Natural Sciences, Applied Science and Mathematics Division
Science majors at Defiance College are required to complete an undergraduate research
project. Although it is formally called a senior capstone project, the planning and
often actual research starts well before the senior year. There are multiple reasons
for this undergraduate research experience.
- To introduce students to the scientific method such as forming a hypothesis, designing
experiments, and data analysis and interpretation.
- To use the information learned in the classroom as a foundation for further investigating
of a novel question.
- And to learn some of the latest laboratory and field techniques they will encounter
in their chosen fields.
Examples of recent senior research projects:
- The Problem of Solving the Quintic Polynomial by Radicals
By Dustin Harris. 2002
- And the Two Shall Be One: The Marriage of Algebra and Geometry
By Gary Church. 2003
- One Good Curve Deserves Another
By Phil Schneider. 2002
- The importance of hair samples in forensic science.
By Amanda M. Montgomery. 2001
- The feeding and behavioral ecology of swallowtail butterflies in northwest Ohio.
By Kristina M. Steiff. 1998
- The esterification of carboxylate modified polystyrene beads with methanol via microwave
irradiation as compared to conventional heating methods.
By Todd Steven Osborn. 2001
- The effect of varying atmospheric temperature and relative humidity on the mortality
rates of exposed Dreissena polymorpha.
By Travis Cooper. 2003
- Increasing survival rates of pen-reared ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus)
by reducing human imprinting.
By Mark Gaerte. 1999
- The examination of the penicillin resistance generated in Staphylococcus aureus.
By Asma M. Najib. 1999