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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Setting the Standard for Nursing Excellence

Within the Maureen Murphy Wilkens School of Nursing & Clinical Sciences, students gain the type of hands-on, practical experience that helps them emerge as well-rounded, in-demand nursing professionals.

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Nick Eline '23: Perseverance in a Pandemic

Nick grew up in a family of medical professionals—his mother and grandmother are both nurses and his father is a paramedic. “I’ve always been surrounded with medical jargon and stories of health incidents, crises, and the rewarding benefits of providing care,” he said.

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Nadel Henville '22: Creating Community Takes Center Stage

For Nadel, the stage is her “second home,” and the community she’s found within Emmanuel’s Theater program, a second family. While she originally thought she would pursue college theater as a hobby, she soon realized the work would define her student experience and provide a foundation for life beyond Emmanuel.

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Gianna Kittle '20: Advocating for Justice

Prior to coming to Emmanuel, Gianna had never heard of the field of sociology, but was very familiar and passionate about issues of crime and justice. Her time at Emmanuel helped her to not only put a name—but also, a purpose—to that passion.

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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: 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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