Broadening Access to Science
July 9-13, 2007
BASE Camp 2007 was funded through grants provided by the
Louis Calder Foundation and the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation.
We are grateful to these foundations for making this experience possible
for these students.
Students worked in small groups on research projects led by Fairfield
University faculty. The projects exposed students to important topics
in science, experimental design, current laboratory methodology, and data
The one-week day camp was free of charge to students. Transportation
and lunches were also provided.
Student participants and faculty enjoy lunch.
Project #1 - Psychological Research Project on Choices
Shannon Harding & Linda Henkel (Psychology)
We are faced with a dizzying array of choices everyday. How does one go
about making choices, and what are the consequences of those choices?
This project will examine choices and preferences in two very different
populations to explore how scientists can study choice in beings that
can talk and directly communicate their thoughts and those that cannot.
This project will involve designing two research studies, one with human
beings and one with mice. These two interrelated projects will unveil
the science underlying psychology.
Participants (in no particular order): Professors Shannon Harding and
Linda Henkel, Students: Eris Banegas, Marisol Garcia, Kyle Poveromo, Shaymaa
Salama, Ariella Sanchez, Sudie Simmons and Bryan Taylor
Project #2 - A Study of the Movement Patterns of the
Asian Shore Crab
Diane Brousseau (Biology) & Laura McSweeney (Math & Computer Science)
This project will be a Marine Biology field project which studies the
movement patterns of the Asian shore crab. (An important characteristic
of an "invasive" species is the ability to move rapidly to colonize
new environments). We will use tag and recapture techniques to generate
crab mobility data which the students can then use in the statistical
component of the project. The students will spend the afternoons in the
field collecting, releasing and recapturing crabs, and mornings in the
lab tagging and measuring their crabs, and doing data analysis.
Andre Bruce, Rubens Saint Paul, Jouleono Upshaw
Lilia Ricci, Laura McSweeney, Diane Brousseau, Nicole Enriquezi, Kelly
Project #3 - The Mathematics in Origami
Vera Cherepinsky (Math & Computer Science)
Students will experiment with constructing geometric structures out of
Sonobe and PHiZZ units, and will test hypotheses on possible shapes that
could be attained, the number of units required to construct specific
geometric figures, coloring the resulting structures, etc.
Professor Vera Cherepinsky, Tavia-Simone Bascuine, Jenevelyn
Carney, America Vargas and Meghan Dancho
Project #4 - Detection of Cosmic Rays
Angela Biselli & Joachim Kuhn (Physics)
This research project will consist of setting up a system capable of detecting
cosmic rays (scintillators, electronics and data acquisition) and measuring
the distribution of the time of arrival of two or more cosmic rays. These
distributions will be compared to the expected distributions predicted
by the Poisson statistics.
Joachim Kuhn, Brittney Wiley, Angela Biselli, Antoine Gary, Iven Sherman,
Kenneth Sinclair, Mike Talmadge
Project #6 - Investigating the Nutritional Content of
Jessica Davis (Chemistry)
Using several different popular foods, students will determine the calorie,
vitamin C, fat, sugar, and protein contents. Students will learn some
basic chemistry as well as some basic nutrition.
Professor Biardi, Rafael Parussolo, Denisha Moktan, Jessica Davis, Erin
Culbert and Marilyn Pearson
Project #7 - Turning Waste into Fuel: Synthesizing Biodiesel
from Food Waste
L. Kraig Steffen (Chemistry)
This project will give students an opportunity to learn about Biodiesel
as a new fuel and have the opportunity to do some simple laboratory synthesis
to make a small batch of Biodiesel. We will then try to run a small diesel
engine on our fuel! We will explore energy issues and the need for alternative
Professor Steffen, Alwyain Carter, Matthew Krischlunas, Jeffrey Sisler
and Andrea Della Pelle
The Poster Session
The week ended with each group presenting their research at a poster
Family, friends, fellow students and faculty from the high schools and
Fairfield University attended to hear about what the students accomplished
during the week and to enjoy refreshments.
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY.... NO WAY!
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