Richter Scholar Program

The Richter Scholar Summer Research Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent, individual research with Lake Forest College faculty early in their academic careers.

The ultimate goal of this program is to foster a strong commitment to the intellectual life, and to encourage participating students to consider careers in research and teaching.

Academically excellent students with an interest in research are invited to apply for the Richter Scholar Summer Research program in the early spring of their first year. During this time, they work one-on-one with a faculty member, doing independent research in one of a wide variety of fields. As the Richter Scholars live and work together and participate in a weekly colloquium, they become a community of peers, providing encouragement and support for one another’s research endeavors. The result is a group of scholars motivated to continue their intellectual achievement in the future.

Both symposia will be livestreamed on this page (below). 

The livestream will begin at 9 a.m. 

Morning Session — 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Tarble Room

Removing environmentally persistent pharmaceuticals from waste water

Anna Kathleen Garry
Faculty mentor: Erica Schultz

New Materials from Ionic Liquids

Gizem Ilayda Ozturk
Faculty mentor: Jason Cody

Examining the Role of the Family of Synucleins in Neurodegenerative Diseases using Yeast Models

Holly Ann Kiernan and Leslie Diaz (Casares)
Faculty mentor: Shubhik DebBurman

The Fish Lateral Line System: Hair Cells to Behavior

Anais Azevedo and Jeremy Daniel Levin
Faculty mentor: Margot Schwalbe

Data 3.0

Anna Ceslavska
Faculty mentor: Arthur Bousquet

Strategies for Filling Up Your Gas Tank

Ako Ogihara
Faculty mentor: Sara Jamshidi

Artist and Style Recognition from Paintings

Brian Rivera
Faculty mentor: Sugata Banerji

Afternoon Session — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Tarble Room

Telomere Genetics

Jose Carlos Hernandez Perussina and Martha Sofia Alatorre Martinez
Faculty mentor: Karen Kirk

Digital Innovation in Linguistic Practices Education and Development in Multilingual Africa

Andrew Kame Kame Mpondo Ngango and Fatma Allam
Faculty mentor: Desmond Odugu

Why do people judge that actions are more causal than inactions?

Hoku Mae Canlas
Faculty mentor: Paul Henne

Towards a host based therapy for tuberculosis

Alvaro Arroyo and Zoe Danay Draper
Faculty mentor: William Conrad

Assessing Procedural Justice in Police Body-Worn Camera Videos

Alexandra Gascoigne
Faculty mentor: Vivian Ta

Molecular mechanisms of injury-induced neurodegeneration

Doyinsola Oluwadoyinsola Ogunshola
Faculty mentor: Rebecca Delventhal

Timing of ER membrane complex 4 (EMC4) function in glial cells

Ines Andrea Riojas
Faculty mentor: Rebecca Delventhal

The early research experience students obtain through the Richter Scholars Program sets students on an upward trajectory that leads to academic honors and graduate school completion at much higher rates.

Richter Scholar Program Contact Information

2022-23 Richter Program Committee

Cassondra Batz-Barbarich (Economics, Business, Finance)

Arthur Bousquet (Math/CS)

Jason Cody, chair (Chemistry)

Anya Golovkova (Religion)

Matt Kelley (Associate Dean of the Faculty)

Richter Summer Program 2023

Arthur Bousquet (Math/CS)