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2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

Monday, April 29th, 2013 | Posted in News & Announcements by Paul Trusik | No Comments »

Awards are based on nominations by facilitators who engage with student researchers during the annual Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium. Students receiving these awards exhibited a high level of engagement and passion for their research project, high quality of presentation and ability to look beyond the project.

Angela Azmitia

College of The Arts; Studio Art/Drawing
Project: Beauty: An Artists Introspective
Mentor: Julie Weitz

Dane Bardroff

College of Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
Project: Expanding Circular Mechanisms
Mentor: Craig Lusk

Jessica Barron

College of The Arts; Fine Arts
Project: Mixing Wine and Gender: Cross-Dressing in Ancient Greece
Mentor: Mary Fournier

Emily Bauer

College of Arts and Sciences; Biomedical Sciences
Project: Changing Student Understanding of Engagement in Undergraduate Research at an R1 University Through a Getting Started Workshop
Mentor: Richard S Pollenz

Mason Chilmonczyk

College of Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
Project: Technical Design, Implementation & Control of an Atomic Layer Deposition Reactor into a pre-existing UHV Analysis Chamber
Mentor: Rudigar Schlaf

Mona de Torres

College of The Arts; Fine Arts
Project: Mixing Wine and Gender: Cross-Dressing in Ancient Greece
Mentor: Mary Fournier

Michael Del Valle

College of Engineering; Chemical Engineering
Project: Alertness Detection via Single Channel EEG
Mentor: Anna Pyayt

Morgan Donovan

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences; Communication Sciences & Disorders
Project: Speech Production Skills in Conversational Speech: Errors Related to Overlapping Speech Sounds
Mentor: Ruth Bahr

Kristina Gemayel

College of Arts and Sciences; Biochemistry
Project: Genomic sequencing as a novel mechanism for comprehensive analysis of polymorphisms in primary immunodeficiency disease
Mentor: Gary Litman

Samantha Groene

College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology
Project: Are You ‘Fan’ Enough? The Role of Identity in Media Fandoms
Mentor: Vanessa Hettinger

Jeffrey Hansen

College of The Arts; Fine Arts
Project: Mixing Wine and Gender: Cross-Dressing in Ancient Greece
Mentor: Mary Fournier

Mary Jamieson

College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology
Project: Usability of Electronic Reading Devices
Mentor: Lisa Elliott

Jena Keenan

College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology and Sociology
Project: Adolescent Adjustment in Step-families: The Role of Sibling Relationships
Mentor: Tiina Ojanen

Christopher Konig

College of Arts and Sciences; Biomedical Sciences
Project: Three dimensional measure of the degree of diversity exhibited by CDDI’s global compounds based on distinct fingerprinting methods
Mentor: Bill Baker

Benjamin Matlack

College of Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
Project: Increasing Your Walking Efficiency With An Attachable Device To Your Feet
Mentor: Kyle Reed

Milora Morley

College of Public Health
Project: Missing Incidents in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Antecedents, Descriptions, and Consequences
Mentor: Meredeth Rowe

Stephen Naylor

College of Arts and Sciences; History
Project: The Changing Face of Argentine Immigration: The “Ley de Residencia” and the Impact of Darwinism in 19th Century Argentina
Mentor: Adriana Novoa

Kimmy Nguyen

College of Arts and Sciences; Microbiology
Project: Strain specific generation time for Escherichia coli O157:H7 and its ramifications on rapid detection targeting the stx-2 gene in inoculated food samples using real-time PCR
Mentor: Aparna Tatavarthy

Yukiko Palmore

College of Education; Early Childhood Education
Project: The Passage of Time
Mentor: Ilene Berson

RubyLee Redbrook-Robinson

College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology
Project: Dying Is A Part Of Living: Death Anxiety In Minorities
Mentor: Amanda Holup, Whinny Shen

Meaghan Staples

College of Arts and Sciences; Biomedical Sciences
Project: CD36 Mediation of the β-Amyloid Signaled Neuro-Inflammation Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Mentor: Cesar Borlongan

JoAnn Tebo

College of Arts and Sciences; Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Project: Preparing for Future Hope: Analyzing the Hidden Clues in the Sociology of Science Fiction Stories
Mentor: Melanie Griffin

Philip Townsend

College of The Arts; Fine Arts
Project: Mixing Wine and Gender: Cross-Dressing in Ancient Greece
Mentor: Mary Fournier

Sandra Zivkovic

College of Arts and Sciences; Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Project: The effects of caloric restriction on isolated brain mitochondrial function in a transgenic P301L tau mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease
Mentor: Vedad Delic, Patrick Bradshaw

Undergraduate Researchers Help Create Online Exhibits in Special and Digital Collections!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

In 2012, the OUR partnered with Special and Digital Collections to create additional research experiences for undergraduates. More than a dozen students have participated in SDC projects so far and several have completed online exhibit projects. Gopi Patel served as Assistant Curator for the exhibit Living a Genocide: The Children of Darfur under the direction of research librarian Dr. Musa Olaka and Rebecca Stoll worked with research librarian Andy Huse on the project The University of South Florida: A Historic Overview. View Online Exhibits

USF History Students Win Top Honors at State-Wide Conference

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

On Saturday, March 23, USF students Stephen Naylor and Keith Simmons presented papers at the 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference. Even more impressive, both earned the conference’s top honors. The conference, held this year at the University of Florida, brings together undergraduate and graduate history students from across the state to present their research. Naylor’s paper, “The Changing Face of Argentine Immigration: The Ley de Residencia and the Impact of Darwinism in 19th Century Argentina,” won the award for Best Undergraduate Paper. Simmons won the Best Graduate Paper award for his talk, “U.S. Foreign Aid and Katrina.” Stephen Naylor is a senior history major at USF and plans to enter the USF M.A. program in the fall. Keith Simmons is a first year M.A. student, studying the history of U.S.-Latin American relations.

A Student’s Future Transformed by Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

Reflecting on his undergraduate experience at USF Physics major Ramon Alejandro Ruiz describes himself as  transformed from a simple college student to a dedicated researcher. He credits his success to dedicated mentors and the dynamic research environment at USF. Since joining the Functional Materials Lab in 2010, under the direction of Dr. Phan, Ramon has accumulated an impressive amount of research experiences ranging from co-authored publications to several conference presentations. Ramon’s next challenge is graduate school. He is currently culling through offers by Yale, Cornell, UC Santa Barbara and others. His accomplishments reflect the collective efforts of the entire USF community and we congratulate Ramon on his high academic achievement.

 

Summer Research Institute Florida Mental Health Institute- Apply Today!

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | 1 Comment »

The Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida is dedicated to research and education related to mental illness and related disorders.

SRI@FMHI
The Summer Research Institute (SRI@FMHI) is designed for students interested in building their research skills within the context of mental health to help them prepare for a Senior Thesis and/or graduate school.
Dates:
The SRI@FMHI is a ten-week program beginning May 30, 2013 and ending
August 7, 2013.
Click here for more information»

USF Undergraduate Researcher Wins Top Award!

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

Congratulations to Kenyaria Noble, recipient of the UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Scholarship Award. Kenyaria is one of only 15 students in the country to receive this distinguished award. Learn more about this Award

Fall 2012- Staff Senate Baked Goods Giveaway

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

On Dec. 10, 2012 the OUR participated in the end of semester Staff Senate Baked Goods Giveaway in support of Student Success. Students enjoyed a variety of goodies and learned about campus services and support.

NOAA Scholarships

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships (includes internships) to college sophomore students majoring in STEM disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics, engineering; and computer and information sciences.

Undergraduate Scholarships (for students who are currently sophomores):

Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship: learn more

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program: learn more

Eligibility Requirements:

- US Citizenship

- 3.0 GPA

- Sophomore in college studying a NOAA science: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc. at the time of application.

 

HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

OUR Director Named as Distinguished AAAS Fellow

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 | Posted in News & Announcements by Lisa Piazza | No Comments »

OUR Director Dr. Richard S. Pollenz has been named as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.
Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Read more about all of the 2012 USF AAAS Fellows.
Congratulations to Dr. Pollenz and all of this year’s fellows!

 

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