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Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects Program

The Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects (SCARP) program was created to support independent student research under the sponsorship of a faculty mentor. The program is a non-credit experiential learning program designed to enhance professional skills and provide a competitive advantage to participating students in the pursuit of career opportunities and graduate studies. At the same time, participating faculty scholars and researchers will benefit from student involvement in support of professional scholarship and research agendas.

DR. Rood with chemistry Summer 2014 SCARP students Stephanie Tretter and Ashley Landis

For participating in the program, students will receive a training stipend, room and board for the duration of their projects (from 3 to 10 weeks), and a professional experience as part of a scholarship/research community. They will also benefit from highly personalized mentoring from active researchers and scholars.

SCARP has been approved as a supervised research option that fulfills one of the two required Signature Learning Experiences (SLE) for Elizabethtown College students. Read more about SCARP and other Signature Learning Experiences here.

Apply for Summer SCARP 2016

Applications for the summer 2016 program were due January 24th. Due to the extended application date, Final Selection decisions for submitting proposals will be announced in the coming weeks.  

 An on-line application is available at

As part of the application, a short proposal must be uploaded. The Proposal Template provides guidance for preparing the proposals.  

2015 SCARP Biology

Program Requirements

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Agree to Sponsor/Mentor one (or more) students on a specific project
  • Collaborate with student(s) to develop the project proposal and submit as part of the on-line application
  • Complete Human Subject Protection or IACUC Training if IRB or IACUC application is needed
  • Complete project as described in proposal and award letter
  • Define (with student input) student learning outcomes, assess student performance on those outcomes and submit results to the Office of Sponsored Research by August 14, 2015.
  • Disclose any intellectual property created from the project to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

 Student Requirements:

  • Recruit a faculty sponsor/mentor and collaborate to submit a project proposal
  • Complete project as described in proposal and award letter
  • Complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training before final stipend payment is released
  • Complete Human Subject Protection or IACUC Training if IRB or IACUC application is needed
  • Certify level of effort documentation if required
  • Disclose any intellectual property created from the project to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

Jennah Krause, Alyssa Taylor present at SCARP conference


2015 SCARP Program Abstracts 

Department Student Name Mentor SCARP Project Title
Biology Alyssa Taylor & Jennah Krause David Bowne If You Build It, Will They Come? Success of a Wetland Restoration as Wildlife Habitat
  Ellen Powers Anya Goldina Role of social experience in social network stability
  Brady Morgan & Sarah McCarron Diane Bridge Using CRISPR/Cas9DNA-editing technology in Hydra to experimentally modify the levels of proteins associated with aging
  Miriam Balasundram Anya Goldina Individual recognition in the crayfish Orconectes rusticus
Business Tyler Butkus Petru Sandu The Potential of Black Soldier Fly Larvae as Animal Feed
Chemistry Ricky Castro, Kayla Hess and Gabrielle Yankelevich Kristi Kneas and Jeff Rood Metal Organic Frameworks for Luminescence-Based Sensing: Preparation and Photophysical Characterization
  Jessica Pigga Jeff Rood Synthesis and Characterization of New Main Group and Transition Metal Complexes for Applications in Catalysis and Material Science Projects
  Matt Jensen James MacKay Total Synthesis of the Natural Product Withasomnine from Pyrazole
  Sam Brooks James MacKay Exploring Regioselective Oxazole Formation through a Transition Metal Complex Catalyzed [3+2] Cycloaddition Reaction
  Colby Schweibenz Thomas Hagan Exploring the role of lipid composition in cellular membranes through the synthesis of giant unilamellar vesicles
  Chad Cronce Gary Hoffman First principles study of a diatomic molecule
Computer Science Brian Stottler Barry Wittman Documentation Tool for the Shadow Programming Language
Computer Science Nicolette Siermine Thomas Leap Cryptanalysis of the Hill Cipher 
Mathematics Kayla Novak Timothy McDevitt Cryptanalysis of the Hill Cipher
Engineering/Physics Julie Hess & Kimberly Kim Brenda Read-Daily Development and Modeling of an Engineered Drainage Tile for Nitrogen Management
  Martin Fevre Tomas' Estrada Implementation of Wireless Data Transmission in Monitoring and Control for Autonomous Path Following Vehicle
  Devin Drennen Kurt DeGoede Transition to non-proprietary MEMS sensor and creating 1st generation clinic ready therapy tools for rehabilitation of gross motor skills
  Michael Twist Kurt DeGoede Running Form Analysis
Modern Language/Japanese Alexandria Krause Mahua Bhattacharya Religious Terrorism in Modern Japan: Aum Shinrikyo Twenty Years Later
Psychology Andrew Kile Jean Pretz and Sara Atwood Creativity in Engineering
  Tatem Burns Michael Roy Musical Training and Time Estimation
Sociology Samantha Poremba Michele Kozimor-King  
Educational Assessment (EAC) Gabriella Rossi W. Brian Newsome Analysis of 2014-2015 Educational Assessment Data
Institutional Research Hannah Salai Debra Sheesley Research on Outcomes/Assessment Design and Research Tracking Programs for Humanities at Elizabethtown College
Development/Research Dakota Findley Cori Breault Research Humanities Alumni Regarding Their Accomplishments and using that Data for Web and Print Materials
2014 Dr. Goldina and students
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