The College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics (CSTM) is invested in the Mission of Tusculum University. That mission is: Building on a rich Presbyterian heritage and a pioneering spirit, Tusculum University provides an active and experiential education within a caring Christian environment to inspire civic engagement, enrich personal lives, and equip career-ready professionals.
Each of the departments with CSTM are working to provide opportunities for students to put use what they are learning in the classroom into real life experiences through internships, job shadowing, and research.
Department of Natural Sciences
Research Opportunities – Dr. Dennis Ashford
Salamander Research – Dr. Conor Keitzer
The Appalachians are a hotspot for salamander diversity, but many of these species face numerous threats from human activities. My lab is currently surveying salamander populations in the area to better understand how salamanders will respond to different threats with the goal of helping to conserve these unique species. We have established survey areas, but students are encouraged to also develop their own related research projects.
Start time: Flexible, but surveys will be concentrated in late spring/early summer
Applicants needed: 2 – 4
Course pre-requisites: Environmental Science OR General Biology II
Approximate hours/week: Flexible, unpaid, course credit available
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Medicinal Plants in Appalachia – Dr. Susan Monteleone
This project is designed to identify, collect and analyze familial relatives of well-described medicinal plants in our region and assay them for medicinal compounds. Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is just such a medicinal plant, highly prized for its therapeutic properties. Its distribution is throughout the Appalachian region. Another such specimen is Broad-leaf Plantain (Plantago major), a weed that is commonly found in our yards and fields.Student researchers will assist in the collection, sample bioassay (preparation and processing), and analysis of study results. This project involves both lab and field work. We will take field trips to locate and collect related plants to process for active compound bioassay.
Start time: May 3 – 28, 2021
Applicants needed: 1 – 3
Course pre-requisites: None
Approximate hours/week: 8 – 10 hours, unpaid, course credit available
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