Category: Research Streams

CATEGORIES: 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. Travessett … 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. Keith Woo 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 115X (Fall) and MICRO 116X (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 early phases of the experience will provide background information on physical activity and health promotion research but this will transition to more specific and applied research experiences related to adult … 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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Biomaterials for Diabetes

Course: MatE 490, ChE 490, or BME 490 Credits: 2 Instructor: Dr. Kaitlin Bratlie Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the host’s immune system destroys insulin-producing pancreatic islets. This disease can be reversed through transplantation of islets of Langerhans. This project will use factorial design to predict cellular responses to biomaterials, which … Continue reading Biomaterials for Diabetes

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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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Biorenewable Resources

Course: BBMB 490/ CHEM E 490 Credits: 2 Instructor: Dr. Alexis Campbell Students will actively contribute new knowledge to the fields of biorenewable chemicals and microbial strain engineering. In parallel, they will also learn fundamental laboratory concepts from molecular biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry, and genetics. Students will use yeast as microbial factories for the downstream … Continue reading Biorenewable Resources