Faculty Sponsored Research
This page lists research projects that are funded by individual faculty members. Student researchers are selected by the faculty member, not the URC, but are included in the SRP program with the same benefits and opportunities. Interested students are advised to contact each faculty member directly for more information about their offerings for summer 2017.
Students selected for these projects are considered part of the Summer Research Program. Students** selected for these opportunities are eligible for subsidized housing and other support, but 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 August 2, 2017. 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.
** Recent graduates may be eligible to apply for these opportunities, however they will not be eligible for the URC housing subsidy.
Note to Faculty: Opportunities needed to be posted by January 26, 2017 in order to be considered eligible for URC support. Grants that allow funding to be used to support housing costs may not be eligible to receive URC housing subsidies.
Posted on or before January 26, 2017:
Faculty Sponsored Research Opportunities for Summer 2017:
Professor Andrew Shtulman will supervise 2 to 3 students with a background in Psychology or Cognitive Science in research on the roles of intuition and reflection in understanding science, funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation (www.jsmf.org/grants/20150005/). The focus of the research is on identifying cognitive factors that mediate the tension between science and intuition, as well as those that promote science learning and conceptual change. Our approach will be fundamentally interdisciplinary, combining methods from cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology. Interested students should contact Prof. Shtulman, Department of Psychology.
Professor Andrew Udit may support 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.
Professors Nancy Dess, Clinton Chapman, Andrea Hopmeyer, and Brian Kim may have APA funding for up to 5 students to work on various psychology projects specific to the professors' respective laboratories. Research projects will range from working with laboratory rats to study how anxiety and energy are measured with various techniques (e.g., acoustic startle, open field behavior, vocalization, etc.) to how emerging adults manage socio-emotional experiences and risky college behaviors in the context of peer groups to how consulting practices can reduce the science-practice gap for professionals in business. Contact the Dept. Chair of psychology (Prof. Kim) for further information.
Professor Mike Hill anticipates having several research positions in the Hill group focused on photochemical and electrochemical investigations of inorganic materials. Contact Prof. Hill in the Chemistry Department for further information.
Professor Eileen Spain may be able to support one or two summer students to participate in her NIH-funded project "Quantitative Atomic Force Microscopy Investigations of Adhesion of a Planktonic Bacterial Predator toBiofilm Prey." The bacterial predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus has been shown to robustly consume bacterial biofilms composed of Gram negative prey cells, and thus holds promise as a potential biofilm control agent. The proposed work will endeavor to measure at the molecular level how the predator differentiates between prey and non-prey cells. Since B. bacteriovorus is harmless to eukaryotes and is member of the human microbiome, both the specific and general biochemical knowledge produced by these experiments may lead to new, ways to control Gram negative bacterial biofilms. Interested students should contact email@example.com, Chemistry Dept.
Professor Margi Rusmore may be able to support full-time or part-time students who wish 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.
Professor Jeff Cannon may support up to four students working on projects in synthetic organic chemistry. Projects include the development of new catalysts, discovery of new transition metal-catalyzed reactions, and the total synthesis of biologically active natural products. Interested students with a background in chemistry or biochemistry are welcome to apply and should contact Prof. Cannon directly. More details on current projects may be found on the Cannon group website: cannonchem.com
Professor 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.
Professor Chris Craney may be able to support a student to help with the assessment of the TOPS program and the social impact of the program’s web site. Contact Professor Craney in the Chemistry Department for further information.
Professors Beth Braker, Shana Goffredi, and Gretchen North may be able to support a few students to conduct research on the interactions between an important rain forest tree, insect herbivores. and microbial symbionts, and how such interactions may be affected by changing climate. The research site is La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The station hosts a diverse research community of scientists and students from many countries working on many aspects of tropical biology. Students interested in applying to the summer 2017 Tropical Ecology Program should contact one of these professors for more information.
Professor 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.
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