Rutgers–Camden students from disciplines across the arts and sciences work hard on research projects throughout the year. At the Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (CURCA), the students display their work on posters and in other media to share it with the campus community. The following stories are examples of the research Rutgers–Camden students have done this year.

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Parent-Child Interplay in Food Consumption
In an age-old tradition, the family meal brings relatives together to nourish the body and rekindle kindred bonds. Students Amanda Edmondson and Amanda MacGhee are currently conducting a research study, that focuses on the social aspect of the family mealtime.
Sino-American Chess
Fellow electronic art majors Javier Diaz, Chris Hengen, and Jacueline Riel create 3-D exhibit that explains the relationship between the United States and China throughout the past century.
The Fruit Fly: A Tractable System to Study Mobility in Low Temperatures
This team of Rutgers–Camden students are performing research that could extend the short shelf life of donated organs used for transplants. By studying cold tolerance in the cells of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, Rutgers–Camden biology students are looking for ways to buy even more time.
The Energy of My Cells Wishes You Well
After spending most of his professional career as a computer software engineer, Greg Gibson decided it was time to complete his bachelor’s degree in something he truly loves: art. The 61-year-old art major at Rutgers–Camden says he draws his inspiration from various life experiences and dreams, which is what makes his art personal.
Investigating Neurospora in the New Jersey Pinelands
For students like Ryan Pachucki, New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve is a living, growing classroom. Pachucki, a senior biology major at Rutgers-Camden, is studying Neurospora, a type of fungus that grows in the Pine Barrens.
The Modern Past: Camera Phones and Early Printing Process
Working for more than a decade in the photography field, Robin Miller watched as advances in photo printing technology drastically improved the clarity and color of photographs.
The Infrantryman’s Account: A Comparison of the American Combat
Experiences in World War II and the Vietnam War
Shaina Mitchell, a pre-med/history major and veteran herself examines the complex psychological, emotional and physical demands that war places on ground combat troops.
The Beauty of Decomposition
Rutgers–Camden student, Victorial Widener’s environmentally friendly art project teaches campus community about composting. Widener made an acrylic compost tumbler and set it up on campus so the Rutgers–Camden community can drop compostable items inside and watch the natural decomposition of the materials.