Summer Research Fellows

Get curious and grow your ideas, Fisher! Spend the summer engaging in a research experience and earn Honors credit for it.

The Center for Student Research and Creative Work supports a competitive summer program for undergraduate students at St. John Fisher College to get involved in faculty-mentored research projects in a variety of disciplines and multidisciplinary collaborations. Last summer, students and mentors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Pharmaceutical Sciences but also English, History, Mathematical and Computing Sciences, Media and Communication, Nursing, Philosophy, and Psychology participated.

The full 10-week program begins June 3 and ends August 12, 2019.

Details about the program and application process can be found on the Summer Research webpage.

Applications can be submitted March 11 through April 5, 2019.

News for 2019

  • Special projects will include:
    • University Radiation Medicine Foundation funded projects
      • Up to 4 students will be awarded stipends and research supply funds to investigate radiation medicine-related projects. Students in any major can propose work under this special project. One of the 4 projects can be cancer-related.
      • Funding for this special project has been made available by Fisher alum Dr. Timothy Kinsella and the University Radiation Medicine Foundation.

Additional Program Details

All questions should be directed to Center Director, Dr. Kristin Picardo (; 585-899-3802).

Posted by / March 12, 2019

Mensa Testing at Fisher

Mensa is a high IQ organization:

Rochester Area Mensa is hosting Mensa Admission Testing on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 01:00 pm until 04:00 pm.


Two tests are administered; a qualifying score on either one allows you become a member.

(This is NOT the Culture Fair test battery.)

Test location: Kearney Hall, Classroom 314

St. John Fisher College

Your Proctors will be: Robert B. Horner and Robert N. Markwick.

Prior registration is required; registrations accepted in the order received. Registration by email is preferred. If calling, be prepared to leave a message if necessary with your name, preferred call back number, and a suggested good time to call.

Contact Info: Terry Redfield
(585) 204-7210


March 14th – Pi Day Promotion:

On Thursday, March 14th, the Mensa Practice Test – normally priced at $18 – will be available to you for $3.14 online.

There is only ONE Mensa Home Test.  If you have taken it before, it will be the same one.  It could still energize a few synapses and help you on the test.  It will be up to you to decide if taking the $3.14 practice test – or taking it again – is worth the price.

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Space could be somewhat limited due to demand.  To RSVP or for more info, contact Terry Redfield at / 585.204.7210.

Posted by / March 12, 2019

More detail: Congress to Campus

On Thursday March 14, Honors is having breakfast with two former members of Congress: Democrat Larry LaRocco and Republican Tim Petri. Join us in Ward-Haffey at 8:15am. If you’re not on a meal plan let me know and I’ll get you a free pass.

Tim Petri
Larry LaRocco

The Congressmen’s visit to campus was organized by Dr. Kathleen Donovan, assistant professor of political science and advisor to Fisher’s Political Action Club. She believes the Congress to Campus program will help students better understand how lawmaking and the political process work, and make the abstract concept of “Washington” more concrete.

 “What is great about this program is that it connects across so many content areas. Not only will political science students get to hear firsthand about campaigning and governing, but history students will hear the legislative perspective on military and security issues, and accounting students will hear about making tax policy,” she explained. “My hope is that students will leave feeling more informed about the political process, and more capable of participating in it. The goal is partially to show students the connections between politics and their own interests. Regardless of major, I hope students leave wanting to stay informed on topics that are important to them.”

LaRocco is a former democratic Member of Congress who represented the First District of Idaho from 1991 to 1995. While in Congress, he served on the influential House Financial Services Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

A leader in the intersection of financial services and public policy, his career in finance started in 1973 in Idaho’s banking industry, including work as an executive in the securities sector with Shearson Lehman Hutton and Piper Jaffray. After Congress, he served for five years as managing director of the American Bankers Association for affiliate organizations in securities and insurance. In 2000, he co-founded LaRocco & Associates, Inc. with his son and in 2003, LaRocco joined Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations and led the organization as its president.

U.S. Representative Tim Petri represented Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District for 18 terms until his retirement at the end of the 113th Congress (January 2015).  He was a senior member of both the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. In the 113th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and previously served as chair of the Aviation Subcommittee. A lawyer in private practice in Wisconsin, Petri also served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1973 to 1979.

In addition to his legislative work, Petri at various times in his career served as the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives-British Parliament exchange, the House French and German Caucuses, and was an active participant in U.S. House-Japanese Diet discussions.  In appreciation of his efforts, in November 2015 Japanese Emperor Akihito conferred on Petri honorary membership in the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver level, and in early 2016, Queen Elizabeth II made Petri an honorary Officer of the British Empire.

Posted by / March 11, 2019

Perspectives in Storytelling…

by Brandon Schlemmer

Perspectives Through Storytelling is a brand new Honors course that has an approach different from any other. Taught by Professor and Rochester Journalist Mary Stone, this class addresses today’s current issues through the lens of a journalist. Throughout this semester, we will be conducting interviews on various groups of people ranging from the disadvantaged youth of Rochester to people from different countries. The primary objective of this course is to open our eyes and “burst our bubbles” by embracing the unknown.

Posted by / February 25, 2019

Stress-less Midterm Event

Fun and stress free!

“UP” in Basil 135

Quiet study and de-stress activities in Pioch 123

Monday February 25


Posted by / February 20, 2019

Submit to The Review…

The SJFC Journal of Undergraduate Student Research


Information and Submission:


  • Papers from 5-20 pages, double-spaced
  • Papers written at Fisher since January of 2018
  • Papers in a language other than English
  • Conference posters



The Review features the finest original, scholarly, and archival research completed by St. John Fisher College undergraduates from all schools and disciplines.

Posted by / February 20, 2019

Fall 2019 Honors Courses

HNRS 275 P1 Lucia Guarino Topic: Science Fiction MW 2:30-3:50

HNRS 280 P2 Joellen Maples Topic: “Trigger Me:” Examining Race, Bias, and Taking Action MW 4-5:20

HNRS 285 P3 Fernan Cepero Topic: Metamorphosis: Change Management & Paradigm Shifts W 6:15-9:20

HNRS 290 P4 Munawar Karim Topic: Technology and Progress TR 9:30-10:50

We will offer 6 sections of Honors 101, a 1-credit seminar for which we will need upperclass mentors, for Honors credit.

If you’d like to work on TEDxSJFC, you can do so for Honors credit!

Visit this Google Doc to keep up on future plans.

Posted by / February 12, 2019

The Journey Begins

“Always the beautiful answer who asks the most beautiful question” – E.E. Cummings

Welcome to the Fisher Honors Blog! Stay tuned for featured courses, events, and a glimpse of the great work Honors students are doing all over campus…

Posted by / February 12, 2019