The Department of Biology at Grove City College offers students the opportunity to perform meaningful and relevant research guided by an experienced and accomplished faculty. Research laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment to support student research activities. Current research interests of our faculty include:
Dr. Lisa Antoszewski
Dr. Jan Dudt
Dr. Tracy Farone
During the summer of 2021, two students (Sydney Hanson ’23 and Abby Treusch ’23) who served as understudies to the original senior students, took lead on the project as garden and apiary managers. They worked with Dr. Farone to extract hundreds of pounds of honey from the bees and collected data for two experimental studies involving drone drifting and diagnostic testing methods for Varroa mites. In the fall of 2021, Sydney and Abby also delivered lectures to new students coming into the program. Under the supervision of Dr. Farone, this layered “watch one, do one, teach one” learning approach of the GCC apiary project allows training for newcomers with research and instructional opportunities for advanced students.
In the summer of 2022, Sydney returned to the project to add data to her Varroa diagnostics evaluation project and Ellie Persohn '24 joined the summer team. Ellie applied for and received a Gibson grant to develop a honey bee educational community outreach program for school children. Over the summer, the team, working through the Project on Rural Ministry, were able to serve a local church by helping with VBS, providing honey to foodbanks and widows, and even giving a guest sermon on honey and honey bees in the Bible.
In the fall of 22, Ellie and Lizzy Karns '23 worked together to deliver their educational outreach to students at the Grove City School District and pre-school kids at the GCC Early Education Center. You can get a glimpse of that educational program here. Abby rejoined the group and did an anatomical and dissection study of the honey bee. Sydney is working on designing a new project which would involve offering PCR testing for Dewormed Wing Virus (DWV) to the local beekeeping community to determine the incidence in western PA. All our project summaries are displayed throughout STEM in posters created by the students. This fall, Dr. Farone delivered a “Fiver” for chapel on Honey and Honey Bees in the Bible.
Learn more about the Grove City College bee project.
Dr. Steve Jenkins
Dr. Kristina Pazehoski
Dr. Devin Stauff
Dr. Darren Wood
Dr. Brian Yowler