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Bucknell Researchers First to Document Firefly Pheromone

Bucknell professors, students head the research team that publishes a new study on the female-produced pheromone in winter fireflies in the ‘Journal of Chemical Ecology.’

Moria Chambers


Bucknell Researchers Publish Paper on Protective Value of Previous Infection

Biology, mathematics students, faculty publish study in Infection and Immunity journal on the impact of chronic infection on resistance and tolerance in fruit flies.

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Bucknell Students Take a Crack at Infamous Math Problem

An NSF grant opened the door for computational exploration and a big discovery.



Bucknell Researchers 'Step Up' to Find New Plant Species

The botanists publish a new species description, naming the Australian bush tomato plant Solanum scalarium.



Bucknell Professors Study the Impact of Pathogens, Environment on Fireflies

The Bucknell study is the first to examine the effect of bacterial pathogens on fireflies and may help address their declining population trend.

Alumni Brian Pei at his office sitting next to co-workers.

Alumni Story

Brian Pei ’13, Math and Economics

At Spotify, Brian Pei ’13 melds his affinity for data with his love of music.



Bucknell Chemistry Club Set for Halloween Show Oct. 25

Organizers will host their first in-person event since 2019 with kids’ activity tables at 5:30 p.m. and the show at McDonnell amphitheater at 7.

Douglas Collins

Faculty Story

Douglas Collins, Chemistry

Professor Douglas Collins' vast indoor air chemistry research seeks to isolate and analyze the abundant reactions between common household chemicals and home surfaces.

Jordan Isaacs '23 uses ground-penetrating radar machine

Student Story

Jordan Isaacs '23, Geology and Biology

Geology and biology double-major Jordan Isaacs '23 is using advanced techniques and technology to see what lies beneath the earth's surface — without digging up any dirt.

Portrait of Grace Hauer '24

Student Story

Grace Hauer '24, Biology

At Bucknell, self-proclaimed "people person" Grace Hauer '24 is furthering her ambition of becoming a doctor while helping other female students prepare for their careers.

Philip Onffroy stands outside the entrance to Dana Engineering Building


Bucknellians Awarded Record Seven NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Grants

The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Portraits of Professors Nathan Ryan, Darakhshan Mir and Vanessa Massaro


Google Award Fuels Bucknell Study on Prison Decision-making

Bucknell researchers will use the $60,000 award to compare data about 280,000 individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania over the last 30 years with the realities the imprisoned describe.

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Three Bucknell Juniors Named Goldwater Scholars

The number of students receiving prestigious math and science scholarships matches or beats some of the nation's top research institutions.

Bee brain research


Bee Brain Research Detects Metabolic Stressors in Pollinators

The team's ongoing research can help unravel the complex factors impacting the health and behavior of honeybees and North American native pollinators.

Portraits of faculty Nathan Ryan, Lara Dick, and Zhiqun Zhu


Bucknell University Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Bucknell is one of only four baccalaureate institutions to receive three prestigious ‘scholar’ awards. Bucknell’s scholars are currently pursuing their research in alignment with the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding in Cyprus, Costa Rica, and Australia.

A student stands outside a building on Bucknell's campus

Student Story

Flora Beleznay ’25, Biophysics

For as long as she can remember, Flora Beleznay '25 has been fascinated by biophysics, which at its heart is a study of the universe.

Student holds North American big brown bat


Taking Flight: Bat Virus Research Leads Bucknell Researchers to Uganda This Spring

Following a successful pilot study at Bucknell, biology professors DeeAnn Reeder and Ken Field plan to travel with students to study African bats' immune responses to the Ebola virus.

Marion Duval '25 runs tests in the lab

Student Story

Marion Duval ’25, Cell Biology/Biochemistry

At Bucknell, Marion Duval '25 is taking on one of the world's most threatening biological challenges, antibiotic resistance, through her lab research.



Bucknell Study: Bush Tomato Fools Bees With ‘Fake’ Female Pollen

The Australian plant is able to attract bees for necessary pollination to female flowers despite offering less-nutritious pollen than its male counterparts.

Georgia Corbett '24 dances with Bucknell Dance Company

Student Story

Georgia Corbett ’24, Mathematics

Bucknell's flexible liberal arts approach has given Georgia Corbett '24 the chance to nurture her lifelong passion for dance while pursuing hands-on mathematics research.