Kourtney Shoemaker, of Middletown, is one of eight first-year science students participating in summer research with faculty through Lebanon Valley College's Research First program.

Shoemaker, a graduate of St. Georges Technical High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Research First provides opportunities for incoming LVC freshmen to work with college faculty/student research teams during the summer before their freshman year of college. This 40-hour-per-week immersion experience in scientific research provides opportunities to learn many new laboratory techniques.