Research

Research

Bryn Athyn College offers a number of research opportunities for both students and faculty.

Students:

All of our majors are supported by research opportunities. Most majors include a capstone research project, which is presented in the spring at a special reception.

There are a number of major-specific research opportunities available. Biology majors might join the Deer Study and track the movement patterns of white-tailed deer. Human Society majors might delve into the archives and explore the cultural impact of the Bryn Athyn Historic District. Psychology majors might work under a clinical psychologist, examining traits of autism.

The aforementioned Deer Study is in one of our most prestigious research projects. Faculty and students collaborate to track white-tailed deer fitted with high tech GPS/GSM radio collars in the suburban oasis of the Pennypack Watershed. Findings from this ongoing study have been presented at major conferences, giving students the unique opportunity to co-author scientific papers and experience project presentation at a professional level.

The Sherri Rumer Cooper Fund, founded in 2016, supports undergraduate science research at Bryn Athyn College, guided or mentored by Bryn Athyn College faculty members.

Recipients:

Faculty:

One of our most prestigious collaborative research projects is our ongoing Deer Study, which works to track white-tailed deer fitted with high tech GPS/GSM radio collars in the suburban oasis of the Pennypack Watershed.

Each summer, faculty members are eligible for research grants from the institution, and many faculty members apply for outside research grants as well.

In addition to seeking external grants, faculty members can apply for research support from several internal Bryn Athyn College and Academy of the New Church funds.

  • Bryn Athyn College summer research fund: supports scholarly work leading to academic publication.
  • Carpenter fund (An Academy of the New Church fund) and Carpenter Scholars: supports academic publication, translation, and teaching related to the history of religion and to sacred languages
  • E. Bruce Glenn fund: supports the building of resources and publications, or the development of curriculum with New Church perspectives in academic disciplines
  • Grant Doering fund: supports research and education projects that benefit both the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT) and Bryn Athyn College
  • Sherri Rumer Cooper fund: supports undergraduate science research at Bryn Athyn College, guided or mentored by Bryn Athyn College faculty members

Recent Faculty Research Projects Supported by Bryn Athyn College

Max Blair
  • “Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Hybrid Airborne Wind Turbine” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
Fredrik Bryntesson
  • “The Chipola River Wildlife Sanctuary 1950-52” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
  • “A Glorious Year: Ice Hockey at the Bryn Athyn Academy in 1920-21” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
  • “Ice Hockey at Bryn Athyn 1922-24, and the Career of Werner Schnarr” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
  • “Bryn Athyn College Deer Study” (Grant Doering fund)
Wendy Closterman
  • “Reading the Gospel of Luke’s Walk to Calvary as a Funeral Procession: A Study of Luke 23: 27-28” (Carpenter fund)
Stella Evans
  • Two New Murine Calcium-Activated Chloride Channel Regulators (CLCA): mCLCA7 and mCLCA8 (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
Erica Goldblatt Hyatt
  • “Assessing Compassion Fatigue among Formal Outpatient Hospice Caregivers working with Medically-Underserved Minorities” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
Martha Gyllenhaal
  • “Creating a Digital Archive of Canonical Roman Sculpture that Dutch Painters Used as Models” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
Edward Higgins
  • “Bryn Athyn College Deer Study” (Grant Doering fund)
Kristin King
  • “Research into Correspondence” (Carpenter Scholars)
Sean Lawing
  • “Re-membering Auðr’s Hand in Eyrbyggja saga” (Carpenter fund)
  • “Disfigurement in Old Norse-Icelandic Culture” (Carpenter fund)
Eugene Potapov
  • “Monitoring of the Steller’s Sea Eagle in the Magadan District, NE Russia” (Bryn Athyn College summer research fund)
  • “Pedestrian Traffic in the Pennypack Preserve” (Grant Doering fund)
  • “Bryn Athyn College Deer Study” (Grant Doering fund)
Gregory Rose
  • “Politics and Religion in the Middle East” (Carpenter Scholars)
Neil Simonetti
  • “Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning” (E. Bruce Glenn fund)
  • “Introduction to Information Processing Systems” (E. Bruce Glenn fund)
Sonia Werner
  • “Forensic Psychology: A Swedenborgian Perspective” (E. Bruce Glenn fund)
  • “Altruism and Early Christianity” (Carpenter fund)
Jane Williams-Hogan
  • “The Making of a Modern Visionary—Emanuel Swedenborg: Eyewitness to the Apocalypse” (Carpenter fund)
  • “Swedenborg’s Philosophical Project: Reconciling Reason and Faith” (Carpenter fund)
Aram Yardumian
  • “Genetic Diversity in Western Georgia: Implications for the Prehistory of the Ancient Near East and Its Peoples” (Carpenter Scholars)
  • “The Geography of Jewish Ethnogenesis” (Carpenter fund)