Student accomplishments

Biology students at Goshen College are involved in a diverse range of activities — research, internships, clubs, and outreach.  Our department is growing and we’d like to congratulate our students on their accomplishments.

What are GC Biology graduates doing?

Twenty six students graduated from the department in 2012 – 14 Biology majors, 7 Environmental Science majors, and 5 Molecular Biology/Biochemistry majors.  In 2011-12, of the 26 graduates in the department, 100% of the 10 students who applied to graduate/professional schools were accepted -  4 were accepted into graduate school, 3 are going to medical school,  2 are going to to physical therapy Ph.D. programs and 1 is going to dental school.

Other graduates in 2012 are now working in the following roles — intern for The Nature Conservancy, intern at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, intern at an organic produce farm, and service volunteer with MCC.

Student Honors & Accomplishments

In October 2011, biology students Lynn Weaver and Lisa Weaver presented the results of their summer research with Dr. Andy Ammons through the Goshen College Maple Scholars program at the annual Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) meeting at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY.  Lisa Weaver presented on “Genetic Polymorphisms Between the Italian and Carniolan Subspecies of Apis mellifera.”  Lynn Weaver received second place in the undergraduate division competition for her presentation, “Ethanol Concentration Preference in Apis mellifera.”

David Graber was awarded a NSF REU position to work with Dr. Doug Landis from Michigan State University in the summer of 2012.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program is a highly competitive opportunity for undergraduates to work with professors from universities around the country.

Jing Jin was selected in the summer of 2011 to work with the Undergraduate Summer Bioinformatics and Computational Molecular Biology Research Program at the University of Wyoming, at Laramie, WY.  Jing was co-advised by Dr. David Liberles and Dr. Jan Kubelka.


Many of our students are supported in research projects by the Witmer Endowment – click here to learn more.

Nathaniel Tann and Jenna Nofziger were selected to work as Maple Scholars with Dr. Stan Grove and Dr. Ryan Sensenig on the photobioreactor project.  The project seeks to grow algae in quantities scalable for commercial harvesting of biofuels.  Menan Assefa, David Stoesz, Aradhana Roberts, David Graber, and Aaron Kauffman assisted in the project during the school year (Grove and Sensenig Lab).

Mara Swartzentruber was selected as a Maple Scholar to explore how stress affects the circadian rhythm in honey bee colonies (Ammons Lab).

Raymond Waweru, Emma Gerig, Krystel Pierre, and Alita Yoder developed a sustainable grazing plan at the request of a local landowner, Shirley Dyck (Sensenig Lab).

Jonathon Mark collected baseline data regarding the cover, density, and diversity of prairie plants in the campus prairie reconstructions (Sensenig Lab).

Building upon his summer of research in Kenya, David Stoesz spent the year analyzing and preparing a data set to explore how fire and elephants affect Acacia drepanolobium tree dynamics (Sensenig Lab).

Kristin Martin and Emily Fretz completed an osmotic fragility experiment using human blood (Manalis Lab).

Christian Allebach teamed up with Dr. Rich Manalis to develop phsyiological models of the sartorius nerve/muscle contraction in frogs (Manalis Lab).

Peter Martin, Lisa Weaver, and Mike Zehr dissected frozen bee brains and extracted mRNA for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to assay gene expression (Ammons lab).

During the 2012 Marine Biology trip, Mike Zehr and Greg Thiessen completed a 3 week research project examining nudibranch divesity in Florida seagrass beds (Sensenig Lab).

Nathaniel Tann assisted B & S Products in Goshen to identify a mold contaminant in one of their products.  The source of contamination was identified as well as elimination procedures (Saylor Lab).

Amanda Leinbach measured microbial diversity and distribution patterns in the soil of the southern campus tall grass prairie (Saylor Lab).

Using gene sequencing, Mara Swartzentruber developed protocols to assist in marine algae identification in conjunction with the Marine Biology program (Saylor Lab).


See the Completed Internship page for more recently completed internships.