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Stress Response During Early Development

We know nutritive condition influences how animals respond to environmental stressors. But little is known about what links nutritive condition to the growth and development of physiological systems. Professor Erica Crespi and her URSI fellows studied how nutritive condition affects the way amphibians react to stress during early stages of development.

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What Is URSI??

Vassar's Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) is an intensive 10-week summer program in which Vassar students explore original hands-on scientific research under faculty direction. URSI participants are engaged in the entire research process: they learn to formulate hypotheses, review scientific literature, develop experimental protocols, handle major instrumentation, gather data, analyze results, and present their findings.