How did science students at the University of Redlands spend their summer? Spencer Tibbitts went
swimming—in 45-degree water to collect
samples. Hannah Bockenfeld went on a
hike—through a field of bees and wasps.
These students, and 27 of their peers,
spent 10 weeks immersed in exploration
and inquiry through the U of R’s Student
Science Research Program.
The program is a donor-funded
opportunity for students to focus on a
research project alongside a biology,
biochemistry, chemistry, computer
science, or physics professor.
Johnston Center for Integrative Studies
student Hannah Bockenfeld and Biology
Professor Dustin VanOverbeke spent
the summer monitoring pollinators, such
as bees and wasps, comparing areas
reseeded with native plant species to
invaded (non-reseeded) areas.
Biochemistry majors Christina Hanson
and Yuanming Song sought to lay the
foundation for medical solutions for
addiction and/or mood disorders, building
on the work on peptides of their chemistry
professor, Michael Ferracane.
Chemistry Professor Rebecca Lyons
was happy to have chemistry major and
spatial studies minor Spencer Tibbitts join
her ongoing study to determine the impact
of chemical stressors on the eelgrass
around the San Juan Islands, a critical
habitat for juvenile fish and base for the
local fishing industry.
Building on a lifelong fascination
with statistics and experience as chief
investment officer for the Redlands Student
Investment Fund, math and computer
science double major Torin Bakos,
worked with Pani Chakrapani, professor of
computer science, to develop software to
study trends in stock market behavior.
To learn more about programs and
opportunities for hands-on research
at the University of Redlands, visit