Russell L. Carpenter Summer Internship

The Russell L. Carpenter Fund for Teaching and Research in Biology at Tufts University was established in 1987 by Cynthia McFadden and Russell F. Carpenter in honor of their father, distinguished Tufts alumnus and Professor of Zoology, Russell LeGrand "Bud" Carpenter, A24, H77.

Bud first entered Tufts as a student in 1920, intending to study English. But thanks to the inspiring lectures of Tufts biology professors Herbert Neal and Fred Lambert, Bud decided to study biology and a lifelong passion began.

Professor Russell L. Carpenter sitting at P.T. Barnum's desk, ca. 1955

After graduation in 1924, Bud attended Harvard University, earning a doctorate in zoology in 1928. He taught at Columbia University, in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, before eventually deciding to return to his alma mater.

For the thirty years that was his teaching career at Tufts (1938-1968), Bud was a much-loved, well-respected professor. His research eventually led to the creation of the Radiobiology Research Laboratory, where he served as director and principal investigator. Bud also established the Tufts University Barnum Collection, which included letters and personal mementos of P.T. Barnum and acted as the collection's curator.

Bud was also a loyal and dedicated alumnus. For almost seventy years, he was secretary of the Class of 1924. He was the inaugural editor of the Tufts Alumni Review, president of the New York Tufts Club, and a member of the Tufts Alumni Council. He received the Tufts Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1942 and served on the committees in charge of redesigning the Tufts Seal and the Tufts Chair.

Professor Carpenter retired from Tufts in 1969 and, in 1977, Tufts presented him with an honorary degree, recognizing his life-long dedication to his alma mater, both professionally and personally.

Application Process

This is an opportunity for two undergraduate to be paid to carry out research with faculty members in biology.

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Application Deadline: March 15th, 2024

Award to be Announced: March 25th, 2024

Please submit application materials to the Biology Department.

Programs from other universities are posted on the bulletin board across from the Biology Department office, and on our Research Opportunities webpage.

2023 Carpenter Summer Internship Recipients

Annushka Veliko-Shapko conducted research in the Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices lab this summer studying procaine's effects on the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta. Her findings suggest that procaine can effectively and reversibly silence individual ganglion activity in Manduca sexta preparations. Future studies will aim to determine the role of the subesophageal ganglion and the effects of SEG-knockout on the nociception of Manduca sexta.

Liana Feller studied how antibiotic exposure affects sunflower development and floral resource content.  Her work in Dr. Phil Stark’s lab aims to better understand how agricultural practices influence plant-pollinator interactions in surrounding areas.

Learn more about our Carpenter Summer Intern Alumni.