Faculty Sponsored Research
The following research projects were supported in summer 2015 by faculty members with grants from various foundations and corporations. Interested students should contact each faculty member directly for more information.
This page will be updated as additional information becomes available. Students selected for these projects are considered part of the Summer Research Program. Unless otherwise stated, they are eligible for subsidized housing and other support, and are expected to participate in the activities of the program, including weekly seminars, area coordinator group meetings and, most importantly, the Research Ethics session and the End of Summer Conference on July 29, 2015. Students who participate in Faculty Sponsored research should note that they will also be required to turn in a final abstract and report to the URC (although it will not be necessary for the student to write two reports - the URC will accept a copy of whatever report the mentor requires, as long as it meets our minimum page guidelines). For questions about the URC's final report or presentation requirements, please contact the URC.
Note to Faculty: Opportunities will need to be posted by January 26, 2015 in order to be considered eligible for URC support.
Posted before January 26, 2015:
Faculty Sponsored Research Opportunities for Summer 2014:
- Prof. Dennis Eggleston can support one or two students to help with his research on plasma transport, a project funded by the Department of Energy and the NSF. Contact Prof. Eggleston, Physics Dept.
- Prof. George Schmiedeshoff may be able to support one or two summer students to participate in his NSF-funded project "Dilatometric studies of quantum criticality in f-electron systems" studying the thermodynamic and transport properties of novel materials at low temperatures and in high magnetic fields. Interested students should contact Prof. Schmiedeshoff, Physics Dept.
- Dr. Andrew Shtulman will supervise 2 to 3 students with a background in Psychology or Cognitive Science on an NSF-sponsored investigation of the causes and consequences of conceptual change, or knowledge restructuring at the level of individual concepts. Research questions include how prior knowledge constrains learning, how cultural input constrains learning, and how conceptual understanding constrains both communication and problem solving. Our approach to answering these questions will be fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, combining methods from cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology. Interested students should contact Prof. Shtulman, Psychology Dept.
- Prof. Dan Snowden-Ifft can support up to 2 students to help with his search for dark matter in the galaxy, an NSF funded project. Contact Prof. Snowden-Ifft, Physics Dept.
- Prof. Carmel Levitan may be able to support up to three students with a background in cognitive science on a project involving multisensory perceptual interactions. Contact Prof. Levitan, Cognitive Science Dept.
- Prof. Andrew Udit may support up to 3 students working on projects that involve electrochemistry and biocatalysis with P450 cytochromes. Projects may include molecular biology, synthetic chemistry, and/or biophysical techniques. Interested students with backgrounds in chemistry and biochemistry are welcome to apply and should contact Prof. Udit, Chemistry Dept, directly.
- Prof. Margi Rusmore will be able to support a full-time student or two part-time students student to participate in her research on the influence of crustal deformation on magmatic processes in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Contact Prof. Rusmore in the Geology Department for further information.
Posted after January 26, 2015:
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