Research Opportunities

Metallic Structures in Space Environment

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Bai Cui
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Start Date
10/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in Fall 2018, some funding available from mini grant for future and apply for UCARE funding for Summer 19 or AY 19-20
Hours Per Week
10

My lab is developing novel materials for extreme environments in aerospace applications. Undergraduate researchers in this project can learn to use novel laser technologies to manufacture new materials, and advanced microscopy and mechanical testing techniques.

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Self-Regulation Development in Preschool and Elementary School Classrooms

Psychology

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Jenna Finch
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
Minimum of 6

Children's self-regulation of their attention and behaviors are important predictors of their academic and social success. This project seeks to understand what aspects of children's classroom environments support the development of their self-regulation skills.

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The Adana Massacres

History

Faculty Advisor
Bedross Der Matossian
Contact Email
Start Date
1/10/19 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in Spring 19, can apply for UCARE for future funding

I am looking for a student with excellent research and editing skills to work with me on my book project dealing with the Massacres of Adana. The task of the student would be: editing, proof-reading, fact-checking, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and scanning and copying material.

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Using Neuroimaging to assist Cochlear Implant Programming

Special Education and Communication Disorders

Faculty Advisor
Yingying Wang
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19
Hours Per Week
20

Students will get to learn about Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNRIs) and how we can use fNRIs to help predict the outcomes of Cochlear implant that is device used by individuals with profound hearing loss.

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Energy Storage using Geotechnical Pipe Foundation

Civil Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Seunghee Kim
Contact Email
Start Date
10/01/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is an emerging energy storage option to address the imbalance between renewable energy production and energy demand.

The pipe pile foundation, one of the common types of geotechnical structures, can be used to store compressed air in it. There needs an in-depth experimental study to demonstrate the feasibility of such a new idea to store energy.

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Combating Foodborne Pathogens in Poultry Products

Food Science and Technology

Faculty Advisor
Byron Chaves
Contact Email
Start Date
5/20/19 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Apply for UCARE Summer 19 for funding

There are several opportunities to work within the field of poultry and meat safety. At this time, I have projects in mind to work with non-traditional poultry products, identifying pathogens and control measures.

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Food Security, Health, and Nutrition in Zambia and Ethiopia

Nutrition and Health Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Mary S. Willis
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Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19

This research project is part of an education abroad, global research experience based in Ethiopia and Zambia. This food security, health, and nutrition project is focused on studying the availability, accessibility, use-ability, and sustainability of foods, the impact of micro and macro-nutrient deficiency on health, and on diseases that prevent the use-ability of food.

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Investigation of students' understanding of light-matter interactions

Chemistry

Faculty Advisor
Alena Moon
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in 18-19, can apply for UCARE funding for 19-20

An undergraduate in my research group will participate in investigating students' understanding of light and matter interactions. This will involve conducting qualitative interviews with students and transcribing and analyzing those interviews.

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Development and testing of argumentation prompts in chemistry

Chemistry

Faculty Advisor
Alena Moon
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer in 18-19, can apply for UCARE funding for 19-20

An undergraduate researcher in my group will be designing writing tasks to elicit scientific argumentation from chemistry students. This will involve reading primary literature, designing tasks, administering the prompts to students, collecting and analyzing students.

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Development of an educational video game on corn-water-ethanol-beef nexus

Biological Systems Engineering

Faculty Advisor
Jeyamkondan Subbiah
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

This project uses systems thinking and interdisciplinary integration approaches to develop a novel immersive educational simulation game and associated materials designed to highlight the role and importance of corn-water-ethanol-beef (CWEB) systems in supporting the ever increasing demands for food, energy, and water in the United States.

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