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  • Undergraduate Research Seminar Series

    Undergraduate Research Seminar

    In this interactive session, students will learn about how to get involved in research at  USF. Led by current undergraduate researchers (OUR Peer Facilitators), seminar attendees will have a unique opportunity to engage with students who have achieved success in their research endeavors. First and second year students are strongly encouraged to attend.

     

    Meet the OUR Peer Facilitators


    Dakota Becker-Greene

    OUR Peer Facilitator Bio Headshot_Dakota Becker-Greene

    I began undergraduate research my sophomore year in Dr. Baker’s lab, where I focus on the isolation of novel compounds from Antarctic marine organisms for application to drug discovery against infectious diseases. I have worked with the isolation of novel compounds from Florida fungi and currently work with Antarctic coral species. Through my work, I have been able to present at two local conferences, one state-level conference, one national conference, and I will be presenting at the 52nd National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) annual conference in November, 2017.


    Justin Coley

    OUR Peer Facilitator Bio Headshot_Justin Coley

    I first became involved in undergraduate research as a freshman in Dr. Kevin Nash’s lab at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. There, I participate in research projects aiming at using gene therapy to investigate possible treatments for neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. My current project involves modifying the Ube3A gene to contain secretion and reuptake signals to optimize its distribution in a gene-replacement therapy for Angelman syndrome. This project was the subject of my 2017 OUR Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium presentation, and will be the subject of my Honors thesis next year.



    Nicole Libell

    OUR Peer Facilitator Bio Headshot_Nicole Libell

    I got started in Undergraduate Research through the OUR acting as my liaison. Both of my research projects are out of the College of Nursing, conducted in the ICU’s of Tampa General Hospital. The first study focuses on the oral health of intubated patients while in the ICU. The second study focuses on delirium experienced by patients who are waking up from comas in the ICU.


    Sanim Rahman

    OUR Peer Facilitator Bio Headshot_Sanim Rahman

    I began research the first semester of my freshmen year under Dr. Bhethanabotla and Dr. Frisina in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department. My research is focused on developing next-generation neural prosthetics by developing a nanomaterial-enabled optical neural stimulation device. I am currently working on two projects, computational and experimental, to understand the molecular biophysics of our neural stimulation. I have published a paper and presented at four local conferences where I won a few outstanding poster presentation awards. I was named a 2017 Goldwater Honorable Mention and participated in the NSF Functional Materials and Manufacturing Institute REU program this past summer.


    Rachel Sieradzan

    OUR Peer Facilitator Bio Headshot_Rachel Sierdzan

    I began research the first semester of my junior year with Dr. Sun in the USF Morsani College of Medicine. My research is focused on the pathogenesis of C. difficile infection and development of novel preventative and therapeutic agents against Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). We use multidisciplinary approaches in our research, including molecular biology/microbiology, cell biology, protein engineering, immunology, genome sequencing, flow cytometry and nanoparticle delivery.

     

    Undergraduate Research Seminar Schedule
    Date Time Location RSVP
    Thurs. July 27 12:30-1:30pm LIB 210 FULL
    Tues. Aug. 8 1:00-2:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Thurs. Aug. 17 12:30-1:30pm LIB 210 FULL
    Sat. Aug 26 3:00-4:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Tues. Aug. 29 7:00-8:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Sat. Sept. 2 3:00-4:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Wed.Sept. 6 7:00-8:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Sat. Sept. 9 2:00-3:00pm LIB 210 CANCELLED
    Mon. Sept. 11 7:00-8:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Thurs. Sept. 14 6:00-7:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Tues. Sept. 19 7:00-8:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Sat. Sept. 23 3:00-4:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Mon. Sept. 25 5:00-6:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Thurs. Sept. 28 6:00-7:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Mon. Oct. 2 4:00-5:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Sat. Oct. 7 2:00-3:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Tues. Oct. 10 7:00-8:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Sat. Oct. 14 2:00-3:30pm LIB 210 CANCELLED
    Tues. Oct. 17 4:00-5:00pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »
    Wed. Oct. 18 6:00-7:00pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »
    Tues. Oct. 24 5:00-6:00pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »
    Sat. Oct. 28 3:30-4:30pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »
    Wed. Nov. 1 6:00-7:00pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »

    Researching a Mentor and Preparing for the Research Conversation

    In this interactive session students will learn how to locate information about potential research mentors on the USF website. Seminar attendees will also learn strategies for engaging in productive and professional conversations with potential mentors.

     

    Topics include:

    • How to locate information about potential research mentors on the USF website.
    • How to use information posted on a faculty’s web page to start the “research conversation” with a potential mentor.
    • How to prepare to have the “research conversation” with potential mentors.
    Researching a Mentor Seminar Schedule
    Wed. Aug. 16 1:30-2:30pm LIB 210 FULL
    Thurs. Sept. 7 3:30-4:30pm LIB 210 CANCELLED
    Thurs. Sept. 21 4:00-5:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Wed. Oct. 11 4:00-5:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Mon. Oct. 23 2:30-3:30pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »

    Marketing Your Skills for Success in Research

    Learn how to develop a personal branding plan to communicate your unique skill set, and articulate what you can contribute to a research position.

    Marketing Your Skills for Success in Research
    Tues. Aug. 15 12:30pm – 1:30pm LIB 210 FULL
    Thurs. Sept. 14 4:00pm – 5:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Wed. Sept. 20 4:00pm – 5:00pm LIB 210 FULL
    Mon. Oct. 30 4:00pm – 5:00pm LIB 210 RSVP Now »
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