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Newsletter - Vol 6                                                                      April 2019
  • February 22, 2019 marked the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) which was presented by The Office of Undergraduate Research and Weber State University. Almost 700 student researchers, mentors, and staff from the major universities around Utah came to the Ogden campus of WSU for a day of research presentations and events. Student presentations were comprised of poster and oral presentations on subjects ranging from microbiology and medical sciences, to psychology, history, and anthropology. In addition to presentation sessions, Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Dr. Stacy Palen gave an outstanding keynote speech to conference attendees.
Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Celebration
Only a few weeks after hosting a very successful UCUR, The Office of Undergraduate Research then hosted the 15th Annual Symposium on March 25, 2019, which featured over 100 student researchers from various colleges throughout WSU.
Engineering student, Randall Bott, developed this Electric Bicycle Prototype with funds from an Undergraduate Research Grant in October 2018.
Cody Glad, another engineering student, brought his drone for presentation. He and his research partner, Sarah MacCarthy, enabled the drone with the ability to self-correct to stay in the air.  This project was funded in February 2018.
Outstanding Awards for 2019
On March 25, 2019, we were thrilled to present Outstanding Student Researcher & Mentor Awards to the following students and mentors during our 15th Annual Symposium Luncheon:

Outstanding Student Researcher Award Recipients:
Arts & Humanities – Victoria Snow
Business & Economics – Shuyi Hu
Education – Chandler McDonald
Health Professions – Jason Roe
Science – Analeah Vaughn
Social & Behavioral – Austin Nelsen

Outstanding Mentor Award Recipients:
Arts & Humanities – Jessica Greenberg
Business & Economics – Nazneen Ahmad
Education – Shirley Dawson
Health Professions – Matt Nicholaou
Science – Christopher Hoagstrom
Social & Behavioral – Dan Bedford
Undergraduate Research Grants
We were happy to award the following students with Research Grants to fund their undergraduate research this spring:

February 2019
  • Teaching Methods at Turtle Mountain Elementary School - Kailee Brown
  • Religion and Charitable Giving - John Cawley
  • Biofilm Reduction in Simulated Cystic Fibrosis Lung Using Novel Methods - Tyler Chapple
  • Can Utah Farmers Grow Hemp without Modifying Current Soils? - Jeffrey Colbert
  • Enhanced Cultivation of Great Salt Lake Oxygenic Phototrophs - Kristina George
  • The Effects of Vaporized Nicotine Dose and Puff Duration on Locomotor Activity in Mice - Clarissa Marston
  • Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System - Kenji Nakayu
  • Distributive Analysis of Extrasolar Planets in Globular and Open Clusters - Jonathan Rizzo
  • Comparison of Different Methods for Urine Sample Assessment - Chandler Rudolph
  • Concentration of Radon within Soils and Homes in the Ogden Area - Jessica Stokes

April 2019

  • Environmental Consequences of Beaver Removal during the Pacific Northwest Fur Trade - Amber Bell
  • RSC Autonomous Delivery Robot - Chibuike Chikere-Njoku
  • The Story of Ogden City, Utah's Growth:  1847-2019 - Kelly Cope
  • The Role of Metalloproteases in Retinal Regeneration in Zebrafish - Kelton Freidel
  • Naegleria Floweri Inhibition by Drug Treatment and CD59-like Protein Neutralization - Joshua Gee
  • Economic Impacts of Blue Ribbon Fisheries in Morgan County - Eugina Grandpre
  • Dark Sky Awareness and Planning for the Future:  Grantsville, Utah - Haylie Hale
  • Comparing Geographical Location Knowledge of Undergraduate Geography and Non-Geography Students - Jrew Jackson
  • Effects of Mycorrhizal Associations on Tomato Defensive Compounds - Dalton Jones
  • The Effects of Acute Dehydration on Strength Performance - Sadie LaMay
  • Reducing Waste:  Economic vs. Environmental Factors and How They Affect Demographic Groups - Carrie Lynch-Burke
  • Water Chemistry and Glacial Melt in the Taku River Basin - Katherine Meyr
  • Effects of Heat Application and Dynamic Warmup on Knee ROM - Blayne Morris-Kato
  • Tumor Inhibition and Toxicity of Achillea Millefolium Along the Wasatch Front - Michelle Parada
  • Secondary Biomonitoring of Heavy Metal Pollutants in Ogden, Utah - Margarita Rivera
  • Assessing Rapid Antidepressant Effects of Dextromethorphan Using Novelty-Induced Hypophagia - Jesus Saavedra
  • Small Mammal Communities of the Darhad Valley, Mongolia - Chyanne Smith
  • Spatial Variation in Mercury Concentrations of Tree Swallows at Antelope Island - Lisa Stoneham
  • Milkweek Host Preferences in Oviposition of Monarch Butterflies (Danaus Plexippus) - Karma Thomas
  • Recycling Electronic Waste Through Mechanochemistry Processes - Jeremy Trentelman
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

The University of North Carolina - Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) has been awarded a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in the area of Crime Analytics from the National Science Foundation.  Briefly, 10 undergraduate students will be selected to work (during the Summer of 2019) on data-driven research with faculty in the Criminal Justice and Criminology, Engineering, and Computer Science Departments at UNC-Charlotte.  Among many other benefits, students will receive a $5,000 stipend and will have their housing provided on campus (see attachment for more detail).

The website where students learn more about the REU and apply to the program is located at:
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