Research

Students conducting research in lab.

Biology students have opportunities to collaborate with professors on on-going research or develop their own new projects.

Students and professors work together on projects ranging from paleontology to animal diversity to plant populations, genetics, entomology and microbiology.  Students have access to opportunities for lab work on campus as well as field work at the nearby Bartlett-Crowe Field Station and the surrounding Appalachian region.

Examples of current student projects include:

Students have opportunities to present their research at the college’s annual Ampersand Day 

Students present their research at Ampersand Day.Students present their research at Ampersand Day.

Students can also attend regional research conferences to present their research, network with other undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.Student poster presentation at the Association for Southeastern Biology, University of GeorgiaStudent poster presentation at the Association for Southeastern Biology, University of Georgia

2021 ACA Ledford Scholars 

Elizabeth Combs: “In the Confines of Plants: The Effects of the Ketogenic Diet on GABA Levels in Arabidopsis,” working with Dr. Fleet
James Patterson: ” Phylogeographic Study into the Age of Southern Appalachian Grass Balds,” working with Dr. Bresowar