St. Bonaventure University

Student Research


The Department of Biology oversees two summer programs of mentored student research: the Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Program and the John L. & Léone E. Worden Research Program.

Faculty members carry on their own research, often assisted by students in the Borer or Worden programs.


Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Program


The Department of Biology offers summer research opportunities in the areas of cellular and molecular biology. This program, supported by the Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Endowment, provides selected students with a stipend, free room and board, and a travel allowance.

Recent Recipients

  • 2020
    • Mary E. Esposito (biochemistry major), working with Dr. Kaitlyn Dykstra.
    • Katharina Heitzman (biochemistry major), working with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang.
  • Erin McNell stands in front of her research poster2019
    • Jordan McDonald (biology major), working with Dr. Johanna Schwingel.
    • Erin E. McNell (biochemistry major), working with Dr. Sean Ryan.
    • Claire S. Schaef (biochemistry major), working with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang.
  • 2018
    • Nicholas Jodush (biochemistry major), working with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang.
    • Zinal Trivedi (biology major), working with Dr. Sean Ryan.
  • 2017
    • Rachel Pelsang (bioinformatics major), working with Dr. Sean Ryan.
    • Andrea Yamutuale (biology major), working with Dr. Johanna Schwingel.
  • 2016
    • Haley Majot (biology major), working with Dr. Johanna Schwingel.
    • Samantha Terhaar (bioinformatics major), working with Dr. Douglas Guarnieri.

John L. & Léone E. Worden Memorial Award


John Worden earned a Ph.D. in physiology from St. Bonaventure University and taught here from 1933-1973, serving as Professor of Biology for most of that time. He was also chair of the department from 1937-1947 and acting dean of the graduate school from 1943-1945.

This award itself is a distinction, as only the top juniors in the Biology and Biochemistry programs are invited to submit an application. One Worden Award of $1200 is given each year to support a mentored research project in the senior year.

Recent Recipients

  • 2019
    • Erin McNell (biochemistry major), "Effects of Disinfectant Byproducts (DBPs) on Embryonic Zebrafish Development," with Dr. Sean Ryan.
  • 2018
    • Samuel Chen (bioinformatics major), "Synthetic Serotonin Smoothies," with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang.
  • 2017
    • Jordan Powers (biochemistry major), "Regulation of SR45 Gene Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana through Artificial microRNA," with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang.
    • Samantha Terhaar (bioinformatics major), "A Year of Bioinformatics & Genomics," with Dr. Douglas Guarnieri.
  • 2016
    • Theodore Nguyen (biology major), "Expression of Stress Related Genes in Response to Food Restriction," with Dr. Douglas Guarnieri.
  • 2015
    • Sameer Singhal (biology major), "Synthesis of Precursors for the Bottom Up Fabrication of Graphene Nanoribbons," with Dr. David Hilmey (Chemistry Department).

Faculty Research Programs


Each faculty member's name is linked to their personal research website.