Step by Step

Riley Lathrop, ’20, views the classroom as her stage. And for her, studying dance at Bridgewater State University raised the curtain on an innovative way to lead English classes halfway around the world.  

Drawing on her skills as a dance major and love of the art form, Riley used movement, rhythm, and expressions to teach second graders on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Slippery Subject

Laboratory work is an integral component of science courses, but it often focuses on conducting experiments for which there is already a known answer. Bridgewater State University’s Dr. Caitlin Fisher-Reid wants to lead her classes into the unknown.

Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant, she is bringing ongoing research on salamanders into the classroom.

Fisher-Reid mentors some students through independent research (see video above), but the grant enables her to extend the project to those just taking a class.

Student Profile: Manuel Pina, ’21

As a first-generation student, Manuel Pina, ’21, had no one at home to ask about the college experience. Fortunately, he came to Bridgewater State University, where about half the student population is first-gen, and faculty and staff eagerly help unlock doors to opportunity and scientific discovery.

Georgia on their Minds

Bridgewater State University students are hunting for answers to a question that dates back thousands of years: What happened to an ancient civilization once located where today stands the former Soviet republic Georgia?

Scary No More

This time of year, bats are commonly used to scare up Halloween fun, but Bridgewater State University biology instructor Maria Armour insists these mammals are not to be feared.  

“Bats are not scary, blood-sucking, rabies-infested animals, the total opposite is true, they are a very unique order of animals,” she said.

Armour would know, she’s been intrigued by them ever since studying the morphology of bat wings while pursuing her master’s degree in 2001 in New York City.

BSU in Top Tier for Undergraduate Research

When it comes to undergraduate research programs, Bridgewater State University can now say it offers one of the best in the country. 

This exciting news comes from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) who recently made the announcement and will present its 2019 Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) to Bridgewater State University on January 24, 2020 at the CUR Executive Board reception during the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC.

Students Shine at Caribbean Studies Conference

As one of only a handful of undergraduates at the 2019 Caribbean Studies Association conference, Christelle Lauture, ’20, could have felt intimidated. After all, she was there to present her research alongside professional scholars. However, the Randolph resident picked a different word to describe how she felt: validated.

Leading Light

Brahmin Thurber-Carbone, ’21, is only halfway through his Bridgewater State University undergraduate education, but he can check one item off the scientific bucket list that many never accomplish: Spending a summer researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Virtual Vision

David Desouto, ’20, has a vision, where students can travel the world to visit famous monuments and buildings, all the while never leaving the classroom.

The Bridgewater State University art history major has been hard at work over the summer, looking to turn that vision into a reality through a project funded by an Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Grant.

Sun Block

The recent total solar eclipse above South America was over within minutes, but its lessons and memories will last a lifetime for three Bridgewater State University physics majors.


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