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Did you know that undergraduate students at Penn State Berks can do a research project with a faculty member? Did you know that you can receive course credits for doing this research? Did you know that this is a way to satisfy honors requirements? Did you know that this can lead to a summer internship?

Students at Berks are encouraged to work with a faculty member on a research project. Students can receive course credit for this research, as outlined below. This research can satisfy some requirements for honors students. Several faculty members in the Division of Science have established research programs that you can join. The names of the faculty members and their research profiles are listed below. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate faculty member. You will need the signature of the faculty member you will be working with to register for a research course. You can receive one or more credits per semester for this research work.

In Astronomy and Astrophysics, the courses are ASTRO 296, ASTRO 496, PHYS 296 and 496. The faculty member with an active research group is Dr. Ruth Daly.

In Biology, the courses are BIOL 296 and 496. The faculty members with active research groups in Biology are Dr. Jennifer Arnold, Dr. Maureen Dunbar, Dr. Bertrand Eardly, and Dr. Tami Mysliwiec.

In Chemistry, the courses are CHEM 389 and 496. The faculty members with active research groups in Chemistry are Dr. Kate Amaral, Dr. Dave Aurentz, Dr. James Karlinsey, Dr. Lorena Tribe, and Dr. Ike Shibley.

In Food Science, the course is FD SC 496. The faculty member with an active research group is Dr. Hassan Gourama.

In Horticulture, the course is HORT 496. The faculty members with active research groups are Dr. Mike Fidanza and Dr. David Sanford.

In Kinesiology, the course is KINES 496. The faculty members with active research groups are Dr. Bruce Hale and Dr. Daniel Russell.

In Mathematics, the course is MATH 496. Please contact faculty member Dr. Mohamad Ansari.

In Physics, the courses are PHYS 296 and 496. The faculty members with active research groups in Physics are Dr. Ruth Daly, Dr. Robert Forrey, Dr. Leonard Gamberg, Dr. Daniel Litvin, and Dr. Jianbing Qi.

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