Arts and Sciences

Motility and Adhesion by Clostridium perfringens

Food Science and Technology / Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Kurt Piepenbrink
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Start Date
10/15/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
10

This goal of this project is to understand how Clostridium perfringens uses extracellular appendages to move across solid surfaces and adhere to host cells. In particular we are interested in the type IV pilus of C. perfringens, a bacterial extracellular appendage found in many gram-negative enteric pathogens but largely uncharacterized in gram-positive species, including C. perfringens. Working with a collaborating group at Virginia Tech, we hope to characterize the structure and function of the C.

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Identification of the Chemical Components of Soybean Seed and Sprout Related to Anti-inflammatory Activity

Food Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor
Kaustav Majumder
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Start Date
10/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
15

The overall goal of the project is to improve the health beneficial effect of soybean-derived bioactive food molecules in reducing the prevalence of chronic metabolic diseases. To this end, the objective of this proposed project is to identify the bioactive molecules in soybean and its sprout which may potentially exhibit anti-inflammatory activities in human gastric epithelial cells.

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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
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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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Combating Foodborne Pathogens in Poultry Products

Food Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor
Byron Chaves
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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
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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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