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Newsletter - Vol 11                                 December 2021
Research Fellows Spotlight:
Emmeline Schow
Emmeline (Emme) Schow joined the Research Fellows program during the fall of 2020. She immediately began working with Andrew Barratt Lewis in Weber State University's Theatre Department, with a focus on Musical Theatre and Theatrical Intimacy. During the summer of 2021, she was part of a Summer Conservatory in NYC for Musical Theatre. During the fall semester of 2021, she performed in Weber State's "In Pieces: A New Musical." Emme is a passionate student who dives into all aspects of her research and performance work with full force and great success!
Welcome to our new Assistant Director for OUR!
Dr. Tracy Covey, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has joined the OUR office as the Assistant Director. “I’m excited to be working with the Office of Undergraduate Research. The OUR is such a benefit to our students and faculty conducting undergraduate research. It’s great to contribute to the opportunities and impacts this office makes on our campus.” Says Covey. Dr. Covey has been at Weber State University since 2014. Her background is in Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her research interests involve understanding the mechanism of diseases, particularly certain enzymes and metabolites that affect the development and progression of disease. Since arriving to Weber State University in 2014, Dr. Covey has worked with over 50 students on various undergraduate research projects, publishing six peer-reviewed articles that include 21 undergraduate student authors. In addition to being a professor, Dr. Covey is a wife and mother to 3 energetic children. She likes running, mountain biking, skiing, yoga, painting, and reading whenever she gets a free minute, but more likely you'll find her folding mounds of laundry at the end of the day. She also enjoys dragging her family on road trips to State and National parks and forcing her kids to smile for the pictures. 

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research 2021
Weber State University has 14 students who will be presenting at the conference!  The Office of Undergraduate Research will cover registration costs, transportation, and hotel for all presenters.

*Presenters will receive an email with additional details in January.
Congratulations to these UCUR-bound students!
Danielle Bergman
Adam Edwards
Natalie Gneiting
Aaron Krishnan
Amanda Laycock
Margarita Lopez
Erica McBride
Niharika Mishra
Alejandra Paulson
Kevin Payne
Sophia Pettit
Katelyn Tenney
Braxton Tonks
Kathi Tuttle

Important Dates in Undergraduate Research

Research Grant Proposal Deadlines
  • February 7, 2022
  • April 4, 2022
Grant Overview
Other Events & Deadlines
  • Ergo Submission Deadline:  December 13, 2021
  • Symposium Deadline:  February 4, 2022
Ergo
Symposium
Recently Funded Grant Proposals
October 2021
  • Characterization of metformin’s repression of chemokine production by cancer cells  - Benjamin Drake Alton
  • Proximo-Distal Fiber Type Distribution in the Limb Muscles of Birds - Shelby Pickett
  • Apoptosis in a Zebrafish Model of Human Autism  - Ashleigh Steed
November 2021
  • Biofilm formation for determining phage and antibiotic sensitivity of MRSA - Jacob Baggett
  • The Effects of Dyes on Gastrointestinal and Oral Indigenous Microbiota - Sydney Boyer
  • History and Impact of Ogden Contemporary Arts - HallieKate Briggs
  • Vortex Ring Generator - Devin Carter
  • Behavioral Deficits in Pigmented and Albino Zebrafish Treated with Valproic Acid - Sarah Clark
  • Investigating Uncertainty in Blood Alcohol Concentration - Natalia Davila Baker
  • Role of IL-6 in COVID-19 Associated Coagulopathy (CAC) Initiation - Skylar Dearden
  • Recolonization of Severely Stressed Microbialite Communities at Great Salt Lake - Cecilia Gibby
  • Implicit Juror Bias: Does Racial Priming impact the Race-Crime Congruency Effect? - Evangelina Marquez
  • Guild Ecology of Lichens and Microbialites on Antelope Island - Gabrielle Nielson
  • Expert Opinion and the Provision of Public Goods - Austin Parkinson
  • Ages and stages of deformation of the Farmington Canyon Complex - Kristi Rasmussen
  • MRI signal space under sampling prediction system using deep learning - Edgar Alejandro Recancoj Pajarez
  • Using Field Effect Transistors to Detect Genomic Material - Jacob Sandgathe
  • Determining Equilibrium Constants for Hemiacetal Formation in the Atmosphere - Halle Smith
  • Verification of CRISPR gene knockout by western blot - Jonathan Spencer
  • Investigation of Blood Analyzers and Associations Between Blood Markers - Anja Strauss
  • Analyzing Ergot Alkaloid Shifts Within Endophyte-free Morning Glory - Jace Van Leer
  • Effect of Stress on Lowering Blood Pressure: Community Pilot Study - Zadoth Vazquez
  • Life for Women in Guernsey During the WWII German Occupation - Emily Williams
Wildcat Advantage

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 2 HIEEs BEFORE GRADUATING 

HIEEs Offer You Opportunities to:
Gain valuable skills in and out of the classroom
Stand out to employers
Build meaningful connections
Make lifelong memories
Sets you up for a future of success

Wildcat Advantage Details
Student Resources
An Announcement for Grant Students:

We now have a department p-card that you can check out to make grant purchases!  Please contact us for more information.
Tips for Travel Students:
  • Be sure to check your airline ticket as soon as you receive it to verify that the travel dates, destination, and times are what you requested.  Airlines usually assess penalty fees for changes and cancellations.
  • When booking a hotel, always ask for the best rate available.  In some cases, a local promotion may be less than your booked rate.  Often a hotel will, at the last minute, release a block of rooms being held and lower rates will be available.
Hulet Round River Scholarship
The scholarship provides partial support for a WSU student to participate in one of the Round River Conservation Studies summer or semester-long courses. Participants earn 9 academic credits for summer programs and 15 academic credits for semester-long programs. More information about Round River and its field courses is available at http://www.roundriver.org/student-programs/

Qualified applicants who are not awarded the Hulet Scholarship may still qualify for scholarship support directly from Round River.

Applications are available from Megan Nelson (megannelson5@weber.edu). Questions about the program should be directed to John Mull in the Department of Zoology (jmull@weber.edu; 626-6173).

The application deadline is Friday, 7 January 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The application file and the requested letters of recommendation can be submitted to Megan Nelson at the email address provided above.
Faculty Resources
CRE Courses: 
Course-Based Research Experiences (CRE) are now an official part of Weber State University classes! In CRE designated courses, students are developing and carrying out research projects from a range of academic pursuits. So, what have students been doing for these CRE research projects this semester? 

Students in Ecology (ZOOL3450, taught by Dr. Rebecka Brasso) have been investigating if baiting certain locations along the shoreline trail will increase the visitation rate of deer and other species. The students designed and executed a research plan, and documented animal visitation with wildlife cameras. They analyzed thousands of pictures and used statistical analyses to determine if a difference was observed. Finally, they shared their results by writing a formal scientific manuscript. 

Students in Introductory Econometrics (ECON4550, taught by Dr. Brandon Koford) begin the semester with an idea and an opinion.  By the end of the semester, they have read what others have done, written a concise literature review, analyzed the data, and conducted tests of hypotheses. These students are tackling complex and important issues such as the wage gap between Hispanic and Latinx people compared to other groups, the Discount Rate at the Federal Reserve and inflation, an area's average age and education spending, and health insurance and the average life expectancy. In this process, students transform their opinions into a nuanced view of the topic and of knowledge creation in general. 

Students in Geomicrobiology (GEOL/MICR3753, taught by Dr. Carie Frantz) work together to identify a relevant, local research question, define a testable hypothesis, design a study to address the question/hypothesis, carry out their proposed research, analyze their results in the context of material they learn in the course, and present their results to the greater community. They have been investigating questions such as how pollution in Farmington bay affects the Great Salt Lake microbiome, how the microbial community composition changes in the Great Salt Lake over time, and understanding the minerals and ion sources of Great Salt Lake microbialite samples. This type of work involves a mixture of field and lab work, and is important for the health and understanding of the Great Salt Lake. 

These experiences in CRE courses encourage students to think creatively, understand how to process and analyze non-ideal data, communicate their work, and appreciate the challenges of generating new knowledge. Interested in a CRE course sometime? Consider taking Soils (BTNY3214), Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM4250), Psychological Research Methods (PSYC3616), or Communication Research Methods (COMM3150). Have a course that you think meets the CRE attribute? Read more about applying below.
Apply for CRE Attribute
APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience Grants: 
The American Psychological Association is offering grants to college and university departments to support undergraduate research assistantships in psychology laboratories during the summer. The purpose of the APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) Grants is to provide talented undergraduates who have little or no prior laboratory experience with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how scientific research is conducted.

The grants are designed to enable psychology (or related) departments to hire between four and six undergraduates to work full-time as research assistants in faculty members' labs for a period of eight weeks over the summer (within the window of May 1-Sept. 30). For each department that applies for a SUPRE Grant, it is required that at least three psychology faculty members provide research assistantship opportunities within their labs.


Link: https://www.apa.org/about/awards/undergraduate-research-opportunity

Application Due: January 15, 2023
Media Projects Grant:
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Public Programs is accepting applications for the Media Projects program. The purpose of this program is to support collaboration between media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary films, radio, and podcasts that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical; proposals must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. Media Projects awards are made at two levels: Development and Production. 

Link: https://www.neh.gov/program/media-projects

Optional Draft Due: December 8, 2021
Application Due: January 12, 2022
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is a Foundation-wide program that supports active participation in science, engineering, and education research by undergraduate students. REU proposals are welcome in any of the research areas supported by NSF (see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/aboutfunding.jsp), including the priority areas and cross-cutting areas that NSF has identified. This program seeks to expand student participation in all kinds of research--both disciplinary and interdisciplinary--encompassing efforts by individual investigators, groups, centers, national facilities, and others. It draws on the integration of research and education to attract a diverse pool of talented students into careers in science and engineering, including teaching and education research related to science and engineering, and to help ensure that these students receive the best education possible.


Link: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf19582

Proposal Due: August 25, 2022
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