Research at Emmanuel

Research at Emmanuel means taking "challenging" and "inspiring" to a whole new level. Our faculty explore diverse fields of interest-from the induction of T-cell tolerance in bone marrow transplants to the study of Hindu culture on the island of Trinidad-throughout Boston, across the country and around the globe.

At Emmanuel, groundbreaking laboratory research is conducted right on our campus. The Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center features state-of-the-art research labs on par with the neighboring world-class research facilities in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Our faculty utilize connections in the area and throughout the world to help bring Emmanuel to the forefront of today’s research world.

Faculty-Student Research

Emmanuel is an environment where countless collaborations between faculty and students are happening every day. It is a place filled with the type of personal interactions, opportunities and outcomes that are simply not available everywhere.

Our students dive into advanced research to explore the depths of their disciplines of choice, working side-by-side with faculty members as early as their freshman year. During the summer, many of these students receive grants and remain on campus to conduct ongoing research full time with their faculty counterparts. Such hands-on experiences offer powerful advantages; they build upon knowledge attained in the classroom, shape students’ intellectual potential and better prepare them for professional opportunities and graduate-level studies.

Faculty Research

Our faculty members are scholars with reputations and connections all over the world. They publish their work in prominent academic publications, present their findings at national and international conferences and are awarded prestigious grants to continue their groundbreaking research. Recently, Emmanuel professors were awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

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Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

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