While most college students have traded rigorous academic work for relaxing on the beach, Mountain Top resident Thomas Bernardo will give up summer vacation to remain on campus at Saint Joseph’s University as a member of the Summer Scholars Program. Bernardo is one of 114 students who will engage in faculty-mentored research and creative projects at the University this summer.
The program, which runs for 11 weeks from May until August, requires students to work exclusively with a faculty member to produce a written description of their research that will be published by the University, and to present their findings next spring during the Celebration of Student Achievement event. For their work, students receive a stipend, on-campus housing, and the opportunity to participate in social and educational programs.
Research topics range from local and national issues in the sciences, business, education and history to extended analysis of literature and fine arts.
Bernardo, a Psychology major, will work with Elizabeth Becker, Ph. D. on their topic, “How environmental stressors may influence fathers and alter transmission of paternal behavior across generations in Californina mice.”
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph’s University advances the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a demanding, yet supportive, educational experience.