr. Cynthia Keler. “This semester’s Student Research course accommodated 25 students, the largest group we’ve ever had. Usually, the course has about 14-15 students. Without Bristol-Myers Squibb’s generous support this growth wouldn’t have been possible.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s philanthropic support of science and technology education focuses on hands-on, inquiry-centered and experiential learning activities that help students better understand and apply advanced scientific concepts and prepare them for challenging careers.  The company has provided $20,000 a year in grant support for the course since 2011. The grant covers project expenses such as materials and equipment.
The experience from this course is valuable for graduate school, professional school or, a career in academic or industry research.