Category: Research Streams

Physics Research

Course: PHYS 199 Credits: 1 Instructor: Dr. Alex Travesset In this Physics majors orientation course, students select research projects that faculty have proposed ranging from Planet Hunters, to quantum nuclear physics calculations, to ultrafast optics. This course is a great stepping stone for more traditional 1-on-1 mentored research. To apply for this Research Stream, contact Dr. Travesset … Continue reading Physics Research

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The Earth

Course: GEOL 100L Credits: 1 Instructor: Dr. Aaron Wood Students design a research project that investigates local groundwater and surface water issues. Projects are open-ended, with students contributing to a growing database of water quality measurements. Previous research projects have included, “How do chemical levels vary midstream and at confluence of Squaw Creek and Skunk … Continue reading The Earth

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Advanced General Chemistry

Course: CHEM 201L Credits: 0-3 Instructor: Dr. Sara Pistolesi The students in this freshmen-level advanced chemistry lab become collaborators in the faculty member’s research group and explore the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to useful hydrocarbon feedstocks such as ethylene. Global climate change and energy consumption are unmet problems that may ultimately be impacted by … Continue reading Advanced General Chemistry

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Phage Discovery

Course: MICRO 115 (Fall) and MICRO 116 (Spring) Credits: 2 Instructor: Dr. Nick Peters and Dr. Nancy Boury. Phage are viruses that specifically attack bacteria. They are extremely diverse and numerous; recent estimates suggest that there are 10 billion times as many phage on earth as there are stars in the entire universe! Interestingly, we … Continue reading Phage Discovery

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Physical Activity Promotion

Course: KIN 290 Credits: 1 Instructor: Dr. Greg Welk Students will contribute to ongoing research conducted through the Physical Activity and Health Promotion Lab.  The lab conducts a variety of applied research on different populations and in different settings but the focus of the lab is on the assessment and promotion of physical activity and … Continue reading Physical Activity Promotion

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Dancing for Parkinson’s

Course: KIN 290 Credits: 1 Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Stegemöller Students will participate in research that examines neural motor control in persons with Parkinson’s disease and how various treatment strategies (i.e. music therapy, singing, dance) improve movement and associated brain activity, as well as quality of life and cognitive measures. Students will also have hands-on experiences … Continue reading Dancing for Parkinson’s

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Antibacterial Agents

Course: CHEM 299 Credits: 1 Instructors: Drs. Greg Phillips, Art Winter, Levi Stanley, and George Kraus This project will utilize a multicomponent reaction discovered in the NSF sponsored Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals. Freshman undergraduate chemistry students will learn to conduct state-of-the-art organic chemistry experiments in a classroom-lab setting. Specifically, each student will combine … Continue reading Antibacterial Agents

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Assessing Genome Accessibility and the Impact on Microbial Factory Performance Using CRISPR-based Genome Editing Tool

Course: ChE 490/ Micro 490/Biol 499 Credits: 1-3 Instructor: Dr. Zengyi Shao Genomes serve as scaffolds for transmitting information through both genetic and epigenetic means. Eukaryotes face an information packaging challenge because DNA molecules of each chromosome need to be folded within a tiny space in the nuclei. Accumulating evidence demonstrates that the spatial arrangement … Continue reading Assessing Genome Accessibility and the Impact on Microbial Factory Performance Using CRISPR-based Genome Editing Tool

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Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Course: BCBio 491 Credits: 2 Instructor: Dr. Natalie Clark (lead) with Drs. Geetu Tuteja and Karin Dorman Modern technologies make it possible to measure the activity of all genes in a cell simultaneously (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcriptomics_technologies) as they respond to stimuli, such as cancer cells responding to chemotherapy and plant cells responding to drought.  A single experiment … Continue reading Bioinformatics and Computational Biology